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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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In this week’s Flightless Bird, David Farrier goes to his first Monster Truck Jam to try and understand why Americans love big vehicles so much. There he meets Krysten Anderson, who drives Grave Digger - and tells David what it’s like to be a female driver in a male-dominated sport. David then joins Dax Shepard who explains why Americans like big wheels and big power, before the two of them watch the Monster Jam World Finals go down. Slowly Farrier begins to understand these oversized vehicles, realizing that to become truly American he must love a 12 thousand pound truck. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Eric Dane

Eric Dane

2024-06-2401:43:082

Eric Dane (Bad Boys: Ride or Die, Euphoria, Grey’s Anatomy) is an actor. Eric joins the Armchair Expert to discuss why he feels it can be difficult for him to relate to other men, how losing loved ones at a young age affected his social life, and why he believes all trauma should be treated equally. Eric and Dax talk about almost getting in a fight at their AA meeting, their journeys with sobriety, and yelling cut in the middle of a scene. Eric explains how he feels about being an older actor with a younger cast, what it was like playing a villain, and the time he met Paul Newman. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us an embarrassing sex story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Michael Norton (on rituals)

Michael Norton (on rituals)

2024-06-2002:01:371

Michael Norton (The Ritual Effect, Happy Money) is a social psychologist and professor. Michael joins the Armchair Expert to discuss what it was like having his parents own a greeting card store, where his interest in psychology came from, and why he loves to design social experiments. Michael and Dax talk about humble bragging, why people don’t like braggers, and why studying people’s rituals can be an insight into their state of mind. Michael explains why people develop irrational habits to avoid admitting failure, why people need a diversity of emotions, and how couples create custom behaviors to show their affection for each other. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Synced: Mommy Issues

Synced: Mommy Issues

2024-06-1901:01:211

In this episode of Synced Liz gives some of her election predictions, Monica shares her frustrations with the Olympics marketing team, and they debate threesome preferences. They answer listener questions on whether it's appropriate for an adult man to refer to his mother as ‘mommy’, and whether a spouse is required to contribute financially to an asset that isn't technically shared. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
In this week’s Flightless Bird, David Farrier sets off to understand America's frozen food obsession. Each year Over 80% of American households will eat frozen dinners this year - making the frozen food market worth over $65 billion dollars. Monica Padman takes Farrier frozen food shopping, introducing him to her favorite frozen foods. They then put on a fancy dinner for their friends featuring nothing but frozen foods. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ilana Glazer

Ilana Glazer

2024-06-1702:05:56

Ilana Glazer (Babes, Broad City, The Afterparty) is an actor and comedian. Ilana joins the Armchair Expert to discuss what growing up in the suburbs of Long Island was like, being part of an anti-drug Christian group when she was younger, and why she was good at being a telemarketer. Ilana and Dax talk about going through puberty at a young age, why they were attracted to being comedians, and what the rules are when working with bears on set. Ilana explains her aim to take pleasure in the process, how people’s personalities are a combinations of experiences and genetics, and how scary it was to end a successful show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us their best dad story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Erik Larson (The Demon of Unrest, The Devil in the White City) is an author and journalist. Erik joins the Armchair Expert to discuss how the pandemic affected his work, why he identifies himself as a high-functioning introvert, and how he pitches non-fiction books. Erik and Dax talk about how technology has changed his research, why he’s drawn to Russian literature, and wanting to find a witchy element in a home. Erik explains how January 6th fueled his desire to write a book about the Civil War, the correlation between gun ownership and slavery, and why the origins of historical conflicts are important. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Synced: The Push Out

Synced: The Push Out

2024-06-1201:05:36

In this episode of Synced Liz talks about how she ran into an upcoming date while on a date with another person, they discuss the hugging theory, and Monica shares what depression feels like for her. They answer listener questions on jealousy among friends, how to handle a partner who under-tips, and whether it's okay to bring a husband to a girls trip. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
In this week’s Flightless Bird, Monica, David and Rob discuss their favourite (mostly American) TV shows. Because occasionally on Flightless Bird, we break from the usual format and do something a little bit different. You saw that with Flights of Fancy about a month ago, where we got your expert insights into very American things - and also with American Gods, where we focus on an American legend. And today, we’re doing another new thing that we’ll do from time to time: a Top 10 List. David, Rob and Monica each bring their 3 favourite shows to the table - as well as a runner up (.33). Combined - a magical top 10 list! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Amy Poehler Returns

Amy Poehler Returns

2024-06-1002:21:561

Amy Poehler (Inside Out 2, Women Talkin’ ‘Bout Murder, Parks and Recreation) is an actor, comedian, and director. Amy joins the Armchair Expert to discuss how much therapy means to her, giving advice to your kids, and being reluctant to ask for mentorship. Amy and Dax talk about battling with a loss of relevance, the feeling of knowing someone is upset with you and not confronting it, and pulling hot guys. Amy explains the things she’s most proud of, why she doesn’t like traditional birthday parties, and how she doesn’t hate being embarrassed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us a crazy house sitting story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
James Patterson

James Patterson

2024-06-0601:23:571

James Patterson (Eruption, Alex Cross, Along Came a Spider) is a best-selling author. James joins the Armchair Expert to discuss why he likes fiction more than non-fiction, what it’s like to have a kid later in life, and how difficult it is for him to describe his writing process. James and Dax talk about how much research goes into finishing a Michael Crichton book, his relationship with his father, and how many hole-in-ones he shot in his life. James explains why he left advertising to be an author, which film adaptions of his books he likes most, and why he loves collaborating with his peers to write novels. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Synced: Kiki vs Bouba

Synced: Kiki vs Bouba

2024-06-0501:05:56

In this episode of Synced, Monica and Liz are bi-coastal! They chat about heart emojis, death, and hot cartoon characters. They answer listener questions on what direction to face in the shower and if it's worth the risk to tell a teacher that their pole-dancing video playlist is public. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
In this week’s Flightless Bird, Farrier sets out to understand why Americans call “Snakes and Ladders” something completely different: “Chutes and Ladders”. Farrier meets with Hasbro’s Brian Baker, senior vice president for board games. Farrier learns the surprising origins of Chutes and Ladders - as well as other popular American board games like Candyland and Monopoly. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner

2024-06-0301:52:295

Kevin Costner (Horizon, Yellowstone, Dances with Wolves) is an award-winning actor, producer, and director. Kevin joins the Armchair Expert to discuss his standing ovation at Cannes, having the feeling like he was never going to make it, and how important it was to him that he knew where his career was headed. Kevin and Dax discuss the seminal movies he’s starred in, how he handled the pressure after the success of his directorial debut, and his promise to Whitney Houston in the Bodyguard. Kevin talks about his fascination with the West, his role in selling Yellowstone, and taking on the biggest battle of his life at 69 years old. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us about a time their parents kept a secret from them as a kid. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Orna Guralnik (Couples Therapy) is a clinical psychologist and therapist. Orna joins the Armchair Expert to discuss why therapists often keep details of their private lives from their patients, why she felt like she had to code switch when talking to different groups of people, and how psychoanalysis differs from other forms of therapy. Orna and Dax discuss what systems thinking is, what being in a relationship with someone with dissociation is like, and the relational dynamics of the younger generation. Orna explains why she still has optimistic view of the world, how a person’s perception of someone can change when you know their story, and how her work affects her own personal relationships. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Synced: Indian Summer

Synced: Indian Summer

2024-05-2955:231

In this episode of Synced, Monica and Liz debate who plans a first date, they share their summer gift guide/favorite things lists, and Monica recounts a shower event. They answer listener questions on whether to tell a partner about infidelity, how to handle negative emotions after sexting, and the Synced Squad receives an incredible update on a previous question. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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ID19947413

Can any Americans pls post on what the possible difference is in the very beginning about the boiling of the tea??? How is boiling water not the same? Do you merely use hot tap water for tea? Scientifically boiling is… boiling? What is the possible difference Amy is referring to, that Dax and Monica seem to agree on? Also: I am not British! So it’s even extra confusing.

Jun 12th
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Giselle Burt

great idea, love hearing these topics and stories

Jun 3rd
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Erin Barrett

Cut off, midsentence!

Feb 27th
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hwithoutsound

I was reeeeally hoping Jamie L would've been the "expert" on this episode. she's hilarious & very smart. but yay for the shout out to her book.

Feb 14th
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meghan jones

to relate to a molestation victim because you helped a potential stroke victim maintain some dignity and sanitation during a medical emergency? yep, definitely NOT a nurse lol

Jan 23rd
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Sonya Huggins

Why if I subscribe to Armchair Expert do I have to sort through all the other spin off podcasts? If I wanted to listen to those I would subscribe to those spin offs.

Dec 13th
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Carlos Barron

"The Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard" is an engaging and insightful podcast that delves into a wide range of topics, from personal anecdotes to in-depth interviews with notable guests. Dax Shepard's candid and conversational approach creates an intimate atmosphere, allowing listeners to connect with the stories and experiences shared on the show. https://www.provenexpert.com/wax-paperie/ The podcast often explores themes of personal growth, mental health, and relationships, offering a mix of humor and genuine vulnerability. Dax's ability to extract authentic and meaningful conversations from his guests makes each episode a compelling and thought-provoking listen. https://www.homify.com/professionals/9466411/wax-paperie

Nov 15th
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Aakash Amanat

I thoroughly enjoyed the recent episode of "Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard." The podcast consistently delivers engaging and insightful conversations, and this episode was no exception. Dax Shepard's skillful interviewing style allows guests to open up in a way that makes listeners feel like they're part of an intimate conversation. His honesty and vulnerability in discussing various topics, from personal struggles to professional achievements, set the tone for a genuine and meaningful discussion. https://www.insertbiz.com/listing/london-candle-packaging-solution/ What stood out to me in this particular episode was the choice of the guest and the depth of their conversation. https://issuu.com/candlepackagingsolution

Nov 2nd
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Alisha Hanson-Glatzel

Be back in a while...binging documentaries...love

Oct 22nd
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Alisha Hanson-Glatzel

amazing interview! just downloaded her book

Oct 21st
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Eric Whitebread

garbage. unsubed.

Sep 27th
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Gabe Logan

Does Dax seriously not realize how he's repeating the talking points of MAGA extremists, white supremacists, and every bigot in America. Using women as a prop to slam female trans children is just pitting one marginalized group against another by saying there's finite resources or rights in the society built by white supremacy. it's a rhetorical device white men have used to pit Asian and Latino Americans against Blacks. He used the same argument to demonize unhoused people. he thinks he's being an independent thinker but he's just a pawn unable to use critical thinking skills. instead of parroting right wing talking points, he's time would be better served actually reading up on psychology and medical expertises.

Sep 27th
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Heather Wren

I literally have a smile on my face from beginning to end of these podcasts. you girls bring me so much joy you don't even know!

Sep 20th
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geraldine obrien

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Sep 9th
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East Texas Proud

I'm a conservative and was so glad you explained the airport story. I didn't know what happened but saw the internet lose it's collective mind and knew there was more to the story. Also, you used a VERY broad brush blaming conservatives for judging the dinner photo. Perhaps it was just sh*tty people, because I saw NOTHING wrong with the photo - not for a second. Not everything is a conspiracy.

Sep 7th
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Tyler Galaska

I'm sorry, I love Monica but this is the stupidest thing I've ever listened to.

Aug 30th
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Aakash Amanat

I just had to jump in here and share my thoughts on the incredible podcast, "Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard." I recently went back and re-listened to some of the earlier episodes, and I'm reminded of just how much I love this show. https://www.ilocatelocal.com/bristol/business-services/printing-mart Dax Shepard's approach to interviews is so refreshing. He manages to create an atmosphere where guests feel comfortable enough to open up about their personal experiences and stories. It's like having a genuine conversation with a friend, and I think that's why this podcast resonates with so many people. https://bristol.yalwa.co.uk/ID_141269448/Printing-Mart.html

Aug 19th
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Emily Grace

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Mar 8th
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