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September 14, 2019
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! 
June 22, 2019
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
May 18, 2019
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.
May 11, 2019
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.
May 4, 2019
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).
May 2, 2019
'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.
April 27, 2019
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.
April 20, 2019
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.
April 13, 2019
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.
April 6, 2019
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!
March 30, 2019
A podcast with online creator and spiritual storyteller Jay Shetty.Lessons in daily self care, spiritual practice and positive thinking.
March 23, 2019
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.
March 16, 2019
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.
March 9, 2019
"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*
March 2, 2019
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.
February 23, 2019
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.
February 16, 2019
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.
February 9, 2019
Former armed robber, with two life sentences, tells his story of redemption on today's episode of Under The Skin.
February 2, 2019
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.
January 26, 2019
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".
January 19, 2019
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.
January 12, 2019
You gotta listen to the incomparable scourge of the right and food bank gourmet Jack Monroe on Under The Skin.
January 5, 2019
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.
December 29, 2018
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.
December 22, 2018
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.
December 15, 2018
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!
December 8, 2018
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.
December 1, 2018
Tony Robbins - pain, redemption and reprogramming with the incomparable Elvis/Jesus of Personal Development.
November 24, 2018
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.
November 17, 2018
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!
November 10, 2018
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.
November 3, 2018
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.
October 26, 2018
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.
October 20, 2018
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.
October 12, 2018
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.
October 6, 2018
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.
May 17, 2018
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.
March 30, 2018
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...
March 24, 2018
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.
March 17, 2018
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.
March 10, 2018
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.
February 25, 2018
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.
February 15, 2018
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.
February 3, 2018
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.
January 20, 2018
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.
January 13, 2018
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!
January 7, 2018
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.
December 23, 2017
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.
December 16, 2017
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.
December 9, 2017
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.
December 2, 2017
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.
November 25, 2017
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.
November 18, 2017
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.
November 11, 2017
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.
November 4, 2017
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.
October 28, 2017
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.
October 19, 2017
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’.
October 11, 2017
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.
October 4, 2017
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.
September 28, 2017
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.
September 20, 2017
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.
September 13, 2017
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.
September 6, 2017
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.
August 30, 2017
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.
August 23, 2017
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.
August 16, 2017
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.
August 10, 2017
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.
July 27, 2017
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.
July 19, 2017
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.
July 13, 2017
Frankie Boyle and I discuss media censorship, the virtues of nihilism, and the effects of fatherhood on life as a comedian.
July 5, 2017
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.
June 28, 2017
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.
June 21, 2017
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.
June 14, 2017
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.
June 6, 2017
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.
May 31, 2017
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?
May 26, 2017
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.
May 17, 2017
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.
May 10, 2017
Comedian Simon Amstell and I discuss his film 'Carnage', how veganism began a journey of personal enlightenment and how taking Ayahuasca changed his life.
May 4, 2017
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.
April 26, 2017
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.
April 20, 2017
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.
April 13, 2017
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.
April 6, 2017
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.
March 30, 2017
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.
March 23, 2017
This week I speak with filmmaker Adam Curtis about the rise of individualism, where real power lies, and whether we really want change.
March 16, 2017
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.
March 9, 2017
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'.
March 4, 2017
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