Conversations with chefs, writers, and more about how their personal and political beliefs determine whether or not they eat meat.

Hosted ByAlicia Kennedy

Welcome to Meatless, a podcast about eating.

It’s hard to have open conversations about the reality of eating animal products — whether omnivorous, vegetarian, vegan, or something else entirely. On Meatless, Alicia Kennedy talks with chefs, writers, and more about how their personal and political beliefs determine whether or not they eat meat. How do identity, culture, economics, and history affect a diet? Join Alicia and her guests as they discuss why people eat, how they eat, and where ethics, politics, cultural identity, and animals fit into all that.

Written and presented by Alicia Kennedy. Produced by Sareen Patel.

All Episodes

Episode 21: Becca Hegarty

The co-founder of Pittsburgh’s Bitter Ends Luncheonette on building a sustainable farm-to-table business, finding land to grow food, and emotionally caring for livestock destined to become meat.

Episode 20: Casandra Rosario

A conversation with the founder of Food Before Love, which creates dining experiences that make “a space for marginalized consumers to create and tell their own stories through food.”

Episode 19: Lee Kalpakis

A conversation with an editorial producer at Thrillist and the host of “A Little Help,” a YouTube show that helps new cooks learn to create inexpensive and easy meals.

Episode 18: Ysanet Batista

The founder of the worker co-operative Woke Foods, which creates plant-based Dominican cuisine, talks about veganism, decolonizing agriculture, and social justice.

Episode 17: Ethan Frisch and Ori Zohar

A conversation with the founders of Burlap & Barrel: Single-Origin Spices, who apply models used in coffee and chocolate importation-with fair wages and a transparent supply chain-to spices.

Episode 16: Aidan Altman and Andrew McClure

The founders of Fora Foods on going vegan, why corporate agriculture is everyone’s enemy, and why aquafaba has gone mainstream.

Episode 15: Sheri Hood

The former band manager and vegan winemaker discusses why she became vegetarian, how that inspired her to make vegan wines, and what it was like to not eat meat while on tour in the 1990s.

Episode 14: Cheryl Mitchell

A conversation with the Elmhurst Milked food scientist who developed Rice Dream and the Elmhurst Milked line of nut, grain, and seed vegan milks.

Episode 13: Soleil Ho

The food writer talks about entomophagy, or eating insects, the tech industry’s obsession with cricket flour, and what it all means for vegans and vegetarians.