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
Deepak Chopra Deep Meditation
In this episode Deepak and I discuss the practical side of spirituality. He explains what scientific research has discovered about how a spiritual practice can significantly alter your life. Deepak also gives me a guided meditation. The meditation is in the second half of this part and includes a deconstruction of the method and why it works. Recorded in 2019 this episode, Part 2 of 2, continues to give and give. Come for the conversation, stay for the powerful meditation.
Deepak Chopra on Cosmology and Consciousness
In this week’s "best of" episode, part 1 of 2, 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)
On Calming Stress and Anxiety--with Tapping, ft. Nick Ortner
Best-selling author of The Tapping Solution, Nick Ortner is here! He describes the technique known as Tapping, which is a natural healing method that combines ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology. .
Nick tells us the science behind Tapping (also known as Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT) and describes how it effects the brain and the body. Tapping, he says, can turn off the flight-or-flight mode, to help the body relax and heal. He has been developing and practicing this technique for a long time, and has helped people from all walks of life--including high functioning athletes, people with chronic pain, those suffering from grief, and others. In this episode (originally published in 2021) Nick also does a live Tapping demo with me to help me with a specific issue I’m dealing with.
Ross Kemp on Bearing Witness to Extreme Lives
Actor, author, presenter Ross Kemp joins me for a conversation we’ve wanted to have for a long time. Ross is renowned for playing the iconic character Grant Mitchell in the long-running British soap opera "EastEnders," but I wanted to discuss some of the extreme situations he has faced (i.e. reporting on gangs) over his years working on documentary projects, and what those experiences have meant to him. We also discuss his series “Ross Kemp Living With…,” in which he covers knife crime, online gambling, homelessness, and more. Ross is a warm, insightful soul, with thoughtful takes on societal issues.
Philippa Perry on Self-Aware Parenting
Wise, grounded, candid and clear, psychotherapist and author Philippa Perry is here, discussing the nuanced challenges we, as parents, bring to our roles of raising our children. This is a rich and fascinating conversation about projection, boundaries, and how to prevent ourselves from passing our own trauma or bad habits onto our kids. Philippa is the author of amazing and helpful books, including “The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (And Your Parents Will Be Glad That You Did).”
Tristan Harris on the Hijacking of Your Consciousness
He's the co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Humane Technology. (You may also remember or recognize him from the 2020 film "The Social Dilemma" on Netflix. It’s a must-see. We spoke not longer after the film was released.) Trained as a computer scientist, and formerly an ethicist at Google, Harris is now an exciting and innovative activist for reforming technology. In this episode, Tristan explains the power of the attention economy, revealing how social media sites are engineered to capture our time and monetize our brain impulses without us even realizing that it’s happening. He also, thankfully, 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? Listen, learn, reflect.
Podcast, co-hosted by Tristan Harris: "Your Undivided Attention"
The most remarkable and life changing podcast
Bless you, Russ for creating this beautiful podcast. I’ve been listening for years (luminary days!) and I realized I’d never left a review, so here it is. This is a powerful and deep series. It’s not for the faint of heart, it digs deep. If you’re lookin for something true and pure in this scary world - this is it. Thank you Russell, hang in there mate 🖤💪🏻
I see this podcast suggested to me everyday. I have never listened and am not interested in listening. When are you going to suggest something else? There seems to be no way to hide the suggestion. I’m tired of ignoring it or scrolling past it so I am just going to give it a 1 star review to see if it goes away.
Insightful and ingenious
As expected, insightful meaningful questions and answers. Russel preps well and comes up with his own questions throughout as the conversation genuinely flows. The episode with Tristan is a must ponder. Big fan of Russel Brands evolution!