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Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

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: Zaddy Add Ons & Cul de Sac Kickball

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

  • 330 views
  • over 1 year ago
  • 45:50

Aaron shares his embarrassing zoom AA meeting incident, reveals that he has covid, Charlie eats a 2ft burger, deep-dish pizza and plays kickball.

Viggo Mortensen

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

  • 690 views
  • over 1 year ago
  • 01:25:10

Viggo Mortensen (Green Book, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Captain Fantastic) is an Oscar-nominated actor, writer and director. Viggo joins the Armchair Expert to discuss why it took him so long to finally direct a movie, his ability to revert back to speaking Spanish based on what he’s doing, and falling in love with ice hockey. Viggo opens up about the comfort he finds in being untethered and his relationship with dementia. The two discuss how subjective memory is and how it’s just a collection of feelings and not facts. Dax asks Viggo about his naked fight scene in Eastern Promises, tells him how he’s been modeling his parenting-style after his character in Captain Fantastic, and in the fact check, Dax & Monica discuss the Britney Spears documentary.

Nurture vs Nurture: Family #2: Brooke

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

  • 310 views
  • over 1 year ago
  • 08:40

Dr. Mogel answers the question: Will my children hate me for becoming a cool secret agent? She also teaches us a new word: allomother Make sure to subscribe to weekly episodes, dropping every Tuesday only on the Nurture vs Nurture feed. Just search “Nurture vs Nurture” on Apple Podcast, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Or visit bit.ly/wendymogel.

Erin Meyer

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

  • 880 views
  • over 1 year ago
  • 01:21:19

Erin Meyer (The Culture Map, No Rules Rules) is an author and professor at the INSEAD Business School, based in Paris. Erin joins the Armchair Expert to discuss how feedback is interpreted differently in various cultures, who the most direct and confrontational culture is, and how to move beyond stereotypes to understand the more complex issues we are unaware are affecting us. Erin teaches us how we need to build empathy and develop strategies when interacting with people from other cultures, the direct to indirect negative feedback scale, and why Americans are seen as superficial and hypocritical in most European cultures. Erin explains how we express disagreement differently in many parts of the world, how every culture is deferring to authority less than their parents did, and that you need to understand the differences in cultures in order to make the right adjustments.

Race to 270: Pee Pee Gets a Carcass & Double Payout?

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

  • 340 views
  • over 1 year ago
  • 31:49

Charlie & Aaron discuss their Thanksgiving meals, Dax & Monica become coaches to our contestants and decide to double the payout if things end in a tie.

NEW SHOW: Nurture vs Nurture with Dr. Wendy Mogel

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

  • 510 views
  • over 1 year ago
  • 01:14:31

Dr. Mogel speaks with family #1: Erick and Elsie and answers the question: Will our children hate us if we stop loving them so much? She also teaches us a new word: Familect Listen to a BONUS EPISODE right now on the Nurture vs Nurture feed. And make sure to subscribe to weekly episodes, dropping every Tuesday only on the Nurture vs Nurture feed. Just search “Nurture vs Nurture” on Apple Podcast, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Or visit bit.ly/wendymogel.

Salma Hayek

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

  • 1K views
  • over 1 year ago
  • 01:43:03

Salma Hayek (Bliss, Frida, Desperado) is an actress and producer. Salma Hayek joins the Armchair Expert to discuss blackmailing her parents into letting her go to boarding school, how Robert Rodriguez discovered her while flipping through tv stations at 1am, and the choice to start over as an extra in the US after being a star in Mexico. Salma talks about her lovemaking scene in Desperado, how hard it was for her to shoot it, and how much she’s had to combat the stereotypes of being a sexy woman. Dax and Monica share their simulation theory with Salma and Dax does his Owen Wilson impersonation.

Armchaired & Dangerous: September 11th

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

  • 600 views
  • over 1 year ago
  • 01:11:01

David Farrier exposes Monica and Dax to a new conspiracy theory each month. Today’s episode: September 11th.

Emily Morse

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

  • 530 views
  • over 1 year ago
  • 01:21:34

Emily Morse is a sex therapist, author and host of the podcast Sex with Emily. Emily joins the Armchair Expert to discuss Dax’s favorite subject: sex. Emily explains her theory on why sex is still the most taboo topic in America, how little has changed in sex education, and the effect pornography is having on young people. Emily stresses how important communication is for a thriving sex life, how much there is to discover about yourself if you’re curious, and that you’re responsible for your own orgasm, not your partner. The two discuss shame around self-pleasure, the impact sexual wellness has on your overall wellness, and Emily’s vision of lube on every nightstand.

Race to 270: Body Bronzer & Big Dan with his Big Chrome Ferrari

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

  • 430 views
  • over 1 year ago
  • 37:54

Charlie & Aaron talk about their dream body types, Charlie discusses when his obsession with vanity started, and Monica tempts Aaron with chips.

Jason Segel

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

  • 690 views
  • over 1 year ago
  • 01:17:30

Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, How I Met Your Mother, Freaks And Geeks) is an actor, comedian, screenwriter, author, and producer. Jason joins the Armchair Expert to discuss his relationship with writing, how anxious he gets about making decisions that will affect his life, and how he’s only comfortable between action and cut. Dax and Jason learn that they are identical twins separated by 5 years, they bond over the “piece of shit at the center of the universe” phenomenon and share the same existential crisis.

Celebrating the GOAT GOD

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

  • 340 views
  • over 1 year ago
  • 01:20:40

Zeus walks among us, and today we honor him with a commercial-free replay of our celestial chat.

Adam Grant Returns

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

  • 1.3K views
  • over 1 year ago
  • 02:21:06

Adam Grant (Think Again, Originals, Give and Take) is an organizational psychologist, professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and TED speaker. Adam returns to discuss the power of knowing what you don’t know, the psychology of maximizing and satisficing, and the advantages of imposter syndrome. Adam weighs in on a disagreement between Dax & Monica, explains the dangers of desirability bias, and the different modes of thinking: preacher, prosecutor, and politician. Adam pitches building a competence and character political party while Dax shares one of his self-fulfilling prophecies.

Race to 270: First Class Salami & Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

  • 520 views
  • over 1 year ago
  • 45:48

Best friend Aaron Weakley visits, Thanksgiving strategizing, and a love letter to olive oil.

Carey Mulligan

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

  • 540 views
  • over 1 year ago
  • 01:29:10

Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman, An Education, The Great Gatsby) is an Academy Award-nominated actress. Carey joins the Armchair Expert to discuss her parents’ fear of her pursuing acting, landing Pride & Prejudice as her first role, and the benefits of having anonymity in the first few years of her career. Carey admits how stressful it is for her to have to be funny or sing on stage, how she met her husband in camp when they were kids, and her new movie, Promising Young Woman. In the fact check, Dax gives a TedTalk on diesel fuel.

Robert Livingston

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

  • 600 views
  • over 1 year ago
  • 01:17:44

Robert Livingston is a social psychologist at the Harvard Kennedy School, he studies the science underlying implicit bias and racism. Robert joins the Armchair Expert to discuss the science behind racism, how to synthesize and assemble it into something people can digest, and the ways to make profound and sustainable change around it. Robert explains his P.R.E.S.S. model, how empathy is the most important part of it, and the difference between equality and equity.

Jethro Bovingdon & Rob Corddry

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

  • 530 views
  • over 1 year ago
  • 01:23:21

Jethro Bovingdon and Rob Corddry join the Armchair Expert to discuss all things Top Gear America. The group explains the prestige of the Top Gear brand, how high the bar was going into the new iteration, and Jethro explains how his job is mostly stopping Dax & Rob from doing weird bits. They discuss the competitiveness between Jethro & Dax, Rob’s personal arc over the last year on the show, and Jethro answers questions from the group about English people.

Race to 270: Chicken Breasts & Triple Cheeseburgers

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

  • 370 views
  • over 1 year ago
  • 40:17

In this episode, we discover a weigh-in discrepancy, learn more about Aaron & Charlie’s eating habits, someone has an accident, and Monica double fists two bottles of wine.

Justin Timberlake

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

  • 610 views
  • over 1 year ago
  • 01:26:11

Justin Timberlake (Palmer, Trolls, The Social Network) is a 10x Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, a 3x Emmy award-winning actor and record producer. Justin joins the Armchair Expert to discuss masculinity, the similarities of growing up in Memphis to Detroit, and the challenges of raising sons. Dax & Justin recount Justin’s experience on Punk’d, how well he has navigated new opportunities, and the role naivety has played in it. Dax compliments Justin on his SNL performance, his willingness to take on challenges and his acting in the movie, Palmer.

Jamil Zaki

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

  • 430 views
  • over 1 year ago
  • 01:38:31

Jamil Zaki (The War for Kindness) is a professor of psychology at Stanford University and the director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab. Jamil joins the Armchair Expert to discuss all things empathy: why he was drawn to the topic, the roadblocks of it, the erosion of empathy and how to get it back. He explains the different types of empathy (emotional, cognitive, and empathic concern), the impact it has on motivation in the workplace, and how self-compassion is a bridge to having compassion for others. Jamil expresses how empathy leads to a healthier mental and physical state and the importance of tuning your empathy towards who you want to be.