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toxic masculinity

In a world in which the word masculinity now often goes hand in hand with toxic, comedian, actor, and father Michael Ian Black offers up a way forward for boys, men, and anyone who loves them. Part memoir, part advice book, and written as a heartfelt letter to his college-bound son, "A Better Man" reveals Black’s own complicated relationship with his father, explores the damage and rising violence caused by the expectations placed on boys to “man up,” and searches for the best way to help young men be part of the solution, not the problem.

Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey are investigative reporters at the New York Times. Their new book is "She Said."

For many years, reporters had tried to get to the truth about Harvey Weinstein’s treatment of women. Rumors of wrongdoing had long circulated. But in 2017, when Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey began their investigation into the prominent Hollywood producer for the New York Times, his name was still synonymous with power.

Nothing could have prepared Kantor and Twohey for what followed the publication of their initial Weinstein story on October 5, 2017. Within days, a veritable Pandora’s box of sexual harassment and abuse was opened. Women all over the world came forward with their own traumatic stories.

Twohey has focused much of her attention on the treatment of women and children, and, in 2014, as a reporter with Reuters News, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. She shared numerous honors for breaking the Harvey Weinstein story, including a George Polk Award, and the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. She joined us.

“How can we ensure that our sons are well-prepared and well-launched to manhood?” In the new book, "How to Raise a Boy: The Power of Connection to Raise Good Men," Michael Reichert, uses this fundamental question as a foundation to what we know and what we are missing when it comes to raising our sons.

Dr. Reichert guides readers through decades of research and practical applications toward a new understanding of what boyhood should be and how we, as parents and educators, can prepare boys to be good men.

Parents and educators have a unique opportunity to shift the cultural conversation and create a new paradigm for what it means to raise a boy – one who is kind, respectful, and fundamentally good, rather than the models of abuse, violence, and havoc that seem to dominate the airwaves today.

Psychologist Thomas Harbin specializes in the treatment of male rage. In his book, "Beyond Anger" Harbin explains specific symptoms of chronic anger and the negative effects on family, friends and coworkers.

Harbin helps men overcome violent feelings with exercises that create new habits, preventing anger before it starts. In the book women also learn skills for dealing with the angry men in their lives.