Under The Skin with Russell Brand

Under The Skin with Russell Brand

www.russellbrand.com/podcasts
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.


#156 Salvation & Apocalypse In The Metamodern World (with Seth Abramson)
Oct 23 • 19 min
This week’s guest on Under The Skin is the rather incredible meta modern journalist and political analyst Seth Ambramson! Seth is an American professor, attorney, author, and political columnist. His teaching areas include digital journalism,…
#155 The Science Of Self & ‘True’ Nature Of Reality (with Prof. Tom Oliver)
Oct 16 • 15 min
This week’s guest on Under The Skin is Prof. Tom Oliver! Tom is a Professor in Ecology at the University of Reading, a socio-ecological systems expert and senior fellow with the UK government informing environmental policy. He is the author of The Self…
#154 Why We Must Wake Up To Plastic Free Life (with Kate Nelson)
Oct 9 • 21 min
This week I spoke with Kate Nelson (AKA Plastic Free Mermaid)! Kate is an avid waterwoman, science communicator, plastics consultant, and author of “I Quit Plastics: And You Can Too”. We discuss how imminent the need to change the way we consume is,…
#153 Breathe Your Way To Freedom (with Biet Simkin)
Oct 2 • 20 min
This week’s guest on Under The Skin is my friend Biet Simkin! Biet is a very popular meditation and breath work teacher. She has new book out called, “Don’t Just Sit There: 44 Insights to Get Your Meditation Practice Off the Cushion and Into the Real…
#152 Activism & Spiritualism (with Satish Kumar)
Sep 25 • 19 min
Hello! This week’s guest on Under The Skin is the incredible activist Satish Kumar! Satish been a Jain monk, a nuclear disarmament advocate, pacifist and he is the current editor of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine of which he is very proud! Satish is next…
#151 Is The Rise Of Tech Addiction Really Irresistible? (with Adam Alter)
Sep 18 • 21 min
This week’s guest on Under The Skin is Adam Alter! Adam is an Associate Professor of Marketing at New York University’s Stern School of Business and author of Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked - which…
#150 A Chance For Another Now (with Yanis Varoufakis)
Sep 11 • 23 min
This week we have a returning guest to Under The Skin, and one of our favourites, Yanis Varoufakis! Yanis is a Greek economist, academic, philosopher and politician. A former member of Syriza, he served as Minister of Finance from January to July 2015. He…
#149 Call of The Shaman (with Jay & Kestral)
Sep 4 • 15 min
Jay and Kestrel Oakwood are specialists in Shamanism. They run The Bridget Healing Centre which is a centre for shamanic studies and spiritual empowerment and Glastonbury’s most established healing centre. They are a non-profit company that has been a…
#148 Fame & The Spiritual Life (with Yusuf Cat Stevens)
Aug 28 • 14 min
This week I spoke to one of most iconic sing-songwriters Yusuf Cat Stevens! In this podcast we delve into what it’s like striving for fame and affirmation to then denounce it all in favour of living a spiritual life. Info Yusuf / Cat Stevens is a British…
#147 Authentic Self (with Bill Burr)
Aug 21 • 13 min
This is an incredible podcast with the fantastic comedian Bill Burr. We discuss the role and skill of the comedian, what it’s like becoming famous and the best advice Bill was given by Seinfeld. It also got a little deep, touching on grief and why God…
#146 Access The Awareness Beyond (with Mooji)
Aug 14 • 20 min
This week’s guest on Under The Skin is the incredible spiritual teacher Mooji. I practice a lot of Mooji’s meditations, which you can find on YouTube for free, and I’ve found them a really valuable asset to my daily spiritual practices. In this podcast…
#145 The Unified Field & Limitless Potentialities
Aug 7 • 10 min
This week I spoke with Dr. John Hagelin! John is a quantum physicist, public policy expert, President of the David Lynch Foundation and Chair of the Center for Leadership Performance. For the past 25 years he has been leading a scientific investigation…
#144 Stories To Save Us (with Michael Meade)
Jul 31 • 13 min
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…
#143 Tech Power & Manipulation (with Brittany Kaiser)
Jul 24 • 12 min
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…
#142 Theories Of The Unknown (with Dr. Katie Mack)
Jul 17 • 13 min
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…
#141 Finding God Without Losing Reason (with Radhanath Swami)
Jul 10 • 16 min
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…
#140 Is Panpsychism The Answer To The Mystery Of Consciousness? (with Dr. Philip Goff)
Jul 3 • 17 min
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…
#139 Sing Yourself To Glory! (with Jahnavi Harrison)
Jun 26 • 17 min
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…
#138 Become Awake Now! (with Eckhart Tolle)
Jun 19 • 19 min
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…
#137 Divine Comedy (with Judd Apatow)
Jun 12 • 13 min
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…
#136 Revolution Is Possible! (with Prof. Kehinde Andrews)
Jun 5 • 15 min
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…
#135 Attention & Domination (with Kasia Urbaniak)
May 29 • 13 min
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…
#134 The Role Of The Trickster (with Conan O’Brien)
May 25 • 75 min
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,…
#133 Healing The Seminal Wound (with Dr. James McLeary)
May 22 • 18 min
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…
#132 Trussell and Russell Cosmic Tussle (with Duncan Trussell)
May 15 • 16 min
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…
#131 Transcend & Be Free! (with Bob Roth)
May 8 • 14 min
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…
#130 Create Yourself (with Elizabeth Gilbert)
May 1 • 21 min
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…
#129 God vs Atheism with Ricky Gervais
Apr 24 • 71 min
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…
#128 Is Your Mind In Your Brain? (with David Eagleman)
Apr 21 • 19 min
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…
#127 Change Your Parenting, Change the World (with Dr. Shefali)
Apr 18 • 18 min
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…
#126 Is This The Opportunity for Revolution The World’s Been Awaiting? (w/Charles Eisenstein)
Apr 14 • 19 min
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…
#125 The World After Lockdown (with Helena Norberg-Hodge)
Apr 10 • 19 min
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…
#124 Artist’s Way Guru On Creativity & Play (with Julia Cameron)
Apr 7 • 13 min
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…
#123 Mental Health Through Fitness (with Joe Wicks)
Apr 3 • 24 min
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…
#122 Wim Hof’s Corona Survival Guide
Apr 1 • 72 min
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…
#104 Science, Capitalism & God (with Neil deGrasse Tyson)
Nov 20, 2019 • 81 min
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…
#97 Art, Greatness & “Turning” (with Richard Ayoade)
Sep 13, 2019 • 78 min
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…
#85 Vulnerability and Power (with Brené Brown)
Jun 21, 2019 • 88 min
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…
#80 Meditation & Genius (with David Lynch)
May 17, 2019 • 68 min
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.
#79 Creating! Growing! Accepting Fallibility with The Amazing Lena Dunham
May 10, 2019 • 73 min
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.
#78 Byron Katie - Free Your Self From Pain
May 3, 2019 • 78 min
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…
This is Under The Skin
May 2, 2019 • 1 min
‘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…
#77 - How to Be a Loving Man (with Karamo Brown)
Apr 26, 2019 • 84 min
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…
#76 Truth & Illusions (with Derren Brown)
Apr 19, 2019 • 104 min
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.
#75 Democracy Is Dead. What Now? (with David Runciman)
Apr 12, 2019 • 87 min
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,…
#74 Ceremony, Relationships And Communal Living (with Shaman Wendy Mandy)
Apr 5, 2019 • 80 min
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…
#73 Seeds, Weeds & Intention (with Jay Shetty)
Mar 29, 2019 • 74 min
A podcast with online creator and spiritual storyteller Jay Shetty. Lessons in daily self care, spiritual practice and positive thinking.
#72 The Tribe VS The Algorithm: Can We Ever Be Free Again? (with Douglas Rushkoff)
Mar 22, 2019 • 98 min
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.
#71 Intuition & Mysticism In A Material World (with Theresa Cheung)
Mar 15, 2019 • 83 min
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.
#70 Heal Yourself with The Ice Shaman (with Wim Hof)
Mar 8, 2019 • 94 min
“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*
#069 Finding Joy Amidst Fascism & Violence (with Brad Evans & Henry Giroux)
Mar 1, 2019 • 104 min
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.
#068 Porn, Sadness & Madness (with Jon Ronson)
Feb 22, 2019 • 83 min
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…
#067 Vulnerability, Progress & Biscuits (with Fearne Cotton)
Feb 15, 2019 • 84 min
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.
#066 Unlock Your Hidden Power with Ironman (John McAvoy)
Feb 8, 2019 • 88 min
Former armed robber, with two life sentences, tells his story of redemption on today’s episode of Under The Skin.
#065 Beauty, Fat and Capitalist Pigs (with Megan Jayne Crabbe)
Feb 1, 2019 • 82 min
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.
#064 Life Online & Death In Reality (with Laurence Scott)
Jan 25, 2019 • 96 min
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…
#063 Being Good Men with The Happy Pear!
Jan 18, 2019 • 63 min
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.
#062 Nosh & Socialism (with Jack Monroe)
Jan 11, 2019 • 70 min
You gotta listen to the incomparable scourge of the right and food bank gourmet Jack Monroe on Under The Skin.
#061 Practical Spirituality - More Than Crystals & Candles (with Radhanath Swami)
Jan 4, 2019 • 68 min
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…
#60 Birth, Feminism & Power (with Katharine Graves)
Dec 28, 2018 • 67 min
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…
#059 Black Revolution & Whiteness Psychosis (with Kehinde Andrews)
Dec 21, 2018 • 84 min
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…
#058 Populist Revolution - Will It Go Left Or Right? (with Candace Owens)
Dec 14, 2018 • 124 min
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…
#057 The Masks We Wear (with Blindboy, The Rubberbandits)
Dec 7, 2018 • 70 min
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.
#056 Meeting A Mentor (with Tony Robbins)
Nov 30, 2018 • 88 min
Tony Robbins - pain, redemption and reprogramming with the incomparable Elvis/Jesus of Personal Development.
#055 Class & Class War In The Age Of Populism (with Darren McGarvey)
Nov 23, 2018 • 92 min
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.
#054 Can Spirituality Save The World From Godless Politics? (with Marianne Williamson)
Nov 16, 2018 • 62 min
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…
#053 Gabor Maté - Damaged Leaders Rule An Addicted World!
Nov 9, 2018 • 95 min
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?…
#052 How Loving Extremists Will Defeat Hate (with Deeyah Khan)
Nov 2, 2018 • 116 min
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 -…
#051 Justice Is Dead. Did It Fall Or Was It Pushed? (with David Rudolf, ‘The Staircase’)
Oct 26, 2018 • 88 min
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…
#050 Systems Of The Damned (with Charles Eisenstein)
Oct 19, 2018 • 78 min
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…
#049 Yuval Noah Harari - Are Our Children AI Slaves?
Oct 12, 2018 • 64 min
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…
Under The Skin Season #2 - Teaser
Oct 6, 2018 • 15 min
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…
#048 Freedom and Tyranny (with Jordan Peterson)
May 17, 2018 • 94 min
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…
Some Exciting News…Season #2: Under The Skin to the bone!
Mar 30, 2018 • 5 min
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…
Is Civilisation Crumbling? with Adam Curtis
Mar 23, 2018 • 78 min
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.
Yanis Varoufakis - Euro Power From A Man Who Knows
Mar 16, 2018 • 83 min
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.…
(Yuval) Noah’s Arc - What Is The Future For Sapiens?
Mar 9, 2018 • 75 min
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…
#047 Egos and Alcohol (with Ryron & Rener Gracie)
Feb 25, 2018 • 80 min
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…
#046 Power vs Kindness (with Jordan Peterson)
Feb 14, 2018 • 97 min
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.
#045 What’s The Biggest Threat To Freedom? Islam Or Consumerism (with Sam Harris)
Feb 3, 2018 • 124 min
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.
#044 Headspace - Could Mass Meditation Change Everything? (with Andy Puddicombe)
Jan 20, 2018 • 77 min
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…
#043 Professor Brian Cox - God, The Universe and Meaning
Jan 12, 2018 • 70 min
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…
#042 Senses & Consciousness - Beyond The 5 Senses Myth (with Prof Barry Smith)
Jan 6, 2018 • 84 min
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.
#041 Shakespeare And Power! (with Professor Tony Howard)
Dec 23, 2017 • 78 min
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…
#040 How To Be Spiritually Healthy In Damaged Times (with Emma Kenny)
Dec 15, 2017 • 55 min
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.
#039 Putin & Trump, Global Gangsters Or Same Old Same Old? (with Luke Harding)
Dec 8, 2017 • 59 min
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…
#038 Revolution In The Age Of Anger (with Pankaj Mishra)
Dec 1, 2017 • 65 min
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.
#037 Extreme Survival with Ed Stafford - Is The Toughest Terrain Your Own Mind?
Nov 24, 2017 • 67 min
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.
#036 Beyond Conspiracy - The Terrifying Truth Of Corporate Power (with Jacques Peretti)
Nov 17, 2017 • 60 min
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…
#035 Ruby Wax - Madness & Meditation. Can We Heal Ourselves?
Nov 10, 2017 • 69 min
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…
#034 Science Vs God - Is There A Life Force That Transcends Matter? (with Rupert Sheldrake)
Nov 3, 2017 • 67 min
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.
#033 Is Trump Better For Black America Than Barack Obama? (with Kehinde Andrews)
Oct 28, 2017 • 75 min
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.
#032 Mental Health Crisis - Is Community The Answer? (with Chirlane McCray)
Oct 18, 2017 • 47 min
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’.
#031 Gender Fluidity - Is It Time To Abandon All Labels? (with Mae Martin)
Oct 11, 2017 • 65 min
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…
#030 Why Won’t America Put Down Its Guns? (with Gary Younge)
Oct 4, 2017 • 61 min
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…
#029 Does Even The Establishment Know Anarchy Is The Answer? (with Carne Ross)
Sep 28, 2017 • 67 min
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.
#028 Marxism On The Rise - Can It Really Defeat Capitalism? (with David Harvey)
Sep 20, 2017 • 83 min
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.
#027 Can We Have More Connected Sex?
Sep 13, 2017 • 44 min
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.
#026 Is The Solution To Addiction Spiritual Connection? (with Brad Evans)
Sep 6, 2017 • 50 min
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.
#025 Art And Activism With Billy Bragg
Aug 30, 2017 • 76 min
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.
#024 Inequality Is Killing Us All. Are We Going To Stop It? (with Jason Hickel)
Aug 23, 2017 • 65 min
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…
#023 Al Gore - Can We Protect The Planet When It’s Not In The Interests Of The Powerful?
Aug 16, 2017 • 35 min
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.
#022 Will The Psychedelic Revolution Meaningfully Change The World?
Aug 9, 2017 • 66 min
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.
#021 Is There Any Point In God? (with Alister McGrath)
Jul 26, 2017 • 65 min
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.
#020 Selfie-Obsession: Can Narcissism Ever Make Us Happy? (with Will Storr)
Jul 19, 2017 • 65 min
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.
#019 Frankie Boyle - Is It Possible To Live A Moral Life?
Jul 12, 2017 • 70 min
Frankie Boyle and I discuss media censorship, the virtues of nihilism, and the effects of fatherhood on life as a comedian.
#018 Naomi Klein - Why We Must Kill Our Inner Trump
Jul 5, 2017 • 57 min
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…
#017 Will Spirituality Solve Our Global Problems? (with Sharon Salzberg)
Jun 28, 2017 • 70 min
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.
#016 Is Philosophy More Important Than Ever? (with Simon Critchley)
Jun 21, 2017 • 63 min
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.
#015 Yanis Varoufakis - How To Construct A Global Revolution
Jun 14, 2017 • 79 min
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…
#014 Election Eve: Is It Stupid To Vote For Peace?
Jun 6, 2017 • 63 min
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…
#013 Why Are You Who You Are? (with Raoul & Francesca Martinez & Dr Brad Evans)
May 31, 2017 • 66 min
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?
#012 Manchester: Can Terror Ever Be Stopped?
May 26, 2017 • 58 min
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.
#011 Fascism Or Democracy - Is This Our Last Chance To Choose? (with George Monbiot)
May 17, 2017 • 60 min
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.
#010 Plant Based Diet & Plant Based Consciousness with Simon Amstell
May 10, 2017 • 67 min
Comedian Simon Amstell and I discuss his film ‘Carnage’, how veganism began a journey of personal enlightenment and how taking Ayahuasca changed his life.
#009 Trump, Boris, May - Who’s The Best Communicator? (With Prof Sophie Scott)
May 4, 2017 • 75 min
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.
#008 Snap Election - Is Democracy Busted? (With Dr Brad Evans, of course!)
Apr 26, 2017 • 64 min
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.
#007 Identity Politics - Where Are They Taking Us? (With Matthew Todd)
Apr 19, 2017 • 61 min
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.
#006 Can Humans & Animals United Heal The World? (With Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick)
Apr 12, 2017 • 65 min
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.
#005 Yuval Noah Harari - Is Humanity Finished?
Apr 5, 2017 • 74 min
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…
#004 Feminism - Can It Change The World?
Mar 29, 2017 • 68 min
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.
#003 Adam Curtis - Do We Really Want Change?
Mar 23, 2017 • 77 min
This week I speak with filmmaker Adam Curtis about the rise of individualism, where real power lies, and whether we really want change.
#002 Who Are The Slaves Now?
Mar 16, 2017 • 64 min
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.
#001 Can We Really Stop Terror?
Mar 8, 2017 • 82 min
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…
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Mar 4, 2017 • 2 min
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