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The Vegan Option

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Ian McDonald brings you "Stories, science, and analysis from vegan perspectives."

  • Digital Vegans: Picking up the Tab, with Stephanie Redcross of Vegan Mainstream
    2 Feb 2014 at 3:39pm
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  • Palm Oil: with Catherine Laurence, Eric Lambin, Orangutan rescuer Daniek Hendarto, RSPO SG Darrel Webber
    Palm Oil Palm oil is everywhere – from cooking oil to soap to vegan margarine. Equatorial rainforest and peatland are cleared and replaced with serried ranks of oil palm trees (Elaeis guineensis).  The biodiversity of Borneo and Sumatra, including  the iconic Orang Utan, is threatened by habitat loss. Some vegan activists say no product that causes (... More)
    13 Sep 2013 at 8:14am
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  • Science Fiction and Animals: from Jonathan Swift and HG Wells to Star Trek and Doctor Who; with Sherryl Vint, Robert McKay, and Tara Lomax
    Science Fiction and Animals From Jonathan Swift’s talking horses to Star Trek’s Vulcans, from HG Wells to the Wachowskis, science fiction tackles the big questions about our relationship with other animals. Join the experts who investigate where animal studies meets media theory. Discover the themes in famous books, film, and TV – (... More)
    5 Jul 2013 at 10:16am
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  • Cats: Ethics. With Erin Red, Evolution Diet’s Eric Weisman, and vets Lorelei Wakefield, Andrew Knight, and Jean Hofve
    Cats: Ethics Last show’s investigation of whether cats can be vegan leaves us with an ethical quandary. What should vegans feed cats? Erin and I reflect on listener’s comments. The three expert veterinarians examine the moral issues. And I ask Eric Weisman, CEO of major US vegan cat food brand Evolution, some tough questions. (30 min) (... More)
    13 Mar 2013 at 2:02pm
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  • Cats: Can they be vegan? With vets Lorelei Wakefield, Andrew Knight, and Jean Hofve; and special guest Erin Red
    Cats: Can they be vegan? Three experienced veterinarians with experience of vegan cats say whether and why they think cats can thrive on a vegan diet. Jean Hofve argues – out of bitter experience – that cats need meat. Andrew Knight advocates a vegan diet for cats – if you do it right. Only Lorelei Wakefield has published a peer-reviewed (... More)
    1 Feb 2013 at 10:06am
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  • Extended interviews on iTunes, starting with Dr Julia Minson
    If you’re like most of our listeners, you get The Vegan Option show via the podcast feed – an automatic index of shows that’s read by iTunes, Stitcher and other “podcatchers”. (If you haven’t heard any of the shows – what are you waiting for? Use the “Listen” menu at the top, pick a show that piques (... More)
    8 Jan 2013 at 2:33pm
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  • South East Asia: Finding Vegan Food in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia
    Travelling Vegan in SE Asia In 2009, I travelled through South East Asia from equatorial island to the far north of Thailand, discovering the vegetarian threads running through the region. Hear Diana and I banter about my trials and triumphs on everything from missing passports to cheeky elephants. http://archive.org/download/TheVeganOptionSoutheastAsia/theVeganOption_SoutheastAsia.mp3 (... More)
    28 Nov 2012 at 3:18pm
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  • Judgemental: with Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Dr Julia Minson, and Marla Rose
    Judgemental! Those judgemental vegans. A charge you’ve probably heard (or perhaps even uttered). But what is “judgement”? How does it really affect the relationships between vegans and others? What can scientists say about it? And how do vegan activists react to the charge? Dr Julia Minson explains the science. Marla Rose explains (... More)
    6 Oct 2012 at 4:59pm
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  • London Olympics: Closing Update with Vx, Animals in the Opening Ceremony, and Vegan Food
    London Olympics: Closing Update As the athletes celebrate their victories and defeats, and the Spice Girls rock the closing ceremony, we look back over the Olympics and update you on the vegan stories behind the games. This show: We catch up with the vegan stories behind the Olympics, like Sandra Hood, Pogocafe, and Frys Ian updates you on the use (... More)
    13 Aug 2012 at 10:48am
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  • London Olympics: interview with Kara Lang, vegan Olympian, Canada soccer team
    Kara Lang, Vegan Olympian Kara Lang  holds the record as the youngest woman ever to score a goal in international soccer – but her passions also include vegan cupcakes. Now retired from football, she took time out from her busy schedule as part of Canadian station CTV’s Olympic team to talk to me about her story, touring, and the vegan mentor (... More)
    9 Aug 2012 at 5:40am
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  • London Olympics
    London Olympics Athletes from across the world are coming to East London – where we produce the show – but what are the vegan perspectives on the Olympic games? This show: Diana talks to Sandra Hood, who wrote the book on raising vegan children, about carrying the Olympic torch Amazingly, keeping the Olympics supplied with a vegan mince (... More)
    27 Jul 2012 at 1:38pm
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  • Vegan Cheese: Casein, Casomorphins, and the Daiya Redwoods Vegusto Taste Test
    Vegan Cheese What is the secret of making cheese without dairy that stretches and melts? Is there a cheese addiction? What’s the past, present, and future of vegan cheese? And if you brought together the leading vegan cheeses from Europe and the Americas – like Redwoods Cheezly, Vegusto, and Daiya – that aren’t meant to be available (... More)
    4 Jul 2012 at 2:57am
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  • Born Vegan at Vegfest UK, with Ruby Roth, Mair Perkins, and a studio audience
    Born Vegan: The Parents’ Turn We took the show on the road to VegfestUK to find out how parents met the challenges of raising children vegan in a non-vegan world. What do they tell their children about how the rest of the world treats animals? Ian tracked down Mair Perkins from her entry in an old pamphlet of vegan case histories, and talked to (... More)
    31 May 2012 at 5:21am
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  • Born Vegan: from 1976 UK TV to the Hebrew Israelites, three very different vegan childhoods
    Born Vegan What is it like to grow up vegan in a non-vegan world? We hear three stories of vegan childhood: Rosemary- appeared as a baby on a BBC programme about veganism in 1976 Elishama  – grew up in the Hebrew Israelites, a religious community trying to rebuild the lifestyle of Eden Andrew – the son of veteran animal activists http://archive.org/download/TheVeganOptionBornVegan/theVeganOption_BornVegan.mp3 (... More)
    1 May 2012 at 1:27pm
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  • Lab Meat: Can in vitro meat save the animals? With Nicholas Genovese, David Pearce, and Jordi Casamitjana
    http://archive.org/download/TheVeganOptionLabMeat/theVeganOption_LabMeat.mp3 (23 min) Play or download (13 MB MP3) (other formats) (via iTunes) Lab Meat A future with cheap lab meat could be drastically different – for humans and animals. How would it work? And is the development of this technology good for animals? Ian talks to Nicholas Genovese, (... More)
    3 Apr 2012 at 5:37am
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  • Rebel Poet: Benjamin Zephaniah discusses the life of Abul
    http://www.archive.org/download/TheVeganOptionRebelPoet/TheVeganOption_RebelPoet_1.mp3 (24 min) Play or download (22 MB MP3) (other formats) (via iTunes) Rebel Poet: The Life of Al-Ma’arri A thousand years ago, Al-Ma’arri was writing Arabic poems of extreme complexity, promoting a rational ideal and most remarkably, making an ethical case (... More)
    6 Mar 2012 at 12:53pm
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  • Digital Vegans: with Happy Cow founder, iPhone apps, London Vegans, and Kerry McCarthy MP
    http://www.archive.org/download/TheVeganOptionDigitalVegans/TheVeganOption_DigitalVegans_nb.mp3 (19 min) Play or download (17 MB MP3) (other formats) (via iTunes) Digital Vegans How has the digital revolution changed being vegan? We talk to Eric Brent, founder of leading vegetarian restaurant finder Happy Cow. Diana reviews smartphone apps. Ian finds (... More)
    30 Jan 2012 at 10:58am
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  • Peace on Earth: will we ever have it? With Peter Singer and Gary Francione discussing Steven Pinker’s “The Better Angels of our Nature”
    http://www.archive.org/download/TheVeganOptionPeaceOnEarth/theVeganOption-PeaceOnEarth-nb.mp3 (20 min) Play or download (18MB MP3) (other formats) (via iTunes) Peace on Earth? This season of peace and goodwill, in our special Christmas show, we ask whether there will ever be peace on Earth.  Steven Pinker, author of “The Better Angels of Our Nature”, (... More)
    20 Dec 2011 at 4:00am
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  • Veganism in Politics: The British Parliament Debates World Vegan Day
    http://www.archive.org/download/TheVeganOptionVeganPoliticians3Of3/TheVeganOption-VeganPoliticians3-Debate.mp3 (20 min) Play or download (18MB MP3) (other formats) (via iTunes) Veganism in Politics 3: The Debate At the end of our last episode, Kerry McCarthy MP said she’d asked for a debate in Parliament to mark World Vegan Day. She was successful, (... More)
    13 Dec 2011 at 11:00am
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  • Veganism in Politics: Chris Williamson MP, Cathy Jamieson MP and Kerry McCarthy MP answer your questions
    http://www.archive.org/download/TheVeganOptionVeganPoliticians2Of3/TheVeganOption-VeganPoliticians2-QnA.mp3 (14 min) Play or download (15MB MP3) (other formats) (via iTunes) Veganism in Politics 2: Q & A The three vegan Members of the British Parliament (MPs) answer your questions. Are they afraid about how voters will react to their veganism? And (... More)
    1 Dec 2011 at 6:12am
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  • Veganism in Politics: Chris Williamson MP, Cathy Jamieson MP and Kerry McCarthy MP with questions from Dennis Kucinich and Maneka Gandhi
    http://www.archive.org/download/TheVeganOptionVeganPoliticans/TheVeganOption-VeganPoliticians.mp3 (40 min) Play or download (20MB MP3) (other formats) (via iTunes) Veganism in Politics 1: Worldwide We profile the handful of people who combine veganism with politics at their country’s national level. I went to the UK Parliament to meet Britain’s (... More)
    31 Oct 2011 at 5:08pm
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  • The Pledge: the London Vegan Campaigns challenge to go vegan for a month
    http://www.archive.org/download/TheVeganOptionThePledge/tvo_thepledge_remix.mp3 (33 min) Play or download (30MB MP3) (other formats) (via iTunes) The Pledge We start our show at the beginning – when folk choose the vegan option. In this case, for a month, challenged and supported by London Vegan Campaigns. I talk to mother Ananthi and middle-aged (... More)
    11 Oct 2011 at 1:43pm
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  • A very small sneak peek.
    http://www.archive.org/download/VeganOptionSuccessfulSubscriptionMessage/successfulsubscribe_mixdown.mp3 This is a small introductory snippet to let folk who get our podcast in iTunes or other podcast readers check that it’s working – and the first hint of our theme tune. (... More)
    10 Oct 2011 at 5:22pm
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