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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.

Under The Skin with Russell Brand Russell Brand

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    • 4.8, 8.7K Ratings

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.

    #144 Stories To Save Us (with Michael Meade)

    #144 Stories To Save Us (with Michael Meade)

    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 tales that help us in understanding what is going on in the world right now, from feeling lost in ourselves to why we appoint certain world leaders. He also teaches us about the role of initiation and the power and importance of our wounds. 
    He is founder and Director of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, a non-profit network of artists, activists, and community builders that encourages greater understanding between diverse peoples.

    Michael is the creator of the Living Myth podcast and his new online series, The Soul of Genius, begins on August 14th at www.mosaicvoices.org

    @MichaelMeadeMosaic (Facebook)
    @michaelmeade_mosaicvoices (Instagram)
    @MMeade_Myth (Twitter)

    • 13 min
    #143 Tech Power & Manipulation (with Brittany Kaiser)

    #143 Tech Power & Manipulation (with Brittany Kaiser)

    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 of big data, political campaign management and strategy and how our every online move and word is being track, mined and sold for money and power.
    She co-founded the Digital Asset Trade Association (DATA), a non-profit lobbying firm advancing legislative reform for individuals to control their own digital assets.
    She also co-founded the Own Your Data Foundation, to promote digital literacy education.
    We discuss how our data is being collected and sold to corporations, governments and campaigns in order to manipulate our spending and even our voting choices. Should our data be seen and legally protected in the same way as property is? Is it wrong to target people based on their political leanings? Is it cheating? What laws are in place to protect us or is it fair game?
    Listen this week to find out from a person who has seen it all!

    Brittany’s book ‘Targeted: The Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower's Inside Story of How Big Data, Trump and Facebook Broke Democracy’ Is available now: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/targeted-brittany-kaiser

    Own Your Data Foundation: https://ownyourdata.foundation/

    @ownyourdatanow (Twitter) 
    @own.your.data (Instagram)
    https://www.facebook.com/ownyourdata/ (Facebook)
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/ownyourdata/ (Linkedin)

    • 12 min
    #142 Theories Of The Unknown (with Dr. Katie Mack)

    #142 Theories Of The Unknown (with Dr. Katie Mack)

    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 and speculative in this week’s podcast. We question how we can relate all of that to our everyday understanding of the world and societal beliefs.
    She is currently Assistant Professor of Physics at North Carolina State University and is regular columnist in Cosmos magazine and contributor to publications such as Scientific American, Slate, and Time.

    Katie’s new book “The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking)” is out in August.

    https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/311522/the-end-of-everything/9780241372333.html 
    http://www.astrokatie.com/ 
    http://www.astrokatie.com/book 

    Twitter: @AstroKatie
    Instagram: @astrokatiemack

    • 13 min
    #141 Finding God Without Losing Reason (with Radhanath Swami)

    #141 Finding God Without Losing Reason (with Radhanath Swami)

    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 experience of truth; after finally meeting his spiritual teacher in India he has spent the last 50 years internalising that spiritual practice and sharing it with others.
    He is not only a guide, but a community builder, activist, and a New York Times best-selling author.
    Radhanath Swami’s message is as profound as it is simple: by cultivating a rich inner life of self-awareness and a genuine practice of service, we can become instruments of compassion and agents of sustainable change in the world.

    • 16 min
    #140 Is Panpsychism The Answer To The Mystery Of Consciousness? (with Dr. Philip Goff)

    #140 Is Panpsychism The Answer To The Mystery Of Consciousness? (with Dr. Philip Goff)

    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 published more than forty academic papers. His writing has also appeared in many newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, and Philosophy Now. 
    Panpsychism argues that traditional approaches of materialism (consciousness can be explained in terms of physical processes in the brain) and dualism (consciousness is separate from the body and brain) face insuperable difficulties. 
    In this podcast we discuss this idea more in depth an the implications it might have on scientific study and the way we relate to the world as a whole! Enjoy!
    If you’d like learn more, check out Dr. Philip Goff’s book below:
    UK version: https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/111/1117019/galileo-s-error/9781846046018.html
    US version: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/599229/galileos-error-by-philip-goff/
    Twitter: @philip_goff
    Website: www.philipgoffphilosophy.com
    Blog: www.conscienceandconsciousness.com  

    • 17 min
    #139 Sing Yourself To Glory! (with Jahnavi Harrison)

    #139 Sing Yourself To Glory! (with Jahnavi Harrison)

    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 landmarks. For over 12 years she has travelled the world, offering her voice and violin playing in the performance of sacred music. 

    Jahnavi founded Kirtan London, a project that aims to make mantra music accessible and relevant to a wider audience through events and retreats. 

    She also recently collaborated on a new song with Willow Smith - you can listen to it on Spotify and all the regular streaming platforms.

    • 17 min

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8.7K Ratings

8.7K Ratings

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Russell is an Inspiration

Russell's style of communication ensures that no matter the subject, his podcasts will always be both entertaining and informative. It is inspiring to see a public figure actively educating himself and listening, rather than just telling the world what he thinks. I'd love the podcast to have stayed on iTunes rather than moving to Luminary but hey, the guy has to make a living

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