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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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Peggy Orenstein

Peggy Orenstein

2020-02-2701:43:293

Peggy Orenstein is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Girls & Sex, Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Waiting for Daisy and Boys & Sex. Peggy sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss her research in talking to young boys, why parents need to be open with their kids about sexual realities and the impact of pornography. Dax asks how boys can stand up to injustice without losing their social capital and Peggy talks about the uncoupling of pleasure and sex. The two talk about the double standards that exist in the way we perceive young males and young females, how gay communities navigate sex and the misconceptions boys and girls hold about the opposite gender.
In Part 3: Monica and Jess Love Motherly Advice with Kristen Bell, M and J invite their mom to the attic. Using her mother's intuition, Kristen warns Jess on the falsity of butterflies, they discuss the prevalence of blocking people on apps and Kristen asks Jess about the rigidity of tops and bottoms in the gay dating community. She encourages Monica to externalize her sexuality, she tells a story of a friend who leaves her underwear at bars and Monica reveals a recent fantasy slip. Kristen talks about her own dating patterns - testing her partners and dealing with jealousy. The three discuss fidelity, knowing one's value and Kristen assigns the most extreme challenges yet.
Ashton Kutcher Returns

Ashton Kutcher Returns

2020-02-2401:56:1038

Ashton Kutcher (The Ranch, Jobs, No Strings Attached, That 70s Show) is an American actor, producer, and entrepreneur. Ashton returns to the attic to discuss new decade resolutions, his goal to eliminate child pornography from the Internet and his interest in improving the foster care system. Dax talks about working with Ashton on The Ranch and Ashton talks about his love of a live audience. The two talk about preparing for the apocalypse, intention versus perception and appreciating counterintuitive data.
LIVE: Jason De León

LIVE: Jason De León

2020-02-2001:27:3912

Armchair Expert Live from Los Angeles at UCLA. February 1st, 2020.
In Part 2: Monica and Jess Love Boys who like Christmas, M and J have one solo episode (before they bring in experts) where they dive deeper into their histories. They discuss their experiences completing last week’s challenge. Jess lived in fear all week that he ruined his challenge and Monica adds “needs to like Christmas” to her list. Jess talks about having secret moments in his youth with other boys while openly having a girlfriend and Monica goes through some of her boy-crazy artifacts. The two discuss feeling on the outside of normal and craving experiences just to feel “in the club”. They realize the amount of similarities in their backgrounds. Jess and Monica give each other challenges to complete by the following week.
Alison Brie

Alison Brie

2020-02-1702:04:4223

Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men, Glow) is an American actress. She sits down with the armchair expert to discuss the experience of filming Mad Men and Community simultaneously, why she doesn't like WWE being referred to as "fake" and mental illness in her family. Dax asks how she met her husband and Alison talks about the decision to do nudity. The two discuss why humans are inclined to protect bad behavior, the merits of apple eating and the science of blackouts.
In Part 1: Monica and Jess Love Boys with Dax Shepard, M and J sit down with the Armchair Expert. Dax knows Monica and Jess better than anyone and he uses his previous knowledge to help diagnose individual and collective dating patterns. He asks Jess about addiction, his propensity for sex, “dating” rituals and he asks why Jess isn’t leading with his superpower: personality. He talks to Monica about her tendency to overanalyze, her pattern of wanting people she can’t have and not being attracted to people who find her attractive. Dax gives tips on how to navigate this social experiment and he gives M and J a challenge to complete by the following week.
Ezra Klein

Ezra Klein

2020-02-1301:59:5920

Ezra Klein is an American journalist, blogger, and political commentator who co-founded Vox. Ezra sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss the current state of polarization, how liberty and equality can work in tandem and the impact of media on the world. Dax asks about his debate with Sam Harris and Ezra details the prevalence of NIMBY-ism. The two talk about the effects of political transparency, the misconception about identity politics and the pros and cons of universal basic income.
Monica and Jess Love Boys is a 10 episode series brought to you by the Armchair Expert that follows the relationship struggles of two opposites. Jess, who dates too much and Monica who dates too little. They approach relationships from opposing ends but quickly realize how the underlying issues are universal. Jess dates in the gay community while Monica dates in the straight one. They get to deep dive not only into individual patterns but societal ones as well in the different dating scenes. Through meeting with different experts (therapists, doctors, friends in successful relationships, relationship professionals and the armchair expert himself), they explore and uncover traps and patterns that we all fall into as humans and they ask the age old question- why do we do what we do? However, in keeping with the true armchair spirit- Monica and Jess know talking about problems is not enough. Action is necessary to evoke change. At the end of each episode M&J are given a challenge in an attempt to break bad habits. In one episode Monica is challenged to give a stranger her phone number. In another, Jess is asked to be 100% honest on his dating profiles. As they learn how to partner healthily with others, they grow into healthier individuals as well.
Josh Gad

Josh Gad

2020-02-1001:43:3733

Josh Gad (Frozen, Frozen 2, Book of Mormon, The Daily Show) is an American actor, comedian, and singer. Josh sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss kindness in Hollywood, fatherhood, and his experience on Broadway. Dax claims Josh has won the lottery multiple times and Josh sets a goal for the next time he visits Armchair. The two talk about how we can learn from history, what its like to be the court jester and putting their mothers on pedestals.
Chris Voss

Chris Voss

2020-02-0601:40:0325

Chris Voss is an American businessman, author, and professor. Voss is a former FBI hostage negotiator, the CEO of The Black Swan Group Ltd, and co-author of the book, Never Split the Difference. Chris sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss his time as a hostage negotiator, what drove him to law enforcement and the benefits of de-escalation. Dax wonders about the evolution of terrorism and Chris talks us through the hostage negotiation of Jill Carroll. He talks about the power of saying no, the concept of bending reality and the ways in which we can win negotiations in our daily lives.
Will Arnett

Will Arnett

2020-02-0301:40:1537

Will Arnett (Arrested Development, BoJack Horseman, Blades of Glory, Lego Movie) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian and producer. Will sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss his friendship with Dax, feeling like people misconstrue his optimism for arrogance and why he doesn't consider himself a comedian. Dax admits he was envious of Will's life and Will talks about his experience doing voiceover work. The two discuss sobriety, re-defining their narratives and how they became friends over Breves.
Jared Cohen

Jared Cohen

2020-01-3002:07:3125

Jared Cohen is an American businessman. He is currently serving as the CEO of Jigsaw and an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He has also served as a member of the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff and as an advisor to Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton and he is the author of Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America. Jared sits down with the armchair expert to discuss his obsession with history, the impact of social media on world crises and he teaches us how to win the week. Dax asks about his collection of presidential hair and Jared talks about how he learned to transfer his visible ticks to invisible ones. The two debate the importance of presidential fidelity and the narrowing center in American politics.
Claire Danes

Claire Danes

2020-01-2702:00:4849

Claire Danes (Homeland, Romeo and Juliet, Temple Grandin, My So Called Life) is an American actress. Claire sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss growing up in an artistic environment, her feelings surrounding the final season of Homeland and her only one-night stand. Dax wonders if Claire was scared to play Temple Grandin and Claire talks about the choice to pass on Titanic. She discusses an absence of socialization as a kid, the awkwardness of returning to acting after college and an absurd experience at the Met Ball.
LIVE: Dierks Bentley

LIVE: Dierks Bentley

2020-01-2301:29:0514

Armchair Expert Live from Nashville at Andrew Jackson Hall. November 1st, 2019.
Drew Carey

Drew Carey

2020-01-2001:43:2030

Drew Carey (The Drew Carey Show, The Price is Right) is an American comedian, actor, voice actor, sports executive, and game show host. Drew sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss his experience with meditation, his interest in gambling and being able to see his childhood with clarity as an adult. Dax asks about the phenomenon of The Price is Right and Drew invites the AE team to Disneyland. The two talk about overcoming less than ideal circumstances, their relationship to money and Drew shares his secret to show business.
Sam Harris Returns

Sam Harris Returns

2020-01-1602:23:3448

Sam Harris is an American author, neuroscientist, philosopher, and podcast host. In Sam’s return to Armchair Expert, he discusses what it means to live an examined life. He touches on the concepts of being deliberate with one’s attention, consciousness as experience and the value of meditation. Dax believes Sam holds paradoxical interests and Sam admits he is increasingly leaning away from controversy. The two start the episode with an interesting thought experiment and they discuss the complexity of gurus.
January Jones

January Jones

2020-01-1301:59:0134

January Jones (Mad Men, Last Man on Earth, Anger Management) is an American actress and model. January joins the Armchair Expert to discuss her obsession with reality TV, moving to Los Angeles with Ashton Kutcher in her early 20s and noting people don’t expect her to be smart. Dax is excited they are both named after fictional characters and January gives her opinion on why Mad Men was so successful. The two talk about social anxiety, January talks about her fear of fear and she discusses her experience as a single mother raising a young boy.
Ronan Farrow

Ronan Farrow

2020-01-0901:58:2447

Ronan Farrow is an American journalist. Ronan sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss his childhood growing up among 10 siblings, the discomfort of having a public family and his commitment to uncovering the truth. Dax is obsessed with Ronan’s wunderkind status and Ronan corrects Dax on calling him the “vanguard of the me too movement.” The two talk about universal insecurities, Ronan gives a piece of advice to celebrity parents and Dax and Monica beg him to be their best friend.
Rainn Wilson

Rainn Wilson

2020-01-0601:58:3655

Rainn Wilson (The Office, Six Feet Under, The Rocker) is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, businessman and producer. Rainn joins the Armchair Expert to discuss his feelings about The Office, his experience with the Baha’i faith and his familial connection to acting. Dax commends Rainn’s approach to comedy and Rainn talks about using the position of celebrity for good. The two talk about overcoming the need for global approval, Monica admits a big confession and Rainn explains that we will all meet again and on the next spiritual plane.
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Comments (1515)

Lauren Hillin

I always say that Dax! You can always get warmer when it's cold but you cant get cold when it's hot. #iliveinTexas

Feb 27th
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Ryce Davis

clearly they have never been cheated on.

Feb 27th
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Nancy Bezanson

The podcast is great and I'm 2 glasses of wine in and I gotta say Dax your wife has the most rockin' boots! I think I have said this before 2 glasses of wine in but WTF love you guys✌

Feb 27th
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Laxmi Woodham

I love these! I'm already in a relationship, but it's wonderful to hear the honest and vulnerable introspection that Monica and Jess share. I can't wait to see how the challenges continue to help them grow!

Feb 26th
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Bethany

Jason De León's laugh is infectious. I loved how much Dax made him laugh...I'd start laughing at the conversation and then laugh harder hearing his reactions. Enjoyed it 😊💕

Feb 26th
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Nancy W

Thank you Ashton Kutcher...as a former foster child...foster care NEEDS to be overhauled in every single way. You are a hero for all the hard and heart breaking work you already do and I am beyond impressed by the person you are. Bless you xo

Feb 26th
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H Carter

not good

Feb 26th
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Mark Welch

I like dax I think he does a great job interviewing people but it does get old him always apologizing for being white

Feb 26th
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ilovepodcasts41

stop saying "Hey Google"

Feb 25th
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Erika Myers

that laugh 🤪🤪

Feb 25th
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Eduardo Polloni

03:07

Feb 24th
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Jason Fusaro

But yet again I thought it couldn't get better. The best guest returns Ashton Kutcher as a dad of a 4 year old girl I thank you PS Disney should be ashamed there 4 years plus shows like Bunked prompts sex ☹️☹️ Dax n Ashton 2 of the realist Guys in the Hollywood #powercouple

Feb 24th
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Erika Myers

not sure why I avoided this podcast so long. one of my new faves for entertainment

Feb 24th
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ilovepodcasts41

Thank you so much Ashton for what you've done for the war against pedophilia. ❤

Feb 24th
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Brett Estes

3:10

Feb 24th
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Claudia & Derek Halecky

oh my goodness! The more i listen to this podcast the more i feel like you are making clear to me a lot of crap in my childhood! who woulda thunk?

Feb 22nd
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Jason Fusaro

Dax I hope you read this since there's only 1 comment on again a great show. My wife and I were told that we couldn't get pregnant well 4 years ago my baby girl was born. My wife and I have been together for 18 years were 36 . Dax I just need you to know you have help me grow as Man , husband Father because of your podcasts from a Man that had a girl who changed our life's 18 mnts for me a VET!! with PTSD and I'm going through some deep shit love to hear back Ps Monica's podcasts is great but don't let it hurt armchair Love ya

Feb 22nd
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Erika Myers

McCauley caulkin? and Mila

Feb 21st
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popisms X

If I wanted to subscribe to a dating podcast I would have. Create a new channel for this.

Feb 21st
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Kelleigh Bossa

i just started listening, So maybe they change it farther in, but just skip the last 20 of every episode. the correcting is not worth the time.

Feb 20th
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