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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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    • Society & Culture
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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

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

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

    #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. I delve into whether or not Krystal, as a progressive, feels that her respect for the Democratic Party has been eroded. Plus, we reflect on actions and options: What should we do? Should we hijack a political party and use their position to make change, or should we start from scratch and start a revolution, scrapping the entire system completely? Krystal has some very interesting, balanced, and thoughtful ideas on all of these questions; her answers will appeal to those on every side of the political spectrum.



    More info

    Krystal also hosts a progressive podcast Krystal, Kyle & Friends.



    My new meditation podcast Above the Noise is out now only on Luminary, I will be releasing guided meditations every Wednesday, please check out it: http://luminary.link/meditate



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    • 16 min
    #202 The Moral Conundrums of Politics

    #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. What are the correct answers? Is it possible to bridge the political divide? Where does the question of individual sovereignty, morality, and civil rights come to a head? This episode tries to tackle those issues, or at least discuss them.



    More info

    Tim Pool operates four channels and a subscription model website TimCast.com.


    My new meditation podcast Above the Noise is out now only on Luminary, I will be releasing guided meditations every Wednesday, please check out it: http://luminary.link/meditate



    Elites are taking over! Our only hope is to form our own. To learn more join my cartel here https://www.russellbrand.com/join and get weekly bulletins too incendiary for anything but your private inbox.

    *not a euphemism



    Subscribe to my YouTube channel, I post four videos a week including video clips from these episodes!

    https://www.youtube.com/russellbrand



    Subscribe to my YouTube side-channel for more wellness and spirituality.

    https://www.youtube.com/c/AwakeningWithRussell

    Instagram:

    http://instagram.com/russellbrand/

    Twitter:

    http://twitter.com/rustyrockets

    • 18 min
    #201 Finding Light (with John Higgs)

    #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. In this episode we discuss the magic and mysticism of William Blake and how reading his work can help us understand: the world in a more imaginative way, our various models of reality, the sublime and the divine, counter-cultural figures like the electronic band KLF who set fire to a million pounds, pragmatic optimism, and finding a new approach to dealing with the mysteries of the world!

    More info:
    For more information on John’s work and book check out his website: https://johnhiggs.com/

    My new meditation podcast Above the Noise is out now only on Luminary, I will be releasing guided meditations every Wednesday, please check out it: http://luminary.link/meditate

    Elites are taking over! Our only hope is to form our own. To learn more join my cartel here https://www.russellbrand.com/join and get weekly bulletins too incendiary for anything but your private inbox.
    *not a euphemism

    Subscribe to my YouTube channel, I post four videos a week including video clips from these episodes!
    https://www.youtube.com/russellbrand

    Subscribe to my YouTube side-channel for more wellness and spirituality.
    https://www.youtube.com/c/AwakeningWithRussell

    Instagram: 
    http://instagram.com/russellbrand/
    Twitter: 
    http://twitter.com/rustyrockets

    • 12 min
    #201 Finding Light (with John Higgs)

    #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. In this episode we discuss the magic and mysticism of William Blake and how reading his work can help us understand: the world in a more imaginative way, our various models of reality, the sublime and the divine, counter-cultural figures like the electronic band KLF who set fire to a million pounds, pragmatic optimism, and finding a new approach to dealing with the mysteries of the world!

    More info:
    For more information on John’s work and book check out his website: https://johnhiggs.com/

    My new meditation podcast Above the Noise is out now only on Luminary, I will be releasing guided meditations every Wednesday, please check out it: http://luminary.link/meditate

    Elites are taking over! Our only hope is to form our own. To learn more join my cartel here https://www.russellbrand.com/join and get weekly bulletins too incendiary for anything but your private inbox.

    *not a euphemism

    Subscribe to my YouTube channel, I post four videos a week including video clips from these episodes!

    https://www.youtube.com/russellbrand


    Subscribe to my YouTube side-channel for more wellness and spirituality.
    https://www.youtube.com/c/AwakeningWithRussell

    Instagram:
    http://instagram.com/russellbrand/

    Twitter:
    http://twitter.com/rustyrockets

    #200 Your Mind On Plants (with Michael Pollan)

    #200 Your Mind On Plants (with Michael Pollan)

    This week’s guest is Michael Pollan! Michael is an american author and journalist, best known for his books that explore the socio-cultural impacts of food, such as these titles: The Botany of Desire and The Omnivore's Dilemma. His latest book is This Is Your Mind on Plants, in which he explores opium, caffeine, and mescaline.

    We chat about Michael’s research on various drugs, including caffeine and psychedelics. We touch on the ideas of transcendence and archetypes, and reflect on the incredible power and intelligence all plants possess. They have been evolving a lot longer than we have; what else can plants do that we’re not even aware of yet?

    More Info:
    For more info on Michael’s work and books go here: https://michaelpollan.com/

    My new meditation podcast Above the Noise is out now only on Luminary, I will be releasing guided meditations every Wednesday, please check out it: http://luminary.link/meditate

    Elites are taking over! Our only hope is to form our own. To learn more join my cartel here https://www.russellbrand.com/join and get weekly bulletins too incendiary for anything but your private inbox.
    *not a euphemism

Subscribe to my YouTube channel, I post four videos a week including video clips from these episodes!
https://www.youtube.com/russellbrand

    Subscribe to my YouTube side-channel for more wellness and spirituality.
    https://www.youtube.com/c/AwakeningWithRussell
    Instagram: 
    http://instagram.com/russellbrand/
    Twitter: 
    http://twitter.com/rustyrockets

    • 9 min
    #199 Censorship and Consciousness (with Bret Weinstein)

    #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. Then we delve deep into our differing perspectives on consciousness, utopias and purpose. It’s a fantastic conversation, and Bret’s expertise in evolutionary biology, paired with his curiosity and openness, is wonderful to listen to.



    More info:



    For more information on Bret’s work and to pre-order his new book go here: https://bretweinstein.net/



    My new meditation podcast Above the Noise is out now only on Luminary, I will be releasing guided meditations every Wednesday, please check out it: http://luminary.link/meditate



    Elites are taking over! Our only hope is to form our own. To learn more join my cartel here https://www.russellbrand.com/join and get weekly bulletins too incendiary for anything but your private inbox.

    *not a euphemism



    Subscribe to my YouTube channel, I post four videos a week including video clips from these episodes!

    https://www.youtube.com/russellbrand



    Subscribe to my YouTube side-channel for more wellness and spirituality.

    https://www.youtube.com/c/AwakeningWithRussell

    Instagram:

    http://instagram.com/russellbrand/

    Twitter:

    http://twitter.com/rustyrockets

    • 14 min

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