Join us for our very special 600th episode (!!!) as we celebrate with Andy Tabar and Paul Stellar, hosts of The Bearded Vegans, who are also observing a milestone of six years on-air! In this episode, Jasmin, Mariann, Andy, and Paul provide a unique behind-the-scenes look into the world of podcasting. The podcasters break down their approaches to discussing veganism’s ethical gray areas, why they’re committed to creating a sense of community among listeners, and how they work through on-air disagreements. The group also discusses how their podcasts have changed over time, and they touch on so many other intriguing topics. This is a must-listen episode!!!
Andy Tabar and Paul Steller launched The Bearded Vegans to move beyond the vegan 101 and create more nuanced discussions for the seasoned vegan. Andy is an animal rights activist and owner of Compassion Co, an organic, USA-made vegan apparel brand. As an activist, Andy has completed three tours with the 10 Billion Lives Tour, traveling to nearly every continental state to have over 10,000 one-on-one conversations about the cruelty inherent in animal agriculture. Paul works in data and has taught math at both the high school and college level. He also fronts a band called Continuous Improvement and loves playing Dungeons and Dragons while simultaneously podcasting about it on the Roll to Hit podcast.
“Providing community is such a hugely important thing, even if you’re not an activist or on the front line, so to speak, there is just so much value in creating content for other vegans to feel a sense of community.” – Andy Tabar
“My hope with the podcast is that, in having these discussions, it promotes people to think more deeply and critically, not only about the topics that we’re discussing but just in general.” – Paul Steller
- The role of a podcast in helping to build a strong network of activists
- Andy and Paul’s relationship to humility as white cis-men and how that impacts the reactions to their podcast
- How the podcast hosts stay accountable to each other and their audience
- How Andy and Paul prevent burnout, whether physical or emotional, when they are so committed to being fully available to the show
- How The Bearded Vegan podcast has deepened Andy and Paul’s friendship over the years
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