This week The Bearded Vegans continue their summer break film review series with an in depth look at Test Subjects, the latest short film from director Alex Lockwood. Paul and Andy were eagerly anticipating Lockwood’s follow up to 73 Cows, a film they both enjoyed overall. In fact, their only major criticism of that film was that they just wanted more. With Test Subjects also being a short sweet 16.5 minutes, they’ll see if it can manage to create a complete statement in such a brief run time.
In this week’s mini episode, the Bearded Vegans dissect a recent post trying to push the term “vegan ally” as a way to describe those who aren’t. If vegans aren’t an oppressed group, do we need allies? Is this just a reducetarian rebrand? When allyship is unfortunately often seen as a noun and not a verb, does creating vegan allies actually encourage inaction? Or, does this actually help to create a larger and more effective movement by creating a bigger tent? Would non-vegans applying this label be more likely to go vegan, or create pro-vegan content? There is a lot to dig into here, and Paul and Andy will do their best to cover it all.
A full transcription is available at http://bit.ly/TBVEp243Transcript
This week Paul and Andy weigh in on a debate raging across the internet: is this dude an asshole for starting a meat-eaters-only club at his workplace in response to the formation of a Vegan Diner Club? They also spend a good deal of a time discussing Shark Week’s main event, Tyson Vs. Jaws. Although they’ve speculated on what this fight might actually be, they can now speak definitively on this brawl that was advertised as the “ultimate showdown”. Paul and Andy also ask, why are vegan news outlets still promoting him?
A full transcript is available at http://bit.ly/TBVEp242Transcript
Mike Tyson Puts a Shark Into Tonic Immobility!(Shark Week)
This week Paul and Andy bask in the warm sunny glow of the mailbag, where they will do their best to respond to listener questions, comments, and concerns. Topics covered include: what should people do with their old Thug Kitchen cookbooks, since starting the podcast do Paul and Andy feel pressure to always be right, is it okay to sell second hand leather, why are so many Vegfests so heavily health-focused, which political candidate will be the best vote the animals, and much much more!
A full transcript of the episode is available at https://bit.ly/TBVEp240Transcript
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Reply All – The Snapchat Thief
In this week’s episode, The Bearded Vegans discuss an email asking if it is effective and truthful to promote veganism as a way to address the plight of slaughterhouse workers. Although this has been a talking point of many vegans in the past, recent news that slaughterhouses have become hotbeds of COVID-19 activity, resulting in the deaths of 100 workers and infections of 28,000 others has put the spotlight back on these facilities and their working conditions. Should vegans attempt to capitalize on this moment? Is this a meaningful way to show solidarity with a marginalized community? Paul and Andy talk theoretically and then look at some specific examples. They also touch on the recent Ukrainian hostage situation that was resolved when President Zelensky posted a six second video recommending that people watch Earthlings.
America’s Slaughterhouses Aren’t Just Killing Animals (The Atlantic)
In this week’s mini episode we ask if survivalist reality shows are secretly making a case for veganism. The discussion is framed by taking a closer look at the History Channel hit, Alone. The show finds 10 contestants dropped off in remote wilderness with only the clothes on their backs plus 10 items of their choosing and then asked to survive as long as possible. The last survivalist to tap out receives a $500,000 grand prize. While the show appears, on it’s surface, to be decidedly #notvegan, as contestants find themselves consuming fish, crabs, and small birds. However, is it possible that a show designed to champion human resilience actually shreds the illusion of human supremacy?
About a month ago we recorded this video but we held onto it in favor of releasing some more timely material. As we continue to work on some more ambitious projects, we’ve decided to release this mini episode, with an additional introduction discussing COVID and the recent protests, as well as some further relfection at the end of the episode. With that said, this week we discuss Mark Rober’s recent viral video: Building The Perfect Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder in which he constructs an eight part obstacle course that most questionably contains a catapult designed to launch squirrels right before the final reward. In the video, Mark details the efforts he has made to ensure no harm comes to the squirrels. Despite the fact that we’ve seen many vegans sharing this video without comment, something didn’t sit quite right with Andy and so we wanted to pick apart this idea that abuse and exploitation is only defined by physical harm. Is this video all just harmless fun, or is it the tip of the iceberg of something more sinister?
Transcript of the original episode HERE.
No elaborate title this week, we simply want to talk about the importance of media literacy during a time when news and other information is flying by our timelines at a record pace. We’ll discuss the tactics we use to determine the validity, truthfulness, and intent of the news articles that we have turned into various episodes of the show. Then we’ll turn that lens on one specific article that set of alarm bells when we first read the title.
A full transcript of the episode is available at https://bit.ly/TBVEp232Transcript.
How to Fight Lies, Tricks, and Chaos Online (The Verge)
George Floyd Protests: Rumor Roundup (Snopes)
We had originally recorded an episode about something that started to feel more and more frivolous as the uprising sparked by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery developed. So we jumped on the mic for a last minute episode to address a meme going around that features a protestor holding a severed pig’s head. The resulting online discourse was messy, to say the least. We’ll ask what is the purpose of this meme, who is the intended audience, and ultimately why we feel it is incredibly shortsighted and misguided. The conversation then evolves into addressing the latest trend of memes attempting to expose the hypocrisy of others. We’ll talk about what we think is lost in the quest for dunks.
A transcript of this episode can be found at https://bit.ly/TBVep231Transcript
Today Paul and Andy open up the mailbag and do their best to respond to listener questions, comments and concerns. Topics run the gamut from why vegan burgers have become so mainstream while vegan cheese seems to be left in the dust, to if and how vegans should use the global pandemic to advocate for animals. They close out with a series of questions regarding knowing when to pick your battles: policing language, sticking up for veganism in nonvegan activist spaces, and people who say their body requires animal flesh. This week’s episode was extra special as it was recorded with a live audience over IG Live, which enabled Paul and Andy to interact a bit with listeners as the show went on.
A full transcript can be found at https://bit.ly/TBVEp230Transcript
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Cheese vs. Meat – Which Carbon Footprint Is Higher? (Climate Foot Notes)