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.
Race to 270: Autoeroticism & Athletic Greens
Aaron deals with covid symptoms, his perverted dogs, and binges the Wire. Charlie digs into Eggo waffles with peanut butter and syrup, 315-pound back squats, and catches glances of himself in the mirror in the middle of the night.
Amy Poehler (Moxie, Parks and Recreation, SNL) is an actress, comedian, writer, producer, and director. Amy joins the Armchair Expert to discuss how much she likes to identify as an outsider that worked her way in, how control is the dream state, and how important it was for Dax to do car stuff in Baby Mama. Dax & Amy bond over having a class warfare chip on their shoulder and how much they both rely on things in the future. Amy discusses the expectation for women to come at success with a sense of humility, how much her mom’s encouragement and dad’s attention affected her confidence, and the time she tried to be a third to Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet.
Chad Sanders is the author of the book Black Magic: What Black Leaders Learned from Trauma and Triumph. Chad joins the Armchair Expert to discuss his experience at Morehouse College, how isolating code switching can be, and his journey to embracing who he really was while working at Google. Chad explains that race is the operating system of everything, how black people are expected to be bold enough to make a mark but not too bold to get kicked out of the club, and the theoretical liberalism of Silicon Valley.
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.
Race to 270: Zaddy Add Ons & Cul de Sac Kickball
Aaron shares his embarrassing zoom AA meeting incident, reveals that he has covid, Charlie eats a 2ft burger, deep-dish pizza and plays kickball.
Nurture vs Nurture: Family #3: Joan & Todd
Dr. Mogel answers the question: Will our children hate us for a bucolic childhood on the farm? She also teaches us new words: poronkusema & mbuki-mvuki
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I’m a podcast junkie; I’ll listen to MIT lectures to The Office Ladies, to paranormal/true crime podcasts. Armchair Expert has remained my favorite.
I love listening to the dialogue, sometimes goofy and funny but often very intellectual which I really like (Ashton Kutcher blew my mind with his eloquence). I love that Monica reels Dax in.
Monica and Dax provide a great dichotomy with each guest and topic. It’s easy to listen to and I find myself taking a lot away from each episode.
Update— there’s been some new formatting and the rapport since quarantine has been great 👍🏻. I really enjoy hearing Monica’s contributions to conversation, she’s extremely intelligent, articulate, and fun. (She also puts Dax in his place 😋 jk). Dax is really smart and insightful as well, and seems to connect well with his guests on both an empathetic and intellectual level. 🙌🏻
Aaron’s health issues are not attractive in a Zaddy way. I wish him continued success loosing excess weight and taking better care of his body.