Episode 88 – Live from New York!
27 Jul 2016 at 11:53pm
Episode 88 (Air Date: July 28th, 2016) We decided – since we’re both in the same room again – we may as well try something new. A Facebook Live post!!! So this episode, for better or for worse, is the audio we recorded while making a Facebook Live video. No, we didn’t just extract the audio from the Facebook Live video. (... More)
Episode 87 – Reunited and it feels… meh.
19 Jun 2016 at 11:20pm
Episode 87 (Air Date: June 20th, 2016) Laura is back on the East Coast! And here it is… the first time Ben and Laura have seen each other in ages! AND the first time we EVER recorded an episode TOGETHER in the same room (expect for our interview episode with Donny Moss way back in the day, but this is different!) Today we discuss….. (... More)
Episode 86 – We’re THIS many !!!!
1 May 2016 at 5:32am
Episode 86 (Air Date: May 1st, 2016) Big Fat Vegan Radio is four years old! We are so grateful to all our listeners for loving us and keeping us going, we truly owe it all to you!! HISSES AND PURRS Laura’s Purrs: VEGAN ALERT DJ Khaled Goes Vegan Laura’s Hisses: Owners/founders of Cafe Gratitude and Gracias Madre under fire Ben’s Purrs: Michael (... More)
Episode 85 – Interview: Donny Moss (Their Turn) – NY Blood Center Abandons 66 Chimps!
19 Mar 2016 at 10:11pm
Episode 85 (Air Date: March 20th, 2016) Ben welcomes Donny Moss back to Big Fat Vegan Radio to discuss the 66 chimps abandoned by the New York Blood Center after using them for experimentation. It’s a heart breaking story, but there is much you can do about it! Please visit out www.TheirTurn.net for up-to-the-minute news and calls-to-action. Twitter: (... More)
Episode 84 – #TeamBob!!!
2 Mar 2016 at 1:34am
Episode 84 (Air Date: March 2nd, 2016) Have we made the official announcement yet??? OUR FRIEND BOB THE DRAG QUEEN IS ON SEASON 8 OF RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE!!! Watch Bob’s “Meet the Queens” video here: http://www.logotv.com/video-clips/9yk7xy/rupauls-drag-race-rupaul-s-drag-race-season-8-meet-the-queens-bob-the-drag-queen Oh and (... More)
Episode 83 – Interview: Robin Means and the Bay Area Soiree, Prom Done Vegan
10 Feb 2016 at 12:19am
Episode 82 (Air Date: February 9th, 2016) Laura sits down with Robin Means, one of the even planners for the upcoming Bay Are Soiree, vegan prom! Check out their website for more info. Buy tickets here. All proceeds benefit The Humane League! Follow Bay Area Soiree on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter And check out Robin on periscope as Vegan Dollhouse (... More)
Episode 82 – Interview: Bite Size Vegan
1 Feb 2016 at 3:54pm
Episode 82 (Air Date: February 1st, 2016) Ben welcomes Emily Moran Barwick of Bite Size Vegan to the podcast and later surprises her with a game of “lightning round” questions — which she slays! (In a compassionate, non-violent way…) Plus we’ve got lots of links here, since Bit Size Vegan has LOTS of content and things (... More)
Episode 81 – The Best of 2015
21 Jan 2016 at 4:39am
Episode 81 (Air Date: January 21st, 2016) Happy New Year from Laura & Ben! Today we look back, as we like to do, on the highlights of the previous year — both in the world of veganism, and in our personal lives. Here are some of the highlights we discuss, and some of the things we don’t have time to discuss but you’re more than (... More)
Episode 80 – Happy Holidays from Laura and Michael
21 Dec 2015 at 7:06pm
Episode 80 (Air Date: December 22nd, 2015) With Ben unavailable, Laura invites our friend Michael Harren on the show to discuss all of our favorite holiday goodies Holiday gift and outing ideas OCD Joni Marie Newman’s book “Vegan Food Gifts” Annie and Dan Shannon’s “Mastering the Art of Vegan Cooking“ Cocomels Favorite (... More)
Episode 79 – Talking Turkeys
24 Nov 2015 at 12:07pm
Episode 79 (Air Date: November 24th, 2015) Okay… We’re hoping this is going to be your favorite episode ever. It’s certainly going to be one of ours. How better to commemorate Thanksgiving — We invited various guests to share stories with us about some very special turkeys in their lives. This is an episode you are going (... More)
Episode 78 – Hello, Ween! Get it? Like… Cuz Halloween?
29 Oct 2015 at 12:06am
Episode 78 (Air Date: October 29th, 2015) Sorry it’s been a while since our last episode! We hope what we lacked this month in punctuality, we will more than make up for in silliness! Today, some of our favorite listeners sent in Halloween characters for our first (annual?) spooky story time with Ben & Laura! So turn off all the lights, (... More)
Episode 77 – Interview: Jay Astafa
21 Sep 2015 at 1:37pm
Episode 77 (Air Date: September 21st, 2015) Today we are joined by Jay Astafa to share about the big things he is up to an how he is transforming the landscape of vegan food as we know it! Jay Astafa discovered veganism as a teen, after seeing a PETA video showing the horrors of factory farming. So Jay began experimenting with food. Working in (... More)
Episode 76 – The FDA, Zoos, and other stupid [BLEEP!]
10 Sep 2015 at 8:58pm
SHOW NOTES Episode 76 (Air Date: September 10, 2015) Laura and Ben recorded an awesome Secret Show before this episode. Just saying. And you may need to hear it in order to get a few of the inside jokes in this episode. We make a few call backs. Today’s topics include: – Arizona rules all dogs sold in pet stores must come from shelters – The (... More)
Episode 75 – Interview: Courtney Pool
30 Aug 2015 at 8:37pm
Episode 75 (Air Date: August 29th, 2015) Laura sits down with Courtney Pool, a coach in Juice Cleansing/Juice Feasting, plant-based nutrition, holistic health, and healing compulsive eating She has been studying and teaching juicing, nutrition, and holistic health for over ten years, and has juice cleansed for over 212 days, including a consecutive (... More)
Episode 74 – Interview: Shaun Monson (Unity)
11 Aug 2015 at 4:11pm
SHOW NOTES Episode 74 (Air Date: August 11, 2015) Today, filmmaker Shaun Monson talks about the upcoming release of his new documentary Unity, the followup to Earthlings. Obviously most of you have already seen Earthlings. In this episode, Ben & Shaun talk about what makes Unity different, and the vision it shares for all Earthlings alike: Man, (... More)
Episode 73 – Interview: Michael Harren
1 Aug 2015 at 10:52pm
SHOW NOTES Episode 73 (Air Date: August 2, 2015) Today Michael Harren returns to talk about his newest project and what he’s been up to at Tamerlaine Farm Animal Sanctuary. Michael joins in an inevitable discussion with Ben & Laura about Cecil the Lion, and together they speculate about a better way to effectively discuss the topic with (... More)
Episode 72 – SHARK WEEK with Jamie J Hagen
19 Jul 2015 at 2:43pm
SHOW NOTES Episode 72 (Air Date: July 19, 2015) Laura sits down with Jamie J. Hagen to discuss VAGINAS. Just kidding. Well sort of but not really. Follow Jamie on Twitter! In this new talk all about our monthly menstruation cycle Jamie and Laura discuss TSS and the lawsuit Kotex is currently facing. Check out all the amazing reusable menstrual products! The (... More)
Episode 71 – Interview: Collectively Free
9 Jul 2015 at 1:52am
SHOW NOTES Episode 71 (Air Date: JULY 9, 2015) You’ve heard about them all over the internet since their latest action, disrupting the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island. Now come hear more about Collectively Free from two of it’s co-founding members, Raffaella Ciavatta and Lili Trenkova. THEIR WEBSITE: http://collectivelyfree.org/ Find (... More)
Episode 70 – Summer Fundraiser
16 Jun 2015 at 3:11am
SHOW NOTES Episode 70 (Air Date: JUNE 16, 2015) Well… It’s been a while since your last Fundraiser episode (or parody song, as you know the two always go hand-in-hand!) So here we are, getting back on our bikes and riding again! A huge thank you to to this month’s sponsors: – Cowspiracy – Lippy Girl – Sew Nerdy (... More)
Episode 69 – Interview: Melisser Elliott & the new Melisser.com!
29 May 2015 at 12:30am
Episode 69 (Air Date: May 29th, 2015) FINALLY we have Melisser Elliott on to talk about some of her past work including the award-winning (and now defunked) blog The Urban Housewife and her book The Vegan Girl’s Guide to Life. We get the scoop on where life has taken her since then, and how it’s all leading up to the upcoming launch of (... More)
Episode 68 – Interview: Dreena Burton on her newest book Plant-Powered Families
17 May 2015 at 3:56pm
Episode 68 (Air Date: May 18th, 2015) Laura sits down with Dreena Burton, author of The Everyday Vegan, Vive le Vegan, eat drink and be vegan, Let Them Eat Vegan, and the e-book Plant-Powered 15, to talk about her newest book Plant-Powered Families. Check out Dreena on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. And check out her website Plant-Powered (... More)
Episode 67 – We’re 3 Years Old!
9 May 2015 at 1:26am
Episode 67 (Air Date: May 9, 2015) Today Ben & Laura celebrate THREE YEARS of Big Fat Vegan Radio with an ALL-PURR episode! That’s right! No hisses on this joyous occasion! Just purrs! (Even if half of them about Morrissey!) Please be in touch and let us know what you thought of this episode! – CALL US: (315) VEGAN-01, that’s (... More)
Episode 66 – Interview: Kristin Lajeunesse, author of Will Travel for Vegan Food
25 Apr 2015 at 9:42pm
Episode 66 (Air Date: April 26, 2015) Laura sits down with Kristin Lajeunesse, author of Will Travel for Vegan Food to talk about her exciting new book and the 2 years of travel behind it. Check out Will Travel for Vegan Food on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. And keep updated on Kristin’s book tour and more via her website. Order (... More)
Episode 65 – Interview: Evolve For Animals (Annie Hudson)
19 Apr 2015 at 8:48am
Episode 65 (Air Date: April 19, 2015) Ben chats with Annie Hudson, the Social Media Director for Evolve For Animals. Annie shares with us about the work EFA is doing, as well as her FIVE TIPS for using Facebook effectively as a tool to advocate for animals!! Believe me, we ALL need these five tips! Evolve for Animals was founded in 2012 by educator (... More)
Episode 64 – Ugh! Is there dairy in this???
17 Apr 2015 at 1:39am
SHOW NOTES Episode 64 (Air Date: April 17th, 2015) Ben stars in a one man “who-done-it” as he recalls a mysterious marinara. Then he & Laura gush about all their new members (not to mention our wonderful long time members!) who made it possible for us to start doing weekly RuPaul’s Drag Race “RuCap” episodes… (... More)
Episode 63 – Interview: Dr. Stephen Kaufman of CVA
29 Mar 2015 at 4:37pm
Episode 63 (Air Date: March 29, 2015) Laura sits down with Stephen Kaufman of the Christian Vegetarian Association to talk about what it means to be a vegan with faith and how to address those religious relatives who ask us challenging questions. Check out CVA’s website and all the wonderful resources they have available there. Dr. Kaufman’s (... More)
Episode 62 – Interview: Damon Jacobs, HIV Prevention (PrEP)
19 Mar 2015 at 1:49pm
Episode 62 (Air Date: MARCH 19, 2015) This episode is going to seem a bit out of the ordinary. Today Ben is interviewing Damon L. Jacobs (Psychotherapist & PrEP Educator) about HIV Prevention. Did you know that we now have a pill that can actually PREVENT HIV infection by up to 99% when taken daily? If you didn’t know… Now you (... More)
Episode 61 – Happy Birthday Ben!!
8 Mar 2015 at 1:25pm
SHOW NOTES Episode 61 (Air Date: March 8th, 2015) Ben & Laura get their chat on in a serious way about Vegan Street Fair, the heartbreak of NYC’s loss of The Cinnamon Snail AND San Francisco’s scramble to kickstart a new location for Millennium, plus the legendary Ringling Brothers’ decision to phase out elephant acts and MORE. (... More)
Episode 60 – Interview: Jessica Schoech of Vegan Street Fair
16 Feb 2015 at 1:02pm
Episode 60 (Air Date: FEBRUARY 15, 2015) Laura sits down with Jessica Schoech from Vegan Street Fair!!! Like Vegan Street Fair on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, and Instagram Please be in touch and let us know what you thought of this episode! – CALL US: (315) VEGAN-01, that’s 315-834-2601 – EMAIL US: firstname.lastname@example.org -TWEET (... More)
Episode 59 – The Best of 2014 (Year in Review)
30 Jan 2015 at 10:29pm
SHOW NOTES Episode 59 (Air Date: JANUARY 31, 2015) Today’s episode starts off with a fun surprise. SURPRIIIIIIIISE! In this episode Ben & Laura start by talking about the highlights of 2014 both in their personal lives, and in the world of Animal Rights. Hang in there… You know Ben doesn’t tell short stories! As (... More)
Episode 58 – Happy New-Listener-Mail!
7 Jan 2015 at 6:14pm
SHOW NOTES Episode 58 (Air Date: JANUARY 7, 2015) You have been lovely. You have been patient. You have been both patient and lovely. That’s a rare combination. In this episode we finally — FINALLY — answer some long overdue listener voicemails! As always… – CALL US: (315) VEGAN-01, that’s 315-834-2601 – (... More)
Episode 57 – Interview: Kiki Adami (GustOrganics)
30 Dec 2014 at 5:37am
Episode 57 (Air Date: DECEMBER 30, 2014) Ben chars with Kiki Adami, manager of GustOrganics, a restaurant here in Manhattan that has been veganizing their menu and is now almost totally vegan! Check them out on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and Instagram. www.GustOrganics.com Twitter & IG: @GustOrganics BLOG: http://gustorganics.blogspot.com Please (... More)
Episode 56 – The NeverEnding Episode
9 Dec 2014 at 5:20am
SHOW NOTES Episode 56 (Air Date: DECEMBER 9, 2014) Ben & Laura battle some technical glitches as they try to bring you an episode in time for the holidays. We know. We’ve been irregular. It’s not because we don’t love you. In this episode we take on politicians trying out veganism, an update in the fight to ban horse carriages (... More)
Episode 55 – Interview: Thank the Turkeys with Kim Sturla!
15 Nov 2014 at 1:42pm
Episode 55 (Air Date: NOVEMBER 15, 2014) Laura sits down with Co-Founder and Executive Director at Animal Place Kim Sturla Chatting about turkeys, how to celebrate Thanksgiving right and their upcoming event Thank the Turkeys! Like Animal Place on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, and Instagram Please be in touch and let us know what you (... More)
Episode 54 – Happy Octoberween!
23 Oct 2014 at 2:05pm
SHOW NOTES Episode 54 (Air Date: OCTOBER 23, 2014) Today Laura & Ben get together for their first regular episode in a while. Thanks for your patience while BOTH of us moved into new apartments!! It’s been an ordeal, but we’re both ready to get back in the swing of bringing you more regular content. In this episode we talk about so (... More)
Episode 53: Interview – Murry Cohen & Rick Bogle (Vivisection at UW-Madison)
21 Sep 2014 at 12:04pm
SHOW NOTES Episode 53 (Air Date: SEPTEMBER 21, 2014) Today I spoke with Murry Cohen & Rick Bogle about Vivisection, and specifically the Maternal Detachment experiments being conducted on baby monkeys at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Murry Cohen is a psychiatrist living and practicing in Virginia who treats adults with depression and (... More)
Episode 52 – Interview: Cowspiracy (Kip Andersen)
27 Aug 2014 at 1:08pm
SHOW NOTES Episode 52 (Air Date: AUGUST 27, 2014) I am so excited to share this interview with you! Kip Andersen, one of the filmmakers behind the upcoming documentary “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret” took time to chat with Big Fat Vegan Radio about this groundbreaking new movie which you are sure to love (and to SHARE!) HELPFUL (... More)
Episode 51 – Summer Fundraiser!
13 Aug 2014 at 2:57am
SHOW NOTES Episode 51 (Air Date: AUGUST 13, 2014) OMG! It has been over TWO MONTHS since our last episode! Our apologies. As we will explain, it’s been a tough couple of months for each of us. But we’re back with a new fundraiser episode, tons of vegan love (yes, listener emails!), some special offers, and an awesome new DEBUT (... More)
Episode 50 – THE Michael Harren!
2 Jun 2014 at 1:34am
SHOW NOTES Episode 50 (Air Date: JUNE 2, 2014) Today Michael Harren dropped by right before Ben & Laura were supposed to record — so we made him our special guest co-host for a day! We had so much fun and BARELY stayed on task! You’re welcome! CHECK OUT MICHAEL’S KICKSTARTER so you can help him turn his show “Tentative (... More)
Episode 49 – Interview: Farming Humans
25 May 2014 at 4:13am
SHOW NOTES Episode 49 (Air Date: MAY 25, 2014) Ben is joined by Naomi Hiltz and Miles Shane of the upcoming documentary “Farming Humans”, a new documentary by Hiltz Squared Media that is going to turn the typical social experiment on its head when it takes 12 human volunteers and drops them into the lives of factory farmed animals. Hosted (... More)
Episode 48 – Interview: Alethea, Kid Vegan Chef, with special guests Tess Challis and her friend Faith!
5 May 2014 at 11:16pm
SHOW NOTES Episode 48 (Air Date: MAY 6, 2014) Laura sits down with Alethea, Kid Vegan Chef, her amazing mom Tess Challis, and her awesome friend Faith! Buy Tess’s books HERE Check out Get Waisted and Radiant Health, Inner Wealth Please be in touch and let us know what you thought of this episode! – CALL US: (315) VEGAN-01, that’s (... More)
Episode 47 – Our Two Year Anniversary!
1 May 2014 at 2:05am
SHOW NOTES Episode 47 (Air Date: MAY 1st, 2014) Uhmmm….. How did we make it to TWO YEARS already?!?!? Laura and Ben reminisce on some of their happiest memories of the podcast. Ben also announces some special plans in the works! Scroll down for details, and please be in touch and let us know what you thought of this episode! – (... More)
Episode 46- LADY TIME! Interview with Jamie J. Hagen
16 Apr 2014 at 11:48pm
SHOW NOTES Episode 46 (Air Date: APRIL 17, 2014) Laura sits down with Jamie J. Hagen to discuss VAGINAS. Just kidding. Well sort of but not really. Follow Jamie on Twitter! Check out all the amazing reusable menstrual products! The Diva Cup Lunapads Gladrags Reusable pads available on Etsy Vegansaurus’s must read: A Vegan Lady’s Guide to (... More)
Episode 45 – Can we stop animal testing already?! C’mon!
5 Apr 2014 at 10:56am
SHOW NOTES Episode 45 (Air Date: APRIL 5th, 2014) Spring is here! And so is a new episode of Big Fat Vegan Radio! Are you guys enjoying Drag Race as much as we are? OMG, YOU GUYS! Today Ben & Laura are discussing some new advances in the fight against animal testing, air our grievances with the vatican, and Ben makes a live call on the (... More)
Episode 44 – Interview: Our Hen House
27 Mar 2014 at 7:42am
SHOW NOTES Episode 44 (Air Date: MARCH 27th, 2014) INTERVIEW: Our Hen House with Jasmin Singer & Mariann Sullivan Has it been too long since our last interview episode? IT HAS??? I’m right on top of that, Rose! Today I interviewed Jasmin Singer & Mariann Sullivan from Our Hen House! For those who have been living under a rock, Our (... More)
Episode 43 – LIVE SHOW 2014!
22 Mar 2014 at 7:49pm
SHOW NOTES Episode 43 (Air Date: MARCH 22nd, 2014) (Date of Live Show: March 2nd, 2014) Woohoooooo!!!! It’s that time of year again! Time for the Big Fat Vegan LIVE SHOW, held this year at XES Lounge, with DJ Brian Kalinowski. XES Lounge 157 West 24th Street New York, NY PURRS & PURRS (That’s right… no hisses today!) Laura’s (... More)
Episode 42 – Love is in the Air!
20 Feb 2014 at 1:50pm
SHOW NOTES Episode 42 (Air Date: FEBRUARY 20th, 2014) Happy month of Love y’all! Ben and Laura discuss some depressing news but they manage to lighten the mood by making fun of each other and getting very excited about the NYCVFF 2014 and our live show coming up next weekend! Please be in touch and let us know what you thought of this episode! – (... More)
Episode 41 – Happy 2014!
31 Jan 2014 at 4:27am
SHOW NOTES Episode 41 (Air Date: JANUARY 31, 2014) Happy New Year, peoples! Lots of new things to talk about, a few shenanigans, and a BIG FAT ANNOUNCEMENT at the end of this episode, so be sure to listen to the whole thing! PLUS — Ben has probably never been so excited to share a musical guest as he is in this episode, so indulge him and (... More)
Episode 40 – Interview: Toni Okamoto of Plant Based on a Budget
25 Jan 2014 at 9:30pm
SHOW NOTES Episode 40 (Air Date: JANUARY 26, 2014) Laura sits down with Toni Okamoto to discuss her wonderful blog Plant Based on a Budget Check out “7 Ways to Eat Good on a Hood Budget” by Stic of Dead Prez here. Food plans for the budget challenge can be found here. Toni also works for one of our favorite farm animal sanctuaries Animal (... More)
Episode 39 – Interview: David Karopkin (GooseWatch NYC)
2 Jan 2014 at 9:32pm
SHOW NOTES: Episode 39 (Air Date: JANUARY 3, 2014) Ben interviews David Karopkin, founder of GooseWatch NYC about his efforts to stop the killing of New York City’s Canada geese. David was born and raised in NYC. He founded GooseWatch NYC in 2011 to call attention to New York City’s policy of killing Canada geese in public parks and (... More)
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