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6 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Rich Hardy. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Rich Hardy, often where they are interviewed.

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6 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Rich Hardy. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Rich Hardy, often where they are interviewed.

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#45 Interview with Seth Tibbott, founder of the much-loved and longest running vegan brand, Tofurky. Plus an exclusive interview with Rich Hardy, veteran undercover investigator with more than 20 years experience in the field, on the launch of his new boo

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July's podcast also features all the latest news and updates from Viva!, including the launch of our gripping documentary , and a catch up with Jerome Flynn — Viva! patron and presenter of HOGWOOD. FIND OUT MORE - It's finally here! The launch of HOGWOOD: a modern horror story on , and . Plus wise words from Jerome Flynn, presenter and Viva! patron. - Exclusive interview with Seth Tibbott, founder of the plant-based protein company, . - July cookery inspiration comes from ’s Maryanne Hall, with summertime advice for vegans at socially-distanced BBQs. - Lex Rigby, Viva! campaigns manager, interviews an exclusive interview with Rich Hardy, veteran undercover investigator, on the launch of his new book and reflections on his life as an undercover investigator. - Lex also gives behind the scenes look at Viva!'s own shocking of two pig farms supplying Morrisons. -  Gavin Chappell-Bates hosts his regular dedicated music feature. This month he interviews (aka Queen V), vegan singer-songwriter. ABOUT OUR SHOW You can hear this show via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and on lots of other apps and websites. Spread the word! Don't forget to share us on Facebook and Twitter! Get the latest episode every month, straight to your mobile device or computer. It's automatic and completely free.  Copyright owned by Viva! Bristol 2020. Not for re-use without our written agreement. All featured music and content used by permission. Produced by Helen Wilson for Viva!.
Jul 01 2020 · 58mins
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Episode 538: Rich Hardy On His Career in Undercover Journalism

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-Jasmin and Mariann discuss the new documentary Catnip Nation, and a frustrating NY Times piece about the New York City restaurant industry. We also continue our Supporting Vegan Businesses program by shouting out VegReady, Vegan Street Media, and Riverdel Cheese.
-Mariann interviews Rich Hardy, author of the new book Not As Nature Intended, about his career as an undercover journalist chronically animal exploitation all around the world. Rich shares the challenges of finding new ways to execute undercover investigations and the changes he has seen--or not seen--among systems and people who exploit animals for human consumption. He also reveals how the film Okja led him to the decision to leave this work behind. (21:00)
-Mariann brings us Rising Anxieties about industry fretting over the fate of animals and conditions for workers in slaughterhouses. (54:45)
May 02 2020 · 1hr 8mins
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Rich Hardy: Not As Nature Intended

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Rich Hardy is a former undercover investigator who spent two decades working in 28 countries, exposing animal cruelty of many of the worlds worst industries – including fur trapping in North America, monkey breeding farms in Asia, and slaughterhouses and factory farms across the globe. His images and videos have been used by more than 20 international animal organizations helping to change minds and laws about how we treat animals.

Most of the industries Rich worked in are hidden from the public, extraordinarily secretive, and often have higher security than Area 51; therefore Rich lived an incredibly risky double life for much of those 20 years. He had to take jobs doing the very thing he was there to expose and many of his assignments involved working with and often befriending those causing harm and suffering to the animals he was fighting to protect.

One would think that 20 years of witnessing that kind of mass scale abuse would harden the soul and embitter just about anyone, but Rich is one of the kindest, most thoughtful guys out there. His work only broadened his already enormous capacity for compassion - toward animals but also toward some of the very human beings he worked amongst.

He wrote a book about it, called, Not As Nature Intended. It’s based on his journals from his time undercover and somehow, manages to not only show the darkness and devastation of the worlds he had to become a part of, but there’s also light, hope, and enormous heart. It’s a testament of what he saw and of what billions of animals have endured and still endure every minute of the day.

He and I spoke last week from our respective quarantines, his in the UK and mine in New York. I was especially interested in his time on factory farms, what he witnessed, the sickness and disease that are an inherent part of the industry, and why he is not at all surprised that we are in the midst of a pandemic that was caused by of our relationship to animals.

In order to prevent future pandemics, it’s not just wild animal markets that need to shut down, it’s every industry in which we exploit animals.

And factory farming should be right up there on the top of every single human’s list.

Apr 30 2020 · 34mins
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#47 - Rich Hardy & Julianne Holzschuh

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Rich & Julie talk about their game Penguin SLAP! Specifically:

  • What it's like to launch your Kickstarter at a convention
  • Why polar betters beat narwhals
  • And speed painting to dope techno beats on YouTube
Jan 25 2019 · 35mins
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Rich Hardy, The Veganuary Effect

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It’s January which means all across the world people are trying a vegan diet as part of the global Veganuary campaign.

Today’s speaker is Rich Hardy the Campaign Manager of Veganuary, in this talk he talks about his personal vegan journey and wider impact of the Veganuary campaign dubbed the ‘Veganuary Effect’.

This talk was recorded at Vevolution Festival 2018


Since starting in late 2016, Vevolution has been creating inspiring events for the plant-powered generation. Each episode of this podcast will share with you stories and ideas told by plant-based thought leaders from the Vevolution stage.

Jan 09 2019 · 13mins
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Ep 28: Undercover Activism with Rich Hardy

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What’s it like to go behind the barbed wire fence and and see what happens within the walls of a factory farm? How does it feel to witness a lone raccoon caught in a trap and not be able to rescue it? This week Momo and Evy get to chat with passionate and prolific undercover activist, Rich Hardy, about his career exposing animal cruelty in 28 countries that has changed minds and laws for animals all over the world. Rich speaks frankly, and for the time time publicly, about the personal sacrifices he’s made to undertake such difficult work and about the changes he’s noticed in public opinion and the vegan movement in his 33 years as a vegan. Also on this episode…

  • Rich explains how he gave up his dreams of becoming a football player to be a full-time activist.
  • How changing public opinion is worrying the factory farming system.
  • The personal compromises activists make when they go undercover to infiltrate the system.
  • Rich describes his experience working as an undercover fur trapper for two winters and the suffering of one lone raccoon he witnessed that stays with him today.
  • Does undercover activism make you cynical about humanity or more compassionate? Rich weighs in about what he’s seen of human nature.
  • Longevity as an undercover activist: we ask Rich what qualities an individual most possess to withstand this gruelling but vital work.
  • “We can all tell the story of animal suffering”. How there is room for every personality type in the animal rights movement.
  • Where does Rich think the vegan movement will be in 5 years.
  • Listener, Ari’s post about healing her relationship with food.
  • Read more about the issues discussed in Ari’s email about the environment: here and here.


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Jun 06 2018 · 37mins