(Interview starts about 22-minutes in, and can be streamed above or downloaded via iTunes by searching: Red Radio Episode 36)
After years of resisting Twitter, finally using it lead me to discover an absolutely wonderful podcast with an energetic, passionate host and a focus on almost any vegan topic you can imagine as she interviews folks that run of the gamut of movers-and-shakers in the veg community.
Erin Red hosts the podcast “Red Radio”. She’s a trained improv actor and animal activist, and her distinctive voice and personality are so evident in her interviews, making them really unique and special. She has interviewed many of my favorite people (including Mellisser Elliott, Dreena Burton, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau) and discussed topics like gay rights + animal rights, “black culture” among vegans, pop culture, events and getting down and dirty about sex. Hey now!
The morning before I was interviewed I was so nervous, I nearly changed my mind.
I knew it was important to be honest about my journey, my past, and the path to where I am now. I was nervous because… there are some messy parts (as most of ours have been at some time). I’ve seen the way people latch on to sentences or sound bites and use them out of context as fuel to condemn someone, and I was worried about this.
There are parts of my vegan journey I am embarrassed and ashamed of, and opening up about them (despite not even really delving into them, but discussing them “publicly” in any capacity) made me very, very scared. I don’t want the integrity of what I do to be questioned because of where I was back then.
Here’s the thing about mistakes and regrets: Since no one has invented a time machine, our only other choice is to learn from them and act on those lessons.
People can debate you and judge you or make assumptions, but they won’t change what happened. But I think within our weaknesses (or perceived weaknesses) lie opportunities for real connection. And that’s what made this podcast interview so special.
One thing I said in the interview that sums it all up:
“We talk a lot about veganism saving animals, but I really think it can help us save ourselves.”
At the end of our interview, Erin included a TED talk on the subject of: vulnerability. It’s absolutely beautiful, and if we could remember the points made I think we could all go through a world a little more understanding, a little kinder.
Keep up with Erin and her work — she’s sure to spark the fire in your belly.
This is the letter I sent to Erin the next day (after the cut):