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From Pythagoras to the present, tracing the deep roots of today's movement for animals. Free audio download.
From Pythagoras to the present, tracing the deep roots of today's movement for animals. Free audio download.
From Pythagoras to the present, tracing the deep roots of today's movement for animals. Free audio download.
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Catching a summer breath

My station Resonance FM suspends its normal schedule for August, running a holiday season that gives it a chance to refresh studios, and so on. So I'm taking the chance to catch up as well, and update you on the project. 

If you're a backer, you unfortunately didn't get the promised early look at the last two episodes, Ep 5: Flesh and Spirit and Ep 6: Hinduism. (Although, graciously, none of you have mentioned this.) They were ready on the day of transmission. 

VegHist Project Dashboard 2016 Q3
VegHist Project Dashboard 2016 Q3

We haven't seen a project dashboard for a while. It looks a lot different with a few rows of green! You can see why I wanted to give myself an extra month; there's quite a bit of work to do on the second half of the series. (So why is there a need to catch up? There have been some episode specific challenges. But mainly, I threw myself into the UK's EU referendum, as you might have noticed. This used up whatever margin I had by June.)

Review by Kim Stallwood in The Vegan
Review by Kim Stallwood in The Vegan

At the start of May, I spent some time doing a press pack. The show's been featured in some vegan media (eg The Vegan Magazine (US)RVGN ,VegWorld magazine). Veteran campaigner Kim Stallwood reviewed it for The Vegan, saying it "will be of great interest to vegans and aspiring vegans". And I've done an interview for a major vegan podcast for which I'll be able to give you the lowdown soon. Please do continue to spread the word, review on your podcast provider, share, and drop hints about how great the show is to your vegan indymedia friends.

The stickers have gone down very well, so thank you for the feedback. If I leave a few individual stickers at a table at a vegan festival, they get picked up pretty quickly. I've given them to those of you backers that I meet; but of course, I'm afraid most of you will be waiting until I mail you rewards when the series is finished.

Screengrab of Timeline
Screengrab of Timeline

On Wednesday, I finished putting together a timeline of the VegHist episodes, using the Knightlab timeline tool.  

My goal is to make it easier to see how the episodes follow on from each other. (It's also something you can embed in your own blog. Please email me for the code if you're interested.)  

I'm looking forward to you hearing episode seven. Episodes so far have dealt with just one region of the world, but in the middle ages the main traditions that abstain from flesh have a clear thread in common. Even though Cathars, Bogomils, Manichaeans and Chinese Buddhists are very different, and range in place from one end of Eurasia to the other, they are all traditions that see salvation in an abstemious clergy who can escape from the cycle of rebirth. And ideas move around too quickly to continue to treat the world one region at a time.

It's really interesting to see how they cope with their different challenges, so I hope you enjoy it when it's out.

Now we're a few episodes in, what do you think of the show? What would you like to hear more of? Or even less of? It's great to hear from you, so please do either leave a comment below or, if you'd prefer, email at ian@theveganoption.org.

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