Where do you turn when you’re in need of a little inspiration? The interwebs are a veritable goldmine when it comes to information supporting healthy lifestyles and compassionate choices (for animals and ourselves!): blogs, forums, vegan lifestyle guides, and recipe archives are just a small sampling of what’s available to us. As great as these resources are, we shouldn’t be limited to prose on page! Podcasts are adding a new dimension to the way we procure and digest news, ideas, and perspectives. Since peaceful dumplings are all about living a mindful, peaceful, and compassionate existence, the podcasts highlighted here reflect these intentions.
1. Our Hen House with Mariann Sullivan and Jasmin Singer
Hosted by the dynamic duo Mariann Sullivan and Jasmin Singer, this weekly podcast is witty, informative, and fun. Each episode is broken down into segments: ruminations from the couple, at least one interview from an inspiring member of the animal rights community, current news, and a review. If you’re looking for an intelligent yet entertaining podcast, Our Hen House won’t leave you disappointed.
2. Vegetarian Food for Thought with Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
Already in its 8th year of running, Vegetarian Food for Thought is a fantastic resource for new vegans. Its host is Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, an inspiring leader in the vegan movement and author of The Joy of Vegan Baking, The Vegan Table, and On Being Vegan, among other books. The podcast addresses veganism through multiple lenses, including social psychology, food politics, and nutrition. Listeners are entertained as Patrick-Goudreau references poems and short stories to help articulate her points.
3. Main Street Vegan Podcast with Victoria Moran
Have you read the book Main Street Vegan? Whether or not you’ve added this book to your collection (and you should!), you can listen to its sibling podcast in the meantime. Host Victoria Moran interviews an array of interesting vegans–from ministers to physicians and everything in between. Recent guest include Dr. Joel Fuhrman, author of Eat to Live, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study, and Paul Shapiro, Vice President for Farmed Animals at the Humane Society of the United States.
4. Red Radio with Erin Red
This podcast is described as speaking from an “outspoken but realistic standpoint.” Red’s segments run the gamut from abolitionist discussions to environmentalism to cooking and baking. No matter your background, Red is inclusive and attentive to sensitive, hot-button issues. In addition to normal podcasts, Red Radio sometimes records on location at different vegan events, interviewing individuals with unique and inspiring stories.
5. Big Fat Vegan Radio with Laura Yaz and Honey LaBronx
If you’re looking to listen to something a bit more lighthearted, Big Fat Vegan Radio fits the bill. According to their website, “Our goal is to spread veganthusiasm, answer questions for new vegans and the veg-curious, while being ridiculous, and creating excuses to eat as much vegan food as possible. Hosts Laura Yaz and Honey LaBronx cover a number of vegan lifestyle topics, all while keeping listeners laughing.
Wondering when you can fit these podcasts into your busy schedule? When you’re exercising, instead of listening to music, download the latest episode from your favorite podcast! After a long day at work or school, pull up your computer to listen while cooking dinner. Even listening to the first half of an episode as you commute to and from work will provide a nice dose of vegan inspiration to your day!
We’d love to know: what’s your favorite podcast?
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