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Best Lex Fridman podcasts: Intellectual journeys with global icons

Why is the Lex Fridman Podcast so popular? It’s simple: Fridman dives into long, genuine conversations, sometimes lasting up to an impressive 6 hours. What’s unique about this podcast is his ability to draw in an array of guests, from Nobel Prize winners and iconic 20th-century intellectuals to influential young YouTubers. These in-depth talks offer a rare look into the thoughts and experiences of some of the world’s most fascinating people. It’s not just an interview; it’s an exploration into the minds of the most brilliant people out there.

Let’s dive into some of the best Lex Fridman podcasts. These picks are chosen based on what listeners like you love, popular opinion, the most listened-to episodes and, of course, my personal favorites. Lex Fridman brings a unique interviewing style, and these episodes stand out for their exciting content and the notable guests he chats with.

#405 – Jeff Bezos: Amazon and Blue Origin

  • Release date: December 14, 2023
  • Duration: 2 hours, 20 minutes
#405 – Jeff Bezos: Amazon and Blue Origin
12/14/2023 2:20:09

Imagine sitting down with Jeff Bezos and hearing about his journey from a Texas ranch to leading one of the biggest companies in the world. He shares stories about his childhood and his passion for space with Blue Origin. You will also get to hear his thoughts on Amazon’s growth and his approach to work and life. The discussion on future tech and space is something you don’t want to miss.

#400 – Elon Musk: War, AI, Aliens, Politics, Physics, Video Games, and Humanity

  • Release date: November 9, 2023
  • Duration: 2 hours, 27 minutes
#400 – Elon Musk: War, AI, Aliens, Politics, Physics, Video Games, and Humanity
11/09/2023 2:27:12

You’ve probably heard about Elon Musk… everywhere, but this episode offers a deeper look. You will hear his opinion on a wide range of topics – from the reality of war to the possibilities of AI and aliens. Musk has been on the podcast multiple times, and each visit brings something new. If you’re into AI or gaming, you’ll find this conversation fascinating.

#390 – Yuval Noah Harari: Human Nature, Intelligence, Power, and Conspiracies

  • Release date: July 17, 2023
  • Duration: 2 hours, 52 minutes
#390 – Yuval Noah Harari: Human Nature, Intelligence, Power, and Conspiracies
07/17/2023 2:52:08

Yuval Noah Harari, the author of ‘Sapiens,’ shares his thoughts on human history and the future. If you’re intrigued by the big questions about intelligence, power, and conspiracy theories, this episode is for you. It’s a masterclass on history and where humanity might be heading.

#367 – Sam Altman: OpenAI CEO on GPT-4, ChatGPT, and the Future of AI

  • Release date: March 25, 2023
  • Duration: 2 hours, 28 minutes
#367 – Sam Altman: OpenAI CEO on GPT-4, ChatGPT, and the Future of AI
03/25/2023 2:28:08

Join Sam Altman from OpenAI as he talks about GPT-4, ChatGPT, and AI’s future. They discuss the balance between innovation and safety in AI and what that means for our future. If you’re curious about AI and its impact on our lives, this is an eye-opener.

#358 – Aella: Sex Work, OnlyFans, Porn, Escorting, Dating, and Human Sexuality

  • Release date: February 10, 2023
  • Duration: 4 hours, 2 minutes
#358 – Aella: Sex Work, OnlyFans, Porn, Escorting, Dating, and Human Sexuality
02/10/2023 4:02:14

Aella offers an honest look at the world of sex work, dating, and human sexuality. The conversation is open and covers many aspects of her life and work. This is your chance to hear about some taboo topics discussed thoughtfully and openly.

#351 – MrBeast: Future of YouTube, Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram

  • Release date: January 11, 2023
  • Duration: 2 hours, 24 minutes
#351 – MrBeast: Future of YouTube, Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram
01/11/2023 2:24:49

I love this episode with MrBeast. It’s incredible to learn so much from someone so young. He’s so relaxed and relatable. He’s so young he was at school a few years ago. Now, he’s running a media empire. You will learn about the incredible engineering and study there is behind each element in his videos. It’s a must-listen for anyone interested in the world of digital content.

#332 – Kanye’ Ye’ West Interview

  • Release date: October 24, 2022
  • Duration: 2 hours, 33 minutes
#332 – Kanye ‘Ye’ West Interview
10/24/2022 2:33:53

Kanye West chats about his life, music, fashion, and potential political plans. If you’re a fan or just curious about his life, this broad conversation covers many aspects of his thoughts and experiences.

#267 – Mark Zuckerberg: Meta, Facebook, Instagram, and the Metaverse

  • Release date: February 26, 2022
  • Duration: 2 hours, 5 minutes
#267 – Mark Zuckerberg: Meta, Facebook, Instagram, and the Metaverse
02/26/2022 2:05:51

The Mark Zuckerberg episode is a rare opportunity to listen to the controversial Facebook founder. He’s surprisingly a great conversationalist. This interview happened amid the Facebook accusations, offering a chance to hear Zuckerberg’s side of the story. I found it particularly fascinating and eye-opening.

Daniel Kahneman: Thinking Fast and Slow, Deep Learning, and AI

  • Release date: January 14, 2020
  • Duration: 1 hour, 19 minutes
Daniel Kahneman: Thinking Fast and Slow, Deep Learning, and AI
01/14/2020 1:19:09

Join Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman as he discusses his influential work on human decision-making. This thought-provoking episode mixes psychology with technology, allowing us to understand how we think and why.

Noam Chomsky: Language, Cognition, and Deep Learning

  • Release date: November 29, 2019
  • Duration: 36 minutes
Noam Chomsky: Language, Cognition, and Deep Learning
11/29/2019 36:10

Listening to Noam Chomsky, a top intellectual of the 20th century, is a luxury. In this episode, he joins Fridman to explore the complexities of language and cognition. They dig into fascinating topics like potential communication with alien species and the roots of language in our brains. Chomsky’s understanding of Neuralink and deep learning, combining linguistics with modern AI technology, is especially fascinating.

Noam Chomsky revisited the Lex Fridman Podcast to talk about global topics, including the war in Ukraine and Putin’s motivations, and China’s role in international relations, further enriching the discourse on contemporary issues.

These episodes from the Lex Fridman Podcast offer various perspectives and insights from some of the most influential figures in technology, culture, and society. Each episode is a window into the minds of thinkers and doers who are shaping our world. So, tune in to and join the journey of exploration and discovery. You might find a new favorite episode or two.


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