The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast

The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast was started in December of 2016 and is a collection of interviews, lectures, and Q & A’s. There is some content that has been specifically recorded for this podcast while the rest has been pulled from Peterson’s university courses, public lectures, documentary interviews, and his Youtube channel which has accumulated 1.9 million subscribers and has 65 million views. The podcast offers discussions and information concerning a variety of complex ideas such as: how moral and pragmatic values regulate emotion and motivation, psychometric models, the significance of hero mythology, the meaning of music, and the structure of the world as represented through religion and spiritual belief. In March 2019, the podcast joined the Westwood One network and will feature new episodes with Peterson’s daughter (Mikhaila Peterson) as co-host.

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Things I Like About The Podcast:

  • The podcast is a good mix of lectures, Q & A’s, and interviews.

  • Jordan Peterson is very passionate about what he does and is dedicated to helping people put their lives together through his work.

  • Peterson is a great speaker so all of the lectures and the episodes where he is the one being interviewed are great.

  • The content of the podcasts is very thought provoking and can be really quite profound at times.

  • Jordan Peterson is very honest with his ideas and his speech, he is not afraid to admit when he dose not know something.

  • The podcast tackles serious subject matter with a light touch and a certain degree of humor.

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Things That Aren’t So Great About The Podcast:

  • The guy who curates the podcast is terrible (he gets slightly better as the show goes on, but not much).

  • The audio quality of the interviews isn’t great, a lot are done over Skype and have all of the problems that come with doing that, the others have some funky editing and it can be hard to hear the people being interviewed.

  • Jordan Peterson is not a great interview and he has a tendency to dominate the conversation.

  • The lectures are often recorded in a classroom or a hall and come with a lot of background noise, it can also be difficult to hear the questions from the audience as a result.

  • The content can be quite intellectually dense at times and is definitely not easy listening.

A Little About The Host:

Jordan Peterson is a Canadian clinical psychologist, author, and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. His main areas of study are in abnormal, social, and personality psychology with a particular interest in the psychology of religious and ideological belief and the assessment and improvement of personality and performance. Peterson holds a BA in both political science and psychology, which he received from the University of Alberta, and would go on to earn a PhD in clinical psychology from McGill University. He has taught as an associate professor at Harvard University and has authored or co-authored more than 100 academic papers which have been cited close to 8000 times. Peterson worked as a clinical psychologist until 2017 when he was caught up in a media frenzy over his criticisms of the compelled speech aspects of the Canadian governments bill C-16. He published his first book, Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief, in 1999 which deals with how individuals construct meaning, beliefs, and narritives using ideas from various fields including mythology, religion, and literature. His second book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote for Chaos, was published in 2018 and has topped the charts in Canada, the US, and the UK.

Top 5 Recommended Series:

  1. E04- Religion, Myth, Science, and Truth

  2. E18, 19, 21-30, 33, 35&36- The Psychological Significance of the Biblical Stories

  3. E38- Cathy Newman Interview & Analysis

  4. E47- Warren Farrell- The Absolute Necessity of Fathers

  5. E57 Dr. Oz- Jordan Peterson’s Rules to Live By

3.5 out of 5 Golden Frogs