Under The Skin with Russell Brand

A weekly interview series from Russell Brand that examines what's beneath the surface—of the people we admire, the ideas that define our time, and the history we’re told. Speaking with guests from the worlds of academia, popular culture, and the arts, Russell seeks to uncover the ulterior truth behind our constructed reality. And have a laugh. On his new podcast ‘Above the Noise’ Russell guides us all—curious beginners, spiritual skeptics, and experienced practitioners—in brief, 10-minute meditations. Listen to Above the Noise on Luminary


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Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 5 days 17 hours 43 minutes


episode 207: #207 Dopamine Culture (with Dr. Anna Lembke)

Author of Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence, psychiatrist Dr. Anna Lembke joins me this week to talk about pleasure, pain, dopamine, and the brain! This is a fantastic episode. Dr. Anna explains how our brains are constantly trying to maintain a state of homeostasis—amid the relentless seesaw between pleasure and pain...



episode 206: #206 Evolution and Ideology (with Heather Heying and Bret Weinstein)

This week I’m joined by evolutionary biologist Heather Heying, and biologist Bret Weinstein to discuss their new book A Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century: Evolution and the Challenges of Modern Life. In this episode we discuss how the rapid acceleration of change in the modern world is proving difficult for us as humans to adapt to...



episode 205: #205 What Does Capitalism Mean? (With Anwar Shaikh)

This week we get deep into capitalism. Anwar Shaikh is a heterodox economist, founding member of the Union of Radical Political Economists, and Professor of Economics at The New School for Social Research in New York City. His latest book Capitalism: Competition, Conflict, Crisis has been widely acclaimed as one of the most important works of economic theory to have come from the Left in many years...



episode 204: #204 A Global Health Con and How To Stop It (with Dr. Bob Gill)

This week’s episode is very important. Today I spoke with Dr. Bob Gill a British-based GP who is fighting against the privatisation of The NHS (In Britain, that is the National Health Service.) Dr. Gill explains, clearly and thoroughly, how our healthcare is being taken from us and given to private companies in order to fleece us for our money--and, even more devastatingly, to let those who can’t afford healthcare die...



episode 203: #203 Should We Hijack Political Parties or Start A Revolution?

This week I spoke with Krystal Ball. Krystal is a progressive American commentator who, along with right-wing commentator Saagar Enjeti, co-hosts the podcast/video show Breaking Points. (The duo previously hosted a popular show for The Hill.)  Krystal and I discuss many of the issues that divide left and right-wing politics. We explore how politicians fear the media and thus are controlled by their narratives...


 2021-09-18  16m

episode 202: #202 The Moral Conundrums of Politics

This week I spoke with Tim Pool. Tim is a journalist, activist, and one of the biggest political YouTubers of the moment. He initially became known for livestreaming the 2011 Occupy Wall Street protests. Tim is also known for discussing some of the more difficult questions in relation to politics, including: the issues that divide The Left and The Right, and the issues that cause some of the biggest political fracas and conflicts in the US right now...


 2021-09-11  18m

episode 201: #201 Finding Light (with John Higgs)

This week I spoke with John Higgs! John is a writer, journalist and cultural historian. He writes extensively about William Blake and counter-cultural figures like Alan Moore and Timothy Leary. "William Blake vs the World" and "The Future Starts Here: Adventures in the Twenty-First Century" are just two examples of his work. I am reading some of John’s books on William Blake at the moment and I’m really enjoying them...


 2021-09-04  12m

episode 200: #200 Your Mind On Plants (with Michael Pollan)

This week’s guest is Michael Pollan! Michael is an american author and journalist. He is best known for his books that explore the socio-cultural impacts of food, such as The Botany of Desire and The Omnivore's Dilemma. His latest book is This Is Your Mind on Plants - in this book he explores in particular opium, caffeine, and mescaline. We chat about Michael’s research on various drugs, from caffeine to psychedelics...


 2021-08-28  9m

episode 199: #199 Censorship and Consciousness (with Bret Weinstein)

This week’s guest is Bret Weinstein! Bret is a professor of biology, an evolutionary theorist, and well known political and cultural commentator. He hosts the DarkHorse podcast with his wife Heather. His new book A Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century: Evolution and the Challenges of Modern Life is available to pre-order now. We discuss censorship and the difficulty we have as a society at having open discourse and dialogue around controversial topics...


 2021-08-21  14m

episode 198: #198 The Matter with Things (with Iain McGilchrist)

This week I spoke to one of my favourite guests on Under the Skin - Iain McGilchrist. Iain is an author, psychiatrist and former Oxford literary scholar. He came to prominence with his publication "The Master and His Emissary - The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World”. His latest book is called “The Matter With Things.” This is a fantastic podcast that discusses Iain’s work, the differences between the left and the right hemispheres, but also much more than that...


 2021-08-14  11m