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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

Under The Skin with Russell Brand Luminary

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 5.6K Ratings

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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

    #208 Emergency Power (with Dr. Luke Kemp)

    #208 Emergency Power (with Dr. Luke Kemp)

    This week I spoke with a brilliant researcher, Dr. Luke Kemp. Luke is a research associate at the Centre for The Study of Existential Risk at Cambridge University. He is an incredible source of information regarding state power, control, what happens governmentally in times of crises, and the subsequent impact on citizens. We speak about the use of Emergency Powers and the abuse of these powers, too: how and why they are employed, and why they are often never taken away once implemented. 

    For more info on Luke’s work and a reading list, go here: https://www.cser.ac.uk/news/meet-researcher-dr-luke-kemp/

    More Info:
    Come see me live - check out upcoming dates: https://www.russellbrand.com/live-dates/

    My 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

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

    • 11 min
    #207 Dopamine Culture (with Dr. Anna Lembke)

    #207 Dopamine Culture (with Dr. Anna Lembke)

    Author of Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence, psychiatrist Dr. Anna Lembke joins me this week to talk about pleasure, pain, dopamine, and the brain! This is a fantastic episode. Dr. Anna explains how our brains are constantly trying to maintain a state of homeostasis—amid the relentless seesaw between pleasure and pain. The consequences of our actions will be felt on this seesaw; she tells us how we can manage the back and forth, in order to try and find balance in our lives.
    More Info:
    Get Dr. Anna’s book and check out the rest of her work here: https://www.annalembke.com
    Vote for Under the Skin in the Lovie Awards here (if you want to!): http://lovieawards.com
    Come see me live! Tickets to my live performances around the UK are here: https://www.russellbrand.com/live-dates/
    My 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

    • 13 min
    #206 Evolution and Ideology (with Heather Heying and Bret Weinstein)

    #206 Evolution and Ideology (with Heather Heying and Bret Weinstein)

    This week I’m joined by evolutionary biologist Heather Heying, and biologist Bret Weinstein to discuss their new book A Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century: Evolution and the Challenges of Modern Life. In this episode we discuss how the rapid acceleration of change in the modern world is proving difficult for us as humans to adapt to. What elements of these changes are challenging and why? What should we be doing to make sure we are able to live happily in the society we are creating?



    More Info:



    For more information on Bret and Heather’s work and to order their book go here: https://heatherheying.com/ and 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

    • 15 min
    #205 What Does Capitalism Mean? (with Anwar Shaikh)

    #205 What Does Capitalism Mean? (with Anwar Shaikh)

    This week we get deep into capitalism. Anwar Shaikh is a heterodox economist, founding member of the Union of Radical Political Economists, and Professor of Economics at The New School for Social Research in New York City. His latest book Capitalism: Competition, Conflict, Crisis has been widely acclaimed as one of the most important works of economic theory to have come from the Left in many years.



    Anwar explains how and why capitalism works, and the consequences of having it as the dominant economic operating system in the world. What does that really mean?! Anwar will tell you.



    More Info:



    Anwar Shaikh’s work: http://www.anwarshaikhecon.org/



    Come see me live - check out all the dates here: https://www.russellbrand.com/live-dates/



    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

    • 17 min
    #204 A Global Health Con and How To Stop It (with Dr. Bob Gill)

    #204 A Global Health Con and How To Stop It (with Dr. Bob Gill)

    This week’s episode is very important. Today I spoke with Dr. Bob Gill a British-based GP who is fighting against the privatisation of The NHS (In Britain, that is the National Health Service.) Dr. Gill explains, clearly and thoroughly, how our healthcare is being taken from us and given to private companies in order to fleece us for our money--and, even more devastatingly, to let those who can’t afford healthcare die. He breaks down the strategies used by corporations, by YOUR governments and by the media to slyly pass legislation that hands over your health to profit-driven CEOs. This is an urgent matter that affects everyone.

    Please check out the links below and watch Dr. Bob’s film 'The Great NHS Heist' on YouTube.
    https://youtu.be/Www0cHLQulw

    More info

    New edit of film 'The Great NHS Heist' is uploaded onto YT. 
    https://youtu.be/Www0cHLQulw
    Original version
    https://vimeo.com/ondemand/thegreatnhsheist

    Other links
    https://twitter.com/drbobgill

    Film
    https://twitter.com/greatnhsheist
    http://thegreatnhsheist.com
    https://www.facebook.com/TheGreatNHSHeist

    NHS campaign group due to launch October 12th.
    https://twitter.com/YourNHS2021
    https://www.facebook.com/YourNHSNeedsYou
    https://www.instagram.com/yournhsneedsyou
    website under construction www.yournhsneedsyou.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

    • 14 min
    #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



    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

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
5.6K Ratings

5.6K Ratings

Jessjerz ,

Woke

Listening to Russell Brand and having read his books has truly taught me new ways to improve the things I need to change, and has also inspired me along the way. He’s opened my mind to meditation and gave me a sense of hope I began to lose. His intellect along with making me smile due to his comedic talent is why I love him.

~akb27~ ,

love it

I could listen to him all day.

I am The IPhone kid ,

Used to be much better

I used to love this podcast but then it changed. Russell wastes a huge chunk of the show doing pointless and unfunny banter with his female co-host and terrible audio drops before finally getting to the interview with the guest.
Then he talks to the guest about wingnut conspiracies and woo woo faux spirituality. You will lose IQ points listening.

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