Under The Skin with Russell Brand

By Russell Brand

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Nothing has inspired me more.
 Dec 13, 2018
Fascinating guests and captivating subjects, you've really found some of the most brilliant minds for this Russell. Helping to make sense of the world today and provide hope for a more connected and compassionate society. I'm in.


 Dec 10, 2018

helena
 Dec 1, 2018
just as brilliant as you would expect a podcast with Russell Brand to be. witty, fast paced, deeply thought provoking and still fun.


 Nov 28, 2018

Paul Relf
 Nov 13, 2018
Essential listening

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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.

Episode Date
#058 Populist Revolution - Will It Go Left Or Right? (with Candace Owens)
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An explosive conversation with controversial conservative thinker Candace Owen - a staunch advocate for the free market, capitalism and Donald Trump. Listen to some heated debates about the pros and cons of the left and the right and an attempt at negotiating what utopia might look like!
Dec 15, 2018
#057 The Masks We Wear (with Blindboy, The Rubberbandits)
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From identity and mental health to James Joyce and religion, Blindboy from The Rubberbandits enlightens us on today's first live Under The Skin podcast. Recorded in Dublin, Ireland.
Dec 08, 2018
#056 Meeting A Mentor (with Tony Robbins)
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Tony Robbins - pain, redemption and reprogramming with the incomparable Elvis/Jesus of Personal Development.
Dec 01, 2018
#055 Class & Class War In The Age Of Populism (with Darren McGarvey)
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Darren McGarvey is author of the award winning book "Poverty Safari", he joins us today to discuss the art of social mobility, the politics of poverty and how people from different backgrounds and perspectives can learn to understand one another.
Nov 24, 2018
#054 Can Spirituality Save The World From Godless Politics? (with Marianne Williamson)
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Renowned author and spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson joins me on today's podcast to discuss the current disconnect between spirituality and politics, how to to navigate mental health such as depression and whether a spiritual and political revolution is on its way!
Nov 17, 2018
#053 Gabor Maté - Damaged Leaders Rule An Addicted World!
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Dr. Gabor Maté a renowned specialist in addiction, childhood trauma and stress joins me on the podcast today. We discuss the many forms addiction can take, how we can cope as damaged people in the world and are we being ruled by traumatised politicians? Gabor has a very loving, optimistic and benevolent worldview that you will hopefully benefit from listening to in this episode.
Nov 10, 2018
#052 How Loving Extremists Will Defeat Hate (with Deeyah Khan)
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This Deeyah Khan episode is special. She is an award winning documentary filmmaker who has met and confronted Jihadists and members of the KKK in order to understand what drives them. So much insight, bravery and practical love on difficult topics - religion/race/gender/identity. Also COINCIDENTALLY I barely speak in it.
Nov 03, 2018
#051 Justice Is Dead. Did It Fall Or Was It Pushed? (with David Rudolf, ‘The Staircase’)
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In this episode I'm joined by David Rudolf - the lawyer who represented Michael Peterson in the hit Netflix series "The Staircase". We spoke about what it's like to defend a person accused of murder, if true justice really exists at all and the importance of questioning authority.
Oct 26, 2018
#050 Systems Of The Damned (with Charles Eisenstein)
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On today's episode of Under The Skin I'm joined by author Charles Eisenstein to discuss alternative economic systems, find out what's wrong with the current climate change narrative and how we can actually change the world, challenge the powerful and empower the powerless.
Oct 20, 2018
#049 Yuval Noah Harari - Are Our Children AI Slaves?
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Today we welcome back Yuval Noah Harari to Under The Skin where we discuss his new book 21 Lessons For The 21st Century. We tackle the idea of the rise useless class, the power of new A.I. technology and what we can do to combat this potential assault on our identity and role as human beings in world.
Oct 12, 2018
Under The Skin Season #2 - Teaser
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Season #2 of Under The Skin returns next Saturday 13th October! In this teaser you'll hear clips from upcoming episodes with Yuval Noah Harari, Charles Eisenstein, Blindboy from The Rubberbandits and Loki The Rapper aka. Darren McGarvey. We've got some fantastic guests coming up over the course of this series from across the political and ideological spectrum. You'll hear from writers, actors, academics and more including Gabor Mate, Candace Owens, Marianne Williamson, Deeyah Khan, Charles Eisenstein and David Rudolf. Join us next Saturday 13th Oct for Yuval Noah Harari's episode.
Oct 06, 2018
#048 Freedom and Tyranny (with Jordan Peterson)
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In this special edition of Under The Skin celebrating the paperback release of my book Recovery - clinical psychologist Dr. Jordan Peterson joins me again to discuss the nature of social hierarchies, where power lies and how to live in harmony. We also compare his 12 Rules for Life with the 12 Steps in my book Recovery.
May 17, 2018
Some Exciting News...Season #2: Under The Skin to the bone!
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The first season of Under The Skin has come to an end. Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast, it's been a fantastic year with brilliant guests. But don't worry Season #2 will be back on June 2nd with some exceptional new guests including Jim Carrey, Gabor Mate and Tony Robbins! Stay tuned...
Mar 30, 2018
Is Civilisation Crumbling? with Adam Curtis
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A look back at one of the first and most memorable Under The Skin episodes with filmmaker Adam Curtis about the rise of individualism, where real power lies, and whether we really want change.
Mar 24, 2018
Yanis Varoufakis - Euro Power From A Man Who Knows
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One of my favourite guests on Under The Skin and an episode you should definitely listen to is the fascinating interview where I discuss with Yanis what happens when you take on the political, financial and media elite, and how radical reform can occur. Through accounts of his confrontations with the IMF, European institutions and the German government we examine where true power lies and how it is wielded.
Mar 17, 2018
(Yuval) Noah’s Arc - What Is The Future For Sapiens?
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With his ever growing popularity I take a look back at my interview with Yuval Noah Harari, author of bestseller ‘Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind’. We discuss how homo sapiens came to dominate the world, how our society is built on fiction, the creation of a class of useless people, and the future for our species.
Mar 10, 2018
#047 Egos and Alcohol (with Ryron & Rener Gracie)
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Brothers and part of jiu jitsu’s most illustrious family, my guests today are Ryron and Rener Gracie who discuss how Brazilian jiu-jitsu has shaped the people they are today; the pressure of continuing their family’s legacy; how UFC (their father’s creation) has become one of the fastest growing sports in history; and the importance of being able to defend ourselves.
Feb 25, 2018
#046 Power vs Kindness (with Jordan Peterson)
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Recently making the headlines after a combative interview about the gender pay gap with Channel 4’s Cathy Newman, my guest today is Jordan Peterson, who discusses with me some of his 12 Rules for Life.
Feb 15, 2018
#045 What’s The Biggest Threat To Freedom? Islam Or Consumerism (with Sam Harris)
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In a bumper 2 hour episode neuroscientist, author and fellow podcaster Sam Harris and I discuss the effects and rationality of religious belief, the illusion of freedom, Western intervention in the Middle East and where true power lies.
Feb 03, 2018
#044 Headspace - Could Mass Meditation Change Everything? (with Andy Puddicombe)
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Co-founder and voice of the Headspace app, Andy Puddicombe joins me to discuss his striving to teach meditation and mindfulness within a consumerist society via an interesting journey from the UK to becoming a Tibetan Buddhist monk and training with the Moscow State Circus.
Jan 20, 2018
#043 Professor Brian Cox - God, The Universe and Meaning
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The one we’ve been waiting for - the brilliant Professor Brian Cox discusses the possibility of intelligent life other than our own; the danger of dogma within science; and Elon Musk’s space travel plans. As well as the small matters of God, the Universe and Meaning. Strap in for this one!
Jan 13, 2018
#042 Senses & Consciousness - Beyond The 5 Senses Myth (with Prof Barry Smith)
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Professor Barry Smith discusses collaborative research between philosophers, psychologists and neuroscientists and their discoveries, including how we have many more than the commonly perceived 5 senses.
Jan 07, 2018
#041 Shakespeare And Power! (with Professor Tony Howard)
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Is Shakespeare still at the heart of British culture? Tony Howard discusses Shakespeare’s continued relevance in reflecting the shifts in British society; the marginalisation of Black and Asian performers; and how the entertainment sector still faces urgent calls for greater diversity.
Dec 23, 2017
#040 How To Be Spiritually Healthy In Damaged Times (with Emma Kenny)
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Psychological therapist Emma Kenny discusses new and forgotten ideas around personal growth, gained from 17 years working with people in crisis including some of the UK’s toughest estates.
Dec 16, 2017
#039 Putin & Trump, Global Gangsters Or Same Old Same Old? (with Luke Harding)
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Author of current New York Times bestseller ‘Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win’ Luke Harding talks me through the international espionage, off-shore banks, mobsters, money laundering and computer hacking at the heart of the web of relationships between the Kremlin, Trump and members of Trump’s circle.
Dec 09, 2017
#038 Revolution In The Age Of Anger (with Pankaj Mishra)
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Historian and novelist Pankaj Mishra joins me to talk about what he calls the ‘age of anger’ - a global pandemic of rage - and how the pursuit of progress and individualism has created a demoralised world.
Dec 02, 2017
#037 Extreme Survival with Ed Stafford - Is The Toughest Terrain Your Own Mind?
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Survivalist and adventurer Ed Stafford joins me to discuss his life changing expeditions and their physical and mental consequences, the lure of extreme isolation and the importance of meditation.
Nov 25, 2017
#036 Beyond Conspiracy - The Terrifying Truth Of Corporate Power (with Jacques Peretti)
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Having spent years investigating some of the wealthiest people on the planet, journalist and broadcaster Jacques Peretti joins me to discuss the secret billion dollar deals that we never hear about but which are changing our world and revolutionising everything we do.
Nov 18, 2017
#035 Ruby Wax - Madness & Meditation. Can We Heal Ourselves?
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The brilliant Ruby Wax joins me to discuss her transition from the world of showbiz to becoming known as a campaigner on mental-health issues and a champion of mindfulness. We discuss her own inner battles with self-esteem and her life-changing methods for getting mindfulness into a hectic everyday life.
Nov 11, 2017
#034 Science Vs God - Is There A Life Force That Transcends Matter? (with Rupert Sheldrake)
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Dubbed “the most controversial scientist on Earth” Rupert Sheldrake joins me to discuss the dogmas within conventional science, the evolving laws of physics, memory in nature, and how science validates and improves spiritual practices.
Nov 04, 2017
#033 Is Trump Better For Black America Than Barack Obama? (with Kehinde Andrews)
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Author and Professor of Black Studies Kehinde Andrews joins me to discuss Britain’s colonial nostalgia, how the west is built on racism, and that Donald Trump is better for black America than Barack Obama.
Oct 28, 2017
#032 Mental Health Crisis - Is Community The Answer? (with Chirlane McCray)
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First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray joins me to discuss America's mental health crisis, why our society breeds depression, the importance of mental health reform, and her organisation ‘Thrive NYC’.
Oct 19, 2017
#031 Gender Fluidity - Is It Time To Abandon All Labels? (with Mae Martin)
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Comedian Mae Martin joins me to discuss gender fluidity, breaking down barriers and the compelling statistic that 40% of people under 25 don't identify as gay or straight. Plus, we discuss her experiences with addiction and an intriguing obsession with Bette Midler.
Oct 11, 2017
#030 Why Won't America Put Down Its Guns? (with Gary Younge)
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In the week of the devastating Las Vegas shooting, author Gary Younge discusses his most recent book “Another Day In The Death Of America” - a harrowing account of children's lives cut short by the ubiquity of gun violence in the US. This show was recorded a few days before events in Las Vegas.
Oct 04, 2017
#029 Does Even The Establishment Know Anarchy Is The Answer? (with Carne Ross)
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This week I'm joined by Carne Ross, a former high-flying diplomat and Middle East adviser who lost his faith in western democracy but put his trust in people power and is now putting forward the case for anarchism.
Sep 28, 2017
#028 Marxism On The Rise - Can It Really Defeat Capitalism? (with David Harvey)
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The world's leading Marxist thinker joins me to discuss the contradictions at the heart of capitalism, Marxism’s recent rise in popularity, and why it resonates more today than ever.
Sep 20, 2017
#027 Can We Have More Connected Sex?
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Author Isabel Losada joins me to discuss the importance of making our sex life blissful, as well as her experiences at the international conference of clitoral stroking, and learning mystical sensations with tantric masters.
Sep 13, 2017
#026 Is The Solution To Addiction Spiritual Connection? (with Brad Evans)
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Author and friend Professor Brad Evans gets under my skin regarding my new book “Recovery”. We discuss the age of addiction, the ability to be liberated from our unhealthy habits and the overwhelming need for human connection.
Sep 06, 2017
#025 Art And Activism With Billy Bragg
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Billy Bragg joins me to discuss music’s changing cultural role, as well as the charge of being a “champagne socialist”, the importance of Grime, and the challenge of inspiring people to make change.
Aug 30, 2017
#024 Inequality Is Killing Us All. Are We Going To Stop It? (with Jason Hickel)
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Author and anthropologist Jason Hickel joins me to explain how a handful of rich countries have been able to control economic policies in the rest of the world; why we’re being lied to about poverty; and the radical revolution required to stop the global inequality machine.
Aug 23, 2017
#023 Al Gore - Can We Protect The Planet When It's Not In The Interests Of The Powerful?
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Environmentalist and former Vice President Al Gore joins me to discuss his new film “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”, his feelings about Donald Trump, the corruption of big money, and the future for renewable energy.
Aug 16, 2017
#022 Will The Psychedelic Revolution Meaningfully Change The World?
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Dr Robin Carhart-Harris (Head of Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London) discusses unlocking the unconscious, the potential therapeutic uses of psychedelic drugs, and why research into their benefits has been shut down for over 40 years.
Aug 10, 2017
#021 Is There Any Point In God? (with Alister McGrath)
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Author, professor, priest and former atheist Alister McGrath and I discuss the rationality of religious belief, the war between science and religion, and whether faith is still destined to play a central role in the 21st century.
Jul 27, 2017
#020 Selfie-Obsession: Can Narcissism Ever Make Us Happy? (with Will Storr)
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Author of “Selfie” Will Storr and I discuss where the ideal of the perfect self came from, why it is so powerful and whether there is any way to break its dangerous spell.
Jul 19, 2017
#019 Frankie Boyle - Is It Possible To Live A Moral Life?
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Frankie Boyle and I discuss media censorship, the virtues of nihilism, and the effects of fatherhood on life as a comedian.
Jul 13, 2017
#018 Naomi Klein - Why We Must Kill Our Inner Trump
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As Naomi Klein discusses her new book with me she explains how the groundwork laid by Bill Clinton and Bill Gates led to Donald Trump’s presidency; the political shock tactics being used to force through destructive policies; and how resistance and imagination can lead to radical change.
Jul 05, 2017
#017 Will Spirituality Solve Our Global Problems? (with Sharon Salzberg)
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Leading meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg explains why we find it so hard to be in our own mind, why we have a habit to always go to the negative, and how meditation can transform society.
Jun 28, 2017
#016 Is Philosophy More Important Than Ever? (with Simon Critchley)
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This week philosopher Simon Critchley enlightens us to the roots of philosophy, as well as topics including football as ‘working class ballet’, what constitutes a 'good death’, and the relevance and importance of philosophy in these times.
Jun 21, 2017
#015 Yanis Varoufakis - How To Construct A Global Revolution
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In a fascinating interview I discuss with Yanis what happens when you take on the political, financial and media elite, and how radical reform can occur. Through accounts of his confrontations with the IMF, European institutions and the German government we examine where true power lies and how it is wielded.
Jun 14, 2017
#014 Election Eve: Is It Stupid To Vote For Peace?
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On the eve of the UK General Election I talk with Stop The War’s Lindsey German and Dr Brad Evans about how violence has been normalised to the point where as voters we’ve not only become desensitised to it, but have been taught to desire it from our leaders.
Jun 06, 2017
#013 Why Are You Who You Are? (with Raoul & Francesca Martinez & Dr Brad Evans)
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This week’s show asks: What kind of freedom do we have? Are we responsible for our actions? Do we create our own identity and if not, should we question it?
May 31, 2017
#012 Manchester: Can Terror Ever Be Stopped?
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Dr Brad Evans, Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain and I reflect on the tragic events in Manchester and ask how we can break the cycle of violence.
May 26, 2017
#011 Fascism Or Democracy - Is This Our Last Chance To Choose? (with George Monbiot)
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George Monbiot and I discuss the dark money capturing our politics for the billionaires and corporations; the terrifying power of Big Data; and the opportunity for a new democracy.
May 17, 2017
#010 Plant Based Diet & Plant Based Consciousness with Simon Amstell
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Comedian Simon Amstell and I discuss his film 'Carnage', how veganism began a journey of personal enlightenment and how taking Ayahuasca changed his life.
May 10, 2017
#009 Trump, Boris, May - Who's The Best Communicator? (With Prof Sophie Scott)
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Neuroscientist and laughter expert Sophie Scott and I discuss the use of comedy within politics, how the left and the right use language differently, and what communication techniques to look out for in the run up to the UK election.
May 04, 2017
#008 Snap Election - Is Democracy Busted? (With Dr Brad Evans, of course!)
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Does politics matter? Dr Brad Evans and I discuss the snap UK election, how to reimagine a better future and what real radical politics looks like.
Apr 26, 2017
#007 Identity Politics - Where Are They Taking Us? (With Matthew Todd)
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I’m joined by writer Matthew Todd to discuss the crisis of shame facing the LGBT community, the disproportionate link to mental health problems and how taking a lead on trauma recovery could change the world.
Apr 20, 2017
#006 Can Humans & Animals United Heal The World? (With Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick)
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Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick and I discuss the difficulty in overcoming boundaries between human and animal science, Noel’s own groundbreaking work, and the need to understand and harness the love between humans and animals.
Apr 13, 2017
#005 Yuval Noah Harari - Is Humanity Finished?
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This week I’m joined by Yuval Noah Harari, author of bestseller ‘Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind’. We discuss how homo sapiens came to dominate the world, how our society is built on fiction, the creation of a class of useless people, and the future for our species.
Apr 06, 2017
#004 Feminism - Can It Change The World?
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In this week’s show I talk to Professor Anne Phillips about feminism, its perception within society and the cultural shift necessary to create real change and greater equality.
Mar 30, 2017
#003 Adam Curtis - Do We Really Want Change?
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This week I speak with filmmaker Adam Curtis about the rise of individualism, where real power lies, and whether we really want change.
Mar 23, 2017
#002 Who Are The Slaves Now?
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In this week’s show I talk to Professor Paul Gilroy about the re-emergence of open racism within political rhetoric, the relationship between race and religion, and why we still divide humanity into different identity groups based on skin colour.
Mar 16, 2017
#001 Can We Really Stop Terror?
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What does it mean to be human in the 21st century? In this first show I speak with Dr Brad Evans about how the liberation of prejudice and emergence of a politics of hate and division has led to the the normalisation of violence and in turn to perpetual ‘terror'.
Mar 09, 2017
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Mar 04, 2017