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Resonance 104.4FM to broadcast The Vegan Option

Resonance 104.4FMI’m excited to blog that prestigious London radio art station Resonance FM has commissioned a season of The Vegan Option.

Starting on this Tuesday January 14th, it will broadcast thirteen weekly half-hour episodes to a million Londoners. Read More…

History & Reach – Plans for 2014

At the start of 2012 and 2013, I wrote reviewing the year and asking about your ideas for the next. I’m doing this again.

Thanks to listeners like you spreading the word, more people have heard about The Vegan Option and are enjoying its unique combination of animal ethics and quality radio.

I now have one main objective for 2014. I’m going to make an audio history of the idea that it’s wrong to use animals as food. I’m taking a sabbatical to do so. I’m going to run a fundraising campaign. And I’m going to make the radio series so good that people will go back to it for decades. Read More…

Trailer: really interesting radio that just happens to be vegan

This audio trailer uses iTunes reviews and clips to show in two minutes why The Vegan Option is worth listening to. (Thank you to the many who have reviewed the show at their podcast provider!) Please consider sharing.

Ideas and Plans for 2013

Thank you for your tweets and comments about recent changes and the latest show.

In January 2012, I blogged about plans, and asked what you thought.

Let’s look at how those plans have gone, mention some ideas and plans for upcoming shows, and find out what resonates.

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Extended interviews on iTunes, starting with Dr Julia Minson

If you’re like most of our listeners, you get The Vegan Option show via the podcast feed – an automatic index of shows that’s read by iTunes, Stitcher and other “podcatchers”. (If you haven’t heard any of the shows – what are you waiting for? Use the “Listen” menu at the top, pick a show that piques your interest, and press play. That’s the other way of hearing episodes.)

The shows usually focus on topics rather than individual interviewees – talking to a range of people to get a full picture. This can mean that only a few minutes out of an hour-long interview gets into the show. (This isn’t unusual for public radio documentaries.)

Some full interviews are posted on the website – such as our conversations with Peter Singer and Gary Francione for the episode “Peace on Earth”. But should they go in the podcast feed as well? Diana asked on the Facebook page and “yes” not only won the vote, but for some people it was the only way to get the extended interviews.

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Diana on UK TV

Diana, photographed on the TV, with her name in the TV caption

Last Sunday and next Sunday, I’m appearing on “The Big Questions”, a BBC TV show where the audience discuss the big ethical issues of the day. In this case, whether we should all repent now it’s 2012 (of great interest to Jordan Wyatt), and if there is any evidence for God.

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A very small sneak peek.

This is a small introductory snippet to let folk who get our podcast in iTunes or other podcast readers check that it’s working – and the first hint of our theme tune.

About Diana (co-host 2011-12)

Before I thought seriously about animal interests I can honestly say that I was an offensive and inconsiderate omnivore. I ate bloody meat, made jokes about eating every animal I saw and loudly proclaimed about the deliciousness of the carcass I was eating in front of my vegetarian friends. My war-hero grandfather, to whom I was very close, was a dairy farmer in the fifties and his family were horse traders. Also, I was an incredibly picky eater and barely ate vegetables or fruit.

That’s part of why I feel like I have such a window into the psyche of those who are most dismissive of veganism and really understand where defensiveness both about the sentience of nonhuman animals and drastic changes in diet comes from. And yes, I’m aware my name roughly translates into “huntress meatman”. Read More…

Our Seven Values

Since I’m throwing the word “journalism” around, I ought to write down what that means here.