This week The Bearded Vegans bring you a classic interview from deep in the archives. All the way back in episode 10 they interviewed Derrick “Doomie” Bey about Redefine Your Mind, his two pronged project that is both a vegan clothing line as well as a program that educates incarcerated youth about living a compassionate lifestyle. They talk about going vegan while incarcerated, starting a clothing line and the methods he uses to educate the youth. A fascinating and uplifting interview, Paul and Andy are so pleased to bring this one back for new listeners!
This week The Bearded Vegans bring you the next installment in their winter break interview series as they sit down with Chelsea Lincoln, the creator of Fat Vegan Voice. Chelsea has been a vegan advocate and speaking out against fat shaming in the movement for longer than anyone else. She shares her experiences and expertise as we debunk common arguments made to justify discrimination against fat vegans and why fat shaming ultimately hurts the animals in addition to their human allies.
This week The Bearded Vegans continue their winter break interview series with the prolific vegan food justice activist Brenda Sanders. Having founded or co-founded The Afro Vegan Society, Thrive Vegan Community Center, The Greener Kitchen/PEP Foods, Better Health Better Life and Vegan Soulfest, we aren’t entirely sure how Brenda finds the time in the day to get everything done but we are thankful she took some time out of her busy schedule to sit down and talk with us. We discuss her journey to veganism, why health-motivated veganism can be considered a revolutionary act within marginalized communities, negative experiences in the mainstream animal rights movement, building local community and much much more!
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Ramen Hood (New York, NY)
Arles & Boggs(Wallingford, CT)
LuLu & The Lobster – PROFESSIONAL TRAINING: HOW SYSTEMIC RACISM AND ANTI-BLACKNESS AFFECT ANIMAL ADVOCACY
This week Paul and Andy kick off their winter break interview series with the one and only Mr. Hip! Mr. Hip is a vegan hip hop artist whose latest release, Vegan Paradise, is a fully vegan hip hop album. They talk about his transition to veganism, the recording and creative process, finding a way to use his talents to help animals, engaging in self care and much more.
Fox & Fig Cafe (Savannah, GA)
Arles & Bogs (Wallingford, CT)
As the holidays approach, it is time to dig deep into the icy cold depths of the mailbag where we will answer your questions, comments, and concerns. This time we discuss how to fend off feeling discouraged, companies blending plant based protein into animal flesh based products as a means of reducing the amount of animals killed for food, and whether or not we want problematic people to go vegan, among many many other topics. Did we answer your question? Stay tuned to find out!
German Schnitzle Haus (Jacksonville, FL)
This week The Bearded Vegans are so pleased to bring you their final live episode of the year. This time, they set up shop at the Atlanta Vegfest and bring on the incomparable JL Fields to help answer a number of listener emails and audience questions. Most notably they ask whether veganism should be intrinsically linked to the plastic-free movement and whether the passing of Prop 12 is something to celebrate. The proposition potentially creates a cage-free California, but at what cost? Would the beautiful bearded boys personally vote for it? Would they spend time advocating for it? Stay tuned to find out!
The Grit(Athens, GA)
This week The Bearded Vegans are pleased to bring you an interview with Mark Hawthorne, author of Striking At The Roots: A Practical Guide To Animal Activism. The formative text for many activists that explores the vast array of grassroots activism at our disposal was released 10 years ago and is receiving an update to reflect the changing methods and technology that have evolved since its initial release. We ask what even is activism, is it okay to criticize other activists, does one need to be an activist in order to be vegan, the importance of self care and much much more.
Plus Paul and Andy discuss the news, including the greyhound racing ban in Florida and the drop in people willing to take jobs in slaughterhouses.
Reggae Shack(Gainesville, FL)
Buttafly Kisses(Atlanta, GA)
Abattoir staff shortages threaten Christmas sales(Farmer’s Weekly)
If you’ve been feeling a sense of dread, depression or hopelessness in the wake of the news that we have roughly 12 years to curb climate change requiring a historically unprecedented systemic change in our global economy, then this week’s episode is for you. As a sense of nihilism creeps in, Andy turns to Paul looking for some sense of hope and plan of action to move forward. They also discuss the recent Waitrose anti-vegan debacle.
Podcast recommendation: The Vegan Vanguard – Episode 25 w/ Rama Ganesan.
This week we are so pleased to finally bring you the much requested, and long awaited, BUG EPISODE! That’s right, we are asking if insects should be included in our sphere of moral concern and if so, what are the implications for our daily actions and our activism?
Doe Donuts(Portland, OR)
Get Rid Of Ants Without Killing(Bug Offf)
Do Insects Feel Pain(Jeff Lockwood)
This week The Bearded Vegans are so pleased to bring you their recent podcast collaboration with Vegan Warrior Princesses Attack! recorded live at Chicago Veganmania.This time, they took the opportunity to engage with their live audience for an extensive Question and Answer session. Two main discussion topics include how to deal with non-vegan holiday gatherings, whether or not we are obligated to shop up and be the vegan in the room, and a new video that asserts avocados, and most other crops pollinated by bees, are not suitable for vegans. They had a lot of fun with this one, enjoy!
Banh Mi So #1(St Louis, MO)