The perception of vegan men is changing. In this episode, Hannah sits down with Andrew Fisher to hear his vegan story and to discuss the idea that "real men eat meat."
Living in an LA apartment, Jill Volat felt as far away from her dream as possible. She wanted to own an idyllic farm growing her own food and creating community with neighbors. Then she decided she didn't have to save up money or wait another decade. She could create her dream in the present moment in the middle of Miracle Mile in Los Angeles.
In this episode, Jill tells her story and inspires us to stop waiting for our dreams to happen to us. She also gives useful advice on how to start growing food at home. In addition to that, Evan and Hannah start off the episode with some motivation to eat more greens.
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When someone stops being vegan, they typically have one or two reasons. Many claim to be having health problems, or they start craving animal foods, or they have a trip coming up that would make it inconvenient. And often, they simply don’t want to be vegan anymore because they are tired of it. Dozens of people online have made posts about why they aren’t vegan anymore. In this episode, Evan and Hannah respond to this phenomenon.
It’s no question. Film and television are two of the biggest culture shapers in our society. And images are more powerful than words. This is why so many are asking for wider visibility in these forms of media that properly reflects the diversity in the US. In this episode, Evan and Hannah talk with actor and YouTuber Nisha Balsara about how Hollywood is failing to give various groups the visibility they deserve on screen. Also discussed are representation in new media, vegans in TV shows, the shocking pay gap, and the positive changes this decade is already experiencing.
Here are some links to studies and articles that were cited in this episode.
1/3 of speaking characters were female (33.5 percent)
28.3 % of characters with dialogue were from non-white racial/ethnic groups though such groups are nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population.
3.4% of film directors were female
7% of films had a cast whose balance of race and ethnicity reflected the country's diversity
In broadcast TV, 17% of directors were female and 19 % of programs were ethnically balanced.
In all TV shows…
women of color over 40 were deemed "largely invisible" and just 22% of TV series creators were female.
half the films and TV shows they analyzed had no Asian speaking characters and more than 1/5 of them had no black characters with dialogue.
Just 2% of speaking characters were identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transsexual, and more than half the LGBT characters in all the films they examined came from two movies.
When looking at how women are depicted, the study found female characters were four times more likely to be shown in sexy attire, three times more likely to show some nudity and nearly four times as likely to be referred to as physically attractive.
films and TV shows with women or people of color in the important jobs behind the scenes — director, producer or writer — tended to have better diversity numbers.
"It's about who is greenlighting those decisions and who is giving the okay for certain stories to be told," Smith says. "When a very narrow slice of the population is in control of power and has the ability to greenlight a project, then we are going to see products and stories that reflect that narrow worldview."
(Stacy L. Smith, one of the study's authors and founding director of the Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism)
American audiences prefer diverse film and television content
In 2014, people of color purchased 46 percent of all movie tickets sold in the United States.
Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media’s report: Gender Bias without Borders: An investigation of female characters in popular films across 11 countries (2014)
10% of all films have a gender balanced cast
31% of speaking roles are occupied by women
23% of films feature of female protagonist
When there is a female filmmaker, there is a 6.8% increase in the number of females on screen
Women are 5 times more likely to receive appearance based comments than men
Women are twice as likely to be shown in sexually revealing clothing or with some nudity
Fictional females aged 13 to 39 are equally sexualized
“Female executives are an endangered species in international films”
More men than women in onscreen STEM jobs (7:1)
In films with male leads, male characters dominate the speaking time, but in films with female leads, men speak as much as women.
Films led by women grossed 15.8% more on average than films led by men.
Hannah and Evan sit down to discuss these topics and more in a Q&A style episode. Listen to us ecstatically agree on some things and disagree on other things so politely you’d think we had a healthy relationship or something.
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Both Evan and Hannah consider themselves driven, goal-oriented people. In this episode, they discuss what it looks like to set goals for themselves and how they achieve them, and also if it is necessary to set specific goals in the first place. This conversation covers creative goals, career goals, fitness goals, simple daily goals, and the difference between goals and dreams.
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Kallie Thomson and her friends started a company called 31Bits as juniors in college. They hire women in Uganda to make jewelry that they sell in the United States and all over the world. This year they launched their new Indonesia line, working with brass artisans and providing fair wages and work environments. In this episode, Evan and Hannah talk to Kallie about the far-reaching effects of companies like 31Bits when it comes to important concepts like “Trade, Not Aid.” They also discuss the importance of buying less from companies that are destructive to communities and individuals, and more from companies who provide fair wages.
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Evan and Hannah discuss gentle parenting with Ellen Fisher and Tessa Fisher. In this episode, Ellen and Tessa break down the difference between gentle parenting and passive parenting, and between discipline and punishment. They explore ideas like respecting our children and recognizing them as people now.