Under The Skin With Russell Brand


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.


  • #152 Activism  Spiritualism (with Satish Kumar)

    #152 Activism & Spiritualism (with Satish Kumar)

    26/09/2020 Duração: 19min

    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 t

  • #151 Is The Rise Of Tech Addiction Really Irresistible? (with Adam Alter)

    #151 Is The Rise Of Tech Addiction Really Irresistible? (with Adam Alter)

    19/09/2020 Duração: 21min

    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/Irres

  • #150 A Chance For Another Now (with Yanis Varoufakis)

    #150 A Chance For Another Now (with Yanis Varoufakis)

    12/09/2020 Duração: 23min

    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, Anoth

  • #149 Call of The Shaman (with Jay  Kestral)

    #149 Call of The Shaman (with Jay & Kestral)

    05/09/2020 Duração: 15min

    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

  • #148 Fame  The Spiritual Life (with Yusuf Cat Stevens)

    #148 Fame & The Spiritual Life (with Yusuf Cat Stevens)

    29/08/2020 Duração: 14min

    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.y

  • #147 Authentic Self (with Bill Burr)

    #147 Authentic Self (with Bill Burr)

    22/08/2020 Duração: 13min

    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.

  • #146 Access The Awareness Beyond (with Mooji)

    #146 Access The Awareness Beyond (with Mooji)

    15/08/2020 Duração: 20min

    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 l

  • #145 The Unified Field  Limitless Potentialities 

    #145 The Unified Field & Limitless Potentialities 

    08/08/2020 Duração: 10min

    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!

  • #144 Stories To Save Us (with Michael Meade)

    #144 Stories To Save Us (with Michael Meade)

    01/08/2020 Duração: 13min

    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)

  • #143 Tech Power  Manipulation (with Brittany Kaiser)

    #143 Tech Power & Manipulation (with Brittany Kaiser)

    25/07/2020 Duração: 12min

    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

  • #142 Theories Of The Unknown (with Dr. Katie Mack)

    #142 Theories Of The Unknown (with Dr. Katie Mack)

    18/07/2020 Duração: 13min

    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

  • #141 Finding God Without Losing Reason (with Radhanath Swami)

    #141 Finding God Without Losing Reason (with Radhanath Swami)

    11/07/2020 Duração: 16min

    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.

  • #140 Is Panpsychism The Answer To The Mystery Of Consciousness? (with Dr. Philip Goff)

    #140 Is Panpsychism The Answer To The Mystery Of Consciousness? (with Dr. Philip Goff)

    04/07/2020 Duração: 17min

    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.penguinrandomhou

  • #139 Sing Yourself To Glory! (with Jahnavi Harrison)

    #139 Sing Yourself To Glory! (with Jahnavi Harrison)

    27/06/2020 Duração: 17min

    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.

  • #138 Become Awake Now! (with Eckhart Tolle)

    #138 Become Awake Now! (with Eckhart Tolle)

    20/06/2020 Duração: 19min

    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://consciousmanifest

  • #137 Divine Comedy (with Judd Apatow)

    #137 Divine Comedy (with Judd Apatow)

    13/06/2020 Duração: 13min

    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.

  • #136 Revolution Is Possible! (with Prof. Kehinde Andrews)

    #136 Revolution Is Possible! (with Prof. Kehinde Andrews)

    06/06/2020 Duração: 15min

    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.

  • #135 Attention  Domination (with Kasia Urbaniak)

    #135 Attention & Domination (with Kasia Urbaniak)

    30/05/2020 Duração: 13min

    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.

  • #134 The Role Of The Trickster (with Conan O’Brien)

    #134 The Role Of The Trickster (with Conan O’Brien)

    25/05/2020 Duração: 01h15min

    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!

  • #133 Healing The Seminal Wound (with Dr. James McLeary)

    #133 Healing The Seminal Wound (with Dr. James McLeary)

    23/05/2020 Duração: 18min

    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.

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