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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) Play (... 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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  • RT @ourhenhouse: Hear what's happening with #animalrights in the UK with Ian McD of @veganoption on Ep280 of the OHH #podcast! http://t.co/1 days 3 hrs ago
  • .@KerryMP tells @VegfestUK if SNP abstain "we need 90 Tory rebels" to stop repeal of foxhunting ban, which "we won't get" 1 days 8 hrs ago
  • At @VegfestUK, @KerryMP says she had a flood of emails in last week on seal killing, badger cull, foxhunting. 1 days 8 hrs ago
  • RT @ourhenhouse: #FF tmrw's OHH #podcast guests: Kiki Adami of @GustOrganics, @Animal_Suspense with a book review, & Ian McD of @veganoptio2 days 4 hrs ago
  • Updated the download link for "Cats: Ethics" show. Would be interested to know if it re-appears in anyone's podcast feed as a result. 3 days 7 hrs ago
  • @SteveCooke @DoctorDanLyons You could say so on blog post comments. Or indeed on Jasmijn de Boo's @TheVeganSociety blog post. 3 days 7 hrs ago
  • @DoctorDanLyons Which quote? 3 days 10 hrs ago
  • @DoctorDanLyons Not that I touched on "mandate" in my article, but Con + UKIP + DUP > 50% of vote (if not electorate). 5 days 9 hrs ago
  • Animal Welfare Party @AnimalsCount stands leader Vanessa Hudson for mayorship of London Borough of Tower Hamlets https://t.co/E4jiUJFM10 8 days 2 hrs ago
  • #GE2015 #vegan roundup, including all Animal Welfare Party @AnimalsCount results http://t.co/dW46ozLxGK 10 days 6 hrs ago
  • What the SNP surge & LibDem collapse means for animal advocacy in the House of Commons http://t.co/xeQf8rsl1Z 10 days 10 hrs ago
  • @AngiePedley @grumpyvegan @mariaeaglemp Animal Aid rated say: anti-hunt anti-cull who'd signed 1 EDM; suspect many MPs thus. 10 days 10 hrs ago
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  • The 2015 General Election: what would the fox say? http://t.co/Bfzq4hsKSk 10 days 13 hrs ago
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  • Rounding up #GE2015 for vegans. http://t.co/CER9mCljTq #GE15 11 days 5 hrs ago
  • @katestew Thanks for the follow! You know I did a sci-fi ep? https://t.co/6YuhUr3UcK 12 days 11 hrs ago
  • The slow rise in Animal Welfare Party @AnimalsCount vote share; EU vote levels 2x those of Westminster seats http://t.co/4uiWyxcyNE 13 days 0 hrs ago
  • @AnimalRightsUK @KerryMP OTOH, some Scot AR folk argue that Border Hunts may pursue foxes that cross border, hence Scotland impact. 13 days 6 hrs ago
  • @AnimalRightsUK @KerryMP Guardian article by Nicola Sturgeon saying SNP won't vote on foxhunting: http://t.co/3eGPEPvQ4j 13 days 6 hrs ago
  • @AnimalRightsUK @KerryMP My similar calcs, based on 2002 in-principle vote, in which SNP did not vote, suggested 89 short. 13 days 6 hrs ago
  • @katestew Would like to quote you in roundup blog post. How did you hear this? Were you at the recount? 13 days 7 hrs ago
  • @BlueFoxCAFH Am blogging the implications of #GE2015 for animals, and would be interested to hear of animal advocates in new intake. 14 days 21 hrs ago
  • @katestew Thanks for update - fell asleep before it was useful, and then woke up to the news. 14 days 21 hrs ago
  • Looking for animal advocates in the new intake of MPs. Any nominations? @theBuav @PetaUK @LeagueACS @vivacampaigns @AnimalAid 14 days 21 hrs ago
  • @thebuav Are you going to release a list of which victors endorsed your "Vote cruelty free" pledge? 14 days 23 hrs ago
  • BBC Radio 4's "Dead Ringers" jokes that in Scotland "it's easier to find a vegan chippie than a Labour MP". A question for @HappyCow. 15 days 22 hrs ago
  • @darrenpjones Thank you for trying :). 15 days 22 hrs ago
  • The @AnimalsCount vote share was 0.40% (CORRECTION); without seat where Green & AWP leaders stood against each other, 0.44% @grumpyvegan 15 days 22 hrs ago

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