The Jordan B Peterson Podcast

The Jordan B Peterson Podcast (archive below) features audio versions of some of the most popular and compelling of Dr. Peterson’s YouTube videos, interviews with some of the world’s most compelling thinkers (Camille Paglia, Steven Pinker, Jonathan Haidt, Sam Harris, General Stanley McChrystal, Iain McGilchrist, Joe Rogan, Ben Shapiro, among many others), lectures from the 12 Rules for Life tour unavailable anywhere else, as well as an assortment of audience Q and A’s (a particularly popular feature). We hope to include a wider assortment of great scientists, in particular, in the upcoming year.

Philosophical and psychological topics include

  • the relationship between science and religion, values and perception,
  • the interplay between motivation, emotion and cognition;
  • the nature of human personality, from a biological and sociocultural perspective (including discussion of the standard personality model, the Big Five, and the differences between the temperament and interests of men and women stemming from use of that model);
  • and the role of fundamental rights (such as that of free speech and untrammeled discourse) in stabilizing and regulating the economic and political worlds.

Dr. Peterson concentrates primarily on the role of the individual, and the responsibilities that accompany mature individuality, assuming that productive, engaging, peaceful and otherwise highly functional social systems depend on the idea of the sovereign person, and the burden and opportunity of adventure, vision and destiny that accompany that idea.

On March 24th 2019, The Jordan B Podcast partnered with Westwood One, the largest audio network in the US, in the hopes of bring the podcast and its ideas to a larger audience, as well as to effectively and carefully monetize the endeavour so that it could continue to grow, and so that Dr. Peterson’s many other projects could find security and support. This new version debuted March 24, and features his daughter, Mikhaila Peterson, as co-host. We hope that this partnership improves the podcast during its second year, providing an optimized balance of news, conversation and (who knows) a bit of humor to the main lecture, interview and Q and A content.

Episode Archive

S2: E9: A Conversation with Milo Yiannopoulos

May 19th, 2019|

Today we present Dr. Peterson's conversation with journalist, performance artist, and comedian, Milo Yiannopoulos, recorded April 11, 2019. Relevant Links 12 Rules for Life Live Tour: My new book: 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos: My first book: Maps of

S2 E8: Lecture: Hamilton, Ontario – July 20, 2018

May 12th, 2019|

Lecture: Hamilton, Ontario - July 20, 2018 Today, we're presenting Dr. Jordan B. Peterson's 12 Rules for Life Lecture at the First Ontario Concert Hall in Hamilton, Ontario. Relevant Links 12 Rules for Life Live Tour: My new book: 12

S2 E7: A Conversation with Stephen Hicks

May 5th, 2019|

Today, we’re presenting Dr. Peterson's conversation with Stephen Hicks, recorded on March 27, 2019. Stephen R. C. Hicks is Professor of Philosophy at Rockford University, Illinois, USA, Executive Director of the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship, and Senior Scholar at The Atlas Society. Relevant

S2 E6 Lecture: The Civic Arts Plaza in Thousand Oaks, CA

April 28th, 2019|

For this episode, we’re presenting Jordan’s lecture at the Civic Arts Plaza in Thousand Oaks, California on June 30, 2018. Relevant Links 12 Rules for Life Live Tour: My new book: 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos: My first book: Maps of

S2 E5: Lecture: Sacramento – June 27, 2018

April 21st, 2019|

For this episode, we’re presenting Jordan’s lecture at The Community Theatre in Sacramento, California on June 27, 2018. Relevant Links 12 Rules for Life Live Tour: My new book: 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos: My first book: Maps of Meaning: The

S2 E4: A Conversation with Akira The Don

April 15th, 2019|

On this episode, we’re presenting a conversation with Akira The Don, a British musician who has used parts of Dr. Peterson's lectures in his music. Relevant Links 12 Rules for Life Live Tour: My new book: 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos:

S2 E3: Lecture From Portland, OR – June 25, 2018

April 9th, 2019|

In this lecture, I describe the surprising popularity of long-form philosophical discussions, making reference to my talks with Sam Harris on science and value and religion and atheism, the vital and biologically-influenced role that temperament and personality play in determining individual interest and ability, and the

S2 E2: Myth & Reality: General Stanley McChrystal

April 1st, 2019|

I had the opportunity to speak recently with General Stanley McChrystal, retired four-star general, former Commander of the International Security Assistance Force and Commander, US Forces, Afghanistan. Since 2010, he has taught courses in international relations at Yale University as a Senior Fellow of the University's

S2 E1: From The Moore Theatre in Seattle, WA

March 25th, 2019|

For this episode, we’re presenting Dr. Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life Tour lecture at the Moore Theatre in Seattle, WA on June 21, 2018. The lecture covers the evolution of religion thinking, a true human universal. Everyone has to deal with the problem of value. Everyone has to

#61 – January 2019 Q & A

January 22nd, 2019|

Happy New Year. This is the first of this year's Q and A's. I am going to answer audience questions, as usual, as well as discussing my next book, my impending departure from Patreon, and my upcoming tour to Switzerland, California, Australia and New Zealand.

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#59 – Bjørn Lomborg

December 8th, 2018|

On December 7, 2018, I spoke with Dr. Bjorn Lomborg, author and President of Copenhagen Consensus Center, a singularly innovative and influential US-based think tank. Dr. Lomborg and his team have done the hard conceptual and empirical work necessary to turn good intentions for global

#58 – October 2018 Q & A

November 6th, 2018|

[1] 0:01:23 – Release of 50th Anniversary version of The Gulag Archipelago with a forward written by JBP [2] 0:03:11 – Finalized deal for next book “12 More Rules: Beyond Mere Order” [3] 0:04:11 – ‘12 Rules’ tour plans for the next year 0:07:39 – (Q#1) Any advice for young a young

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#57 – Dr. Oz – Jordan Peterson’s Rules to Live By

October 22nd, 2018|

In this exclusive, in-depth interview, author and clinical psychologist Dr. Jordan Peterson joins Dr. Oz to discuss how we can find meaning in our lives, challenge our thinking, and provide tactical ways we can reach our full potential. Take Dr. Peterson's full personality quiz: Dr.

#55 – August 2018 Q & A

August 20th, 2018|

Every month (or as close as I can get), I answer questions from the generous people who support me on Patreon. This is the Patreon Q & A from August 2018. 0:00:57 – Announcements 0:06:33 – (Q#1) How are you? 0:12:04 – (Q#2) What can

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#52 – Munk Debate: Political Correctness

June 11th, 2018|

The resolution? "What you call political correctness, I call progress…" On May 18th, the redoubtable Stephen Fry (self-admitted soft leftie) and I debated the duo of academic, author and radio host Michael Eric Dyson ( and blogger/author Michelle Goldberg ( A press release describing the

#51 – Russell Brand

June 7th, 2018|

Russell Brand talked with me in London. This was our second conversation (the first was in LA a few months ago: I thought we had a good discussion then, but I think this one was better. We met in London about two weeks ago (in

#49 – Steven Pinker: Enlightenment Now

May 28th, 2018|

I spoke with Harvard's Dr. Steven Pinker about the immense improvements in human living conditions that are now happening with amazing speed almost everywhere in the world -- as detailed in his new book, Enlightenment Now ( -- a careful, clear-headed and data-driven defense of

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#48 – Ben Shapiro

May 14th, 2018|

Shapiro discussion starts at around 4:20 if you want to skip the tour information. This is an alternate posting of Ben Shapiro's May 6 premiere Sunday Special discussion with me ( Ben and I had a very intense discussion about the nesting of human perception

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#46 – April 2018 Q & A

May 8th, 2018|

Every month, I answer questions from the generous people who support me. This is the Q & A from April 2018. 1. 2:52 : Free will; Sam Harris's opinions on free will 2. 16:37 : Chaos vs. order 3. 31:24 : Gay couples raising children

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#45 – Australia’s John Anderson & Dr. Jordan B Peterson: In Conversation

April 26th, 2018|

I was in Australia in mid-March of 2018, speaking in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. While I was there, I had the privilege of speaking to former Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson (Facebook:, who is described accurately on Wikipedia as "handsome, well-educated and well-spoken." Mr. Anderson

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#44 – Lafayette College – The Mill Series

April 20th, 2018|

Lafayette College on March 29th, 2018, hosted and sponsored by The Mill Series. Reposted from The Mill Series Channel: Original Video: Relevant Links 12 Rules for Life Live Tour: My new book: 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos: My

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#43 – Jordan Peterson’s Rules for Life with Richard Fidler

April 2nd, 2018|

From Dr. Peterson's appearance on Conversations with Richard Fidler from March 14th, 2018. Richard Fidler is an Australian ABC radio presenter, and writer, best known for his hour-long interview program, Conversations with Richard Fidler. The program is ABC Radio's most popular podcast, downloaded more than 3 million times per month. It features

#42 – March 2018 Q & A

March 19th, 2018|

Every month, I answer questions from the generous people who support me on Patreon. This is the Patreon Q & A from March 2018. 0:48 Q#1 - What should teaching and research in the humanities look like? I'm going to grad school for literature and

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#41 – Quillette – Discussion with editor Claire Lehmann

March 15th, 2018|

Please consider supporting Quillette’s fine work at I sat down recently with Claire Lehmann, founder, and editor of Quillette, an online magazine that publishes essays on a range of topics related to politics, social life, science, and academia. The magazine has quickly become a highly

#38 – Cathy Newman and Analysis

January 29th, 2018|

On January 16th, 2018 Channel 4 aired the now infamous interview between Cathy Newman and Dr. Jordan Peterson. This podcast will first air the original interview and then the interview of Dr. Peterson by Geenstijl that was an analysis of the interview followed with an

#36 – Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors

December 21st, 2017|

Lecture 14 in my Psychological Significance of the Biblical Stories lecture series. This lecture closes 2017, and the book of Genesis. In it, I present the story of Joseph who, as the wearer of the coat of many colors, is profoundly adaptable, courageous, adaptable, merciful and

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#35 – Jacob: Wrestling with God

November 30th, 2017|

In this lecture, I present the second half of the story of Jacob, later Israel (he who struggles with God). After serving his time with his uncle Laban, and being deceived by him in the most karmic of manners, Jacob returns to his

#34 – Jonathan Haidt

November 21st, 2017|

I recently traveled to New York University to talk with Dr. Jonathan Haidt about, among other things, disgust, purity, fear and belief; the perilous state of the modern university; and his work with Heterodox Academy ( an organization designed to draw attention to

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#33 – Jacob’s Ladder – Part 1

November 13th, 2017|

The Psychological Significance of the Biblical Stories starts up after a two month hiatus with the first half of the story of Jacob, the founder of Israel ("those who wrestle with God"), the man who robs his brother of his birthright, is deceived

#32 – Compelled Speech – Law Society of Ontario

November 3rd, 2017|

Direct Feed Soundcloud Upload Part 1 of this podcast is the video "A Call to Rebellion for Ontario Legal Professionals": ( Part 2 is the video: "Update: Law Society of Ontario Compelled Speech": ( On October 10, Professor Bruce Pardy, Lawyer Jared

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#31 – Camille Paglia – Modern Times

October 19th, 2017|

Direct Feed Soundcloud Upload Dr. Camille Paglia is a well-known American intellectual and social critic. She has been a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (where this discussion took place) since 1984. She is the author of

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#30 – The Great Sacrifice: Abraham and Isaac

September 9th, 2017|

Direct Feed Soundcloud Upload Lecture 12 in the Psychological Significance of the Biblical Stories series In this, the final lecture of the Summer 2017 12-part series The Psychological Significance of the Biblical Stories, we encounter, first, Hagar's banishment to the desert

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#29 – Sodom and Gomorrah

September 4th, 2017|

Lecture 11 in my Psychological Significance of the Biblical Stories series. Often interpreted as an injunction against homosexuality (particularly by those simultaneously claiming identity as Christians and opposed to that orientation), the stories of the angels who visit Abraham, bless him, and then rain destruction

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#28 – Abraham: Father of Nations

September 1st, 2017|

Lecture 10 in my Psychological Significance of the Biblical Stories series. The Abrahamic adventures continue with this, the tenth lecture in my 12-part initial Biblical lecture series. Abraham's life is presented as a series of encapsulated narratives, punctuated by sacrifice, and the rekindling of his

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#27 – The Call to Abraham

August 31st, 2017|

Lecture 9 in my Psychological Significance of the Biblical Stories series. In this lecture, I tell the story of Abraham, who heeds the call of God to leave what was familiar behind and to journey into unknown lands. The man portrayed in the Bible as

#26 – The Phenomenology of the Divine

August 22nd, 2017|

Lecture 8 in my Psychological Significance of the Biblical Stories series. In the next series of stories, the Biblical patriarch Abram (later: Abraham) enters into a covenant with God. The history of Israel proper begins with these stories. Abram heeds the call to adventure, journeys

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#25 – Walking With God: Noah and the Flood

August 19th, 2017|

Lecture 7 in my Psychological Significance of the Biblical Stories series. Life at the individual and the societal level is punctuated by crisis and catastrophe. This stark truth finds its narrative representation in the widely-distributed universal motif of the flood. Mircea Eliade, the great Romanian

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#24 – The Psychology of the Flood

July 18th, 2017|

Lecture 6 in my Psychological Significance of the Biblical Stories lecture series. The story of Noah and the Ark is next in the Genesis sequence. This is a more elaborated tale than the initial creation account, or the story of Adam and Eve or Cain

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#23 – Cain and Abel: The Hostile Brothers

July 4th, 2017|

Bible Series V: Cain and Abel: The Hostile Brothers The account of Cain and Abel is remarkable for its unique combination of brevity and depth. In a few short sentences, it outlines two diametrically opposed modes of being -- both responses to the emergence of

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#20 – Ideology, Logos & Belief

June 7th, 2017|

Two-part interview with Transliminal Media, April 2017, in Vancouver, Canada. Sequel to the hit 2015 interview 'Religion, Myth, Science, Truth': Please support Transliminal Media on Patreon | Transliminal Media Patreon Transliminal Media YouTube Channel Relevant Links 12 Rules for Life Live Tour:

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#19 – Genesis – Chaos and Order

May 29th, 2017|

Lecture II in my Psychological Significance of the Biblical Stories from May 23 at Isabel Bader Theatre, Toronto. In this lecture, I present Genesis 1, which presents the idea that a pre-existent cognitive structure (God the Father) uses the Logos, the Christian

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#18 – Introduction to the Idea of God

May 23rd, 2017|

Lecture 1 in my Psychological Significance of the Biblical Stories series from May 16th at Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto. In this lecture, I describe what I consider to be the idea of God, which is at least partly the notion of sovereignty and power,

#17 – Dr Martin Daly

May 11th, 2017|

I'm speaking with Dr. Martin Daly, a professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, a pioneer in the field of evolutionary psychology, and author of Killing the Competition ( Dr. Daly has determined that economic inequality and male on male homicide rates are strongly linked,

#16 – An Incendiary Discussion at Ryerson U

May 1st, 2017|

A few weeks ago, Dr. Oren Amitay, who has been defending me in online discussions hosted by the Ontario Psychological Association, invited me to address his psychology class (to which other students were invited). We discussed freedom of speech, ideological possession, unconscious bias and the

#15 – How to Change the World

April 20th, 2017|

Part 1: A Message to Millenials: How to Change the World -- Properly. Young people want, rightly, to change the world. But how might this be properly done? Dr Jonathan Haidt recently contrasted Truth University with Social Justice University. Social Justice U has as its

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#14 – A Dialogue with Tom Amarque

April 2nd, 2017|

Tom Amarque is a German philosopher, writer, publisher, and podcaster. With his podcast 'Lateral Conversations' he seeks out - with the help of a wide range of guests - new developments and perspectives in philosophy, psychology, and spirituality, trying to overcome the pitfalls of what

#13 – Maps of Meaning 10 – 13

March 26th, 2017|

Maps of Meaning 10: Figuring Evil – Starting at 0:32 Maps of Meaning 11: Losing Religion – Starting at 27:57 Maps of Meaning 12: Truths that Matter – Starting at 55:22 Maps of Meaning 13: The Force Within – Starting at 1:22:45 YouTube Video playlist

#12 – Maps of Meaning 7 – 9

March 20th, 2017|

Maps of Meaning 7: Contemplating Genesis – Starting at 0:32 Maps of Meaning 8: Dwelling on Paradise – Starting at 27:57 Maps of Meaning 9: Becoming A Self – Starting at 55:22 YouTube Video playlist Relevant Links 12 Rules for Life Live Tour:

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#11 – Dr. James W. Pennebaker

March 9th, 2017|

Dr. James W. Pennebaker is Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Executive Director of Project 2021, aimed at rethinking undergrad education at that university. I first encountered Dr. Pennebaker's work when I was working on the Self Authoring Suite,

#10 – Maps of Meaning 4 – 6

March 6th, 2017|

Maps of Meaning 4: Games People Must Play - Starting at 0:32 Maps of Meaning 5: Grappling with Fear - Starting at 27:59 Maps of Meaning 6: Submitting to Order - Starting at 55:23 YouTube Video playlist Relevant Links 12 Rules for Life

#9 – Maps of Meaning 1 – 3

February 27th, 2017|

Part 1: Maps of Meaning: 1 Monsters of Our Own Making. This is the first of a 13-part 30 minute episode television series broadcast by TVO presenting Dr. Jordan B Peterson's lectures on his book, Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief. The lecture provides

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#8 – Samuel Andreyev

February 19th, 2017|

A conversation with Samuel Andreyev: A composer, poet, teacher and performer. His music is performed, broadcast, recorded and written about worldwide, and is known for its expressive intensity, spirit of exploration and enormous range of timbres. Resolutely independent, his compositional process is marked by a

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#7 – Gregg Hurwitz

February 2nd, 2017|

A conversation with Author Gregg Hurwitz covering a variety of topics, including Gregg's recent work, writing practices, perfection vs. wholeness, superheroes & archetypal heroes, how to balance intimacy and work, limits of comedy, free speech, and more. Gregg Hurwitz is the critically acclaimed, New York Times

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#6 – Slaying the Dragon Within Us

January 10th, 2017|

This is the first Big Ideas Lecture performed by Jordan Peterson, back in 2002. He reads a book for very young children by Jack Kent called "There's no Such Thing as a Dragon" to a group of University of Toronto alumni (most over 65). He

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#5 – The Psychology of Redemption

January 10th, 2017|

A TVO Big Ideas Lecture from 2012, presented at INPM's Conference on Personal Meaning. It discusses the idea of redemption in Christianity from a psychological perspective, comparing in part to ideas of transformation in psychotherapy. Relevant Links 12 Rules for Life Live Tour:

#4 – Religion, Myth, Science, Truth

December 30th, 2016|

A discussion about Religion, Myth, Science and Truth. It was originally recorded by Transliminal in November 2015. 0:00 Intro: Peterson's Journey 9:45 Religion: Crowd-control, Naive Science, or Neither? 14:44 Scientists Misreading Religion 17:13 Enter: Dominance Hierarchies 18:14 Hierarchies, Religious Thinking, and Subjectivity 19:57 Determining the

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#3 – The Necessity of Virtue

December 22nd, 2016|

A recording of the 2010 Hancock Lecture and was recorded by TVO. Dr Peterson discusses virtue from a contemporary perspective that both encompasses and extends beyond moral and religious contexts. Through compelling stories and research, Dr Peterson illustrates the necessity of virtue both for the individual

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#2 – Tragedy vs. Evil

December 18th, 2016|

In a lecture recorded by TVO, Professor Jordan Peterson discusses the nature of evil, distinguishing it from tragedy, and presenting his ideas on how both the former and the latter might be most effectively dealt with. Relevant Links 12 Rules for Life Live

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#1 – Reality and the Sacred

December 7th, 2016|

In a public lecture recorded by TVO, Dr Peterson describes the way the world is portrayed in deep stories, such as myths and religious representations. The world in such stories is a place of action, not a place of things, and it has its archetypal