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 12: Chitra Agrawal

The founder of the Brooklyn Delhi line of condiments talks about her lifelong vegetarianism, the word “curry,” and her punk rock youth in New Jersey.

Episode 11: Gabriella Paiella

It’s not easy to make being vegan both funny and incisive. A conversation about Tevas, bad jokes about vegans, and the relationship between veganism and body image.

Episode 10: Shanika Hillocks and Theo Samuels

Samuels is a vegan; Hillocks isn’t. How do they find balance in a relationship divided over meat consumption?

Episode 09: Cara Nicoletti

A conversation on Nicoletti’s family butcher shop in Boston, what inspired her to cut down on meat, and why people should stop calling female butchers “badass.”

Episode 08: Charlotte Shane

The culture writer, publisher of Tigerbee Press, and longtime vegan talks about reducetarianism, oatmeal, and teenage Moby shame.

Episode 07: Tia Keenan

A conversation with a cheese writer and community organizer about dairy production, anti-capitalist food systems, and her backyard chickens.

Episode 06: Leah Kirts

A food writer and nutrition educator talks about her upbringing in rural Indiana, her time in the NYU food studies master’s program, and teaching kids about veganism.

Episode 05: Nadya Agrawal

The founder of Kajal magazine talks about what made her become vegan, how veganism can better connect with other social justice movements, and more.

Episode 04: Lukas Volger

The cookbook author and editorial director of the queer food journal Jarry Mag discusses his 60 percent vegetarian diet, cookbooks, veggie burger lines, and more.