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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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Jessica Biel

Jessica Biel

2021-06-1401:42:139

Jessica Biel (7th Heaven, The Sinner, Cruel Summer) is an actress and producer. Jessica joins the Armchair Expert to discuss having a baby during the pandemic, her experience on a hit sitcom early in her career, and starting her own production company at 22 years old. Jessica and Dax talk about being typecast in acting roles, trying to sell their tv scripts to studios, and Jessica’s attraction to her husband Justin Timberlake. Jessica explains that she has always been a people pleaser, whether or not she wants her kids to get into show business, and what it was like hanging out with Jay-Z and Beyonce.
Chris Bosh

Chris Bosh

2021-06-1001:37:164

Chris Bosh is an eleven-time All-Star, two-time NBA champion, and an Olympic gold medalist. Chris joins the Armchair Expert to talk about growing up in Dallas, what it was like being 6’ 11” in high school, and going to Robotics Club before basketball practice. Chris and Dax discuss young athletes learning how to manage their money, winning championships with your friends, and how much they both love Austin. Chris talks about being forced into early retirement because of health issues, finding a new identity outside of basketball, and writing his first book, “Letters to a Young Athlete.”
Russell Brand

Russell Brand

2021-06-0701:25:2333

Russell Brand (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Revelation, Under the Skin) is an English comedian, actor, podcaster, writer, and activist. Russell joins the Armchair Expert to discuss how addiction is just amplified attachment, his tendency to use material means to resolve his spiritual issues, and his initial reluctancy about recovery. Dax and Russell talk about their relationship with women, their shared impulse to move towards chaos, and the importance of valuing your inner life more than your outer life. Russell explains how he came to find transcendental meditation, the role community plays in his life, and how our brains are a tangled fishing net.
Armchaired & Dangerous: UFOs

Armchaired & Dangerous: UFOs

2021-06-0401:08:1211

David Farrier exposes Monica and Dax to a new conspiracy theory each month. Today’s episode: UFOs
Bubba Wallace

Bubba Wallace

2021-06-0301:20:324

Bubba Wallace is a professional stock car racing driver in the NASCAR Cup Series. Bubba joins the Armchair Expert to talk about growing up in North Carolina, learning to race in his Dad’s go-kart, and how he was more interested in playing basketball as a kid. Dax and Bubba discuss the mental strength needed to be a race car driver, the Confederate flag being banned by NASCAR, and becoming an activist for cultural change in his sport. Bubba talks about having Michael Jordan as his new boss, wanting to be known more for winning races, and being tougher on himself than anyone else.
Vincent D'Onofrio Returns

Vincent D'Onofrio Returns

2021-05-3101:38:4816

Vincent D’Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket, Jurassic World, Mutha) is an actor and author. Vincent returns to the Armchair Expert to discuss his new book of short poems, his acting process to find his character’s voice, and being a perfectionist about learning his lines. Vincent and Dax talk about their love for Chris Pratt, their scuba diving experiences, and that they want to collaborate on a project involving Dax’s drawings. Vincent explains that he never gets nervous around other actors and that he wants Dax to move to Europe with him someday.
Susan Stryker

Susan Stryker

2021-05-2701:37:3310

Susan Stryker is a professor, author, filmmaker, and theorist whose work focuses on gender and human sexuality. Susan joins the Armchair Expert to discuss the transgender experience in today’s modern world, consulting on the Lady and the Dale docuseries, and how transgender hate is rooted in racism, colonization, and oppression. Susan and Dax talk about the history of criminalization of non-reproductive sexuality, the cross-cultural view of transgender people, and what transmisogyny means. Susan and Dax debate how people should approach transgender Olympic athletes, beliefs about masculinity, and what actually gives an athlete an advantage.
Julianna Margulies

Julianna Margulies

2021-05-2401:40:5415

Julianna Margulies (ER, The Good Wife, Sunshine Girl) is an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild award-winning actress. Julianna joins the Armchair Expert to discuss her parents splitting up when she was young, growing up in Paris, and how her husband is the perfect person for her after a lot of difficult relationships. Julianna talks about shooting her first movie in Prague with Steven Seagal, her experience working on ER with George Clooney, and wanting to write an actor’s handbook for set etiquette. Julianna explains her need to ignore negative reviews, how she’s only recently joined social media, and why everyone should work in the service industry at some point in their careers.
Yusef Salaam & Ethan Herisse

Yusef Salaam & Ethan Herisse

2021-05-2101:04:577

Yusef Salaam (Exonerated Five, Better Not Bitter) and Ethan Herisse (When They See Us) both join the Armchair Expert to discuss the impact that the Netflix series has had on popular culture and how their friendship has grown over the years. Yusef talks about not being bitter about his experience in prison, the impact his mother had on him, and how he used meditation to get through incarceration. Ethan discusses moving to LA when he was 12 to pursue acting, narrating Yusef’s new book, and being a student majoring in Chemistry. Yusef explains his perspective on reparations, the law of abundance, and that the memories of prison will stay with him forever.
Daniel Kahneman

Daniel Kahneman

2021-05-2001:40:5415

Daniel Kahneman is a psychologist, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Daniel joins the Armchair Expert to discuss the complexity of human nature, studying judgment and decision-making, and his experiments involving loss aversion. Daniel explains that memories can play tricks on our minds when remembering experiences and how to avoid noise and bias in the corporate hiring process. Daniel recounts his childhood growing up in Nazi-occupied France and his encounter with an SS soldier, he breaks down decision hygiene, and how it relates to vaccines.
Jonathan Tucker

Jonathan Tucker

2021-05-1701:35:5215

Jonathan Tucker (Parenthood, Kingdom, Debris) is an actor. Jonathan joins the Armchair Expert from his 1989 Cadillac DeVille to discuss his plan to live in his van before the pandemic happened, growing up in tough Charlestown Boston, and how the neighborhood has changed over the years. Jonathan explains how codeswitching led to acting, getting into ballet at a young age, and how he wants his children to be inspired by their multi-cultural background. Jonathan and Dax discuss getting in shape mentally and physically for roles, how Parenthood changed his life, and the power of authenticity.
Prince Harry

Prince Harry

2021-05-1301:34:01113

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

2021-05-1001:27:4832

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

2021-05-0650:4711

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

2021-05-0301:46:1226

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

2021-04-2901:32:5711

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

2021-04-2601:27:016

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

2021-04-2201:20:4715

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.
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erwin meester

a duck ... it was a bloody duck in one of the three videos.

Jun 15th
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TMeyerDVM

First degree burns are the mildest and third degree burns are the worst.

Jun 15th
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TMeyerDVM

This is a sort of therapy! I love Laura’s honesty ♥️

Jun 13th
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Larry Hayes

How do you want v

Jun 12th
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Shelly Kvamme

Love the fun facts! ☺️ Love this episode ❤️

Jun 7th
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Michael Mitchell

I love the butcher box ad promo ended day after this aired.

Jun 5th
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Heather Andrews

So disappointed you had Harry on. he is an entitled brat and his remarks about our 1st amendment was disgusting. sorry guys but after that interview i can no longer listen or support you. good luck in the future

May 21st
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Paulo Lavigne

Oh, no! You too are going to Spotify! Why is everybody becoming Spotify exclusives? Castbox, for example, is a much better app!

May 19th
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June Rusty Turner

Wow... Bonkers! has came back and bitten him on the arse, even if it had been taken out of context 😳

May 19th
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Michelle Logan

lots of extra strange background yelling/talking. a little distracting.

May 18th
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Duncan Tyler

Spotify??? Noooo. Why????

May 16th
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Catherine Capes

Goodness, is there no length to which the Prince won't defend his recent decisions. I have no doubt 5 years down the track he will regret this whole episode!

May 15th
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Christine Chandra

Stop protecting racists' feelings!! love it!

May 14th
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June Rusty Turner

Sheesh, can he interview WITHOUT saying fucking, ever five mins or shit or fuck 🙄🤦‍♀️

May 14th
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Katie McGuigan Smith

What a cool episode. I am just waiting to see if anyone has asked Harry if he’s watched his lifetime movies, lol. Really though, such an awesome person who uses his platform for such great work!!

May 14th
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June Rusty Turner

Her laughing at EVERYTHING he says... Oh and I don't have Spotify.. Doesn't it cost money???

May 14th
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VICKI BENDER

great interview. Monica no fact check. Before he met Meghan he thanked Kate and William for asking him to seek help. They suffer from saying things that are not completley true that tugs at your heart strings. parents do the best they know how to with information they have at hand. Charles was a better father then his father. The Prince has a learning disability.

May 14th
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Bohdan Martynets

pov: Spotify is not supported in your country 😭

May 14th
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IndigoBlue1881

This was such a good episode. Thank you.

May 14th
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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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