Under The Skin with Russell Brand

Under The Skin with Russell Brand

By 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. This show is now on Luminary! For more, go to LuminaryPodcasts.com.

Episodes

#UTS134 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!
25/05/201h 15m

#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.
23/05/2018m 43s

#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!
16/05/2016m 0s

#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.
09/05/2014m 40s

#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!
02/05/2021m 29s

#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.
25/04/201h 11m

#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
21/04/2019m 16s

#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
18/04/2018m 7s

#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!
14/04/2019m 9s

#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.
11/04/2019m 11s

#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
07/04/2013m 10s

#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?
04/04/2024m 52s

#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/
01/04/201h 12m

#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!
20/11/191h 21m

#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!
14/09/191h 18m

#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
22/06/191h 28m

#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.
18/05/191h 8m

#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.
11/05/191h 13m

#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).
04/05/191h 18m

This is Under The Skin

'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 moving to Luminary! For more, go to LuminaryPodcasts.com.
02/05/191m 45s

#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.
27/04/191h 24m

#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.
20/04/191h 44m

#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.
13/04/191h 27m

#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!
06/04/191h 20m

#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.
30/03/191h 14m

#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.
23/03/191h 38m

#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.
16/03/191h 23m

#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*
09/03/191h 34m

#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.
02/03/191h 44m

#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.
23/02/191h 23m

#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.
16/02/191h 24m

#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.
09/02/191h 28m

#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.
02/02/191h 22m

#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".
26/01/191h 36m

#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.
19/01/191h 3m

#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.
12/01/191h 10m

#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.
05/01/191h 8m

#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.
29/12/181h 7m

#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.
22/12/181h 24m

#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!
15/12/182h 4m

#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.
08/12/181h 10m

#056 Meeting A Mentor (with Tony Robbins)

Tony Robbins - pain, redemption and reprogramming with the incomparable Elvis/Jesus of Personal Development.
01/12/181h 28m

#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.
24/11/181h 32m

#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!
17/11/181h 2m

#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.
10/11/181h 35m

#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.
03/11/181h 56m

#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.
26/10/181h 28m

#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.
20/10/181h 18m

#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.
13/10/181h 4m

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.
10/10/1815m 26s

#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.
07/09/181h 34m

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...
07/09/185m 3s

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.
07/09/181h 18m

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.
07/09/181h 23m

(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.
07/09/181h 15m

#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.
07/09/181h 20m

#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.
07/09/181h 37m

#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.
07/09/182h 4m

#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.
07/09/181h 17m

#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!
07/09/181h 10m

#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.
07/09/181h 24m

#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.
07/09/181h 18m

#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.
07/09/1855m 45s

#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.
07/09/1859m 40s

#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.
07/09/181h 5m

#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.
07/09/181h 7m

#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.
07/09/181h 0m

#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.
07/09/181h 9m

#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.
07/09/181h 7m

#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.
07/09/181h 15m

#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’.
07/09/1847m 53s

#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.
07/09/181h 5m

#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.
07/09/181h 1m

#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.
07/09/181h 7m

#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.
07/09/181h 23m

#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.
07/09/1844m 23s

#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.
07/09/1850m 24s

#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.
07/09/181h 16m

#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.
07/09/181h 5m

#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.
07/09/1835m 21s

#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.
07/09/181h 6m

#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.
07/09/181h 5m

#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.
07/09/181h 5m

#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.
07/09/181h 10m

#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.
07/09/1857m 51s

#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.
07/09/181h 10m

#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.
07/09/181h 3m

#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.
07/09/181h 19m

#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.
07/09/181h 3m

#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?
07/09/181h 6m

#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.
07/09/1858m 1s

#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.
07/09/181h 0m

#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.
07/09/181h 7m

#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.
07/09/181h 15m

#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.
07/09/181h 4m

#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.
07/09/181h 1m

#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.
07/09/181h 5m

#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.
07/09/181h 14m

#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.
07/09/181h 8m

#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.
07/09/181h 17m

#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.
07/09/181h 4m

#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'.
07/09/181h 22m

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