The 25 Best Episodes of The Joe Rogan Experience

A curated episode list by Reginald The Great
Creation Date July 15th, 2019
Updated Date Updated January 4th, 2020
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These are the most fascinating episodes of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast. Joe Rogan at his finest as he interviews some of America's most interesting people. In this list are episodes with Alex Jones, Elon Musk, Ben Shapiro, Macaulay Culkin, David Goggins, and more. I didn't include MMA episodes of JRE, frankly because I'm personally just not that interested in those. So what are the best Joe Rogan podcasts? In my opinion, THESE are the best Joe Rogan podcasts!

List of the best Joe Rogan podcasts

Elon Musk is a business magnet, investor and engineer.
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Reginald The Great

Yes, this is the episode where Elon Musk smokes weed with Joe Rogan, but that's not actually the interesting part of the show. This interview hits on Elon Musk's take on AI, social media, and how he runs companies. This is the top episode of JRE in my opinion.
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Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator.
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There's nothing quite like when Joe Rogan talks with Neil deGrasse Tyson. They share such an enthusiasm for science that it ends up motivating you to learn more about the cosmos. Highly recommend this episode for anyone interested in the universe.
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Bob Lazar is a physicist who worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, and also on reverse engineering extraterrestrial technology at a site called S-4 near the Area 51 Groom Lake operating location. Jeremy Corbell is a contemporary artist and documentary filmmaker. Watch the documentary "Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers" now streaming on Netflix.
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Reginald The Great

I don't know what to make of this episode other than that it is fascinating. Tons of really interesting insights on aliens and the government. That said, go in with a critical mind as the line between fact and conspiracy seem a bit blurry.
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Megan Phelps-Roper is a social media activist, lobbying to overcome divisions and hatred between religious and political divides. Formerly a prominent member of the Westboro Baptist Church, she left the church with her sister Grace in November 2012.
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Reginald The Great

Megan Phelps-Roper was a member of the Westboro Baptist Church, but she left. She sat down with Joe and over 2 and a half hours they went in-depth about the experience and what it was like to be inside the church, and now what it's like to view it from the outside. This is classic JRE where Joe asks every question imaginable and the guest is an open book. One of his best podcast episodes.
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Alex Jones is a radio show host, filmmaker, and writer. Eddie Bravo is a jiujitsu black belt, music producer, and author.
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Reginald The Great

I'll admit this is purely a train wreck podcast, but it's a ton of fun to look inside the insane mind of Alex Jones. People criticize Joe Rogan for talking with Alex Jones and giving him a platform but without us normies listening to his crazy ideas, who would call him out on his crazy ideas.
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Jack Dorsey is a computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur who is co-founder and CEO of Twitter, and founder and CEO of Square, a mobile payments company. Vijaya Gadde serves as the global lead for legal, policy, and trust and safety at Twitter. Tim Pool is an independent journalist. His work can currently be found at http://timcast.com
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Reginald The Great

It's not often that a social media CEO will sit with someone and withstand a barrage of really tough, pointed questions. Jack Dorsey and Vijaya Gadde do there best to answer Tim Pool's questions while Joe Rogan does his best to keep everyone civil and cut through the BS. Extremely interesting podcast.
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Mike Tyson is the former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion of the world. Check out his new podcast called "Hotboxin' with Mike Tyson" on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdtNjOwfQpgVK0FyOeLyzrg
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Reginald The Great

This episode made me realize that Mike Tyson is actually pretty smart. Joe does a good job of asking about the really interesting parts of Tyson's past, while also allowing him space to reflect on what it all means. Also, there's a fair bit of WTF, which is nice.
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Kevin Hart is a comedian, actor and producer. His new stand up special "Kevin Hart: Irresponsible" is now streaming on Netflix.
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Reginald The Great

Is enthusiasm contagious? Yes, and Kevin Hart is the proof. This episode really let's you get to know who Kevin Hart is and in the long-form nature of JRE, you get to know why he does what he does. It ends up being a breakdown of a man who sees his success as the opportunity to do more. And that's pretty cool. Plus he's funny.
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Jordan Peterson is a clinical psychologist and tenured professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. You can check out all Dr. Peterson's self-improvement writing programs at www.selfauthoring.com Bret Weinstein is a biology professor at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. Currently he is in the middle of an intense controversy that has been documented by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and several other mainstream media outlets. Sign up for a free crash course on Evolutionary Thinking at http://bretweinstein.net/early
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Reginald The Great

My brain can hardly process everything talked about in this episode as Jordan Peterson and Bret Weinstein are almost too smart for their own good. Whether or not you agree with everything from the Intellectual Dark Web, it's fascinating to hear their ideas put out on the table for all to critique. One of the smartest episodes of JRE.
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David Goggins is a retired Navy SEAL and former USAF Tactical Air Control Party member who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is an ultramarathon runner, ultra-distance cyclist, triathlete and world record holder for the most pull-ups done in 24 hours.
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Reginald The Great

This is why I love the Joe Rogan Experience. He has guests on who are just plain fascinating. David Goggins talks about being a Navy SEAL, being in war, and being an endurance athlete. I appreciate Rogan's ability to talk intelligently about all of these on his show. Worth a listen!
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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. Check out his book "" on Amazon.
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Reginald The Great

A podcast about sleep that's actually riveting? That's JRE. Fantastic episode and the guest does a great job of explaining everything.
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Ben Shapiro is editor-in-chief of the Daily Wire, syndicated columnist, and host of "The Ben Shapiro Show" is available on SoundCloud and iTunes.
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Reginald The Great

This is a great interview because it breaks down a lot of preconceptions. Shapiro is a controversial figure for sure, but given the opportunity to tell Joe Rogan the motivation behind his philosophies, is really interesting.
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Andrew Yang is an American entrepreneur, the founder of Venture for America, and a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.
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Reginald The Great

Andrew Yang always came across as distant to me, especially as a presidential candidate. But this conversation with Joe Rogan took down those barriers and made Yang seem like a much more approachable guy. I don't necessarily agree with his ideas, but their chat was entertaining. Nice to see some other sides of Yang.
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Bill Burr is a standup comedian and also hosts his own podcast called "The Monday Morning Podcast". Season 2 of his show "F Is For Family" is available now on Netflix.
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Reginald The Great

In this episode, Bill trails off into some rabbit holes which are actually better than some of his scripted content on his podcasts. He shows off his mastery of spontaneous pop-culture allusions and effortless sarcasm. While Joe and Bill offer a surprisingly evocative analysis of a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting, their conversation is hard to take too seriously given that they both sport matching bald heads.
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Russell Brand is an English comedian, actor, radio host, author, and activist. His new book “Mentors” is available now, and his podcast called “Under The Skin” is available on Luminary.
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Reginald The Great

I was surprised by this episode. I'm not a fan of Russell Brand but I gave it a chance because I like Joe Rogan. While things did definitely get "out there" I was pleasantly surprised by the insight Joe got out of Brand. Some funny bits too.
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Graham Hancock is an English author and journalist, well known for books such as “Fingerprints Of The Gods” & “Magicians of the Gods”. His new book "America Before" comes on out April 23.
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Reginald The Great

Some genuine moments here with Hancock and Rogan. Hancock has some stirring observations, but could use a refresher on geopolitics.
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Lance Armstrong is an American former professional road racing cyclist and 7-time winner of the Tour de France.
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Reginald The Great

Whatever your opinion is regarding performance enhancing drugs, Armstrong's accomplishments are legendary. I like this episode because Joe Rogan gives him the space to justify his decisions to the audience.
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Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator. 
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Reginald The Great

This episode is everything great about JRE. Neil deGrasses Tyson discusses all things space and astrophysics and Rogan plies him with all the questions we might be too intimidated to ask.
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Macaulay Culkin is an actor and musician. He recently started a website called BunnyEars.com - https://bunnyears.com - and also a podcast available on iTunes.
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Reginald The Great

It was interesting watching the dynamic between Macaulay Culkin and Joe Rogan. While they discuss fighting and Culkin's special someone, there does seem to be an elephant in the room. I got a kick out of Culkin's website, which has some pretty hilarious articles.
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Jordan Peterson is a clinical psychologist and tenured professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. All Dr. Peterson's self-improvement writing programs at  20% off for Rogan listeners until June: code joerogan   Dr. Peterson's YouTube channel:   Support Dr. Peterson's work at 
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Reginald The Great

Jordan Peterson is one of the most popular guests on the JRE podcast. His story is very moving. I can see why he connects so well with a younger audience.
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Jocko Willink is a decorated retired Navy SEAL officer, author of the book Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win, and co-founder of Echelon Front, where he is a leadership instructor, speaker, and executive coach. His podcast, The Jocko Podcast, is also available for download via iTunes & Stitcher.
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Reginald The Great

Wow, this fellow is not messing around. Jocko is absolute dynamite. If you were looking for a kick in the pants to get yourself in line, this is it. I hope Rogan has him back on the podcast soon.
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Paul Stamets is a mycologist, author and advocate of bioremediation and medicinal fungi. Check out
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Reginald The Great

In this episode, Joe Rogan and Paul Stamets gab about all the things you didn't know you needed to know about mushrooms. I was waiting for Rogan to ask about DMT, and he did not disappoint!
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Tim Pool is an independent journalist. His work can currently be found at http://timcast.com and on his YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG749Dj4V2fKa143f8sE60Q
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Reginald The Great

Tim Pool comes off as a genuinely honest guy and shares his predictions about censorship. Pool and Rogan question reality and even debate the authenticity of the lunar landing.
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Alex Berenson is a former reporter for The New York Times and the author of several thriller novels and a book on corporate financial filings. His new book "Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence" is available now via Amazon. Dr. Michael Hart is the founder and medical director of Readytogo clinic, a medical cannabis clinic in London, Ontario, Canada.
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Reginald The Great

Wow, this was the debate we were waiting for on the JRE. Alex Berenson and Dr. Michael Hart go head to head in this episode, but the fight seems skewed in favor of Dr. Hart and his credentials.
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Anthony Bourdain, Brian Redban – Date Recorded – 09/11/2011
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Reginald The Great

This is classic Anthony Bourdain. Just a guy you want to have a beer with and that's what this episode feels like. Hard to believe he's gone and hard to believe this episode was so long ago. Joe's back catalogue is so deep.
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