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Podcasters interview Ian about #VegHist

If you’re not yet tired of hearing me talk about vegetarian history, you can enjoy other show hosts interviewing me about it. It makes a refreshing change to me carefully scripting a deep dive into history.

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Video Trailer for #VegHist

Why you should hear the epic backstory to today’s vegan movement. Trailer (2 mins).

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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VegHist Ep 15: Liberation. Veganism, hippies, and the animal rights movement. With Sam Calvert and Maneka Gandhi; at London, Cambridge, and Bangalore

Crowd holding vegan banners

How has western vegetarianism risen, within living memory, from fringe to mainstream choice? And how has veganism gone from nowhere to everywhere?

Episode 15: Liberation

This final episode recounts the growth of veganism, vegetarianism, and the modern animal advocacy movement.

Ian treads in the footsteps of the handful of pioneers who set up the vegan movement in the 1940s, and meets a life vegan born in 1951.

He investigates the sixties counterculture that combined the philosophy of ethics, activism, and new ways of living and working, visiting one of Britain’s first vegetarian wholefood co-operatives.

And as vegetarian and vegan movements increasingly link up around the world, he looks at developments in China and India. In New Delhi, he meets the vegan politician who is also the most prominent animal advocate in the world’s largest democracy.

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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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