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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
13 Sep 2013 at 8:14am
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)
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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
5 Jul 2013 at 10:16am
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)
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Cats: Ethics. With Erin Red, Evolution Diet’s Eric Weisman, and vets Lorelei Wakefield, Andrew Knight, and Jean Hofve
13 Mar 2013 at 2:02pm
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)
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Cats: Can they be vegan? With vets Lorelei Wakefield, Andrew Knight, and Jean Hofve; and special guest Erin Red
1 Feb 2013 at 10:06am
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)
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Extended interviews on iTunes, starting with Dr Julia Minson
8 Jan 2013 at 2:33pm
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)
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South East Asia: Finding Vegan Food in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia
28 Nov 2012 at 3:18pm
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)
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Judgemental: with Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Dr Julia Minson, and Marla Rose
6 Oct 2012 at 4:59pm
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)
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London Olympics: Closing Update with Vx, Animals in the Opening Ceremony, and Vegan Food
13 Aug 2012 at 10:48am
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)
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London Olympics: interview with Kara Lang, vegan Olympian, Canada soccer team
9 Aug 2012 at 5:40am
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)
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London Olympics
27 Jul 2012 at 1:38pm
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)
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Vegan Cheese: Casein, Casomorphins, and the Daiya Redwoods Vegusto Taste Test
4 Jul 2012 at 2:57am
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)
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Born Vegan at Vegfest UK, with Ruby Roth, Mair Perkins, and a studio audience
31 May 2012 at 5:21am
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)
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Born Vegan: from 1976 UK TV to the Hebrew Israelites, three very different vegan childhoods
1 May 2012 at 1:27pm
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)
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Lab Meat: Can in vitro meat save the animals? With Nicholas Genovese, David Pearce, and Jordi Casamitjana
3 Apr 2012 at 5:37am
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)
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Rebel Poet: Benjamin Zephaniah discusses the life of Abul
6 Mar 2012 at 12:53pm
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)
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Digital Vegans: with Happy Cow founder, iPhone apps, London Vegans, and Kerry McCarthy MP
30 Jan 2012 at 10:58am
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)
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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”
20 Dec 2011 at 4:00am
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)
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Veganism in Politics: The British Parliament Debates World Vegan Day
13 Dec 2011 at 11:00am
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)
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Veganism in Politics: Chris Williamson MP, Cathy Jamieson MP and Kerry McCarthy MP answer your questions
1 Dec 2011 at 6:12am
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)
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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
31 Oct 2011 at 5:08pm
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)
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The Pledge: the London Vegan Campaigns challenge to go vegan for a month
11 Oct 2011 at 1:43pm
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)
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A very small sneak peek.
10 Oct 2011 at 5:22pm
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)
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@veganoption's Latest Tweets

  • Setting up the duvet studio for the first time in 2015, to interview Adam Shprintzen (@VegHistory) courtesy of @WMUCRadio. 15 hrs 19 min ago
  • My count of "interviews left to do" for #VegHist is now 13. At the start of the year, it was 10. This is why it isn't done yet ... 8 days 9 hrs ago
  • .@CountingAnimals crunches the numbers on fish fed to fish to feed to US humans. There are tables. And an equation. http://t.co/XHWdpqeSL9 10 days 10 hrs ago
  • @VegfestUK Ah. Understood. FWIW, that's not usually expressed by listing party as 'independent'. Normal for MPs to speak for selves. 16 days 10 hrs ago
  • @VegFestUK Why does Brighton programme list @HenrySmithMP as 'independent'? Do you know something party whips don't? ;) 16 days 10 hrs ago
  • @YoungJainsIndia Do you perchance have a link to this in a translation? Herman Jacobi translation doesn't number Akaranga Sutra like that. 17 days 5 hrs ago
  • Just coded a Perl script to convert my interview transcript files between formats. Didn't expect to need my Perl for #VegHist... 17 days 7 hrs ago
  • @Madhur_Patel It's slowly getting there. Just updated the project dashboard today: http://t.co/TOImJ5qrR0 18 days 2 hrs ago
  • Ex-HLN vegan journalist @JVM planning digital show focussing on activism. http://t.co/7STsDX8rNZ 20 days 16 hrs ago
  • Hogarth's engravings charted a course from non-human to human cruelty in 1751. By @OurHenHouse's Keri Cronin http://t.co/irjUcHkCHO 20 days 19 hrs ago
  • A translated guest described some ppl as "illiterate". I just realised their language had no written form at time. Must check translation. 24 days 5 hrs ago
  • (By "not generally seen as animal activist", I mean she's a pro-bloodsports meat-eater. Which is why the tweet struck me.) 28 days 4 hrs ago
  • @KerryMP @ChriswMP @cathyjamieson FYI: Support for cameras in slaughterhouses. https://t.co/8NNkxZn99n 28 days 4 hrs ago
  • (Louise Mensch, for non-UK folk, is a right-wing ex-MP known for tweeting her mind. Not generally seen as an animal activist.) 28 days 4 hrs ago
  • RT @LouiseMensch: As an aside I also support cameras in all slaughterhouses. I doubt there's a humane one in Britain. 28 days 5 hrs ago
  • Listening back to the bit of an interview where the interviewee pronounces their own name. Realising there's no way round me saying it. 34 days 6 hrs ago
  • That moment when you structure your show around one theory of ancient history and all your interviewees have disagreed with it. 37 days 2 hrs ago
  • @Kickstarter Appreciate it's probably the generic img for all "Discover/food" pages. But it's not appropriate for all user cases. 37 days 6 hrs ago
  • @kickstarter Any chance of changing the header image on this page? Massively off-putting for target audience. https://t.co/UfJWuYqzeb 37 days 6 hrs ago
  • RT @ssov: @FatGayVegan that's Gemma @thenerdybarber 38 days 5 hrs ago
  • @SoundCloud? Is there any way to download tracks as an OGG? 39 days 1 hrs ago
  • @pookito7 Of course, I think of that as OGG. OGG support was lost in the 2013 move to @SoundCloud - can you get the 2013 eps? 42 days 10 hrs ago
  • @rhyssouthan @oreil_m Word 'persuaded' ignores the gap between understanding & action. Do you mean 'motivated'? 42 days 11 hrs ago
  • @pookito7 Pleasure. Could you send a link to it in Foss Vorbis please? Am curious to see how it's presented on that platform. 42 days 11 hrs ago
  • And listen to The Vegan Option's CHEESE SHOW, with taste tests, food science, and 1970s vegan cheese http://t.co/RRpSUaObnW 44 days 7 hrs ago
  • Is cheese addictive? Watch @BiteSizeVegan compare analysis from @DrNealBarnard & @Sentientist. http://t.co/WRQmqd4h53 44 days 7 hrs ago
  • Anyone else in #VeganHour looking fwd to hearing @BBCRadio4's "In Our Time" on ancient Indian veg king Ashoka Maurya? http://t.co/twy8JE08G7 45 days 8 hrs ago
  • Want to listen back to 2014's #VeganHour live programme? Have fixed broken player. Listen at http://t.co/0LGVtPOLDp 45 days 8 hrs ago
  • .@BBCRadio4's "In Our Time" covers Asoka, ancient India's vegetarian Buddhist emperor. http://t.co/twy8JDIxOz 50 days 11 hrs ago
  • Today, I'm mostly researching Hebrew/Jewish rules protecting animals & the history of Christian fasting. 51 days 13 hrs ago

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