One of my favorite podcasts is the Joe Rogan Experience. When Joe Rogan isn’t helping Elon Musk tank Tesla stock, the show is packed with interesting guests.
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.
I’ve written something like this before, and if you would like some more background on the Joe Rogan Experience you should check that out here. Otherwise, here are some more gems:
1. Peter Giuliano #467. The ultimate coffee podcast.
A friend of mine showed me this episode years ago and it is the reason I switched to french pressing my coffee. One cool story includes a coffee roaster in Japan who wakes in the early morning hours and will not open his coffee shop until he gets the brew just right. Peter Giuliano is a coffee expert and is Director of the Specialty Coffee Symposium, but he won’t lose casual sippers, and those who are more serious about coffee will also appreciate the depth of this discussion.
2. 872 and 961 with Graham Hancock and Randall Carlson (961 + Micheal Shermer)
Graham Hancock is an English author and journalist, well known for books such as “Fingerprints Of The Gods” & 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.
3. Anthony Bourdain – #138
I really enjoyed all of Anthony Bourdain’s work on Parts Unknown and what I have seen of No Reservations. Maybe not the most informative JRE episode, but I appreciate the honest discussion in this episode. A lot of new shows on Netflix try to emulate his style, in my opinion. It’s really not an episode for an “informative podcasts” post, but oh well, it’s my blog. I think anyone could learn something by watching Bordain’s body of work.
4. Wim Hof – #712 (is better one) and #865
Otherwise known as the “Iceman,” Wim Hof is a Dutch multiple world-record-holder, adventurer, daredevil, and developer of the Wim Hof Method. I cannot type enough about how crazy this guy is–you and I both save each other a lot of time if you just check out this video here:
Crazy, right? While the efficacy of Wim Hof’s method is hotly debated, he has spent a considerable amount of time getting science to recognize it’s potential. I have tried this method in the past and it did keep me warm, but it also may have been a total placebo or because I was hyperventilating like some creep. Either way, I’ll take it.
Wim Hof also came back in episode #865. I would suggest starting with #712, and if you get the itch for more, then go with #865.
5. Gary Taubes – #904
Gary Taubes is an investigative science and health journalist and co-founder of the nonprofit Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI.org). He is the author of “The Case Against Sugar,” “Why We Get Fat,” and “Good Calories, Bad Calories, Bad Science.”
I still love my sugar water, but now at least I slightly more guilty each time. Basically, this podcast is fat = good, sugar = bad. But check it out because it is loaded with great dietary information and some discussion about misinformation regarding dietary cholesterol’s effect on heart disease. This is also a theme of JRE episode #1058 with Nina Teicholz, author of “The Big Fat Lie.” Check that out one out too if this topic interests you.
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Author: Ryan Ullman
Law student, productivity buff, blogger, flow-seeker. Loves the outdoors and coffee.