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This is our meme on representations of mental health in the Harry Potter series – see below for links to share it around on social media.

Episode 92: Harry Potter and the Hunger for Accurate Representations of Mental Health by Progpodcast on Mixcloud

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This episode is all about mental health, drawing on Katie’s personal experiences with mental health issues and Nick’s recent mental health first aid course. We dissect arguments against medication for mental health; discuss Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and mental health (you can share our meme on this, pictured above, on Facebook and Twitter); as well as considering how terms like “able-bodied” and “not societally enabled” fit with mental health.

We finish with some recommendations and advice for people with mental health issues, as well as those who want to be allies. These include: seeking help, Mindfulness meditation, doing a mental health first aid course, trying to normalise mental health issues and reduce the stigma, and avoiding ableist language. For more on mental health, check out the Queer Punx’s mental health special.

Also covered on the episode is Nick’s interview with a slaughterhouse worker, media coverage of Islam compared to Christianity, and shout outs to the Species Barrier podcast and Jeremy @CriticalTransit – follow for sustainable transport info!

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Clips:

Peep Show ‘Series 8’ – Jez Goes to see a Therapist, Lily Allen ‘Everyone’s At It’, Austin Powers, Daniel Versus the WorldDon’t Be Discouraged’.

You can listen to a short (8 minute) version of this episode, which features our discussion on Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and mental health, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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Which Side Podcast on How Eating a Salad While Not Drinking a Beer is a Threat to the State by Progpodcast on Mixcloud

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Nick is joined by Jordan Halliday and Jeremy Parkin from Which Side Vegan Anarchist podcast for almost the entire episode. We discuss: Jordan’s time in prison, the importance of prisoner support, anarchism and voting, the dietary focus of the way veganism is promoted by many animal organisations, scepticism and rationality, self-righteous health vegans, Mormonism and atheism. We encourage you to listen to Nick on Which Side podcast and check out their other episodes too!

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Clips:

Tom Morello – The NightwatchmanWhich Side Are You On?’, Mad as Hell ‘Series 5, Episode 4’, Jamie Kilstein ‘Sober Vegan Party Time’ from the album ‘What Alive People Do’, Sue-Anne Post ‘Twenty Years of Kicking God in the Shins’ – from the 2010 Atheist Convention, Book of MormonAll American Prophet’.

You can listen to a short (10 minute) version of this episode, which features Jeremy and Jordan on the importance of prisoner support, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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Myq Kaplan promoting veganism as part of US Veg Week, http://usvegweek.com/

Vegan, Progressive Comedian Myq Kaplan on Different Flavours of White Men and Being Queer Culturally by Progpodcast on Mixcloud

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Katie is back for this one and we’re joined by one of our favourite comedians Myq Kaplan, who will be performing at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He discusses travelling as a vegan, the potential for comedy to promote important political ideas, and aiming for greater diversity in comedy. We encourage people to check out Myq Kaplan’s podcast Hang Out With Me, buy his CDs, follow him on Twitter and like him on Facebook!

Other stuff covered on the episode is: Lindsay McDougall’s article ‘10 Reasons to go Vegan that have Nothing to do with Animal Rights’, Nick’s talk ‘Hybrids or Hummus: Which has the Biggest Impact?’, a new free online vegan starter pack, comedian Judith Lucy’s show ‘Judith Lucy is all Woman’, privilege and police, and there’s plenty of contributions from our dog Charlie.

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Clips:

Myq Kaplan ‘Adam & Eve’ from the album ‘Small, Dork and Handsome’, Good Clean Fun ‘Vegan Revolution Draft Dodger’, Part 1 of our discussion with Myq Kaplan, Myq Kaplan ‘Ducks and Vegetarianism’ from the album ‘Vegan Mild Meld’, Judith Lucy is all Woman ‘Episode 1’, Myq Kaplan ‘Adam & Eve’ from the album ‘Small, Dork and Handsome’, Part 2 of our discussion with Myq Kaplan, Ani DifrancoI’m No Heroine’, Myq Kaplan ‘Buddhism, Feminism and Math’ from the album ‘Small, Dork and Handsome’.

You can listen to a short (10 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of our discussion with Myq Kaplan, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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The above cartoon is by Malcolm Evans, http://www.evanscartoons.com/

Listen to this episode and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes. You can also listen to this episode on StitcherCyber Ears or download it on Archive.org (72mins, 33MB). 

Once again Nick is joined by Kim Socha, who is an English professor, grassroots animal liberation activist and author. We discuss sexism in the atheist movement and efforts to challenge it, Rebecca Watson and “ElevatorGate”, focusing on sexism in the West and not just pointing the finger elsewhere, the satirical article ‘Not Without Her Make-Up’, Leila Ahmed on the veil, and criticising discriminatory elements of Islam, while being considerate of the broader context of Western imperialism and Islamophobia – as reflected in attacks such as the Chapel Hill shooting. You can hear more from Kim on episode 87 and we also recommend you listen to her being interviewed on Freedom of Species.

Also covered on the episode is: the 100 year anniversary of Anzac Day, challenging transphobia, the article ‘In Search of Liberal Purity’, Queer Punx Podcast on the importance of trigger warnings and consent, the deadline for papers for the ICAS Oceania conference has been extended, and Nick’s articles ‘Gluten Free Funds Terrorism!!!!’ and ‘When Will Moderate Whites Condemn the NAACP Bombing?’. We also encourage people to check out Which Side podcast, which Nick will be on soon.

This episode is brought to you by “Atheist Angelo”. You can check out his cartoons, which are critical of religion and xenophobia, here. He also recommends people check out talks on transgender murders and sexism in the atheist community – from Skepticon 7. Thanks a lot to Angelo for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor an episode too.

Clips:

No DoubtJust a Girl’, Nick and Kim Socha on sexism in the atheist movement, Against Me! ‘FuckMyLife666’ (acoustic), Mad as Hell ‘Series 5, Episode 3’, Nick and Kim Socha on atheism and Islam, Frank TurnerGlory Hallelujah’.

You can listen to a short (9 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of Nick’s discussion with Kim Socha on atheism, Islam and sexism, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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Kim Socha promoting her book ‘Animal Liberation and Atheism’, which she discusses on this episode.

Listen to this episode and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes. You can also listen to this episode on StitcherCyber Ears or download it on Archive.org (73mins, 31MB). 

On this episode Nick is joined by Kim Socha, who is an English professor, grassroots animal liberation activist and author of the book ‘Animal Liberation and Atheism: Dismantling the Procrustean Bed’. We discuss this book, religion being a conservative human construct, the animal movement being nearly totally godless, right-wing people engaging in more animal exploitation and meat consumption, critiques of an article on an “inclusive” animal movement, atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris criticising speciesism but not going vegan, challenging the idea of “humane” slaughter (which is about the best animals can hope for from most religious texts), food deserts making it difficult for some people to live vegan, and child labour and slavery in the production of cocoa. We encourage people to check out Kim’s book on atheism and animals and like the Facebook page for it!

In addition to the discussion with Kim, Nick also discusses the greyhound racing industry, links with Marius the giraffe being killed at Copenhagen Zoo last year, and a correction on the queer refugee whose letter we read on episode 85.

This episode is brought to you by “Anarchist Aaron”. You can hear Aaron on episode 85 discussing queer refugees. Thanks a lot to Aaron for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor an episode too.

Clips:

Gogol BordelloSupertheory of Supereverything’, Sue-Anne PostTwenty Years of Kicking God in the Shins’ – from the 2010 Atheist Convention, ‘I Believe’ from the Book of Mormon, Nick’s discussion with Kim Socha – part 1, Nick’s discussion with Kim Socha – part 2, NOFXYou’re Wrong’, NOFX ‘You’re Wrong’ (live).

You can listen to a short (8 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of Nick’s discussion with Kim Socha on atheism and animals, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

You can watch Nick’s discussion with Leigh-Chantelle as a vodcast above, or listen to the podcast, which features all of this discussion plus additional discussion from Nick and Katie, as well as music and clips, by clicking on one of the links below:

Listen to this episode and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes. You can also listen to this episode on StitcherCyber Ears or download it on MediaFire or Archive.org (62 mins, 32MB). 

For most of this episode, we’re joined by Leigh-Chantelle from Viva la Vegan!. Leigh-Chantelle is a vegan, animal rights activist, feminist, singer/songwriter, author and blogger. She discusses effective online activism, staying positive despite in-fighting in social movements, veganism, animal advocacy and podcasting. Leigh-Chantelle also interviewed Nick for Viva la Vegan! podcast – there is both a video and audio version of this interview available here.

Also covered on this episode is the 2015 ICAS Oceania conference in Melbourne, Eve and Jill Scott on Iggy Azalea and cultural appropriation (this is a follow-up to our discussion on this issue on episode 84), and Viva la Vegan!’s Top Ten Male ‪‎Vegan Athletes (Nick is #6).

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Book Recommendation:

Feed by MT Anderson.

Clips:

Leigh-ChantelleGo With The Flow’, The Thick of it (Series 3, Episode 1), CNNNN, Part 1 of Nick’s discussion with Leigh-Chantelle, Jill Scott and Eve Dissect Iggy Azalea’s Black Accent, Part 2 of Nick’s discussion with Leigh-Chantelle, Universal PoplabVampire in You’.

You can listen to a short (9 minute) version of this episode, which features the start of Nick’s discussion with Leigh-Chantelle on effective online activism, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.