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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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Read transcript of Ep 11: Enlightenment

Old English handwriting, protesting the death of a deer.

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

[Traffic and building noise]

Ian McDonald [in Paris]:

We’re in the courtyard of the brick and stone baroque Hotel Tubeuf in Paris, now being renovated as the headquarters of the National Library of France.

But from here the French East India Company in the 18th Century controls swathes of India, unwittingly connecting the ideas of ahimsa and vegetarianism with the Paris of Voltaire and Rousseau.

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Read transcript of Ep 10: Revolution

Old printed text introducing "A treatise of most sorts of ENGLISH HERBS"

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

[Sound of birds]

Sherwin Everett:

This is an Indian flapshell turtle. And it was run over by a car.

Ian [to Everett]:

Oh my goodness. So it survived.

Everett:

So it’s got a crack half way down the shell. We’ve done a wiring. We drilled holes alongside the crack. And so the screws [go] into that. [voice fades to background]

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Read transcript of Ep 9: Renaissance

Angled close up of title of old printed work in Latin

Alternatively, follow this link to hear the episode & read the show notes. Transcription by Amy Carpenter.

[A woman sings passionately in Italian, backed by a Renaissance orchestra. Continues in background]

Ian McDonald:

Prosperina, the Queen of Hades, is swayed by the singing of Orpheus and begs Hades to return his wife, in Monteverdi’s 1607 opera.

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