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.
#168 Holocaust Survivor: ‘Is History Repeating Itself?’ (with Dr. Edith Eger)
This week’s guest on Under The Skin is Dr. Edith Eger. Edith is a Holocaust survivor and a specialist in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. Her latest book The Gift - 12 Lessons To Save Your Life, shows us how to stop destructive patterns and imprisoning thoughts in order to find freedom and enjoy life. It is available now.
I think it is important at this time of crisis, chaos and conflict to hear a voice from someone who survived the most extreme situation in recent history, The Holocaust. At a time of much division and hateful rhetoric, confusion from all sides, here is a voice that can be truly unifying.
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Edith’s Book: The Gift - 12 Lessons to Save Your Life
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#167 Crossing boundaries and Reclaiming land (with Nick Hayes)
This week’s guest is Nick Hayes! Nick is an author, illustrator, print-maker and political cartoonist. He has published four highly acclaimed graphic novels, each one in separate ways focuses on mankind’s relationship with the environment. I’ve just read his latest book The Book of Trespass: Crossing the Lines That Divide Us, that came out last year. It my favourite Christmas present!
We discuss the nature of trespassing and the social, political and cultural impacts it has on us. We only have access to 8% of the English countryside, the rest is hidden behind walls and protected by private property laws. Why can’t we swim in a river? Or roam through a forest? Why do these laws exist and why aren’t they being challenged? Nick explains the history of how trespassing laws came into existence and what he is doing to change them with his Right to Roam campaign. Is private property law furthering the disconnection we have with nature and pushing it towards commodification? Has this also become a class issue, where nature and natural beauty spots are now reserved for those who can pay to access them?
This is a particularly fascinating podcast that will hopefully inspire you to explore more and join Nick in his Right to Roam campaign.
Join the campaign to open more of England's countryside to public access: www.righttoroam.org.uk
Follow Nick on Instagram @nickhayesillustration & Twitter @nickhayesillus1
Support independent bookshops, by purchasing The Book of Trespass from here: https://labiblioteka.co/item/the-book-of-trespass
#165 The War For Your Consciousness (with Tristan Harris)
This week’s guest on Under The Skin is the incredibly insightful and innovative Tristan Harris. You may recognise him from the The Social Dilemma documentary on Netflix. If you haven’t watched it yet, it’s a must see. Tristan is Co-Founder & President of the Center for Humane Technology and Co-Host of the Your Undivided Attention podcast. Rolling Stone magazine named Tristan one of “25 People Shaping the World” and was named in Fortune’s 40 under 40 of 2018 for his work on reforming technology.
If you have a smartphone, use social media, communicate via email or use online services in any way…this podcast is for you. Tristan explains the power of the attention economy, reveals how these social media sites are engineered to capture our time but discusses how he is optimistic that positive change is possible in the tech industry. Can we ensure that our future doesn’t turn into products merely mined for our attention, time and data. How can we can change these algorithmic paradigms to serve us rather than the other way around?
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#164 Genetic Revolution (with Bruce Lipton)
Today’s guest on Under The Skin is Bruce Lipton! Bruce is a developmental biologist, stem cell biologist, notable for his views on epigenetics. He is the bestselling author of The Biology of Belief.
This is a fascinating conversation about how our environment effects our biology. How do our cells operate and how do they make us who we are?
Bruce explains how we are programmed from a young age through behaviour and culture. He explains how we can reprogram ourselves to live more fulfilling lives using energy psychology. He also discusses some of the scientific breakthroughs he has while working as a stem cell biologist. If we can learn understand how our biology works can we engineer our lives to be most spiritually satisfying and free us from suffering?
#163 Music Is A Crucible (with Annie Lennox)
This week’s guest on Under The Skin is the world famous singer and incredible activist and philanthropist Annie Lennox. Annie is most well known as the front woman of The Eurythmics!
She has won X4 Grammy’s and has sold over 83 million albums worldwide! Annie has just released THE 10th ANNIVERSARY RE-ISSUE of her album A CHRISTMAS CORNUCOPIA, that includes the single “Dido’s Lament”.
This is a beautiful, warm and creative podcast in which we speak about gift and purpose and Annie’s life as a singer being skyrocketed into fame in the 80s. We share our feelings on being performers, the art of communing with the sacred, how music and art are a form communication and purpose, but how the fame that accompanies it can destroy the artist. We also discuss activism, and how painful it can be to interface with the cruel realities we see so many people deal with. How can we change the world? Is it even possible? What is our purpose?
Annie’s new single, “DIDO’S LAMENT” is available now:
Watch the music video for “DIDO’S LAMENT” here:
The 10th Anniversary re-issue of A Christmas Cornucopia is available now:
#160 Theology & Rhyming (with Tim Minchin)
This week’s podcast is an energetic, wordy and occasionally heated (in a good way!) with the incredible musician and artist Tim Minchin. Tim is an Australian comedian, actor, writer, musician, and songwriter. He is best known for his musical comedy! His new album ‘Apart Together’ will be released on Friday 20 November.
We discuss everything from creativity and politics to whether or not your view on the origin of consciousness can determine whether we can change the world for the better. Tim is a rationalist and atheist, he explains his world view and how he finds beauty and comfort in a meaningless universe. On the other hand, I argue that spirituality and meaning is needed to supersede the current capitalist and materialist society that is no longer serving and nurturing our needs.
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Tim’s debut studio album, Apart Together, is available now:
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Absolutely LOVE this podcast and have always adored Russel Brand. Just found out about it over the weekend and have been bingeing it. It’s exactly what I needed
Enjoyed listening to Episode 160 with Minchin.
Hilarious and Heartfelt
An absolutely wonderful listen. Russel is effortlessly hilarious, an incredibly avid, authentic, and passionate listener and learner, and is incredibly gifted in his eloquence and analysis. This podcast never fails to defamiliarize a concept I believed myself to grasp or put a smile on my face.