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#VeganHour Live: Listen

Listen back to #VeganHour Live

This is what happened on April 15th when Melissa “Ms Cupcake” Morgan and I went live on Resonance 104.4FM during #VeganHour. Our conversation ran from accidentally vegan Beef and Tomato Flavour Pot Noodles to running vegan businesses. Vegan registered dietitian Marty Davey even phoned in to answer questions that had come up on Twitter.

You can listen to the show on Resonance FM’s catchup service:

(Just imagine the frantic studio handover that’s happening as they play some music during the first minute.)

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#VeganHour Live

On Tuesday April 15th, Resonance FM will broadcast the first ever live episode of The Vegan Option. Special guest Melissa Morgan (Ms Cupcake) and I will join up with #VeganHour on Twitter, sharing answers and insights with listeners to Resonance 104.4FM.

London’s radio art station has now broadcast thirteen documentaries from The Vegan Option’s archive. When Resonance FM’s management asked me to extend the season, I remembered that the broadcast slot co-incides with the #veganhour conversation (7pm Tue London time), giving us a chance to connect the two.

Join the chat from 7pm BST on Twitter hashtag #VeganHour and listen from 7:30pm BST at resonancefm.com/listen.

The Story So Far

I’ve just returned from India, where – thanks to people like you who successfully backed Vegetarianism: The Story So Far – I have been able to conduct interviews with experts and gather material at the places where the story unfolded. You can read my project updates – from the bureaucracy around recording at historical sites to tracking down experts – at Kickstarter.com.

Kickstarting History: 77% reached, 7 days left

I’m humbled by the support for the Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund Vegetarianism: The Story So Far. With just seven days left, it’s 77% funded. It’s nearly there – but if it doesn’t hit the target, it does not get funded.

Please go to the Kickstarter page to discover some amazing rewards. It’s also being heavily featured in other vegan blogs and podcasts – from Go Vegan with Bob Linden to the Jewish Vegetarian Society. So please have a look at the Kickstarter video, read more about the project and help make history. Or, as Tanya from Progressive Kitch podcast puts it: know your roots.

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Digital 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 Redcross of Vegan Mainstream.

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Kickstart the Radio History of Vegetarianism

Researching the history of vegetarianism, I quickly realised it was a much bigger and more exciting story than could fit into a couple of episodes. It needs a full on series, of at least ten episodes, full of interesting characters and amazing twists. To tell it properly is a much bigger project than The Vegan Option has ever done before. I can’t do it without you.

So, for the first time, I’m offering you the chance to get financially involved by backing Vegetarianism: The Story So Far on Kickstarter. I’m offering some great thank you gifts – such as a postcard from one of the places where the story unfolded. Go to the project page to discover more, watch the video (with a glimpse of what the Vegan Option “studio” actually looks like), and help make history.

If this is funded, it will be a resource for vegetarians, vegans, and curious omnivores for many years. So it would be a pity if it wasn’t.

Veganism in Politics: Netherlands and Australia

This week, Resonance 104.4FM broadcast my interviews with the UK’s 3 vegan MPs. In the broadcast, I mentioned two vegan lawmakers who were missed out in the original internet radio shows: Marianne Thieme and Lee Rhiannon. Read More…

Resonance 104.4FM to broadcast The Vegan Option

Resonance 104.4FMI’m excited to blog that prestigious London radio art station Resonance FM has commissioned a season of The Vegan Option.

Starting on this Tuesday January 14th, it will broadcast thirteen weekly half-hour episodes to a million Londoners. Read More…

History & Reach – Plans for 2014

At the start of 2012 and 2013, I wrote reviewing the year and asking about your ideas for the next. I’m doing this again.

Thanks to listeners like you spreading the word, more people have heard about The Vegan Option and are enjoying its unique combination of animal ethics and quality radio.

I now have one main objective for 2014. I’m going to make an audio history of the idea that it’s wrong to use animals as food. I’m taking a sabbatical to do so. I’m going to run a fundraising campaign. And I’m going to make the radio series so good that people will go back to it for decades. Read More…