The Joe Rogan Podcast
I know I have said this now for several years running, however, it is as true this year as ever before: 2019 has been another brilliant year for The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast.
While we still have several months and more episodes to come from Joe Rogan’s podcast in 2019, the time is right to pay tribute to another stellar year from Joe and his guests.
Joe’s channel on YouTube has now exceeded 6 million subscribers. It is mind-blowing to think of the sheer size of the audience he has amassed.
He has now produced and published over 1,300 episodes, not including his MMA specific shows, chocked full of spirited dialogue and debate on a diverse and wide range of topics like the cosmos, politics, wellness, fulfillment from life and just about anything else you can imagine.
While Joe is a comedian at heart, it has always been his attempts to deconstruct life or unpack current social issues with an open mind and guests with different perspectives that have always most attracted me to his show.
There have been many moments on the JRE podcast that have sparked some considerable changes in my own life. My dietary strategies, my pursuit of happiness in life, and the way I tend to personal relationships have all been shaped by Joe and his guests.
It is not being overblown or playing up to a heightened sense of drama to state that Joe Rogan and his podcast are helping to shape lives and improve upon the discourse in our society.
The interesting format twist of introducing “debates” into his podcast is a welcomed change of pace from the standard one on one interview and something I personally hope to see more of from the show in the future.
We need modeling in our society for a healthy and constructive manner of debate and we clearly can not turn to politicians or business tycoons to set the example.
Joe has organically taken up the cause of improving our civil discourse and we the audience are more informed as a result while being thoroughly entertained.
Now, let us take a look back at 2019 which has been a brilliant year for Joe and his diverse and intriguing array of guests.
These are the 17 Best Episodes of The Joe Rogan Podcast From 2019:
1. Joe Rogan Experience #1315 - Bob Lazar & Jeremy Corbell
Bob Lazar is a physicist who claims to have worked on covert operations within area 51 that was focused on reverse engineering alien technology taken from extraterrestrial spaceships that the United States government possessed.
Appearing alongside Bob is documentary filmmaker Jeremy Corbell who produced a film about Bob that is available on Netflix. This episode and Bob’s story are absolutely enthralling and clearly deserving of the #1 spot on this feature.
2. Joe Rogan Experience #1255 - Alex Jones Returns!
This episode almost broke the internet. We are talking 4+ hours of “bat sh*t” banana lands here.
I am certain many folks will kick and scream in protest that this did not pull down the #1 spot on our feature but to me, the potential implications of Bob Lazar’s story for humanity and our universe could not be overshadowed by raging lunacy.
That being said, raging lunacy from Alex Jones can sure be one heck of a spectacle to sit back and get immersed in for the sheer entertainment value. Enjoy!
3. Joe Rogan Experience #1227 - Mike Tyson
Iron Mike. Was there ever any other athlete that reached the height of pop culture icon like Mike Tyson did?
What an introspective, self-aware, and fascinating man that Mike Tyson has evolved to become in his life journey. This episode is just awesome.
4. Joe Rogan Experience #1330 - Bernie Sanders
Senator and current Democratic candidate for President Bernie Sanders spent some time with Joe to discuss all things surrounding our country and the current political climate.
Rogan has since commented that many people have mentioned to him that this was their first opportunity to truly get to know Bernie and what he stands for as opposed to previously being exposed only to sound bites and clips of Bernie yelling at stump speeches.
5. Joe Rogan Experience #1276 - Ben Shapiro
I will acknowledge I had held some preconceived notions of Shapiro just from headlines and soundbites. While I disagree with many of his stances in politics and life, I found him thoughtful and reasonable in this discussion with Joe.
This is a prime example of Joe’s podcast allowing me the chance to hear someone’s perspective in an uninterrupted manner to at the very least understand why they hold differing views from myself when we are in disagreement.
6. Joe Rogan Experience #1306 - Wiz Khalifa
Wiz Khalifa is a modern-day hip hop icon who probably needs no further introduction. Khalifa claims he smokes an ounce of weed per day during his chat with Rogan. An ounce per day? How is this dude even walking and talking?
7. Joe Rogan Experience #1284 - Graham Hancock
Author and ancient civilization theorist Graham Hancock is always one of the more compelling guests to grace Joe’s studio. I can get lost in the thoughts and pictures that Hancock paints of advanced civilizations extending further back than modern history has ever even believed possible.
8. Joe Rogan Experience #1283 - Russell Brand
Russell Brand is an accomplished comedian, actor, author and more but I am most drawn to him through his philosophies on consciousness and recovery. The chemistry he shares with Joe is special and I could sit and listen to these two converse about life for days on end.
9. Joe Rogan Experience #1309 - Naval Ravikant
Naval Ravikant is an entrepreneur and investor with some highly interesting perspective on happiness and the ways in which we should attempt to achieve fulfillment in life. There are some great gems of wisdom that get dropped in this episode.
10. Joe Rogan Experience #1299 - Annie Jacobsen
Annie Jacobsen is an investigative journalist and author. If you are into conspiracy theories and especially fascinated by the CIA and covert operations, this is your episode. A wild conversation here unpacking some deep and dark crevices of our government.
11. Joe Rogan Experience #1313 - Duncan Trussell
Anytime he appears you are sure to get thought-provoking conversations on life, happiness, consciousness, and other far-ranging topics.
12. Joe Rogan Experience #1258 - Jack Dorsey, Vijaya Gadde & Tim Pool
Joe makes some powerful use of his platform in gathering the CEO and Global Lead of policy, trust, and safety from Twitter in the same room with an activist journalist Tim Pool who has some significant concerns and challenges for the Twitter leadership.
I can not imagine this style of constructive and respectful confrontation taking place in any other format or media other than Joe’s podcast.
13. Joe Rogan Experience #1310 - Sober October 2019 Preview
Whenever Joe gets together with his best comedic buds there are good times bound to be had.
This crew is fun and hilarious and Sober October has become a favored annual ritual for the Rogan faithful to bear witness to.
14. Joe Rogan Experience #1254 - Dr. Phil
I must acknowledge I never thought that highly of Dr. Phil in the past but this episode with Joe turned my opinion a good bit.
Mental health is an issue I personally care about and champion and Dr. Phil came across as a genuine and caring guy in this conversation with Joe.
15. Joe Rogan Experience #1302 - Ed Calderon
Ed Calderon is a security specialist with extensive knowledge and experience in dealing with the Mexican Drug Cartels. This is a glimpse into a world we often hear about through shocking headlines but rarely through firsthand knowledge in a long-form conversation.
16. Joe Rogan Experience #1340 - John Nores
This episode encapsulates everything I love about Rogan’s podcast. At a quick glance at John Nores’ job title as a game warden, I might typically skip past the episode and prejudge the contents as potentially boring or uninteresting to me.
Thankfully, I heard Rogan mentioned before that this guy was no ordinary game warden who is just checking fishing licenses all day.
John Nores has battled LA gang members poaching wildlife and more recently Mexican cartel members doing illegal cannabis grow operations on the massive lands of public parks.
This episode is the best of what Rogan offers.
17. Joe Rogan Experience #1337 - Dan Crenshaw
Dan Crenshaw is a former Navy Seal and a current Republican U.S. Representative. As an admitted left-leaning person myself, I appreciated the time spent getting to know Crenshaw and getting to hear his take on current issues, especially foreign policy.
We should seek a diversity of opinions in our daily lives. We should welcome the perspectives of other people who have wildly varying life experiences from us.
This is not to suggest we should agree with every concept or philosophy put forth on a podcast show, but seeking to at least understand where someone is coming from is a significant step towards healing the cracks in our society that seem to be growing deeper and more divisive by the day.
Our society is hyper-polarized today and we all tend to stay huddled and amassed within our own “tribes” and consuming news and information from our tribal echo chambers.
We must find a way to break these patterns and at the very least seek to understand others and respect their right to a different opinion.
Controversy For Rogan
Rogan has been catching some heat online these days for some of the guests he has been bringing onto his podcast. He has been getting labeled an alt-right sympathizer which strikes me as the epitome of insanity.
Anyone who spends any amount of time listening to Joe’s views and values in life knows he disagrees heartily with much of what even traditional conservative orthodoxy preaches, let alone the nefarious alt-right offshoot of conservatism.
As an avid hunter, Joe is conservative when it comes to gun ownership rights, but beyond that specific issue, he is fairly liberal and progressive.
What Joe does firmly believe in is providing a platform for differing opinions and perspectives and engaging with people in long-form, open-aired conversations.
I am incredibly grateful for Joe’s approach to booking guests on his show as I personally tend to lean left with my politics and admittedly probably spend too much time immersed in left-leaning cable news outlets.
When we are open to listening and hearing from other people’s perspectives an interesting thing tends to happen, we find bits of commonality and regain the appreciation that the majority of us are just human beings trying to make our way in the world.
When we get beyond hyperbole and bombastic sound bites and allow for true dialogue to take place, without agendas and interruptions, we tend to seek and miraculously find some common ground.
If we happen to fall short of finding even a sliver of shared values, the hope is we can at least recognize the humanity in each other and respect each other’s right to hold a differing opinion.
The Benefits Of Independence
Joe Rogan has built his online empire in a way that is often envied but difficult in pulling off and that is by remaining 100% independent in his podcast production and distribution.
Rogan has mentioned the offers he receives for obscene amounts of money to move his show to this platform or that but in the end, he remains steadfast in his desire to be the sole captain of his ship.
He has never once had to compromise his artistic vision or integrity to the whims or pressure of big business or investors.
Rogan has always channeled his focus on the show itself and especially the conversations, allowing the dialogue with his guests to be the driving force that compels him to be as prolific as ever with a constant output of multiple shows per week often clocking in over 3 hours per show.
He was innately aware at the start of his show that if his approach and intentions were pure in the pursuit of his podcast, focusing solely on the art and joy of conversations with intriguing people, everything else from an audience and monetization standpoint could organically fall into place.
I would imagine his years spent working tirelessly as a burgeoning standup comedian forged his ethos of focusing on your craft first and doggedly relying only on yourself for growth.
It is a value system that transferred well into his podcasting endeavors and has allowed him to amass one of the most commercially and critically acclaimed podcasts in the history of the format, all 100% within his own creative control.
We the audience, benefit mightily from Joe’s persistence and insistence of staying the course as an independent entity.
Rogan’s Varied Interests
Podcasts have exploded over recent years. There seems to be a show available to fit anyone’s interest from the broadest of ranging topics to the most narrow of niches.
To me, there is no one creating better podcast content than Joe Rogan. He is a prolific producer of shows and the guests and discussions are consistently captivating.
Joe made his bones as a comedian and stays active with a robust standup career, but also has professional and personal involvement in a variety of different interests. Some of those interests include commentating for the UFC, hunting, and owning a stake in Onnit, an online earth-based supplementation company.
The guests on Joe’s podcast are reflective of his varying interests. The conversations are free to go anywhere, though, regardless of the guest’s connection to Joe or the industry they represent.
As a diehard Joe Rogan Experience fan, I have learned to never judge the merit of an episode based on the industry the guest hails from or the topic I may prejudge they are there to speak about.
Almost all guests and discussions on Joe’s podcast bring about some form of enlightenment for me and allow me the chance to hear from a variety of people in a truly unfiltered and unfettered manner.
Joe is a truly curious human being and his genuine curiosity attracts highly respected and accomplished people from all walks of life who arrive in Joe’s studio ready to engage in a thoughtful and long-form discussion.
Top Of The Podcast Game
The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast has become a favored form of entertainment for me. Ironically enough, the comedy and laughs are probably the least of what continually pulls me back to the show.
There are some quality laughs to be had for sure, but the show has provided such a greater and deeper value to my life.
Joe Rogan seems like a good guy whose basic tenets in life are grounded in the concepts of treating people well and working hard. Everything he believes in and does seem to flow from those two principles.
He lives these values through his professions he pursues and he exemplifies them daily in the conversations he shares with his frequent flow of guests in and out of his studio. Joe does not agree with all the stances his guests take but he treats them with respect and seeks to understand, at the very least.
That is an approach we could all benefit from by incorporating into our daily routines in life.
Previous Joe Rogan Podcast Features
If you are new to viewing The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast it can appear to be daunting to get started with the 1,300+ episodes of his back catalog.
To get you caught up, check out our 17 Best Guests feature which focuses on his absolute best guests throughout the history of his show.
Also be sure to check out last year’s retrospective, the 21 Best Guests Of The Joe Rogan Podcast from 2018.
Which was your favorite episode from this 2019 list and who did we make a mistake in leaving off? Please comment. We want to hear from you.