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Hi, Dax Shepard here. I’m fascinated by smart people with a unique point of view. On this show, I leverage people’s vague awareness of me as an actor to talk with a bunch of bona fide experts. It’s a soothing mix of brain candy and defensive humor (my response to feeling intellectually outclassed). Join me on a layman’s journey through the Land of Specialists!
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Stephen Dubner

Stephen Dubner

2020-04-0202:10:221

Stephen Dubner is an author, journalist, and podcast/radio host. He is co-author of the Freakonomics book series and host of Freakonomics Radio. Stephen sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss being drawn to counterintuitive thinking, his journey to Judaism and looking at politics through an objective lens. Dax asks about Stephen’s childhood and Stephen talks about popular Freakonomics pieces. The two weave in and out of many topics including the prevalence of artificial insemination in turkeys, the uptick in pedestrian deaths and the potential of eating humans.
Lydia Denworth

Lydia Denworth

2020-03-2601:47:30

Lydia Denworth is a science journalist and author. She is the contributing editor for Scientific American and writes for Psychology Today. Her work has also appeared in The Atlantic, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Time. Lydia sits down with the Armchair Expert to talk about the biology of friendship, the science of social bonding and the evidence that we are social animals. Dax asks for suggestions to aid social development for kids who struggle to make friendships and Lydia details how friendship impacts mortality and longevity. They also touch on Lydia's work in the Deaf community, quality vs. quantity in friendships and Lydia explains why Monica is Exhibit A in the necessity of friendship.
Tom Silver

Tom Silver

2020-03-1901:50:02

Tom Silver is a Hypnotherapist with over 35 years of experience developing powerful, proven therapeutic hypnosis methods. Tom sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss his relationship with sobriety, how he stumbled into hypnosis and the depth of the subconscious mind. Dax asks about the distinction between a hypnotist and a hypnotherapist and Tom talks about his experience hypnotizing Guillermo on the Jimmy Kimmel Show. In the second half of the episode, Tom hypnotizes Miniature Mouse. He hooks her up to an EEG and they note the difference in her brain waves in and out of hypnosis. Dax and Monica have another long distance fact check in which they dissect the experience.
Adam Mosseri

Adam Mosseri

2020-03-1201:55:44

Adam Mosseri is the current CEO of Instagram. Adam sits down in the attic to talk about how he landed a job at Facebook, the responsibility of social media and the rise of the individual. Dax wonders if Mark Zuckerberg likes McDonalds and Adam talks through the reasoning behind the hiding likes trial. The two discuss how Facebook got intertwined with Cambridge Analytica, designing platforms to have a certain energy and Dax thinks men's preferences boil down to circles.
BJ Fogg

BJ Fogg

2020-03-0501:45:19

BJ Fogg is an author and social science research associate at Stanford. BJ sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss his approach to changing behavior, growing up in the Mormon faith and his new book Tiny Habits. Dax commends BJ's approach of habit building by stating "after I blank, I will blank" and BJ talks about overcoming a childhood condition. The two discuss the behavior grid, lowering the bar on aspiration and technology in regards to behavior.
Peggy Orenstein

Peggy Orenstein

2020-02-2701:41:101

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.
Ezra Klein

Ezra Klein

2020-02-1301:59:59

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.
Chris Voss

Chris Voss

2020-02-0601:40:033

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.
Jared Cohen

Jared Cohen

2020-01-3002:05:36

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.
Sam Harris Returns

Sam Harris Returns

2020-01-1602:23:344

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.
Ronan Farrow

Ronan Farrow

2020-01-0901:58:151

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.
Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell

2019-12-1202:00:571

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.
Adam Grant

Adam Grant

2019-12-0502:17:1912

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.
Laura Beil

Laura Beil

2019-11-2802:06:322

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.
Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer

2019-11-1402:32:11

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.
Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins

2019-11-0701:42:304

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.
Liz Plank

Liz Plank

2019-10-3101:54:131

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.
Monica Lewinsky

Monica Lewinsky

2019-10-1701:52:407

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.
Nadine Burke Harris

Nadine Burke Harris

2019-10-1002:13:563

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.
Lori Gottlieb

Lori Gottlieb

2019-10-0301:39:514

Lori Gottlieb is an American author and psychotherapist. She sits down in the attic to discuss her transition from entertainment to therapist, her willingness to listen to career advice and the importance of the patient/therapist relationship. She talks about the privilege of being let into someone’s thoughts and Dax wonders if she’s ever fallen in love with a patient. The two talk about the unfamiliarity of change, her rule for couples therapy and what it’s like seeing her patients out in the world.
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Patrick Walsh

OMG THE ABSOLUTE BEST EPISODE EVER!!!!!! BRING PEGGY BACK SOON!

Mar 3rd
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mark liebman

Found Ezra so annoying. Disrespectful to Sam Harris (who by the way owned him when they had a debate). Not even in the same class. Anyway love ya Dax

Feb 14th
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Mariah Fehlman

Dax, I just finished listening to this first podcast. I enjoyed it very much. I have to say that the best part was hearing that you have a "Papa Bob". My Father is also a "Papa Bob" Much love to all of the "Papa Bobs" out there!

Feb 3rd
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Ramon DeLuna

he was talking about Steve Austin the character for the Six million dollar man. not stone cold Steve Austin

Jan 23rd
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Shawna Michelle Heinz

you should have Zachary Levi on your show. Also Charlize Theron and Tea Leoni too!

Nov 22nd
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Shawna Michelle Heinz

I would love if you had Tea Leoni on your show.

Nov 22nd
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Shawna Michelle Heinz

I love you guys! Your banter is natural and funny. Speaking as an exhibitionist, I do like being spied on nude without knowing I'm being watched or I at least want the peeping tom to think I dont know he is watching me. I like to be lusted over and wanted and I dont mind nudity. Though it is true that I wouldn't want kids to see me or my family to see me, I love to flash. So I understand the person that is nude and has a trench coat on and flashes real quick by opening coat and closing coat. Even as a female, I dont like when men do that. I think that it should be women exhibitionist as the female body is much more aesthetically pleasing than the Male body. I especially believe that part of the reason while I think all women's breasts are beautiful because they produce "liquid gold" aka breast milk and are meant for feeding and nourishing. I believe that is why all people male and female whether straight or not, can agree that women's breasts are beautiful. My name is Shawna and I'm from northern cali and im a proud exhibitionist who enjoys voyeurism.

Nov 22nd
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Dawn Shields

what an amazing interview!

Nov 14th
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Kim Westrich

Recommended book to several friends. Depression iS an aweful way to live.

Oct 28th
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Aya

Monica and Dax really can draw these people out in a way that leads to great and relatable discussions that leave me feel like I munched on something mentally and emotionally satisfying.

Oct 13th
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Alaina Mava

love DOG!! - fact check, in Mexico it was Dog, Leland who is his son, and Tim who is his "brother" not 2 sons went to Mexico just 1. - love you Dax and DOG!

Sep 14th
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AVA JOHNSON

CONGRATULATIONS! VERY GOOD! I LOVE YOU!!

Aug 26th
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kevin taylor

Love the show but leave politics out

Jul 19th
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Tracie Sikorski

I listened to this one twice and told friends to listen too. This one is so good for everyone to listen and learn.

Apr 21st
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Tracie Sikorski

omg John sounds like Casey Kasem ! what a great speaker

Apr 17th
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Jane Evangeline Antonia Feast

Sanjay was not referring bro Stone Cold Steve Austin. He was talking about The Six Million Dollar Man. 1970s TV show.

Apr 11th
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Archana Singh

I learn so much from this podcast. That its priceless to me. Can't express enough gratitude.

Apr 9th
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Amanda Hopp

I totally agree with Johann Hari.After being a heroin addict myself for 12 years, the only thing that has changed my life after multiple rehabs and prison time was with medication assistance being Methodone. How we are currently fighting addiction in this country IS NOT WORKING! Awesome episode Dax!! #Lifechanging

Mar 19th
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Jane Evangeline Antonia Feast

While listening to Reshma Saujani, I got a notification from our daughter's school about careers in STEM!

Mar 14th
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Elizabeth Nelson

Monica I got your reference of 182.

Mar 3rd
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