The Vegan Option - Vegetarianism: The Story So Far
By Ian McDonald
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In 2016-7, Ian McDonald tells one epic tale - the backstory to today's vegetarian and vegan movements. From the Ganges plain to the hills of New England, from the iron age to the present day, voices challenge the idea that other animals exist soley for humans. Discover philosopher kings, rebel poets, and forgotten heroes in this radio history of vegetarianism. Stories from vegan perspectives. Great radio that just happens to be vegan. This is The Vegan Option.
||CleanVegHist Ep 14: Diet Reform. On consumerism, lebensreform, and Gandhi; with Ramachandra Guha; at Sabarmati Ashram, India||Radio times summary. Episode 9: Renaissance Old medieval certainties are cracking under the combined assault of new sciences and rediscovered classics. It’s an age when “natural philosophers” combine scientific discovery with philosoph||6/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVegHist Ep 13: The Vegetarians. Abolitionism, colonialism, and Victorian reformers; with Julia Twigg and Bhaskar Chakraborty. In London||In the late nineteenth century, the new vegetarian movement is intertwined with other struggles – including Victorian reformers, the Indian reaction to British colonialism, and most importantly, slavery. Episode 13: The Vegetarians After their found||5/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVegHist Ep 12: Radicals & Romantics. Bible Christians, Grahamites, and Transcendentalists; with Adam Shprintzen and Derek Antrobus; at Deerfields, Fruitlands, and Salford||In the 1800s, overlapping circles of utopians, mystics, and romantics in both Europe and America develop arguments against meat until “vegetarianism” finally becomes a real movement. Episode 12: Radicals & Romantics In the aftermat||4/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVegHist Ep 10: Revolution. English civil war, diet gurus, and the poetry of Sensibility; with Tristram Stuart and Anita Guerrini; at the Ahmedabad Panjrapole||When printing lets ordinary people access a world of ideas, including Indian vegetarianism, some European radicals and diet gurus begin to oppose meat-eating. Episode 10: Revolution In England, the 1600s are a century of revolution. The artisans and ye||1/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVegHist Ep 9: Renaissance. Descartes, Montaigne, Gassendi, and the “sparing diet”; with Jean-Charles Darmon, Deepak Kumar, and Justin Begley; in Paris, France||Ancient philosophers inspire Renaissance thinkers to challenge the old hierarchy of man over beast. Episode 9: Renaissance Old medieval certainties are cracking under the combined assault of new sciences and rediscovered classics. It’s an age when||12/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVegHist Ep 8: Contacts. Indian Sufism, Bhakti, Akbar, Portuguese Christianity, and Gaudiya Vaishnavism; with Sanjukta Gupta; in Agra, Delhi, and London||When conquerors who profess Islam or Christianity rule over Indian vegetarians, the conversations about food ethics go both ways. Episode 8: Contacts Ian discovers the ecstatic dancing and singing shared by Sufis and Hindus – including westerners si||10/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVegHist Ep 7: Heresies. On Chinese Buddhists, Cathars, Bogomils, Islam, and Manichaeans; with Vincent Gooseart, John Arnold, Jason BeDuhn, and Ven. Chueh Yun; at the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple, in London||In the Middle Ages, three very different monastic orders spread from the Mediterranean to the South China Sea, surrounding themselves with lay believers and challenging the norm of meat-eating. Episode 7: Heresies A string of religious groups across m||9/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVegHist Ep 6: Hinduism. On Indian Vegetarianism, Vaishnavism, Satvik, and Mahayana Buddhism; with Sanjukta Gupta, Deepak Anand, and Ranjan Garavu; at Ananta Vasudeva Temple, Bhubaneswar and Nalanda Mahavihara||In the first millennium CE, Indian vegetarianism advances from an ascetic fringe to a mainstream high-status lifestyle. Episode 6: Hinduism How did vegetarianism permeate Indian society? Ian tracks the changes in India’s religious life during the fi||7/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVegan Politicians: Kerry McCarthy MP on Brexit||As the British public make their biggest decision in a generation, Ian asks Kerry McCarthy MP about the potential impact of Brexit on animals. Vegan MP on EU Referendum In this special short extra edition of the Vegan Option, Ian catches up with longstan||6/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVegHist Ep 5: Flesh and Spirit. On Egyptian monasticism, Early Christianity, Plutarch, Neoplatonism, and Manicheansim; with David Grummet, Nicholas Baker-Brian, Michael Beer, and Fr. Abouna Yostas St. Athanasius||In the eastern Roman Empire, several faiths and philosophies agree on one thing; that you need to eschew flesh to live a life of the spirit. Episode 5: Flesh & Spirit Not all Romans celebrated pagan sacrifices or the bloodthirsty arena. Some Romans fo||6/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVegHist Ep 4: Ashoka. On India’s animal advocate Buddhist king and the spread of the śramanas; with Bharati Pal and Suchandra Ghosh; at the Kalinga rock edict, India||In the largest ancient Indian empire, at the height of its power, its Buddhist king advocates for animals in his edicts, and tries to change India for good. Episode 4: Ashoka In the fourth century BCE, the śramaṇa movement (anti-violence anti-ritua||5/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVegHist Ep 3: Pythagoreans. On the Cults of Orpheus and Pythagoras in Ancient Greece; with Hugh Bowden, Michael Beer, John Wilkins, and Armand D’Angour||In Ancient Greece, vegetarianism belongs to a secretive subculture – amongst the mystery religions of Orpheus and the musical mathematical cult of Pythagoras. Episode 3: Pythagoreans The Greek philosophers knew about vegetarians. But they were part||4/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVegHist Ep 2: The Middle Path. On Siddharta Gautama, and Buddhism; with Rev Varasambodhi Thera, Peter Flugel, and Richard Gombrich; at Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya, India||Ian travels to the tree where the Buddha is said to have achieved enlightenment, and explores the paradox of his early followers’ attitudes to vegetarianism. Episode 2: The Middle Path Of the many monks of the ancient Indian kingdom of Magadha, onl||2/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVegHist Ep 1: Ahimsa. Mahavir, the Jains, and other śramaṇas; with DN Jha, James Serpell, Richard Gombrich, & GC Tripathi; at Veerayatan, Rajgir, India||In the Ganges plain in Northen India in the middle of the first millennium BCE, the idea of “ahimsa” – non violence – emerges. Episode 1: Ahimsa Ian visits the intellectual hub of iron age India – the Kingdom of Magadha.||1/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDigital Vegans: Picking up the Tab, with Stephanie Redcross of Vegan Mainstream||Digital Vegans: The Tab As the internet transforms the media landscape, how can vegan organisations and businesses survive and thrive? In the midst of the crowdfunding campaign for Vegetarianism: The Story So Far, Ian McDonald interviews Stephanie Redcr||2/2/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPalm Oil: with Catherine Laurence, Eric Lambin, Orangutan rescuer Daniek Hendarto, RSPO SG Darrel Webber||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 whole biodiversity of Borneo and Sumatra is threatened by habit||9/13/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScience Fiction and Animals: from Jonathan Swift and HG Wells to Star Trek and Doctor Who; with Sherryl Vint, Robert McKay, and Tara Lomax||From Jonathan Swift's talking horses to Star Trek's Vulcans, and from HG Wells to Doctor Who, science fiction has tackled the big questions about our relationship with other animals. Join the experts who work at the junction of literary criticism and anim||7/5/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCats: Ethics. With Erin Red, Evolution Diet’s Eric Weisman, and vets Lorelei Wakefield, Andrew Knight, and Jean Hofve||Erin Red joins Ian McDonald as they investigate what vegans should feed cats, respond to listener comments, and discuss the ethical conflict between our cats and the animals they'd very much like to eat. Ian McDonald interviews Eric Weisman, the controver||3/13/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCats: Can they be vegan? With vets Lorelei Wakefield, Andrew Knight, and Jean Hofve; and special guest Erin Red||Three experienced veterinarians with experience of vegan cats say whether and why they think cats can thrive on a vegan diet. Jean Hovfe argues - out of bitter experience - that cats need meet. Andrew Knight advocates a vegan diet for cats - if you do it||2/1/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExtended interviews on iTunes, starting with Dr Julia Minson||Rough edits of extended interviews - such as this one with Dr Julia Minson - will now go into the podcast feed (used by iTunes and Stitcher) as well as the website.||1/8/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSouth East Asia: Finding Vegan Food in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia||Ian travels through South East Asia from equatorial island to the far north of Thailand, discovering the vegetarian threads running through the region, talking with restaurateurs, and finding some great vegan food.||11/28/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJudgemental: with Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Dr Julia Minson, and Marla Rose||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 exactly how Bacon Lovin||10/6/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLondon 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 vega||8/13/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLondon Olympics: interview with Kara Lang, vegan Olympian, Canada soccer team||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 tea||8/9/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLondon 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? We talk to Sandra Hood, the Olympic torch bearer who wrote the book on raising vegan children; Ian visits the||7/27/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVegan Cheese: Casein, Casomorphins, and the Daiya Redwoods Vegusto Taste Test||How do they make vegan cheese that stretches and melts? Why is cheese such a challenge for new vegans? Can Ian convince anyone who makes cheese to share their secrets? What's the past, present, and future of vegan cheese. And if you brought together the||7/4/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBorn Vegan at Vegfest UK, with Ruby Roth, Mair Perkins, and a studio audience||We took the show on the road to VegfestUK to find out how vegan parents met the challenges of raising children vegan in a non-vegan world - such as what they told their children about how the rest of the world treats animals. Ian talked to Mair Perkins -||5/31/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBorn Vegan: from 1976 UK TV to the Hebrew Israelites, three very different vegan childhoods||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 th||5/1/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLab Meat: Can in vitro meat save the animals? With Nicholas Genovese, David Pearce, and Jordi Casamitjana||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, a PETA-funded scientist working on the stem cells that cou||4/3/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRebel Poet: Benjamin Zephaniah discusses the life of Abul ʿala Al-Maʿarri (أبو العلاء المعري), the medieval Arab vegan philosopher poet||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 for veganism. We tell the story of his life in conversation with fellow vegan rebel poet Benjamin Zepha||3/6/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDigital Vegans: with Happy Cow founder, iPhone apps, London Vegans, and Kerry McCarthy MP||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 out how the digital revolution changed his local vegan group in London.||1/30/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPeace on Earth: will we ever have it? With Peter Singer and Gary Francione discussing Steven Pinker’s “The Better Angels of our Nature”||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 "Better Angels of Our Nature", says that human violence has decreased over the centuries, in some respects includi||12/20/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVeganism in Politics: The British Parliament Debates World Vegan Day||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, and at the end of business on November 1st the House of Commons debated veganism. I was watching from the gallery. I||12/13/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVeganism in Politics: Chris Williamson MP, Cathy Jamieson MP and Kerry McCarthy MP answer your questions||The three vegan Members of the British Parliament (MPs) answer your questions. Are they afraid about how voters will react to their veganism? And what's the food like at the House of Commons?||12/1/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVeganism in Politics: Chris Williamson MP, Cathy Jamieson MP and Kerry McCarthy MP with questions from Dennis Kucinich and Maneka Gandhi||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 three vegan MPs. What was their path to politics? And I took with me questions from their counterparts in||10/31/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Pledge: the London Vegan Campaigns challenge to go vegan for a month||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 couple Bryan and Cliff. What challenges will they come across?||10/11/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA very small sneak peek.||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.||10/10/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
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Well done, keep em coming!
I've listened to all the politician shows and look forward to the latest that has Peter Singer and Gary Francione, should be a great contrast -- I've heard Gary say he would love to debate with Peter, maybe on a future episode? Really great to see a new vegan podcast. Your fun to listen to and hope to hear you guys banter a little on current events and theory as well as more great interviews.