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The 8 Smartest Guests on 'The Joe Rogan Experience'

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Ask any modern intellectual what podcasts they’re listening to, and The Joe Rogan Experience might be in their top five. The audio and video show, launched by the multi-hyphenate comedian and media personality in 2009, is lauded by listeners (around 16 million a month) for providing a thought-provoking forum for all sorts of ideas and conversations you definitely won’t find on any local TV stations. 

 

With over 1,300 episodes recorded to date, Joe Rogan has proven himself a particularly insightful and prolific interviewer. But it’s his wide range of guests, from the worlds of science, sports, politics, technology and more, that really drives each podcast. And whoa, has this guy had some major players on his show, including some of the smartest minds of today. Being funny and entertaining is one thing, but when it comes to The Joe Rogan Experience, the best episodes combine the two with some serious scholarly discussions. 

 

If you’re looking for a cheat sheet of where to start, scroll down for eight of the podcast’s smartest guests.

1. Elon Musk

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Elon Musk needs no introduction. The entrepreneur, engineer and founder and CEO of innovative companies like SpaceX and Tesla is surely one of the smartest people to ever grace Rogan’s recording studio, but his appearance on the podcast has gone down in history, thanks to his puff-puff pass of a particular plant. That viral moment aside, Musk talks everything from electric cars to the rapid advancement of artificial intelligence on this must-listen episode.

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2. Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Legendary astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and science personality Neil deGrasse Tyson, who can usually blow our minds in a single sentence about the universe, has appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience multiple times, where conversations usually focus on space travel, sci-fi films and cosmic phenomena.

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3. Sam Harris

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Another recurring guest on the podcast is Sam Harris, a neuroscientist, philosopher and bestselling author who explores subject matter like ethics, free will, politics and religion. He’s also a huge proponent of mindful meditation and even has his own meditation app.

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4. Dr. Rhonda Patrick

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If you’re interested in health, nutrition and the metabolic processes of the human body, episodes featuring Dr. Rhonda Patrick should be on your to-listen list. The biomedical expert shares some incredible knowledge on the links between diet and health on JRE. If you think you’ve been doing the whole healthy-eating thing right, you might be surprised after hearing what she has to say.

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5. Brian Cox

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English physicist Brian Cox is known for bringing science to the masses by hosting multiple programs in the U.K. and writing popular science books, including Why Does E=mc²? and The Quantum Universe. He’s pretty much the real-life version of a character on The Big Bang Theory (sans the social awkwardness). Cox has been a guest a few times, during which he expertly explains, in layman’s terms, everything from the shape of the universe to the—brace yourself—meaning of life. Whew.

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6. Tim Ferriss

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Looking for some serious life hacks? You’ll want to know Tim Ferriss. The entrepreneur rose to prominence after publishing the self-improvement book The 4-Hour Workweek, which focuses on the philosophy of lifestyle design and highlights some of the secrets of his success. On one of the earlier episodes of JRE, he talks about personal development, his morning routine and the importance of meditation in his life.

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7. Eric Weinstein

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Mathematical physicist, economist and investment pro Eric Weinstein is a big name among the business-minded. We mean, Peter Thiel hired him as the director of Thiel Capital, so you know this guy knows what he’s talking about. One of the coolest things he explains on JRE is Gauge Theory, the major link between physics and economics. Who knew?

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8. Naval Ravikant

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A ton of Silicon Valley startups can thank Naval Ravikant for their capital. The serial entrepreneur and ingenious business thinker co-founded AngelList, a platform that easily matches angel investors and startups, as well as job seekers looking for positions and openings. In his appearance on the podcast, Ravikant explores the philosophy of entrepreneurship and says that anyone in the world can be wealthy. Inspiring, to say the least.

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