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"Our Hen House produces resources that you can use in order to find your own way to change the world for animals. Using video, audio, interviews, reviews, and the written word, it provides daily updates on what you need to create change. Changemakers come in all shapes and sizes -- artists, grassroots activists, academics, lawyers, students, business moguls, media darlings, etc. No matter what your niche is, Our Hen House aims to give you what you need to be part of a new world for animals." - Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan

Our Hen House also has a TV Show and an Online Magazine.

Episode 393: Tom Regan, Emily Deschanel, & Sherry Colb!
22 Jul 2017 at 12:01am
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Episode 392: Pamela Fergusson, Alka Chandna
15 Jul 2017 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 392nd episode of Our Hen House!  Jasmin interviews vegan registered dietitian  Pamela Fergusson, Ph.D.  (whom you’ll remember from Episode 359) about the disturbing trend of fat shaming, especially in the vegan movement. Pamela stresses the importance of seeing veganism as a social justice issue and that shame has no place (... More)
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Episode 391: Richard H. Schwartz, Janet Kearney, Liz Holtz
8 Jul 2017 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 391st episode of Our Hen House, featuring interviews with three activists working in their communities to change the world for animals! Mariann interviews Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of the College of Staten Island, about his latest book, Who Stole My Religion? Revitalizing Judaism and Applying Jewish Values to Help (... More)
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Episode 390: Singer, Coston, Potter!
1 Jul 2017 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 390th episode of Our Hen House!  As you know, the Our Hen House podcast has gone on the air every single week since January 2010. We’ll soon have 400 episodes! That’s quite a library, if we do say so ourselves! Knowing what a treasure trove of information those interviews are, we picked out three of our favorites for each (... More)
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Episode 389: Jessica Pierce, JL Fields
24 Jun 2017 at 12:01am
Jessica Pierce, Photo by Mike Oliver Welcome to the 389th episode of Our Hen House!  Mariann interviews Jessica Pierce, Ph.D. about her latest book, co-authored with Marc Bekoff, entitled The Animals’ Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age. They write: To do better in our responsibilities toward animals, we must do what we (... More)
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Episode 388: Julie Piatt, Audrey Sanchez
17 Jun 2017 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 388th episode of Our Hen House!  Jasmin interviews Julie Piatt, plant-based chef, singer-songwriter, yogi, sculptor, painter, spiritual guide, and homeschooling parent to four children. Julie shares her thoughts on spirituality, innovation, and her latest book, This Cheese Is Nuts: Delicious Vegan Cheese at Home.  Mariann talks with (... More)
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Episode 387: Harish Sethu; Scarlett Ortega and Olivia Rivers Samson
10 Jun 2017 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 387th episode of Our Hen House!  Mariann Sullivan interviews Harish Sethu, professor and researcher at Drexel University in the areas of data science and social computing. Harish also serves as volunteer director of the Humane League Labs, the research arm of The Humane League. He explains the importance of good statistical practices (... More)
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Episode 386: lauren Ornelas and Mark Hawthorne
3 Jun 2017 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 386th episode of Our Hen House!  We’re doing something a little different on this week’s show. Jasmin interviews both members of power couple lauren Ornelas and Mark Hawthorne. For over 30 years, lauren has been active in the animal rights movement. Ten years ago, she founded the Food Empowerment Project and she currently (... More)
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Episode 385: Damien Mander and Christie Lagally
27 May 2017 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 385th episode of Our Hen House!  Mariann interviews anti-poaching crusader Damien Mander, founder (and funder) of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation, dedicated to the protection of wildlife in some of the world’s most volatile regions. Damien’s personal evolution led him to veganism and to recognize the need for (... More)
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Episode 384: Sunaura Taylor, also Damien Clarkson and Judy Nadel
20 May 2017 at 12:01am
Photo by Erik McGregor Welcome to the 384th episode of Our Hen House!  Mariann interviews artist, writer, and activist Sunaura Taylor, whose new book, Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation, explores the intersection of disability studies and animal ethics. She defines ‘ableism’ and its impact on animals, discusses tensions (... More)
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Episode 383: Kartick Satyanarayan, and Michael Suchman and Ethan Ciment
13 May 2017 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 383rd episode of Our Hen House!  Mariann interviews long-time wildlife protector Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder and chairman of Wildlife SOS and head of its anti-poaching unit, Forest Watch. His many successes include the rescue and rehabilitation of sloth bears (see close friend in photo), abolition of the dancing bear practice, (... More)
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Episode 382: Jo-Anne McArthur; and Miyoko Schinner, Kyle Knies, and Katie Cantrell
6 May 2017 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 382nd episode of Our Hen House!  Mariann is joined by award-winning photographer, author, and educator Jo-Anne McArthur ,  who recently released the We Animals Archive as a free resource for educators and the animal protection movement. This amazing collection features thousands of Jo-Anne’s photographs of animals, including (... More)
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Episode 381: Ethan Brown, and Maya Gottfried
29 Apr 2017 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 381st episode of Our Hen House!  Mariann welcomes Ethan Brown, Founder and CEO of Beyond Meat. Ethan’s appreciation for animals and agriculture has a long history and was shaped by his father, a professor, conservationist, and hobby farmer. Ethan became convinced years ago that changing the protein on our plate from animals (... More)
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Episode 380: Carol Adams, Patti Breitman, and Virginia Messina; and Ken Spector
22 Apr 2017 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 380th episode of Our Hen House!  Jasmin welcomes Carol Adams, Patti Breitman, and Virginia Messina, whose new book is Even Vegans Die: A Practical Guide to Caregiving, Acceptance, and Protecting Your Legacy of Compassion. By facing our mortality, the authors argue that we can build a stronger and more compassionate community. By (... More)
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Episode 379: Katrina Fox, and Tobias Leenaert
15 Apr 2017 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 379th episode of Our Hen House!  Our Hen House went around the world for this episode! Jasmin welcomes Katrina Fox, award-winning Australian journalist, author, PR consultant, media trainer, editor of vegan business blog, host of the Vegan Business Talk podcast, and author of Vegan Ventures: Start and Grow an Ethical Business, the (... More)
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Episode 378: Justin Goodman, and Shannon Kimball
8 Apr 2017 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 378th episode of Our Hen House!  Mariann welcomes Justin Goodman, Vice President of Advocacy and Public Policy at the White Coat Waste Project. White Coat Waste works with both political parties to tackle animal experimentation as an issue of wasteful government spending. Justin talks about the latest legislation this group has introduced (... More)
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Episode 377: Jennifer Jacquet, and Simone Reyes
1 Apr 2017 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 377th episode of Our Hen House!  Mariann interviews Jennifer Jacquet , assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at NYU and part of the Animal Studies Initiative. Jennifer is  the author of Is Shame Necessary? New Uses for an Old Tool, which makes a case for why shame is often a weapon of choice in a highly globalized (... More)
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Episode 376: Barbara J. King, and Keith McHenry
25 Mar 2017 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 376th episode of Our Hen House!  Mariann interviews Barbara J. King ,  emerita professor of anthropology at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, currently a full-time freelance science writer. Barbara is a frequent guest on national and international radio shows discussing matters of animal cognition, emotion, (... More)
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Episode 375: Lori Marino, and Catherine Kelaher
18 Mar 2017 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 375th episode of Our Hen House!  Mariann interviews Lori Marino about her recent review of the psychology, behavior, and emotions of of chickens. Lori is a neuroscientist and expert in animal behavior and intelligence, formerly on the faculty of Emory University. She is the founder and Executive Director of The Kimmela Center for (... More)
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Episode 374: Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn, and Ryan Phillips
11 Mar 2017 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 374th episode of Our Hen House!  Mariann interviews Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn about What the Health, the groundbreaking follow-up film from the creators of the award-winning documentary Cowspiracy. With heart disease and cancer the leading causes of death in America, and diabetes at an all-time high, the film reveals possibly (... More)
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Episode 373: Gary Smith and Kezia Jauron, and Bobbi Jo Forte
4 Mar 2017 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 373rd episode of Our Hen House!  We shake things up on this episode! Jasmin interviews featured guests Gary Smith and Kezia Jauron, the power couple behind the public relations agency Evolotus, celebrating its 10th year! By generating positive media coverage for animal issues, Evolotus serves a unique niche in the movement and (... More)
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Episode 372: Christie Lagally and Tracye McQuirter
25 Feb 2017 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 372nd episode of Our Hen House!  Mariann welcomes Christie Lagally, Senior Scientist at The Good Food Institute. Christie uses her engineering background to help her team understand the science of cellular and acellular agriculture, plant-based meat extruders, and many other necessary technical topics. She recently helped produce (... More)
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Episode 371: Siobhan O’Sullivan and Zoe Novic
18 Feb 2017 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 371st episode of Our Hen House!  Photo by Quentin Jones Mariann welcomes Dr. Siobhan O’Sullivan, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Siobhan specializes in the politics of animal rights and the animal protection movement, and has published extensively including the books ‘Animals, (... More)
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Episode 370: Carter Dillard and Richard Bowie (Correct File)
11 Feb 2017 at 1:53pm
Welcome to the 370th episode of Our Hen House!  Mariann welcomes Carter Dillard, Director of Litigation for the Animal Legal Defense Fund and President of She talks with him about his work with Having Kids, about the ethics of having kids, and how this relates to the animal rights movement. You’ll find lots of food for thought (... More)
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Episode 369: Rosie Wardle and Richard Bowie
4 Feb 2017 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 369th episode of Our Hen House!  Mariann welcomes Rosie Wardle, who manages investor engagements at FAIRR, which stands for Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return. FAIRR, which is an initiative of the Jeremy Coller Foundation has already, since its founding in 2015, begun to influence the decisions of investors controlling trillions (... More)
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Episode 368: Michele Simon of the Plant Based Foods Association; Raffaella Ciavatta and Lili Trenkova of Collectively Free
28 Jan 2017 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 368th episode of Our Hen House!  Mariann talks this week with Michele Simon, Executive Director of the Plant Based Foods Association, whose mission is to ensure a fair and competitive marketplace for businesses selling plant-based foods that replace animal products. Michele is a lawyer with 20 years of experience in food and beverage (... More)
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Episode 367: Eddie Garza, Senior Manager of Food & Nutrition at HSUS, and Katie Cantrell, Executive Director of the FFAC
21 Jan 2017 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 367th episode of Our Hen House!  Mariann welcomes Eddie Garza, Senior Manager of Food and Nutrition at the Humane Society of the United States. Eddie is a leader in the movement to reform food systems in Latino communities and his ¡Salud! Vegan Mexican Cookbook is full of creative recipes for all levels. He talks about his outreach, (... More)
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Episode 366: “To V or Not To V?” Jasmin and Mariann Answer The Question
14 Jan 2017 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 366th episode of Our Hen House!  In this special episode, Jasmin and Mariann reply to a budding vegan’s innermost thoughts, concerns, and confusions about veganism and animal rights. (You’ll want reluctant friends and family to hear this one!) Dear Diary, I’m thinking of going vegan but I’m concerned about protein (... More)
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Episode 365: Artist Sue Coe, and Elementary-School Activist Lula Greenfield Herold
7 Jan 2017 at 12:01am
Happy New Year and welcome to the 365th episode of Our Hen House! Yes, you can now listen to an episode EVERY DAY for an entire year! And there are many more to come in 2017! Mariann welcomes world-renowned artist  Sue Coe ,   whose most recent book is entitled The Animals’ Vegan Manifesto. In her extraordinary images, Sue’s advocacy (... More)
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Episode 364: Allison Rivers Samson & Michelle Cehn, Julian Nicholson, and Atania Gilmore
31 Dec 2016 at 12:01am
Michelle Cehn and Allison Rivers Samson Welcome to the 364th episode of Our Hen House! In this final episode of 2016, Our Hen House gives you even more reasons to celebrate the work of activists for animals. Mariann interviews Allison Rivers Samson and Michelle Cehn about their 12-day Dairy Detox program that will help everyone live and love the (... More)
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Episode 363: Noah Gittell on 2016 at the Movies, and Victoria Moran, Sexiest Vegan over 50!
24 Dec 2016 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 363rd episode of Our Hen House! Mariann welcomes Noah Gittell, film critic, essayist, and freelancer for hire, to talk about the trends for animals in films of 2016. You won’t want to miss his analysis of what this may mean  animals. And you may decide to watch a film or two to ring in the new year!       Jasmin interviews (... More)
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Episode 362: John P. Gluck, and Jane Land and Clea Grady of Veganuary
17 Dec 2016 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 362nd episode of Our Hen House! Mariann interviews John P. Gluck, professor emeritus of psychology and senior advisor to the president on animal research ethics and welfare at the University of New Mexico. He is also research professor of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University and coauthor of The Human Use of (... More)
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Episode 361: Social Psychologist Jared Piazza, and Filmmaker Liz Marshall
10 Dec 2016 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 361st episode of Our Hen House! Mariann has a deep conversation with Jared Piazza, Lecturer in Social Psychology and member of the Moral Cognition and Behaviour Lab at Lancaster University in the UK. Jared focuses mainly on issues in moral psychology, including questions about the way people think about the moral value of animals. (... More)
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Episode 360: Ari Solomon of Mercy for Animals, and Brianna Krejchi of the Penn Vegan Society
3 Dec 2016 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 360th episode of Our Hen House! Mariann talks in depth with Ari Solomon, vice president of communications at Mercy For Animals about the recent film “Andy Goes In” and the evolving function of undercover investigations. Ari shares current best practices for communications strategy in farmed animal advocacy, as well (... More)
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Episode 359: Uma Valeti of Memphis Meats, and Pamela Fergusson, Vegan RD
26 Nov 2016 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 359th episode of Our Hen House! Mariann‘s guest this week has been in the news quite a lot recently. A cardiologist by training, Uma Valeti is now laser focused on advancing the commercial viability of real meat farmed directly from animal cells, sometimes called clean or cultured meat, as  the CEO and co-founder of Memphis Meats. (... More)
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Episode 358: Bruce A. Wagman on Horses, and Author Midge Raymond
19 Nov 2016 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 358th episode of Our Hen House! Mariann interviews Bruce A. Wagman, partner with the Schiff Hardin law firm in San Francisco, consultant for numerous animal protection organizations (including Front Range Equine Rescue), and professor at three law schools in the Bay Area. Bruce brings us up to date on issues involving horses – (... More)
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Episode 357: Marc Ching of the Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation, and Ben Freedland of ZINK
12 Nov 2016 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 357th episode of Our Hen House! Mariann welcomes Marc Ching, founder of the Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation, whose mission, when it started out, was to rescue and rehabilitate severely abused animals in the Los Angeles area. Marc has recently expanded this mission to include documenting the cruelty and rescuing dogs from (... More)
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Episode 356: Adit Romano of Freedom Farm Sanctuary, and Anna Starostinetskaya of VegNews
5 Nov 2016 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 356th episode of Our Hen House! This week, Mariann welcomes Adit Romano, co-founder, with Meital Ben Ari, of Freedom Farm Sanctuary, the first of its kind in Israel. Freedom Farm Sanctuary’s mission is to create a change of consciousness in the way humans view the earth, animals, and, just as importantly, themselves. Adit tells (... More)
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Episode 355: Kale and Aubry Walch of The Herbivorous Butcher, and Activist Kelly Lehman
29 Oct 2016 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 355th episode of Our Hen House! This week, Mariann‘s got Kale … and Aubry Walch, the brother and sister duo who not only use knives in the same space, they also co-founded The Herbivorous Butcher, bringing their small-batch, locally-sourced, all-natural, all-vegan meat alternatives to the Minneapolis masses and to the (... More)
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Episode 354: Author and Activist Ren Hurst, and Michael Harren and The Animal Show!
22 Oct 2016 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 354th episode of Our Hen House! This week, Mariann interviews Ren Hurst, former horse trainer and author of Riding On the Power of Others: A Horsewoman’s Path to Unconditional Love. After several major shifts in perspective, she left the professional world of horses to start the New World Sanctuary Foundation in southern Oregon (... More)
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Episode 353: Author and Film Studies Professor Anat Pick, and Vegan Black Metal Chef!
15 Oct 2016 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 353rd episode of Our Hen House! Anat Pick This week, Mariann welcomes featured guest Anat Pick, author of the latest from our very own Hen Press, Maureen, as well as other works on animal ethics, especially in film. You may remember that Anat is a film studies professor, so you’ll want to (re-)listen to her talk about animal (... More)
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Episode 352: Eleni Vlachos on #Comments, and Peter Singer’s “Ethics in the Real World” reviewed by Matt Ball
8 Oct 2016 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 352nd episode of Our Hen House! This week, Jasmin interviews animal activist, musician and filmmaker Eleni Vlachos about her latest project, #Comments – a film series portraying verbatim comments from online articles acted out as characters. Eleni started the series to address the inhumanity of our online behavior in a humorous (... More)
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Episode 351: Paul Shapiro of The Humane Society of the United States, and Philanthropist Ariel Nessel
1 Oct 2016 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 351st episode of Our Hen House! This week, Mariann welcomes featured guest Paul Shapiro, vice president of farm animal protection at The Humane Society of the United States, the nation’s largest animal protection organization. Paul is also the founder of Compassion Over Killing, and the author of a forthcoming book on the cultured (... More)
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Episode 350: Alex Hershaft, Colleen Holland, and Ian McDonald
24 Sep 2016 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 350th episode of Our Hen House! Our Hen House is honored to bring you our interview with Dr. Alex Hershaft, President of Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) and a founding father of the U.S. movement for animal rights as a whole. Born in Warsaw, Poland shortly before World War II began, Alex survived Nazi persecution and sought refuge (... More)
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Episode 349: Nicole Green of AnimaLearn, and writer Nzinga Young
17 Sep 2016 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 349th episode of Our Hen House! This week, Mariann talks about taking the cruel out of school with featured guest Nicole Green, Director of Animalearn, an educational program of the American Anti-Vivisection Society. Animalearn is working to eliminate the use of animals in education and is dedicated to helping educators and students (... More)
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Episode 348: Lawyer, Professor, Author, David J. Wolfson; Runner, Blogger, Cancer Survivor, Scott Spitz
10 Sep 2016 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 348th episode of Our Hen House! You’re going to love this episode! And you’re going to learn a lot too. First up, Jasmin takes a “run” with Scott Spitz, the always thoughtful and eloquent Run Vegan blogger, cancer survivor, and running coach.  Mariann interviews fellow lawyer and animal law professor David (... More)
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Episode 347: Michael Harren, Bronwen Dickey, and Leinana Two Moons
3 Sep 2016 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 347th episode of Our Hen House! In this week’s episode, we squawk about perfect pit bulls, vegan bacon, and Our Hen House’s new gift – by and for the flock!  First up, Jasmin rambles with Michael Harren  about his latest happenings and the making of the new Our Hen House bumper sticker. Looks great on everything (... More)
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Episode 346: Ellie Donohue-Miller, Kathy Freston, and a Review of Neil Abramson’s “Just Life” from Piper Hoffman
27 Aug 2016 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 346th episode of Our Hen House! Kathy Freston, Top Dog Trixi, and Jasmin Singer Another fantastic episode in store for you this week! First up, Jasmin talks with Ellie Donohue-Miller about The Animal Activist Support Line. Ellie was inspired to create this project after seeing countless activists leave the movement and after personally (... More)
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Episode 345: Dr. Ethan Ciment, Alexis Fox and Micah Risk, and Emily Moran Barwick
20 Aug 2016 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 345th episode of Our Hen House! This week’s episode is packed with all kinds of goodness! Jasmin rambles with Dr. Ethan Ciment (one half of the Vegan Mos). He reports on PCRM’s 2016 International Conference on Nutrition in Medicine, a teachable moment, and possibilities for change.  Next up, Mariann interviews Alexis (... More)
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Episode 344: A Rose by a New Name with Guest Host Michael Harren
13 Aug 2016 at 12:01am
Welcome to the 344th episode of Our Hen House! Michael Harren takes the mic as guest host this week to talk with the artist formerly known as Lila Rose. She now goes by the name ANML to better reflect the focus of her music. She shares two songs on this episode: “All The Beauty” and “We Animals.” You’ll be moved and (... More)
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