Episode 5! Shazaaaaam!! Ruby Roth, well-known vegan children’s book author, delves deep into other areas of her life. Topics include Oprah, fear, Instagram, NPR, and writing. Our conversation begins with Tank Girl, a punk rock, kickass water activist. We touch on Ruby’s contentious live TV appearances and how she prepares for them. We discuss her vegan children’s book and why she wrote them. We meander through much other meaningful landscape in her life and career, and come upon her powerful origin story. We also talk about 2 new books she is working on now.
Ruby’s 4 vegan children’s books:
The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids
V is for Vegan
Vegan is Love
That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals
Ruby’s two main websites (more links below):
Some highlights of the interview:
Powerful, intense stuff I’ve never heard before comes at around 54:15
2:00 Who is your hero and why? [Hint: Tank Girl]
5:00 How do you prepare for live TV appearances. What is your mindset prep? Do you practice answers?
8:30 Is veganism your number 1 political issue?
12:00 How she came to write a vegan book for children
15:00 What was your light bulb moment, or tipping point moment of change to veganism?
19:45 I describe Ruby’s recent Instagram post and read the caption
23:00 We talk about the possibility of Oprah running for president, and Ruby’s opinion
24:30 Do your inner work and combine it with your activism
29:30 Veganism scares liberals
32:00 What fear looks like
33:00 What is your flag?
34:30 I ask Ruby for help talking about veganism to people I am close to in my life
39:45 What’s exciting Ruby in the vegan world now
45:00 Difficult question number 1: pets or no pets?
50:00 Difficult question number 2: would you eat a muscle or oyster? Why or why not?
54:20 Ruby’s powerful origin story. Something I’ve never heard before
55:00 See her insides starting at 3 or 4 years old, two painful years of electro-muscle stimulation, 13 years of aggressive back bracing
57:00 Building strength and “warriorship”
59:45 Objectifying the human body
1:02:00 How to talk to children as full human beings in medicine and on veganism
1:03:30 What new directions are coming up in Ruby’s career
1:04:30 Sweet ending!
1:07:00 One more thought on Ruby’s childhood physical experience
Links to stuff we discussed:
Tank Girl illustrated character (comic book)
Tank Girl movie
Illustration and Artwork:
Veganism for kids:
Below is the Instagram pic we spoke about that had the caption I read.