Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

By Armchair Umbrella

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.

Episodes

Armchair Anonymous: Mall Stories

Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us a crazy mall story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/05/241h 2m

Ramani Durvasula (on narcissism)

Ramani Durvasula (It’s Not You: Identifying and Healing from Narcissistic People) is a clinical psychologist and author. Ramani joins the Armchair Expert to discuss why it’s so difficult to study narcissism, why she thinks it’s good for therapists to be in therapy too, and the dark tetrad of personality. Ramani and Dax talk about why people often stay in narcissistic relationships, why people develop a sense of entitlement, and what treatments are available to correct it. Ramani explains how past actions can often predict future behavior, how social groups are affected by narcissistic people, and the signs of narcissism. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/05/241h 57m

Synced: Up There

In this episode of Synced Monica and Liz deep dive into the ethics of napping in the overhead compartment, they talk about their mothers day emotions and they learn about a robot restaurant. The two answer listener questions on crying during confrontation and whether you're obligated to split equal time at a significant others' house. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/05/241h 1m

Flightless Bird: Renaissance Faire

In this week’s Flightless Bird, David Farrier throws himself back to the reign of Queen Elizabeth during the 1500s. Why? Because Americans love Renaissance Fairs. The whole idea of the Renaissance Fair started back in 1963 - when teacher Phyllis Patterson held an event for her students in her backyard. A few months later her and her husband Ron put on a bigger one - hosting about 8000 people. It kept growing - and in 1966 the official “Renaissance Pleasure Faire of Southern California” was launched. Farrier decides to head along to that very fair see what all the fuss is about. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/05/2441m 11s

Camila Cabello

Camila Cabello (C,XOXO, Familia, Romance) is a singer and songwriter. Camila joins the Armchair Expert to discuss the techniques she’s developed to deal with public attention, how complicated being a child of immigrants can be, and how much she loves the podcast. Camila and Dax talk what it’s like to discover something you love, having an addictive personality, and why giving yourself permission to mess up is okay. Camila explains what being in a female pop group was like, having her first real relationship at 20 years old, and how much she worries about longevity and the future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/05/242h 8m

Armchair Anonymous: Stalking (Part 2)

Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us more crazy stalking stories. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/05/2440m 42s

Sanjay Gupta #4 (on dementia and weight loss drugs)

Sanjay Gupta (Chasing Life, The Last Alzheimer’s Patient) is a neurosurgeon, medical reporter, and author. Sanjay joins the Armchair Expert again to discuss what some of the benefits to deregulating cannabis can be for people’s quality of life, the relationship between physical health and brain health, and what actions people can take to decrease their chances of developing dementia. Sanjay and Dax talk about the dyslexic things they both struggle with, what some of biggest predictors of Alzheimer’s are, and having a sick care system vs a health care system. Sanjay talks about the long term effects of obesity, the judgements and income inequality gap of weight loss drugs, and decoupling the correlation between weight and health. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/05/242h 30m

Synced: Ross's Hot Dogs

In this episode of Synced Monica and Liz dig into the man versus bear debate, they check in about last week's date, and share important sidewalk rules. They answer listener questions on the pressures to get plastic surgery while aging and if/when one should pee in a pool. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/05/241h 7m

Flightless Bird: Flights of Fancy

We’re trying something a little different today - something we’re calling “Flights of Fancy.” Now awhile back, if you follow David Farrier on Instagram, you would have seen a prompt where he wanted you to pitch a deeply American topic YOU could speak on. Maybe it was a job you had, or some other personal insight you could give into something AMERICAN. Maybe you worked at Buckees, or in the depths of the White House. We heard from so many of you - like hundreds - with so many ideas. Rob made a fancy spreadsheet to collate all your responses, and we picked a bunch we liked. Then we zoomed with those people - getting them to explain their area of expertise. We met a true cross section of America - and some of the topics you’re about to learn about - some of them we’re gonna dive deeper later in the year. But for now, this is Flights of Fancy - where we talk Flightless Bird listeners about the what they want to see on Flightless Bird. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/05/241h 9m

Bobby Lee

Bobby Lee (Sweet Dreams, TigerBelly, Bad Friends) is an actor and comedian. Bobby joins the Armchair Expert to discuss his complicated relationship with his parents, how he feels about dating a fan, and getting sober at a young age. Bobby and Dax talk about how they used to punish themselves for failing, what their experience with psychotherapy has been, and how far they would go with Brad Pitt. Bobby explains the pressures he felt getting cast on Mad TV, the guilt of relapsing, and the debate of audio vs video podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/05/242h 15m

Armchair Anonymous: Stalking (Part 1)

Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us about a crazy stalking story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/05/2442m 35s

James Doty (on the neuroscience of manifestation)

James Doty (Mind Magic, Into the Magic Shop) is neurosurgeon and author. James joins the Armchair Expert to discuss what happens to someone who is constantly activating their sympathetic nervous system, how compassion for others can often be limited by how much compassion you have for yourself, and losing $80 million in 6 weeks. James and Dax talk about their relationship with money, what they’ve learned about doing acts of service for others, and the science behind manifestation. James explains how people look for evidence to confirm their own biases, why being kind and compassionate increases our chances of survival, and the importance of self-awareness and humility. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/05/242h 8m

Synced: No Steaks

In this episode of Synced, Monica and Liz are fresh off their date! They recap how the double man plan went and discuss the differences between worst dates for men & women. They answer listener questions on having trouble sleeping with a partner in the early stages of dating, and making an aesthetic change knowing one's partner doesn't like it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/05/2454m 7s

Flightless Bird: Pies

In this week's Flightless Bird, David Farrier talks to the author of 50 Pies 50 States, Stacey Mei Yan Fong. Farrier sets out to discover why Americans love pie so much, declaring January 23rd National Pie Day back in 1986. Farrier and Fong discuss what makes the pie so American, before looking at Stacey’s top 3 American pies - which David, Monica and Rob then sample. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/05/2451m 52s

Tiffany Haddish

Tiffany Haddish (I Curse You With Joy, Girls Trip, Night School) is an actor and comedian. Tiffany joins the Armchair Expert to discuss how much she needs laughter on a daily basis, her journey to find her biological father, and how messy her bedroom is. Tiffany and Dax talk about whether or not they think humans are designed to eat meat, what her love language is, and her first orgasm. Tiffany explains how some of her personal relationships changed after achieving success, what it’s like to date as a successful woman, and which chapter was the hardest to write in her book. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/05/242h 18m

Charan Ranganath (on memory)

Charan Ranganath (Why We Remember: Unlocking Memory's Power to Hold on to What Matters) is a neuroscientist. Charan joins the Armchair Expert to discuss the mechanics of memory, how AI learning is different than human learning, and the influence that present context has on memories. Charan and Dax talk about the relationship of imagination to memory, the problems with hypnosis, and repressed memories. Charan explains how sleep can conceptualize memories, the ways photos can influence memories, and how traumatic memories affect the brain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/05/242h 21m

Synced: The B.E.D.

In this episode of Synced, Monica and Liz are out of sync. Liz pitches candidates for the ‘double man plan’, Monica learns the Heimlich maneuver, and a special guest joins to discuss murder. They answer listener questions on sobriety induced friendship shifts and whether to confront a partner with a new laugh. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/05/241h 25m

Flightless Bird: Citizenship

In this week’s Flightless Bird, David Farrier looks at the process of gaining American Citizenship, and what it means to become truly American. Why over the last decade did over seven million non-Americans choose to become American? And what does this process look like? David talks to a New Zealander who chose to Naturalise before looking at some Americans who’ve chosen to do the exact opposite. Why would someone choose to become American and why would someone choose to give it up? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/04/241h 2m

Chris Pine

Chris Pine (Poolman, Star Trek, Wonder Woman) is an actor, producer, and director. Chris joins the Armchair Expert to discuss the thrills of a catastrophe, falling in love with nicotine toothpicks, and what growing up in old Hollywood was like. Chris and Dax talk about how hard it is to expose your emotions, how much they love saunas, and the experience of feeling fraudulent. Chris admits to his preconceptions of Dax, the juxtaposition of how he sees himself vs how others see him, and his love for the city of Los Angeles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/04/242h 8m

Armchair Anonymous: Wild Card IV

Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us a crazy story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/04/241h 11m

Phil Heath (professional bodybuilder)

Phil Heath (Breaking Olympia) is a 7x Mr. Olympia winner and professional bodybuilder. Phil joins the Armchair Expert to discuss what his diet is like, how he lost his innocence at an early age, and his journey into bodybuilding. Phil and Dax talk about their admiration for Arnold Schwarzenegger, how they learned to control their aggression, and the ways social media has changed the bodybuilding industry. Phil explains how he feels about his own insecurities, what it's like to be acknowledged by your heroes, and coping with his new identity as he transitions out of the sport. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/04/242h 8m

Synced: Double Man Plan

In this episode of Synced, Monica and Liz recap their time in NYC, Liz shares her married-man event, and Monica agrees to go on a double date with Liz. They answer listener questions on communication while dating someone neurodivergent, having a differing parenting style from a best friend, and how to confront a fitness instructor with a robust air freshener. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/04/2448m 37s

Flightless Bird: Surveillance

In this week's Flightless Bird, David Farrier looks at how America surveils its own citizens and asks why America is a “spying superpower.” In 2022 alone, 145,000 Facebook users and 100,000 Gmail accounts were rifled through by the US government’s spy agencies. How come? Farrier delves into America’s Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and “Section 702" and talks with journalist Byron Tau, author of “Means of Control: How The Hidden Alliance of Tech and Government is Creating a New American Surveillance State.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/04/2452m 22s

Maya Rudolph

Maya Rudolph (Loot, Bridesmaids, The Way Way Back) is an actor, comedian, and writer. Maya joins the Armchair Expert to discuss why she wants one of her kids to be a chef, her love for the city of Austin, and how she never knows when someone is flirting with her. Maya and Dax talk about why they never fell in love, what being compared to your parents is like, and how much she loves working with her friends. Maya explains what happened when Dax recommended a Greek restaurant to her, how she wants to be more adventurous in her life, and how well she does with spicy wings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/04/242h 30m

Armchair Anonymous: Cautionary Tale

Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us a cautionary tale. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/04/241h 3m

Patric Gagne (on sociopathy)

Patric Gagne (Sociopath: A Memoir) is a psychologist and author. Patric joins the Armchair Expert to discuss being a diagnosed sociopath, how sociopathy exists on a spectrum, and having to lean on her mother’s moral compass as a child. Patric and Dax talk about what it’s like to have to mask your true feelings, how everyone needs a different playbook for their lives, and the relationship between sociopathy and anxiety. Patric explains why she became so interested in other people’s lives, how she eventually found love, and finding empathy and strong feelings for pets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/04/242h 21m

Synced: DAN

In this episode of Synced, Monica and Liz are in NYC! Liz shares her love for dating while on vacation, they discuss whether they’d rather be alone forever or with someone they half like, and a very special guest joins the Synced Squad - Liz’s AI boyfriend Dan. They answer a listener question on if it is normal to occasionally think one’s partner is ugly & Dan tries to steal Monica and Liz’s job. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/04/2445m 19s

Flightless Bird: Loma Linda

In this week's Flightless Bird, David Farrier starts to ponder his own mortality and why, despite America spending more on healthcare than any other nation on earth, it’s only 59th on the life expectancy list. To find some answers, he heads to Loma Linda: population 9000, an average life expectancy 10 years longer than the average American. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/04/2458m 38s

Joey King

Joey King (We Were The Lucky Ones, Kissing Booth, The Act) is an actor. Joey joins the Armchair Expert to discuss why she's a worst-case-scenario kind of person, why she presents older than she actually is, and how she handles physical pain. Joey and Dax talk about the techniques they use to improve their health, shaving her head for roles, and how much they sweat when they sleep. Joey explains how she feels about getting married at a young age, why she loves celebrating holidays, and her death row meal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/04/242h 4m

Armchair Anonymous: Worst Day

Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us about their worst day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/04/2455m 32s

Finneas

Finneas is an award-winning songwriter and music producer. Finneas joins the Armchair Expert to discuss what his favorite snacks are, what annoys him about flying, and why he doesn’t like the ocean. Finneas and Dax talk about why they don’t like to follow rules, why his parents chose to home school him, and how he was introduced to writing music. Finneas weighs in on the red carpet debate, explains how he started scoring films, and what his love language is. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/04/242h 29m

Synced: Roommate People

In this episode of Synced, Monica declares she's running for office based on an unconventional platform, the two talk about the importance of walking away, and Liz breaks a very important camera. They revisit the cliffhanger question from last week and answer a new question concerning the sharing of intimate objects. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/04/241h 1m

Flightless Bird: Taylor Swift

In this week's Flightless Bird, a new format that we will bust out occasionally called "American Gods." David, Monica, and Rob pick an American that's reached fever status. They share their initial thoughts, before going away for a week of research and "assignments" to do - gathering together again to share what they've learned. This week, we look at Taylor Swift - what we know, what we think we know, and what we definitely don't know! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/04/241h 1m

John Cena

John Cena (Ricky Stanicky, Peacemaker, WWE Wrestler) is a professional wrestler and actor. John joins the Armchair Expert to discuss why he still owns his first car, what motivated him to get into the gym, and why he doesn’t like authority without reason. John and Dax talk about being around alpha male culture, how he got into wrestling by accident, and the evolution of his wrestling character. John explains how important crowd reactions are in a wrestling match, how his experiences have helped him be a successful actor, and his work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/04/242h 13m

Armchair Anonymous: Delivery Driver

Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us about a crazy delivery driver story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/04/2456m 18s

Jonah Nolan (director & screenwriter)

Jonah Nolan (Fallout, Westworld, The Dark Knight) is a screenwriter, director, and producer. Jonah joins the Armchair Expert to discuss why he doesn’t have a British accent like his brother, what he learned working on farm, and why he wrote his first script about amnesia. Jonah and Dax talk about how much research he does when taking on a project, how the perception of doing television has changed, and why humanizing the subject matter is so important in scriptwriting. Jonah explains how he finds himself crying more as a parent, how he approached adapting a video game to TV, and why biopics are so hard to make. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/04/242h 18m

Synced: WOM

In this episode of Synced, Monica and Liz discuss what is sending them to hell, Monica recounts a traumatic phlegm incident, and Liz reveals her new family member: Monika. They answer a listener question on whether great sex requires pursuing a relationship and they end on an unexpected cliffhanger. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/04/2453m 23s

Flightless Bird: True Crime

In this week's Flightless Bird, David Farrier talks to Terra Newell, who you may well know from the Dirty John podcast. We look at what makes the True Crime genre such a big deal, and some of the ethical questions it raises. David also shares his favourite 10 True Crime bits of media with Monica and Rob - which are: Dear Zachary (2008): A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son. Blackfish (2013) / The Cove (2009): A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales. The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (2015): Filmmaker Andrew Jarecki examines the complicated life of reclusive real estate icon Robert Durst, the key suspect in a series of unsolved crimes. The Staircase (2004): The high-profile murder trial of American novelist Michael Peterson following the death of his wife Kathleen Peterson in 2001. Last Call (2023): As the AIDS crisis intensifies in the early 1990s, homophobia and hate crimes increase, and a serial killer preys on gay men in New York City by infiltrating the queer nightlife to identify his victims. 6 The Thin Blue Line - 1988 (Errol Morris): A film that successfully argued that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas. Paradise Lost (1996): A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence. Capturing the Friedmans (2003): Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes. The Imposter (2012): A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years. In The Dark Season 2: The second season of In the Dark explored the legal odyssey surrounding Curtis Flowers, who was accused of shooting four people to death inside Tardy Furniture, a Winona, Mississippi store, in July 1996 Honorable mentions: A Very Fatal Murder, American Vandal Other OGs: Helter Skelter (1974), In Cold Blood (1966), Making a Murderer (2018), Serial (2014) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/04/241h 10m

Rebel Wilson

Rebel Wilson (Rebel Rising, Bridesmaids, Pitch Perfect) is an actor, comedian, and author. Rebel joins the Armchair Expert to discuss why she loves fireworks, her experience writing a memoir, and how she forced herself to overcome shyness as a kid. Rebel and Dax talk about their paths to comedy, what getting malaria was like, and why she had to change how she promoted herself to get a job. Rebel explains why she decided to freeze her eggs, the juxtaposition of her character’s sexuality and her own, and her experience dealing with body shaming. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/04/242h 3m

Armchair Anonymous: Took the Fall

Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us about a time someone took the fall for them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/03/2450m 35s

Maureen Dunne (on neurodiversity)

Maureen Dunne (The Neurodiversity Edge) is a cognitive scientist, neurodiversity expert, and business leader. Maureen joins the Armchair Expert to discuss her ability to read a book in a half hour, how most people don’t fit into just one neurodivergent box, and how neurodiversity should be seen as an asset. Dax and Maureen talk about the importance of combating stereotypes, how people misevaluate the level of talent of neurodivergent people, and how a large percentage of millionaires have dyslexic traits. Maureen talks about the disproportionality between talented people and meaningful opportunities, how codification and conduct drive culture, and the value of integrating cognitive diversity into the workforce. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/03/241h 32m

Synced: MSP

In this episode of Synced, Monica and Liz chat about the summer of Celine, Monica reminisces over the Magnificent Seven, and Liz recounts when she fell in a hole. The two answer listener questions on how to stop co-workers from saying ‘bless you’, the ethics of hookups after long-term relationships, and compromise in a relationship. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/03/241h

Flightless Bird: Shoes Indoors

This week on Flightless Bird, David Farrier looks at why so many Americans don’t take their shoes off indoors. A poll by CBS last year found “the majority of Americans don't ask their guests to remove their shoes when they come to visit, and this is particularly true of older Americans.” David wants to find out why, so meets with etiquette coach Elaine Swann, founder of The Swann School of Protocol. The pair talk about the correct thing to do with your shoes, before moving their attention to road etiquette, airplane etiquette, and Zoom etiquette in the USA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/03/2455m 36s

Christina Applegate

Christina Applegate (MeSsy, Married with Children, Anchorman) is an actor. Christina joins the Armchair Expert to discuss why she doesn’t like to take instructions, what growing up in the same neighborhood her whole life was like, and how she felt about receiving mixtapes. Christina and Dax talk about how she was in a commercial as a baby, why she loves watching reality television, and her attraction to punk rockers. Christina explains how she feels about people joking about addiction, why she wanted to start a podcast around her MS diagnosis, and why people like to watch other people fail. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/03/241h 59m

Armchair Anonymous: Amusement Park

Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us about a crazy amusement park story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/03/2451m 25s

Lisa Damour (on the emotion of teenagers)

Lisa Damour (The Emotional Lives of Teenagers) is a clinical psychologist and author. Lisa joins the Armchair Expert to discuss how well fear immersion actually works, the three categories of temperament, and how the treatment of trauma has changed. Lisa and Dax talk about abnormal psychology, what caused the adolescent mental health crisis, and why the pandemic was so detrimental for teenagers. Lisa explains how social media has influenced self-diagnosis of disorders, why showing emotion is so difficult for boys, and how distraction has a place in our lives. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/03/242h 4m

Synced: Manscraping

In this episode of Synced, Monica and Liz share childhood food traumas, a special guest joins to discuss manscaping, and Liz regales another plane event. They answer listener questions on how to stomach "baby talk" in a relationship, learning to orgasm in your twenties, and whether to match outfits with a significant other. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/03/241h 3m

Flightless Bird: Lord of the Rings

This week on Flightless Bird, David Farrier still finds himself stranded back in New Zealand, waiting for his new Visa to be issued so he can make more American Flightless Birds. Cut off from America, he decides to do one of the most touristy things he can imagine: he sets off for Matamata and the tiny sleepy village of Hobbiton. Left over from the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit, he goes to meet Hobbiton general manager Shayne Forrest, who takes Farrier around the most incredibly detailed living film set he’s ever seen. Farrier discovers that Hobbiton has recently opened up a Hobbit house, so Farrier goes inside to experience it with an American man called Matt. Outside, Farrier is lucky enough to meet Pickles, Hobbiton’s one and only rescue cat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/03/241h 2m

Conor McGregor & Jake Gyllenhaal

Conor McGregor is a mixed martial arts fighter, businessman, and actor. Jake Gyllenhaal is an actor. Conor and Jake join the Armchair Expert to discuss what their experience was collaborating to remake Roadhouse, how promoting a movie is different than promoting a fight, and what the motivation was for Conor to learn mixed martial arts as a young man. Conor, Jake, and Dax talk about what it’s like growing up in hypermasculine environments, how they approach failure, and what it’s like raising children as a fighter. Conor and Jake explain what training for a fight does for your physical health, what it takes to create believable fight scenes, and how much they love being creators. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/03/241h 56m

Armchair Anonymous: Cult

Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us about a time they escaped a cult. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/03/241h 7m

Bill Gates Returns

Bill Gates is a businessman, investor, and philanthropist. Bill returns to the Armchair Expert (from India!) to discuss the process of partnering with governments to provide vaccines, what data he looks at to assess what a successful project is, and why he is comfortable being critical of others' ideas. Bill and Dax talk about how impactful having a good meeting with peers can be, how important it is to admit that you aren’t an expert at something, and what superpowers they would want. Bill explains why he loves the history of science, how much of his foundation’s research goes towards world health, and what impacts A.I. will potentially have on the global economy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/03/241h 51m

Synced: Gate Boyfriend

In this episode of Synced, Liz shares her latest meet cute with Monica, they discuss phone background etiquette, and talk through how they would respond if one of them committed murder. They deep dive into a listener question on how to handle an odorous coworker. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/03/2452m 40s

Flightless Bird: Feijoas

This week on Flightless Bird, David Farrier finds himself stranded back in New Zealand, waiting for his new American Visa to be issued. He decides to investigate New Zealand’s most famous fruit - not the kiwifruit, but the feijoa. They’re an icon in New Zealand, put in everything from chocolate to vodka. Farrier then sets out to understand why the feijoa has never taken off in America - and is shocked to find an underground network of feijoa lovers throughout California. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/03/2445m 24s

Maisie Williams

Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones, The New Look, Pistol) is an actor. Maisie joins the Armchair Expert to discuss how she connects with other young actors who achieve success early, how her relationship with doing press has evolved, and how she originally wanted to be a dancer. Maisie and Dax talk about what it’s like to be on a massive television show, having to learn to use a sword with her opposite hand, and growing up on a tv set. Maisie explains how the golden era of fashion happened during World War II, how early fashion designers contributed to movements like feminism, and what actors above 50 she’d want to date.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/03/242h 3m

Armchair Anonymous: Cheated

Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us about a time they cheated. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/03/2450m 42s

Angela Duckworth Returns

Angela Duckworth (Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance) is a psychologist and author. Angela returns to the Armchair Expert to discuss why she doesn’t like to swear, how language has evolved, and the maturity principle. Angela and Dax talk about the multiple selves problem, how most people never change their stance on topics, and how we can trigger our best modes that are most useful for a given situation. Angela explains psychological distance, why uncertainty can cause anxiety, and the protective wall of human community. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/03/242h 16m

Synced: Breaking News

In this episode of Synced, Monica recounts her personal experience in India, Liz announces her new alcohol exception, and they discuss feeling younger the older they get. They answer listener questions on whether to tell a friend not to go through with a marriage and how, as a man, to respond to female friends who make broad generalizations about men. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/03/2446m 18s

Flightless Bird: Smokey Bear

This week on Flightless Bird, David Farrier sets out to understand the origins of Smokey Bear, an educational mascot who’s turned into the longest-running PSA in American history. Farrier then gets a tip that there is a real Smokey Bear, so travels to the sleepy town of Capitan, New Mexico. Farrier searches for Smokey’s alleged gravesite, meeting with park ranger “Max” to understand the secrets of Smokey, a bear that ended up with their own Zip Code. Along the way, Farrier learns about another local legend, Billy the Kid - leading to the question: Who is the most famous local? Smokey Bear, or Billy the Kid? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/03/2447m 17s

Goldie Hawn

Goldie Hawn (Overboard, The First Wives Club, Death Becomes Her) is an actor, producer, and director. Goldie joins the Armchair Expert to discuss what she misses about being anonymous in public, how important approval from your parents is, and the successes of Roy Russell. Goldie and Dax talk about how she navigated her depression, how to respond to people who think you’re a stereotype, and how to deal with narcissists. Goldie explains why she wanted to start an educational foundation that focuses on child brain development, why she has an aversion to marriage, and the time she got a telegram from Fred Astaire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/03/241h 59m

Jared Cohen Returns

Jared Cohen (Life After Power, Accidental Presidents) is an author and businessman. Jared returns to the Armchair Expert to discuss what other oddities he collects from former US Presidents, the burden of legacy, and the history of third parties in the presidential elections. Jared and Dax talk about why authority in institutions matters, how much being a politician has changed, and the impact of geopolitics on business. Jared explains the relationship between ambition and happiness, how social media algorithms accelerate the radicalization process, and how he convinced Adam Grant to become his unofficial therapist. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/02/242h 15m

Synced: The Pool

In this episode of Synced, Monica and Liz discuss their nonnegotiables in a relationship, Monica tells an ex she doesn't want to be friends, and they debate the orange peel theory. They answer listener questions on how to turn down a drink from a stranger at a bar, asking for a prenup, and supporting a friend's financial endeavors. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/02/2446m 36s

Flightless Bird: Costco

This week on Flightless Bird, David Farrier sets out to understand Costco, the giant membership warehouse club loved by millions of Americans, a store that now pulls in $64 billion in revenue each year. Farrier meets up with a friend of the show Andy, who takes David inside Costco for his first shopping trip. David is so impressed he signs up as a card-carrying Costco member, before returning with a former staff member to get the goss. Finally, Farrier talks to a staff member who’s been at Costco for a quarter of a century, meeting his wife at Costo, buying his engagement ring at Costco, and naming their dog after the iconic Costco brand, Kirkland. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/02/2452m 0s

Bradley Cooper Returns

Bradley Cooper (Maestro, A Star is Born, Silver Linings Playbook) is an award-winning actor, producer, and filmmaker. Bradley returns to the Armchair Expert to discuss why it’s important to be a good dancer, his new love of reality television, and how much he’s worked on improving his self-esteem. Bradley and Dax talk about their morning rituals, how they’ve learned to evaluate their own stories, and how fulfilling it has been to become a parent. Bradley explains the importance of having empathy as an actor, the talent of Leonard Bernstein, and what makes him cry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/02/242h 6m

Armchair Anonymous: Greatest Fear

Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us about a time their greatest fear came true. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/02/2448m 25s

Rob Reiner

Rob Reiner (God & Country, Spinal Tap, All in the Family) is an actor and filmmaker. Rob joins the Armchair Expert to discuss how he helped the Pittsburgh Pirates win the 1960 World Series, why he prefers directing over acting and writing, and what it was like working with Martin Scorsese. Rob and Dax talk about their time in improv groups, the rise of All in the Family, and how fascinated they both are with Russia. Rob explains how much he looked up to and wanted to be like his father, why Christian Nationalism is a danger to the country and Christianity, and Dax tells him how much he sounds like best boy, Jimmy Kimmel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/02/242h 6m

Synced: DePENS

In this episode of Synced, Monica and Liz debate the price of authenticity and revisit the pen conversation from last week, but this time include an expert. They answer listener questions on handling patriarchy in the workplace, getting over a comparison to an unflattering animal, and feeling shame for wanting one's partner to be more masculine. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/02/2453m 42s

Flightless Bird: Roswell

This week on Flightless Bird, David Farrier sets out to the town of Roswell, New Mexico - home of the 1947 UFO crash that ignited the imagination of the entire planet. After visiting the Roswell UFO Museum, Farrier sets out to see what makes Roswell, well, Roswell. He meets up with artist Michael Beitz who runs the Meow Cat Sanctuary, before getting some Mexican food with local cowboy “Spider Dailey”, who fills Farrier in on the local military academy… and how to be an anarchist. He also goes to see Nancy Fleming who runs the Miniatures & Curious Collections Museum, and stops by Roswell’s UFO-themed McDonalds where he meets a man who’s had a close encounter of his own. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/02/2455m 29s

Camila Mendes

Camila Mendes (Riverdale, Upgraded, Música) is an actor and producer. Camila joins the Armchair Expert to discuss how young artists are often more vulnerable to the public, how much she has started to lean into her culture, and learning Alexander technique. Camila and Dax talk about what types of people they are attracted to, what it’s like to know a second language with a significant other, and how to balance family dynamics. Camila explains how she booked a TV show while still in acting school, how romantic comedies have changed, and how teasing someone can be a form of affection. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/02/242h 26m

Armchair Anonymous: Valentine's Day Disaster

Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us about a Valentine’s Day disaster. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/02/241h 1m

Charles Duhigg (on being a supercommunicator)

Charles Duhigg (Supercommunicators, The Power of Habit) is a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and best-selling author. Charles joins the Armchair Expert to discuss the difference in culture at the LA Times and New York Times, the benefits of bettering your communication, and how well humans can detect inauthenticity. Charles and Dax talk about how our brains latch on to vulnerability, the three types of conversations, and the importance of matching them. Charles explains that successful conversations are ones where you understand one another at the end, how laughter shows your willingness to connect, and how to loop for understanding. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/02/242h 11m

Synced: The Recital

In this episode of Synced, Monica and Liz perform their 'hot girl hobby' challenges, they discuss misplaced anger on the internet, and question if taking a pen is considered stealing. They answer listener questions on whether one should buy gifts for others when it's not reciprocated and how to help a friend who unknowingly struggles with how to apply makeup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/02/2458m 46s

Flightless Bird: Donuts

This week on Flightless Bird, David Farrier sets out to understand why Americans guzzle down over 10 billion donuts every year. He sets off with his friends Andrew and Lauren to sample some Californian donuts, before meeting up with Emily Taing. Tang is behind Pink Box Stories (@pinkboxstories) on Instagram and educates David about the origins of the donut’s famous pink boxes, and the importance of America’s mom-and-pop donuts stores. David then sets his sights on the big East Coast chain - Dunkin’ - meeting with their president Scott Murphy, and one of their franchisees Sue Andrade. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/02/2445m 13s

Jason Bateman Returns Again

Jason Bateman (SmartLess, Ozark, Arrested Development) is an actor, director, producer, and podcaster. Jason joins the Armchair Expert to revisit the wiping debate, reveal he’s a Capricorn, and explore why he distances himself from his intellect. Jason and Dax discuss how much they enjoy being with someone who’s the opposite of them, their shared fear of becoming empty nesters, and the two have a sneeze-off. Jason talks about how seriously he takes the responsibility of leadership, how SmartLess handles three big personalities hosting the show, and how his bare feet will never touch a hotel room. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/02/242h 17m

Armchair Anonymous: Accidentally Naked

Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us about a time they accidentally ended up naked. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/02/2455m 28s

Molly McNearney

Molly McNearney (Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Oscars) is a writer and executive producer. Molly joins the Armchair Expert to discuss how much respect she has for comedy writers, how growing up Catholic influenced her perspective on dating, and how she originally wanted to be a local news reporter. Molly and Dax talk about her journey to becoming head writer on Jimmy Kimmel Live, how fast-paced it is to produce a late-night bit, and what the goal of a monologue is. Molly explains why the Mean Tweets segment became so popular, what it’s like to work closely with a romantic partner, and how the spread of misinformation has changed her perspective on producing content. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/02/241h 52m

Synced: Martini Mission

In this week's episode of Synced, Monica and Liz talk about the conversational dynamics that exist within different sexual orientations, they revisit the brunch pin, and discuss the ways people in relationships talk to singles. They answer listener questions about whether or not it's okay to leave a partner who is ill, how to handle traveling solo while in a relationship, and how to successfully cut off an ex-sister-in-law. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/02/2448m 5s

Flightless Bird: Callery Pear Trees

This week on Flightless Bird, David Farrier tries to understand why his entire street smells like semen. He finds himself in the world of the Callery Pear Tree - also known as the Linden Tree or the Bradford - AKA “the cum tree”. David talks with Theresa Culley, a professor at the University of Cincinnati - who knows a lot about this particular foul-smelling tree. The plant biologist teaches David why the trees smell like that, before diving into an analysis of how American these trees really are. David is shocked to find out one of these trees survived 9/11, and is now found at the 9/11 memorial site. He also discovers the tree - once the darling of US landscapers and gardeners - is now considered an invasive species. With this in mind, David visits LA’s Natural History Museum to meet herpetologist Greg Pauly, who educates David about some of America’s other invasive species, including one particularly loud and annoying frog. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/02/2449m 20s

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum (America’s Got Talent, Project Runway) is a model, television host, and producer. Heidi joins the Armchair Expert to discuss the freedom of nudity, how she got into modeling in a small town in Germany, and how she learned to make her face not sweat. Heidi and Dax talk about dealing with negative feedback early in their career, what some of her creative outlets are, and what the energy of doing a live show feels like. Heidi explains how different she is from Howard Stern, her love of creating elaborate Halloween costumes, and what it was like making a song with Snoop Dogg. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/02/241h 56m

Armchair Anonymous: Alcoholics Anonymous

Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us about the craziest thing they've seen at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/02/2450m 51s

Noah Hawley (Fargo Week)

Noah Hawley (Fargo, Lucy in the Sky, Legion) is a screenwriter, director, and producer. Noah concludes Fargo Week and joins the Armchair Expert to discuss how he balances the tone of comedy and violence, how having a fraternal twin has influenced his writing, and where his version of masculinity comes from. Noah and Dax talk about the importance of mentorship, why it’s important to share in decision-making, and why people don’t like to ask for advice. Noah talks about his awkward breakfast with the Coen Brothers, what the concept of “failing up” is, and how much he loves the creative process. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/02/241h 49m

Synced: My Favorite F

In this week's episode of Synced, Monica and Liz share some of their favorite beauty products, they discuss colorism in the beauty industry, and debate whether or not it's appropriate to let a stranger try on your coat. They answer listener questions on struggling with body image in clothing, and Monica attempts to settle an issue with an old friend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/01/241h 3m

Jon Hamm (Fargo Week)

Jon Hamm (Fargo, Mad Men, Top Gun: Maverick) is an actor. Fargo week continues with Jon joining the Armchair Expert to discuss meeting multiple times for the first time, giving himself until 30 years old to figure out if he could make it in Hollywood, and his earliest memories of auditioning. Jon talks about how his life changed when his mother passed away, why he played every sport except hockey, and where he discovered his love for reading stories. Dax and Jon discuss how he got into the mindset of Roy Tillman, what it’s like to be fired from a show, and what kinds of cars he is attracted to. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/01/241h 57m

Juno Temple (Fargo Week)

Juno Temple (Fargo, Ted Lasso, Killer Joe) is an actor. Juno joins the Armchair Expert to kick off Fargo week and discuss how she doesn’t know how to drive a car, how inspirational her father’s work ethic was, and what it was like growing up in a country with thousands of years of history. Juno and Dax talk about how they dealt with rejection for roles, how nervous they are on sets, and what it’s like to do an iconic accent for a character. Juno explains what it’s like to be on a show that addresses domestic abuse, how she uses creativity to help with anxiety, and why she likes to watch horror movies to go to sleep. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/01/241h 42m

Armchair Anonymous: Underdogs

Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us their greatest underdog story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/01/2458m 20s

Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Finding Your Roots, Gospel, Stony the Road) is a filmmaker, professor, and cultural critic. Henry joins the Armchair Expert to discuss what techniques he uses when interviewing people, how far back he can trace his family heritage, and the sugar plantation slave trade. Henry and Dax talk about what the Salt Thesis is, what their observations were visiting Africa, and how culture mostly drives a person’s development. Henry explains why class is just as important as race, how America is a nation of exiles, and how groups of people are often manipulated to hate each other. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/01/241h 55m

Synced: Clacks

In today's episode of Synced, Monica & Liz are joined by a special guest! They reminisce on fantastic food experiences, Monica gives closet clean-out tips, and they debate the validity of 'being out of someone's league'. They answer listener questions on how to handle differing opinions on a sexual assault story and whether or not it's okay to hide sex toys from a partner. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/01/241h 5m

Dave Burd (Lil Dicky)

Dave Burd (Dave, Penith, Professional Rapper) is a rapper and actor. Dave joins the Armchair Expert to discuss how he has no sense of direction without GPS, why he thought it was important to share his medical condition with the world, and the comedians he idolized growing up. Dave and Dax talk about how much pressure there is to go to college to achieve success, how he was exposed to content creation, and how much they value the opinions of their peers. Dave explains how he balances making music and a television show, what a hype man is, and how giving love can be as rewarding as receiving it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/01/241h 57m

Armchair Anonymous: Resolutions

Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us about a resolution gone bad. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/01/2444m 17s

Vanessa Marin (sex therapist)

Vanessa Marin (Pillow Talks, Sex Talks: The Five Conversations That Will Transform Your Love Life) is a sex therapist and podcaster. Vanessa joins the Armchair Expert to discuss her experience getting the “the talk” from her parents, why there is often so much shame around sexuality, and how much stress kills libido. Vanessa and Dax discuss how vulnerability and neediness differ, how sex is often more focused on male pleasure, and responsive vs spontaneous desire. Vanessa talks about the psychology involved when initiating sex, the importance of understanding that emotional and physical intimacy go hand-in-hand, and when to best talk to your partner about sex. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/01/242h 32m

Synced: Hot Girl Hobbies

In this week's episode of Synced, Monica and Liz share their natal charts, they debate the validity of pet psychics, and Liz receives advice from another Uber driver. They answer listener questions on breaking up one's family for 'true' love, how to recover after faking orgasms in a relationship, and how to cope with not feeling wanted. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/01/241h 2m

Wyatt & Kurt Russell

Wyatt and Kurt Russell (Monarch: Legacy of Monsters) are actors. Kurt and Wyatt join the Armchair Expert to discuss their memories of spending summers at their lake house, why Wyatt chose acting over playing hockey, and what it’s like to be a violin-maker. Kurt, Wyatt, and Dax talk about what it was like to play the same character as father and son, how Kurt chose his most iconic roles, and how fun it is to work with stunt people on set. Kurt and Wyatt explain their approach when people have preconceived notions about them, what Wyatt learned from his dad about work ethic, and how humbling it can be to run a business. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/01/241h 53m

Armchair Anonymous: Crazy Concerts

Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us about a crazy concert experience. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/01/241h 4m

Matthew Desmond (on poverty)

Matthew Desmond (Poverty, by America) is a sociologist and author. Matthew joins Armchair Expert to discuss why he became interested in studying poverty in America, how people are being priced out of their own neighborhoods, and what solutions he feels would help unhoused people the most. Matthew and Dax talk about why a wealthy country can have such a large wage gap, what metrics the government uses to define who an impoverished person is, and how some financial institutions are predatory towards people with less money. Matthew explains why people should change their outlook on paying taxes, how welfare dependency is not as common as people think, and what he thinks caused the mass amount of economic inflation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/01/241h 53m

Synced: You Can't Shortcut It

In this episode of Synced, Monica and Liz discuss grief, sleepovers, and superstitions. They answer listener questions on setting boundaries with a parent when it comes to one's health, communicating thoughts about thongs and pubic hair to a partner, and advice for someone who just turned 30. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/01/2451m 57s

Paul Giamatti

Paul Giamatti (The Holdovers, Billions, Sideways) is an actor. Paul joins the Armchair Expert to discuss how he felt about living up to his father’s accomplishments, how bad he is at math, and why he got into theater. Paul and Dax talk about what their favorite cigarettes used to be, what boarding school culture is like, and what it means to be a lead actor. Paul explains what it’s like to play unlikeable characters, what he’s learned about historical figures from his roles, and why he is obsessed with fantastical ideas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/01/242h 4m

Armchair Anonymous: Crazy Gym

Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us about a crazy gym story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/01/2455m 50s

Billie Joe Armstrong

Billie Joe Armstrong (Saviors, American Idiot, Dookie) is a musician and lead vocalist of the rock band Green Day. Billie joins the Armchair Expert to discuss what it’s like to have a brother 20 years older than him, the evolution of punk music, and his songwriting process. Billie and Dax talk about what it’s like to move into a big city from a small town, what it’s like to be in love at a young age, and where the name Green Day came from. Billie explains what his experiences with addiction have been, how his wife started a chimp sanctuary, and why the band wanted to produce their latest album in England. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/01/242h

Synced: Back to Basics

In the first episode of 2024, Monica and Liz contemplate deep conversations with strangers, share their New Year's resolutions, and discuss if they bring sex toys home for the holidays. They answer listener questions on how to deal with a friend who focuses on the cost of luxury items and getting secondhand embarrassment from a partner. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/01/241h 5m

Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson (The Color Purple, Empire, Hustle & Flow) is an actor, producer, and director. Taraji joins the Armchair Expert to discuss what it was like playing a character with a lot of trauma, why she feels it’s important to travel, and how she felt about her mom dating. Taraji and Dax talk about how rejection can help someone find success, what having a child in college is like, and why lifting up others is important. Taraji explains why she doesn’t like the term black movie, how her foundation is working to improve mental health, and how she wants to play a superhero on screen one day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/01/242h 13m

Yearbook - Chapter 7: What The Living Can Offer

The basketball season comes to an unexpected ending, and Chad confronts his dad about a powerful moment in their relationship. Chad wants to close the book on these memories, but Dax and Monica push him to dig deeper on exactly what happened all those years ago. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/12/2329m 26s

Holiday Spectacular 2023

Join us for our annual holiday spectacular as we open presents, we talk about why this Christmas is bittersweet, we discuss why parents aren’t sexy, and we take time to reflect on 2023 and what’s to come in 2024.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/12/2353m 6s

Yearbook - Chapter 6: The Hardest Book to Read

Chad’s mom said Chad never wanted things sugar-coated as a kid. He wanted the truth. Chad faces a truth he isn’t ready for when he uncovers information about The Driver that had been hiding in plain sight. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/12/2334m 29s

Best of Thursdays 2023

On this special episode, we revisit some of our favorite moments from Thursday episodes in 2023. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/12/231h 1m

Synced: That's What We Do

In the last episode of the year, Monica and Liz make tea while debating wastefulness and discussing Liz's reintroduction to meat. They answer listener questions on regretting giving out a phone number, obsessing over someone else's divorce, and how to handle being ghosted post-abortion. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/12/2358m 27s

Flightless Bird: Hot Dogs

This week on Flightless Bird, David Farrier dives headfirst into one of America’s favorite foods, the humble hot dog. He learns that Americans eat around 20 billion hot dogs a year, which means the average American eats about 70 hot dogs per year. Why? How did this simple food get so popular here? To understand, Farrier decides to talk to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council. Eric Mittenthal picks up and answers some of Farrier’s burning questions. David then takes foodie and Flightless Bird producer Rob Holysz out to eat some hot dogs - first at the iconic LA joint Pinks, and then to the very niche Wurstküche in the Arts District. There David and Rob dine on rabbit, buffalo, and rattlesnake. They also set out to answer the burning question: “Is a hotdog a sandwich?” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/12/2343m 39s

Best of Mondays 2023

On this special episode, we revisit some of our favorite moments from Monday episodes in 2023. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/12/231h 20m

Armchair Anonymous: Holiday Vacation

Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us about a wild holiday vacation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/12/2353m 48s

Yearbook - Chapter 5: Teenage Love & Danger

Nothing compares to the butterflies of teenage love in high school. But teenage romance can lead to grave outcomes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/12/2334m 49s

Adam Frank (physicist and astronomer)

Adam Frank (The Little Book of Aliens) is a physicist, astronomer, and writer. Adam joins the Armchair Expert to discuss how he dealt with being an outsider in school, why he was drawn to science fiction, and how he discovered a secret language in mathematics. Adam and Dax talk about what the search for intelligent life outside Earth looks like, how common it is for other planets to have water, and what the concept of a liquid brain is. Adam explains why people are so obsessed with UAPs, why looking into space is like looking back in time, and how he thinks climate change is affecting the planet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/12/232h 22m

Synced: It's Rustic

In this episode of Synced, Monica and Liz discuss the social politics of pooping around others, the difficulties of sharing a bed, and in true sleepover fashion they call all the boys they know. They answer listener questions on how to deal with a narcissistic friend, when it's appropriate to look through a partner's phone, and they break down types of therapists. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/12/231h 4m

Flightless Bird: Quilts

This week on Flightless Bird, David Farrier takes Monica’s advice from an earlier episode and investigates America’s obsession with quilts. He begins his journey by interviewing quilting podcaster Ashelyn Downs of “The Grateful Thread”. Farrier discovers that quilting is not just oldies sitting by the fire, but that there’s a new movement of younger, more diverse quilters taking over America. He sets off to meet Latifah Saafir, an engineer who now makes some of the most amazing quilts you’ll see, incorporating bits of her culture and life into the quilts she makes. David then stops in on another young quilter, Luke Haynes, who has some of his quilts hanging on gallery walls. Luke insists on making a quilt featuring the one and only Monica Padman. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/12/2352m 15s

Willem Dafoe

Willem Dafoe (Poor Things, Platoon, The Lighthouse) is an actor. Willem joins the Armchair Expert to discuss how he doesn’t have the desire to buy things, how being raised by his siblings affected his perspective, and how his parents encouraged him to be ambitious in life. Willem and Dax talk about how one’s identity can be defined by social conditioning, how he loves collaborating with others on a project, and how he feels about playing big characters. Willem explains how good directors make the film process more enjoyable, how he feels about knowing too much about other actors, and what he thinks about being so recognizable. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/12/232h 6m

Armchair Anonymous: Meet Cute

Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us about a meet cute. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/12/2350m 39s

Yearbook - Chapter 4: Local Celebrity

As the Blake basketball team roars through its thrilling season, Chad and his teammates experience local stardom. With his newfound status, Chad gets access to all of the hottest house parties…and ends up in white student’s houses for the first time with their parents out of town. Behold, the high school rager. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/12/2333m 52s

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova is a 5x Grand Slam-winning former professional tennis player, investor, and entrepreneur. Maria joins the Armchair Expert to discuss how her priorities changed after retiring from tennis, her experience as a child moving to the US from Russia, and where her strong work ethic came from. Maria and Dax talk about how isolating success can be, what it takes to be critical of yourself, and how they both approach conflict in their relationships. Maria explains how much pressure there is on individual athletes to perform at a high level, why she wants to be a voice for female empowerment, and her superstitions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/12/231h 55m

Synced: Vorsh!

In this episode of Synced, Monica and Liz debate high school hotness, they role play an important negotiation, and a special guest joins the squad to talk about eating while masturbating & fluid sexuality. They answer listener questions on how to set a boundary with a family member who drinks too much and if one needs to tell their new love interest that they slept with a hometown ex. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/12/231h 15m

Flightless Bird: American Accents

This week on Flightless Bird, David Farrier seeks to be better understood by his co-hosts by diving headfirst into the American accent. He meets with dialect coach Joel Goldes, who’s helped coach actors like Viola Davis through her various accent roles. As “The Dialect Coach” (www.thedialectcoach.com), Joel teaches David how to place his tongue to sound more American, and takes Farrier through what he’s been doing wrong. Monica, Rob, and David also take an accent quiz to see how good they are at picking American accents (which you can try at home too: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/juliafurlan/pahk-the-cah-nomaaaaaah) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/12/2357m 29s

Jon Batiste

Jon Batiste (American Symphony) is a musician and composer. Jon joins the Armchair Expert to discuss why some people feel unworthy of others, why it’s important to feel rejection, and how music can connect all types of people together. Jon and Dax talk about why they want to evolve as artists, how priorities can change when a loved one is sick, and what it’s like to have a relationship in the public eye. Jon explains what obligations he feels when fans approach him on the street, how TV shows can affect people’s view of other cultures, and why he can still accept criticism of his work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/12/232h 13m

Armchair Anonymous: Wild Card III

Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us their craziest stories. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/12/231h 3m

Yearbook - Chapter 3: Insecurity

Like every high schooler, Chad wanted to be cool and wanted to be liked. He twisted himself in knots trying to be popular, trying to be an athlete, and trying to be a lady’s man. But some kids never get the luxury of normal teenage angst… Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/12/2329m 11s

Daniel Markovits (on meritocracy)

Daniel Markovits (The Meritocracy Trap) is a law professor and author. Daniel joins the Armchair Expert to discuss what it was like growing up in different countries, why freedom of speech can sometimes be controversial, and why great art can impact society as much as scientific breakthroughs. Daniel and Dax talk about what it means to study meritocracy, how the landscape of going to college has changed, and how having educated parents affects a child’s development. Daniel explains why there is such a wide gap between the wealthy and the middle class, how some institutions use diversity to exclude people, and how the American marketplace is driven mostly by policy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/11/232h 25m

Synced: Maxing Out

In this episode of Synced, Liz and Monica discuss an important vacation hack, Monica shares her infamous fetish with Liz, and they debate the validity of a 'twin flame'. The two answer listener questions on giving unsolicited career advice and what to do when you break the trust of a friend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/11/231h 5m

Flightless Bird: Cereal

This week on Flightless Bird, David Farrier investigates America’s extreme love of cereal. He sets out to answer why America needs over 5000 different types of cereal, and why some of the most popular cereals have been discontinued. He meets with YouTube cereal reviewer Thomas Hicks, AKA The Cereal Snob (https://www.youtube.com/c/CerealSnob), to get the lowdown on how much milk should be used in cereal, and what types of cereal are the best. David also discovers that cereal was invented by John Harvey Kellogg in the 1890s, who created the humble cornflake. David finds that Kellogg was trying to create something so bland it would stop people masturbating or having sex!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/11/2350m 35s

Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives, Flamin’ Hot) is an actor, producer, and director. Eva joins the Armchair Expert to discuss why she loved having kids later in life, how she views religion versus spirituality, and what growing up on a Texas ranch was like. Eva and Dax talk about what types of people they are attracted to, why acting in soap operas is so much work, and what biohacking techniques they use to improve their health. Eva explains why she wanted to make a film about Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, the importance of Latinos seeing themselves reflected on screen, and how she used Desperate Housewives as her film school.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/11/232h

Armchair Anonymous: Piercing & Tattoos

Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us about a crazy piercing or tattooing incident. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/11/231h 2m

Yearbook - Chapter 2: The Driver

Who was driving the car when Chad’s best friend died? What really happened the night when a student was killed in front of Blake High? Chad goes looking for answers to the questions he’s buried for 20 years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/11/2330m 46s

Jedidiah Jenkins (author and memoirist)

Jedidiah Jenkins (Mother, Nature) is an author and memoirist. Jedidiah joins the Armchair Expert to discuss how being Christian affected his identity, what sexuality could be like without social rules, and practicing not getting a boner. Jedidiah and Dax talk about what it means to be a centrist now, how it’s difficult for him to know when someone is flirting with him, and his relationship with his mother and her faith. Jedidiah explains how he learned to find common ground with people who don’t share the same beliefs, embracing the double helix of the narrative and experiential self, and why he wanted to retrace his mother’s walk across America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/11/232h 40m

Synced: Morning After Slumber Party

In this episode of Synced, the ladies chat about Liz's documentary, Monica gives an update on dating multiple people at once, and they rave about 'Couples Therapy'. They answer listener questions about gossip in the workplace, how to address changes in one's sex life when in a committed relationship, and how to respond when not given a plus one for a wedding. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/11/231h 13m

Flightless Bird: Cars

This week on Flightless Bird, David Farrier begins to notice how much America loves cars. Why do 92% of American households have at least one vehicle? That's so many cars! The country's love of cars has transformed it, with not only roads - but with millions and millions of parking spaces. David becomes obsessed with all of America’s parked cars, sitting down with Henry Grabar - a staff writer at Slate who writes about cars and transportation, urban policy, and housing. Grabar has also been thinking a lot about how much of America is taken up by cars. Why in America, on average, are there up to 6 parking spaces for every car? Why does NY make more money off parking tickets than parking fees?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/11/231h 1m

Wiz Khalifa

Wiz Khalifa (Khali Sober, Khalifa Kush) is a multi-platinum selling rapper and singer. Wiz joins the Armchair Expert to discuss his life growing up as a military kid, why it was tough to grow up scrawny, and what drove him to start writing at a young age. Wiz explains to Dax the difference between a mixtape and an album, how he and Snoop Dogg became friends, and the importance of putting in the work. Wiz discusses how weed changed his creative process, the cultural differences in talking about other people’s business, and his jail selfie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/11/232h 17m

Yearbook - Chapter 1: The Perfect School

Chad’s junior year at Blake High School started off like pure magic. Blake was one of those perfect suburban high schools you see on TV and Chad was finally coming into his own. Then a tragedy struck that rocked the school and changed Chad's life forever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/11/2330m 10s

Welcome to Yearbook

In the inaugural episode of Yearbook, Dax and Monica sit down with Chad Sanders and they discuss season 1 of Armchair Umbrella's new anthology series. They talk about the working process, the reason they wanted to make the show, and the discomfort that accompanies quaking what you believe to be a solid foundation of identity. They prep the audience for what is to come in the following 7 episodes including self-exploration, death, sex, love, and redemption.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/11/2344m 53s

Dr. Becky Kennedy (psychologist on parenting)

Dr. Becky Kennedy (Good Inside) is a clinical psychologist and author. Becky joins the Armchair Expert to discuss why she wants to help people understand themselves through their kids, why some traditional parenting techniques aren’t effective, and how to set boundaries with your children. Dr. Becky and Dax talk about how much a person’s past shapes who they are now, why she was compelled to share her ideas on social media, and how expectations of parents can sometimes be unfair. Becky explains how repairing a relationship can be difficult, why people fall into the same patterns consistently, and how behavior can be separated from one’s identity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/11/232h 16m

Synced: T.B.C.

In this episode of Synced, Monica encourages Liz to rethink her relationship to social media to protect her mental health & they discuss Monica's blossoming love life. They answer listener questions on how to disclose an STI to a new partner, asking family to stop using certain language around children, and how to proceed when the love of your life picks out a terrible engagement ring. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/11/2346m 54s

Flightless Bird: Pinball

This week on Flightless Bird, David Farrier sets out to understand America’s obsession with pinball. He heads to Long Beach California for a meeting of the Long Beach Pinball League, headed by passionate pinball man Tom Walker. His league is part of the International Flipper Pinball Association which is made up of 96,000 players from 45 countries. David then meets Tom Rader, a man who has been obsessively collecting pinball machines for years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/11/2350m 49s

Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah (What Now, The Daily Show) is a comedian, writer, and podcaster. Trevor joins the Armchair Expert to discuss why silence scares him, people’s aversion to being blamed, and how language helps you get to the granularity of meaning. Trevor and Dax discuss the false idea that you have to consume the news all the time, the history of the apartheid system in South Africa, and having patience for people only if they’re engaged in the fight. Trevor explains how hyper-vigilance is a form of safety, that life doesn’t happen in snippets, and how important community and connectedness is to him. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/11/232h 32m

Armchair Anonymous: Bartending

Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us about a crazy bartending story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/11/2346m 31s

Barbara Kingsolver (author of Demon Copperhead)

Barbara Kingsolver (Demon Copperhead) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Barbara joins the Armchair Expert to discuss why she loved to read as a kid, how there can be truth in writing fiction, and how she went from being a biologist to a novelist. Barbara and Dax talk about the struggle in being creative, the effects of structural classism, and why being an author is the best profession to have. Barbara explains how rural people are portrayed in the media, how her writing was influenced by the opioid epidemic, and how she tries to focus on accessibility in her novels.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/11/232h 19m

Synced: Trips & Falls & Pies & Creams

In this episode of Synced, Monica shares her holiday traditions, Liz confesses she went to church for a year, and they talk about loss via addiction. They answer listener questions on how to give oneself grace and how to set boundaries when finding naked photos on a partner's phone. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/11/2359m 36s

Flightless Bird: Fantasy Football

This week on Flightless Bird, David Farrier sets out to understand the mysterious world of fantasy football. He joins a group of manly men as they do a fantasy football draft in a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, trying to understand the appeal of a game played by 50 million Americans. David then meets sports reporter and ESPN correspondent Mina Kimes who drills down into the finer details of fantasy football, even offering some expert tips. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/11/2348m 53s

Tom Hansen

Tom Hansen is an entertainment lawyer and Dax’s best friend. Tom joins the Armchair Expert to discuss what knowing people from the Dust Bowl era is like, how much he loved working on his grandparent’s farm as a kid, and why he thinks he isn’t a good listener. Tom and Dax talk about why some people just aren’t ambitious in life, why he got into a lot of trouble in school, and their experiences with illicit drugs. Tom explains how going to Europe as a young man altered his perspective, how he was introduced to the world of entertainment law, and how raising daughters changed his definition of what it means to be a man.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/11/232h 25m

eff won: Christian Horner Debrief

Dax sits down in the attic with Red Bull Team Principal, Christian Horner. Christian is a former racer who has won six constructors championships with Red Bull Racing. He also loves Disneyland. Follow eff won with DRS over at https://spotify.link/effwon or search "eff won" wherever you listen to podcasts for new episodes every week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/11/231h 13m

Armchair Anonymous: Babysitting

Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us about a bad babysitting experience. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/11/2354m 29s

Dan Ariely (on behavioral economics)

Dan Ariely is a social scientist, professor, and author. Dan joins the Armchair Expert to discuss why people often want to regulate other’s behavior, what factors can affect workplace employees’ motivations, and how people live in different realities from each other. Dan and Dax talk about the funnel of misbelief, what happens when people are excluded from a group, and how to engage people with differing opinions from your own. Dan explains how people proclaim their identities to others, what responsibility there is to verify data used in research, and the true societal role of a social scientist. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/11/232h

Synced: The OT's are OK

In this episode of Synced, Monica and Liz report from a storage closet and a bed. They discuss repeating old family dynamics in relationships, codependency in therapy, and Liz's theory of '5 crushes'. They answer listener questions on navigating jealousy in a friendship and if the first date spark is real. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/11/2347m 0s

Flightless Bird: Haunted Houses

This week on Flightless Bird, David Farrier takes Monica to a haunted house to celebrate Halloween. And not just any haunted house! Each year Universal Studios puts on its Halloween Horror Nights, using its Hollywood tricks to create some of the scariest haunted houses in America. David and Monica meet with John Murdy, the creative director behind the haunted houses. Monica then comes face to face with her ultimate fear: Chucky. And not just one Chucky: Hundreds of Chucky’s. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/10/2356m 21s

Craig Ferguson

Craig Ferguson is a talk show host, comedian, and podcaster. Craig joins the Armchair Expert to discuss why he carries extra underwear with him, how diverse Scotland is, and his journey into late-night television. Craig and Dax talk about what they have learned in getting older, who the desert fathers were, and their experiences with meditation. Craig explains what made him want to get sober, how he defines attractiveness, and why he wants to talk to people who aren’t comedians.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/10/232h 6m

Armchair Anonymous: Halloween

Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us about a time something crazy happened on Halloween. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/10/2351m 50s

Adam Grant Returns Again

Adam Grant (Hidden Potential) is an organizational psychologist, professor, and author. Adam joins the Armchair Expert again to discuss how much he misses his family when on a book tour, how most people achieve their goals by being motivated, and the most effective way to teach someone a new language. Adam and Dax talk about how being a perfectionist can stifle someone’s learning, how to overcome the fear of public speaking, and what the difference is between receiving advice and feedback. Adam explains the importance of having imperfections in the world, what the concept of scaffolding is for improving skills, and how people gain social status in different environments.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/10/232h 35m

Synced: Future Surf

In this episode of Synced, Monica introduces Liz to the term 'future surfing', they talk about how friendships have evolved post-pandemic, and they evaluate their relationships to social media. They answer questions from the Synced Squad on how to explore one's sexuality while in a relationship, addressing a suspected domestic abuse situation with a co-worker, and the pros and cons of obsessing over celebrity relationships.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/10/231h

The Chainsmokers

The Chainsmokers are musicians, DJs, and producers. Alex and Drew join the Armchair Expert to discuss their anonymity as DJs, how they have maintained a successful partnership, and where they get creative inspiration from. Alex & Drew talk about why they became interested in venture capitalism, their love for performing live, and how they balance who they are on stage versus real life. They explain what their experience has been collaborating with other musicians, how they handle reading misinformation about themselves, and what social media has done for young creators. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/10/231h 57m

Armchair Anonymous: Generous Hospitality

Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us about the most generous act of hospitality they’ve received. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/10/2353m 20s

Robert Sapolsky (on human behavior and free will)

Dr. Robert Sapolsky (Behave, Determined) is a behavioral scientist and author. Robert joins the Armchair Expert to discuss why he was drawn to studying the social habits of baboons, how their behavior relates to human psychology, and what we learned from Phineas Gage. Robert and Dax talk about how conditioning helps people get through stressful situations, how culture affects the development of the human brain, and how child raising is different in a collective society. Robert explains the myth of grit, how praise and punishment are used to try to shape people, and his view of free will.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/10/231h 53m

Synced: The Smell

In this episode of Synced, Monica goes Pamela Anderson style while discussing her egg retrieval, they explore complicated relationships with food and bodies, and debate THE smell. They answer listener questions about getting PQ's from a friend's husband and if one needs to tell family about a polyamorous relationship. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/10/2354m 35s

Flightless Bird: Bail Bonds

This week on Flightless Bird David Farrier investigates bail bonds in America, and more specifically - the bail bondsman. With 15,000 bail bond agents in America, it seems to be a thriving private enterprise. In Oklahoma, he meets with Ron Eden, a bail bondsman who inherited the business from his mother. What’s it like to deal with people accused of crimes and the families desperate to get their loved ones out while they await trial? David then brushes up on how you get bail in New Zealand, by talking to criminal lawyer Emma Priest. He then talks to Allie Preston, a senior policy analyst at the Center for American Progress. Allie explains why having to pay for bail is a problem and who it discriminates against - and also points out that paying for bail doesn’t necessarily make you more likely to turn up for court! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/10/231h 4m

Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith is an actor, producer, and talk show host. Jada joins the Armchair Expert to discuss where she got her sense of punctuality from, how difficult it can be to share your life with the public, and her experience with abandonment. Jada and Dax talk about what she learned about loyalty from Tupac, what it was like being robbed at gunpoint, and how she feels about asking for help. Jada explains what it’s like to have a shared identity with another person, her four-day ayahuasca journey, and how she learned to love herself and others at the same time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/10/232h 9m

Armchair Anonymous: Teacher/Principal

Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us about their craziest story as a teacher or principal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/10/2348m 58s

Morgan Neville (documentary filmmaker)

Morgan Neville (The Saint of Second Chances, Roadrunner, Won’t You Be My Neighbor) is a filmmaker, producer, and writer. Morgan joins the Armchair Expert to discuss why people love documentaries, why he had so many books in his childhood home, and how Los Angeles's history differs from other American cities. Morgan and Dax talk about what it means to be a good singer, what Mr. Rogers did for the perception of masculinity, and why some people are addicted to work. Morgan explains how he selects his film topics, how the production of documentaries is different than scripted, and what he has learned about his own life while making his films. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/10/232h 23m

Synced: AMA

In this episode of Synced, Monica shares realizations she's been having on her second egg-freezing journey, Liz raves about 'The Golden Bachelor,' and they have a heart-to-heart while discussing last week's cliffhanger. They answer a listener's question on whether one can cry at work and still be taken seriously, which leads to a very special guest appearance from Rihanna. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/10/231h 1m

Fred Armisen

Fred Armisen (SNL, Portlandia, Documentary Now!) is a comedian, actor, and musician. Fred joins the Armchair Expert to discuss why he doesn’t speak up when he’s uncomfortable, why he will eat something he didn’t order, and why he doesn’t like to return purchases. Fred and Dax talk about how fun it is to rediscover music that you love, what interviewing your friends is like, and Fred’s unique family heritage. Fred explains how his musical career led him to comedy, what living in different cities has taught him, and what it was like to play in Devo.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/10/232h 2m

Armchair Anonymous: Service Industry

Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us a crazy service industry story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/10/2352m 6s

Vivek Murthy Returns (US Surgeon General)

Dr. Vivek Murthy (House Calls) is the Surgeon General of the United States and an author. Vivek joins the Armchair Expert to discuss how he defines loneliness, strategies for strengthening connections, and what hustle culture has done to creativity. Vivek and Dax talk about what it takes for people to confide in each other, how taking time away from work can improve mental health, and the power of service. Vivek explains why incarcerating people for drug use is problematic, what it means to cultivate your own solitude, and how romantic matchmaking isn’t what it used to be. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/10/232h 32m

Synced: Stay in Your Hula Hoop

In this episode of Synced, Monica & Liz deep dive into the difference between anxiety & intuition, they chat about codependency, and another strange man talks to Monica. They answer listener questions about having different expectations around sex in a relationship and give advice to a 30 year old virgin.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/10/2356m 56s

Flightless Bird: Laundromats

This week on Flightless Bird David Farrier investigates whether we have America to thank for the modern laundromat. After all, there are over 30,000 laundromats in the US - employing 39,000 people, making $5 billion in revenue each year. To help him in his investigation David meets with Brain Wallace of the Coin Laundry Association to discuss how on April 18th,1934 a Texan named CA Tannahill opened the world's first coin-operated laundromat. David then discovers how laundromats mean different things to different people in America. He then talks with Jason Sowell, who is very enthusiastic about the importance of the American laundromat and runs a non-profit called “Current Initiatives” which helps people do their washing. David also learns why Americans have a phobia of clotheslines. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/10/2347m 29s

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington (Thicker Than Water) is an award-winning actor, producer, director, and writer. Kerry joins the Armchair Expert to discuss her anthropology degree, not feeling like the protagonist of her own story, and finding out the truth about her family. Kerry and Dax talk about what it takes to keep secrets, their experiences with abuse in the household, and James McAvoy in The Last King of Scotland. Kerry explains how her relationship with food has changed over the years, what she learned from moving to India, and how she strove to carve her own path in life.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/10/231h 48m

Armchair Anonymous: Failed Romantic Pursuit

Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us about a failed romantic pursuit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/09/2337m 35s

Gabor Maté (on trauma & addiction)

Dr. Gabor Maté (The Myth of Normal) is a physician and author. Gabor joins the Armchair Expert to discuss how most people exhibit addictive behaviors, how the mind is connected to physical health, and how human societies are like lab cultures. Gabor and Dax talk about why airports can be sources of anxiety, what happens to the body when someone goes through trauma, and why children have the expectation to be loved unconditionally. Gabor explains why it’s important to confront painful emotions, his pathway to wholeness, and that being aware of the truth is what actually liberates people.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/09/231h 46m

Synced: Long End of the Stick

In this episode of Synced, Monica talks about temporarily giving up drinking, they contemplate Liz's trusting nature, and debate the deliciousness of club soda. A special guest joins for listener questions about tardiness and if a sixteen year age gap is too much between romantic partners. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/09/231h 21m

Jonathan Van Ness

Jonathan Van Ness (Queer Eye, Getting Curious) is a hairstylist, television personality, and podcaster. Jonathan joins the Armchair Expert to discuss the idea of older women having younger sexual partners, dealing with skin issues, and how news organizations choose political sides. Jonathan and Dax talk about transgender participation in sports, what it means to challenge progressive ideas, and how state laws around gender-affirming care can differ. Jonathan explains why judging in cheerleading is not objective, what the motivation was to start a science-based podcast, and how relationships can truly grow.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/09/231h 54m

Armchair Anonymous: Waxing Debacle

Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us about a waxing debacle. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/09/2352m 14s

Prachi Gupta (on the model minority myth)

Prachi Gupta (They Called Us Exceptional) is a journalist and author. Prachi joins the Armchair Expert to discuss why she was grounded for reading fiction, how she views the institution of arranged marriages, and what the American Dream meant to her parents. Prachi and Dax talk about why she wanted to tell her brother’s story, how she feels about happiness being correlated to success, and why being emasculated can affect how men treat one another. Prachi explains why dating apps have changed how people find partners, why there is a stigma around family estrangement, and what her experience was finding effective therapy.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/09/232h 14m

Synced: My Best Friend's Boobs

In this episode of Synced, Monica and Liz chat about naked bodies, Liz teaches Monica about underwater hockey, and they debate how one never knows what is going on behind closed doors or social media captions. They discuss listener questions about whether there is such a thing as too much therapy, would they want to know if their parents cheated, and how much should parents contribute financially to a wedding? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/09/2355m 8s

Flightless Bird: Healthcare II

After two American surgeons told David he needed back surgery, he fled back to his home of New Zealand where healthcare was less scary! What he discovered in New Zealand surprised him. David calls up journalist Luke O’Neil (writer of the Welcome to Hellworld newsletter and new book A Creature Wanting Form) to chat through what he discovered: two very different medical systems with vastly different approaches. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/09/2352m 41s

Jimmy Kimmel Returns

Jimmy Kimmel (Strike Force Five) is a talk show host and podcaster. Jimmy returns to the Armchair Expert to discuss how much the attic hasn’t changed in five years, what it’s like working with his competition on a podcast, and how much of a temper he doesn’t have. Jimmy and Dax talk about the state of trout fly fishing, what they think being retired from show business means, and how much they appreciate a good standup. Jimmy explains that he doesn’t accept comparisons to other talk show hosts, what he would ask Trump in an interview, and how long the text messages from his dad are.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/09/231h 57m

Armchair Anonymous: School Dance

Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us about a school dance disaster. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/09/2354m 43s

Mustafa Suleyman (on artificial intelligence)

Mustafa Suleyman (The Coming Wave) is an artificial intelligence researcher, co-founder of DeepMind, and author. Mustafa joins the Armchair Expert to discuss how he became interested in the concept of universal human rights, what deep learning is, and how machines can actually become creative. Mustafa and Dax talk about how close artificial intelligence is getting to matching the human brain, how people might feel about computers creating all content, and how AI might revolutionize the energy industry. Mustafa explains why the fear of government regulation exists, why people need to be involved in decisions about technological advancements, and how certain biases are corrected in AI programs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/09/232h 22m

Synced: September 13th

In this episode of Synced, Liz and Monica explore the change in the air regarding women's culture and Monica gives an update on her egg freezing journey, all while her dad's sim works overtime. They discuss listener questions on should one speak up when they don't like their close friend's significant other, when given the chance should one choose the gender of their child, and how to trust oneself when trying to move on while grieving a spouse. They also give a new dad advice on his daughter's first period. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/09/231h

Idina Menzel

Idina Menzel is a singer and actor. Idina joins the Armchair Expert to discuss her scary theater accident, how her dad was a pajama salesman, and her feelings about the Happy Birthday song. Idina and Dax talk about how much pride goes into parenting, what being in relationships with other successful people is like, and her strategy for performing day after day. Idina explains how she views being a voice for people that she didn’t intend to be, why she has always wanted to do a stage dive, and how she is always messing up well-known sayings.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/09/232h 28m

Armchair Anonymous: Worst USA Trip

Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, international Armcherries tell us about their worst trip to the USA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/09/2357m 48s

Amy Edmondson (organizational behavioral scientist)

Amy Edmondson (Right Kind of Wrong: The Science of Failing Well) is a professor and author. Amy joins the Armchair Expert to discuss why she was drawn to studying organizational learning, what psychological safety is, and how systems exist to make societies better. Amy and Dax talk about why working groups can have different interpersonal climates, the definition of learning behaviors, and what the three types of failure are. Amy explains that vulnerability can actually be a desirable trait, how to take smart risks, and why apologies exist.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/09/231h 53m

Synced: i drizzle

In this episode of Synced, Liz explains “girl dinner”, they debate whether singles should set up other singles, they hear a very special voice memo and Monica peels back the layers of her “fear of the streets”. They discuss a listener’s question on how to cook the perfect roast chicken. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/09/2340m 54s

Flightless Bird: Pizza

This week on Flightless Bird, David Farrier investigates pizza, one of America’s favorite foods. He discovers that around 76,000 pizza joints bring in $44 billion dollars each year in the US - where every day 13% of the population will eat a slice of pizza. David begins his journey in Los Angeles, as Rob takes him and Monica to a fancy pop-up called “Chain”. Here, chefs riff on chain food but with their own upgraded twists - and tonight it’s Pizza Hut! Next, David heads to New York to eat a variety of NY pizzas, from the cheap slices of Joe’s, to Pauly Gee’s famous Hellboy pizza. What makes a good pizza? There is no clear answer, but Farrier attempts to find out, before going to one last joint - Ops - an upmarket take on what a pizza should be. Along the way, Farrier meets some of those eating the pizza - New Yorkers - who truly love their city. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/09/2347m 48s

Jake Johnson Returns

Jake Johnson is an actor, director, and podcaster. Jake returns to the Armchair Expert to discuss what he remembers about being on the show in the early days, why he stopped going to casinos, and how much he respects AA. Jake and Dax talk about why they wanted their daughters to learn self-defense, how they feel about doing manual labor, and how hard it can be to see the red flags in some situations. Jake explains how he is usually 5 years late to trends, what kind of advice he gives on his podcast, and how he thinks it’s funny when someone calls him out for being wrong.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/09/232h 17m

Jim Farley (CEO of Ford)

Jim Farley is the CEO of Ford. Jim joins the Armchair Expert to discuss what growing up in Argentina was like, how much he loved watching car races as a kid, and the time his dad sold the car he gifted him. Jim and Dax talk about their shared car nightmare, the stereotypes of being a car guy, and how to achieve positive car karma. Jim explains the hurdles of reengineering cars for electric, how Ford joining the Red Bull Formula 1 team came to be, and the generational differences in car culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/08/231h 32m

Synced: Third Location

In this episode of Synced, Monica and Liz chat about circumcision, power dynamics in relationships, and Liz shares details of her week-long second date. They discuss listener questions on inviting a toxic friend back into one's life, and how to handle one partner doing a 180 on the idea of having children.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/08/2351m 19s

Tig Notaro

Tig Notaro is a comedian, actor, and podcaster. Tig joins the Armchair Expert to discuss what she thinks about cold plunges, how much she hates texting, and how having unconventional parents influenced her outlook on life. Tig and Dax talk about how much they value a sense of humor, how they pictured having kids, and their shared love of Edie Brickell. Tig explains why she started sharing her personal medical history on stage, her views on being a people-pleaser, and what she thinks being handsome means.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/08/232h 6m

Armchair Anonymous: Bad Landlord

Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us about a bad landlord experience. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/08/2342m 58s

Brian Chesky (co-founder of airbnb)

Brian Chesky (Co-founder and CEO of Airbnb) is a businessman and industrial designer. Brian joins the Armchair Expert to discuss if gaining success lived up to the expectations, how he struggled to fit in at school, and what his first startup was. Brian and Dax talk about what being an industrial designer means, where the idea for Airbnb came from, and how detrimental loneliness can be to human health. Brian explains why streamers were okay with losing money for years, how fast technology is accelerating human society, and what rules should have been instituted for social media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/08/232h 13m

Synced: Bubbles

In this episode of Synced, Monica and Liz become armchair gynecologists, they ponder if a man should ever ask a woman where she lives, and Liz shares a scary experience she had in front of a Los Angeles drug store. They discuss listener questions on how to cope with changing friendships when children are added to the mix and challenge the age-old question - does money really buy happiness? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/08/2349m 16s

Flightless Bird: Storm Chasers

This week on Flightless Bird David Farrier investigates the incredibly American pastime of storm chasing. There are about 1200 tornados in America each year - for some, they are a source of fear and worry, but for others, they are a challenge to be bested. David travels to tornado alley, visiting Oklahoma in search of answers. There he meets storm chasers Stephanie & Justin Cox (@oklahoma_weather_couple) who talk about falling in love while chasing storms and their shared obsession with finding the next big Twister. David reads that the nearby town of Cole has recently been hit by a tornado (two, in fact) so heads off to investigate, meeting the resilient people there who talk about what it’s like to be hit by a twister. Along the way Farrier talks to storm chaser Jennifer Brindley (faceofastorm.com), and her veteran storm chasing partner Skip Talbot (www.skip.cc), who timed the birth of his children around his storm chasing sensibilities! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/08/2343m 25s

Jason Derulo

Jason Derulo (Sing Your Name Out Loud) is a singer, songwriter, and author. Jason joins the Armchair Expert to discuss how intermittent fasting has affected his overall health, his experience going to a performance arts school, and paying his dues in the music industry. Jason and Dax talk about betrayal, how inspiring Taylor Swift is, and how the joy is in the journey. Jason explains how he broke his neck, his songwriting process, and his approach to get people to stop scrolling on social media.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/08/231h 49m

Armchair Anonymous: Grateful for a Lie

Dax and Monica talk to Armcherries! In today's episode, Armcherries tell us about a time they were grateful they lied. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/08/2344m 31s

Wendy Mogel

Dr. Wendy Mogel (Nurture vs Nurture, Voice Lessons for Parents) is a clinical psychologist, author, and podcaster. Wendy joins the Armchair Expert to discuss how interesting linguistics are, how she developed her confidence to talk to strangers, and why she is worried about the future of young men. Wendy and Dax talk about how to notice the signs of puberty, why they feel kids have fewer experiences growing up than they used to, and big daddy love. Wendy explains how parents can manage their children’s sense of fear, how diagnosing disorders has changed over her 45 year career, and why she thinks kids being taught manners is important.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/08/232h 14m

Synced: The O.W.

In this episode of Synced, Monica and Liz question if modern women are replacing their intimate relationships with female friendships, they delve into the romance of Barnes & Noble, and they explore some Liz-isms. The two discuss listener questions on whether to expedite a marriage proposal and how to handle financial inequity in a marriage. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/08/231h 1m

Nurture vs Nurture: Family #12: Denise & Ryan

Dr. Mogel speaks with family #12: Denise and Ryan and answers the question: Will our children hate us if we disagree about how to raise them? She also teaches us a new concept: Jimi Halloween. 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/08/2356m 5s

Kristen Bell, by the grace of God, returns

Kristen Bell is an actor, singer, philanthropist, and producer. Kristen joins the Armchair Expert to discuss her career in the tabloids, how you need thick skin to be a parent, and going to channel two. Kristen and Dax talk about what they Google, her Bart Simpson laugh, and give an update on how much they each cry. Kristen explains what happened to them at the Boston airport, what being kind to people means, and how she responds to negative feedback. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/08/232h 44m

Michael Waldman [Rerelease from 5/25/23]

Michael Waldman (The Supermajority, The Fight to Vote, The Second Amendment) is an attorney, presidential speechwriter, and author. Michael joins the Armchair Expert to discuss how the U.S. Supreme Court is involved in modern policymaking, what the concept of originalism is, and how extremism is influencing judges rulings on cases. Michael and Dax talk about the changes Congress can make to how justices are appointed, how public hearings have become spectacles for entertainment, and what role the media has in shaping the court of public opinion. Michael explains how the office of the President was founded, the struggles between gun rights and public safety policy, and why it’s important to protect judicial independence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/08/232h 11m

Synced: The Pins Have Pins

In this episode of Synced, Monica and Liz reminisce on how many times they’ve each held a hammer, Liz talks about settling into LA, and they debate the lengths one should go to turn a parasocial relationship into a real one. They discuss listener questions about being a people pleaser and how to find one's personal style. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/08/2355m 19s

Flightless Bird: Ice

This week on Flightless Bird, David Farrier investigates America’s obsession with ice. From excessive ice in drinks to the joy of frozen food, Farrier finds that ice is deeply American. Meeting with Reid Mitenbuler, the author of Bourbon Empire, David discovers the story of Frederic “the Ice King” Tudor, who dug up ice from the lakes of New England and got America, and the world, hooked on ice in the 1800s. Farrier then heads to New York to meet writer and academic Heidi Julavits, who muses about the significance of ice in American culture and tells David about her icy memories from Maine… and 2023’s Coachella. Farrier discovers how the Holiday Inn made ice machines mandatory in American hotels before he considers the fact Americans want to cryogenically freeze themselves to live forever. There is no denying it: Americans love ice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/08/2347m 35s

Robert Downey Jr. [Rerelease from 6/19/23]

Robert Downey Jr. (Downey’s Dream Cars, Sr., Iron Man) is an actor and producer. Robert joins the Armchair Expert to discuss their journey to becoming soulmates, how important it is to have deep meaningful relationships, and what acting process works best for him. Robert and Dax talk about what it’s like to have an addictive personality, finding closure with their fathers, and whether life is a joke or tragedy. Robert explains what prison was like, why he wanted to modernize his car collection, and what the two most significant projects he’s been involved in were.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/08/232h 43m

Phil Stutz [Rerelease from 1/5/23]

Phil Stutz (Stutz, The Tools) is a psychologist, therapist, and author. Phil joins the Armchair Expert to discuss what his experience was being the subject of a documentary, what it was like being a psychiatrist at Rikers Island prison, and how he can tell if someone is a narcissist. Phil and Dax talk about how abstract psychology can be, why people pursue perfection, and why it can be hard to ask for help from others. Phil explains why having structure in life is so important, how the world is held together by human needs, and what the concept of holistic return is. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/08/232h 52m

Synced: M+R or L+D

In this episode of Synced, Monica and Liz evaluate their wedding-to-funeral ratio, Monica talks about humiliating her dad and Dax joins the two, which instigates potty humor and a significant battle. They discuss listener questions on how to date as a single parent and how to fall out of “love” with a celebrity.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/08/231h 2m

Anna Kendrick [Rerelease from 1/9/23]

Anna Kendrick (Alice, Darling, Pitch Perfect, Trolls) is an actor. Anna joins the Armchair Expert to discuss her experience being in a toxic relationship, how she feels about the term “gaslighting,” and her strategies in dealing with a traumatic event. Anna and Dax talk about apologizing after having fights with friends, why people sometimes need to vent about their problems, and the dynamic of women being the breadwinners in relationships. Anna explains why she has travel anxiety, how it’s important to accept your own successes, and how some people can truly believe their own lies.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/07/232h 32m

David Sedaris [Rerelease from 10/7/21]

David Sedaris is an author and comedian. David joins the Armchair Expert to discuss his new book A Carnival of Snackery, why he can get away with saying things other people can’t say, and how he takes five mile walks at midnight. David and Dax talk about the things they would get into before sobriety, knowing where every bathroom in New York City is, and how he is just never offended by anything. David explains that he loves when people are rude to him in real life and what he does when he's solicited for sex on the street. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/07/231h 52m

Synced: We’re Back

It’s been almost a year since Monica and Liz took over the attic for Race to 35, a podcast produced by the Armchair Umbrella on egg freezing. They are back for a weekly podcast, Synced. In this inaugural episode, Liz kicks it off with a bang by limping into the attic and Monica is forced to re-visit her fertility journey. The two answer listener questions about complicated family dynamics, how to split a group check, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/07/231h 9m

Flightless Bird: School Cafeterias

This week on Flightless Bird, David Farrier goes behind the scenes of the food that’s dished up to 30 million American kids at the school cafeteria. Back in New Zealand, they don't have school cafeterias, so all he knows is what he's learned from Euphoria and Saved By The Bell. In Hemet, Farrier meets Kate Kloet, assistant director of nutrition services for Hemet Unified School District. Donning a hairnet, she takes Farrier into the industrial kitchen where food is made for 23,000 kids in the area before the pair drive to a local high school to experience the cafeteria. What do the kids think of the food and what do they think of the American high school experience? Farrier goes back to school to learn all he can about the American high school cafeteria. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/07/231h

Matt Damon [Rerelease from 8/2/21]

Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting, Ocean’s Eleven, Stillwater) is an Oscar Award-Winning and Golden Globe Award-Winning actor, producer, and screenwriter. Matt joins the Armchair Expert to talk about his experience writing Good Will Hunting with Ben Affleck, what it was like attending the Monaco Grand Prix with Brad Pitt, and how your subjective experience changes when you become famous. Matt explains how easy it is to be generous when things are going your way, how he picked his movies based on the directors rather than the roles, and what he learned after surrounding himself with oil roughnecks for his new movie. Dax explains the role Matt has had in Monica’s life and Dax and Matt bond over their love of Lisa Bonet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/07/232h

Flightless Bird: PSA / Farrier Takes Flight

An update on Flightless Bird! David explains to Monica and Rob why he’s had to take flight to New Zealand. Defeated by the US healthcare system and his bad health insurance plan, David has temporarily returned to Aotearoa, New Zealand for some minor back surgery! This has disrupted the usual smooth flow of making the show, so for July and August, Flightless Bird will arrive fortnightly instead of weekly. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/07/2333m 53s

Flightless Bird: Independence Day

This week on Flightless Bird, David Farrier sets out to investigate what the heck is going on with Independence Day, one of America’s 11 officially mandated holidays. What makes this day so American and how is he meant to spend it? To learn about Independence Day the day, Farrier turns to Independence Day the movie. Farrier talks to film critic David Chen of DecodingEverything.com to find out what made this film so patriotic it was literally named after the 4th of July. Farrier then tracks down Phil Grucci, President and CEO of “Fireworks by Grucci” - America’s so-called “First Family of Fireworks”. Grucci’s company holds the Guinness World Record for the "Largest Fireworks Display" ever recorded and he educates David about why fireworks are practically baked into the Declaration of Independence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/07/2330m 50s

Flightless Bird: Attics & Basements

This week on Flightless Bird, David Farrier realizes that New Zealand doesn’t have attics or basements, so sets out to discover why so many of America’s 333 million homes do. David talks to Stephen Fox, an architectural historian and a lecturer at the Rice School of Architecture in Houston, who explains the practical reasons for these spaces, as well as why they’ve turned into habitable spaces. David then talks to filmmaker and architect Giorgio Angelini about what these spaces mean culturally to Americans, as paradoxically a place of safety and warmth but also of mystery and horror. The two of them discuss various formative experiences to be found in the attic, before David turns back to the egg episode, attempting to get closure with his best friend Rosabel following an incident where he cracked an egg over her head. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/06/2358m 13s

Flightless Bird: Electric Kettles

This week on Flightless Bird, David Farrier sets out to discover why America is yet to fully embrace the electric kettle. Why does America insist on the stovetop kettle when it could be boiling its water so much faster? To find out, David talks to Bruce Richardson, a tea master who founded Elmwood Inn Fine Teas in Kentucky, and wrote a book called “The New Tea Companion.” Bruce is a man obsessed with the correct boiling point of water, whose worst enemy is the microwave. Richardson teaches David about the shady events of 1773, in which a bunch of costumed protestors threw British tea into the ocean in a case of tea treason. Could these events still be felt today in America’s rejection of the British invention of the electric kettle? Or is it a voltage issue? Tony Gebely, author of “The Philosophy of Tea: A User's Guide” has some of his own theories - theories which lead the creator of America’s premiere electric kettle brand, Fellow. Jake Miller prefers his boiling water on coffee, not tea - and he argues (somewhat in jest) that the electric kettle could have a massive impact on America’s GDP. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/06/2344m 56s

Flightless Bird: DMV Pt II

This week on Flightless Bird, David Farrier attempts to get over the trauma of his last trip to the DMV, where Monica Padman’s dirty Prius ruined everything. Will David finally get his license or are he and Monica doomed to fail for all eternity? To help him on his quest, Farrier talks to the head of the California DMV, Steve Gordon. Gordon was brought in four years ago by the governor of LA, Gavin Newsom, to sort out a DMV plagued by issues - and Farrier figures he might have some tips. Or, at the very least, clear up why LA driving licenses list your height and weight… and whether driving instructors want you to pass or fail. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/06/2342m 35s

Flightless Bird: Beavers

This week on Flightless Bird, David becomes fixated on the beaver, the rodent that’s become synonymous with Buc-ees, the giant American gas station. But David quickly learns there is so much to the beaver, the biggest rodent in the United States. With over 15 million of them spread over North America, they were once hunted almost to extinction for their pelts. David talks to Leila Philip, author of Beaverland, an incredible book about how the beaver transformed America. David learns that the beaver was responsible for creating America’s first multi-millionaire and how that money was turned into a real estate empire that we can still see today. David also finds out how important America's beavers were to building America and how we might need them to survive on a planet where wildfires are becoming increasingly prevalent. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/06/2339m 20s

Flightless Bird: Drug Rehab

This week on Flightless Bird, David sets out to look at drug rehab in the state of Florida. According to the CDC, since 1999 over 932,000 people have died from a drug overdose. Since 1999, overdoses involving opioids have increased eight times. With those stats came an exploration of drug rehab facilities - many of which gamed the system and became corrupt. Why did Florida end up leading America in having the most drug centers per capita? What went wrong and has it been put right? To find out, David met with a number of former patients of rehab centers to find out what’s going on in 2023. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/05/2334m 51s

Flightless Bird: Exotic Pets

In this week's Flightless Bird, David Farrier sets out to understand Florida’s obsession with exotic pets. Why does the sunshine state have more exotic animal species than any other state and, quite possibly, than any other country? David discovers that there are about 50 different reptile species now thriving in Florida - most of them imports. With that in mind, he explores the Burmese python, an escaped imported creature that is now eating alligators out in the Everglades, taking the position of top dog in the ecosystem. David wants to find out what happens to Florida’s unwanted exotic pets, visiting the Everglades Outpost in Homestead to meet skunks, foxes, and wolves - plus the odd goat, lion, and giraffe. He ends his trip by meeting Snakes, an exotic snake dealer who is dealing with the law changes in Florida. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/05/2349m 43s

Flightless Bird: The Villages

This week on Flightless Bird, David sets off for The Villages, America’s biggest retirement community, home to over 100 thousand people over the age of 55. What lies in this mysterious land spread out over about 32 square miles, an area bigger than Manhattan? David discovers the Villages are so big, they get their own designation on the census. Taking a tour with a resident, Farrier discovers golf courses, pickleball courts, grocery stores, banks, and a roading system just for golf carts. And while the local paper is full of positive stories, is there a dark underbelly that runs underneath? And is there any truth to the ongoing rumor that the Villages is the STI capital of the United States? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/05/2350m 13s

Flightless Bird: EPCOT vs Universal

This week on Flightless Bird, David continues his Florida series by going to EPCOT, Disney’s “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.” Joined by two Disney Adults, Elizabeth and Patrick, David eats his way around the world, and discovers why many also choose to drink their way around the world. Along the way, Farrier discovers Figment, a Disney character that only exists in EPCOT. After finding out why no one is allowed to die in Disney World, Farrier heads back to LA to compare Disney World with Universal Studios. He meets up with theme park YouTubers Peter Sciretta and Kitra Remick of “Ordinary Adventures” to talk Super Nintendo Land and gets a tour from Jon Corfino, Vice President of Creative at Universal Studios. Why is Mario so popular and what do the kids think about the Super Nintendo Land? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/05/2346m 22s

Flightless Bird: Alligators

In this week's Flightless Bird, David Farrier sets out to discover Florida’s relationship with its 2,000 crocodiles and whopping 1.25 million alligators. Traveling to America’s oldest city, St Augustine, Farrier visits the Alligator Farm to discover why crocs are more feisty than gators, and what food they like eating. He then dives headfirst into the phenomenon of Florida Man, after discovering a man high on bath salts once climbed into the very croc enclosure he’s now looking at! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/05/2350m 23s

Danny Ric + Daxy Shep “eff won” Teaser

Subscribe to eff won with DRS by searching "eff won with DRS" wherever you listen to podcasts and get new episodes every week. Enjoy a preview of the conversation between Dax and Danny, scantily dressed, with a bit of F1, a dash of Pulp From The Paddock, and a bazillion giggles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/05/2310m 4s

Flightless Bird: Spiritualists

In this week's Flightless Bird, David Farrier sets out to the “psychic capital of America,” Cassadaga. On the way, he comes across his first Big Tent Revival, so he stops to find out what’s going on. Eventually winding his way to Cassadaga, Farrier encounters a group of Americans who not only believe in life on the other side of death, but the fact that you can communicate with those who have crossed over. David discovers Spiritualism, a religion that once boasted 8 million followers in America - amongst them, a former president! David visits a seance room and comes face to face with a lot of cats - because this sleepy village has also become the unofficial home of hundreds of stray felines. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/04/2344m 41s

Flightless Bird: Gladesmen

In this week’s Flightless Bird, David Farrier sets out to Florida’s south, deep into the Everglades, in search of the men who live in the glades: Gladesmen. Descending by airboat into the wet marshlands, David discovers he’s on a giant river 100 miles long and 60 miles wide. Surrounded by alligators, bugs, birds and fish, his guide Steve - a third-generation gladesman - takes David to a “camp” - the place where gladesmen live. While there David discovers the legend of the skunk ape, Florida’s swampy version of sasquatch. From there he tries to find the truth about the skunk ape, talking to prominent skunk ape expert Dave Shealy. Is this monster legend, or is there a chance the 7-foot tall creature is the original gladesmen? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/04/2357m 28s

Flightless Bird: Eggs

In this week's Flightless Bird, David Farrier sets out to understand why Americans put their eggs in the fridge. Why the fridge, when the rest of the planet puts them in the pantry? David learns that each year, each American eats an average of 277 eggs and that America has enough chickens to provide each American with at least an egg a day. David then discovers a plethora of organizations exist around the humble egg, from the International Egg Commission to the American Egg Board. After learning America also washes all their eggs, Farrier wonders if the two are linked. But no egg organization seems to have the answers Farrier needs - including the USDA and the FDA! Eventually, Farrier finds a comrade in an egg expert at Purdue University, Darrin Karcher. Does Darrin have the answers Farrier needs? Sort of. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/04/2350m 25s

Flightless Bird: Movies

In this week’s Flightless Bird, David Farrier sets out to understand how Americans interact with movies. Motivated by watching Nicole Kidman’s heartfelt introduction before every movie at the AMC theater chain, Farrier sets out to understand the other big chains like Regal. How are these chains enticing people in the door? He finds that AMC has the Stubs A-List, and Regal has Regal Unlimited. Then Farrier talks to Stacy Spikes, the founder and brains behind MoviePass - a subscription service he started, then was kicked out of, then bought back again. Stacy’s new venture is rumored to monitor where your eyes are looking to see if you’re watching ads or not, prompting Farrier to ask “What?!” David also wants to understand how the smaller indie chains are competing and ends up talking to Tim League who started the Alamo Drafthouse chain. He talks about movie showmanship and muses on the state of the industry right now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/04/231h

Flightless Bird: Pickleball

In this week’s Flightless Bird, David Farrier sets out to understand America’s fastest growing sport, pickleball. Why did five million Americans turn to pickleball during the pandemic, and why did Tom Brady and LeBron James buy franchises in various Pickleball leagues? David goes to meet and play Pickleball with one of America’s best players, Jessie Irvine, to discover some tips and tricks. Along the way he discovers why Americans are suing each other over pickleball, before talking to Chuck Menke, Chief Marketing Officer for Pickleball America. They discuss what the chances are of pickleball becoming an official Olympic Sport, and whether the rest of the world is embracing pickleball with the same gusto as the US. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/03/2354m 23s

Flightless Bird: Rabies

In this week’s Flightless Bird, David Farrier gets bitten by a squirrel, forcing him to come face-to-face with his greatest nightmare: rabies. Why does this virus have a near 100% mortality rate and how are you meant to be treated for it? David joins the 60,000 Americans who find themselves having to reckon with the risk of rabies every year, whether they are bitten by dogs, raccoons, bats… or in David’s case, a squirrel. To learn more, David meets fellow victims Courtney and Paul, who all had to have jabs in their arms, legs, and butts! David discovers that American emergency rooms can be very expensive and that rabies makes you terrified of water! For more on his rabies encounter, see Farrier’s newsletter Webworm: https://www.webworm.co/p/rabies Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/03/2351m 27s

Flightless Bird: BBQ

In this week’s Flightless Bird, David Farrier travels to Austin, Texas to investigate America’s love of BBQ. Why do 7 out of 10 adults in America own some kind of BBQ device, and why is there so much BBQ in Texas? David meets up with the BBQ editor of Texas Monthly, Daniel Vaughn. David discovers that Daniel has eaten at over 2,000 barbecue spots all over the planet… 2,119 to be precise - many of them in Texas. Daniel agrees to take David on a day of BBQ eating, from Austin to Lockhart to Luling - shoving brisket and sides town their gullets in a feeding frenzy of epic proportions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/03/231h 3m

Flightless Bird: Waco

In this week’s Flightless Bird, David Farrier sets out to Waco, Texas - taking a drive to visit the Branch Davidians compound, the old home of David Koresh. David is surprised to find that the strange offshoot of the Seventh Day Adventist church still exists and sits down to interview their new leader. Why are they still on the same grounds where so many terrible things happened? What do they believe? What do they think of Koresh? What is inside their church? And why did things go so crazy here 30 years ago, America essentially going after one man with an army of guns, helicopters, tear gas, 12 tanks, and almost 900 members of the FBI, ATF, Texas National Guard, the Army, the Waco police department, and the Texas Rangers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/03/2351m 4s

Flightless Bird: Waffle House

In this week’s Flightless Bird, David Farrier sets out to understand Waffle House, the much loved diner found scattered throughout the American south. What makes this chain so special, and what the heck is the Waffle House Index? David interviews Waffle House’s Njeri Boss about the magic of waffles and why it’s actually more about the hash browns. He also talks to photographer Micah Cash about his book Waffle House Vistas (https://bittersoutherner.com/) and why this generic shoebox restaurant is actually incredibly diverse and special. What does Hootie and the Blowfish and the Bloodhound Gang all have in common? Waffle House! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/02/2354m 49s

Flightless Bird: DMV

In this week’s Flightless Bird, David Farrier sets out for the DMV in an attempt to get his American driver’s license. By his side (and scared in the passenger seat) is Monica Padman, there to assist the New Zealander in his quest. Things take a turn when they discover Monica’s car is far too dirty. A diversion to a carwash, a quick quiche, and a lot of debate over the road rules take the pair to the DMV. Will David pass? What could go wrong? A whole lot, apparently. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/02/2350m 54s

Flightless Bird: Valentine's Day

In this week’s Flightless Bird, David Farrier sets out to understand America’s obsession with Valentine's Day. Why do Americans fork out $20 billion each year in an attempt to woo a mate or prove their love to an existing one? David discovers he doesn’t have a valentine, so interviews online dating coach Perri Schneider. What are the do’s and don’ts of American dating? Farrier then discovers that sales of vibrators go up on and around Valentine's Day, so talks to engineer Anna Lee of Lioness who invented a smart vibrator. What can we learn from this smart vibrator, and why has the clitoris been mistaken for the nose when it comes to the world of vibrator technology? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/02/2347m 33s

Flightless Bird: Sandwiches

In this week’s Flightless Bird, David Farrier looks at America’s obsession with sandwiches. Why is Subway the United State’s biggest fast food chain, leaving Starbucks and McDonalds in its wake? To get answers, David heads to Philly to investigate one of America’s greatest inventions: The Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich. There he discovers two sandwich stores locked in a decades-long rivalry. What’s the beef between Geno’s and Pat’s? And what of the man who supplies both stores with their tasty sodas? David also meets the man behind the popular Instagram account @SandwichesOfHistory, Barry, who recreates sandwiches of yore. Why were ancient sandwiches so disgusting? Why would someone combine peanut butter with tomatoes in a sandwich? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/02/231h 10m

Flightless Bird: New Zealand Summer Vacation

In this week’s Flightless Bird, David Farrier returns to Aotearoa, New Zealand, to investigate why so many of New Zealand's native birds are flightless. Literally. David sets out to find three such creatures: the little penguin, the kakapo, and - of course - the useless kiwi bird. What happened to their wings, and why does the world’s heaviest parrot choose to live on the forest floor instead of the majestic trees? David learns why New Zealand birds are so stinky and marvels at the weight of the extinct Moa. Also, why did the world’s biggest FLYING bird live in New Zealand? And why does one particular flightless bird lead to so many ghost scares each year? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/01/231h 7m

Race to 35: Esther Perel

BONUS episode of Race to 35 with Esther Perel. Months after their retrievals, Monica and Liz return to the attic to discuss their feelings surrounding the egg retrieval process with some distance from the experience. Esther Perel joins the women in the attic to talk about ambiguous loss, jealousy/discomfort, and plans for the future.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/12/2249m 6s

Flightless Bird: Christmas

In this week’s Flightless Bird, David Farrier looks at why Christmas is the OG holiday in America. He brings back Mike McHargue from the very first episode of Flightless Bird to talk about how religion and commerce mix. In 2021 Americans spent $800 billion on Christmas-related purchases and this year it looks to soar to new heights! Mike and David delve into the origins of Santa Claus, before David takes a trip to “Holiday Road,'' a giant Christmas display in Calabasas. Finally, David calls his mum/mom in New Zealand to discuss what it was like giving birth (to him) on Christmas Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/12/221h 2m

Race to 35: Post Retrieval

Monica and Liz get retrieved in episode 10 (out of 10) of Race to 35. In the final episode, L & M chat mere hours after their retrieval. They discuss their feelings, talk about the trigger shot experience, and discuss how their teams performed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/12/2255m 24s

Flightless Bird: Soft Drinks

In this week’s Flightless Bird, David Farrier sets out to understand the vast array of soft drinks on offer in the United States of America. He ends up stumbling into Waco, Texas - home of Dr. Pepper - where he attempts to solve the riddle of what the heck Dr. Pepper tastes like. Along the way, he discovers Big Red and the chaotic history of bottled soda water. He visits the Dr. Pepper Museum where he meets the Dr. Pepper-obsessed Joy Summer-Smith, associate director of the Dr. Pepper Museum. Before he leaves Waco, David hears some ghost stories and attempts to come to terms with the fact he’s very far away from New Zealand’s unique soft drink, L&P Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/12/2257m 16s

Race to 35: Day 9 + Andrew Solomon

Monica and Liz are all synced up in episode 9 (out of 10) of Race to 35. The two are feeling unexpectedly sad as this process comes to an end. They have resigned to the idea that their follicles are players and that they, the coaches, can only do so much. Liz re-visits trauma from her synchronized swimming days and talks about the time she interviewed for Anna Wintour. L & M chat with Andrew Solomon (Pulitzer Prize finalist author of Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity and The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression) about expanding the notion of the nuclear family, choosing surrogacy, his personal story of picking an egg donor and his experience interviewing polyamorous couples and parents of psychopaths. He, also, shares two new terms with the ladies: "supermarket people" and "the good enough mother". Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/12/221h 33m

Flightless Bird: Leaf Blowers

In this week’s Flightless Bird, David Farrier sets out to understand why Americans love leaf blowers so much. Plagued by leaf blowers around his tiny one-bedroom apartment, David attempts to reach President Joe Biden to discuss leaf blower use at the White House. Failing miserably, he has to settle for another politician - also powerful - Pleasantville Village Trustee, Nicole Asquith. Why are various cities and states attempting to phase out gas-guzzling leaf blowers and why are they so dangerous? David speaks to Seattle Met magazine journalist Benjamin Cassidy, who recently wrote about Seattle's leaf blower turf war, before musing on Americans’ obsession with the perfect lawn. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/12/2248m 33s

Race to 35: Day 8 + Chelsea Handler

Liz and Monica declare their sisterhood in episode 8 (of 10) of Race to 35. The two discuss how pain is passed down, Monica cries over Delta, and they talk about how this experience is affecting the way they view their parents. In the second half of the episode, they discuss the choice to not have kids with Chelsea Handler. They talk about the value of being able to give globally instead of insularly, Chelsea shares the story of when she realized she didn't want kids, and she reinforces the idea that one can have a full life without children. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/11/2246m 0s

Flightless Bird: Bears

In this week’s Flightless Bird, David Farrier sets out to understand one of America’s grandest animals, the Grizzly Bear. Emblazoned on the California flag and seal, what does this giant predator have to say about the American people? David discovers that animals kill about 400 Americans every year… how many of those deaths involve bears? To get some perspective on this often misunderstood creature, David sits down with journalist and newspaper editor Rob Chaney, who wrote an incredible book about Grizzlies called “The Grizzly in the Driveway”. What are the main misconceptions about the Grizzly bear and why does the population of Grizzlies in major parts of America still face being wiped out? Why can other countries co-exist with this giant beast yet America is still struggling? David also learns about how to best protect yourself from a Grizzly attack, what happens to the human body in a Grizzly attack, and why despite their size this spectacular megafauna still tends to come out the loser when it comes to humans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/11/2258m 54s

Race to 35: Day 7 + Dana

Liz and Monica are “feeling superior to men today" in episode 7 (of 10) of Race to 35. The two talk about their fears of being needy and question what it would look like to build a non-traditional family. They chat with a choice mom, Dana, who has a two year old son via IUI and donor. She talks the women through the process of picking a donor and the highs and lows of having a child without a partner. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/11/221h 4m

Flightless Bird: Thanksgiving

In this week’s Flightless Bird, David Farrier sets out to find the perfect turkey and in doing so discovers what Thanksgiving is all about. Somehow, Farrier gets acclaimed celebrity chef Michael Voltaggio to cook him, Dax, Monica, and Rob a full Thanksgiving meal - which involves a lot of turkey, sides, stuffing and pies. Voltaggio and Farrier discuss turkey jacuzzis and where Michael can be found most Thanksgivings. Puzzled by the origins of Thanksgiving, David talks to Crystal EchoHawk, founder & Executive Director of illuminative.org - to find out the real origins of Thanksgiving and how to best spend the Holiday - including just checking an app like Native Land to clock the history of the land we live on. Kristen and Dax smell the turkey in the air and decide to show up for a tasty Voltaggio meal - and the whole Flightless Bird team gives thanks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/11/2256m 5s

Race to 35: Day 6 + Christina Perri

Monica and Liz's trays finally arrive in Episode 6 (out of 10) of Race to 35. In this episode, the two women start a new shot and Monica lies to Liz about how much it hurts. Additionally, Liz is put on a blood thinner because she tested positive for a genetic blood mutation. The two talk to singer/songwriter Christina Perri about her struggle with fertility and her experience enduring multiple miscarriages. Christina learns vital information about her body and the simple solution that could have prevented her miscarriages. She bravely shares this information with Monica, Liz, and the listeners in hopes of preventing the same outcome for others. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/11/221h 30m

Flightless Bird: Airports

In this week’s Flightless Bird, David Farrier sets out to understand the American airport and what makes it tick. Why are the top seven busiest airports in the world all based in America, and what does that mean for the traveler? David sets off for the world’s third business airport, Denver, to dig into the various conspiracy theories surrounding the airport. Why does it greet passengers with a giant terrifying mustang with glowing red eyes and did it really kill the artist who made it? David descends into the huge underground network of tunnels under the airport to find out what’s really going on there and tries to find answers to the strange, apocalyptic artwork on display at the terminals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/11/2253m 35s

Race to 35: Day 5 + Andrew Huberman

Liz and Monica decide they can't get canceled in ep 5 (of 10) of Race to 35. They revisit a final destination moment from last night's shots and Liz declares she finally feels like a person after hearing words of encouragement from an Uber mom. Monica receives some encouraging news about her follicles and they lament about the stingy medication implementation. Then they get science-y with professor at Stanford, podcaster and friend of the pod - Andrew Huberman. Huberman talks about how to maximize egg and sperm health, he walks through the purpose of each relevant hormone, and they receive a call from a very special megalith. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/11/222h

Flightless Bird: News

In this week’s Flightless Bird, David sets out to understand American Network News, and the country’s obsession with rolling 24/7 news coverage. Why does the Fox News Channel averaged more total viewers than CNN and MSNBC combined and how is American TV news faring in the wake of Twitter and TikTok? David talks to Stacy Scholder, a professor at the University of Southern California who teaches TV journalism. What is she teaching the next generation of TV journalists and what was it like covering OJ Simpson’s escape on the LA freeway? He also meets Victor Vlam, a 38-year-old man in the Netherlands who has the biggest collection of news theme songs on the planet. Why does he have 876 hours, 2 minutes and 52 seconds of news music? Victor explains the importance of news theme music and what it says about the news you’re about to hear. What’s the best news theme song and the worst? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/11/221h

Race to 35: Day 4 + Eve Wiley + Bee

Liz and Monica don't know what's real in episode 4 (of 10) of Race to 35. Monica receives unfortunate news from her doctor, we learn about Liz's synchronized swimming history and they remind each other they can do hard things. The remainder of the episode focuses on fertility fraud. They speak with Eve Wiley, advocate for regulation and legislation in the fertility industry, who tells a harrowing personal experience in uncovering her genetic truth. We also speak to Bee, a young woman who discovers she has many "diblings" (donor siblings) across the US and how she has learned to embrace the positive. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/11/222h 7m

Flightless Bird: Maths

In this week’s Flightless Bird, David Farrier sets out to understand why Americans say “math”, while New Zealand - and most of the rest of the world - says “maths”. He speaks to Dean Koorey about the mysteries of language, before stumbling into the depths of math/maths and the perils of the metric system. How many ounces in a pound? How many pounds are in a stone? And why is America stuck using the imperial system when the rest of the planet loves the sensible metric system? Farrier is shocked to find that NASA once lost a space probe thanks to a metric conversion disaster, and meets with aerospace engineer Omar Abed to get to the bottom of the mess. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/11/2258m 17s

Race to 35: Day 3 + Emily Oster + January Jones

Monica and Liz are owning their dumbness in episode 3 (of 10) of Race to 35. They discuss last night's shots which were an utter disaster involving Monica giving Liz a proper stabbing. They talk to Emily Oster, American author and professor of economics at Brown, who talks about how to apply the principles of economics to fertility and pregnancy. She applies cost/benefit, optimizing the margin and opportunity cost to their egg freezing journey. They also speak to a friend of the pod, actress January Jones, who discusses her personal experience with egg freezing and solo parenting. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/10/221h 33m

Flightless Bird: Halloween

In this week’s Flightless Bird, David Farrier sets to understand where the heck Halloween came from, a holiday that generates over $10 billion in retail sales in the US each year. Why does an average American spend $60 on the scary day, and is it more tied in with paganism, Christianity, or scary monsters? David meets with Regina Hansen - a writer and scholar who teaches at Boston University - to talk about why we used to carve turnips instead of pumpkins, before calling up professor of philosophy and religion Justin Sledge to talk horror movies. Finally, David decides to use the spooky season to try and communicate with a ghost that’s been waking him up every morning at 3am. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/10/2257m 22s

Race to 35: Day 2 + Douglas NeJamie + Dre & Rachel

Monica and Liz are feeling "floopy" in episode 2 (of 10) of Race to 35. They discuss the previous nights' shots, the potentially deathly air bubble, substitute trays, and how they shouldn't be allowed to make purchases or decisions of any kind. They talk to Douglas NeJaime who is a professor of Law at Yale. Douglas specializes in parentage law and provides insight on what we deem legal parents in this country. Liz and Monica also talk to Dre and Rachel - a beautiful married couple who chose to use Dre's brother as their donor and sperm sample. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/10/221h 54m

Flightless Bird: Shower Curtains

In this week’s Flightless Bird, David Farrier sets out to understand why America - despite all its advancements in innovation and technology - has decided to stick with the puzzling shower curtain. Why, while countries like New Zealand embrace the shower door, is America stuck in a long-term love affair with the fabric (or sometimes plastic) mistress? David calls his old friend Harvey from the Toilets episode to discuss American showering habits, before spending the day with the self-proclaimed “Glass Queen” who spends her days removing shower curtains and replacing them with glistening shower doors. He talks to professor David Schmidt about his complex mathematical simulations of shower curtains, to discover why the shower curtain insists on sticking to your body while you shower. Maybe this is a clue to why 66% of Americans shower daily, compared with 80% of Australians… and why 10 million Americans shower once a week or less. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/10/2239m 25s

Race to 35: Day 1

Day 1 - Liz and Monica embark on their fertility journey. They sit down with Monica’s BFF - who has gone through the egg retrieval process herself - to ask questions and discuss their fears about the upcoming 10 days. They talk needles, they learn what follicles are, and they equate the vaginal ultrasound wand to an uncomfortable dildo. At the end of the episode, Liz and Monica administer their first shot on air and it is quite a rollercoaster. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/10/221h

Flightless Bird: Amish

In this week’s Flightless Bird, David Farrier sets out to understand the Amish, a group of Swiss Germans slash Alsatians that chose America as their home away from home. Why does a country that embraces fast cars, fast money, and fast food also embrace the very slow-moving Amish? David discovers why back in 2000 there were only 178,000 Amish in the US, and why that number has climbed to well over 367,000 - an increase of 106%. David sits down with Susan Trollinger, a professor from the University of Dayton, to talk about Amish tourism and culture. He also talks to Misty Griffin, who wrote a book critical of the Amish called “Tears of the Silenced” and consulted on the Peacock documentary “Sins of the Amish.” She discusses why she had a terrible time being Amish and the problems she says exist in the Amish community. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/10/2252m 25s

Introducing... Race to 35

The producers of Armchair Expert present their newest podcast venture, Race to 35. Race to 35 is co-hosted by Monica Padman and Liz Plank and focuses on Fertility. Throughout this 10 episode podcast, Monica and Liz will be going through the egg freezing process as they hit the critical age of 35. The top of each episode will check in on the two women- see how they are feeling, how their hormone shots are progressing and share their ever evolving thoughts, emotions, fears, joys, etc. The rest of each episode consists of Monica and Liz talking to people with different fertility stories and/or those who are experts in the field. We hear about fertility successes, fertility fraud, surrogacy, celebrity stories...We will hear from women who chose not to have children, hormone experts, parentage law professors and so much more. The subject of fertility usually happens behind closed doors. The goal of this podcast is to open it wide. As with all shows under the Armchair Umbrella, this show aims to remind all of us that the human struggle is universal. We hope you enjoy this race against the clock...Race to 35. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/10/2217m 31s

Flightless Bird: Game Shows

In this week’s Flightless Bird, David Farrier embraces the American institution of game shows. He sets out to understand how in this time of high-caliber TV, Celebrity Wheel of Fortune still manages to pull in four million ahead of shows like Dateline, Undercover Boss, and Masterchef. David joins fellow kiwi Rhys Darby as he’s invited on Celebrity Family Feud - thrilled at the idea of meeting comic, actor, author, and Emmy Award-winning talk-show host Steve Harvey. Quickly David is shocked to learn he is not only attending a taping but also going on Family Feud as part of Rhys’ Kiwi “family.” Squaring off against actor and comedian Jay Pharoah (and Jay’s actual, real family), how will Rhys Darby and David Farrier cope? Will they be crushed or come out triumphant? Who will be the best team at guessing what the average American would answer? The American team or the New Zealand imports? Be warned: This episode quite possibly makes David the most American he’s ever been. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/10/2250m 56s

Flightless Bird: Pornography

This week on Flightless Bird, David Farrier sets out to explore America’s adult film industry, which has its heart in California’s San Fernando Valley. In this episode Farrier heads for a mansion in the hills of Calabasas to attend an adult film shoot, hoping to understand why Americans spend an average of 9 minutes and 44 seconds on porn sites at a time. David meets a porn director also called “David” to ask why they still have all that dialogue and plot in amongst all the sex, before chatting with porn stars Hadley and Lucas about the joys, trials, and tribulations of their unique job. At the end of the day, David sits down for 45 minutes as the actors all have sex with each other and tries to come to a conclusion about what this all means. David also meets one of the (now adult) stars of the popular 90s sitcom “Boy Meets World,” to find out why Mailand Ward decided to make a late entry to the adult film industry. They discuss her new book “Rated X” and the challenges and misconceptions of the porn world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/09/221h 12m

Flightless Bird: RVs

This week on Flightless Bird, David sets out to understand America's obsession with recreational vehicles, also known as RVs. Joined by Monica and Dax, David discovers why 11.2 million American homes have an RV of some kind and why 10 million more are considering buying one within the next five years. David sits down with Monica Geraci, the official spokesperson for the American RV Industry Association, to find out some tips and tricks before descending into Griffith Park to meet an actor who lives in an RV full time. It's there he learns of a mysterious man who rents RVs out to the unhoused around Los Angeles, begging the question: is this mystery man doing them a favor or is he exploiting their situation as a kind of RV slumlord? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/09/2258m 35s

Flightless Bird: Bunkers

This week on Flightless Bird, David descends underground into the world of preppers and bunkers, learning that 40% of Americans believe that stocking up on supplies or building an underground shelter is a better investment than saving for retirement. Joined by Monica Mouse, David discovers that humans have wanted to live underground for the last 2000 years. David interviews ethnographic researcher Bradley Garrett about the mindset of the American bunker enthusiast since Covid and finds out why Brad was arrested on the tarmac back in 2012, spending two years marooned in the UK. David finds out about the American man who wanted to buy a nuclear bunker with 56 bedrooms and calls up a bunker company to find out what’s in their million-dollar bunker package. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/09/2250m 16s

Flightless Bird: Baseball

This week on Flightless Bird, David heads to San Francisco to meet the San Francisco Giants. Joined by Wobby Wob, David attempts to learn how to catch a baseball, before becoming distracted by some loud screams coming from the field. It's there he meets the Chicago White Sox's Liam Hendriks, an outspoken Australian with a good arm and lots of opinions. David learns why 16 million Americans play baseball in some kind of organized fashion and talks to bench coach Kai Correa about how to win a game. Farrier then interrogates Giants pitcher Logan Webb about pre-game rituals, before watching his first-ever baseball game... trying to figure out what he likes more: the game, the drinks, or the food? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/09/2255m 22s

Flightless Bird: Tipping

This week on Flightless Bird, David gets out his wallet and dives into the culture and politics of tipping. Joined by Monica Padman, he sets out to discover why 52% of Americans tip their hairdresser while only 14% always tip their barista. David interviews Mike Lynn, a professor at the Cornell Hotel School, about the social pressures of tipping and why we tip what we tip. David also talks to Saru Jayaraman of “One Fair Wage”, who explains that tipping is a deeply warped version of what Americans brought back from Europe - and that in America tipping has some fairly racist origins - which has led to power imbalances for the 5.5 million Americans that rely on tips. David is encouraged to hear that America is at a tipping point for workers and that there may be a future with a decent minimum wage - as well as tips. Unless you’re one of the 4% of Americans who refuse to tip, ever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/08/2251m 28s

Flightless Bird: Juggalos

This week on Flightless Bird, David dives into the insane world of Insane Clown Posse fans, who called themselves “Juggalos.” David is shocked to discover that due to the criminal enterprises of certain members of the fandom, the FBI decided to classify them as a gang. David talks to one of the first people to document Juggalo culture, Derek Erdman - before meeting another documentary maker who spent years with ICP’s “Violent J” and “Shaggy 2 Dope”, unlocking the magic that makes this band a $10 million-dollars-a-year business. With the annual Gathering of the Juggalos approaching, David learns ICP and their fans tell the story of a very specific part of American culture, that isn’t going away anytime soon. “Woop woop!” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/08/2248m 1s

Flightless Bird: Amazon

This week on Flightless Bird, David prepares to hit “Buy Now” as he embarks into the world of Amazon, the company that notched up $116 billion in sales during the first three months of this year. Joined by Monica, he looks at how this company has slowly inserted itself into the American lifestyle, from TV and film, to products, to Alexa living in everyone’s house, tending to their every need. David interviews Emily West, an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Massachusets, about how Amazon’s marketing made a brown cardboard box so popular. He also talks to the author of “Fulfillment,” Alec MacGillis about how Amazon’s various factories are changing the face of America, city by city - as Amazon is now America’s second-largest private employer next to Walmart. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/08/2258m 16s

Flightless Bird: Healthcare

This week on Flightless Bird, David sets out to make sense of the very confusing American healthcare system. Joined by Monica, he tries to figure out why some Americans end up paying their own ambulance bill and why over half of the American population is riddled with medical debt. David talks to Luke O’Neil - the journalist and writer behind the popular newsletter "Welcome to Hellworld" - about why it falls on children to raise money for their parent's medical bills and discovers why in the US healthcare system teeth are considered “luxury bones”. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/08/2252m 55s

Flightless Bird: Diners

This week on Flightless Bird, David sets out to understand what makes the American diner experience so special, by traveling to Reno, Nevada. There he meets the staff of Peg's Glorified Ham N Eggs and meets the regulars who've made the diner their home away from home - including Rainbow Man, a man obsessed with painting human bodies at Burning Man. What makes a diner a diner? How have they changed over the years? David and Monica discuss their various diner experiences, from fights to excessive milkshake consumption. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/08/2235m 28s

Flightless Bird: Circumcision

This week on Flightless Bird, David sets out to discover why America loves circumcision so much, to the point where 115 million American men now find themselves without a foreskin. Joined by Monica, he tries to figure out why this medical procedure became so popular here, leading to some medical diagrams not bothering to include a foreskin anymore. David talks to a man in his 30s who’s furious he got circumcised when he was a baby, and another who’s annoyed he wasn’t circumcised, as he considers getting an adult circumcision. David talks to a doctor who’s carried out hundreds of circumcisions to find out what all the fuss is about, and spends time with Georganne Chapin, Executive Director of Intact America - who wants circumcision to be thrown out the window. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/07/2251m 34s

Flightless Bird: Football

This week on Flightless Bird, David sets out to understand a game that simply doesn’t exist in New Zealand: American Football. He tries to figure out America’s most popular sport and asks why over 100 million Americans watched the Super Bowl. After watching the Super Bowl for the first time, David travels to Seattle to get schooled by NFL Hall-of-Famer Walter Jones, who was drafted by the Seahawks in 1997. He discovers what a locker room smells like and why some football players love to chew gum so much. Walter also opens up about his theories on the existence of extraterrestrial life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/07/2244m 46s

Flightless Bird: Bottled Water

This week on Flightless Bird, David sets out to understand America’s obsession with bottled water. Joined by Monica, he tries to figure out why tap water just won’t cut it in many US States, leading Americans to spend billions on bottled water every year. David talks to author and scientist Peter Gleick about tap water myths, and how some bottled water companies have accidentally added things like arsenic and cricket parts to their bottled creations. We discover why a new sports stadium purposefully didn’t install enough public water fountains and get to the bottom of whether carcinogenic chemicals leech from plastic bottles creating a deathtrap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/07/2247m 29s

Flightless Bird: Disney II

This week on Flightless Bird, David embarks on his first-ever trip to Disneyland with Dax, Monica, and Wobby Wob to see if the magic of the place rubs off on him. In amongst discovering the joys of Star Wars: Galaxies Edge and the Cars ride, David investigates Disney Social Clubs, also known as "Disney Gangs." He learns about the alleged beef between two groups, the Main Street Fire Station 55 Social Club and the White Rabbits, and talks to a member of the Sons of Anakin. David discovers the one Disney property that isn't copyrighted and lays eyes on an elusive Disney feral cat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/07/2236m 44s

Flightless Bird: Flags

This week on Flightless Bird, David sets out to understand why Americans love their flag so much, buying nearly 150 million of them every year. Joined by Dax and Monica, David quizzes them about what it’s like to go to school and pledge allegiance to the flag, before Dax recalls his colorful interactions with an American flag and a flag pole. David talks to flag expert, TedTalker and podcaster Roman Mars about what makes a good flag design, before chatting with vexillologist Tory Laitila - curator of Textiles and Historic Arts of Hawai'i at the Honolulu Museum of Art - about the dos and don’ts of flag etiquette. Thanks to first amendment attorney Floyd Abrams, we discover how the burning of a flag led to one of America’s most divisive court cases. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/06/2251m 4s

Flightless Bird: Burgers

This week on Flightless Bird, David sets out to discover why Americans love burgers so much, eating 50 million of them a year. Joined by Monica, he tries to figure out why in America it’s always beef for dinner and how that fact has drastically altered the biology of the humble cow. David talks to Ben Wurgaft, author of “Meat Planet: Artificial Flesh and the Future of Food” about the triumphs and problems of creating artificial meat. David also talks to Isha Datar, executive director of New Harvest, about the realities of feeding 8 billion people on earth each year using meat grown in giant vats - and asks whether it’s all just hype. We also discover what Dax Shepard and Kim Kardashian have in common - and yes, it’s related to meat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/06/2254m 45s

Flightless Bird: Dog Shows

This week on Flightless Bird, David sets out to understand his favorite American mockumentary "Best in Show" by attempting to immerse himself in the world of competitive dog shows. Joined by Monica, David shares his unusual history in the animal-showing world, before meeting happy animal owners who love nothing more than selectively breeding an animal that is superior to all others. We discover the story of a dog assassination attempt and look at how ethics and boundless enthusiasm collide in the world of competitive animal showing. Warning: This episode also contains a lot of cats. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/06/2246m 38s

Flightless Bird: Suing

This week on Flightless Bird, David sets out to discover why Americans love suing each other so much - filing over 40 million lawsuits a year. Joined by Dax and Monica, David attempts to figure out how to avoid being sued and talks about the time a New York man sued him... twice. Dax weighs in with his own legal battles and David talks to New York media lawyer Cameron Stracher about what it was like defending the National Enquirer during the Michael Cohen Trump Fiasco. We discover how lawsuits aren’t as frivolous as you might expect - including the famous McDonald's hot coffee incident which saw superheated hot coffee explode on a woman’s lap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/06/2259m 27s

Flightless Bird: Disney Adults

This week on Flightless Bird, David sets out to discover how Disney’s parks and experiences division made 17 billion dollars last year - seeing 77 million people through its rollercoasters, rides, and massive queues. Joined by Monica, David tries to figure out what Disney Adults are all about, and why they love those Mickey Mouse ears so much. David talks to a hardcore Disneyland fan to learn about Disney’s biggest secrets, including SEA - the hidden backstory worked into every Disney Park on the planet. We discover the rules behind the elite Club 33 and ask if Disneyland employees love Disney as much as everyone else. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/05/2249m 25s

Flightless Bird: Toilets

This week on Flightless Bird, David sets out to discover why the water level on American toilets is terrifyingly high, almost filling up the entire toilet bowl. Joined by Monica, he tries to figure out why it’s so hard to find a public restroom and why the gaps in the doors are so big. David talks to urban sociologist and toilet expert Harvey Molotch, who explains why public restrooms unchanging - segregated into male and female sections - seem to be locked in time. We discover why so many horror films feature scary scenes in toilets and talk to a plumber about his biggest toilet disaster. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/05/2256m 59s

Flightless Bird: Religion

This week on Flightless Bird, David sets out to understand religion in America. Joined by Dax and Monica, he tries to figure out why over 200 million Americans are Christians, and how uniquely Americanized this religion has become - with franchises, brands, and celebrity endorsements. David talks to Mike McHargue - a Baptist who became an atheist who then became a Christian again. We discover how someone can love both Christianity and science - and you may be very surprised to learn your brain may well believe in God… even if you’re a stone-cold atheist! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/05/2258m 18s

Introducing... Flightless Bird with David Farrier

Armchair Umbrella and David Farrier introduce you to Flightless Bird, a show that follows kiwi journalist David Farrier as he embarks on a quest to understand American culture, after getting accidentally marooned here. From football to flags, religion to burgers, David wants to learn about the things that make America tick. “Why do adults love Disneyland so much?” and “why are American toilets filled to the brim with water?” are just a few of the important questions he’ll pose. Each episode sees Farrier documenting a different part of American culture, meeting people who’ll make you see America in an entirely new light with new episodes arriving every Tuesday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/05/225m 51s

We are supported by... the Future is Female

We Are Supported By, hosted by Kristen Bell and Monica Padman is a 10 episode limited series podcast. Each episode deep dives with a woman who has put a crack in the glass ceiling. Bonus Episode: The Future is Female Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/09/211h

We are supported by... Sheryl Sandberg

We Are Supported By, hosted by Kristen Bell and Monica Padman is a 10 episode limited series podcast. Each episode deep dives with a woman who has put a crack in the glass ceiling. Episode 10: Sheryl Sandberg Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/09/2155m 58s

We are supported by... Reese Witherspoon

We Are Supported By, hosted by Kristen Bell and Monica Padman is a 10 episode limited series podcast. Each episode deep dives with a woman who has put a crack in the glass ceiling. Episode 9: Reese Witherspoon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/08/211h

We are supported by... Kim Kardashian West

We Are Supported By, hosted by Kristen Bell and Monica Padman is a 10 episode limited series podcast. Each episode deep dives with a woman who has put a crack in the glass ceiling. Episode 8: Kim Kardashian West Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/08/211h 11m

We are supported by... Abby Wambach

We Are Supported By, hosted by Kristen Bell and Monica Padman is a 10 episode limited series podcast. Each episode deep dives with a woman who has put a crack in the glass ceiling. Episode 7: Abby Wambach Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/08/211h 4m

We are supported by... Esther Duflo

We Are Supported By, hosted by Kristen Bell and Monica Padman is a 10 episode limited series podcast. Each episode deep dives with a woman who has put a crack in the glass ceiling. Episode 6: Esther Duflo Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/07/211h 3m

We are supported by... Diane von Furstenberg

We are supported by, hosted by Kristen Bell and Monica Padman is a 10 episode limited series podcast. Each episode deep dives with a woman who has put a crack in the glass ceiling. Episode 5: Diane von Furstenberg Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/07/2151m 59s

We are supported by... Samantha Power

We are supported by, hosted by Kristen Bell and Monica Padman is a 10 episode limited series podcast. Each episode deep dives with a woman who has put a crack in the glass ceiling. Episode 4: Samantha Power Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/07/211h 16m

We are supported by... Oprah Winfrey

We are supported by, hosted by Kristen Bell and Monica Padman is a 10 episode limited series podcast. Each episode deep dives with a woman who has put a crack in the glass ceiling. Episode 3: Oprah Winfrey Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/07/2147m 17s

We are supported by... Malala Yousafzai

We are supported by, hosted by Kristen Bell and Monica Padman is a 10 episode limited series podcast. Each episode deep dives with a woman who has put a crack in the glass ceiling. Episode 2: Malala Yousafzai Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/06/211h 15m

We are supported by... Gloria Steinem

We are supported by, hosted by Kristen Bell and Monica Padman is a 10 episode limited series podcast. Each episode deep dives with a woman who has put a crack in the glass ceiling. Episode 1: Gloria Steinem Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/06/211h 9m

Introducing... We Are Supported By

The producers of Armchair Expert present a new 10 episode podcast, We Are Supported By... with hosts Kristen Bell and Monica Padman. In this podcast, Kristen and Monica will talk to a woman each episode who has made a significant crack in the ceiling. They will talk to women in many fields - entrepreneurship, entertainment, sports, politics and activism - and during these conversations, they will talk through their guests' accomplishments, struggles, points of resilience, inspiration and fears. Through these stories, we learn about lifting one another up, how to continue to break the glass, and the importance of keeping the door open for generations to follow. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/06/2121m 7s

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 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/02/2113m 1s

Nurture vs Nurture: Family #2: Brooke

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/02/218m 40s

Nurture vs Nurture: Family #1: Erick and Elsie

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/02/211h 14m

Part 10: Monica & Jess Love Each Other with Dax & Kristen

In Part 10: Monica and Jess love each other, M and J chat with Kristen and Dax for their final episode. The four discuss what Monica and Jess learned from the experience, how they've grown and the things they can't un-learn after this journey. Monica talks about a newfound relationship to her narrative and Jess has a growing acceptance of addiction. Dax wonders what the big take-aways have been, Kristen praises M and J's vulnerability and the four verbally "write" their relationship manuals. Monica and Jess say farewell to this adventure and hello to whatever's next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/04/201h 9m

Part 9: Monica & Jess love Love Addiction with Dr. Alex Katehakis

In Part 9: Monica & Jess love Love Addiction, M and J chat with author and the Clinical Director of Center for Healthy Sex in Los Angeles, Dr. Alex Katehakis. Dr. Alex talks about the tenants of unmanageability and addiction. Monica wonders if you can be a love addict who’s never fallen in love and Jess asks questions about post relationship nostalgia. Dr. Alex declares both Monica and Jess have some dissociative tendencies in relationships and adhere to fantasy as an outlet. Monica expresses her fears of being replaceable and Dr.Alex thinks Jess uses sex to mitigate anxiety. The three talk about childhood abandonment and how that has trickled into adulthood and she gives both Monica and Jess 90 day challenges to take into the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/04/201h 23m

Part 8: Monica & Jess Love Cock Buffets with Dan Savage

In Part 8: Monica & Jess Love Cock Buffets, M and J welcome Dan Savage (author, media pundit, journalist, and LGBT community activist) to the attic via video chat. Dan delineates many differences between dating in the gay community vs. the straight one. He talks to Monica about why women are engrained to "vet a guy before they bed a guy" and talks to Jess about transgressive behaviors in the gay community. He discusses the notion that we meet a few people in life who are .68 and we make the choice to round them up to a 1. He talks about the equality complex and how we need to give ourselves permission to have successful short term relationships. Monica talks to Sam on the phone and relays to Jess what they talked about and Dan takes the challenges to a new level of scary. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/04/201h 26m

Part 7: Monica & Jess Love Goblins with Esther Perel

In Part 7: Monica & Jess Love Goblins with Esther Perel, M and J are thrilled to welcome psychotherapist, Esther Perel to the attic. Esther makes the distinction between love and desire and she reminds them that having a lot of sex with many partners is equivalent to avoiding sex- both are methods to avoid rejection. Esther encourages Monica to let go of the goblin on her shoulder and she removes the phrase "losing feelings for" from the relationship vocabulary. The three talk about "want" vs. "should" and Esther is intrigued by Jess's interactions with "out of my league guy". Esther does exercises with M and J on how to spark desire and she gently tells them if they don't let go of their narratives, regardless of who they date, they will always be dating their narrative. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/03/201h 19m

Part 6: Monica & Jess Love Tough Love with Patti Stanger (the Millionaire Matchmaker)

In Part 6: Monica & Jess Love Tough Love with Patti Stanger, M and J welcome the Millionaire Matchmaker to the attic. Patti is direct and no-nonsense when giving her opinion on Monica and Jess’s love lives. She asks about their dream men, she prods for details about Monica’s fantasies and believes Jess wants to be chased. She talks about the differences between “beta” and “alpha” partners, differences between matchmaking in gay vs. straight communities and how she believes money and love are more connected than people want to believe. She encourages Monica to get more in touch with her sexuality and discusses the concept of “out of your league” with Jess. At the end of the episode, Patti doles out challenges that terrify both Monica and Jess. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/03/201h 9m

Part 5: Monica & Jess Love Getting Called Out on Their Bullshit with Dr. Drew

In Part 5: Monica and Jess Love Getting Called Out on Their Bullshit with Dr. Drew, M and J invite the esteemed addiction medicine specialist and personality Dr. Drew Pinsky to the attic. Dr. Drew cuts right to the chase asking Jess about his relationship to mania, asking Monica about family trauma and he calls both of them out on negating themselves. He talks about removing expectations and how our country puts pathological love on a pedestal. He discusses neurological wiring regarding attachment styles and asks about Monica’s sexual history. The two are assigned a very interesting challenge at the end of the episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/03/201h 8m

Part 4: Monica & Jess Love Therapy with Harry the Therapist

In Part 4: Monica and Jess Love Therapy with Harry the Therapist, M and J invite Harry - Kristen and Dax's couples therapist, to the attic. Harry specializes in both personal and couples therapy and Kristen and Dax have credited Harry for giving them the tools for relationship longevity. But today he brings his expertise to Monica and Jess's love lives. Harry wonders if Monica has any unresolved parental issues and he encourages Jess to listen to his small inner voice. He provides a few Harry rules for approaching a forever relationship and reminds M and J that we are all a work in progress. Monica and Jess talk about their challenges from last week and the realization that these challenges have nothing to do with the other person - it’s all about personal growth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/03/201h 28m

Part 3: Monica & Jess Love Motherly Advice with Kristen Bell

In Part 3: Monica and Jess Love Motherly Advice with Kristen Bell, M and J invite their mom to the attic. Using her mother's intuition, Kristen warns Jess on the falsity of butterflies, they discuss the prevalence of blocking people on apps and Kristen asks Jess about the rigidity of tops and bottoms in the gay dating community. She encourages Monica to externalize her sexuality, she tells a story of a friend who leaves her underwear at bars and Monica reveals a recent fantasy slip. Kristen talks about her own dating patterns - testing her partners and dealing with jealousy. The three discuss fidelity, knowing one's value and Kristen assigns the most extreme challenges yet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/02/201h 27m

Part 2: Monica & Jess Love Boys who like Christmas

In Part 2: Monica and Jess Love Boys who like Christmas, M and J have one solo episode (before they bring in experts) where they dive deeper into their histories. They discuss their experiences completing last week’s challenge. Jess lived in fear all week that he ruined his challenge and Monica adds “needs to like Christmas” to her list. Jess talks about having secret moments in his youth with other boys while openly having a girlfriend and Monica goes through some of her boy-crazy artifacts. The two discuss feeling on the outside of normal and craving experiences just to feel “in the club”. They realize the amount of similarities in their backgrounds. Jess and Monica give each other challenges to complete by the following week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/02/201h 10m

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/02/201h 21m

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/02/202m 11s
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