The Joe Rogan Experience (partially lost episodes of YouTube/Spotify podcast; 2009-present)

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Logo of the podcast.

Status: Partially Lost

The Joe Rogan Experience is a popular podcast hosted by Ultimate Fighting Championship color commentator, comedian, actor, and former television presenter Joe Rogan,[1] of which began on YouTube in 2009,[2] before becoming an exclusive to the streaming service Spotify in 2020, as part of a $100 million deal between them and Rogan.[3]

The podcast is very popular across the world, racking up an average listenership of 11 million listeners per episode,[4] all the while the name itself of the show is ubiquitous with popular podcasts. The pop culture site WhatCulture described the podcast as a "legitimate titan of alternative media", due to the variety of viewpoints and guests that regularly appear on his shows.[5]

However, despite this, several episodes of the show, many of which were controversial, either because of the guest or specific involved, or a case of both, of which are inaccessible through Spotify. Many of them were removed from the library of episodes following the Spotify transfer in 2020,[6] but many others started to be removed in early 2022,[7] in response to an effort to remove the entire podcast from Spotify itself due to alleged coronavirus misinformation being propagated in the show, spearheaded by folk singer Neil Young.[8]

While the podcast remains on Spotify, with the company's CEO Daniel Ek stating that he wouldn't remove it, citing that such actions would cause a "slippery slope"[9] - many of the aforementioned episodes are still missing off Spotify, but can be found elsewhere on other platforms, such as Mixcloud, Internet Archive, and YouTube.

Background[edit | edit source]

In between 2009-2020, The Joe Rogan Experience became one of the most, if not the most, popular podcasts in all of that media. His YouTube account alone had racked up 11.9 million subscribers, all the while his most watched interview, that with former Tesla CEO billionaire Elon Musk, of which caused some controversy, as Musk smoked marijuana live during the show,[10] was viewed 51 million times.[11] Much of his fanbase appreciated the wide diverse variety of guests and topics that he covered, from politics to science to pop culture to comedy, among many other topics in the process, not to mention the copious amount of guests he conducted such interviews with.

However, many of his episodes suddenly disappeared as part of his show's transfer to Spotify in 2020, mainly those of right-wing commentators such as VICE co-founder Gavin McInnes and InfoWars head Alex Jones, alongside others such that of comedian Joey Diaz and Mikhaila Peterson, the daughter of Canadian intellectual and political commentator Jordan Peterson. This was speculated as censorship by many, with the likes of Jones banned from Spotify in a broader sense.[12] Others, such as the aforementioned McInnes, accused Rogan of being a "sell out" when it came to free speech, given that Rogan had prided himself as being an absolutist on that issue.[13][14]

Things came to a head in early 2022 meanwhile, as there were numerous attempts to remove Rogan's show from Spotify. The most significant of these was that spearheaded by folk singer Neil Young, of who accused Rogan of pushing misinformation on coronavirus vaccines.[15] In part because of this, and accusations of racism against Rogan as he had previously used racial slurs in previous podcasts,[16] several of them were deleted from Spotify, with 113 episodes going missing in all, according to the website jremissing.com.[17]

While some supported the measure, a good chunk of people, including many right-wing commentators, denounced the efforts to have his podcast removed as an example of left-wing cancel culture (including former US President Donald Trump),[18][19][20] with Fox News host Tucker Carlson going as far as accusing White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki of being a "fascist", as she also supported the measure.[21] Others, such as left-wing commentator Kyle Kulinski (who has previously featured on Rogan several times), blamed Spotify's links with Saudi Arabia for the censorship of his episodes specifically.[22]

Availability[edit | edit source]

Despite Ek's aforementioned promise not to remove Rogan's podcast and Rogan himself apologising for the racial slurs, such efforts by Young and others were cited in getting Spotify to label podcasts of which talked about coronavirus at all, all the while 113 episodes remain missing.

However, several of those episodes still survive, either on Joe Rogan's Mixcloud account in audio form or on YouTube itself, whereby Rogan was allowed to keep some of his favourite episodes as YouTube exclusives. It can be also found unofficially on Internet Archive.

Episode List[edit | edit source]

The following list highlights the list of lost episodes from Spotify, and their current status, in both audio and video form:

# Episode Release Date Status
4 Brian Redban 13 January 2010 Audio: Found

Video: Found

20 Tom Segura 12 May 2010 Audio: Found

Video: Found

21 Brian Redban 18 May 2010 Audio: Found

Video: Found

27 Sam Tripoli 24 June 2010 Audio: Found

Video: Found

42 Tyler Knight 8 September 2010 Audio: Found

Video: Found

48 Brian Redban 13 October 2010 Audio: Found

Video: Found

50 Little Esther 22 October 2010 Audio: Found

Video: Found

55 Duncan Trussell 17 November 2010 Audio: Found

Video: Found

57 Jayson Thibault, Brian Redban 27 November 2010 Found
66 Nick Swardson 29 December 2010 Audio: Found

Video: Found

72 Ari Shaffir 19 January 2011 Audio: Found

Video: Found

75 Sam Tripoli 27 January 2011 Audio: Found

Video: Found

81 Pete Johansson 17 February 2011 Found
82 Dave Foley 22 February 2011 Audio: Found

Video: Found

88 Andy Dick 11 March 2011 Audio: Found

Video: Found

91 Bill Burr 23 March 2011 Audio: Found

Video: Found

92 Jim Norton 23 March 2011 Found
97 Freddy Lockhart, Brian Redban 13 April 2011 Audio: Found

Video: Found

98 Daryl Wright, Brian Whitaker 14 April 2011 Audio: Found

Video: Found

102 John Heffron 28 April 2011 Audio: Found

Video: Found

107 Doug Benson 13 May 2011 Audio: Found

Video: Found

108 Joey Diaz, Brian Redban 31 May 2011 Audio: Found

Video: Found

110 Duncan Trussell 2 June 2011 Audio: Found

Video: Found

112 Cliff Bleszinski, Jon Christofaris 7 June 2011 Audio: Found

Video: Found

113 Brian Posehn 14 June 2011 Audio: Found

Video: Found

114 Neal Brennan 15 June 2011 Audio: Found

Video: Found

116 Russell Peters, Junior Simpson 22 June 2011 Audio: Found

Video: Found

118 Ari Shaffir 30 June 2011 Audio: Found

Video: Found

119 Jan Irvin 6 July 2011 Audio: Found

Video: Found

122 Jamie Kilstein 20 July 2011 Audio: Found

Video: Found

128 Joey Diaz, Brian Redban 10 August 2011 Audio: Found

Video: Found

132 Bert Kreischer 23 August 2011 Audio: Found

Video: Found

134 Kevin Smith (Part 4) 2 September 2011 Found
149 Live from the Icehouse (Part 1) 22 October 2011 Found
152 Brian Redban 28 October 2011 Audio: Found

Video: Found

155 Dave Attell 9 November 2011 Audio: Found

Video: Found

159 Nick Thune 23 November 2011 Audio: Found

Video: Found

176 Steven Rinella 17 January 2011 Audio: Found

Video: Found

182 Bryan Callen, Jimmy Burke, Brian Redban 7 Feburary 2012 Found
198 Brody Stevens 22 March 2012 Audio: Found

Video: Found

213 Eddie Bravo 8 May 2012 Audio: Found

Video: Found

227 Ari Shaffir 12 June 2012 Audio: Found

Video: Found

232 Giorgio Tsoukalos 27 June 2012 Audio: Found

Video: Found

239 Adam Kokesh 12 July 2012 Audio: Found

Video: Found

246 Maynard J. Keenan 27 July 2012 Audio: Found

Video: Found (Part 1), Found (Part 2)

256 David Seaman 28 August 2012 Audio: Found

Video: Found

275 Dave Asprey 16 October 2012 Audio: Found

Video: Found

276 David Seaman, Abby Martin, Dell Cameron 17 October 2012 Audio: Found

Video: Found

294 Ari Shaffir 7 December 2012 Audio: Found

Video: Found

303 Matt Vengrin, Brian Redban 27 December 2012 Audio: Found

Video: Found

314 Ian Edwards 17 January 2013 Audio: Found

Video: Found

320 Tim Ferriss 29 January 2013 Audio: Found

Video: Found

324 Sam Sheridan 18 February 2013 Audio: Found

Video: Found

331 Dr. Steven Greer 3 March 2013 Audio: Found

Video: Found

340 JD Kelley 20 March 2013 Audio: Found

Video: Found

344 Stanley Krippner, Christopher Ryan 31 March 2013 Audio: Found

Video: Found

349 Greg Fitzsimmons 17 April 2013 Audio: Found

Video: Found

354 Ari Shaffir, Amy Schumer 1 May 2013 Audio: Found

Video: Found

358 Bert Kreischer 13 May 2013 Audio: Found

Video: Found

361 Dave Asprey, Tait Fletcher 27 May 2013 Audio: Found

Video: Found

368 David Seaman 20 June 2013 Audio: Found

Video: Found

374 Marc Marcon 16 July 2013 Audio: Found

Video: Found

375 Shane Smith 17 July 2013 Audio: Found

Video: Found

411 Dave Asprey 5 November 2013 Audio: Found

Video: Found

441 Brian Dunning 15 January 2014 Audio: Found

Video: Found

443 Neal Brennan 21 January 2014 Audio: Found

Video: Found

454 War Machine 12 February 2014 Audio: Found

Video: Found

461 David Seaman 25 February 2014 Audio: Found

Video: Found

463 Louis Theroux 4 March 2014 Audio: Found

Video: Found

487 David Seaman 16 April 2014 Audio: Found

Video: Found

488 Iliza Shlesinger 22 April 2014 Found
506 Moshe Kasher 26 May 2014 Found
512 Dan Savage 16 June 2014 Found
520 David Seaman 8 July 2014 Audio: Found

Video: Found

525 Bert Kreischer 22 July 2014 Found
533 Chris D'elia 11 August 2014 Audio: Found

Video: Found

537 Rich Vos 21 August 2014 Found
538 Stefan Molyneux 21 August 2014 Audio: Found

Video: Found

570 Ryan Parsons 30 October 2014 Found
582 David Seaman 3 December 2014 Audio: Found

Video: Found

594 Russell Peters 31 December 2014 Found
640 Charles C. Johnson 28 April 2015 Audio: Found
664 Tom Segura & Christina Pazsitzky 24 June 2015 Audio: Found

Video: Found

674 Brian Redban 28 July 2015 Found
702 Milo Yiannopoulos 1 October 2015 Audio: Found

Video: Found

710 Gavin McInnes 19 October 2015 Audio: Found

Video: Found

742 Aubrey Marcus 4 January 2016 Found
746 T. J. Kirk 13 January 2016 Found
750 Kip Anderson, Keegan Kuhn 22 January 2016 Audio: Found

Video: Found

810 Big Jay Oakerson 16 June 2016 Audio: Found

Video: Found

820 Milo Yiannopoulos 3 July 2016 Audio: Found

Video: Found

911 Alex Jones, Eddie Bravo 2 February 2017 Audio: Found

Video: Found

912 Pete Holmes 6 February 2017 Audio: Found

Video: Found

920 Gavin McInnes 23 February 2017 Audio: Found

Video: Found

925 Theo Von 1 March 2017 Audio: Found

Video: Found

963 Michael Malice 24 May 2017 Audio: Found

Video: Found

979 Sargon of Akkad 26 June 2017 Audio: Found

Video: Found

980 Chris D'Elia 27 June 2017 Audio: Found

Video: Found

998 Owen Benjamin 16 August 2017 Audio: Found

Video: Found

1033 Owen Benjamin 2 November 2017 Audio: Found

Video: Found

1036 Ari Shaffir, Bert Kreischer & Tom Segura 8 November 2017 Audio: Found

Video: Found

1093 Owen Benjamin, Kurt Metzger 19 March 2018 Audio: Found

Video: Found

1103 Tom Segura 13 April 2018 Audio: Found

Video: Found

1141 Theo Von 6 July 2018 Audio: Found

Video: Found

1187 Kyle Kulinski 24 October 2018 Audio: Found

Video: Found

1197 Michael Malice 8 November 2018 Audio: Found

Video: Found

1206 Mike Ward & Pantelis 22 November 2018 Audio: Found

Video: Found

1218 Gad Saad 20 December 2018 Audio: Found

Video: Found

1255 Alex Jones Returns! 28 February 2019 Audio: Found

Video: Found

1458 Chris D'Elia 15 May 2020 Audio: Found

Video: Found

N/A Fight Companion 10 May 2014 - May 16 2020 Found
N/A MMA Show November 17 2017 - May 7 2020 Found

References[edit | edit source]