The 10 Best Joe Rogan Podcast Episodes
The Joe Rogan Experience podcast is one of the most fascinating and enlightening podcasts on the Internet. Joe’s forays into the paranormal, otherworldly and metaphysical are sometimes genuinely thought-provoking, and his guests range from famous comedians, to dishevelled journalists, to renowned scientists. We list our ten best episodes of the Joe Rogan Experience.
I was finally turned on to the Joe Rogan Experience podcast in late 2010, initially skeptical about the show, despite the insistence of friends who assured me the podcast was a trip into the surreal and mind expanding. I stubbornly refused to heed their advice, my preconceived notions about Joe Rogan leading me to believe the show would be nothing more than a TV show host’s cynical attempt at expanding his audience and promoting his products.
Completely unaware of what was about to unfold before me, I finally downloaded the show – and was utterly blown away. Rather than listening to a TV has-been ramble about Fear Factor other assorted gigs, I was listening to a show that explored the possibility of a multiverse, discussed the merits of simulation theory, and gave guidance on how to get through the many pitfalls of modern life as a male and how not to be a douchebag. It was a revelation, an eye-opener that really changed my perspective on the world in a lot of ways.
Without further ado, then, let’s get into our Ten Best Joe Rogan Podcast Episodes. Let us know if you agree or disagree with our choices, and enjoy!
JRE #142 – Graham Hancock, Duncan Trussell
This episode goes down in JRE folklore as one of the episodes that helped launch the show into the stratosphere of the mainstream. Duncan Trussell, Joe’s friend and fellow comedian, is one of the most interesting and vivid guys on the planet to listen to, combined with the unique spin on history provided by British history buff and researcher Graham Hancock, and you get an episode full of fascinating discussion on the use of psychedelics throughout history, and how their use may have changed the course of human civilization itself.
JRE #128 – Joey Diaz
This episode is one of the all-time classics. Long time JRE listeners will remember fondly Joey Diaz’s hilarious rantings throughout the show at Joe for not providing him with high quality weed. ‘If you make me drive 40 minutes all the way up here, you gotta get me stoned, bro. Look at my fucking eyes? Do I look high to you? I had to smoke some of my own on the way, cause I knew you were gonna give me that fuckin’ sasquahanna weed!’
JRE #289 – Shane Smith
VICE magazine founder Shane Smith is one of the most interesting guests to ever appear on the Joe Rogan Experience. His travels to some of the most dangerous places on Earth, such as Pakistan, North Korea, and Liberia, are revealed in astonishing detail to a bewildered Joe.
JRE #216 – Chael Sonnen
No discussions of interdimensional travel or simulation theory here, but this episode nonetheless remains a classic, with Chael Sonnen, the middleweight and light heavyweight UFC fighter on the show and being remarkably candid about his life, childhood, and much-publicized fued with the world’s no.1 MMA fighter, Anderson Silva.
JRE #183 – Jason Silva
Jason Silva is a renowned futurist, public speaker and Internet celebrity, and his first visitation to the Joe Rogan podcast provides some truly gripping talking points. Silva ambles into territory such as the philosophical implications of tinkering with our biology, humans merging with technology and how we can overcome our biological limitations.
JRE #293 – Cara Santa Maria
Noted author in the field of neuroscience, Cara Santa Maria easily ranks as one of Joe’s most interesting guests, bringing up a wide range of topical discussion points such as drugs, genetically modified foods and organisms, and neuroscience (of course).
JRE #156 – Duncan Trussell
Yep, he’s on the list again. Duncan Trussell, who, by the way, has his own podcast,
sits down with Joe to discuss how meditation can tune you into a higher plane of consciousness, the ideologies and merits of ancient religions and cultures, and how they are sometimes misinterpreted in today’s literal society.
JRE #356 – Dan Hardy
Dan Hardy, the British welterweight UFC/MMA fighter, proves a surprisingly salient guest on the JRE and helps deliver one of the better recent episodes of the podcast. His revealing and deeply personal monologue about why he’s considering retirement as a fighter, and how psychedelics changed his perspective on life forever is essential listening.
JRE #167 – Aubrey Marcus
Aubrey Marcus, Joe’s business partner in the health and personal performance-boosting venture, Onnit, is also an avid purveyor of psychedelics and a noted astral traveler, and his frequent appearances on the show provide some of the highlights of the series, particularly this episode, where he details his trip to the Amazon jungle to engage in an Ayahuasca ritual – the most potent psychedelic substance known to man. One of his quotes from that episode: “There’s something particular about the DMT molecule that I’m convinced is transcendiary, that causes you to travel to different dimensions.”
JRE #145 – Bert Kreischer
Bert ‘The Machine’ Kreischer, the hard drinking and hard partying comedian who was the inspiration for the Ryan Reynolds film ‘Van Wilder’, is one of the funniest guests on the Joe Rogan podcast, describing in vivid detail his exploits in Russia as a young man and how he earned his moniker, The Machine.