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.


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.


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

The Drunken Taoist

The Drunken Taoist is a bi-monthly podcast that is hosted by Italian American author and college professor Daniele Bolelli. The podcast was started in 2012 after Bolleli’s appearance on a number of other popular podcasts, such as The Joe Rogan Experiance and Skepticality. One of the monthly episodes features discussions and interviews with one or more guests. The other includes rants, history tidbits, and verbal tai-chi with co-host Rich Evirs. The podcast covers a wide variety of subject matter including religion, politics, sex, martial arts, philosophy, history, current events, family and much more. Basically the show covers whatever makes life intense, passionate, and worth living.

“Fuck pain, fuck heartbreak, I’m still in love with life.”- Daniele Bolelli

What I Like About The Podcast:

  • Having grown up in Italy, Daniele has a unique view on North American culture which is refreshing to hear

  • Daniele has a very healthy attitude towards life and is very candid about his experiences with fatherhood, teaching, and loss.

  • It’s nice to hear the opinions of a couple of “Average Joe’s” on subjects such as life and current events

  • You frequently learn about obscure little stories from history that are both interesting and entertaining

  • True to it’s name, the stance taken on by the podcast on most issues is often nuanced and tend to be more towards the middle

  • The podcast really encourages balance in all aspects of life

  • Explores taboo subject matter such as sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

  • Bolelli’s Italian accent is fun to listen to


Things That Aren’t So Great About The Show:

  • Rich Evirs may be the most annoying co-host on the face of the planet

  • The interview episodes of the podcast can be very underwhelming at times

  • The two of them spend a lot of time reminiscing about the “good old days” and tend to shit all over millennial’s

  • Both hosts are busy individuals and sometimes record a bunch of podcasts all at once, as a result some of the podcasts can be dated by the time they are released

  • Audio quality is not always the greatest

A Little About The Host:

Daniele Bolelli is an Italian American author, university professor, and martial artist based in southern California. Bolelli holds M.A’s in both American Indian Studies and History and he did his postdoctoral research in history at Cardiff University. As a professor, he has taught a wide variety of courses including native american history, Taoist philosophy, ancient roman studies, world religions, and the philosophy of martial arts. He has written several books on the topics of martial arts (On The Warriors Path), Religion ( Create Your Own Religion: A How To Book With Instructions & 50 Things Your Not Supposed to Know: Religion), as well as an autobiographical tail called Not Afraid: On Fear, Heartbreak, Raising a Baby Girl, and Cage Fighting. Daniele has trained in several different styles of martial arts and has both coached and fought professionally in MMA. Bolelli has appeared as a guest on numerous popular podcast and was also included in SPIKE T.V’s documentary I Am Bruce Lee. Also hosts the popular history podcast Hardcore History.

Top 5 Recommended Episodes:

  1. E1- Duncan Trussel: Vampire Hunter

  2. E23- Dan Carlin: The Man Who Can Make History Fun

  3. E35- Tait Flecher, Nothing But Heart

  4. E59- My Friend Mike V on Climbing Out of Hell

  5. E79- Ryan Holiday on Stoicism and Character Building

3.5 out of 5 Golden Frogs