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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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Juliette Lewis

Juliette Lewis

2020-06-2901:17:0915

Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers, Old School, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation) is an American actress. Juliette chats with the Armchair Expert about wanting to be seen as her current self rather than her past self, she talks about her early struggle with fame and how acting course corrected her wayward path. Dax asks what’s it’s like to be a part of an evergreen holiday movie and Juliette talks about the distraction of beauty in acting. The two discuss the phenomena of Natural Born Killers, her pull towards music and her new show, I Know This Much Is True.
Jeffrey Sachs

Jeffrey Sachs

2020-06-2501:54:1919

Jeff Sachs an American economist, academic, public policy analyst and former director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, where he holds the title of University Professor. He is known as one of the world's leading experts on economic development and the fight against poverty. Jeff chats with the Armchair Expert about his career in international economics, what he’s learned from advising other countries and his propensity to model Scandinavia’s middle way economic model. Dax asks about communism in theory vs. in practice and Jeff implores us to take care of one another. The two talk about how the history of WWI has led to today and Jeff describes ways in which we couldn’t have a more balanced economy.
Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin

2020-06-2201:46:5115

Blake Griffin is an American professional basketball player for the NBA the Detroit Pistons. Blake chats with the armchair expert about growing up playing basketball with his dad and brother, learning to be a leader amongst players who are older than him and he talks through his game-day routine. Dax asks about Blake’s experience with racism and Blake discusses managing money. They talk about balancing egos and Blake shares what he learned after enduring an injury early in his career.
BONUS: Malcolm Gladwell

BONUS: Malcolm Gladwell

2020-06-1935:3015

BONUS EPISODE! Malcolm Gladwell joins the Armchair Expert to talk about the upcoming season of The Revisionist History podcast.
Vivek Murthy

Vivek Murthy

2020-06-1801:59:3019

Vivek Murthy is an American physician and former vice admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps who served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States. Vivek chats with the armchair expert about the health implications of loneliness, how his childhood as an outsider made him more compassionate and why he became interested in public policy. Dax wonders about the dilemma between liberty and equality on health legislation and Vivek talks about the biggest boat rescue in human history. He talks about what he learned from a patient who won the lottery and the lessons he’s taken from patients on their deathbeds.
Beastie Boys

Beastie Boys

2020-06-1501:15:1424

Beastie Boys were an American hip hop group from New York City. Adam and Mike D sit down with the Armchair Expert to discuss the nascent beginnings of the band, the protective nature of a group dynamic and working with legends early in their careers. Dax makes predictions about Mike and Adam's life and they discuss the conflation of personal identity with band identity. They talk about what it feels like to lose a band member and Adam is the first to introduce Zoom chat to the Armchair Expert recording history.
Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morissette

2020-06-1201:21:2128

Alanis Morissette is a Canadian-American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Alanis chats with the Armchair Expert about finding music as a young kid, the concept of "deserving" fame and the attributes of being a highly sensitive person. Dax is hung up on one of her song lyrics and Alanis shares what it's like to be a principal's daughter. The two talk about shedding the desire for loyalty, they dissect the word perverted and they talk discuss the fundamental difference between Canadian and Americans.
Ibram X. Kendi

Ibram X. Kendi

2020-06-1101:28:3820

Ibram X. Kendi is an American author and historian who teaches at American University. From July 2020, Kendi will join Boston University to launch the BU Center for Antiracist Research. Ibram sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss the definitions of racism vs. anti-racism, the importance of acknowledging moments of racism in your life and his own racist beliefs that he has worked on shedding. Dax wonders if it’s realistic to ask people to prioritize issues that don’t directly affect them and Ibram equates fighting racists ideas to fighting addictions. They talk about the police system, how to educate children and the unspoken element of gun deaths in America.
Bradley Whitford

Bradley Whitford

2020-06-0801:23:3814

Bradley Whitford (The West Wing, The Handmaid’s Tale, Get Out) is an American actor and political activist. Bradley chats with the armchair expert about growing up in a Quaker household, the impact of social change through storytelling and the three thoughts that flood his brain when receiving direction. Dax asks about the events that led to Bradley writing episodes for The West Wing and Bradley talks about his experience of playing complex characters. The two talk about professions that draw arrogant people and their mutual desire to say the worst thing at the worst moment.
Heather McGhee

Heather McGhee

2020-06-0401:23:4039

Heather McGhee is an American political commentator, political strategist, currently a distinguished senior fellow and former president of Demos, a non-profit progressive U.S. think tank. Heather sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss race in America - her takeaway from going to a white school but living in a black neighborhood and her theory that racism comes at a cost to all races. Dax asks about the economic impact of systemic racism and Heather talks about her epiphany watching Black Panther. They talk about colorism, the history of police interfacing with the black community and the hope of change.
Jon Meacham

Jon Meacham

2020-05-2801:40:1018

Jon Meacham is a Pulitzer prize winning author, reviewer, and presidential biographer. Jon chats with the Armchair Expert about this early fascination with politics, attending Ronald Reagan's inauguration as a young boy and the importance of delineating historical figures from saints. Jon states his position on confederate statues and Dax asks what factors distinguished his pulitzer prize winning book from the others. The two talk about how age has affected their career outlook and they debate the impact of Christianity in the modern world.
Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy

2020-05-2501:29:3960

Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, Mike and Molly, Spy, Identity Thief) is an American actress, comedian, writer and producer. Melissa chats with her old pal, the armchair expert, about how she found the Groundlings, tanking her Bridesmaids audition and her hatred of e-mail. Dax commends Melissa for continuing to work with old friends and Melissa talks about her love of renovating homes. The two discuss the dream of Saturday Night Live, the unifying experience of seeing comedies in a theatre and they reminisce on an old comedy show they did together in which one audience member (in a 400 seat theatre) came to see it.
Laurie Santos

Laurie Santos

2020-05-2101:34:3128

Dr. Laurie Santos is a cognitive scientist and Professor of Psychology at Yale University and host of The Happiness Lab podcast. Laurie chats with the armchair expert to discuss 5 ways to increase happiness during quarantine, the neuroscience behind deep breaths and why studying animals is better than studying humans. Dax connects Laurie's principals to the principals of AA and Laurie talks about the negative impact of academic grades. The two discuss the scientific effects of giving and the connection between anthropology and psychology.
50 Cent

50 Cent

2020-05-1801:03:0426

Curtis Jackson better known as 50 Cent is an American rapper, actor, producer, and entrepreneur. 50 cent chats with the Armchair Expert about towing the line between Curtis and 50 Cent, hustling at age 12 and having to make the distinction between the one who sells and the one who consumes. Dax asks about masculinity and 50 Cent talks about being a lightweight. The two talk about their instinctual guard against people and why it’s important to have a career that evolves over time.
Rajiv Shah

Rajiv Shah

2020-05-1401:54:2414

Rajiv Shah is the President of the Rockefeller Foundation. He is a former American government official, physician and health economist who served as the 16th Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development from 2010–2015 under President Obama. He also held many leadership positions at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Raj chats with the Armchair Expert about the economics of the healthcare system, leading the U.S response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the Rockefeller Foundation's commitment to expand Covid-19 testing. Dax asks what he learned from Bill and Melinda Gates and Raj talks about having to address the crisis in Haiti only 6 days into the job. They two talk about America's interest in expanding American values around the globe, vaccinations and the importance of agriculture in humanitarian efforts.
America Ferrera

America Ferrera

2020-05-1101:28:2521

America Ferrera (Ugly Betty, End Of Watch, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Superstore) is an American actress, voice actress, producer, and director. America chats with the Armchair Expert to discuss her feelings of insecurity when she won her Emmy, growing up being told she wouldn’t make it and her learned skill of molding stereotypes into true representations. Dax wonders if it can feel burdensome to be the voice of a community and America talks about her identity crisis at the conclusion of Ugly Betty. Dax and America discuss raising children in a place of privilege and the newfound proximity amongst women in the industry.
Dan Heath

Dan Heath

2020-05-0701:38:4817

Dan Heath is an American bestselling author, speaker and fellow at Duke University's CASE center. Dan chats with the Armchair Expert about why certain ideas stick, the emotionality behind urban legends and the benefit of thinking upstream. Dax implores those to think about the financial benefits to upstream social reform and Dan explains that every system is designed for its outcome. The two talk about systemic preventions that have a lasting impact, getting caught in a bad plan loop and they commiserate about being older dads.
Zoë Kravitz

Zoë Kravitz

2020-05-0401:48:0033

Zoë Kravitz (Mad Max: Fury Road, Big Little Lies, High Fidelity) is an American actress and singer. Zoë chats with the Armchair Expert to discuss the differences between living with her mom versus her dad and her experience working with many powerful women on Big Little Lies. Dax checks himself on asking a potentially misogynistic question and Zoë outs Dax on being obsessed with her mom. The two talk about how Zoë caught Dax is in a compliment paradox the first time they met, they bond over Koo Koo Roo and they debate whether or not to refer to the superhero as Batman or The Batman.
David Chang

David Chang

2020-04-3001:38:3126

David Chang is an American restaurateur, author, television personality and founder of the Momofuku restaurant group. David chats with the Armchair Expert about growing up Korean American, his first time eating ramen in Japan and how he found his way into cooking. Dax talks about elitism in food and David discusses how depression led him to open Momofuku. The two talk about self-medicating, the responsibility to share one’s painful experiences and the importance of asking for help.
Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe

2020-04-2701:42:4956

Rob Lowe (The Outsiders, St. Elmo’s Fire, The West Wing, Parks and Recreation) is an American actor, producer, and director. Rob chats with the Armchair Expert about moving to Malibu as a child and feeling out of place, his time and ultimate departure from The West Wing and going to high school with many famous faces before they were famous. Dax asks about his navigation through negative public moments and Rob talks about his experience on The Outsiders. The two talk about sobriety and Rob’s foresight that caused him to move away from Hollywood.
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KrisS73

If only our country can get on board with Mr. Sachs. I feel so validated as these are exactly my own feelings on my hope for our country, and to hear it spoken with clarity is refreshing. Just makes so much sense if we want to live in a decent world. We need to work hard for it and it's worth it

Jul 1st
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Judi Bennett Smith

I just recently listened to the podcast with Charlie Day and of course went to YouTube to listen to the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. long story short. the captain was Ernest McSorley. another example of Mac vs mc

Jun 30th
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Allison Lee Gordon

dax you must read the nordic theory of everything by any partenan

Jun 28th
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Sara Nico Moreland

Is this episode in superspeed?

Jun 25th
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mc

33:22 🙃

Jun 24th
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Jacquie Chilberg

Monica wins the lawyer / doctor debate. Dax wins the PR discussion. Sorry Monica. Zoe sounds as cool as she looks!

Jun 23rd
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Phily boy 214 215 affiliated for life #FUCK RATS

MUST BE NICE TO HAVE THE TIME TO WATCH ALL THESE NETFLIX DOCS , AND HAVE A INDIAN CHICK WHO THINKS SHE WHITE AND DOESN'T REALIZE SHE THE HOUSE ? AND PLEASE SHUT UP LET DAX TALK MORE UR ? S ARE PERTENSH BUT STILL LOVE THE SHOW

Jun 22nd
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mc

when he said someone put on his wikipedia page that dax is short for daximus 😂

Jun 21st
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Elisabeth Mount

@2:01 to skip first ads

Jun 15th
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Sunshine

I learned so much, thank you!

Jun 11th
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Phily boy 214 215 affiliated for life #FUCK RATS

DAX please hit me up you always talk about bing positive I AM

Jun 11th
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Lucy Stoyke-Riley

yuck. dax Shephard calling his wife a bitch. he thinks he's such a bro.

Jun 9th
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Kimberly Craig

I say this with love Monica — I think you need to examine why you chose to try to be white instead of black and admit to yourself the reasons.

Jun 8th
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mc

I love this one. They really need to have him back.

Jun 6th
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Marcella Zemgulis Werner

I listend to it 3 times! I even took notes. Then I watched the Ted talk twice. Thank you Dax and Monica for having Heather as a guest. I have made a commitment to listen and learn.

Jun 5th
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Greg Ereso

Dax said his name is Dan Sheppard

Jun 5th
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Claudia & Derek Halecky

so, so good!

Jun 5th
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Sofia Herrera

I love Dax he has a upbeat but calming voice he knows when to talk energetic or calmer but his wife wow she’s like a runaway train when she’s talking lol Her interview actually gave me anxiety I had to stop listening. And she talks to him like she’s his Mother that was kinda annoying but oh well I’m not married to her 🙂

Jun 3rd
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Thomas Albert

Never liked Whitney Cummings more & could not have guessed her to be so insightful an individual.

Jun 3rd
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Erika Myers

go bill nye! no wonder he's so smart, his parents sound amazing!

Jun 2nd
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