If you’re craving some screen-free content to keep your mind occupied, a solid vegan podcast can turn into your new best friend. From light-hearted roving conversations about plant-based food and pop culture to deep discussions on ethics and health, these 11 vegan podcasts will keep you company while you work, clean, or just go about your day.
Why you should listen to vegan podcasts
Whether you’re looking to incorporate more meatless meals into your diet or you’re a seasoned vegan, tuning into vegan podcasts is a great way to expand your knowledge about veganism. From animal rights to beginner tips, health, nutrition, sustainability, and more—these vegan podcasts leaves no stones unturned.
Medical professionals Neal Barnard, MD, FACC of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Yami Cazorla-Lancaster, DO, MPH each helm their own podcasts where they dive deep into a range of health topics including nutrition, habit changes, kid-friendly eats, and the connection between diet and chronic diseases.
Others bring you the latest vegan news from around the world, such as The Plant-Based Morning Show, and highlight the animal activists working to create positive change for animals, such as Our Hen House.
But if lifestyle podcasts are your preference, there’s a plethora to choose from, all hosted by vegans. The Rich Roll Podcast and Are You Ready? are just two that, while hosted by vegans, touch upon everything from fitness, motivation, imposter syndrome and more.
11 vegan podcasts to listen to right now
1 The Rich Roll Podcast
The guest list sometimes strays from plant-based changemakers, but the host is as vegan as they come. Ultraman Rich Roll is a master interviewer and books the most awe-inspiring guests.
Those accomplished enough to grace the microphone of the Rich Roll podcast will enrapture you for the two-hour-plus duration of the show. Past vegan guests include tough-as-nails Navy Seal David Goggins, ultrarunner Fiona Oakes, punk rocker John Joseph, physician Michael Greger, MD, and more. Go for a long walk or run and settle in for some major plant-based motivation.
2 Our Hen House
Go deep into the ethical issues surrounding the vegan and animal rights movements with co-hosts Jasmin Singer (VegNews Editor at Large) and animal law professor Mariann Sullivan.
The powerhouse activist duo touch on the latest news, issues, and triumphs of the vegan world, always complemented with a guest interview. You’ll hear from the vegan greats, such as Tofurky founder Seth Tibbot, but you’ll also discover advocates who typically fly under the radar such as Kelly Holt and Dan McKernan of Animal Planet’s Saved by the Barn series.
Finally, this podcast is immaculately consistent. No seasonal breaks or “oops, we missed an episode, here’s a flashback.” Singer and Sullivan ensure their audience receives new content every single week. Pro-tip: Our Hen House also produces the monthly Animal Law Podcast, passionately hosted by Sullivan.
3 Brown Vegan Podcast
Vegan recipe developer Monique Koch, the force behind the YouTube channel and blog, Brown Vegan, hosts a podcast of the same name.
The show covers a wide range of topics, from beginner tips to veganism to wellness to entrepreneurship and money talk. It’s easy listening, all centered around making information about veganism, money, and wellness more accessible to listeners. You can’t argue with that.
4 The Plant-Based Morning Show
Co-hosts Matt Frasier and Doug Hay, who also host the No-Meat Athlete Podcast, kicked off this daily vegan podcast in September 2022. In it, the pair go through all of the latest vegan news that’s circulating the world.
5No Meat Athlete Radio
No Meat Athlete Radio, Fraiser and Hay’s other show, began as a running podcast in 2014 and has dipped into a number of topics throughout the years—from vegan parenting to habit change. It’s a lighthearted, family-friendly conversation that you’ll soon feel a part of. Each week, you can look forward to updates on Matt’s life, Doug’s latest garden adventures and ultramarathon goals, helpful tips on running and whole food nutrition, and a few good tangents.
Elucidate yourself with this groundbreaking variety show on everything from health to ethical fashion.
Co-hosts Olympian Dotsie Bausch and actress/activist Alexandra Paul hold meaningful conversations with everyone from plant-based doctors to professional athletes, celebrities to chefs. Guests include former Brooklyn Borough President and now-mayor of New York City, Eric Adams, Adrian Velarde of Desserto (the vegan cactus leather brand), and Ironman Brendan Brazier.
The hour-long show is part self-help, part entertainment, and 100-percent engaging.
7 Veggie Doctor Radio
Dr. Yami Cazorla-Lancaster, DO, MPH (aka Dr. Yami) is the vegan pediatrician we wish we had growing up. While geared towards parents, we can all learn more about health, nutrition, habit change, and psychology from this affable doc. Some episodes feature guests, but Dr. Yami isn’t afraid to fly solo either. One thing is certain: the content is always engaging, educational, and entertaining.
Favorites include episodes 107/107b “How to Eat More Plants Without Hating Your Life with Talia Pollock/How to Make 5 Familiar American and Kid-Friendly Dinners Plant-Based,” episode 106 “Gut Motility and Your Health with Dr. Supriya Rao,” and episode 102 “How Understanding Generations Can Add More Value to Your Life.”
8 Are You Ready?
New York Times bestselling cookbook author Joanne Molinaro, creator of “The Korean Vegan” blog, hosts this weekly podcast about life. Topics range from life getting in the way of work to dealing with imposter syndrome. If you’re unfamiliar with Molinaro, she’s a former attorney whose rise to fame kicked off on TikTok, where she shares vegan versions of Korean recipes that she grew up with.
9 The Exam Room Podcast
Neal Barnard, MD, FACC, and the founder of the nonprofit group, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), and co-host Chuck Carroll dive into the science of a vegan diet.
Episodes frequently feature doctors and other medical professionals who swear by the plant-based diet’s potential to help prevent chronic diseases. But, you can also expect news from PCRM, vegan recipes, and health topics that range from inflammation to combating high cholesterol.
10 Food for Thought
Author, cultural commentator, and compassionate living expert Colleen Patrick Goudreau helms this aptly named podcast. Patrick Goudreau captivates listeners with engaging, thought-provoking episodes with deep dives into subjects such as zero-waste living, paying homage to animals, plant-based options at fast-food restaurants, and more.
Pro-tip: Don’t miss her recent culinary exploration of Italian cuisine.
The Plant-Powered People Podcast
11 The Plant-Powered People Podcast
Hosts Toni Okamoto and Michelle Cehn know what it’s like to be the only vegan in the family. The plant-powered authors and entrepreneurs tap into their expertise to help make your plant-based journey a little less lonely.
With new episodes every other week, Okamoto and Cehn sit down with guests to discuss everyday vegan living, from navigating theme park dining options to integrating cultural foods, composting, health, and more.