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
Jordan Peterson on Compromise, Free Speech, and More
In this encore episode, Jordan and I try to understand how it’s possible to bridge the gap when it comes to those with whom we disagree and are in opposition to. The two of us talk about the importance of free speech, new ideas, and the value in compromise!
Gabor Maté on the Myth of Normalcy
Gabor is a physician who specializes in addiction, stress, trauma, and childhood development and is the author, most recently, of "The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness and Healing in a Toxic Culture."
In this episode we discuss healthy and unhealthy attachments; tech addiction and its hold over our consciousness and behaviour; the importance of becoming disillusioned; and how crises can become a moment of opportunity. (Originally aired in December of 2021)
Eckhart Tolle on Becoming Awake
The incredible teacher Eckhart Tolle is my guest on this mammoth episode of Under The Skin. Eckhart is a spiritual teacher and author. He has introduced millions to the freedom of living life in the present moment. The New York Times has described him as “the most popular spiritual author in the United States”, and Watkins Review has named him “the most spiritually influential person in the world.” Enjoy! [This episode is timeless, but it originally aired in June of 2020]
Bob Roth (MyTeacher) on Being Free
This week’s guest on Under The Skin is the man who taught me how to meditate over 13 years ago, Bob Roth CEO of The David Lynch Foundation. He is one of most experienced and sought-after meditation teachers in the world. He studied with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and has taught Transcendental Meditation for over forty-five years to thousands of people. He is host of the Sirius XM show, Success Without Stress and currently has a show on iHeartRadio called Stay Calm with Bob Roth. His book, Strength in Stillness, is available now.
In our conversation Bob goes into detail about the different types of meditation and their role and effect on the mind. We discuss what social and cultural effects meditation can have in the world and some of the science and data surrounding this ancient practice. (Originally published May 2020)
David Lynch on Meditation and Genius
This week I spoke with filmmaker and artist, 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. [This classic episode was originally released in May, 2019.]
Deepak Chopra on Cosmology and Consciousness
In this week’s episode Deepak and I chatted about the nature of consciousness, He unloaded his extensive knowledge of the cosmos, described what it means to be embodied, shared his understanding of what a belief in God is or means, and listed some of the reasons people suffer from existential crises. It was a wonderful exchange. Enjoy. (Originally published September, 2019)
I always learn something from Russell. I love his choice of guests and the depth of his conversations.
The world needs more Russell Brands !
We have corporate media narratives that really really really need to be challenged ....constantly
I just started waking up. Realized I was abusing alcohol and attempted quitting in 2018. Then I discovered rock bottom has a basement in Jan. of 2022 after attempting sobriety without learning how to live sober. Now, 7 months sober in recovery, I’ve decided to stop digging. I’ve hit a few rock bottoms and I’m putting down the shovel. These episodes are enriching my recovery and my self-discovery. I don’t even know who I am and I’m 34 years old. I’ve endured trauma and abuse like many of us have. Learning how to stop it, heal from it and how to not pass it on to my children is what is most important to me. Thank you for your content and sharing it with us. Looking forward to finding more with my Luminary subscription ❤️