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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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Michael Eric Dyson

Michael Eric Dyson

2021-03-0401:32:28

Michael Eric Dyson is a professor, ordained minister, political commentator, and the author of seven New York Times bestsellers. Michael joins the Armchair Expert to discuss preaching at the National Cathedral on the King’s Sunday, the transition from going to an inner-city segregated school to a school with rich white kids, and how the church became a lifeline for him. Michael recounts the day when Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and his last great speech, the level of mastery of Jay-Z, and how race is shaped by the environment and context of the culture. The two discuss white privilege, the Capitol protestors, and their opinions on why the 2020 election was so close.
Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall

2021-02-2501:23:37

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace is an ethologist and advocate for the environment, animals, and the natural world. Jane joins the Armchair Expert to discuss her journey to studying chimpanzees, how her approach of empathy allowed her to learn how human chimps are and that they have a culture of their own. Jane explains how similar the gender roles are between chimps and humans, her trajectory of going deep into the jungle and coming out a world icon, and how the Jane Goodall Institute has grown to 24 institutes in 24 separate countries. Dax admits that if he met Jane, he would try to groom her.
Erin Meyer

Erin Meyer

2021-02-1801:21:192

Erin Meyer (The Culture Map, No Rules Rules) is an author and professor at the INSEAD Business School, based in Paris. Erin joins the Armchair Expert to discuss how feedback is interpreted differently in various cultures, who the most direct and confrontational culture is, and how to move beyond stereotypes to understand the more complex issues we are unaware are affecting us. Erin teaches us how we need to build empathy and develop strategies when interacting with people from other cultures, the direct to indirect negative feedback scale, and why Americans are seen as superficial and hypocritical in most European cultures. Erin explains how we express disagreement differently in many parts of the world, how every culture is deferring to authority less than their parents did, and that you need to understand the differences in cultures in order to make the right adjustments.
Emily Morse

Emily Morse

2021-02-1101:21:35

Emily Morse is a sex therapist, author and host of the podcast Sex with Emily. Emily joins the Armchair Expert to discuss Dax’s favorite subject: sex. Emily explains her theory on why sex is still the most taboo topic in America, how little has changed in sex education, and the effect pornography is having on young people. Emily stresses how important communication is for a thriving sex life, how much there is to discover about yourself if you’re curious, and that you’re responsible for your own orgasm, not your partner. The two discuss shame around self-pleasure, the impact sexual wellness has on your overall wellness, and Emily’s vision of lube on every nightstand.
Adam Grant Returns

Adam Grant Returns

2021-02-0402:21:061

Adam Grant returns to discuss his new book Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know. Adam is an organizational psychologist, professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and TED speaker. Adam discusses how to open people’s minds, the psychology of maximizing and satisficing, and the advantages of imposter syndrome. Adam weighs in on a disagreement between Dax & Monica, explains the dangers of desirability bias, and the different modes of thinking: preacher, prosecutor, and politician. Adam pitches building a competence and character political party while Dax shares one of his self-fulfilling prophecies.
Robert Livingston

Robert Livingston

2021-01-2901:17:44

Robert Livingston is a social psychologist at the Harvard Kennedy School, he studies the science underlying implicit bias and racism. Robert joins the Armchair Expert to discuss the science behind racism, how to synthesize and assemble it into something people can digest, and the ways to make profound and sustainable change around it. Robert explains his P.R.E.S.S. model, how empathy is the most important part of it, and the difference between equality and equity.
Jethro Bovingdon and Rob Corddry join the Armchair Expert to discuss all things Top Gear America. The group explains the prestige of the Top Gear brand, how high the bar was going into the new iteration, and Jethro explains how his job is mostly stopping Dax & Rob from doing weird bits. They discuss the competitiveness between Jethro & Dax, Rob’s personal arc over the last year on the show, and Jethro answers questions from the group about English people.
Jamil Zaki

Jamil Zaki

2021-01-2101:38:311

Jamil Zaki (The War for Kindness) is a professor of psychology at Stanford University and the director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab. Jamil joins the Armchair Expert to discuss all things empathy: why he was drawn to the topic, the roadblocks of it, the erosion of empathy and how to get it back. He explains the different types of empathy (emotional, cognitive, and empathic concern), the impact it has on motivation in the workplace, and how self-compassion is a bridge to having compassion for others. Jamil expresses how empathy leads to a healthier mental and physical state and the importance of tuning your empathy towards who you want to be.
Brad Grossman

Brad Grossman

2021-01-1401:16:561

Brad Grossman is an author, entrepreneur, and creator of the Zeitguide’s Culture Class. Brad joins the Armchair Expert to discuss his role as a culture guide and how he seeks out all the interesting information in the world and synthesizes it for his students.  Brad explains the inspiring ways companies and individuals are pivoting in order to connect to consumers, how covid has been a magnifier to our systemic problems, and the ways it will help us reboot our sense of humanity. Dax and Brad explore what’s going to happen in 2021, the need to dismantle archaic systems and tweak them in a way that’s more sustainable to humanity. Go to Zeitguide.com and use code “ARMCHERRIES” for 50% off Brad’s first culture class of the year.
Sanjay Gupta Returns

Sanjay Gupta Returns

2021-01-0701:55:211

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the first three-peat Armchair Expert guest and an American neurosurgeon, medical reporter, CNN medical correspondent, and author. Sanjay, fresh off receiving his covid-19 vaccination, joins the Armchair Expert to discuss how much we’ve learned about human behavior this year. Sanjay explains the evolution of neurogenesis and why cognitive decline is not inevitable. The two discuss that in order to heal the body you have to heal the mind, the importance of building the resiliency of your brain, and the power exercise has on it. Dax tells Sanjay about Monica’s psilocybin experience and Sanjay tells us that the best thing you can do for your brain is to take a brisk walk with a friend and discuss your problems.
John O. Brennan

John O. Brennan

2020-12-1701:39:57

John O. Brennan is a former American intelligence officer who served as the Director of the CIA from 2013 to 2017. John joins the Armchair Expert to discuss the distinctions between the CIA and FBI, his professional route through his career, and serving under six different administrations. John explains what it’s like to be confronted with harsh realities where either course of action has implications, the ebbs and flows of the CIA’s power of persuasion, and the need for ethical intelligence. John opens up about the personal weight of his job, the trickle-down effects of supporting smaller nations, and the ways in which climate change will continue to have serious national security implications. In the fact check, we find out if Miniature Mouse is a good fit for the CIA.
Dov Fox

Dov Fox

2020-12-1001:35:00

Dov Fox is Professor of Law and Herzog Endowed Scholar at the University of San Diego School of Law and the host of the podcast Donor 9623. Dov joins the Armchair Expert from his closet to discuss growing up without a father, the effects overcoming adversity had on him as a parent, and cases of reproduction gone awry. The two debate genetic advantages that people are born with, how hard it is to tell your life story without knowing where it begins, and the ethics behind testing for genetic conditions in the reproductive process. Dov and Dax explore what’s okay to want in a child and when it crosses a line while Dax admits he wants to heal and nurture the child in him. And a surprise guest joins us for the fact check.
Emmanuel Acho

Emmanuel Acho

2020-12-0450:541

BONUS EPISODE with Emmanuel Acho is a former NFL player and the author of the New York Times Bestselling book Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man. Emmanuel joins the Armchair Expert to discuss that their are huge differences between color and culture, how societally we need to do a better job being proactive instead of reactive, and the communication barriers between the black lives matter and blue lives matter movements. He explains the need to acknowledge opportunity inequality and that proximity breeds care while distance breeds fear.
Scott Kelly

Scott Kelly

2020-12-0301:43:47

Scott Kelly is a retired astronaut that set the record for the total accumulated number of days spent in space. Scott joins the Armchair Expert to discuss his path to becoming an astronaut and how seeing earth from space really changes your perspective on humanity. Scott explains his structured approach to dealing with isolation, how he was able to compartmentalize fear, and what it’s like living in microgravity.  Dax asks Scott some questions about living in space, if he saw any extraterrestrial activities while up there, and if anyone has ever made love in space.
Susan David

Susan David

2020-11-2601:45:263

Susan David, Ph.D. is one of the world’s leading management thinkers and an award-winning Harvard Medical School psychologist. Susan joins the Armchair Expert to discuss the work she does on emotional agility, what it takes for us to be healthy humans, and the dangerous narrative that success equals happiness. Susan explains that emotions are transient, how we need to face them with compassion and how vital accuracy is when evaluating them. She demonstrates how you go about defining your values and how to start creating distance between ourselves and our emotions.
Tristan Harris

Tristan Harris

2020-11-1902:09:40

Tristan Harris is a computer scientist, and the co-founder & president of the Center for Humane Technology. Tristan Harris joins the Armchair Expert to discuss the role technology is playing in our lives, how algorithms determine the things we like, and how technology companies need to take on more responsibility. Tristan explains our inability to have trust in a shared information environment, how humans are becoming more unable to choose their own thoughts, and how technology enables us to run away from ourselves. Dax & Tristan discuss how users are more profitable when they’re addicted, anxious, and misinformed and Tristan breaks down the deep dilemma of living in these digital habitats.
Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo

2020-11-1201:48:43

Daniel Ricciardo is an Italian-Australian Formula One racing driver. Daniel joins the Armchair Expert to discuss getting into racing when he was 9 years old, how he stays fit during the race season and rebounding from a poor qualifying round. Dax explains the science behind downforce and g-force, he compliments Daniel on his girthy neck and pitches a race gas scented cologne. Daniel explains how anti-superstitious he is and how it leads to a lack of accountability, how he finds enjoyment before a race and just how important the first 45 seconds of a race is. By the end of the interview, Monica impresses Daniel with the insightfulness of her racing questions.
Yuval Harari Returns

Yuval Harari Returns

2020-11-0501:31:443

Yuval Harari (Sapiens, Homo Deus, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century) is a historian who lectures at the Department of History, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializing in world history. Yuval joins the Armchair Expert again to discuss the positive and negative sides of biometric surveillance and the importance of trusting other scientific institutions. Yuval explains the value of understanding how we got where we are today, that revolutions need to be gradual, and how disruptive technologies don’t obey borders. The two discuss how extreme views are much better for grabbing human attention, how algorithms are figuring out how to hack humans, and the problems with believing in free will without considering external manipulation.
Joseph Laycock

Joseph Laycock

2020-10-2901:49:13

Spooky episode alert! Joseph Laycock is an associate professor of religious studies at Texas State University. Joseph joins the Armchair Expert to discuss all things exorcism; the overall belief of demonic possession in America, the unholy trinity of films that influenced belief, and how it’s typically a political phenomenon. Joseph talks about the Salem Witch Trials, the West Memphis Three trial, the McMartin Preschool trial and explains why people tend to tell awful stories during times of upheavals. Dax reminisces on the satanic panic of the 80s and Joseph exclaims that if you’re doing it right, critical thinking should hurt.
Erin Geiger Smith

Erin Geiger Smith

2020-10-2201:45:082

Erin Geiger Smith is a freelance reporter for The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, and author of Thank You for Voting: The Past, Present, and Future of Voting. Erin joins the Armchair Expert to talk about the history of democracy, the rise of the electoral college, and how voting has evolved over time. Erin explains the ways in which voter suppression is still happening today, the systematic issues we face and how democracy works best if everybody shows up. Dax asks Erin about voter fraud and the voting statistics between different demographics. In the fact check, Dax and Monica have a debate about issues on this year’s ballot.
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Comments (35)

masoud bivareh

👍👍👍

Oct 27th
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Daniel Stout

okay the how come those emails from Hillary and her team are bragging about buying "leftover pizza" from last night for thousands of dollars? then you find out the fbi lists pizza as a term pedophiles use and then you see the twisted artwork at comet pizza, add all that including many other weird ass emails and you stop laughing and start wondering. why is this guy being disingenuous about the "truths" they found. 60 leading priests gathered in the 1920s to discuss the theory of evolution. they concluded that evolution perfectly complements creationism (i.e. God said "Let there be light"...thats the big bang. God took dirt and made Adam. Thats primordial sludge evolving into a man over eons. So science doesn't disprove faith, it enhances it. But aside from that, we have zero proof of evolution. Evolution is 1 species becoming a completely different species over time via a series of mistakes. We haven't found a single "missing link" bone of any animal on earth. If all animals used to be a different animal, there would be millions of bones everywhere and we havent found a single bone. yes 2 wolves can become all the dogs we see today. but thats adaptation, not evolution and wolves and dogs are of the same species. Adaptation and evolution are 2 completely different things and the best evidence we have for evolution is a butterfly whose wings changed colors lol. so knowing all this, how come they teach evolution as a fact, when its nothing more than a weak theory with no evidence?

Oct 7th
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Oh Be

ccyggcc vt6t5tgy

Sep 16th
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Carla

Free range parenting.. aka let. kids. do. things...

Sep 5th
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Archana Singh

Dude. She speaks SO FAST. I'm Indian and I could hardly keep up. Wooooaaah.

Aug 21st
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Bob Hamlin

too much "cute" chatting of the dull-brained hosts, and not enough good content. removed from my playlist.

Jul 22nd
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Melissa North

Give me a fu*king break. Even remotely implying that at 80k/yr tuition at Stanford is affordable because kids whose parents make under 60k/yr go free? PLEASE. If a kids parents make 160k/yr, they bring home MAYBE 120k net per year, no way in fu*k hell can that parent afford 80k/yr. That kid will be graduating with devastating amount of debt. As USUAL it's the middle class that get bent over and screwed hard.

Jun 9th
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Janice Baleson

One of my most favourite podcasts!!

Jun 8th
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Corey Goodall

Jim Jones had a lot of followers & people who believed in him. he.was.a.fucking.nut.

Apr 10th
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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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