Panel Round One
PETER SAGAL, HOST:
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Alonzo, if a new law in Italy passes, parents will face jail time if they force their kids to do what?
ALONZO BODDEN: Oh, is it food related?
SAGAL: It is.
BODDEN: Of course. If they force their kids to diet?
SAGAL: Close. If they force their kids to go on a particular kind of diet.
BODDEN: No pasta? No bread?
SAGAL: No, the other way.
BODDEN: Oh, all pasta?
ADAM FELBER: All bread.
BODDEN: That would be the other way from no pasta...
BODDEN: ...Would be all pasta.
BILL KURTIS: (Laughter) Yes.
BODDEN: What would be...
SAGAL: ...Just, you know, spaghetti and soy balls are not the same.
BODDEN: Oh, if they make them go vegetarian?
SAGAL: Even worse, if they make them go vegan.
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BODDEN: Well they - well, that's not going to happen.
PAULA POUNDSTONE: What is the...
SAGAL: ...Not if the Italian parliament has anything to do with it.
BODDEN: The Italians aren't that dumb, are they, that - I thought only we played with that nonsense.
SAGAL: The bill, which was proposed by Italian lawmakers this week, says that any parent who denies their child of the pleasures of an ossobuco or just a nice carbonara sauce will go to jail. This is because veganism is thought by some to be dangerous for young children and also because, well, have you ever met a vegan?
POUNDSTONE: The truth is a vegan diet is better for the planet, better for one's health and obviously more humanitarian. What a weird Italian law.
POUNDSTONE: ...I mean, I'm not a vegan, but I admire those who are. I would rather not talk to them, but I admire them.
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