Must-listen episodes of the Joe Rogan Experience to learn something new today
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If you’re anything like me, you like to listen to something that is both informative and entertaining while you are performing tasks that do not require much thinking to maximize your time and energy.
Whenever I refresh my podcast app in the mornings before I drive to the office, I’m on the lookout for episodes from which I can learn something new or get a good laugh.
I have been a big fan of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast over the past several years to satisfy this desire. I especially like to listen to while I am driving in the car or working on a project that does not require a lot of intense thinking (e.g., folding laundry and driving). This is because it’s chock-full of interesting ideas and methods for self-improvement.
For those who do not listen to JRE, you might recognize Joe Rogan as the host of the UFC or Fear Factor back in the day. That is not all Joe Rogan does, however. He’s also a stand-up comedian and host of one of the most popular podcasts of all time.
The Joe Rogan Experience is consistently ranked as the #4 podcast on iTunes, and Joe Rogan himself in 2016 claimed to have over 30 million monthly downloads (although recently has suggested his podcast is downloaded over 90 million times per month). This is not even including viewers of his live stream, links to which he regularly posts to twitter.
Although his humor is often coarse and not for family listening, and I certainly do not agree with everything (or even most of what) he says, he always manages to have interesting guests armed with cutting-edge research findings or killer stories.
Joe Rogan is curious about everything. No wonder he has even had his own television show, “Joe Rogan Questions Everything.” From health and medicine to nootropics, to peak alpha flow states, to hunting and stand-up comedy, Joe Rogan will make a deep dive and ask the hard questions.
The fantastic guests are probably the other reason why the JRE podcast is consistently in the top 5 podcasts in the iTunes store. Joe might engage in a several-hour-long discussion with a person advocating for seasteading in one episode, and the next will host a comedian or expert in some esoteric topic you had no idea was so interesting.
If you are instead trying to laugh or listen to some comedy, I have also compiled a list of the funniest episodes of JRE here.
Because the JRE podcast and the resulting ideas to which I’ve been exposed have made such a profound impact on my life, I have here compiled a list of some of the most informative and interesting episodes of JRE to date. Enjoy!
1. #1035 – Paul Stamets
Want to learn about what scientists are doing to prevent bee colony collapse disorder? How about new research on how fungi can assist with neurogenesis in humans and prevent cognitive decline?
Kelly Brogan, M.D. is a holistic women’s health psychiatrist and author of the NY Times Bestselling book, A Mind of Your Own. Her practice focuses on healthy diet and lifestyle changes as a means to be healthy rather than resorting pharmaceutical or other conventional medicine.
One part of this episode that intrigued me was her discussion of birth control pill alternatives, such as the use of the Daysy ovulation calculator. I highly suggest this episode for everyone because it has information that applies to all, and is very interesting.
3. Steven Kotler – #873
If you are trying to learn about how to get more done in less time and make your brain operate at its highest level, Steven Kotler has some methods to start you on your way.
I love when Duncan Trussell comes on as a guest on JRE, but this episode especially stands out to me because of the long discussion Joe and Duncan have about virtual reality. Duncan owns an HTC Vive, so the discussion stays on VR and the implications/future of VR for a majority of the episode.
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Duncan tends to have very gestalt ideas about the world and tends to be
than other guests, so episodes in which he appears tend to be both philosophical as well as scientific. I think you could load up any episode with Duncan Trussell and learn something new. Duncan Trussell also appears in episodes 1051, 863, 764, 666, 630, 602, 577.
5. David Goggins – #1080
The most motivating and inspiring of the podcasts I have listened to so far over my hundreds (thousands?) of hours of listening to the Joe Rogan Experience.
6. Alex Jones and Eddie Bravo – #911 and #1255
The fourth most-viewed episode of all-time and probably the most controversial. Alex Jones was the most fitting guest for episode #911.
I have to applaud Joe Rogan for having Alex Jones on after Jones was de-platformed. It takes courage to have someone like Alex Jones on your show when others refuse to even mention his name.
7. Peter Giuliano – #467.
The ultimate coffee podcast.
Graham Hancock is an English author and journalist, well known for books such as “Fingerprints Of The Gods” and his latest book “Magicians of the Gods”. Randall Carlson is a master builder and architectural designer, teacher, geometrician, geomythologist, geological explorer and renegade scholar. Michael Shermer is a science writer, historian of science, founder of The Skeptics Society, and Editor in Chief of its magazine Skeptic.
Basically, in this episode, the guests present evidence suggesting the occurrence of a large flood around 10,000 years ago in North America, and they discuss the consequences of that flood on our modern understanding of history. I like #961 because it includes Michael Shermer in addition to Randall Carlson and Graham Hancock. Geology nerds will love this one if that’s a thing.
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