This week we kick things off by discussing our feelings on the recent spate of Re-Open protests. What do they reveal about those who engage in them, are they productive, and is their rage justified? Then we ask the question, are vegans more susceptible  to COVID conspiracy theories? As we’ve seen a rise in vegans, from ethical activists to plant based doctors, embracing a slew of alternate explanations for current world events, we began to wonder if this was happening at a higher rate with vegans. Is there something about our general worldview that primes us to be more open to these theories than the general public? 

A transcript of the episode is available at https://bit.ly/TBVEp228Transcript

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The Links:

How an “Old Hippie” Got Accused of Astroturfing the Right-Wing Campaign to Reopen the Economy (Mother Jones)

Who’s Behind the ‘Reopen’ Protests? (New York Times)

The Psychology Of Conspiracy Theories (American Psychological Association)

Conspiracy Theory Handbook (Climate Change Communication)

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