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A weekly interview series from Russell Brand that examines what's beneath the surface—of the people we admire, the ideas that define our time, and the history we’re told. Speaking with guests from the worlds of academia, popular culture, and the arts, Russell seeks to uncover the ulterior truth behind our constructed reality. And have a laugh.

On his new podcast ‘Above the Noise’ Russell guides us all—curious beginners, spiritual skeptics, and experienced practitioners—in brief, 10-minute meditations. Listen to Above the Noise on Luminary

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This week I spoke with Robert Macfarlane. Robert is a writer and a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He is known for his books on landscape, nature, place, people and language. He is author of Underland and Mountains of the Mind: A History of a Fascination. This is a beautiful and fascinating episode. Robert is an incredible writer and investigator into the natural world. He writes beautifully about our relationship with the underworld. We discuss Robert’s adventures into the world beneath us, the psychological and mythic correlations, our obsession with conquering nature, and our need to recognise the sacred in the world around us. More Info:  You can Get Robert’s books here: https://www.waterstones.com/author/robert-macfarlane/172313  Robert’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/robgmacfarlane I'm doing live dates in the UK this autumn with my new stand up show, “33.” Tickets and info available at http://www.russellbrand.com/live-dates/  My new meditation podcast Above the Noise is out now only on Luminary, I will be releasing guided meditations every Wednesday, please check out it: http://luminary.link/meditate  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 Subscribe to my YouTube side-channel for more wellness and spirituality. https://www.youtube.com/c/AwakeningWithRussell Instagram:  http://instagram.com/russellbrand/ Twitter:  http://twitter.com/rustyrockets
This week I spoke with Lisa Marchiano! Lisa is a Jungian analyst, author of Motherhood: Facing and Finding Yourself and co-host of This Jungian Life podcast. In this episode we speak about Lisa’s new book about parenting, and how becoming a parent or taking on those responsibilities, is an incredible opportunity for growth. We learn so much about ourselves from the struggles and hardships we endure. Lisa also shares her knowledge about Jung and applies it to a variety of cultural events I put to her—from the Britney Spears conservatorship to the European Football Championship. Are we hardwired to worship and seek the transcendent in everything? Are there mythological tropes and narratives being played out in front our eyes that we can learn from? Let’s see. MORE INFO For more info on Bradley’s work and book go here: https://lisamarchiano.com/ Lisa’s Twitter: @LisaMarchiano I'm doing live dates in the UK this autumn with my new stand up show, '33'. Tickets and info available at http://www.russellbrand.com/live-dates/  My new meditation podcast Above the Noise is out now only on Luminary, I will be releasing guided meditations every Wednesday, please check out it: http://luminary.link/meditate  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 Subscribe to my YouTube side-channel for more wellness and spirituality. https://www.youtube.com/c/AwakeningWithRussell
This week I spoke with Bradley Garrett. Bradley is a social geographer, explorer and photographer. He is author of Bunker: Building for the End Times and Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City. Bradley talks to us about his time writing about and living with “DoomsDay Preppers,” people who are preparing for the end of the world as we know it. Bradley has visited billionaire bunkers and lived with off-grid communities. He found that these people transcend political ideology, identity politics, or any kind of ideals. Their aim is to be prepared to live self-sufficiently and in harmony--in order to survive the worst! What can we learn from this mentality and why has it come about? MORE INFO For more info on Bradley’s work and book go here: https://www.bradleygarrett.com I'm doing live dates in the UK this autumn with my new stand up show, '33'. Tickets and info available at http://www.russellbrand.com/live-dates/  My new meditation podcast Above the Noise is out now only on Luminary, I will be releasing guided meditations every Wednesday, please check out it: http://luminary.link/meditate  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 Subscribe to my YouTube side-channel for more wellness and spirituality. https://www.youtube.com/c/AwakeningWithRussell Instagram:  http://instagram.com/russellbrand/ Twitter:  http://twitter.com/rustyrockets
This week I am joined by Andrei Jikh! Andrei is a successful YouTube creator with nearly 1.5 million subscribers. His channel focuses on personal finance, investing and cryptocurrency. As some of you may be aware, I know very little about Bitcoin or how it works - so I’ve brought in Andrei to help break it down and answer all my questions. Andrei is an excellent communicator and explains how Bitcoin works, how it regulates itself, who started it, and if it can be used as a tool for change or revolution! Can governments and banks take back control or have we found something that truly challenges centralised power? More Info: Andrei’s Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGy7SkBjcIAgTiwkXEtPnYg Twitter: @andreijikh Instagram: @andreijikh I'm doing live dates in the UK this autumn with my new stand up show, '33'. Tickets and info available at http://www.russellbrand.com/live-dates/  My new meditation podcast Above the Noise is out now only on Luminary, I will be releasing guided meditations every Wednesday, please check out it: http://luminary.link/meditate  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 Subscribe to my YouTube side-channel for more wellness and spirituality. https://www.youtube.com/c/AwakeningWithRussell Instagram:  http://instagram.com/russellbrand/ Twitter:  http://twitter.com/rustyrockets
This week the incredible Dr. Gabor Maté joins me again on the podcast.  Gabor is a Hungarian-Canadian physician - he specialises in childhood development and trauma, and their potential lifelong impacts on physical and mental health - including addiction. He is a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust both his maternal grandparents were killed in Auschwitz when he was five months old. In this podcast we talk about the effect the pandemic has had on us, how it has revealed our governments priorities, the relentless power of corporations, and what we need to change in our culture to prevent a sense of dislocation. I also ask Gabor speak on the Palestine and Israel conflict. He is an extremely compassionate, educated and wise person to listen to.  Let me know what you think of it. Gabor’s new book The Myth of Normal: Illness and Health in an Insane Culture is coming out next year! More Info: Website: https://drgabormate.com Twitter: @DrGaborMate Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.gabormate  My new meditation podcast Above the Noise is out now only on Luminary, I will be releasing guided meditations every Wednesday, please check out it: http://luminary.link/meditate  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 Subscribe to my YouTube side-channel for more wellness and spirituality. https://www.youtube.com/c/AwakeningWithRussell Instagram:  http://instagram.com/russellbrand/ Twitter:  http://twitter.com/rustyrockets
This week’s guest is Nick Estes! Nick is an indigenous scholar, activist and Assistant Professor in the American Studies Department at the University of New Mexico. His research engages: colonialism and global Indigenous histories, decolonization, oral history, U.S. imperialism. His nation is the Oceti Sakowin Oyate and he is s citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe. If you’re interested in history, colonisation and politics this is the podcast for you. Nick has incredible knowledge. We discuss a lot, from US politics and how Biden’s new plan for clean energy is not necessarily so clean, the history of indigenous people and the colonisation of their land, the power oral storytelling and our sacred relationship with world around us. In fact, much more is discussed in this 90 minute podcast - you will learn a lot from Nick. More Info: Nick’s Twitter: www.twitter.com/nickwestes  Nick’s Book: Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the LonTradition of Indigenous Resistance https://www.versobooks.com/books/2953-our-history-is-the-future My new meditation podcast Above the Noise is out now only on Luminary, I will be releasing guided meditations every Wednesday, please check out it: http://luminary.link/meditate  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 Subscribe to my YouTube side-channel for more wellness and spirituality. https://www.youtube.com/c/AwakeningWithRussell Instagram:  http://instagram.com/russellbrand/ Twitter:  http://twitter.com/rustyrockets
This week’s guest is Adriene Mishlar aka Yoga with Adriene! Adriene is an actor, yoga teacher and entrepreneur. She is best known for her incredibly popular YouTube Channel Yoga with Adriene that has nearly 10 million subscribers. She is also co-founder of the yoga video subscription service Find What Feels Good. This is a beautiful conversation about yoga, personal practice and growth. We talk about shift from the fetishisation of yoga to a tool for mental health and personal awakening, what the role of good teacher looks like and how just turning up is sometimes the most important thing you can do. No pressure. MORE INFO Yoga with Adriene YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene Adriene’s Website: https://yogawithadriene.com/ My new meditation podcast Above the Noise is out now only on Luminary, I will be releasing guided meditations every Wednesday, please check it out. 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 Subscribe to my YouTube side-channel for more wellness and spirituality. https://www.youtube.com/c/AwakeningWithRussell Instagram:  http://instagram.com/russellbrand/ Twitter:  http://twitter.com/rustyrockets
This week’s guest is Marianne Williamson! Marianne is an author, non-profit and political activist, and spiritual thought leader. For over three decades Marianne has been a leader in spiritual and religiously progressive circles. She is the author of 14 books, four of which have been #1 New York Times best sellers. In 2019, she announced her campaign for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 United States presidential election. The first time Marianne was a guest on on Under The Skin it was at the time she just announced she was running for President 2020. This time, she reflects on her time in the belly of the beast, reveals what surprised her and the revelations that give her optimism moving forward now. This is a fantastic conversation with someone who first hand has challenged the current system and provided us with an alternative perspective that should and could be incorporated into politics right now. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/williamsonmarianne  Twitter: @marwilliamson  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mariannewilliamson/ YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/MarianneWilliamson The Marianne Williamson Podcast https://luminary.link/4ml84hmsFfb Website: www.marianne.com Book: A POLITICS OF LOVE: A Handbook for a New American Revolution https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-politics-of-love-marianne-williamson/1128745899 More Info: My new meditation podcast Above the Noise is out now only on Luminary, I will be releasing guided meditations every Wednesday, please check out it: http://luminary.link/meditate  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 Subscribe to my YouTube side-channel for more wellness and spirituality. https://www.youtube.com/c/AwakeningWithRussell Instagram:  http://instagram.com/russellbrand/ Twitter:  http://twitter.com/rustyrockets
This week is an incredible episode with Edward Snowden! Edward Snowden is a renowned US whistleblower and former computer intelligence consultant who worked for CIA & NSA. He copied and leaked highly classified information from the NSA in 2013 when he was a CIA employee. His disclosures revealed numerous global surveillance programs, many run by the NSA and the Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance with the cooperation of telecommunication companies and European governments He has written a book about his life called "Permanent Record”, which is available now. In this discussion Edward discusses the idea of being a called “hero” and difference between that and heroism. He speaks about his history and why he did what he did. We talk about the true power of the state, corporations and Big Tech, the popularity of conspiracy theories and how the real “conspiracies” and atrocities are occurring in plain sight. We don’t need to look far to find corruption.  Next week’s podcast will be with Marianne Williamson! More Info: My new meditation podcast Above the Noise is out now only on Luminary, I will be releasing guided meditations every Wednesday, please check out it: http://luminary.link/meditate  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 Subscribe to my YouTube side-channel for more wellness and spirituality. https://www.youtube.com/c/AwakeningWithRussell Instagram:  http://instagram.com/russellbrand/ Twitter:  http://twitter.com/rustyrockets
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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!
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!
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
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Pandora Ephraim

Forever Jung

Jul 18th
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shima_t_ maelek

👌🏻👌🏻

Jul 12th
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Tom Woodhall

The new avatar photo is like a David Brent pose from The Office! There's something going wrong here. This is still too egotistical for Russell and goes against the very core of his message. In addition to this he produces content in order to help people but then hides it behind a paywall! Being generous this is contradictory but you could also say hypocritical. Mr. Brand should take note of the recent output of his friend Jordan Peterson who is putting out loads of content for free in order to reach as many people as possible.

May 23rd
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Thomas Vardy

That was terrible. Why invite a guest and then deliver a 7 minute monologue about yourself. Used to enjoy but this format has been more and more about about Russell Brand. Surely Russell can acknowledge you don't learn anything talking about yourself. Boooooooo

May 17th
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Matt Pando

strange how Bernie's rhetoric is seen as "good" while anything else (trump) is seen as not... almost like it's some kind of framework...

May 2nd
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Jason Hastings

Very sad that full episodes are not available unless you pay. I used to listen to under the skin consistently because there are good messages.

Feb 1st
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luke wilson

🤦

Nov 11th
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Alice Lavendar

I like a lot of what this guy is saying, but he is making such innaccurate claims about causes of suicide. I work in suicide prevention and research and can confidently say middle aged men are not the highest risk group because of essentially a midlife crisis, as he is claiming. What a dangerous thing to imply, that if men lower their expectations they might not be so disappointed and kill themselves at middle aged. Much more serious factors like relationship breakdown and unemployment are key contributors. Suicide shouldn't be discussed on a show if it's going to be simplified and not based in evidence.

Nov 8th
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Aura Sheet Metal

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Oct 4th
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Ben Chambers

jen is unbearable. so affected in the way she speaks, especially in a show which tries to find an authentic self

Sep 20th
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Wendy Algeo-Todd

Wow! Just made me say fuck it. As a white woman I can do nothing. He never touched on how Africa needs to be reformed first because otherwise you'll have richer politicans and poorer poor. Relieves me of all responsibly to do anything.

Sep 14th
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Thomas Blake

Would have been nice to have heard Adam Curtis talk.

Aug 24th
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Donna Hoy

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

Jun 27th
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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
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Gary Barber

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

Jun 14th
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Denis Gomez

meditation is about not thinking. how is that beneficial?

Jun 8th
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Alex Barber

laughs

May 25th
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Luke

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
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Dara Pat

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

Apr 26th
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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
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