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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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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.

    Alison Brie

    Alison Brie

    Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men, Glow) is an American actress. She sits down with the armchair expert to discuss the experience of filming Mad Men and Community simultaneously, why she doesn't like WWE being referred to as "fake" and mental illness in her family. Dax asks how she met her husband and Alison talks about the decision to do nudity. The two discuss why humans are inclined to protect bad behavior, the merits of apple eating and the science of blackouts.

    • 2 hrs 6 min
    Part 1: Monica and Jess Love Boys with Dax Shepard

    Part 1: Monica and Jess Love Boys with Dax Shepard

    In Part 1: Monica and Jess Love Boys with Dax Shepard, M and J sit down with the Armchair Expert. Dax knows Monica and Jess better than anyone and he uses his previous knowledge to help diagnose individual and collective dating patterns. He asks Jess about addiction, his propensity for sex, “dating” rituals and he asks why Jess isn’t leading with his superpower: personality. He talks to Monica about her tendency to overanalyze, her pattern of wanting people she can’t have and not being attracted to people who find her attractive. Dax gives tips on how to navigate this social experiment and he gives M and J a challenge to complete by the following week.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Ezra Klein

    Ezra Klein

    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.

    • 1 hr 59 min
    Introducing: Monica & Jess Love Boys

    Introducing: Monica & Jess Love Boys

    Monica and Jess Love Boys is a 10 episode series brought to you by the Armchair Expert that follows the relationship struggles of two opposites. Jess, who dates too much and Monica who dates too little. They approach relationships from opposing ends but quickly realize how the underlying issues are universal. Jess dates in the gay community while Monica dates in the straight one. They get to deep dive not only into individual patterns but societal ones as well in the different dating scenes. Through meeting with different experts (therapists, doctors, friends in successful relationships, relationship professionals and the armchair expert himself), they explore and uncover traps and patterns that we all fall into as humans and they ask the age old question- why do we do what we do? However, in keeping with the true armchair spirit- Monica and Jess know talking about problems is not enough. Action is necessary to evoke change. At the end of each episode M&J are given a challenge in an attempt to break bad habits. In one episode Monica is challenged to give a stranger her phone number. In another, Jess is asked to be 100% honest on his dating profiles. As they learn how to partner healthily with others, they grow into healthier individuals as well.

    • 2 min
    Josh Gad

    Josh Gad

    Josh Gad (Frozen, Frozen 2, Book of Mormon, The Daily Show) is an American actor, comedian, and singer. Josh sits down with the Armchair Expert to discuss kindness in Hollywood, fatherhood, and his experience on Broadway. Dax claims Josh has won the lottery multiple times and Josh sets a goal for the next time he visits Armchair. The two talk about how we can learn from history, what its like to be the court jester and putting their mothers on pedestals.

    • 1 hr 43 min
    Chris Voss

    Chris Voss

    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.

    • 1 hr 40 min

Customer Reviews

Harryholden ,

Loving it!

DAX, Monica and Rob,

I have been binging this podcast this year after having it on my backlog for quite a while, I must say I love how both sides of a debate are heard, I often think of both sides.

Inspiring guests and hosts.
Btw I am a Monica fan because it feels like my besties energy. Please don’t stop speaking your mind and saying your “sures” in that simple elegant way that can be read so many ways :).

Dax, I thought I had only been a fan of yours for a few years, but from listening to your podcast it turns out that I was a fan of yours many years ago, I just didn’t realise it was you in without a paddle (I always thought you looked familiar)....it was the best movie to watch in my twenties with a seedy hangover, I loaned the DVD to a “friend” and never got it back, guess they liked it too.

holly_8888 ,

Dax, You’re not an Anthropologist

If I hear him call himself an Anthropologist one more time I’m gonna lose it. An undergrad in that field does not make you one, in the same way an undergrad in sociology does not make you a sociologist, unless you’re a researcher in that field. Also hate how Dax will be proven wrong in a fact check and will then say, “oh no what I meant was” so he can’t be corrected.

I listen every week but finding that incredibly frustrating. Absolutely love Monica and wish her podcast had its own platform instead of only appearing in this one. Hoping that’s just a teething issue and it will be it’s own entity. I found the Part 1 episode of Monica and Jess Love Boys great and excited for what’s to come but found Dax so frustrating throughout. Time unnecessarily spent coddling Dax instead of talking about Monica and Jess.

TALB2019 ,

OLD ARMCHAIREY

I used to love this show, however the focus should be on the guest and not dax every episode. his obsession with money, status etc comes up every ep and shifts the focus from his guests (which is a huge drawcard to listening in the first place) Monica does well to pull him up on this but its a constant thing that has really gotten worse over time.
Maybe dax should just not bother with the guests at all if its all about him?

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