Under The Skin with Russell Brand

By Russell Brand

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 Nov 4, 2020
Russell Brands Radio X podcast was pretty good but this isn't. In this podcast he's trying too hard to be clever. A Russell Brand comedy podcast would be great, but a Russell Brand intellectual podcast doesn't work.

 Jun 3, 2019

Dwayne Smith
 Apr 28, 2019
love you Russ, such an insightful podcast

 Mar 12, 2019
Love it. Even when I think I'm not going like listening to some guests I always end up enjoying the interview and learning something new. Lovely brain food.

 Mar 5, 2019


My new podcast 'Under The Skin' asks: what's beneath the surface - of people we admire, of the ideas that define our time, of the history we are told. Speaking with guests from the world of academia, popular culture and the arts, they'll help us to see the ulterior truth behind our constructed reality. And have a laugh. This show is now on Luminary! For more, go to LuminaryPodcasts.com.

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#181 The Martyr of The Culture Wars (with Jordan Peterson)
Jordan Peterson returns for a third time on Under the Skin, but this one is much different than the others. For those who are new to Jordan, he is a professor of psychology and clinical psychologist. He is author of 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos and his latest book Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life is out now. In this we discuss Jordan’s personal circumstances and the powerful effect community, friends and family had in his recovery. We cover everything from politics, spirituality and individualism, to how can it be possible to remain positive and optimistic when we often experience so much malevolence in the world? We debate the idea of progressivism and whether we should celebrate or be suspect of the progress societies and cultures have made. Are we being duped? I question Jordan on why he is so popular among men and why he is often criticised and disliked by women. We dissect some of those famous media interviews. A lot more than this is covered in this conversation, particularly in the second hour - you will have to listen to come to your own conclusions on these matters!  More Info If you only have access to the first hour in our public feed go to http://luminary.link/russell to download Luminary and listen to the rest - believe me, it’s worth it! Website: https://www.jordanbpeterson.com Twitter: @jordanbpeterson  Instagram: @jordan.b.peterson Facebook: Dr. Jordan B. Peterson  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/JordanPetersonVideos My new meditation podcast Above the Noise is coming out only on Luminary on April 21st - there will be brand new guided meditations out every Wednesday after that! You can listen to the trailer on Luminary now. Elites are taking over! Our only hope is to form our own. To learn more join my cartel here https://www.russellbrand.com/join/ and get weekly bulletins too incendiary for anything but your private inbox. *not a euphemism Subscribe to my YouTube channel, I post four videos a week including video clips from these episodes! https://www.youtube.com/russellbrand My Audible Original, Revelation is out now! http://adbl.co/revelation  Instagram: @russellbrand Twitter: @rustyrockets Facebook: @russellbrand TikTok: @russellbrand
Apr 16, 2021
#180 Oneness Vs The 1% (with Vandana Shiva)
This week’s guest on Under The Skin is Vandana Shiva. Vandana is an Indian scholar, food sovereignty advocate and environmental activist. Her latest book is called: Oneness VS the 1%: Shattering Illusions, Seeding Freedom. This is an incredible podcast, with a very powerful, intelligent and wise human being. Vandana speaks about the dangers of big tech, corporate monopolies and their mission to colonise our lives and the earth. She explains to us how their perspective on land ownership, food production and innovation is all wrong, naming Bill Gates as one of the worst perpetrators. Vandana gives her thoughts on what we should be doing, how we should be viewing the world and agriculture and encourages us to return to oneness rather than creating more division. For more information on Vandana’s work and to take part in her online courses go to navdanya.org Also please check out the documentary film about Vandana’s work “The Seeds of Vandana” here: https://vandanashivamovie.com More Info Elites are taking over! Our only hope is to form our own. To learn more join my cartel here https://www.russellbrand.com/join/ and get weekly bulletins too incendiary for anything but your private inbox. *not a euphemism If you’re not already signed up to Luminary you can here - I release a new Under The Skin podcast every Saturday! http://luminary.link/russell Subscribe to my YouTube channel, I post four videos a week including video clips from these episodes! https://www.youtube.com/russellbrand My Audible Original, Revelation is out now! http://adbl.co/revelation  Instagram: @russellbrand Twitter: @rustyrockets Facebook: @russellbrand TikTok: @russellbrand
Apr 10, 2021
#179 The Neuroscience Behind Our Emotional Lives (with Lisa Feldman Barrett)
This week’s guest is Lisa Feldman Barret. Lisa is author of Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain and How Emotions are Made.  She is a Professor of psychology at Northeastern University where she focuses on affective science.  Her focus is on understanding the nature of emotion in the brain. In this podcast Lisa explains the psychology and neuroscience behind how emotions are created in the brain, what affects our understanding of our emotions and how we try and often fail and “read” others. We get political, cultural, scientific and spiritual! More Info Elites are taking over! Our only hope is to form our own. To learn more join my cartel here https://www.russellbrand.com/join/ and get weekly bulletins too incendiary for anything but your private inbox. *not a euphemism If you’re not already signed up to Luminary you can here - I release a new Under The Skin podcast every Saturday! http://luminary.link/russell Subscribe to my YouTube channel, I post four videos a week including video clips from these episodes! https://www.youtube.com/russellbrand My Audible Original, Revelation is out now! http://adbl.co/revelation  Instagram: @russellbrand Twitter: @rustyrockets Facebook: @russellbrand TikTok: @russellbrand
Apr 03, 2021
#178 Breathe! (with James Nestor)
This week I spoke with James Nestor! James is author of Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art and DEEP: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What The Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves. James, inspired by the art of freediving, has explored the vital role breath and breathing correctly plays in our evolution as human beings and our health right now. Are we breathing wrong and what can we do to change it? How powerful is our breath really? James reveals the incredible feats and control people have acquired by harnessing their breath, something we carry around with us 24/7. Is there some ulterior reason why this free, accessible and innate ability is not widely proliferated? This podcast may make you very aware of your breathing while you’re listening, but it might also change your life! More Info Elites are taking over! Our only hope is to form our own. To learn more join my cartel here https://www.russellbrand.com/join/ and get weekly bulletins too incendiary for anything but your private inbox. *not a euphemism If you’re not already signed up to Luminary you can here - I release a new Under The Skin podcast every Saturday! http://luminary.link/russell Subscribe to my YouTube channel, I post four videos a week including video clips from these episodes! Main channel: https://www.youtube.com/russellbrand My Audible Original, Revelation, is out noww! http://adbl.co/revelation  Instagram: @russellbrand Twitter: @rustyrockets Facebook: @russellbrand TikTok: @russellbrand Produced by Jenny May Finn  Instagram: @jennymayfinn 
Mar 27, 2021
#177 Interconnection (with Merlin Sheldrake)
This week I spoke with Merlin Sheldrake! Merlin is a biologist and author of Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures. He has a background in plant sciences, microbiology, ecology, and the history and philosophy of science.  In this podcast we discuss the incredible world fungi. Merlin helps us understand how much of of world around us is due to the power of change these organisms can affect and the fundamental role they play in creation and destruction. Fungi can even be used to solve some of the ecological challenges we face, if utilised correctly. They demonstrate to us how really interconnected we all are. Could learning about this underground often invisible world help us create a more interconnected and harmonious world? Listen and let us know know what you think! For more information on Merlin’s work go to merlinsheldrake.com  More Info Elites are taking over! Our only hope is to form our own. To learn more join my cartel here https://www.russellbrand.com/join/ and get weekly bulletins too incendiary for anything but your private inbox. *not a euphemism If you’re not already signed up to Luminary you can here - I release a new Under The Skin podcast every Saturday! http://luminary.link/russell Subscribe to my YouTube channel, I post four videos a week including video clips from these episodes! https://www.youtube.com/russellbrand My Audible Original, Revelation, is released on 25 March http://adbl.co/revelation  Instagram: @russellbrand Twitter: @rustyrockets Facebook: @russellbrand TikTok: @russellbrand
Mar 20, 2021
#176 How To Help The Addict You Love (with Elizabeth Burton-Phillips)
This week I spoke Elizabeth Burton-Phillips, a friend of mine. Liz is founder of the charity DrugFAM - DrugFAM work with families, friends and partners affected by someone else’s addiction including those bereaved by addiction. Go to www.drugfam.co.uk more information on their work. Liz is also author of Mum, Can You Lend Me Twenty Quid?: What drugs did to my family. She was Awarded an MBE in The 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for ‘services to people who experience drug addiction and their families.’ This is a very personal podcast where we discuss how addiction not only affects the addict but the people who love them and support them. Liz lost one of her sons from addiction and now she spends her life helping those who are going through the same experience she did. More Info To support James and Phil’s Skydive Fundraiser for DrugFam - donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Phil-James-skydive? DrugFam Helpline: 0300 888 3853  7 days a week - 9am - 9pm Elites are taking over! Our only hope is to form our own. To learn more join my cartel here https://www.russellbrand.com/join/ and get weekly bulletins too incendiary for anything but your private inbox. *not a euphemism If you’re not already signed up to Luminary you can here - I release a new Under The Skin podcast every Saturday! http://luminary.link/russell Subscribe to my YouTube channel, I post four videos a week including video clips from these episodes! https://www.youtube.com/russellbrand My Audible Original, Revelation, is released on 25 March http://adbl.co/revelation  Instagram: @russellbrand Twitter: @rustyrockets Facebook: @russellbrand TikTok: @russellbrand
Mar 13, 2021
#175 Death, Grief & Finding MEANING (with David Kessler)
David Kessler is a death and grieving expert and author of many books including - The Needs of the Dying: A Guide for Bringing Hope, Comfort, and Love to Life’s Final Chapter and Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief. For more information on David’s work or if you would like some support around grief or bereavement go to grief.com  In this podcast we discuss our inability to accept death and the struggles we encounter when faced with grief. Has society whitewashed death and hidden it from sight, so much so that we think that it’s never going to happen to us? David’s work and mission is to help us find meaning when we are grieving - something he has had to negotiate first hand after the death of his mother and son. He helps us understand how we can still have an emotional and spiritual relationship with those who have passed. Are some of our cultures grief illiterate and are ultimately making the pain so much worse? Should we start speaking about death more openly in order to help us interface with the one thing that is inevitably going to affect us all? This is a very moving and uplifting podcast episode, that we hope will help all of us during this time of loss. More Info Elites are taking over! Our only hope is to form our own. To learn more join my cartel here https://www.russellbrand.com/join/ and get weekly bulletins too incendiary for anything but your private inbox. *not a euphemism If you’re not already signed up to Luminary you can here - I release a new Under The Skin podcast every Saturday! http://luminary.link/russell Subscribe to my YouTube channel, I post four videos a week including video clips from these episodes! https://www.youtube.com/russellbrand My Audible Original, Revelation, is released on 25 March http://adbl.co/revelation  Instagram: @russellbrand Twitter: @rustyrockets Facebook: @russellbrand TikTok: @russellbrand
Mar 06, 2021
#174 The Horror of Brand Power (with Joel Bakan)
Joel Bakan is an American-Canadian writer, filmmaker, and professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. Joel has recently published a book, The New Corporation: How “Good” Corporations are Bad for Democracy, and released a documentary film based upon it. You can find out more about both at joelbakan.com. In Joel’s early documentary film “The Corporation” he famously said that corporations are psychopaths. In this podcast we extrapolate from that discuss how power has shifted from government to corporations as they try to take over every aspect of our lives. What does this mean for democracy? How much power are we willing to give over to these companies? And are they really trying to do “good” or is just a facade to yield more control and ultimately...profit? This is what Joel explores further in his new film and book, he talks about his trip to Davos and the people and CEOs he encountered there who endeavour to change the world, but is it for the better? 
Feb 27, 2021
#173 Can’t Get Him Out Of My Head Part #2 (with Adam Curtis)
Welcome to Part #2 of Under The Skin with Adam Curtis. Adam is a documentary filmmaker and a previous beloved guest on Under The Skin! In his films he explores areas of sociology, psychology, philosophy and political history. His latest documentary, Can't Get You Out Of My Head: An Emotional History of the Modern World, is a 6-part series that you can now watch on the BBC.  In Part #2 of this conversation we discuss US politics, how we’re trying to navigate living through catastrophe after catastrophe, where actual power lies and how it can be challenged. Enjoy!
Feb 20, 2021
#172 Can’t Get Him Out Of My Head Part #1 (with Adam Curtis)
Welcome to Part #1 of Under The Skin with the incredible Adam Curtis. Adam is a documentary filmmaker and a previous beloved guest on Under The Skin! In his films he explores areas of sociology, psychology, philosophy and political history. His latest documentary, Can't Get You Out Of My Head: An Emotional History of the Modern World, is a 6-part series that you can now watch on the BBC.  In Part #1 of this conversation we discuss Adam’s new documentary where he explores how as individuals we internalise power structures and how we feel doesn’t always come from within but where we are in relation to power. We discuss and debate ideas around progressivism, psychologising, religious ideology and our visions for how we feel the world should go about change. It is, as with all Adam Curtis content, a very enlightening and thought provoking podcast. Let us know how what you thought of it! Join us next week for Part #2!
Feb 13, 2021
#171 Understanding Our Divided Realities (with Jonathan Haidt)
This week on Under The Skin is the long awaited guest Jonathan Haidt. Jonathan is an American social psychologist and professor. He is author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, and The Coddling of the American Mind. His main areas of study are the psychology of morality and moral emotions. This is a longer than usual podcast as it delves deep into the root of the division that proliferates every aspect of our political and cultural life right now. We obviously discuss US politics but not just that - we chat about how the goal of The Left to dismantle power has changed and mutated of the years - shifting from economics to identity issues. Jonathan explains some of his findings when researching the psychology of transcendence, we discuss fundamentalism and debate the idea progressivism. A lot is covered in this podcast, enjoy! JONATHAN’S PROJECTS https://openmindplatform.org/ which teaches groups how to get along better, despite political differences https://heterodoxacademy.org/  which advocates for viewpoint diversity and open inquiry at universities Nick Ortner - The Tapping Solution (mentioned in the intro) thetappingsolution.com/russell Sign up to my community here: www.russellbrand.com
Feb 06, 2021
#170 Self-Awareness & Parenting (with Philippa Perry)
This week’s guest on Under The Skin Philippa Perry! Philippa is a psychotherapist & author, she is also married to the artist Grayson Perry. Her latest book The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (And Your Parents Will Be Glad That You Did) has just been released in Paperback with a new chapter on Siblings. This is a fantastic conversation about self-awareness, projection and parenting. How do we stop ourselves passing on our own trauma and bad habits onto our kids? What is the best way to nurture your relationship with a child? Philippa and I discuss our own personal experience as parents, therapy and individualism, art as a language and form expression and our two different perspectives on spirituality. Philippa’s book The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (And Your Parents Will Be Glad That You Did) his out now on paperback: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-book-you-wish-your-parents-had-read-and-your-children-will-be-glad-that-you-did/philippa-perry/9780241251027 
Jan 30, 2021
#169 Tapping & Anxiety Hacks (with Nick Ortner)
This week’s guest on Under The Skin is founder of the Tapping Solution, Nick Ortner. Tapping is a natural healing method also known as Emotional Freedom Techniques (EMF). It is a healing modality that combines ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology. Nick tells us the science behind Tapping and how it effects the brain and the body. He has been developing and practicing this technique for a long time and has helped people from high functioning athletes, people with chronic pain to those suffering from grief. In this podcast, he also does a live Tapping demo with me to help me with a specific issue I’m dealing with. Please let us know what you think and if you tried it out! You can download the app for free in the app store or Google Play - Nick has offered Under The Skin listeners 50% off the premium version - go to thetappingsolution.com/russell
Jan 23, 2021
#168 Holocaust Survivor: ‘Is History Repeating Itself?’ (with Dr. Edith Eger)
This week’s guest on Under The Skin is Dr. Edith Eger. Edith is a Holocaust survivor and a specialist in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. Her latest book The Gift - 12 Lessons To Save Your Life, shows us how to stop destructive patterns and imprisoning thoughts in order to find freedom and enjoy life. It is available now. I think it is important at this time of crisis, chaos and conflict to hear a voice from someone who survived the most extreme situation in recent history, The Holocaust. At a time of much division and hateful rhetoric, confusion from all sides, here is a voice that can be truly unifying. Please let us know what you thought of it on social media IG: @russellbrand Twitter: @rustyrockets TikTok: @russellbrand YouTube: @russellbrand  Edith’s Book: The Gift - 12 Lessons to Save Your Life https://www.amazon.com/Gift-Lessons-Save-Your-Life/dp/1982143096 Edith’s Instagram https://www.instagram.com/dr.editheger/?hl=en If you want to listen to all latest full-length episodes of Under The Skin please go over to LuminaryPodcasts.com. There is a new episode every Saturday.  You can get a subscription for as little as $2.99 a month with their annual plan, plus a 7-day free trial to get started.
Jan 16, 2021
#167 Crossing boundaries and Reclaiming land (with Nick Hayes)
This week’s guest is Nick Hayes! Nick is an author, illustrator, print-maker and political cartoonist. He has published four highly acclaimed graphic novels, each one in separate ways focuses on mankind’s relationship with the environment. I’ve just read his latest book The Book of Trespass: Crossing the Lines That Divide Us, that came out last year. It my favourite Christmas present! We discuss the nature of trespassing and the social, political and cultural impacts it has on us. We only have access to 8% of the English countryside, the rest is hidden behind walls and protected by private property laws. Why can’t we swim in a river? Or roam through a forest? Why do these laws exist and why aren’t they being challenged? Nick explains the history of how trespassing laws came into existence and what he is doing to change them with his Right to Roam campaign. Is private property law furthering the disconnection we have with nature and pushing it towards commodification? Has this also become a class issue, where nature and natural beauty spots are now reserved for those who can pay to access them? This is a particularly fascinating podcast that will hopefully inspire you to explore more and join Nick in his Right to Roam campaign. More Info: Join the campaign to open more of England's countryside to public access: www.righttoroam.org.uk Follow Nick on Instagram @nickhayesillustration & Twitter @nickhayesillus1 Support independent bookshops, by purchasing The Book of Trespass from here: https://labiblioteka.co/item/the-book-of-trespass http://lawyersfornature.com/
Jan 09, 2021
#165 The War For Your Consciousness (with Tristan Harris)
This week’s guest on Under The Skin is the incredibly insightful and innovative Tristan Harris. You may recognise him from the The Social Dilemma documentary on Netflix. If you haven’t watched it yet, it’s a must see. Tristan is Co-Founder & President of the Center for Humane Technology and Co-Host of the Your Undivided Attention podcast. Rolling Stone magazine named Tristan one of “25 People Shaping the World” and was named in Fortune’s 40 under 40 of 2018 for his work on reforming technology. If you have a smartphone, use social media, communicate via email or use online services in any way…this podcast is for you. Tristan explains the power of the attention economy, reveals how these social media sites are engineered to capture our time but discusses how he is optimistic that positive change is possible in the tech industry. Can we ensure that our future doesn’t turn into products merely mined for our attention, time and data. How can we can change these algorithmic paradigms to serve us rather than the other way around? Let us know what you thought of it! www.humanetech.com www.humanetech.com/podcast Twitter: @HumaneTech_ Instagram: @tristanharris
Dec 26, 2020
#164 Genetic Revolution (with Bruce Lipton)
Today’s guest on Under The Skin is Bruce Lipton! Bruce is a developmental biologist, stem cell biologist, notable for his views on epigenetics. He is the bestselling author of The Biology of Belief. This is a fascinating conversation about how our environment effects our biology. How do our cells operate and how do they make us who we are? Bruce explains how we are programmed from a young age through behaviour and culture. He explains how we can reprogram ourselves to live more fulfilling lives using energy psychology. He also discusses some of the scientific breakthroughs he has while working as a stem cell biologist. If we can learn understand how our biology works can we engineer our lives to be most spiritually satisfying and free us from suffering?  More info:  www.brucelipton.com Twitter: @biologyofbelief Instagram: @brucelipton
Dec 19, 2020
#163 Music Is A Crucible (with Annie Lennox)
This week’s guest on Under The Skin is the world famous singer and incredible activist and philanthropist Annie Lennox. Annie is most well known as the front woman of The Eurythmics! She has won X4 Grammy’s and has sold over 83 million albums worldwide! Annie has just released THE 10th ANNIVERSARY RE-ISSUE of her album A CHRISTMAS CORNUCOPIA, that includes the single “Dido’s Lament”. This is a beautiful, warm and creative podcast in which we speak about gift and purpose and Annie’s life as a singer being skyrocketed into fame in the 80s. We share our feelings on being performers, the art of communing with the sacred, how music and art are a form communication and purpose, but how the fame that accompanies it can destroy the artist. We also discuss activism, and how painful it can be to interface with the cruel realities we see so many people deal with. How can we change the world? Is it even possible? What is our purpose? More Info: Annie’s new single, “DIDO’S LAMENT” is available now:  https://annielennox.lnk.to/DidosLament   Watch the music video for “DIDO’S LAMENT” here: https://AnnieLennox.lnk.to/DidosLamentYouTubePR   The 10th Anniversary re-issue of A Christmas Cornucopia is available now: https://annielennox.lnk.to/ChristmasCornucopia  Twitter: @AnnieLennox Instagram: @officialannielennox
Dec 12, 2020
#160 Theology & Rhyming (with Tim Minchin)
This week’s podcast is an energetic, wordy and occasionally heated (in a good way!) with the incredible musician and artist Tim Minchin. Tim is an Australian comedian, actor, writer, musician, and songwriter. He is best known for his musical comedy! His new album ‘Apart Together’ will be released on Friday 20 November. We discuss everything from creativity and politics to whether or not your view on the origin of consciousness can determine whether we can change the world for the better. Tim is a rationalist and atheist, he explains his world view and how he finds beauty and comfort in a meaningless universe. On the other hand, I argue that spirituality and meaning is needed to supersede the current capitalist and materialist society that is no longer serving and nurturing our needs. Let us know what you think of the discussion on social media! Tim’s debut studio album, Apart Together, is available now:  https://tim-minchin.lnk.to/ApartTogetherAlbumPR  Twitter: @timminchin Instagram: @timminchin #ApartTogetherAlbum Website: timminchin.com 
Nov 21, 2020
#159 From Pain to Awakening (with Gabrielle Bernstein)
This week’s guest is Gabrielle Bernstein! Gabrielle is an American motivational speaker, life coach and New York Times best-selling author of The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith and Super Attractor: Methods for Manifesting a Life Beyond Your Wildest Dreams. She teaches primarily from the text “A Course In Miracles” on the practical application of self-love, forgiveness and how to have a holistic approach to spirituality. We had a great conversation about how we are looking after ourselves during the challenges 2020 has presented. How should we be implementing our own spiritual practices in order to grow from very particular and peculiar challenges? Gabrielle explains some excellent therapy techniques, particularly the Internal Family Systems practice, a therapy that has helped her considerably. We also discuss the notion of “spiritual bypassing”, something that we all may fall prey to, where we try and use our spirituality or meditation to bypass difficult feelings and situations, rather than incorporating those challenges into our practices. It is a very connected and grounding podcast that we hope you get something from! MORE INFO On January 1st, Gabby will be leading a 21 day manifesting challenge. A step-by-step how to feel good while you turn what you want into the life you live using the manifesting methods Gabby uses everyday. You’ll discover how to act in alignment with the energy of the Universe, allowing good things to flow to you easily and naturally.  Link to waitlist: gabbybernstein.com/manifestingchallenge-waitlist/ gabbybernstein.com Twitter: @gabbybernstein Instagram: @gabbybernstein
Nov 14, 2020
#158 Survival On The Edge Of Armageddon (with Ed Stafford)
This week is the return of survivalist Ed Stafford! Ed is a survivor in every sense. This is great podcast on how to cope in an extreme world! We discussed everything from the effect the pandemic has had on us mentally, some solutions Ed has found it terms of honing our bushcraft skills and interacting with the natural world in order to feel connected. Ed reveals what life in the military was like and we open up on how crippling loneliness can be, not just during these Covid-times, but in our lives in general. What is it we really need, to live meaningfully and happily? More Info: Ed’s podcast, “Dangerous Minds with Ed Stafford” is available wherever you get your podcasts and his online bushcraft courses can be found at bushcraft.academy/online-courses Twitter: @Ed_Stafford  Instagram: @ed_stafford
Nov 07, 2020
#157 Genius In Man & Nature. Where Does It Come From? (with Carlo Rovelli)
This week’s podcast is with theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli. Carlo works mainly in the field of quantum gravity and is a founder of loop quantum gravity theory. Carlo’s books ‘Seven Brief Lessons on Physics’, ‘Reality Is Not What It Seems’, and ‘The Order of Time’ are international bestsellers which have been translated into 43 languages. His new book, “There are Places in the World Where Rules are Less Important than Kindness” is published next month and features his reflections on everything, from Newton’s alchemy to Einstein’s mistakes, to the consciousness of an octopus, hallucinogens and the meaning of atheism. In this podcast we discuss the history of science and religion, how our knowledge of quantum theory and mechanics can effect our sense of morality and reality and we explore the nature of consciousness from Carlo’s perspective of theoretical physicist. Enjoy! If you’d like to take part in the Ask Me Anything episode - ask your question here: https://www.russellbrand.com/askmeanything/ More Info: Carlo’s latest book: https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/318/318988/there-are-places-in-the-world-where-rules-are-less-important-tha/9780241454688.html Twitter: @carlorovelli Website: www.cpt.univ-mrs.fr/~rovelli/
Oct 31, 2020
#156 Salvation & Apocalypse In The Metamodern World (with Seth Abramson)
This week’s guest on Under The Skin is the rather incredible meta modern journalist and political analyst Seth Ambramson! Seth is an American professor, attorney, author, and political columnist. His teaching areas include digital journalism, post-internet cultural theory, post-internet writing, and legal advocacy. He has written several books including Proof of Corruption: Bribery, Impeachment, and Pandemic in the Age of Trump (2020) and Proof of Conspiracy: How Trump's International Collusion Is Threatening American Democracy (2019).  We we drill down into why the political landscape is the way it is, if Donald Trump is the problem or actually just a symptom and how postmodernism created a culture of hopelessness! Seth proposes the benefits of the metamodernist approach and explains how the most rebellious amongst us aren’t those reliving the punk attitudes of the 70s but the people who are putting themselves out there, seemingly uncool and and being mocked for their efforts to create change. Enjoy! MORE INFO Seth’s new book Proof of Corruption is available now: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250273000 Proof of Corruption concludes a series that includes 2018's Proof of Collusion and 2019's Proof of Conspiracy. Listen to Seth’s podcast, Proof: A Pre-Election Special, here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_mrr4WnNM5peXgfFU443Cg sethabramson.net Twitter: @SethAbramson Instagram: @seth.abramson
Oct 24, 2020
#155 The Science Of Self & ‘True’ Nature Of Reality (with Prof. Tom Oliver)
This week’s guest on Under The Skin is Prof. Tom Oliver! Tom is a Professor in Ecology at the University of Reading, a socio-ecological systems expert and senior fellow with the UK government informing environmental policy. He is the author of The Self Delusion which explores how people, animals, plants and the planet we live on are all intimately connected – and why that matters. We had an incredible conversation about the science of the self, how we are all interconnected at a level that’s beyond our own senses, and if science can make us feel more connected one another? More Info on Tom: THE SELF DELUSION by Tom Oliver is published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in hardback, audio and ebook, and the paperback edition will be published on 21 January 2021. https://research.reading.ac.uk/social-and-applied-ecology/the-self-delusion/  TWITTER https://twitter.com/Tom_H_Oliver   https://twitter.com/wnbooks   https://twitter.com/orionbooks FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/WeidenfeldandNicolson/ https://www.facebook.com/OrionPublishingGroup/ INSTAGRAM https://www.instagram.com/orionbooks/?hl=en https://www.instagram.com/wnbooks/?hl=en
Oct 17, 2020
#154 Why We Must Wake Up To Plastic Free Life (with Kate Nelson)
This week I spoke with Kate Nelson (AKA Plastic Free Mermaid)! Kate is an avid waterwoman, science communicator, plastics consultant, and author of “I Quit Plastics: And You Can Too”.  We discuss how imminent the need to change the way we consume is, whether we have any power to change production and challenge big corporations, and why the culture of environmentalism, recycling and farmer’s markets has bourgeois connotations. What will make the majority of people change the way they behave?  Activism Kate’s conservation work is currently centred in supporting two plastic activism causes:  1. Plastic Free Byron: a local initiative to help her hometown phase out single-use plastics. She is fundraising this through "Products with Purpose" that can be purchased on her website and she is documenting the process as a case study for others to implement in their towns. 2. Plastic Health Summit: an international summit on the emerging science on plastic's impact on humans and the environment. She is helping to report on and amplify this breaking research this month. Follow her on Instagram for entertaining educational solutions and tips to quit plastics PLUS updates on her current plastics activism campaigns. She translates science for top international plastics researchers through fascinating and fun interviews on her Youtube channel and Instagram channel. She prioritises this work due to the incredibly negative health implications caused by our daily overexposure to plastics--from synthetic carpets to plastic packaging to fast fashion. When she learned plastic doesn't biodegrade, she quit using plastics. When she learned our contact with plastic causes obesity, developmental disorders, cancer, heart disease, and infertility--she dedicated her career to helping translate this important science. The science which competes with the convenience plastic offers. Youtube: youtube.com/c/plasticfreemermaid Her book ‘I QUIT PLASTICS’ is available now: www.iquitplastics.com/book She offers in person Mermaid Retreats as well as an online Mermaid Retreat to adventure into one's higher purpose, deepen one's nature connection, meet like-minded mermaids, and quit plastics.  Online Mermaid Retreat: www.plasticfreemermaid.teachable.com 
Oct 10, 2020
#153 Breathe Your Way To Freedom (with Biet Simkin)
This week’s guest on Under The Skin is my friend Biet Simkin! Biet is a very popular meditation and breath work teacher. She has new book out called, “Don’t Just Sit There: 44 Insights to Get Your Meditation Practice Off the Cushion and Into the Real World” (https://amzn.to/2HD7UgY ). In this podcast talk about some of the 4th Way techniques that she employs in he work, we do a breath work demonstration and discuss how to inspire people to live a spiritual life without adding to the “woo woo” and skepticism that people often feel when presented with these ideas. Biet was raised by a Shaman in New York City and signed to Sony Records at the age of 19 as a singer/songwriter. She became a high-profile DJ in the fashion and art scene in Manhattan. Following a string of life changing events she turned to her lifetime study of meditation and launched the ‘Guided By Biet’ event series. Instagram: @guidedbybiet Website: Guidedbybiet.com  
Oct 03, 2020
#152 Activism & Spiritualism (with Satish Kumar)
Hello! This week’s guest on Under The Skin is the incredible activist Satish Kumar! Satish been a Jain monk, a nuclear disarmament advocate, pacifist and he is the current editor of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine of which he is very proud! Satish is next level. He is an advanced elder and he speaks with wisdom, authority, compassion and insight. He has met other incredible activists, including Martin Luther King and Bertrand Russell. He is well known for his 8,000 mile Peace Walk where he walked around the world with a friend with no money in protest of nuclear weapons. We spoke about the importance of localisaton, decentralisation and how we can create change and revolution now. We also discussed the need for the Social Justice Movement to be rooted in Environmental Justice in order for it to be holistic and powerful. Questions were raised as to whether icons of activism such as Gandhi and MLK should be scrutinised for their flaws? And how can we unify the people from all backgrounds to fight for change that will ultimately effect us all More info on Satish and his work:  Satish is the editor emeritus of The Resurgence Trust, an environmental educational charity which publishes Resurgence & Ecologist magazine, runs The Ecologist website and organises educational events www.resurgence.org The charity’s annual Festival of Wellbeing is taking place on 31 October featuring lots of well-known speakers. More details can be found at www.resurgence.org/wellbeing20 And an online auction to raise funds for the charity will run from 12 November until 3 December at www.resurgencetrustauction.com Twitter: @Resurgence_mag
Sep 26, 2020
#151 Is The Rise Of Tech Addiction Really Irresistible? (with Adam Alter)
This week’s guest on Under The Skin is Adam Alter! Adam is an Associate Professor of Marketing at New York University’s Stern School of Business and author of Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked - which considers why so many people today are addicted to so many behaviours, from incessant smart phone and internet use to playing video games and online shopping.  In this episode we discuss nature of tech addiction, how social media and tech are designed to turn us in addicts and what the moral and ethical questions are surrounding that premise. Is it our fault that we are addicts? Should we just have more self-control? Or should the producers of these technologies be more responsible when designing these products? Could there be a hypocritical oath for tech giants, in order to protect us from becoming chained to our devices? Let us know what you thought of it on social media! Adam’s book “Irresistible” is available now. US link: https://www.amazon.com/Irresistible-Adam-Alter-audiobook/dp/B06WGMQBBM/  UK link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Irresistible-addicted-technology-yourself-free/dp/1784701653/#ace-3536363283  adamalterauthor.com Twitter: @adamleealter
Sep 19, 2020
#150 A Chance For Another Now (with Yanis Varoufakis)
This week we have a returning guest to Under The Skin, and one of our favourites, Yanis Varoufakis! Yanis is a Greek economist, academic, philosopher and politician. A former member of Syriza, he served as Minister of Finance from January to July 2015. He is co-founder of the international grassroots movement, DiEM25, and in 2019 he won election as one of its representatives in the Greek Parliament. He is currently Professor of Economics at the University of Athens. These are just some of the topics we discussed; the current political climate, the failure of The Left, the difference between internationalism and globalisation, what a scalable socialist institution should and could look like, and the relationship between the working class and left-wing political parties. Yanis has an incredible insight into how all these institutions work, you’re bound to learn from this episode. If you enjoyed this episode, go back and listen to our first Under The Skin podcast together a few years ago! His new book, Another Now: Dispatches from an Alternative Present is released this month in hardback, ebook and audiobook. + Vintage Books Twitter + Vintage Books Instagram + Yanis Varoufakis Twitter
Sep 12, 2020
#149 Call of The Shaman (with Jay & Kestral)
Jay and Kestrel Oakwood are specialists in Shamanism.  They run The Bridget Healing Centre which is a centre for shamanic studies and spiritual empowerment and Glastonbury's most established healing centre. They are a non-profit company that has been a pillar of the local community for over 25 years. In addition to offering one on one healing sessions and group retreats, they run an internationally recognised year-long training course called ‘Call of the Shaman.’ We discussed what the work of a Shaman actually entails, the history of this kind of wisdom, the role animals and omens play in understanding symbols and their aims as healers.  You can find more information at bridgethealingcentre.co.uk and their Facebook Jay is on Instagram @jayoakwood and Facebook
Sep 05, 2020
#148 Fame & The Spiritual Life (with Yusuf Cat Stevens)
This week I spoke to one of most iconic sing-songwriters Yusuf Cat Stevens! In this podcast we delve into what it’s like striving for fame and affirmation to then denounce it all in favour of living a spiritual life.  Info Yusuf / Cat Stevens is a British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His musical style consists of folk, pop, rock, and, in his later career, Islamic music. He was one of the most successful and beloved artists of the 1960s and 1970s but left his musical career behind to devote himself to educational and philanthropic causes in the Muslim community. He has been awarded two honorary doctorates and the Man of Peace Award for his humanitarian work. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. This year is the 50th anniversary of his iconic album, Tea for the Tillerman, and Yusuf / Cat Stevens is set to release the re-recorded and reimagined ‘Tea for the Tillerman²’ on 18th September. Instagram / FB / Twitter Handle: @yusufcatstevens Youtube link  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69yOu8hrQ6Q T4TT2: https://catstevens.lnk.to/TFTT2
Aug 29, 2020
#147 Authentic Self (with Bill Burr)
This is an incredible podcast with the fantastic comedian Bill Burr. We discuss the role and skill of the comedian, what it’s like becoming famous and the best advice Bill was given by Seinfeld. It also got a little deep, touching on grief and why God created psychopaths! This podcast will make you laugh and might even make you cry. Enjoy! Bill’s latest stand-up special, Paper Tiger, is streaming now on Netflix and the fourth season of his animated Netflix series, F Is For Family, has just been released.  He co-founded the ‘All Things Comedy’ network and has hosted ‘The Monday Morning Podcast’ twice weekly since 2007. He can currently be seen in Judd Apatow and Pete Davidson’s heartfelt comedy, The King of Staten Island. The movie is available to own on Digital now and will released on Blu-ray & DVD – featuring over two hours of bonus content and alternate endings - on August 25th in the US and September 14th in the UK.
Aug 22, 2020
#146 Access The Awareness Beyond (with Mooji)
This week’s guest on Under The Skin is the incredible spiritual teacher Mooji. I practice a lot of Mooji’s meditations, which you can find on YouTube for free, and I’ve found them a really valuable asset to my daily spiritual practices. In this podcast Mooji answers a lot of my questions about meditation, identity and awareness, he also leads me in a guided meditation. I hope you will find this episode enlightening and educational. We have been looking forward to having him as a guest on Under The Skin for a long time! More info: Mooji is a renowned spiritual teacher, who, for over 20 years, has been guiding countless seekers worldwide in search of true happiness, peace and freedom.  Mooji’s way of teaching is direct and compassionate, encouraging that Self-discovery need not be difficult. He teaches that the true nature of human beings is not a personal self or ego but pure, formless awareness.  Mooji claims that when this is fully grasped, delusion and suffering come to an end and is replaced by a lasting peace and pure love. His talks, called Satsang, bring seekers into the experiential recognition of their true Self—and all with his characteristic humour, wisdom and love.  His teachings are widely available online, and more info can be found at mooji.org. facebook.com/moojiji Twitter: @moojiji Instagram: @mooji.official
Aug 15, 2020
#145 The Unified Field & Limitless Potentialities 
This week I spoke with Dr. John Hagelin! John is a quantum physicist, public policy expert, President of the David Lynch Foundation and Chair of the Center for Leadership Performance. For the past 25 years he has been leading a scientific investigation into the foundations of human consciousness and is one of the world’s pre-eminent researchers on the effects of meditation on brain development, and the use of meditation to address critical problems in the field of education, rehabilitation, crime, social violence, and post-traumatic stress. Dr Hagelin teaches the doctoral program in physics at the Maharishi International University. This is a very in depth conversation that marries the scientific world view with the spiritual. A fascinating, if sometimes challenging, but rewarding listen!
Aug 08, 2020
#144 Stories To Save Us (with Michael Meade)
This week’s guest is the incredible storyteller Michael Meade! Michael is an American storyteller, author, and scholar of mythology, anthropology, and psychology.  This is an enthralling podcast as Michael shares some the most fascinating mythological tales that help us in understanding what is going on in the world right now, from feeling lost in ourselves to why we appoint certain world leaders. He also teaches us about the role of initiation and the power and importance of our wounds.  He is founder and Director of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, a non-profit network of artists, activists, and community builders that encourages greater understanding between diverse peoples. Michael is the creator of the Living Myth podcast and his new online series, The Soul of Genius, begins on August 14th at www.mosaicvoices.org @MichaelMeadeMosaic (Facebook) @michaelmeade_mosaicvoices (Instagram) @MMeade_Myth (Twitter)
Aug 01, 2020
#143 Tech Power & Manipulation (with Brittany Kaiser)
This week’s guest on Under The Skin is Brittany Kaiser. Brittany is the former business development director of Cambridge Analytica and you may recognise her from the Netflix Original documentary The Great Hack. She has incredible insight into the world of big data, political campaign management and strategy and how our every online move and word is being track, mined and sold for money and power. She co-founded the Digital Asset Trade Association (DATA), a non-profit lobbying firm advancing legislative reform for individuals to control their own digital assets. She also co-founded the Own Your Data Foundation, to promote digital literacy education. We discuss how our data is being collected and sold to corporations, governments and campaigns in order to manipulate our spending and even our voting choices. Should our data be seen and legally protected in the same way as property is? Is it wrong to target people based on their political leanings? Is it cheating? What laws are in place to protect us or is it fair game? Listen this week to find out from a person who has seen it all! Brittany’s book ‘Targeted: The Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower's Inside Story of How Big Data, Trump and Facebook Broke Democracy’ Is available now: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/targeted-brittany-kaiser Own Your Data Foundation: https://ownyourdata.foundation/ @ownyourdatanow (Twitter)  @own.your.data (Instagram) https://www.facebook.com/ownyourdata/ (Facebook) https://www.linkedin.com/in/ownyourdata/ (Linkedin)
Jul 25, 2020
#142 Theories Of The Unknown (with Dr. Katie Mack)
This week I spoke with theoretical astro-physicist and cosmologist Dr. Katie Mack!  Katie has studied dark matter, the early universe, galaxy formation, black holes, cosmic strings, and the ultimate fate of the cosmos. We discuss all things known, unknown and speculative in this week’s podcast. We question how we can relate all of that to our everyday understanding of the world and societal beliefs. She is currently Assistant Professor of Physics at North Carolina State University and is regular columnist in Cosmos magazine and contributor to publications such as Scientific American, Slate, and Time. Katie’s new book “The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking)” is out in August. https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/311522/the-end-of-everything/9780241372333.html  http://www.astrokatie.com/  http://www.astrokatie.com/book  Twitter: @AstroKatie Instagram: @astrokatiemack
Jul 18, 2020
#141 Finding God Without Losing Reason (with Radhanath Swami)
This week’s guest is one my own close spiritual teachers - is Holiness Radhanath Swami. Radhanath Swami is one of today’s most beloved and respected spiritual teachers. He spent his youth wandering through disparate countries and cultures yearning for an experience of truth; after finally meeting his spiritual teacher in India he has spent the last 50 years internalising that spiritual practice and sharing it with others. He is not only a guide, but a community builder, activist, and a New York Times best-selling author. Radhanath Swami’s message is as profound as it is simple: by cultivating a rich inner life of self-awareness and a genuine practice of service, we can become instruments of compassion and agents of sustainable change in the world.
Jul 11, 2020
#140 Is Panpsychism The Answer To The Mystery Of Consciousness? (with Dr. Philip Goff)
This week’s podcast is all about Panpsychism! I spoke with philosopher Dr. Philip Goff, who teaches at Durham University who specialises in this area of research. Philip the author of Consciousness and Fundamental Reality and Galileo’s Error and has published more than forty academic papers. His writing has also appeared in many newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, and Philosophy Now.  Panpsychism argues that traditional approaches of materialism (consciousness can be explained in terms of physical processes in the brain) and dualism (consciousness is separate from the body and brain) face insuperable difficulties.  In this podcast we discuss this idea more in depth an the implications it might have on scientific study and the way we relate to the world as a whole! Enjoy! If you’d like learn more, check out Dr. Philip Goff’s book below: UK version: https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/111/1117019/galileo-s-error/9781846046018.html US version: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/599229/galileos-error-by-philip-goff/ Twitter: @philip_goff Website: www.philipgoffphilosophy.com Blog: www.conscienceandconsciousness.com  
Jul 04, 2020
#139 Sing Yourself To Glory! (with Jahnavi Harrison)
This week’s guest on the podcast is Jahnavi Harrison. Jahnavi is a British musician known for her mantra meditation music (kirtan). She was raised in a family of Bhakti-yoga practitioners at Bhaktivedanta Manor, one of England’s most important spiritual landmarks. For over 12 years she has travelled the world, offering her voice and violin playing in the performance of sacred music.  Jahnavi founded Kirtan London, a project that aims to make mantra music accessible and relevant to a wider audience through events and retreats.  She also recently collaborated on a new song with Willow Smith - you can listen to it on Spotify and all the regular streaming platforms.
Jun 27, 2020
#138 Become Awake Now! (with Eckhart Tolle)
This week, the incredible teacher Eckhart Tolle is my guest on this 2 hour long mammoth episode of Under The Skin!  Eckhart is a spiritual teacher and author. He has introduced millions to the freedom of living life in the present moment. The New York Times has described him as “the most popular spiritual author in the United States”, and Watkins Review has named him “the most spiritually influential person in the world.” We’ve been looking forward to Eckhart coming on the podcast for a long time, and he didn’t disappointed. This is an excellent podcast and one you will definitely get something from. If you’re interested in learning more from Eckhart: Eckhart shows us how this time of challenge and accelerated change is an opportunity to manifest from the awakened state of consciousness, and why right now, activating this creative power is so important for ourselves and for the world. Click here to check out Eckhart's Conscious Manifestation Online Course, which starts June 25: https://consciousmanifestation.eckharttolle.com/enroll-in-conscious-manifestation-202039077920#a_aid=5ee270d95f12c&a_bid=0df5b44d
Jun 20, 2020
#137 Divine Comedy (with Judd Apatow)
This week’s guest is Judd Apatow, director, producer and writer of many of the biggest comedy films and hit TV shows of the last two decades including The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up and This Is 40. He also helped propel me into the world of Hollywood acting, casting me in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him To The Greek. We discuss everything from writing for the Larry Sanders Show, what fuels creativity, the the power of intuition and the magic of comedy! Judd’s new movie, The King of Staten Island, is available to Rent At Home now.
Jun 13, 2020
#136 Revolution Is Possible! (with Prof. Kehinde Andrews)
This week we have returning guest Prof. Kehinde Andrews. Kehinde is an academic, activist and author. He is the Professor of Black Studies at Birmingham City University; the Director of the Centre for Critical Social Research; founder of the Organisation of Black Unity; and co-chair of the Black Studies Association. This podcast digs deep into the core, historical and economical reasons behind racism not just in America but globally. Kehinde explains the route to real change and what needs to happen in order for a global revolution to take place. What do we have to sacrifice to make this happen? And are we willing to go through with it? His books include Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century and Resisting Racism: Race, Inequality and the Black Supplementary School Movement.
Jun 06, 2020
#135 Attention & Domination (with Kasia Urbaniak)
This week’s guest is Kasia Urbaniak! Kasia is the founder and CEO of The Academy, a school that teaches women the foundations of power and influence.  She has worked as professional Dominatrix, practiced Taoist alchemy in one of the oldest female-led monasteries in China and obtained certifications in Medical Qi Gong and Systemic Constellations. Since founding The Academy in 2013, Kasia has taught hundreds of women practical tools to step into leadership positions in their relationships, families, workplaces, and wider communities.  Her new book, ‘Unbound: A Woman’s Guide to Power’ is out in August.
May 30, 2020
#134 The Role Of The Trickster (with Conan O’Brien)
This week I spoke with Conan O’Brien! Conan is a comedian, writer, podcaster, and producer and the longest-working of all the current US late-night talk show hosts with 26 years on our screens. We spoke about friendship, when and how we discovered comedy, what it’s like to encounter fame and the destruction it can cause and when we first met! I hope you enjoy! This is a joint podcast release with Conan - his podcast is called Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend, so check that out after this. If you’d like to listen to more episodes of Under The Skin head over to luminarypodcasts.com, there are over 100 more you can listen to!
May 25, 2020
#133 Healing The Seminal Wound (with Dr. James McLeary)
This this week I spoke with Dr. James McLeary. James is a deeply experienced wisdom holder, expert facilitator and member of the Elder Council of Inside Circle Foundation. Inside Circle focuses on reducing prison violence, lowering recidivism, and guiding inmates through healing that allows for meaningful lives after release. He is the executive producer of the documentary, THE WORK, detailing Inside Circle’s program in Folsom Prison. I saw that documentary, you have to watch it, it’s a powerful documentary. He’s got a powerful energy and he knows the score on Jungian psychology, 12 Step Recovery and a lot of things and it’s a very interesting conversation. I think he’s talking about ways of setting up ceremonial space for us to deal with the deep truths about who we are and move from unconsciousness to consciousness, move out of the unaware habitual behaviours that condemn us to a life of bland consumerism, out of that into the fire of our potential awakened existence.
May 23, 2020
#132 Trussell and Russell Cosmic Tussle (with Duncan Trussell)
Duncan Trussell is a stand-up comedian, podcaster and actor. He wrote and performed on Fuel TV’s sketch show Stupidface, and guest starred on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and Comedy Central’s Drunk History and Adventure Time. He tours regularly as a stand-up and has his own podcast, The Duncan Trussell Family Hour. His new animated series, The Midnight Gospel is streaming now on Netflix. This is an incredible conversation that traverses topics from psychedelics and spirituality to acknowledging how absurd and embarrassing it is to be a human being. Enjoy!
May 16, 2020
#131 Transcend & Be Free! (with Bob Roth)
This week’s guest on Under The Skin is the man who taught me how to meditate over 13 years ago, Bob Roth CEO of The David Lynch Foundation. He is one of most experienced and sought-after meditation teachers in the world. He studied with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and has taught Transcendental Meditation for over forty-five years to thousands of people. He is host of the Sirius XM show, Success Without Stress and currently has a show on iHeartRadio called Stay Calm with Bob Roth. His book, Strength in Stillness, is available now.  In our conversation Bob goes into detail about the different types of meditation and their role and effect on the mind. We discuss what social and cultural effects meditation can have in the world and some of the science and data surrounding this ancient practice.
May 09, 2020
#130 Create Yourself (with Elizabeth Gilbert)
This week’s guest is author Elizabeth Gilbert - she is perhaps best known for her memoir EAT PRAY LOVE, which chronicled her personal journey of self-discovery and inspired thousands of readers.  She was named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine.  We spoke about how creatives, writer and artists of all kind often suffer with the torment of their own creativity rather than being in symbiosis with it. Is is it necessary to be a victim of your art and to be that tormented artist, in order to create great work? We discuss the role our egos play in our work and how all of this can be transposed and reflected in our day to day relationships. This is a fantastic conversation and sure to inspire you. You may relate to it a lot. Her latest book, City of Girls, is available now in paperback. Enjoy!
May 02, 2020
#129 God vs Atheism with Ricky Gervais
This week’s guest on Under The Skin is Ricky Gervais.  Ricky Gervais is one of the greatest comedy stars the world has ever known. He’s the creator of ‘Extras’ and ‘The Office’, and is a genius up there with Chaplin, Cleese and Coogan. This is a fantastic episode, a brilliant conversation covering God, atheism, animals, love and class. It was a real privilege to speak to him. Season 2 of Ricky’s new show, ‘After Life’ is streaming now on Netflix.
Apr 25, 2020
#128 Is Your Mind In Your Brain? (with David Eagleman)
This week I spoke with to David Eagleman - the Brian Cox of Neuroscience, the Neil deGrasse Tyson of the mind, brilliant, lucid humorous and great storyteller of scientific narratives. David is a neuroscientist who specializes in brain plasticity, time perception, synaesthesia, and the intersection of science with social policy.  He is adjunct professor at Stamford University, a New York Times bestselling author and head of the Center for Science and Law. My wife Laura’s new book The Joy Journal for Magical Everyday Play has just come out. You can get a copy of it here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/9781529025590?gC=5a105e8b&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI7vDNhdT36AIVhLHtCh2eIQPgEAQYASABEgKygvD_BwE
Apr 21, 2020
#127 Change Your Parenting, Change the World (with Dr. Shefali)
This week’s guest on Under The Skin is parenting guru Dr. Shefali. Dr. Shefali received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Columbia University, specializing in the integration of Western psychology and Eastern philosophy. She is an expert in family dynamics and personal development. We speak candidly about both our parenting styles, how we all fall into different parenting prototypes and the damage our ego can have on our children. She explains the importance of knowing the difference between the form and formless and how we can learn so much from children, as spiritual teachers. You can get Dr. Shefali’s new book Superpowered here: https://getsuperpowered.com
Apr 18, 2020
#126 Is This The Opportunity for Revolution The World's Been Awaiting? (w/Charles Eisenstein)
Charles Eisenstein returns to Under The Skin for a second time, this time with some interesting and in depth analysis on the current situation facing the world as Covid-19 begins to reframe how we see society and power. I was particularly inspired by Charles’s latest essay “The Coronation” - which you should read if you have the time. In this podcast we discuss our relationship with death, our need for belief in authority and whether governments are preparing for civil unrest, conspiracy theories vs alternative ideas and Charles’s analysis on where we are going wrong and what we could be doing to make things right!
Apr 14, 2020
#125 The World After Lockdown (with Helena Norberg-Hodge)
This week’s guest is Helena Norberg-Hodge! Helena is founder and director of Local Futures. Local Futures is a non-profit organization "dedicated to the revitalization of cultural and biological diversity, and the strengthening of local communities and economies worldwide. We discuss the importance of localized framing versus globalisation systems, what a future after this pandemic and lockdown eases should look like in order for society to thrive, and Helena divulges the incredible lessons she’s learned from her time in Tibet and traveling. If you’re interested in real, practical solutions to many of the issues we’re facing right now, this is the podcast for you.
Apr 11, 2020
#124 Artist's Way Guru On Creativity & Play (with Julia Cameron)
This week’s guest is the incredible teacher and author of The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron! Julia is a teacher, author, artist, poet, playwright, novelist, filmmaker, composer, and journalist! She also has written many other non-fiction works, short stories, and essays, as well as novels, plays, musicals, and screenplays. Any of you who are interested in creativity or even just discovering your deeper psychic self self should get The Artist’s Way and take out the legendary exercises in it that Julia and I discuss in this podcast. If you’ve ever struggled with being creative or if you’re an artist and have felt blocked or stuck this is the podcast for you! Julia believes each and every one of us is creative and she knows how exactly how to ignite the artist in all of us! You can get a copy of The Artist’s Way here: Hardback: https://amzn.to/2JmgWO9   Ebook: https://amzn.to/3aksYDT  Check out Julia on Instagram (@juliacameronlive) and Twitter (@j_cameronlive) Publisher: Twitter: @profilebooks  Instagram: @profile.books
Apr 07, 2020
#123 Mental Health Through Fitness (with Joe Wicks)
This week I spoke with Joe Wicks. Joe is a fitness coach also known as "The Body Coach”. During this Covid-19 lockdown he has begun a daily morning YouTube Livestream called "P.E With Joe" to try and help children and adults stay active. His livestream has been viewed by millions and he has around 500,000 live viewers every morning!  We chatted about the money he’s raised for the NHS from YouTube Live Streaming, the vital role the exercise plays in maintaining good mental health and what our post-pandemic world might look like. Will there be any changes to our behaviour? Or we will all go back to our lives as they were? Is this a time when the whole world will collectively wake up?
Apr 04, 2020
#122 Wim Hof’s Corona Survival Guide
This week on Under The Skin we have a returning guest, the incredible Wim Hof aka The Iceman. In this episode Wim talks about how his breathing techniques can be used to increase our immunity, our personal respiratory power, our health and our safety as well as, of course, having a huge spiritual dimension. It’s a brilliant episode, you’re going to love it! Check out Wim’s app and courses online at https://www.wimhofmethod.com/ Instagram: @iceman_hof Twitter: @Iceman_Hof This is the link to the Charles Eisenstein article mentioned in the podcast: https://charleseisenstein.org/essays/the-coronation/
Apr 01, 2020
#104 Science, Capitalism & God (with Neil deGrasse Tyson)
This week’s guest on Under The Skin is the infamous astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson! He’s pretty amazing. He was promoting his book ‘Letters From An Astrophysicist’ but he was more than that…being a focused and dedicated educator. I enjoyed talking to him. The main thrust of it was me going, “yeah, come on, there must be God!”. It was actually my ongoing argument that it’s hard to apply the tools of science to realms that may be beyond sensory experience and how can science claim to be objective as it exist within a capitalist consumer culture that has certain agendas and objectives? We also discussed the way in which science has propelled human understanding and how we interface with the unknowable, what role ancient spiritual texts have played and whether science is controlled by the rich and powerful? I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
Nov 20, 2019
#97 Art, Greatness & “Turning” (with Richard Ayoade)
This week I spoke with comic, author and film director Richard Ayoade. Richard Ayoade is amazing. I fell sort of gently in love with him. We spoke about fame and navigating the media, the art of comic performance and intention, the difference between greatness and mediocrity and lots and lots more! Richard’s new book Ayoade On Top is out now! 
Sep 14, 2019
#85 Vulnerability and Power (with Brené Brown)
Brené Brown is the author of five #1 New York Times bestseller books, her TED talk has over 40 million views, making it one of the most viewed ever and she has new special on Netflix called “The Call To Courage”. She is an expert researcher in vulnerability, courage and shame. It’s one of my favourite conversations I think I’ve ever had. If it’s spiritual wisdom you want, listen to this episode with Brené Brown. If you’re not on Luminary app yet, make sure to sign up to get one month free and you’ll be able to listen to all the latest Under The Skin episodes. Sign up here: http://luminary.link/russell 
Jun 22, 2019
#80 Meditation & Genius (with David Lynch)
This week I spoke to David Lynch. We discussed transcendental meditation, Vedic philosophy, the lessons he has learned from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and the effect spirituality has had on his life. 
May 18, 2019
#79 Creating! Growing! Accepting Fallibility with The Amazing Lena Dunham
This week’s podcast discusses everything from anxiety, addiction and the effect fame has on the human psyche to post-structuralism and the myth of the goddess. A very open and frank conversation and hopefully one that you can relate to.
May 11, 2019
#78 Byron Katie - Free Your Self From Pain
Author and spiritual teacher Byron Katie is on the podcast this week. Byron Katie is the creator of “The Work” - a program that teaches you to free yourself from suffering. If you want to learn more about your role in relationships and confrontations, how to understand your negative thought patterns and how to train yourself to think clearly and without pain - give this a listen, Byron Katie is a fantastic teacher. We even do some of The Work during the podcast, where Katie helps me work through a recent resentment. Let us know what you thought of this week’s episode on Twitter (@rustyrockets) or Instagram (@trewrussellbrand).
May 04, 2019
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May 02, 2019
#77 - How to Be a Loving Man (with Karamo Brown)
I’ve been QueerEyed!!! Me and Karamo Brown have done a podcast and it was magic. Karamo is a fantastic psychotherapist, commentator and counsellor. We spoke about Karamo’s journey and the many challenges he has faced and overcome, how he and the Fab 5 were chosen for Queer Eye, how to maintain healthy relationships with others and yourself and he did a little bit of therapy on me too!  Please enjoy and let us know what you thought of it on social media.
Apr 27, 2019
#76 Truth & Illusions (with Derren Brown)
Derren and I spoke about stoicism, the psychology of socio-political standpoints, faith healing, how we frame suffering, relationships and...there is a great story about a parrot at the end.
Apr 20, 2019
#75 Democracy Is Dead. What Now? (with David Runciman)
David Runciman is author of "How Democracy Ends" and host of the Talking Politics podcast. We spoke about what the function of democracy is, the significance of the generational divide when voting, the relationship between corporations and government, anarcho-syndacalism & the rise of populism. 
Apr 13, 2019
#74 Ceremony, Relationships And Communal Living (with Shaman Wendy Mandy)
For over 30 years Wendy Mandy has been practicing ancient shaman rituals and healing. She was bestowed all her knowledge by Indigenous Tribes in Africa and South America. We talk about how to maintain healthy relationships, the importance of ceremony and the power of plant medicine!
Apr 06, 2019
#73 Seeds, Weeds & Intention (with Jay Shetty)
A podcast with online creator and spiritual storyteller Jay Shetty. Lessons in daily self care, spiritual practice and positive thinking.
Mar 30, 2019
#72 The Tribe VS The Algorithm: Can We Ever Be Free Again? (with Douglas Rushkoff)
Douglas understands a lot about the intersection between social media and philosophy and the way that our culture and psyche has been influenced by new technology. He’s a fascinating person and I think you’re gonna love it.
Mar 23, 2019
#71 Intuition & Mysticism In A Material World (with Theresa Cheung)
What is precognition? What scientific studies are being done on the psychics, mediums and the mystical? Theresa Cheung author of the "Premonition Code" explains all.
Mar 16, 2019
#70 Heal Yourself with The Ice Shaman (with Wim Hof)
"The cold is your teacher" - our most requested guest Wim Hof graces us with his presence on today's scientific, spiritual and mind altering podcast. *please do not try any of the breathing techniques described in warm water or swimming pools*
Mar 09, 2019
#069 Finding Joy Amidst Fascism & Violence (with Brad Evans & Henry Giroux)
Today we  discuss power, corruption, revolution and new systems. This is a proper academic episode, you’re gonna learn. Brad & Henry are brilliant thinkers and brilliant educators.
Mar 02, 2019
#068 Porn, Sadness & Madness (with Jon Ronson)
Today's guest is the always intriguing journalist and great storyteller Jon Ronson. Fascinating, open and honest. We talked about his investigative podcasts into the world of pornography, how he fought his way out of depression and the dark world of social media shaming! It was an authentic and emotionally very real experience with Jon. 
Feb 23, 2019
#067 Vulnerability, Progress & Biscuits (with Fearne Cotton)
Fearne Cotton is on Under The Skin this week talking about mental health, fame and how to grow up. A very lucid, open and thoughtful conversation.
Feb 16, 2019
#066 Unlock Your Hidden Power with Ironman (John McAvoy)
Former armed robber, with two life sentences, tells his story of redemption on today's episode of Under The Skin. 
Feb 09, 2019
#065 Beauty, Fat and Capitalist Pigs (with Megan Jayne Crabbe)
We discuss ideas around body positivity, the way that we relate to food, capitalisms role in how we see ourselves and Megan's journey and recovery out of anorexia. It was a fascinating conversation.
Feb 02, 2019
#064 Life Online & Death In Reality (with Laurence Scott)
We talk about the nature of reality, both virtual, physical and psychological and how these realms intersect and inform us. And what particularly about this time we're living in is difficult and challenging. Laurence Scott is the author of "The Four-Dimensional Human" and "Picnic Comma Lightning" and occasionally  hosts the BBC Radio 3 show "Free Thinking".
Jan 26, 2019
#063 Being Good Men with The Happy Pear!
Is it possible to run a business consciously? What does healthy masculinity look like? Stephen & Dave aka The Happy Pear know how it's done, promoting happiness and health in every aspect of life.
Jan 19, 2019
#062 Nosh & Socialism (with Jack Monroe)
You gotta listen to the incomparable scourge of the right and food bank gourmet Jack Monroe on Under The Skin.
Jan 12, 2019
#061 Practical Spirituality - More Than Crystals & Candles (with Radhanath Swami)
Today's podcast is with one of my own mentors and spiritual teachers - Radhanath Swami. An enlightening and pragmatic podcast questioning the role of religion, spirituality and our own place in modern society. Check it out and let us know social media what you thought of it tweet me @rustyrockets on Twitter or @trewrussellbrand on Instagram.
Jan 05, 2019
#60 Birth, Feminism & Power (with Katharine Graves)
Can birth be a form of feminine empowerment? Why did footballer Harry Kane receive so much backlash for praising his wife? Today we go back to the beginning and delve into all things related birth - from combatting fear, the power of language and the role men can play. A very positive and insightful episode.
Dec 29, 2018
#059 Black Revolution & Whiteness Psychosis (with Kehinde Andrews)
Do you suffer from the psychosis of whiteness? What is the politics of Blackness? These are just some of the questions Kehinde Andrews makes us think about during this episode. Honest questions, brutal truths and solutions that could potentially change the world for the better, for everyone.
Dec 22, 2018
#058 Populist Revolution - Will It Go Left Or Right? (with Candace Owens)
An explosive conversation with controversial conservative thinker Candace Owen - a staunch advocate for the free market, capitalism and Donald Trump. Listen to some heated debates about the pros and cons of the left and the right and an attempt at negotiating what utopia might look like!
Dec 15, 2018
#057 The Masks We Wear (with Blindboy, The Rubberbandits)
From identity and mental health to James Joyce and religion, Blindboy from The Rubberbandits enlightens us on today's first live Under The Skin podcast. Recorded in Dublin, Ireland.
Dec 08, 2018
#056 Meeting A Mentor (with Tony Robbins)
Tony Robbins - pain, redemption and reprogramming with the incomparable Elvis/Jesus of Personal Development.
Dec 01, 2018
#055 Class & Class War In The Age Of Populism (with Darren McGarvey)
Darren McGarvey is author of the award winning book "Poverty Safari", he joins us today to discuss the art of social mobility, the politics of poverty and how people from different backgrounds and perspectives can learn to understand one another.
Nov 24, 2018
#054 Can Spirituality Save The World From Godless Politics? (with Marianne Williamson)
Renowned author and spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson joins me on today's podcast to discuss the current disconnect between spirituality and politics, how to to navigate mental health such as depression and whether a spiritual and political revolution is on its way!
Nov 17, 2018
#053 Gabor Maté - Damaged Leaders Rule An Addicted World!
Dr. Gabor Maté a renowned specialist in addiction, childhood trauma and stress joins me on the podcast today. We discuss the many forms addiction can take, how we can cope as damaged people in the world and are we being ruled by traumatised politicians? Gabor has a very loving, optimistic and benevolent worldview that you will hopefully benefit from listening to in this episode.
Nov 10, 2018
#052 How Loving Extremists Will Defeat Hate (with Deeyah Khan)
This Deeyah Khan episode is special. She is an award winning documentary filmmaker who has met and confronted Jihadists and members of the KKK in order to understand what drives them. So much insight, bravery and practical love on difficult topics - religion/race/gender/identity. Also COINCIDENTALLY I barely speak in it.
Nov 03, 2018
#051 Justice Is Dead. Did It Fall Or Was It Pushed? (with David Rudolf, ‘The Staircase’)
In this episode I'm joined by David Rudolf - the lawyer who represented Michael Peterson in the hit Netflix series "The Staircase". We spoke about what it's like to defend a person accused of murder, if true justice really exists at all and the importance of questioning authority.
Oct 26, 2018
#050 Systems Of The Damned (with Charles Eisenstein)
On today's episode of Under The Skin I'm joined by author Charles Eisenstein to discuss alternative economic systems, find out what's wrong with the current climate change narrative and how we can actually change the world, challenge the powerful and empower the powerless.
Oct 20, 2018
#049 Yuval Noah Harari - Are Our Children AI Slaves?
Today we welcome back Yuval Noah Harari to Under The Skin where we discuss his new book 21 Lessons For The 21st Century. We tackle the idea of the rise useless class, the power of new A.I. technology and what we can do to combat this potential assault on our identity and role as human beings in world.
Oct 12, 2018
Under The Skin Season #2 - Teaser
Season #2 of Under The Skin returns next Saturday 13th October! In this teaser you'll hear clips from upcoming episodes with Yuval Noah Harari, Charles Eisenstein, Blindboy from The Rubberbandits and Loki The Rapper aka. Darren McGarvey. We've got some fantastic guests coming up over the course of this series from across the political and ideological spectrum. You'll hear from writers, actors, academics and more including Gabor Mate, Candace Owens, Marianne Williamson, Deeyah Khan, Charles Eisenstein and David Rudolf. Join us next Saturday 13th Oct for Yuval Noah Harari's episode.
Oct 06, 2018
#048 Freedom and Tyranny (with Jordan Peterson)
In this special edition of Under The Skin celebrating the paperback release of my book Recovery - clinical psychologist Dr. Jordan Peterson joins me again to discuss the nature of social hierarchies, where power lies and how to live in harmony. We also compare his 12 Rules for Life with the 12 Steps in my book Recovery.
May 17, 2018
Some Exciting News...Season #2: Under The Skin to the bone!
The first season of Under The Skin has come to an end. Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast, it's been a fantastic year with brilliant guests. But don't worry Season #2 will be back on June 2nd with some exceptional new guests including Jim Carrey, Gabor Mate and Tony Robbins! Stay tuned...
Mar 30, 2018
Is Civilisation Crumbling? with Adam Curtis
A look back at one of the first and most memorable Under The Skin episodes with filmmaker Adam Curtis about the rise of individualism, where real power lies, and whether we really want change.
Mar 24, 2018
Yanis Varoufakis - Euro Power From A Man Who Knows
One of my favourite guests on Under The Skin and an episode you should definitely listen to is the fascinating interview where I discuss with Yanis what happens when you take on the political, financial and media elite, and how radical reform can occur. Through accounts of his confrontations with the IMF, European institutions and the German government we examine where true power lies and how it is wielded.
Mar 17, 2018
(Yuval) Noah’s Arc - What Is The Future For Sapiens?
With his ever growing popularity I take a look back at my interview with Yuval Noah Harari, author of bestseller ‘Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind’. We discuss how homo sapiens came to dominate the world, how our society is built on fiction, the creation of a class of useless people, and the future for our species.
Mar 10, 2018
#047 Egos and Alcohol (with Ryron & Rener Gracie)
Brothers and part of jiu jitsu’s most illustrious family, my guests today are Ryron and Rener Gracie who discuss how Brazilian jiu-jitsu has shaped the people they are today; the pressure of continuing their family’s legacy; how UFC (their father’s creation) has become one of the fastest growing sports in history; and the importance of being able to defend ourselves. 
Feb 25, 2018
#046 Power vs Kindness (with Jordan Peterson)
Recently making the headlines after a combative interview about the gender pay gap with Channel 4’s Cathy Newman, my guest today is Jordan Peterson, who discusses with me some of his 12 Rules for Life. 
Feb 15, 2018
#045 What’s The Biggest Threat To Freedom? Islam Or Consumerism (with Sam Harris)
In a bumper 2 hour episode neuroscientist, author and fellow podcaster Sam Harris and I discuss the effects and rationality of religious belief, the illusion of freedom, Western intervention in the Middle East and where true power lies.
Feb 03, 2018
#044 Headspace - Could Mass Meditation Change Everything? (with Andy Puddicombe)
Co-founder and voice of the Headspace app, Andy Puddicombe joins me to discuss his striving to teach meditation and mindfulness within a consumerist society via an interesting journey from the UK to becoming a Tibetan Buddhist monk and training with the Moscow State Circus.
Jan 20, 2018
#043 Professor Brian Cox - God, The Universe and Meaning
The one we’ve been waiting for - the brilliant Professor Brian Cox discusses the possibility of intelligent life other than our own; the danger of dogma within science; and Elon Musk’s space travel plans. As well as the small matters of God, the Universe and Meaning. Strap in for this one!
Jan 13, 2018
#042 Senses & Consciousness - Beyond The 5 Senses Myth (with Prof Barry Smith)
Professor Barry Smith discusses collaborative research between philosophers, psychologists and neuroscientists and their discoveries, including how we have many more than the commonly perceived 5 senses.
Jan 07, 2018
#041 Shakespeare And Power! (with Professor Tony Howard)
Is Shakespeare still at the heart of British culture? Tony Howard discusses Shakespeare’s continued relevance in reflecting the shifts in British society; the marginalisation of Black and Asian performers; and how the entertainment sector still faces urgent calls for greater diversity.
Dec 23, 2017
#040 How To Be Spiritually Healthy In Damaged Times (with Emma Kenny)
Psychological therapist Emma Kenny discusses new and forgotten ideas around personal growth, gained from 17 years working with people in crisis including some of the UK’s toughest estates. 
Dec 16, 2017
#039 Putin & Trump, Global Gangsters Or Same Old Same Old? (with Luke Harding)
Author of current New York Times bestseller ‘Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win’ Luke Harding talks me through the international espionage, off-shore banks, mobsters, money laundering and computer hacking at the heart of the web of relationships between the Kremlin, Trump and members of Trump’s circle. 
Dec 09, 2017
#038 Revolution In The Age Of Anger (with Pankaj Mishra)
Historian and novelist Pankaj Mishra joins me to talk about what he calls the ‘age of anger’ - a global pandemic of rage - and how the pursuit of progress and individualism has created a demoralised world.
Dec 02, 2017
#037 Extreme Survival with Ed Stafford - Is The Toughest Terrain Your Own Mind?
Survivalist and adventurer Ed Stafford joins me to discuss his life changing expeditions and their physical and mental consequences, the lure of extreme isolation and the importance of meditation.
Nov 25, 2017
#036 Beyond Conspiracy - The Terrifying Truth Of Corporate Power (with Jacques Peretti)
Having spent years investigating some of the wealthiest people on the planet, journalist and broadcaster Jacques Peretti joins me to discuss the secret billion dollar deals that we never hear about but which are changing our world and revolutionising everything we do. 
Nov 18, 2017
#035 Ruby Wax - Madness & Meditation. Can We Heal Ourselves?
The brilliant Ruby Wax joins me to discuss her transition from the world of showbiz to becoming known as a campaigner on mental-health issues and a champion of mindfulness. We discuss her own inner battles with self-esteem and her life-changing methods for getting mindfulness into a hectic everyday life. 
Nov 11, 2017
#034 Science Vs God - Is There A Life Force That Transcends Matter? (with Rupert Sheldrake)
Dubbed “the most controversial scientist on Earth” Rupert Sheldrake joins me to discuss the dogmas within conventional science, the evolving laws of physics, memory in nature, and how science validates and improves spiritual practices. 
Nov 04, 2017
#033 Is Trump Better For Black America Than Barack Obama? (with Kehinde Andrews)
Author and Professor of Black Studies Kehinde Andrews joins me to discuss Britain’s colonial nostalgia, how the west is built on racism, and that Donald Trump is better for black America than Barack Obama. 
Oct 28, 2017
#032 Mental Health Crisis - Is Community The Answer? (with Chirlane McCray)
First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray joins me to discuss America's mental health crisis, why our society breeds depression, the importance of mental health reform, and her organisation ‘Thrive NYC’. 
Oct 19, 2017
#031 Gender Fluidity - Is It Time To Abandon All Labels? (with Mae Martin)
Comedian Mae Martin joins me to discuss gender fluidity, breaking down barriers and the compelling statistic that 40% of people under 25 don't identify as gay or straight. Plus, we discuss her experiences with addiction and an intriguing obsession with Bette Midler. 
Oct 11, 2017
#030 Why Won't America Put Down Its Guns? (with Gary Younge)
In the week of the devastating Las Vegas shooting, author Gary Younge discusses his most recent book “Another Day In The Death Of America” - a harrowing account of children's lives cut short by the ubiquity of gun violence in the US. This show was recorded a few days before events in Las Vegas. 
Oct 04, 2017
#029 Does Even The Establishment Know Anarchy Is The Answer? (with Carne Ross)
This week I'm joined by Carne Ross, a former high-flying diplomat and Middle East adviser who lost his faith in western democracy but put his trust in people power and is now putting forward the case for anarchism.
Sep 28, 2017
#028 Marxism On The Rise - Can It Really Defeat Capitalism? (with David Harvey)
The world's leading Marxist thinker joins me to discuss the contradictions at the heart of capitalism, Marxism’s recent rise in popularity, and why it resonates more today than ever. 
Sep 20, 2017
#027 Can We Have More Connected Sex?
Author Isabel Losada joins me to discuss the importance of making our sex life blissful, as well as her experiences at the international conference of clitoral stroking, and learning mystical sensations with tantric masters. 
Sep 13, 2017
#026 Is The Solution To Addiction Spiritual Connection? (with Brad Evans)
Author and friend Professor Brad Evans gets under my skin regarding my new book “Recovery”. We discuss the age of addiction, the ability to be liberated from our unhealthy habits and the overwhelming need for human connection. 
Sep 06, 2017
#025 Art And Activism With Billy Bragg
Billy Bragg joins me to discuss music’s changing cultural role, as well as the charge of being a “champagne socialist”, the importance of Grime, and the challenge of inspiring people to make change. 
Aug 30, 2017
#024 Inequality Is Killing Us All. Are We Going To Stop It? (with Jason Hickel)
Author and anthropologist Jason Hickel joins me to explain how a handful of rich countries have been able to control economic policies in the rest of the world; why we’re being lied to about poverty; and the radical revolution required to stop the global inequality machine. 
Aug 23, 2017
#023 Al Gore - Can We Protect The Planet When It's Not In The Interests Of The Powerful?
Environmentalist and former Vice President Al Gore joins me to discuss his new film “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”, his feelings about Donald Trump, the corruption of big money, and the future for renewable energy. 
Aug 16, 2017
#022 Will The Psychedelic Revolution Meaningfully Change The World?
Dr Robin Carhart-Harris (Head of Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London) discusses unlocking the unconscious, the potential therapeutic uses of psychedelic drugs, and why research into their benefits has been shut down for over 40 years. 
Aug 10, 2017
#021 Is There Any Point In God? (with Alister McGrath)
Author, professor, priest and former atheist Alister McGrath and I discuss the rationality of religious belief, the war between science and religion, and whether faith is still destined to play a central role in the 21st century. 
Jul 27, 2017
#020 Selfie-Obsession: Can Narcissism Ever Make Us Happy? (with Will Storr)
Author of “Selfie” Will Storr and I discuss where the ideal of the perfect self came from, why it is so powerful and whether there is any way to break its dangerous spell. 
Jul 19, 2017
#019 Frankie Boyle - Is It Possible To Live A Moral Life?
Frankie Boyle and I discuss media censorship, the virtues of nihilism, and the effects of fatherhood on life as a comedian.
Jul 13, 2017
#018 Naomi Klein - Why We Must Kill Our Inner Trump
As Naomi Klein discusses her new book with me she explains how the groundwork laid by Bill Clinton and Bill Gates led to Donald Trump’s presidency; the political shock tactics being used to force through destructive policies; and how resistance and imagination can lead to radical change. 
Jul 05, 2017
#017 Will Spirituality Solve Our Global Problems? (with Sharon Salzberg)
Leading meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg explains why we find it so hard to be in our own mind, why we have a habit to always go to the negative, and how meditation can transform society. 
Jun 28, 2017
#016 Is Philosophy More Important Than Ever? (with Simon Critchley)
This week philosopher Simon Critchley enlightens us to the roots of philosophy, as well as topics including football as ‘working class ballet’, what constitutes a 'good death’, and the relevance and importance of philosophy in these times.
Jun 21, 2017
#015 Yanis Varoufakis - How To Construct A Global Revolution
In a fascinating interview I discuss with Yanis what happens when you take on the political, financial and media elite, and how radical reform can occur. Through accounts of his confrontations with the IMF, European institutions and the German government we examine where true power lies and how it is wielded.
Jun 14, 2017
#014 Election Eve: Is It Stupid To Vote For Peace?
On the eve of the UK General Election I talk with Stop The War’s Lindsey German and Dr Brad Evans about how violence has been normalised to the point where as voters we’ve not only become desensitised to it, but have been taught to desire it from our leaders.
Jun 06, 2017
#013 Why Are You Who You Are? (with Raoul & Francesca Martinez & Dr Brad Evans)
This week’s show asks: What kind of freedom do we have? Are we responsible for our actions? Do we create our own identity and if not, should we question it?
May 31, 2017
#012 Manchester: Can Terror Ever Be Stopped?
Dr Brad Evans, Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain and I reflect on the tragic events in Manchester and ask how we can break the cycle of violence.
May 26, 2017
#011 Fascism Or Democracy - Is This Our Last Chance To Choose? (with George Monbiot)
George Monbiot and I discuss the dark money capturing our politics for the billionaires and corporations; the terrifying power of Big Data; and the opportunity for a new democracy.
May 17, 2017
#010 Plant Based Diet & Plant Based Consciousness with Simon Amstell
Comedian Simon Amstell and I discuss his film 'Carnage', how veganism began a journey of personal enlightenment and how taking Ayahuasca changed his life.
May 10, 2017
#009 Trump, Boris, May - Who's The Best Communicator? (With Prof Sophie Scott)
Neuroscientist and laughter expert Sophie Scott and I discuss the use of comedy within politics, how the left and the right use language differently, and what communication techniques to look out for in the run up to the UK election.
May 04, 2017
#008 Snap Election - Is Democracy Busted? (With Dr Brad Evans, of course!)
Does politics matter? Dr Brad Evans and I discuss the snap UK election, how to reimagine a better future and what real radical politics looks like.
Apr 26, 2017
#007 Identity Politics - Where Are They Taking Us? (With Matthew Todd)
I’m joined by writer Matthew Todd to discuss the crisis of shame facing the LGBT community, the disproportionate link to mental health problems and how taking a lead on trauma recovery could change the world.
Apr 20, 2017
#006 Can Humans & Animals United Heal The World? (With Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick)
Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick and I discuss the difficulty in overcoming boundaries between human and animal science, Noel’s own groundbreaking work, and the need to understand and harness the love between humans and animals.
Apr 13, 2017
#005 Yuval Noah Harari - Is Humanity Finished?
This week I’m joined by Yuval Noah Harari, author of bestseller ‘Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind’. We discuss how homo sapiens came to dominate the world, how our society is built on fiction, the creation of a class of useless people, and the future for our species.
Apr 06, 2017
#004 Feminism - Can It Change The World?
In this week’s show I talk to Professor Anne Phillips about feminism, its perception within society and the cultural shift necessary to create real change and greater equality.
Mar 30, 2017
#003 Adam Curtis - Do We Really Want Change?
This week I speak with filmmaker Adam Curtis about the rise of individualism, where real power lies, and whether we really want change.
Mar 23, 2017
#002 Who Are The Slaves Now?
In this week’s show I talk to Professor Paul Gilroy about the re-emergence of open racism within political rhetoric, the relationship between race and religion, and why we still divide humanity into different identity groups based on skin colour.
Mar 16, 2017
#001 Can We Really Stop Terror?
What does it mean to be human in the 21st century? In this first show I speak with Dr Brad Evans about how the liberation of prejudice and emergence of a politics of hate and division has led to the the normalisation of violence and in turn to perpetual ‘terror'.
Mar 09, 2017
Coming soon!
Mar 04, 2017