LeadershipListening List

The Joe Rogan Experience-Military Edition

By Gabrielle Smith

Joe Rogan is an American TV personality and mixed martial arts enthusiast. In his early days, we knew him as the host of the TV Show named Fear Factor. Today, we know him for his stand-up comedy shows and as one of the UFC’s top sports commentators. Aside from his first two jobs, Joe Rogan also holds the #1 podcast spot on Spotify! He is exclusive to Spotify, and that is where you will find almost 1,700 podcasts recorded to date. Joe Rogan hosts a wide variety of guests, from creative leaders like Elon Musk to government officials such as Christopher Mellon, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense. This podcast includes many episodes with truly inspiring stories. They teach us how to lead people effectively with compassion. Compiled below is a list of episodes with special guests associated with military, government, and leadership-affiliated folks.

Episode #497 & #1117

Guest Tim Kennedy currently serves in the Army National Guard as a Special Forces Operator. He was also a mixed martial artist who has competed in multiple fighting leagues, including Strikeforce and the UFC. He is one of few fighters to fight professionally while serving in the National Guard.  

Episodes #729, #962, #1391, & #1492

Guest Jocko Willink is a former Navy SEAL who also hosts his own podcast, The Jocko Podcast. He has co-authored a few books and co-founded a business named Echelon Front. He is also a leadership instructor & executive coach. 

Episode #1047 & #1247

Andy Stumpf is a former Navy SEAL who served for seventeen years before being medically retired. He was a part of a few different SEAL teams, a SEAL instructor for two years, and he was also commissioned as an officer.  

Episode #1056

Dr. Mark Gordon is the Medical Director of Education at Access Medical Laboratory and a former Green Beret. He co-founded the Warrior Angels Foundation with Andrew Marr. Mr. Marr was also a former Green Beret. He authored the book Tales from the Blast Factory: A Brain Injured Special Forces Green Beret’s Journey Back from the Brink.  

Episode #1212 & #1080

David Goggins is a retired Navy SEAL who initially started out as the United States Air Force Tactical Air Control Party (TACP). He also graduated from Army Ranger School! He is the author of Can’t Hurt Me

Episode #1262

Pat McNamara is a twenty=-two year Army veteran who worked in various special operation units. He is the author of Tactical Application of Practical Shooting, and he currently runs a shooting range as the Cadre at Tactics Marksmanship Adventures Concepts Security (TMACs Inc).   

Episode #1361

David Fravor served twenty-four years in the military, both as an enlisted Marine and as a Navy pilot! He is best known for his account of UFO encounters as a Navy pilot.  

Episode #1363

Dakota Meyer is the author of Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War and the first living Marine to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War! He is now serving as a firefighter.  

photo by Paul Mobley

Episodes #1467 & #1634

Jack Carr is another former Navy SEAL turned author. He has written a few thrillers such as Terminal List, The Devil’s Hand, Savage Son, and True Believer. Terminal List has a TV adaption played by actor Chris Pratt.  

Episode #1546

Evan Hafer and Mat Best are both Special Forces Veterans and owners of Black Rifle Coffee Company (BRCC). They also host their own podcast “Free Range American” alongside BRCC teammates Jarred Taylor and Logan Stark.  

Episode #1630

Dan Crenshaw is a former Navy Seal, currently serves as a congressional representative for Texas, and is the author of Fortitude.  

Episode #1661

Rick Doblin is the founder and Executive Director of non-profit psychedelic research and educational organization, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). Discussed are various therapies used for mental health and, most notably, treatment for veterans/military members with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) via psychedelics. 

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