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Under The Skin with Russell Brand

Author: 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

113 Episodes
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 @MichaelMeadeMosaic (Facebook) @michaelmeade_mosaicvoices (Instagram) @MMeade_Myth (Twitter)
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: Own Your Data Foundation: @ownyourdatanow (Twitter) (Instagram) (Facebook) (Linkedin)
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.  Twitter: @AstroKatie Instagram: @astrokatiemack
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.
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: US version: Twitter: @philip_goff Website: Blog:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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, there are over 100 more you can listen to!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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:
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:
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!
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.
Comments (374)

Donna Hoy

Amazing interview, so many nuggets of wisdom. Thank you, thank you, thank you 🙏🙏

Jun 27th

Rich Maya

Oh dear. Russell seems so keen to have his revolution, that he doesn't seem to care who takes him there.

Jun 20th

Gary Barber

loved the reality check, thank you Adam Curtis, thank you Russel.

Jun 14th

Denis Gomez

meditation is about not thinking. how is that beneficial?

Jun 8th
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Alex Barber


May 25th


I love how open minded Duncan is, you can tell in his voice he’s excited to be on the podcast - cool guy!

May 16th

Dara Pat

love Wim and doing his breathing exercises and cold showers a few years now they work wonders 👍

Apr 26th

Dara Pat

Al Gore the snake oil sales man who operates a carbon credits company that trades in carbon credits from company to company so they can pollute on the same level they always have by buying credits from other smaller companies who don't use them and oul Al buys some himself to make himself carbon neutral and he even plays broker, cha ching!!!! and the cash come rolling in, all this of course after he sells his movie of inconvenient lies, nice work if you can get it, he is a lying, cheating, thieving tramp of man, the rising sea levels conman owns beach property too

Apr 26th

Talulah Raffa Sapphire

I'm very scared.. I'm a runner not a fighter.. I relate to everything in this episode but the future looks grim.. not from terror-ists but from w whomever is really running this world.

Apr 26th

Sophie Cooper

So enjoyed this chat and have shared it with so many friends! I could listen to Russell talk all day long, particularly when he's conversing with Ricky Gervais :) Thank you xxx

Apr 25th

danny piercy

Where has my comment gone??

Apr 23rd

Harry Gompertz

When we, the largely Christian west, were going through redressing the obvious atrocities being committed in the name of propriety, decency, God, it was we, the people, the oppressed who, one by one and thus collectively, stood up and fought for our freedoms. now that our Muslim brothers and sisters, who are admittedly behind the curve in a lot of these areas, are going through the same we're obsessed with interfering and imposing top down pseudo-democracy on these states and, oh, by the way, while we're doing it we're gonna simultaneously cripple you and rob you blind. Stop interventionist policies in the Arab countries and pretending we're the moral arbitrators and enforcers of the globe because we're not. had anyone tried to meddle in our development we would have told them to piss off.

Apr 22nd

danny piercy

Well Russell. I think your a bit of a hypocrite. Cashing in on your podcast while preaching about globalization and have not's . I don't have. Therefore I won't be able to listen to your now shaded podcast. Doesn't seem honest anymore. Thanks

Apr 21st

Mark Dean

great episode with information we can all use to be healthier and strengthen our immune system. Russell, what about Kilamanjaro? I was shouting in my car, come on Russell!

Apr 15th

Alvin Tanner

after listening to this podcast I am certainly going to give it a go.

Apr 6th

Nik Raby

I started the Wim Hof method in September last year. I have not been sick since. I've even been in contact with sick people and a suspected coronavirus case at my work (used the same equipment as them, pens chairs and tools) and I'm fine. why this hasn't become more well studied by doctors and others is baffling to me. we could probably have saved many more lives from this virus. thanks Wim

Apr 1st

Bradley W.

Candace is the perfect example of a bad faith actor (she gets paid by right wing oligarchs) and the Dunning Kruger effect. Very similar to Dave Rubin.

Mar 6th


"the proper exchange of ideas between free individuals keeps tyranny at bay"

Feb 26th

Mick Keely

russell cant get it in ireland

Feb 26th
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"you have to value things in order to move forward in life. and you have to value things in order to have something valuable to produce"

Feb 26th
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