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The Joe Rogan Experience: Animal Agriculture, Food Addicition, Beekeeping, Ecolocation & Other Miscellaneous Musings

By May 5, 2015May 24th, 201912 Comments

With Joe Rogan, you never know where the conversation will lead. That’s what makes his 3-hour+ podcast a fun, unique, and at times exhilarating Vulcan mind meld experience.

Joe and I don’t see eye to eye on many an issue. But once again, I found him open minded and respectful, challenging me when appropriate but not unfair; and more than willing to explore new ideas without undue judgment.

After a 3 hour deep dive, I left his man cave studio grateful for the experience and opportunity. But it’s also my nature to rewind and second guess my responses. Why did I say that? You should have mentioned X, etc. I would have loved a do-over on a few questions, especially my defense of Chinese medicine and my scattered and less than thorough response to the ketosis question (which kicked up a stir from the low carb crowd). And I felt a bit out of my depth on certain things I know little about — like giant anthills, queen bee habits and the intricacies of desalination.

Joe knows how to laser in, and you have to understand that despite my experience as a podcaster, there is a distinct subconscious pressure that accompanies knowing what you say will be heard by a million people (10x the size of my audience) then over analyzed brick by brick on Reddit and Twitter.

That said, I feel good about the interview and I greatly appreciate Joe providing me a generous opportunity to converse on subjects I am passionate about with a juggernaut demographic (14 million downloads per month!) of people likely unfamiliar with my story.

Tune in on iTunes, on his website or by watching the video version above

Thanks again to Joe and his producer Jamie Vernon for an awesome experience.

I sincerely I hope you enjoy the listen and let me know how you think it went in the comments section below.

Peace + Plants,



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  • Mary-Ellen Landry says:

    good for you Rich! I love your humility and transparency… keep being YOU! Looking forward to receiving the Plantpower Way!

  • Tim Sparks says:

    This podcast was quite something I would have to say. Even without the audience numbers and Joes type of audience Joe himself is an intellectual and I can only imagine how it would feel to be in a conversation with him. There are many times I wanted to join in the conversation but… It’s only one way on my end.

    I thought you did a great job at answering questions and as you said Joe did a great job at listening and being open minded as did you. There may have been things you could have said that you didn’t but I always feel this way when matched or exceeded in breadth of topic or knowledge during a conversation.

    I found your conversation extremely informative, enlightening and it was great to see how you interact on the other side of the podcast.

    Loved it.

    *I apologize for any errors this comment was written via iPhone.

  • steve says:

    Rich – I first became aware of you from your first appearance on Joes podcast.

    I am a hunter.

    I enjoy listening to you. I do agree with you on the power of plants etc, I disagree that eating wild meat is bad however.
    I thought you did great and glad joe had you on.

    Going to buy your book as well:)

    Steve in Minnesota


    That podcast was AMAZING!!! I learned so much! Thank you!! I’m gonna follow Joe now too.

  • Buwe says:

    Knowing what you already have done, I found it a brave step that you entered his world. Rich Roll meets a bigger chunk of mass consciousness. Joe is a dominant person in his interviewing and he has a firm grip of ‘his’ facts, his interests and his role as an interviewer. Indeed the subjects discussed are interesting and therefor it is was worthwhile to listen to. However I can’t deny that through the whole show he plays a power game that lures you into his field. Sounds maybe dramatic, but I mean it more simplisticly. He is rocking the boat, his boat, and you have to keep balance. You might have guessed it already but I do not like this way of communication so much. I am tired of al mental games and battles between good and bad information. Knowingness is an intrinsic process and no duality will make it deeper. Again that is my experience. You, in contrast to me, have a unique capability to stay very focussed and are very clear in facts and explanation. But nervertheless his questioning and commeting did change the winds from one moment into the other and of course the boom swept in your face. It is his boat. So compared to all great things you did or created together with your lovely family, this interview was not my favorite. But….. I totally loved the fact that you reflected on that (with your dear wife for sure) and investigated your feelings or any residue, AND even shared it with your friends online. I mean that is the true man of today’s new world. So I wanted to tell you that! And also that your new book is awesome. Thanks Rich.

  • Kate H says:

    What a fantastic conversation. I knew Joe Rogan was a bright guy, but have a whole new level of respect now. Thanks, Rich!

  • Michael Wright says:

    Hey Rich, great job on the JRE. Your appearance on that show has brought me to your website and as I write this I am listening to one of your podcasts. I am just 3 days in to trying a plant based lifestyle and then yesterday I listen to you on the JRE. Coincidence? Hmm. Thank you for your insight and for your podcast, it is on my faves list already.

  • Nice to meet you Rich. I’m glad to learn you are not a zealot, and both you and Joe had a great wide ranging open conversation. I would like to suggest however that the conclusion humans are a disease on the planet, which you both seemed to agree, is a ridiculous idea. Indigenous Australians are not killing the planet. Arctic Inuit are not killing the planet. Blue Zone groups are not killing the planet. Indigenous groups world over are not killing the planet. What IS killing the planet is a particularly rapacious type of so-called ‘civilization’, one modeled interestingly on a beehive. What we need to do is get out of it but nobody knows how because everyone is interconnected to and dependent upon it even the Vegans!

  • Zeraw 2Hero says:

    great blog, just came by, can relate to a lot here.
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    no selling, no adverts, just my thoughts !
    thanks !

  • Xtine says:

    Hi, I went Vegetarian for 10 years and then went Vegin for 2 years. I was tired, lethargic and couldn’t really accomplish that much, I needed a nap every afternoon. It doesn’t work for everyone. My mother is from Finland and my relatives all ate wild game, hunted, etc. It should have been a no-brainer for me not to be a vegetarian but I was swayed by aaalll that save the earth and animal rights stuff. I still believe in animal rights and I only eat free range organic if I can help it. But, you know, everyone shouldn’t eat the diet you are on, just saying.

  • shineharder says:

    It was a dope podcast. I listened to the whole thing. Keep up being an example. You give a good example of moderation and explaining why hard core vegans are so aggresive sometimes.

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