Click here for Page 1 from the OG Must-Listen Joe Rogan Podcasts Post. These lists contain not only some of the best guests, but I have gone a step further and stilled down the best episodes from those guests for you.  Enjoy!

11. 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.

I think anyone could learn something by watching Bourdain’s body of work. 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.

If you enjoyed Anthony Bourdain’s work, Joe Rogan had Morgan Fallon, DP, director, and producer on “No Reservations” and “Parts Unknown” with Anthony Bourdain on his podcast recently.

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12. Wim Hof – #712 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:

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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.

13. Gary Taubes – #904

When it comes to obesity, dietary fat is the main culprit, right?

Gary Taubes is an investigative science and health journalist and co-founder of the nonprofit Nutrition Science Initiative (  He is the author of “The Case Against Sugar,” “Why We Get Fat,” and “Good Calories, Bad Calories, Bad Science.”

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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.

14. Neil deGrasse Tyson – #919 and #310.

This goes without saying, but the world’s leading science communicator has been a prominent guest on JRE and has not disappointed on several occasions.

15. Matthew Walker – #1109

Did you know that the World Health Organisation in 2015 classified any form of night-time shift work as a “probable carcinogen“?

Matthew Walker is Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Founder and Director of the Center for Human Sleep Science. He wrote the book “Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams.”

One fact that surprised me was that after just one night of only four or five hours’ sleep, your natural killer cells–the ones that attack the cancer cells that appear in your body every day–drop by 70%.  Matthew Walker also discusses the link from lack of sleep to bowel, prostate, and breast cancers.

This has been one of the most interesting episodes of the Joe Rogan Experience I have listened to so far.  Out of any JRE episode, I have listened to, this episode has had the largest impact on my personal habits.

I am one of those people who needs at least 7 hours to feel functional, and since listening to this podcast I have made sleep more of a priority than it used to be.

16. Elon Musk – # 1169

This episode is iconic for several reasons.

You likely already know Elon Musk.  Over time he’s moved from helping us buy stuff online to making cars, tunnels under Los Angeles,  flamethrowers and rockets.  This episode has come and gone as an internet meme as well.  Exhibit A:

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I appreciate how long Elon Musk takes to answer questions in this episode.  The discussion itself is very interesting, ranging from Tesla and SpaceX to the upcoming developments with Neuralink.

The two also talk about flying cars and other developments with the Boring Company to reduce automobile traffic.  One particularly interesting part of the episode is when Elon Musk warns about the future of AI and humans.

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Author: Ryan Ullman

Ryan Ullman is an attorney at the boutique law firm Spence | Brierley in Baltimore, Maryland. He is particularly interested in technology, productivity, peak flow states, music, and the outdoors.

2 thoughts on “Must-listen episodes of JRE (cont.)”

  1. Dr. Rhonda Patrick is my all time favorite guest. She comes on his show every 10 months or so. Joe Rogan even says at the beginning of each of them, that you’ll need to listen to them multiple times with a pen and paper to keep up with the amount of information that she shares. Rhonda Patrick is by far his best health, nutrition, and wellness guest.

    Chris Kresser is also another amazing nutrition expert on his show, who is also a repeat guest.

  2. Taubes is a hack. People with an actual understanding of nutrition,physiology and the obesity epidemic, and the science behind them, think Taubes is a fucking joke. He’s literally used as a joke among nutrition scientists and researchers. He proposed a nutrition study, which he got funded, and when it didn’t get his expected outcome, and showed he was wrong, he decided to move the goalposts.
    Since then, more and more studies have shown his hypothesis to be wrong.
    Many nutritionists once titillated with his idea, but once the data was presented, he lost all credibility.
    He has even admitted, that no amount of scientific data would change his mind, that’s the definition of insane.

    Not to mention, the guy was a coffee salesman, and suddenly starts selling a “weight loss method” where you put butter in coffee. Come on, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out this guy is all about selling people something.

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