Social distancing can be tough, especially if you live alone. If you’re craving some screen-free content to keep your mind occupied, a solid vegan podcast can turn into your new best friend (at least until it’s safe to reunite with our old ones, that is). From light-hearted roving conversations about plant-based food and pop culture to deep discussions on ethics and health, these eleven vegan podcasts will keep you company and keep you connected to the outside world.
1. The Chickpeeps Podcast
Fans of vegan actress Evanna Lynch will love binge-listening to the last two seasons of this Brit-based podcast. Lynch is joined by her friends Momo, Robbie, and Tylor throughout the show as they discuss vegan philosophy, contrasting opinions, and challenges they’ve faced in the vegan space. Episodes often feature a guest interview with a vegan activist, entrepreneur, or changemaker such as the duo behind the popular BOSH! food blog and cookbook series, Dr. Melanie Joy, and Katie Tostevin-Hobbs of World Animal Protection. Listeners can sport their fandom by heading over to the podcast shop and purchasing a tee or hoodie emblazoned with Lynch’s signature signoff, “Stay spangly and take your B12!”
2. The Rich Roll Podcast
The guest list sometimes strays from plant-based changemakers, but the host is as vegan as they come. Ultraman Rich Roll is a master interviewer and books the most awe-inspiring guests. Those accomplished enough to grace the microphone of the Rich Roll podcast will enrapture you for the two-hour-plus duration of the show. Past vegan guests include tough-as-nails Navy Seal David Goggins, ultrarunner Fiona Oakes, punk rocker John Joseph, Dr. Michael Greger, and more. Go for a long walk or run and settle in for some major plant-based motivation.
3. Our Hen House
Go deep into the ethical issues surrounding the vegan and animal rights movements with co-hosts Jasmin Singer (VegNews Senior Online Features Editor) and animal law professor Mariann Sullivan. The powerhouse activist duo touch on the latest news, issues, and triumphs of the vegan world, always complemented with a guest interview. You’ll hear from the vegan greats such as Dr. Neal Barnard and Tofurky founder Seth Tibbot, but you’ll also discover advocates who typically fly under the radar such as Kelly Holt and Dan McKernan of Animal Planet’s Saved by the Barn. Finally, this podcast is immaculately consistent. No seasonal breaks or “oops, we missed an episode, here’s a flashback.” Singer and Sullivan ensure their audience receives new content every single week. Pro-tip: Our Hen House also produces the monthly Animal Law Podcast, passionately hosted by Sullivan.
4. No Meat Athlete Podcast
What began as a running podcast in 2014 has dipped into a number of topics throughout the years—from vegan parenting to habit change. Co-hosts Matt Frasier and Doug Hay—with occasional appearances by Olympian Julia Murray and No Meat Athlete team member Matt Tullman—often fly solo on the show and attempt to offer tips on the topic at hand. It’s a lighthearted, family-friendly conversation that you’ll soon feel a part of. Each week, look forward to updates on Matt’s 11-year-old soccer star, Doug’s latest garden adventures and ultramarathon goals, helpful tips on running and whole food nutrition, and a few good tangents.
5. The Bearded Vegans
Before you keep scrolling, know that this show is not about cruelty-free beard care. Co-hosts Andy Tabar and Paul Steller go beyond “vegan 101” to explore topics that will make the most “woke” vegan put their thinking cap on. Conversations drag listeners down into that slightly squirmy ethical grey area and give your brain a workout. Past episodes mull over “Should we celebrate Joaquin Phoenix’s Oscar Speech?” “Why misanthropy is bad for veganism,” “Is it time to retire ‘Meat is Murder’?” and other opinions you felt so sure about until you were presented with all the arguments. The guys throw in some film and restaurant reviews for short breaks in these intellectually stimulating ethical conversations. You may find that you don’t always agree with them, but their personalities will make you want to press play every single week.
6. The Switch4Good Podcast
Elucidate yourself with this groundbreaking variety show on everything from health to ethical fashion. Co-hosts Olympian Dotsie Bausch and actress/activist Alexandra Paul hold meaningful conversations with everyone from plant-based doctors to professional athletes, celebrities to chefs. Recent guests include Brooklyn Burroughs President Eric Adams, Adrian Velarde of Desserto (the vegan cactus leather brand), and Ironman Brendan Brazier. The hour-long show is part self-help, part entertainment, and one hundred percent engaging.
7. Vegan Abattoir
Celebrity father/daughter duo Kevin and Harley Quinn Smith are quarantining together, and this new vegan podcast is the result of all that creative energy simmering under one roof. The episodes are laidback and tangential as the Smiths fill the first part of the show with mild banter between father and daughter, then the pair shifts to focus on the guest interview. The show has only been rolling for a little over a month, but the variety of guests spans from Farm Sanctuary founder Gene Bower to Ultraman Rich Roll to our very own Senior News Editor Anna Starostinetskaya. In typical Smith fashion, it’s quirky, but sometimes the right sense of quirk makes the biggest fans.
8. Vegan Business Talk
Looking to launch your own vegan business, or curious about how it’s done? Journalist, public relations specialist, and business coach Katrina Fox has created a weekly podcast to show you how. Each episode pursues the start-to-finish journeys of successful plant-based entrepreneurs and offers insights on specific tactics one can utilize to create a better business. Recent guests include Loui Blake, serial entrepreneur and award-winning vegan marketer; Grace Regan of UK-based curry house SpiceBox; and San Dennigan, founder of the Strong Roots vegan frozen food brand.
9. Veggie Doctor Radio
Dr. Yami Cazorla-Lancaster, DO, MPH (aka Dr. Yami) is the vegan pediatrician we wish we had growing up. While geared towards parents, we can all learn more about health, nutrition, habit change, and psychology from this affable doc. Some episodes feature guests while others she flys solo, but the content is always engaging, educational, and entertaining. Recent favorites include episode 107/107b “How to Eat More Plants Without Hating Your Life with Talia Pollock/How to Make 5 Familiar American and Kid-Friendly Dinner Plant-Based,” episode 106 “Gut Motility and Your Health with Dr. Supriya Rao,” and episode 102 “How Understanding Generations Can Add More Value to Your Life.” Get the whole family involved and learn together every Sunday!
10. Tequila Talk
Husband and wife duo Daisy Fuentes and Richard Marx can now add podcast hosts to their impressive resumes. The business mogul and former MTV VJ teamed up with her rockstar husband for this weekly must-listen after fans couldn’t get enough of their Instagram Lives during quarantine. With a drink in hand, the vegan couple discusses an array of topics each week such as racism, self-care, and current events. While episodes don’t strictly focus on vegan topics, Fuentes and Marx reference their plant-based lifestyle often and even dedicate an entire episode to their veganism. Pour yourself a glass of tequila, and kick back with these super stars.
11. Awesome Vegans
Business extraordinaire and award-winning media personality, Elysabeth Alfano is a true vegan expert. Each episode includes an in-depth interview with vegan personalities. Past guests include restaurateur Matthew Kenney, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Veggie Grill co-founder TK Pillan, and actress Daniella Monet. Added bonus: episodes include video recording for when you have time to sit down and watch along. When Alfano isn’t recording Awesome Vegans, she’s hosting The Plant-Based Business Hour and her weekly syndicated radio show, Plantbased Life & Style with Elysabeth Alfano.
Tanya Flink is a Digital Editor at VegNews as well as a writer and runner living in Orange County, CA.
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