I casually went vegetarian after reading Gandhi‘s autobiography. When I told my family, my mother and grandmother reminded me that milk and meat came from the same place, that mere vegetarianism was hypocritical, and implied I should drop it. Instead, I went vegan.
That was in the iron (rations) age of veganism, when sausages came as dry mix you reconstituted with water.
Fast forward to the present, and I’m a BBC-trained media freelancer whose work has been broadcast on UK national radio.
I’ve done a wide range of jobs along the way – a doctorate in biochemistry, digital project management, and even acquired a licence to busk – singing opera and musical numbers – on the London Underground.
It’s nice to find something that lets me combine my science, my voice, and my digital and audio experience!
I’ve learnt that if you look at the world differently – if you look at other animals as minds rather than things – I can discover some amazing stories that conventional media doesn’t cover (like vegan politicians and the science of attitudes to vegetarians) or new angles to stories it does (like lab meat and vegan cats).
As you’d expect from someone who worked for the BBC, I aspire to journalistic ethics of accuracy and impartiality.
When I say “impartiality”, you’d be forgiven for thinking I mean that TVO is impartial about veganism.
Any news outlet takes some opinions for granted, excludes others, and represents the debate those in between. When I make episodes of The Vegan Option, I assume veganism, but include a range of voices on the many interesting things that vegans don’t agree about (lab meat? vegan cats? welfare reforms?). I like to joke that I try to guess what public service radio would be like if it was run by vegans!
Like many people, the way digital media, I’m excited by how blogging and podcasting changes and democratises the media landscape, the blooming of indymedia, and how making a good radio show is within the reach of many.
I began making radio in 2007, podcasting my culinary adventures in Southeast Asia under a nom de pod.
So welcome to The Vegan Option. I’d like to think that my experience offers the world of vegan podcasting a unique contribution, and I really hope you enjoy the show.