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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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Prince Harry

Prince Harry

2021-05-1301:35:5620

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, is a member of the British royal family. Prince Harry joins the Armchair Expert to discuss how to approach mental health issues, growing up with privilege, and how healing it is to perform a service for someone. Harry discusses how much like the Truman Show his life is, unconscious bias, and how people can change their mindset once they acknowledge it. Harry talks about his time in the military service, how it opened his eyes to the trauma people face around the world, and how much more important mental health is than physical health.
Seth Rogen Returns

Seth Rogen Returns

2021-05-1001:27:4816

Seth Rogen is an actor, writer, producer, director, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Seth returns to Armchair Expert to discuss his approach for writing his new book, how awful weed paraphernalia is, and why he started his high-end weed company. Seth and Dax discuss why weed was stigmatized for years, why it should never have been illegal in the first place, and how he’s not afraid to hurt racist people’s feelings. Seth explains getting started in comedy by writing jokes about his grandparents, how he doesn’t understand the tv world as much as film, and how amazed he is when he meets grown men that grew up watching his movies.
David Farrier exposes Monica and Dax to a new conspiracy theory each month. Today’s episode: Simulation Theory
Kwame Onwuachi

Kwame Onwuachi

2021-05-0650:478

Kwame Onwuachi is a James Beard award-winning chef and author. Kwame joins the Armchair Expert to discuss his experience as a contestant and judge on Top Chef, writing his first book, and cooking for Obama, Oprah, and Dave Chappelle. Kwame and Dax talk about their shared experience growing up in a single-mother household and how as a kid, Kwame was sent to Nigeria for two years to live with his Grandpa. Kwame explains that opening his own restaurants has taught him how to be a better leader and that he's not the best Spades partner if you want to win.
Kelly Osbourne

Kelly Osbourne

2021-05-0301:46:3423

Kelly Osbourne is an English television personality, actress, singer, model, and fashion designer. Kelly joins the Armchair Expert to discuss how her reality show changed her life, her history with addiction, and how Dax used to attend meetings at her house. Kelly discusses becoming ruthless after having her heart broken, what it was like always having a camera around, and how she can’t watch the Britney documentary. Kelly and Dax discuss the fellowship of the AA program, relapsing when she was her happiest, and how they’re both most vulnerable when things are great.
Alexi Pappas

Alexi Pappas

2021-04-2901:33:098

Alexi Pappas is a Greek-American Olympic runner, filmmaker, actor, and writer. Her debut memoir-in-essays, Bravey was published in January 2021. Alexi joins the Armchair Expert to discuss her experience competing at the Rio Olympics, getting into running later in life, and the impact her father had in her life after her mom passed away. Alexi and Dax discuss post-Olympic situational depression, treating mental health the same as physical health, and striving to achieve as many goals in life as possible. Alexi talks about being into improv comedy at Dartmouth, why she wanted to produce books and film, and her future in the arts and performing space.
William Jackson Harper

William Jackson Harper

2021-04-2601:27:014

William Jackson Harper (The Good Place, Midsommar, Dark Waters) is an Emmy-nominated actor and playwright. William joins the Armchair Expert to discuss feeling like an outsider growing up in a Dallas suburb, not being good at anything as a kid except acting, and his father passing away at a young age. William and Dax discuss him moving to New York to pursue a Broadway career, how he never felt like the television and film world would accept him, and his many bad haircuts over the years. William explains how he almost quit acting and how his experience on The Good Place changed his life.
Dorothy Brown

Dorothy Brown

2021-04-2301:12:375

Dorothy Brown is an author and law professor at Emory University. Dorothy joins the Armchair Expert to discuss her new book “The Whiteness of Wealth” and how race relates to taxes and wealth inequality. Dorothy and Dax discuss the problems with the current tax system and solutions to the systemic racism of tax law. Dorothy explains the differences in married couples filing for taxes, homeownership value, and how wages are invested among white and black communities.
Andrew Yang

Andrew Yang

2021-04-2201:20:4712

Andrew Yang is an entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, non-profit leader, and currently running for Mayor of New York City. Andrew joins the Armchair Expert to discuss growing up as a first generation Asian American in the 80’s, being an older dad to young kids, and running for mayor of New York City. Andrew and Dax discuss universal basic income and how artificial intelligence technology is threatening American jobs. Andrew explains the concept of human-centered capitalism, his ideas about value-added tax for the economy, and reflects on the recent hate crimes against Asian Americans.
Macklemore

Macklemore

2021-04-1901:50:0131

Macklemore is Grammy Award-winning rapper and songwriter. Macklemore joins the Armchair Expert to talk about growing up in a progressive neighborhood in Seattle, falling in love with music when he heard the Beverly Hills Cops soundtrack, and why he chose East Coast Rap over West Coast Rap. Dax and Macklemore open up about their journeys with sobriety and Mackelmore explains how fame fueled his addictions. Macklemore discusses the relationship between artistic ability and narcissism, his new line of golf clothing, and being a white artist in the hip hop space.
Michael Moss

Michael Moss

2021-04-1501:31:2311

Michael Moss is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter. Michael joins the Armchair Expert to discuss food addiction, the invention of processed food, and what government oversight of the food industry would look like. Michael and Dax discuss free will when it comes to diet, how big food companies use marketing tactics to influence our choices, and that obesity is a crude measure of health. Michael explains the phenomena of dieting and how income inequality affects people’s access to healthy food.
Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

2021-04-1201:49:1930

Hank Azaria (The Simpsons, Brockmire, The Birdcage) is an Emmy-award winning actor and comedian. Hank joins the Armchair Expert to discuss his addiction and recovery, being mistaken as someone in the upholstery business, and the controversy around his Simpson’s character. Hank and Dax discuss getting in touch with your emotions to help with conflict resolution and how addiction is really just an obsession. Hank talks about his perspective on white privilege, how he’s learned to smile more when meeting people, and that he can’t believe more baseball announcers haven’t been canceled.
David Farrier exposes Monica and Dax to a new conspiracy theory each month. Today’s episode: Cannibalism.
Daniel Goleman

Daniel Goleman

2021-04-0801:36:5035

Daniel Goleman, PhD is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-nominated author and science journalist. Daniel joins the Armchair Expert to discuss the differences between cognitive empathy, emotional empathy, and empathic concern, and that emotional intelligence starts with being aware and able to name your feelings. Daniel explains the importance of cognitive control, that the same circuitry that helps you focus also calms you down, and the impact your emotional intelligence has on your health. Daniel discusses the flawed understanding of emotion vs logic, that the brain is designed to learn from life when it comes to emotional intelligence, and the science behind how your brain communicates emotions with another person.
Lamorne Morris

Lamorne Morris

2021-04-0501:25:3316

Lamorne Morris (New Girl, Woke, Unwanted) is an actor, comedian and podcaster. Lamorne joins the Armchair Expert to discuss growing up on the southside of Chicago, how he knew he wanted to get into comedy at a young age and his relationship with his father. Lamorne and Dax discuss systemic racism, the time he got handcuffed after trying to stop a fight, and the conflicting nature of playing a police officer on tv while also confronting what’s going on in real life. Lamorne talks about auditioning for New Girl 15 times before he finally got the role, his new scripted podcast Unwanted, and Dax opens up about a deep insecurity.
Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson

2021-04-0101:15:1316

Walter Isaacson is an American author, journalist, and professor. Walter joins the Armchair Expert to discuss his work as a biographer, that it’s important to remember that all people are human, and how much more inspiring they are when you realize that. Walter explains the three great innovation revolutions of modern times, how transformative Jennifer Doudna’s gene editing work is, and how she used her knowledge of CRISPR to help with the fight against covid. Dax and Walter discuss the dilemma of editing out certain negative traits and the effects it can have on shaping a person and the importance of trying to maximize the Utopia of gene editing while minimizing the many unforeseen issues that will arise.
Rachel Bilson

Rachel Bilson

2021-03-2901:34:1021

Rachel Bilson (The O.C., Hart of Dixie, Jumper) is an actress and podcast host. Rachel joins the Armchair Expert to discuss getting her role on The O.C. at twenty-one years old and how being a fourth-generation actor helped keep her grounded. Rachel and Dax discuss Rachel’s tantric sex expert mother, how to talk to your kids about sex, and how poorly certain things they used to watch have aged. Rachel tells us about her new podcast, the time someone broke into her house and took a poop in her bathroom, and Rachel & Monica bond over the Bachelor.
Sam Pollard

Sam Pollard

2021-03-2658:546

Sam Pollard is an Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated director and producer. Sam joins the Armchair Expert to discuss growing up in Harlem in the 50s, his path into becoming a film editor, and working with Spike Lee. Sam talks about his new film MLK/FBI: the red scare, non-monogamous activity, and racism.
Susan Liautaud

Susan Liautaud

2021-03-2501:57:479

Dr. Susan Liautaud (The Power of Ethics) is an author, teacher of ethics at Stanford University, and founder of Susan Liautaud & Associates Limited. Susan joins the Armchair Expert to discuss ethics: the six forces present in all ethical dilemmas, why we can’t look at things in a binary manner, and how we’re only as ethical as our last decision. Susan explains that there’s no place for blame, shame or guilt in ethics, what incentive people have to make ethical decisions, and the need to make ethics accessible to everyone. Dax & Susan discuss the need to think about the consequences that could happen, not just the consequences that will happen and in the fact check, we have a visit from the man whose simulation we are all living in.
We check in three months later with both contestants: Aaron has a girlfriend, septoplasty, lasik and colonoscopy while Charlie’s arms are back to looking huge. Dax & Monica present them with trophies and a framed photo of the baby in the white dress.
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John Barreto

Joe Rogan clarified also he was not wrong. Vaccine are not really needed if you're healthy! I love both of these podcasts and opinions. great to hear both sides. excited you are moving to spotify

May 13th
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Matea Anna A

I love this episode. It hit so close to home when he said he’d wake up and say “I won’t drink today and the only way I can do that is if I have a drink now”. I’d love to know more about Jason’s journey to sobriety. Dax, please do a follow up ep with JS! Love your show.

May 13th
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Brayden Pichor

thank god dax is able to think for himself

May 11th
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Taylor Crane

I am the same way about water Monica!

May 11th
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Jennifer Smith- Shin

I love this podcast. have been a armchairy since the beginning! love the comedy and the expert information. I really want to THANK YOU for having so many conversations with people about addiction. it has helped me so so so much. lots of love to dax and monica thank you for the laughs and information!

May 6th
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Ed Potter

My first listen to a Dax podcast and it was a wonder. I'm a fan! Gratcia!

May 2nd
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Heather Ronco

"Post-traumatic growth is a theory developed in the 1990s by two psychologists – Richard Tedeschi and Lawrence Calhoun. The idea is that as trauma is processed and integrated, it can lead to personal and social growth – and new ways of knowing and being." thinking these guys might be someone you want to interview as we hope to grow in many ways after COVID.

Apr 30th
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Emelane Dela Pena

I've been listening to you all day hope you could send some points to my Gcash # 09559247353 .thanks 😊😘🙏❣️

Apr 27th
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Lauren Hillin

Monica Monica Monica.. ROBLOX not ROADBLOX hehe. Ive got kiddos that literally have the same reaction that Lincoln or delta had about Sirenhead.

Apr 25th
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Peter Valade

Hey Monica!! Have you had your vitamin D levels checked by a naturopath?

Apr 23rd
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Robert James Somerville

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Apr 23rd
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Crystal Cornwall

aqq

Apr 22nd
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ilovepodcasts41

She's amazing!

Apr 21st
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Paula

Shout out to fellow Washingtonian #macklemore! Woo woo

Apr 19th
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Morgan Shiah

This was one of the best episodes I've heard. As someone in recovery, I love hearing people share their experience, strength and hope, as well as AA and Alanon knowledge. Open and honest conversations about alcoholism and addiction, especially on a podcast platform, really helps to normalize and destigmatize. Also loved the humility shown regarding structured racism, and feeling a responsibility to educate oneself, in order to respond and not react. Bravo! Thank you Hank Azaria, Dax & Monica 🙏

Apr 19th
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Jacqui du-Buisson

my general rule when food shopping is if I can't recognise the ingredients, I don't buy it. essentially, I end up mainly in the fresh produce and have learned how to cook with real ingredients. You get faster and make tastier meals/snacks over time, but it's been a huge shift in prioritising how I balance my day. I've surprised myself as I was quite a die hard junk food lover in my teens and early 20s. I actually feel the exact reverse of craving junk food now.

Apr 16th
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Thomas Isaac Powell

Is a what!!!???

Apr 15th
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Jasin Thirteen

Going on vacation during a global pandemic. Brilliant choice.

Apr 15th
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Tina McFetridge

I love you guys!! Great episode!🖤

Apr 15th
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Samantha Brown

get a new co-host.. she's overtly liberal. This isn't a political podcast. Wanted to give this podcast a chance she nearly made me turn it off.

Apr 13th
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