The 13 Best Joe Rogan Experience Podcast Episodes
Joe Rogan is an American stand-up comedian, UFC color commentator, and he hosts the popular Joe Rogan Experience ( JRE ) podcast. With over 1170 episodes and counting, the JRE has been running for almost 9 years and is one of the most listened-to contemporary podcasts. The majority of the episodes have a long –up to 3 hours — continuous live-streamed format which enables an in-depth conversation with wide variety of topics and guests, ranging from celebrities and entertainers to scientists and athletes. The uninhibited and uncensored long format along with the colorful and inquiring personality of Joe Rogan has helped the podcast to grow and rise to prominence, with each episode having multiple millions of listeners worldwide and offering an alternative and competitive program to the mainstream media. Amongst a variety of other modern intellectuals, Joe Rogan was listed by the New York Times as one of the members of the “Intellectual Dark Web”. Here is a list of some of the best Joe Rogan Experience podcast episodes:
JRE #1169 – Elon Musk
Aired on 7th September 2018
If you don’t know who Elon Musk is, you’re probably living under a rock (how’d you find this article?). The leading edge innovator and the CEO and founder of SpaceX and Tesla sat down with Rogan to discuss a variety of issues, ranging from the problems of developing artificial intelligence too rapidly to the manic driving force behind his own ideas and success. His multiple business ventures were obviously also a part of the conversation along with a few hints of what the future could have in store for us.
JRE #1054 – Dr. Rhonda Patrick
Aired on 18th December 2017
If you care for your health, this podcast is a must. Dr. Rhonda Patrick is a Ph.D in biomedical science and expert on nutritional health. She breaks down in-depth how diet and exercise affect our wellbeing and health in many levels and explains the biochemical interconnectedness of our bodies and how to keep it healthy. In fact, Joe was so impressed with her knowledge that she has been on the podcast on plenty of other episodes (#459 #502 #568 #672 #773 #901).
JRE #1159 – Neil deGrasse Tyson
Aired on 22nd August 2018
Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, author, and science communicator. Everything about the space and the universe mixed in with the mundane earthly matters, Tyson speaks and acts like a bridge between the common man and the expert field, a fascinating mixture indeed.
JRE #1006 – Jordan Peterson & Bret Weinstein
Aired on 1st September 2017
The two former university professors and intellectual heavyweights don’t shy away from controversial subjects and discuss contemporary social issues, conflicts at university campuses, Hitler, racism, the radical left and evolutionary sociological aspects in humans while uncovering different layers of our complex nature.
JRE #962 – Jocko Willink
Aired on 18th May 2017
Jocko Willink is a NYT Best Seller author, the host of Jocko Podcast and a retired US Navy Seal Commander of the most highly decorated unit during the Iraq War. He gives a great insight to what makes a great leader, how to deal with crisis, how to cultivate personal willpower and why discipline grants you freedom ( Discipline Equals Freedom is also a title of one of his books).
JRE #543 – Sam Harris
Aired on 2nd September 2014
Sam Harris is a neuroscientist, podcast host and author of multiple New York Times Best Sellers. His skillful articulation has risen him to the top ranks of thinkers, as he tackles many complex subject matters from neuroscience to the existence (or lack thereof) of free will and the place of religion in modern society.
JRE #692 – Jay Leno
Aired on 3rd September 2015
Most of us know him probably from the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Nowadays he spends his time doing stand-up comedy and hosting Jay Leno’s Garage , showcasing sports cars and restoring rarities. On JRE he opens up about being a true petrolhead and his huge passion for cars. The podcast doesn’t lack any fun stories from the old days either.
JRE #737 – Lance Armstrong
Aired on 15th December 2015
Since confessing to doping use back in 2013, the 7-time winner of the Tour de France has faced multiple lawsuits and a ton of flack from all sides. Armstrong gives the listeners an insightful insiders perspective to the widespread use of forbidden performance-enhancing substances in the top ranks of professional cycling and top-tier competitive sports.
JRE #1041 – Dan Carlin
Aired on 16th November 2017
Though Dan Carlin is not a real historian with credentials, his podcast Hardcore History is one of the most captivating mediums to learn the extreme happenings of our history. Being a political commentator with radio background, he also hosts another popular podcast Common Sense . This episode gives you a taste of both history and common sense evaluation of the current political landscape. And more.
JRE #967 – Bill Burr
Aired on 30th May 2017
This outspoken comedian was ranked 17th of Rolling Stones list of 50 all time greatest stand-up comics in 2017. As to be expected, the conversation gets rather eclectic between Joe and Bill. Nothing seems off-limits to crack a joke about, and that illustrates Burrs overall approach fairly well.
JRE MMA Show #28 – Georges St-Pierre
Aired on 23rd May 2018
Georges St-Pierre, the former UFC champion has one of the most meticulous records on the UFC to date. Although the JRE MMA podcasts might seem a little uninteresting to the casual listener, there are definitely interesting bits for everyone, like the story about when St-Pierre met his childhood bully a few years ago.
JRE #993 – Ben Shapiro
Aired on 2nd August 2017
As a witty right-wing conservative, Shapiro seems to love trashing the leftist social justice warriors at any given opportunity. The viral debates and Q&A’s have added fuel to the fire and Shapiro has had to resort to having multiple bodyguards accompanying him whenever he gives speeches at campuses. Mainly discussing social issues such as identity politics and gender pronouns, Shapiro gives his perspective on present-day issues that would’ve seemed absurd pseudo-problems one or two decades ago.
JRE #138 – Anthony Bourdain, Brian Redban
Aired on 11th September 2011
The late internationally traveling chef and the stories he tells are hard not to like. The episode was recorded on the earlier phase of the Joe Rogan Experience , when it was still being streamed from Joes home. Brian Redban co-hosted and produced the JRE from the beginning of the show from 2009 to 2013. For the Bourdain fans and veteran JRE listeners, this episode is definitely a nostalgic one.