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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.

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    • 4.8 • 8.8K 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.

    #174 The Horror of Brand Power (with Joel Bakan)

    #174 The Horror of Brand Power (with Joel Bakan)

    Joel Bakan is an American-Canadian writer, filmmaker, and professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia.
    Joel has recently published a book, The New Corporation: How “Good” Corporations are Bad for Democracy, and released a documentary film based upon it. You can find out more about both at joelbakan.com.
    In Joel’s early documentary film “The Corporation” he famously said that corporations are psychopaths. In this podcast we extrapolate from that discuss how power has shifted from government to corporations as they try to take over every aspect of our lives. What does this mean for democracy? How much power are we willing to give over to these companies? And are they really trying to do “good” or is just a facade to yield more control and ultimately...profit? This is what Joel explores further in his new film and book, he talks about his trip to Davos and the people and CEOs he encountered there who endeavour to change the world, but is it for the better? 

    • 22 min
    #173 Can’t Get Him Out Of My Head Part #2 (with Adam Curtis)

    #173 Can’t Get Him Out Of My Head Part #2 (with Adam Curtis)

    Welcome to Part #2 of Under The Skin with Adam Curtis. Adam is a documentary filmmaker and a previous beloved guest on Under The Skin! In his films he explores areas of sociology, psychology, philosophy and political history.

    His latest documentary, Can't Get You Out Of My Head: An Emotional History of the Modern World, is a 6-part series that you can now watch on the BBC. 

    In Part #2 of this conversation we discuss US politics, how we’re trying to navigate living through catastrophe after catastrophe, where actual power lies and how it can be challenged.

    Enjoy!

    • 26 min
    #172 Can’t Get Him Out Of My Head Part #1 (with Adam Curtis)

    #172 Can’t Get Him Out Of My Head Part #1 (with Adam Curtis)

    Welcome to Part #1 of Under The Skin with the incredible Adam Curtis. Adam is a documentary filmmaker and a previous beloved guest on Under The Skin! In his films he explores areas of sociology, psychology, philosophy and political history.

    His latest documentary, Can't Get You Out Of My Head: An Emotional History of the Modern World, is a 6-part series that you can now watch on the BBC. 

    In Part #1 of this conversation we discuss Adam’s new documentary where he explores how as individuals we internalise power structures and how we feel doesn’t always come from within but where we are in relation to power. We discuss and debate ideas around progressivism, psychologising, religious ideology and our visions for how we feel the world should go about change.

    It is, as with all Adam Curtis content, a very enlightening and thought provoking podcast. Let us know how what you thought of it!

    Join us next week for Part #2!

    • 21 min
    #171 Understanding Our Divided Realities (with Jonathan Haidt)

    #171 Understanding Our Divided Realities (with Jonathan Haidt)

    This week on Under The Skin is the long awaited guest Jonathan Haidt. Jonathan is an American social psychologist and professor. He is author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, and The Coddling of the American Mind. His main areas of study are the psychology of morality and moral emotions.

    This is a longer than usual podcast as it delves deep into the root of the division that proliferates every aspect of our political and cultural life right now. We obviously discuss US politics but not just that - we chat about how the goal of The Left to dismantle power has changed and mutated of the years - shifting from economics to identity issues. Jonathan explains some of his findings when researching the psychology of transcendence, we discuss fundamentalism and debate the idea progressivism.

    A lot is covered in this podcast, enjoy!

    JONATHAN’S PROJECTS
    https://openmindplatform.org/ which teaches groups how to get along better, despite political differences

    https://heterodoxacademy.org/  which advocates for viewpoint diversity and open inquiry at universities

    Nick Ortner - The Tapping Solution (mentioned in the intro)
    thetappingsolution.com/russell

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    • 15 min
    #170 Self-Awareness & Parenting (with Philippa Perry)

    #170 Self-Awareness & Parenting (with Philippa Perry)

    This week’s guest on Under The Skin Philippa Perry! Philippa is a psychotherapist & author, she is also married to the artist Grayson Perry. Her latest book The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (And Your Parents Will Be Glad That You Did) has just been released in Paperback with a new chapter on Siblings.

    This is a fantastic conversation about self-awareness, projection and parenting. How do we stop ourselves passing on our own trauma and bad habits onto our kids? What is the best way to nurture your relationship with a child? Philippa and I discuss our own personal experience as parents, therapy and individualism, art as a language and form expression and our two different perspectives on spirituality.

    Philippa’s book The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (And Your Parents Will Be Glad That You Did) his out now on paperback:
    https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-book-you-wish-your-parents-had-read-and-your-children-will-be-glad-that-you-did/philippa-perry/9780241251027 

    • 13 min
    #169 Tapping & Anxiety Hacks (with Nick Ortner)

    #169 Tapping & Anxiety Hacks (with Nick Ortner)

    This week’s guest on Under The Skin is founder of the Tapping Solution, Nick Ortner.
    Tapping is a natural healing method also known as Emotional Freedom Techniques (EMF). It is a healing modality that combines ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology.
    Nick tells us the science behind Tapping and how it effects the brain and the body. He has been developing and practicing this technique for a long time and has helped people from high functioning athletes, people with chronic pain to those suffering from grief. In this podcast, he also does a live Tapping demo with me to help me with a specific issue I’m dealing with.
    Please let us know what you think and if you tried it out!
    You can download the app for free in the app store or Google Play - Nick has offered Under The Skin listeners 50% off the premium version - go to thetappingsolution.com/russell

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
8.8K Ratings

8.8K Ratings

/stingrayjay ,

Quality interviews

I started listening to this pod because I wanted to learn more about politics and society and I have learnt so so much already. Brilliant interviews and obs love Russel B.

Gerald Darko ,

Yusef Islam and Kehinde Andrews

Years before their conversation together, Brand’s guest Yusef Islam (AKA Cat Stevens) said he wanted to BURN Salman Rushdie for blasphemy. Yeah, Cat Stevens isn’t a cool guy, Russel.

And Kehinde Andrews, who has been a guest on the show 3 times, is a black supremacist.
What he doesn’t seem to realise is that the West didn’t invent slavery, but did end it.

As for Brand, he’s a typical Champaign socialist, so it was a delight to hear him get schooled by the wonderful Candace Owens.

Winston Smyth ,

Speak Less

Just listened to the 20 minutes intro to the Adam Curtis podcast. Mr Brand takes up too much air time. We know what Russell thinks already!!! We want to hear what Adam thinks.

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