257 Victim or Survivor: Why Language Matters

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Prompted by an amazing listener email, we deconstruct “survivor” vs “victim” for those who have experienced trauma, exploring the ways language really matters when we discuss difficult experiences.

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256 Discussing Racism as Zoological Witchcraft: A Guide to Getting Out, with Aph Ko!

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This week we’re talking to Aph Ko about themes in her new book, Racism as Zoological Witchcraft: A Guide to Getting Out, including intersectionality, social media, and more!

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254 Discussing Whiteness and Humanity.

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In preparation for our collaborative episode with Aph Ko next week, we’re talking about Whiteness with a capital W – What is it? Who is it? What is White privilege? How does it relate to our humanity and who has access to human rights? How does racialization link to animalization, and why should vegans care? Listen to find out!

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253 Discussing Us with Max S. Gordon!!! Plus Get Out, Joker, and Handmaid’s Tale!

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A dream of ours has been realized in this week’s wonderful, LONG, thoughtful, vulnerable collaborative episode with writer and activist, Max S. Gordon. We discuss Jordan Peele’s film Us and also dip our philosophical toes into Get Out, Joker, Handmaid’s Tale, the importance of making and analyzing art, and more! Spoiler alerts for all of those pieces of media!

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252 By Any Means Necessary? We Think Not.

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As with most things, the radical and mobilizing concept of “by any means necessary” has been co-opted by the mainstream vegan movement to something dangerous and ineffective. We’re here to talk about it!

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249 Send in the White Terrorists: Joker, Violence in Media

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Nichole took one for the team and saw Joker in theaters this week so we could talk about the “controversial” film receiving rave reviews from the Whites. Content warning for descriptions of white male rage, violence against women, murder, white supremacist ideology.

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248 Book Review: The Testaments – A Giddy Romp Through Gilead!

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We’re being totes topical for the second week in a row by discussing The Testaments, the new novel by Margaret Atwood that is a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. Also an advice question about helping very young vegans cope with seeing others consume animals without vilifying them or getting overwhelmed.

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247 Movie Review: Ad Astra…the Anti-Interstellar? But Still a Space Adventure about a White Dude’s Daddy Issues.

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This week in off-brand topical timeliness, we went to see Ad Astra in the theaters and are here to talk about it. Part movie review, part movie analysis, we do a spoiler-free section before moving into spoiler-full about our conflicting thoughts and feelings about this beautiful but frustrating film.

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