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The Understanding Boys Podcast
54 minutes | 16 days ago
Dr Monty Badami looks through an anthropological lens to explore how we can help boys find their place in the world and offers some useful tips that you can use at home. Dr Surmant (Monty) Badami holds a PhD in anthropology and is the founder and CEO of Habitus, a social enterprise that uses anthropology, emotional intelligence and educational psychology to re-humanise schools, communities and businesses. Monty works with schools and communities to help teachers, students and parents to connect through stories and learn through play. He works closely with men and boys, running Rites of Passage programs and the Brave Conversations series where he uses his anthropological knowledge to challenge the norms of toxic masculinity and stereotypes of class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and race. Apart from being a passionate educator, Monty is a jazz singer, martial arts instructor, and an officer in the Australian Army Reserve. He co-hosts The Meaning Of… podcast with philosopher and friend Dr Tim Dean. In this episode Monty offers some useful tips that can be used immediately at home to provide safe spaces to unpack the prejudices and ideas we have set within ourselves. He shares a beautiful story about his own experiences that led him to the work that he does.
43 minutes | a month ago
Dr Robert Blum is currently managing a global research project looking at the impact of gender and gender norms in society. In this episode Dr Blum talks about gender norms, the impacts on boys (and girls) while telling some incredible stories from his lifelong experience working with adolescents and paediatric medicine. Dr Robert Blum (MD, MPH, PhD) is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has edited two books, and has written nearly 250 journal articles, book chapters and special reports. In 2006, Dr Blum was made a member of The National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine, and in 2007 was named the Director of the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute. He is also a consultant to The World Bank and UNICEF as well as the World Health Organization where he has served on the Technical Advisory Group of the Child and Adolescent Health Department as well as the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group of the Human Reproductive Program. We hope you enjoy this week’s episode.
45 minutes | 2 months ago
Megan De Beyer 2
In this week's episode, we’re joined by psychologist and international parenting expert, Megan De Beyer. Based in Cape Town, Megan travels the globe promoting positive parenting through workshops in which she guides mothers and helps them navigate the challenges of teenage years. Megan’s mission is to educate parents to help foster connected and meaningful relationships with their children. Megan talks about her new book, the role of nature in a post-pandemic world, and some tips about managing your son’s anger. We hope you enjoy this week’s episode.
39 minutes | 3 months ago
Dr Arne Rubinstein is an internationally recognised expert in Rites of Passage, adolescent development and parenting. With over 30 years’ experience as a medical doctor, counsellor, mentor, speaker and facilitator, Dr Arne has helped over 100,000 people globally with his program to support young people in making a safe and healthy transition into adulthood. Dr Arne was nominated for Australian of the year in 2008 and is the proud father of two wonderful young men (as well as a mentor to many others). In this episode Dr Swann talks to Dr Arne about the Rites of passage program and some of the elements you can use at home. Dr Swann and Dr Arne share some stories and also talk about the powerful effect of Rites of Passage that Dr Arne has witnessed in the community. We hope you enjoy this week’s episode.
43 minutes | 3 months ago
Dr Jacqui True is Professor of International Relations at Monash University where she is Director of the Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre. She is also a Global Fellow at the Peace Research Institute, Oslo, an Editor of European Journal of International Security, and a former Australian Research Council Future Fellow. Jacqui’s main area of research is focused on the political economy of violence against women, investigating the gender dimensions of violent extremism and terrorism in order to prevent violence, and analysing how to make peace processes more gender-sensitive. During her career, she has worked with multiple NGOs, governments and international organisations. She has authored 14 books and over 125 articles on gender and international relations. In this episode we speak to Jacqui about her parenting, what she learnt during Melbourne’s Covid lockdown and also a bit about how we can connect our boys into understanding better ways of being for the benefit of all.
49 minutes | 5 months ago
Major General Stephen Day, DSC, AM, is a highly decorated soldier who has held senior positions in the Australian Army. General Day’s established reputation as a distinguished and compassionate leader has seen him formally recognised by the Australian Government, the governments of France and the United States and the Queen, who presented him with the Distinguished Service Cross for his leadership in East Timor. However, General Day says that it is the failures that have most shaped his leadership philosophy. In this episode, Dr Swann talks to General Day about his career as a solider, his current work at PwC and the lessons he has learnt along the way such as, leading with emotion, integrity and reason, how to find moral courage and the importance of humility.
44 minutes | 5 months ago
In this episode we are joined by Will Pucovski, a professional cricketer playing at State level and having been selected to the Australian squad. Will chats to Ray about his professional life, his work as a cricketer and what it has taught him. Will also shares four key questions that he wished he knew as a young man. We hope you enjoy this week’s episode.
34 minutes | 5 months ago
In the final episode for series 2, our podcast is turned on its head in an interesting twist with Micah Swann. Micah interviews our host Dr Ray Swann, who shares his insights into why the podcast was started, what he has learned and who he looks up to. Ray also shares some book recommendations, tips for Year 12 students and dealing with expectations, and of course the question that all guests have been asked – a story he would tell a young boy. We hope you enjoy this episode.
16 minutes | 6 months ago
We spoke to Angie as Melbourne came out of lockdown. She shares her thoughts about people and rules, how schools have handled COVID-19 and what it’s been like in school during this period, including what it has shown her about herself. We hope you enjoy this episode. In this series we speak to young people about life and their stories. What do these boys and girls think it is to be a good man these days and if they had a story to tell an adult, who’d listen, what would that story be? In these short interviews we explore these questions and much, much more.
25 minutes | 6 months ago
In speaking with Angus, he talks about what makes him happy about being the eldest child, about online boundaries and parental controls as well as some of the male stereotypes and portrayals of men that he encounters. We hope you enjoy this episode. In this series we speak to young people about life and their stories. What do these boys and girls think it is to be a good man these days and if they had a story to tell an adult, who’d listen, what would that story be? In these short interviews we explore these questions and much, much more.
12 minutes | 6 months ago
This recording was made during the time of lockdown in Melbourne Australia and we explore a little about what’s been happening with Kaya, a reflective person with great ideas and a real enthusiasm for life. She has a great story to tell too. We hope you enjoy this episode. In this series we speak to young people about life and their stories. What do these boys and girls think it is to be a good man these days and if they had a story to tell an adult, who’d listen, what would that story be? In these short interviews we explore these questions and much, much more.
26 minutes | 6 months ago
In an enjoyable conversation speaking with Taj, he talks about what he wants to do with his life and what he’s learned about himself while being in high school. He shares his view about boys, and why he thinks they test themselves and boundaries. There’s a fantastic story from him too about being seen. We hope you enjoy this episode. In this series we speak to young people about life and their stories. What do these boys and girls think it is to be a good man these days and if they had a story to tell an adult, who’d listen, what would that story be? In these short interviews we explore these questions and much, much more.
16 minutes | 6 months ago
In this series we speak to young people about life and their stories. What do these boys and girls think it is to be a good man these days and if they had a story to tell an adult, who’d listen, what would that story be? In these short interviews we explore these questions and much, much more. In episode two we speak to adventurous Juliet who shares her experiences sailing, working on a boat, and being at sea, and what that has taught her about her relationship with her father. Juliet talks about society and schools as well as life in lockdown in Melbourne, Australia. We hope you enjoy this series.
14 minutes | 6 months ago
In this series we speak to young people about life and their stories. What do these boys and girls think it is to be a good man these days and if they had a story to tell an adult, who’d listen, what would that story be? In these short interviews we explore these questions and much, much more. For the first episode we speak with Aubrey who tells us what he’s been doing with his time, about fixing his motorbike and what he enjoys about being in Grade 5, camping and the future. We hope you enjoy this series.
43 minutes | 8 months ago
Ross Featherston is the eighth headmaster of BGS. Since his start in 2014, he has brought about positive change in every domain of the school. He is loved by parents, staff and the boys. Ross talks with us about his wisdom and understanding on how to raise boys, he gives us some takeaways, and gives his thoughts about what it’s like to be a parent.
48 minutes | 8 months ago
Raelene Plozza is an Instructional Coach and Head of Literacy at Brighton Grammar School, where she also teaches a very motivated Year 8 English class. Raelene trained as a Primary teacher and later completed a Masters in Literacy, with her research focused on motivating adolescent boys to read. Her teaching background is diverse, and she considers one of her greatest achievements to be even more passionate about her career choice today as she was when she began teaching in 1989. For the past 15 years, Raelene has been a teacher of boys. Her expertise in Literacy, and her natural curiosity about how we might maximise literacy outcomes for our boys, drives her to keep working in the field. She doesn’t have all the answers, but she strongly suspects that reading is the answer to most of her questions.
40 minutes | 8 months ago
Andrew Lauterstein is a triple Olympic medallist and World swimming champion, making him one of Australia’s most successful international level swimmers of his time. Since his retirement from professional swimming, Andrew is now a successful business owner of a swimwear company and swim centre. He has remained active and healthy, putting a lot of his energies into the sport of Crossfit. Andrew continues to inspire, motivate, and coach upcoming athletes through clinics and educational presentations in which he shares his insights of being an Australian and international athlete. He mentors young athletes on the importance of attaining life balance and planning pathways for life after sport.
36 minutes | 9 months ago
Professor Damien Bolton is an academic, a researcher, and a surgeon. He holds numerous positions, as Professor, Head of Department at the Austin Hospital, to an honorary fellow of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research. He’s published hundreds of papers, book chapters, reviews, and supervised many PhD students. He is also the proud dad of three boys and has a focus and a passion for mens’ health. He provides a particular insight, as a specialist in urogenital cancer and urology working with an aspect on which men perceive their identity, on the changing landscape of the discussion around mens’ health. Damien talks about parenting, medicine, and shares his thoughts on the importance of teaching boys to ask for help.
28 minutes | 9 months ago
Nathan Lovett Murray
Nathan Lovett-Murray, former AFL footballer and now Indigenous Mentor at Brighton Grammar School, has had an interesting career. He was listed by the Essendon Football Club in 2003 where he helped to establish the first Reconciliation Action Plan for an AFL Club. He also found the time to launch his own indigenous hip hop label, Payback Records. Since his retirement from AFL, Nathan has committed himself to improving the lives of people within Victoria’s Indigenous communities. He is an Indigenous Welfare Support/ Development Coach at St Kilda Football Club, producer of a documentary on Nicky Winmar and an educator on raising awareness of racism and its impact on wellbeing. Nathan is the proud father of two sons and his tribal ancestry can be traced back to the Wamba-Wamba and Guditjmara.
40 minutes | 9 months ago
Dawn O'Neil AM
Dawn O’Neil AM received her Order of Australia for services to the community and to Mental health. A thought leader, she is currently the Ambassador of the ‘Breathing Space Executive in Mental Health & Wellbeing Program’ at Fisher Leadership. Dawn was the chair and founding member of homelessness social enterprise STREAT, where she created a legacy that has seen many young people at risk feel a deep sense of belonging and connectedness. Previously the CEO of Lifeline Australia, one of Australia’s largest charities, and CEO of BeyondBlue, Dawn’s extensive work in this space saw her receive the Outstanding Contribution Award from Suicide Prevention Australia in 2010. It’s fantastic to have Dawn on the podcast to share her knowledge and experience.
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