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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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Sam Harris Returns

Sam Harris Returns

2020-01-1602:23:341

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

2020-01-0901:58:241

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

2019-12-1201:56:512

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

2019-12-0502:17:1911

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

2019-11-2802:05:283

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

2019-11-1402:32:111

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

2019-11-0701:42:303

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

2019-10-3101:57:08

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

2019-10-1002:15:344

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

2019-10-0301:38:105

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.
Dave Asprey

Dave Asprey

2019-09-1902:00:034

Dave Asprey is an entrepreneur and author. He founded Bulletproof 360, Inc., and Bulletproof Nutrition Inc. He has also written multiple books. Dave sits down in the attic to discuss his transition from tech to nutrition, his experience working through PTSD he developed at birth and his journey to lose weight. Dave talks about the benefits of delayed ejaculation and Dax wonders what the evolutionary purpose is for death. The two talk about embracing placebo, the impact of gratitude and Monica and Dax take a field trip on the fact check.
Dog the Bounty Hunter

Dog the Bounty Hunter

2019-09-1202:05:454

Duane "Dog" Chapman aka Dog the Bounty Hunter is an American reality TV star and bounty hunter. Dog sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss why he joined the Devil's Disciples, how he got the name Dog The Bounty Hunter and his longest hunt. Dog talks about his connection to Tony Robbins and Dax sees many similarities between Dog and his dad. The two talk about being in public-facing marital relationships, building armor to cover trauma and creating moral boundaries within immoral situations.
Pete Carroll

Pete Carroll

2019-09-0501:53:591

Pete Carroll is an American football coach who is the head coach and executive vice president of the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He is a former head coach of the New York Jets, New England Patriots, and the USC Trojans of the University of Southern California. Pete joins the Armchair Expert to discuss overcoming his stature as a kid, the importance of being present and his this three basic rules. Pete talks about learning from failure and Dax is enamored by Pete's skin. The two discuss the value of being a salesman, learning how to be competitive and the power of self-actualization.
Dr. Steven Gundry

Dr. Steven Gundry

2019-08-2201:56:536

Dr. Steven Gundry is an American doctor, former cardiac surgeon and author. Dr. Gundry sits down in the attic to discuss his early work in heart transplants, the degeneration of the human microbiome and his theory on lectins as they impact health. Dr. Gundry talks about training as a scrub tech when he was in medical school and Dax is extremely interested in crapsules. The two talk about the evolution of humans, why medical residents are forced to work on no sleep and Monica and Dax host a moonlight fact check.
Tal Ben-Shahar

Tal Ben-Shahar

2019-08-1501:56:073

Tal Ben-Shahar is American and Israeli professor and author in the areas of positive psychology, organizational psychology and leadership. Tal sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss his road from squash player to Harvard professor, his trick for mitigating road rage and his psychological approach to solving structural problems. Tal gives tips on building resilience and Dax questions the validity of self-help. The two talk about the reasons behind escalating systemic depression, the idea that humans have more commonalities than differences and the concept of ritualizing positive behavior.
Mayor Eric Garcetti

Mayor Eric Garcetti

2019-07-2501:37:362

Mayor Eric Garcetti is an American politician serving as the 42nd and current Mayor of Los Angeles since 2013. Mayor Garcetti sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss his draw to public service, his love of jazz piano and the overwhelming issue of homelessness in Los Angeles. Dax asks about the future of motorized scooters and Mayor Garcetti talks about his love of napping. The two discuss pragmatism over party and Eric divulges the best restaurant in Los Angeles.
Dr. Rahul Jandial

Dr. Rahul Jandial

2019-07-1801:44:103

Dr. Rahul Jandial, MD, Ph.D. is a dual-trained brain surgeon and neuroscientist at City of Hope Cancer Center in Los Angeles. Rahul sits down in the attic to discuss intermittent fasting, emigrating from India as an eight-year-old and how he redirected some of his negative qualities into positive ones. Dax wonders if it takes a certain level of arrogance to choose brain surgeon and Rahul gives a breakdown of the human body as it relates to mechanics. The two talk about modern approaches to fighting cancer and the importance of keeping the brain stimulated.
Jennifer Newsom

Jennifer Newsom

2019-07-0401:26:072

Jennifer Newsom is an American documentary filmmaker and actress. Jennifer joins us on this episode of Experts on Expert to discuss her documentary The Mask You Live In, the value of teaching empathy at a young age and the fear surrounding the toxic masculinity conversation. Dax wonders what it’s like to travel with secret service and Jennifer discusses the increasing need for “feminine” traits in business. The two talk about conscious capitalism and the role both genders play in building stereotypes.
Steve Madden

Steve Madden

2019-06-2701:30:531

Steve Madden is an American fashion designer and businessman. Steve sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss feeling different from an early age, his experience going to prison and the surreality to watching his life on the big screen. Dax is excited to learn Steve is sober and Steve talks about managing his ego. The two talk about the trap of narcissism and Steve discusses growing his business from $1100 to over a billion dollars.
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Comments (21)

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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Jane Evangeline Antonia Feast

Data is the plural of datum.

Feb 28th
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Vidushi Chaudhry

Brilliant podcast. I love that my world view has been expanded by the variety of worldviews and expertise here. I also like this ambitious podcast has led me to so many quality thinkers and their podcasts. Dax, do "Experts" more often!

Jan 20th
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Rebecca Hinson Beck

Wow! While I love "Armchair Expert", I adore "Experts on Expert". This is a highly intelligent and thought-provoking series. Thanks for diving into the deep end with us, Dax Shepard!

Jan 2nd
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