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NEW: transcripts of “Vegetarianism: The Story So Far”

Transcripts are now available of every episode of “Vegetarianism: The Story So Far”, thanks to volunteer Amy Carpenter. Find them via the “Vegetarianism: The Story So Far” home page, the transcript archive, or just after the download link in individual episode posts.

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Read transcript of Ep 15: Liberation

Follow this link to hear the episode & read the show notes. Transcription by Amy Carpenter.

[Car horn. White noise from distant traffic etc.]

Ian:

We’re in the middle of London within sight of the British Museum, just next to a glass, stone and concrete office block. And carved into its wall there’s a tribute to the “Women’s Freedom League”, worked for equality between men and women from its headquarters on this site.

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Read transcript of Ep 14: Diet Reform

German writing

Follow this link to hear the episode & read the show notes. Transcription by Amy Carpenter.

[Traffic noise. Rustling sounds. Voices.]

Ian:

I’m at my local health food shop in East London, surrounded by a cornucopia of modern vegan sausages and burgers, and mock-meats of every mock-animal. Not to mention supermarket staples, like peanut butter, almond butter, and breakfast cereal.

This show, we will discover how all this inventiveness goes back to a Mid-Western American company, and how it helped build a new consumer-focussed, all-American vegetarian movement.

We’ll also go to India to visit the ashram of Mahatma Gandhi, discover the original French anarchist vegan movement, and meet the celebrity vegetarian athletes of America’s gilded age.

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Read Transcript of Ep 13: The Vegetarians

Close up of printed English writing

Follow this link to hear the episode & read the show notes. Transcription by Amy Carpenter.

US Army band in an archive recording of period song “Army Bean”:

‘Tis the bean that we mean!

[fades and continues in background]

Ian [as narrator]:

In the last half of the 19th century, organised vegetarianism throws itself into questions of global politics – slavery, colonialism, and votes for women. 

This episode, we’ll discover the abolitionist vegetarian settlement in the Wild West, how the British Empire accidentally more Hindus to go vegetarian, and I’m getting on my bike to discover just how [bicycle bell tinkles] surprisingly big vegetarianism was in London – in the 1880s.

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Read transcript of Ep 12: Radicals & Romantics

Printed text in English about God and truth

Follow this link to hear the episode & read the show notes. Transcription by Amy Carpenter.

Tim Newman:

This is out of its sheath, so it’s just a long thin sword, with a handle that’s wrapped with twine.

Ian McDonald [as narrator]:

The owner has replaced the usual leather grip with something more animal friendly.

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