Jordan Harbinger

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Jordan Harbinger
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Harbinger in London, UK 2019
Royal Oak, Michigan, United States
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materUniversity of Michigan (B.A.), 2004
University of Michigan Law School (J.D.), 2006
Years active2006–present
Known forThe Jordan Harbinger Show
The Art of Charm
AwardsBest of Apple Podcasts (2018)
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Jordan Harbinger is an American podcaster[1][2] and radio personality.

Education and early career[edit]

Harbinger received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan.[2] He later became a lawyer.[3]

Harbinger was kidnapped twice, once in Mexico and again in Serbia.[4] He ran a tour company that took westerners to North Korea via China and has spent significant time in the country. Tours were supervised from beginning to end by North Korean minders and tour guides.[5][6]

In 2007 Harbinger worked on mortgage-backed securities for a Wall Street firm[7][8] and was laid off after approximately a year due to the 2007 financial crisis.[2]

Media career[edit]

While in law school, Harbinger started coaching others on how to date and network. He and co-host AJ Harbinger (who uses Jordan Harbinger's last name as a pseudonym) started The PickUp Podcast.[2][9] When Harbinger graduated in 2006, he moved to New York.[9][8] Around that time he formed a company called The Art of Charm to turn his coaching into a business.[9][10]

By that time his podcast had gained traction, and he started focusing full-time on the coaching business.[7][9] In 2010 an app was launched, and by 2011 Harbinger had a radio talk show called Game On on both Sirius and XM Satellite that aired on Friday nights.[9][11] The show was the first-ever podcast carried on satellite radio.[12] By 2011, Harbinger had relocated to Los Angeles.[2] Meanwhile, his company had begun to offer week-long "boot camps",[9] as well as other options, such as coaching over the phone.[13]

In 2013 Harbinger demonstrated at DEF CON how easily a person can be manipulated into divulging information to someone who may not be what they claim to be,[14] based on the Robin Sage experiment of 2010.[15]

By 2015, Harbinger was rebranding himself more as a more general self-help personality and was profiling celebrities in the podcasts.[16][11][17]

In early 2018, Harbinger split from his former partners, left The Art of Charm podcast, and started a new podcast under his own name.[18][19] The new show, The Jordan Harbinger Show, was listed by Apple as one of the most downloaded new shows of 2018 and brings in seven-figure numbers in revenue each year.[1][20] Harbinger interviews scientists, entertainers, athletes, artists, leaders, and spies; he also provides self-help advice in professional networking, social skills, human dynamics, social engineering, and psychology.[21][22][23][24] The Jordan Harbinger Show releases episodes three times per week and receives over six million downloads each month and 250,000 downloads per episode as of 2020.[1][25][12]

Harbinger interviewed Billy McFarland while McFarland was in federal prison.[26] During the interview, McFarland admitted guilt publicly for the first time. The interview was filmed by ABC News and featured in season 1, episode 4 of The Con.[27][28][29]

Harbinger has contributed articles to Newsweek Magazine[30][31][32] and Entrepreneur.[33] He is a recurring guest on The Adam Carolla Show[34] and in 2021 signed a "high seven-figure" renewal deal on the PodcastOne network.[35]


  1. ^ a b c Miller, Jennifer (July 18, 2019). "Have We Hit Peak Podcast?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e Hicken, Melanie (April 25, 2012). "How this dating school for men grew out of a basement". American Express.
  3. ^ "Attorney Search - Captcha". Retrieved December 31, 2019.
  4. ^ Briggs, Bill (June 6, 2011). "'Anti-tourists' heed call of danger to visit world's badlands". Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  5. ^ Shesgreen, Deirdre (February 23, 2016). "Cincinnati man finds tourism in North Korea not for the faint of heart". USA TODAY. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  6. ^ Schmalbruch, Sarah. "9 things you need to know before traveling to North Korea". Business Insider. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Hicken, Melanie (April 20, 2012). "Real stores behind the law school crisis". Business Insider.
  8. ^ a b "Jordan Harbinger". LinkedIn. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  9. ^ a b c d e f Reiss, Dawn (February 4, 2011). "How Two Friends Became "The Date Doctors"". American Express.
  10. ^ Hochberg, Mina (July 30, 2014). "13 signs he's just not into you (sorry)". Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  11. ^ a b Dale, Brady (April 15, 2016). "Pioneer Podcaster Behind 'The Art of Charm' Puts Craft Before Tech". The Observer.
  12. ^ a b "Luckbox leans in with Jordan Harbinger". luckbox magazine. August 26, 2020. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  13. ^ Becker, Ramie (February 9, 2011). "Rapid-fire Lessons on Dating". Los Angeles Times via
  14. ^ Jeffries, Adrianne (August 4, 2013). "Dating coach shows how to get classified military intel using social engineering". The Verge. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  15. ^ Ragan, Steve (August 5, 2013). "Dating guru resurrects Robin Sage by social engineering TS/SCI holders on LinkedIn". IDG.
  16. ^ Simmons, Michael (June 10, 2015). "11 Ways Remarkable Storytellers Create New Worlds". Time.
  17. ^ Berg, Madeline (May 10, 2016). "Streaming the stars: The rise of the celebrity podcast". Forbes.
  18. ^ Corcoran, John (February 12, 2018). "Jordan Harbinger | How to Recover from a Traumatic Business Breakup - Smart Business Revolution". Smart Business Revolution.
  19. ^ DeLisle, Morgan (January 23, 2019). "Creator Interview Jordan Harbinger". Podchaser Blog. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  20. ^ Hill, Brad. Apple’s most-downloaded podcasts of 2018.
  21. ^ Lett, Phoebe (July 10, 2017). "Opinion | Podcasts for the Recent College Grad". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  22. ^ Hepworth, David (September 9, 2017). "This week's best radio: the enduring influence of Richard Hoggart". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  23. ^ Galer, Sophia Smith. "The 24 best podcasts to make you smarter". Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  24. ^ Domise, Andray (May 9, 2019). "The hidden crisis that's fuelling the 'incel rebellion' -". Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  25. ^ Glazer, Robert (January 17, 2019). "Want People to Take Your New Podcast Seriously? Follow These 5 Steps". Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  26. ^ Coscarelli, Joe (October 23, 2020). "Fyre Festival Promoter Has a Podcast, and a Spot in Solitary Confinement". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 24, 2020.
  27. ^ News, A. B. C. "Video: 'The Con: Fyre Festival' | Winter Premiere Wednesday 10|9c on ABC". ABC News. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  28. ^ Bryant, Kenzie. "Fyre Festival's Billy McFarland Has Recorded a Podcast From Prison". Vanity Fair. Retrieved October 20, 2020.
  29. ^ Coleman, Colette. "With The 'Dumpster Fyre' Podcast, Fyre Festival's Founder Is Back With An Audio Tell-All From Prison". Forbes. Retrieved October 20, 2020.
  30. ^ Harbinger, Jordan (October 24, 2019). "Are manmade viruses the next big terrorist threat?". Newsweek. Retrieved December 31, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  31. ^ Harbinger, Jordan (January 30, 2020). "Kobe Bryant On Parenting, Taylor Swift And Life After Basketball In Interview Months Before His Death". Newsweek Magazine.
  32. ^ Harbinger, Jordan (June 16, 2020). "Mark Cuban on race, robotics and why now is a great time to start a business". Newsweek.
  33. ^ Harbinger, Jordan. "Jordan Harbinger". Entrepreneur. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  34. ^ "Search: Jordan Harbinger". The Adam Carolla Show - A Free Daily Comedy Podcast from Adam Carolla. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  35. ^ Spangler, Todd (November 2, 2021). "Amazon Music Launches Synchronized Podcast Transcripts in U.S. (Podcast News Roundup)". Variety. Retrieved November 14, 2021.

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