Archive for February, 2015

Kim Socha

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

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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.

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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:

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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.

Nick's message of support queer refugees

Nick’s message of support for queer refugees. This picture was taken at the End Queer Lockdown on Manus Island stall where Nick met Aaron and we set up this discussion.

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Nick is joined by Aaron from End Queer Lockdown on Manus Island for the entire episode. We discuss the intersections between queer and refugee issues, with the Australian government’s policies such as “offshore processing” of asylum seekers harming refugees as a whole, but queer refugees in particular. We also read a letter from a queer refugee, discuss refugee activism and the importance of individual stories in changing attitudes, violence and/or the threat of violence preventing people’s free movement around the world, Emma Goldman’s ‘Patriotism: A Menace to Liberty’, and punk rock music and social change.

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Clips:

Anti-FlagI’d tell you but’, Rise AgainstBehind Closed Doors’, Simon Taylor ‘What an Amazing Journey’ – from the album ‘Funny’, Rage Against the Machine ‘War within a Breath’.

You can listen to a short (7 minute) version of this episode, which features our opening discussion on the Australian government’s policies towards queer refugees and what we can do to stand up against these policies, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.