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Under The Skin with Russell Brand

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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.

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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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.




#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...


#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?...


#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...


#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...


#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...


#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...


#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...


#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...


#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...


#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...


#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,...


#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...


#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...


#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...


#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...


#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...


#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...


#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...


#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...


#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...