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Hi, I’m Dax Shepard, and I love talking to people. I am endlessly fascinated by the messiness of being human, and I find people who are vulnerable and honest about their struggles and shortcomings to be incredibly sexy. I invite you to join me as I explore other people’s stories. We will celebrate, above all, the challenges and setbacks that ultimately lead to growth and betterment. What qualifies me for such an endeavor? More than a decade of sobriety, a degree in Anthropology and four years of improv training. I will attempt to discover human “truths” without any laboratory work, clinical trials or data collection. I will be, in the great tradition of 16th-century scientists, an Armchair Expert.
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BONUS: Rhys Darby (Live)

BONUS: Rhys Darby (Live)

2019-12-1400:41:061

Armchair Expert Live from San Antonio at the Dad 2.0 Conference.
Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell

2019-12-1201:56:5118

Malcolm Gladwell is a Canadian journalist, author, speaker and podcast host. Malcolm joins the Armchair Expert to discuss the value of gleaning information from other cultures, growing up in a college library and our inability as humans to read others. Dax claims that Malcolm is our most referenced person on the podcast and Malcolm shames Dax for using the derogatory term of “jogger”. The two geek out over cars, they talk about how media shapes public perception and they give credit to people they met early in life who affected the trajectory of their lives.
T.I.

T.I.

2019-12-0901:58:1127

T.I. is an American rapper and actor. He sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss his foray into entrepreneurship as a child, narcissistic patterns and developing desensitization. Dax asks Tip to acknowledge his trauma and T.I. refuses to accept that Dax is a hillbilly. The two talk about imprisonment in the African American community, gearing education to kids' strengths and growing up in a single-parent home. 
Adam Grant

Adam Grant

2019-12-0502:17:1929

Adam Grant is an American psychologist and author who is currently a professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania specializing in organizational psychology and the host of the TED podcast WorkLife with Adam Grant. Adam visits the armchair expert to discuss overcoming introversion, being a super taster and the difference between givers and takers. Dax debates Adam on his latest Atlantic article and Adam talks about the importance of criticism. The two talk about growing up in Michigan, the necessity of tenure and how genius is often a result of quantity not quality.
Sam Elliott

Sam Elliott

2019-12-0201:32:5952

Sam Elliott (Mask, The Big Lebowski, Road House, A Star is Born, The Ranch) is an American actor. Sam sits down with the Armchair Expert to talk about fighting fires in Malibu, having a crush on his now wife and his introduction into the business. Dax reveals that his mom is in love with Sam and Sam discusses the evolution of A Star Is Born. The two talk about Sam's mixed messages persona, his draw to Westerns and the changes in the industry.
Laura Beil

Laura Beil

2019-11-2802:05:2816

Laura Beil is a journalist and podcast host. Laura sits down with the Armchair Expert on this Thanksgiving day episode to talk about having to work on your feet as a journalist, her specific draw to the medical field and how she stumbled into podcasting. Dax theorizes on Laura’s Dr. Death podcast and Laura claims a story is never done, it is only due. The two talk about her new podcast, Bad Batch, that focuses on the stem cell industry, they eat Taco Bell together and Monica and Dax thank Laura for serving the best podcast of 2018.
Tony Hale

Tony Hale

2019-11-2502:01:5130

Tony Hale (Arrested Development, Toy Story 4, Veep) is an American comedian and actor. Tony joins the attic to discuss his tools for combating anxiety, his relationship to religion and being present with his daughter. Dax wonders if Tony ever felt career insecurity and Tony ponders why he doesn’t have memories before 5th grade. The two talk about achieving their dreams and the subsequent lack of fulfillment. They discuss relating to others as a survival mechanism and their shared inability to remember people’s names.
LIVE: Martina McBride

LIVE: Martina McBride

2019-11-2101:39:4020

Armchair Expert Live from Nashville at Andrew Jackson Hall. November 1st, 2019.
Emilia Clarke

Emilia Clarke

2019-11-1802:21:17103

Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones, Me Before You, Terminator Genisys) is an English actress. She sits down with the Armchair Expert to talk about her Hogwarts-esque boarding school, learning Dothraki and her experience having two brain hemorrhages. Dax describes his love of male physiques and Emilia appreciates a Boston accent. The two discuss round features, struggling with imposter syndrome and Emilia weighs in on the difference between British and American sexual escalation. 
Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer

2019-11-1402:32:1125

Jonathan Safran Foer is an American novelist. He is known for his novels Everything Is Illuminated, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Eating Animals and We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast. Jonathan sits down with the armchair expert to discuss his struggle to eat vegetarian, his first book getting  rejected by every publisher and he walks us through a traumatic childhood event he experienced. Dax wonders if Jonathan was nervous to write a second book following the success of his first and Jonathan talks about the efficacy of moderate changes. The two talk about climate change, hypnosis and there is a special visitor in the fact check. 
Judd Apatow

Judd Apatow

2019-11-1102:06:1330

Judd Apatow (Freaks and Geeks, The 40 Year old Virgin, Knocked Up, This is 40, Trainwreck) is an American filmmaker, producer, actor and comedian. Judd sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss interviewing comedians as a teenager, what he’s learned from his marriage and the experience of delving into Gary Shandling’s life posthumously. Dax wonders if Judd feels a loss when his projects end and Judd talks about growing up in a spiritual void. The two talk about being children of divorce and Judd talks about his commitment to personal growth. 
Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins

2019-11-0701:43:2919

Richard Dawkins is an English ethologist, evolutionary biologist, and author. He is an emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, and was the University of Oxford's Professor for Public Understanding of Science until 2008. Richard joins the Armchair Expert to discuss his draw to science, his theory on evolution and the lack of language diversity in English cultures. Dax admits he has been a fan of Richard since college and Richard declares what shows he’s watching on Netflix. The two talk about atheism, the evolutionary cause of death and the distortion of objectivity due to human filters. 
Kate & Oliver Hudson

Kate & Oliver Hudson

2019-11-0402:00:4256

Kate Hudson (Almost Famous, How to Lose A Guy In 10 Days) and Oliver Hudson (Nashville, Splitting Up Together) are American actor/producer siblings. The two sit down with the Armchair Expert to discuss their new podcast, they talk about their relationship to their father and how sibling perspectives differ. Kate tells a story of when she went to Valentino’s house and Oliver discusses unearthing old trauma. Kate and Dax talk about their past relationship and what they learned, stifling children’s aspirations and watching the OJ chase.
Liz Plank

Liz Plank

2019-10-3101:54:1318

Liz Plank is an author, journalist and political correspondent at Vox. Liz sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss how to include men in the conversation on masculinity, her observation on American race relations and her solution to Twitter negativity. Dax praises Liz for changing Olympic guidelines and Liz delineates the components to a female orgasm. The two debate gender in sports, responsibility of the media and Dax experiences an unexpected mishap while taking a picture with Liz.
Edward Norton

Edward Norton

2019-10-2801:51:5348

Edward Norton (Fight Club, American History X, Birdman, Grand Budapest Hotel) is an American actor and filmmaker. Edward sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss his new film Motherless Brooklyn, his relationship to privacy and his thoughts on storytelling. Edward talks about how he always felt on the outside of cool and Dax wonders if Edward seeks control. The two discuss iconic vs. shapeshifting actors and they tell the sad origin story of how they met. 
LIVE: Andrew Zimmern

LIVE: Andrew Zimmern

2019-10-2401:45:1729

Armchair Expert Live from Minneapolis at the Orpheum Theatre. June 29th, 2019.
Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks

2019-10-2101:55:2345

Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games, 40 Year Old Virgin, Pitch Perfect) is an American actress, writer, director and producer. Elizabeth sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss going to a uniphile school, turning 40 on the set of the Hunger Games and her producorial recipe.   Elizabeth talks about her positive disposition and Dax recalls meeting her at a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. The two talk about wanting their kids to feel a sense of danger, the sexiness of a capella singers and female empowerment.
Monica Lewinsky

Monica Lewinsky

2019-10-1701:52:4047

Monica Lewinsky is an American anti-bullying ambassador to the Diana Award’s Anti-Bullying Programme, on the advisory board of Project rockit, founding board member of The Childhood Resilience Foundation and contributing editor to Vanity Fair. She sits down with the armchair expert to discuss overcoming trauma, cyber bullying and her experience being publicly labeled as a negative archetype. Monica talks about being an upstander and Dax is impressed by Monica’s resilience. The two discuss chasing and breaking patterns, public shame and the ways in which they both seek safety.
Jim Jefferies

Jim Jefferies

2019-10-1401:55:3033

Jim Jefferies (Legit, The Jim Jefferies Show) is an Australian-American stand-up comedian, political commentator, actor, and writer. Jim visits the attic to discuss his early negative experience doing standup, his mothers end of life and his relationship to sobriety. Jim talks about the gun control bit that changed his career and Dax asks about Australian masculinity. The two talk about the desire to one up every conversation and the benefit of maintaining friendships with ex-girlfriends.
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

2019-10-1002:15:3443

Nadine Burke Harris is an American pediatrician who is the 1st and current Surgeon General of California. She is known for her work in adverse childhood experiences. Nadine visits the Armchair Expert to discuss the impact childhood trauma has on health and longevity, she talks about her own experience with childhood adversity and she gives tools to buffer those who have many ACEs. Nadine talks about the screening process she pioneered and Dax wonders if parents will ever be truthful in admitting their contribution to childhood trauma. The two talk about the study that first led to ACE research, they discuss how awareness leads to shame reduction and Monica and Dax are in awe of Nadine's uniphile status.
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Jennifer Doleshal

I love this guy! I loved flight of the Concords! wonderful surprise

Dec 14th
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Kim Westrich

Another great show!

Dec 14th
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Kim Westrich

Loved it

Dec 14th
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Sam Chadwick

TI = Twisted Idiot?

Dec 13th
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Tuesday Ashley

tried listening. couldnt finish. barf

Dec 12th
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Amy

OMG, Sam says he thought The Legacy was awful... my boyfriend and I recently watched it and I absolutely loved it! Obviously bc Sam and Katherine are wonderful actors 😘 Thoroughly enjoyed this interview 👍

Dec 10th
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Amber Stepp

Yep, nope. Won't be listening to this one. Until next ep, folks...

Dec 10th
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jackieblue361

Thanks for a great one. I have loved him since The Yellow Rose!

Dec 10th
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Sophie Bijan

how come there are no comments?!!

Dec 10th
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Susan Fronek

TI is a child abuser. He traumatized his young daughter with yearly hymen virginity checks yet encouraged his young teen son to have sex. Misogynist and abusive. Nope.

Dec 10th
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Oliver Fenelon Ché

Mike Schur said, ‘HUMAN RIGHTS’

Dec 8th
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Kian Karimi

queen ❤😍

Dec 7th
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Wendy St Pierre

omg I laughed so hard at the "taking a hike" bit. Way to go Dax!!

Dec 6th
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Cynthia Barker

LOVE SAM ELLIOT WHO DOESN'T

Dec 4th
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Stacy Lucero

I want to like the fact check... but....I don't like that Monica completely negated Dax's fond memory of his strong feelings about getting a moped from his dad. Ugh!! she wasn't there and she really can't say how bad he wanted this and how getting this from his dad was so much more than just a surprise gift. Just accept his memory and RESPECT it and enjoy his happiness when he reminisces. No need to analyze it and make him question his memory.

Dec 4th
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Rose Christenson

I keep dying, omergawd. "My mom is the 'r' word." and Monica thinks Emilia meant she was calling her mom retarded and Dax had to literally spell it out for them. 🤣😂🤣😂

Dec 3rd
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This-is-Camel

2:46

Dec 3rd
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jackieblue361

Great example of how Christians and Atheists can have a great conversation.

Dec 2nd
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Céline Fischer

1000% Mickey Rourke in 91/2 weeks.

Dec 1st
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Woody Wonder

Just found your episodes Dax,, and i cant stop listening to Emilia's voice. she is sooo lovely when she's speaking! 😍 tnx for that armchair. 👌🏼

Dec 1st
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