On our podcast ‘Tales That Tethr’, tethr Founder & CEO Matt Zerker interviews entrepreneurs, experts, thought leaders, and regular people about what is means to be a man, the challenges that modern men face, and how to overcome challenges and live life in a more connected and authentic way.
Tell us in your own words what the podcast is about ?
The podcast aims to understand more about why we are the way we are, and how our interactions with others affects our self worth. My first series, the 100 Masked Men, includes anonymous interviews of men talking about their feelings, and how they have self identified based on societal norms of what it means to be a man. It went from a conversation on gender issues to include topics on consent, relationships and intimacy, to mental health. These are the topics we need to make more content on.
Who would you say is your target audience?
Women and Men, 25-34
Why did you start a podcast?
I started the podcast because I have a lot of unusual conversations with men and wanted to provide access to it. I have a background in journalism and am now trying to uncover the differences in communication among men and women, and why it is so hard for men to open up.
What’s the special sauce you bring to every episode?
As a very loud feminist that works in a space empowering women I would be the last person to speak to men about their issues. But with the motto seek to understand and be understood, I have been able to both learn from these men and in turn provide alternate perspectives to see both sides to the story. I have a very raw, unfiltered approach to interviewing that has made this series very popular among all genders while maintaining a safe and inclusive space for engagement.
Tell us about 1 -3 of your fav episodes people can go back and listen to?
The very first episode of the 100 Masked Men Series, The Modern Feminist is still the top listened to, and an unmasked interview titled How You Have Sex Is How You Live Your Life was a very powerful episode. I would also highly recommend listening to the Season 1 Episode Summary that included clips from the first 25 masked men on the show.
Why did you join the tethr podcast family?
I joined the tethr podcast family to be one of the few women advocating for mens mental health. I believe we don’t all have to have the same experience to understand one another and I hope that I can start to bridge the gap among genders to arrive at a common understanding.
Any words for the men in our community?
As a woman listening to a lot of men on this show, I realized that a lot of men don’t think of turning to their female friends for support out of fear of not being looked at the same way. I never thought this would be the case and I do hope you can find a safe way to reach out, as women truly do want to be included in this journey in whatever way they can.