I want to ask you a question about capitalization. I would like you to have a look at the following sentence:

I love listening to the Joe Rogan Experience podcast.

Do I have to capitalize 'the' in the above sentence or should I keep it as a small letter.

2 Answers 2


If the word "the" isn't part of the name of the show, it's an easy decision - keep it lower-case.

If the word "the" is part of the name of the show, it's more difficult. This is a question of style, about which conventions vary and different people have different preferences.

In the UK, there is a newspaper called The Times. The word "The" is part of its name. When the Guardian and the Economist refer an article in the Times, they write:

an article in the Times

When the Times and the Telegraph refer to an article in the Times, they write:

an article in The Times

...although the Times writes The Times in italics, and the Telegraph doesn't. The Economist writes the word Times in italics (but not the definite article). The Guardian doesn't italicise either of them.

  • Might make it clearer that the Times (without the article) is an American magazine. Why not check what is the full name of the podcast. Is it "The Joe Rogan..." or "Joe Rogan..."
    – Mari-Lou A
    Sep 25, 2020 at 8:22
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    @Mari-LouA The Times is the name of a newspaper published in London.
    – rjpond
    Sep 25, 2020 at 8:23
  • Oops. Read too hastily. It looked like you were comparing "The Times" with "Times" magazine
    – Mari-Lou A
    Sep 25, 2020 at 8:25
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    @Mari-LouA I’m not aware of the existence of a Times magazine? Have you perhaps confused it with Time magazine?
    – Mike Scott
    Sep 25, 2020 at 12:25
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    @MikeScott Yes, you're right. I slipped up.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Sep 25, 2020 at 13:19

You should keep it as a small letter.

There is no such rule to use upper case to the 'the'.

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    Please give a little more clarification, along the lines of explaining why that’s true, whether it’s so in all similar cases, etc. Sep 25, 2020 at 7:44
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    Please quote your source(s).
    – Mari-Lou A
    Sep 25, 2020 at 8:29
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    @AndrzejSydor well, yes, but if it’s a title, a case might be made that you should. Sep 25, 2020 at 8:42
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    The rule is that names are capitalized, and if "The" is part of the name, then that "The" is capitalized. Your answer is misleading if exceptions are not noted.
    – Davo
    Sep 25, 2020 at 14:08
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    @Davo - from their website suggesting a daily email: "All the day’s headlines and highlights from the Guardian, direct to you every morning". Wikipedia pages are notoriously unreliable or out-of-date. Sep 25, 2020 at 18:05

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