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Our Hen House

250 episodes in the feed.

 

"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 258: “One day we will see our animals again in eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all God’s creatures.”
    20 Dec 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 257: “This dream today embattled, With its back against the wall – To save the dream for one, It must be saved for all.”
    Welcome to the 257th episode of Our Hen House, featuring interviews with Giacomo Marchese and Dani Taylor of PlantBuilt, and Alokparna Sengupta of Humane Society International/India. On today's episode, we'll talk about our newest addition to our already-weird morning drink; our new adventures in a very painful healing art; and how annoying it is when (... More)
    13 Dec 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 256: “Opinions are made to be changed — or how is truth to be got at?”
    Welcome to the 256th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Ingrid Newkirk, with a review by the Vegan Mos’ Ethan Ciment and Michael Suchman. On today's episode, we discuss a new study (from Humane Research Council) that details why ex-vegans have fallen off the wagon. We'll tell you about a news show we were on to talk Tofurky; we'll give you the (... More)
    6 Dec 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 255: “In every age, no matter how cruel the oppression carried on by those in power, there have been those who struggled for a different world…”
    Welcome to the 255th episode of Our Hen House, a place to find our way to change the world for animals. Today, we have a super special round of highlights from the Our Hen House TV show, a co-production with Brooklyn Independent Media. Not only do our guests speak about their inspiring activism, they also sing about it! Get ready to enjoy the animal (... More)
    29 Nov 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 254: “Thanksgiving dinner’s sad and thankless; Christmas dinner’s dark and blue; When you stop and try to see it; From the turkey’s point of view.”
    Welcome to the 254th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Piper Hoffman, with a review by Ari Solomon, plus a special appearance by Karen Dawn. In today's episode, Mariann and I will let you know what it's like to be back in the TV studio again shooting Our Hen House TV — a co-production with Brooklyn Independent Media. We'll give you a glimpse (... More)
    22 Nov 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 253: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
    Welcome to the 253rd episode of Our Hen House, featuring Kim Stallwood, with a review by Danielle Legg, and a special memorial to Sue Eakin. On today's episode, we discuss seeing the world through new glasses; a theater class gone wrong; our experiences speaking at the most recent Main Street Vegan Academy and being on the host committee of the Mercy (... More)
    15 Nov 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 252: “…I love not Man the less, but Nature more.”
    Welcome to the 252nd episode of Our Hen House, featuring Marla Rose, with a review by Alessandra Seiter, and a special appearance by James McWilliams . In today's episode, we'll give you the skinny on everything from conflicting feelings about carousels, to vegan-hating pickle-eaters, to flesh-consuming zombie actors. Joining us for our “Rising (... More)
    8 Nov 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 251: “Trying to regulate climate change without touching the meat industry is like trying to curb the obesity crisis without confronting, well, the meat industry.”
    Welcome to the 251st episode of Our Hen House, featuring JL Fields, with a review by Ari Solomon, and a special appearance by Our Hen House’s own Anne Green. In today's episode, we discuss why we were so excited to run into our favorite web series star at a vegan cafe; where experiential learning plays a role in teaching animal law; ignorant people (... More)
    1 Nov 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 250: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better.”
    Welcome to the 250th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Sharon Gannon and Alessandra Seiter . On today's very special 250th episode, we chat about where veganism has come since we started recording five years ago, and where we see it going. Speaking of time markers, it's Jasmin’s birthday this week, and we expect you to be as excited as she (... More)
    25 Oct 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 249: “This may only be a dream of mine, but I think it can be made real.”
    Welcome to the 249th episode of Our Hen House, a place to find our way to change the world for animals. It's that time again: time for another highlights reel of our favorite interviews from the Our Hen House TV show, a co-production with Brooklyn Independent Media. We'll share with you the activist — and in some cases culinary — wisdom (... More)
    18 Oct 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 248: “You can judge the morality of a nation by how well it treats its animals.”
    Welcome to the 248th episode of Our Hen House, featuring anti-vivisectionist Dr. Murry Cohen and film critic Noah Gittell. In today's episode, we ruminate on everything from our handyman who told us that rodents “serve no purpose,” to folks who proclaim that cosmetics shouldn't be tested on animals but on prisoners instead, to what we think you should (... More)
    11 Oct 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 247: “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.”
    Welcome to the 247th episode of Our Hen House, featuring mini-interviews with Philadelphia activists Rachel Atcheson and Corey Waters; the guests of Lantern Books‘ 15th anniversary party — Martin Rowe, Kara Davis , Cathy Berlot, Christine Frietchen, and Kimatni Rawlins; and a review by Ethan Ciment and Michael Suchman of the new cookbook The (... More)
    4 Oct 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 246: “In order to change something, don’t struggle to change the existing model. Create a new model, and make the old one obsolete.”
    Welcome to the 245th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Rich Hoyle of The Pig Preserve and a review of the Better Booze Festival by our very own Danielle Legg. In today's episode, we talk about two new fast food chains and the recent vegan offerings on their menus; whether we have the capability of having fun; and why Mariann recently found herself (... More)
    27 Sep 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 245: “We’re under some gross misconception that we’re a good species, going somewhere important, and that at the last minute we’ll correct our errors and God will smile on us. It’s delusion.”
    Welcome to the 245th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Wayne Hsiung [transcript], with a special review by Ethan Ciment and Michael Suchman. On today's episode, we tell you about a dog on Broadway, a vegan Philly cheesesteak in Brooklyn (Marty’s Vegan Fast Food!), a disappointing coffee outing, a new reclaimed piece of furniture that is changing (... More)
    20 Sep 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 244: “Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.”
    Welcome to the 244th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Deirdre “Little Darling” Franklin [transcript]. In today's episode, we are back with the banter and news that you know and love — and sometimes hate — us for. We'll chat about why Mariann is comparing herself to France, we'll squawk about famous pit bull puppies, and we'll ruminate (... More)
    13 Sep 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 243: “Poor animals, how jealously they guard their bodies, for to us is merely an evening’s meal, but to them is life itself.”
    Welcome to the 243rd episode of Our Hen House, a place to find our way to change the world for animals. Today we're bringing you more of our favorite interviews from the Our Hen House TV Show, a co-production with Brooklyn Independent Media. You'll hear from five powerful changemaking women, including wildlife rehabilitator Adair Moran [transcript], (... More)
    6 Sep 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 242: “People often say that humans have always eaten animals, as if this is a justification for continuing the practice. According to this logic, we should not try to prevent people from murdering other people, since this has also been done since the earliest of times.”
    Welcome to the 242nd episode of Our Hen House, featuring two cookbook reviews by Ethan Ciment and Michael Suchman, and Alessandra Seiter. Today's show is the second and final in our two-part series all about every vegan's favorite topic: food! We'll hear from Ethan Ciment and Michael Suchman of Vegan Mos, who have a little something to say about Afro (... More)
    30 Aug 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 241: “It is a kind of theological folly to suppose that God has made the entire world just for human beings, or to suppose that God is interested in only one of the millions of species that inhabit God’s good earth.”
    Welcome to the 241st episode of Our Hen House, featuring two very foodie reviews by Alessandra Seiter [transcript], and Ethan Ciment and Michael Suchman. This episode will kick off our two-part series of (vegan) food, (vegan) food, and more (vegan) food! Both of these shows are sure to get your tastebuds tingling with reviews of nightstand-worthy vegan (... More)
    23 Aug 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 240: “The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.”
    Welcome to the 240th episode of Our Hen House, featuring David Bronner [transcript], with a special review by Danielle Legg. Today's show will rock your world of vegan skincare and beauty products, while at the same time fulfilling your daily quota for near-psychedelic experiences. We'll start by hearing from David Bronner, a fifth-generation soapmaker (... More)
    16 Aug 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 239: “Often it does seem a pity that Noah and his party didn’t miss the boat. Heaven is by favor; if it were by merit, your dog would go to heaven and you would stay out!”
    Welcome to the 239th episode of Our Hen House, featuring a thoughtful interview with the man behind Germany's Albert Schweitzer Foundation, Mahi Klosterhalfen [transcript], and a special review by Alessandra Seiter, who is giving us her take on the new book Choosing Raw by Gena Hamshaw. You can listen to our podcast directly on our website (beneath (... More)
    9 Aug 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 238: “The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.”
    Welcome to the 238th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Mickey Z [transcript], with a special review by Alessandra Seiter.  In today’s episode, we discuss almond milk, ex-vegans, preachy vegans, preachy ex-vegans, and animal agriculture’s most recent “Rising Anxieties.” Joining us today is activist and writer, Mickey Z, who (... More)
    2 Aug 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 237: “If a rabbit defined intelligence the way man does, then the most intelligent animal would be a rabbit, followed by the animal most willing to obey the commands of a rabbit.”
    Welcome to the 237th episode of Our Hen House, a place to find our way to change the world for animals. Today's super special show is our third reel of highlights from the Our Hen House TV show, a co-production with Brooklyn Independent Media. We'll bring you interviews with Rachel Winard [transcript], Melanie Joy [transcript], Charles Siebert [transcript], (... More)
    26 Jul 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 236: “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
    Welcome to the 236th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn [transcript], with special reviews by Noah Gittell and Alessandra Seiter.  In today's episode, we squawk about Brooklyn's weekly food festival (which — lucky for the animals — is very vegan friendly), how extremely annoying gluten-free doughnuts can be, (... More)
    19 Jul 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 235: “There is no religion without love, and people may talk as much as they like about their religion, but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to man and beast, it is all a sham.”
    Welcome to the 235th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Lizbeth Pratt [transcript], with a special review by Amanda Crow.  On today's episode, we chat about scoring free stuff on the street, Mariann's latest foray into ethically-sourced clothing, the concept of “freedom” and what that might mean for animals, the latest stupidity caused by the horse (... More)
    12 Jul 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 234: “Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”
    Welcome to the 234th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Julia Orr [transcript], with a special appearance by Alessandra Seiter. On today's episode, we squawk about everything from gay pride and vegan pride, to how to strategize as social justice activists. There's lots of “Rising Anxieties” today, too. Joining us is Julia Orr, who is currently curating (... More)
    5 Jul 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 233: “People are fed by the food industry, which pays no attention to health, and are treated by the health industry, which pays no attention to food.”
    Welcome to the 233rd episode of Our Hen House, featuring Colleen Patrick-Goudreau [transcript], with a special review by Ari Solomon.  On today's episode, we discuss vegan weddings, a big Broadway show with an even bigger animal message, and what we regret — and why. We'll also chat about the homophobia in NYC's horse-drawn carriage industry, (... More)
    28 Jun 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 232: “Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victim he intends to eat, until he eats them.”
    Welcome to the 232nd episode of Our Hen House, featuring Matt Ball [transcript], with special guest Noah Gittell. In today's episode, we will squawk about pushy canvassers and what we can learn from them; overusing certain buzz words within animal rights; and we'll give you  lots of “Rising Anxieties” too — including a snarky article talking about (... More)
    21 Jun 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 231: “I know of only one duty and that is to love.”
    Welcome to the 231st episode of Our Hen House, a place to find our way to change the world for animals. In today’s episode, we bring you another installment of highlights from recent interviews on the Our Hen House TV Show, a co-production with Brooklyn Independent Media, with special guests Rose McCoy, Annie & Dan Shannon [transcript of (... More)
    14 Jun 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 230: “People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.”
    Welcome to the 230th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Dr. Richard Oppenlander  [transcript], with special appearances by Keri Cronin , Laurie Morrison , John Schlimm , Lucas Solowey , and Ali Bisram — as well as a very special review by Danielle Legg . In today's episode, we come to you from St. Catharine's, Ontario, where we (... More)
    7 Jun 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 229: “Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.”
    Welcome to the 229th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Jessika Ava [transcript] and Martin Rowe [transcript]. In today's episode, we talk about what's going through people's heads when they apologize to you as they explain how much they love eating animals. We'll chat about Jasmin’s recent theater workshop and what it taught her about oppressive (... More)
    31 May 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 228: “The world is a dangerous place to live — not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” 
    Welcome to the 228th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Ellen Jaffe Jones [transcript], with a special review by Ethan Ciment and Michael Suchman.  On today’s episode — and, warning, we’re downright loopy today — we squawk about oppressive shirt messages that suck; what our Brooklyn neighborhood is doing that yours probably (... More)
    24 May 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 227: “One must always be aware, to notice — even though the cost of noticing is to become responsible.”
    Steve Wise of the Nonhuman Animal Rights Projects — Photo courtesy of “Unlocking the Cage” by Pennebaker Hegedus Films Welcome to the 227th episode of the Our Hen House podcast, featuring D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus [transcript], with special guest Noah Gittell [transcript].   In today’s episode, we share our thoughts on (... More)
    17 May 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 226: “Man, do not pride yourself on your superiority to the animals, for they are without sin, while you, with all your greatness, you defile the earth wherever you appear and leave an ignoble trail behind you — and that is true, alas, for almost every one of us!”
    Welcome to the 226th episode of Our Hen House, a place to find our way to change the world for animals. In today's episode, we will bring you highlights from recent interviews on the Our Hen House TV show, a co-production with Brooklyn Independent Media, with special guests Myq Kaplan, Ella Nemcova [transcript of Myq Kaplan and Ella Nemcova], Leanne (... More)
    10 May 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 225: “Re-examine all that you have been told… dismiss that which insults your soul.”
    Laura Theodore and Elizabeth Castoria Welcome to the 225th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Laura Theodore [transcript] and Elizabeth Castoria [transcript]. On today’s episode, Jasmin has a very big announcement to make about a massive new project she’s taking on. Plus, we will chat about whether we’re betraying vegankind by being (... More)
    3 May 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 224: “Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.”
    Welcome to the 224th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Leena Ledermann, Britta Chamberlain, Gieri Bolliger, Jonas Vollmer, Michael Moor, and Ruairi Donnelly [transcript of all interviews]. Today’s episode is Part II of a II Part Series exploring the conference, The Animal Turn and the Law, held in Basel, Switzerland earlier this month. (Don’t (... More)
    26 Apr 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 223: “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”
    Welcome to the 223rd episode of Our Hen House, featuring Saskia Stucki, Livia Boscardin, Maneesha Deckha, Steven M. Wise, Katie Sykes, Natasha Dolezal, Kathy Hessler, and Margo DeMello [transcript of all interviews]. Today’s episode is Part I of a II Part Series exploring the conference, The Animal Turn and the Law, held in Basel, Switzerland (... More)
    19 Apr 2014 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 222: “Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise.”
    Welcome to the 222nd episode of Our Hen House, featuring Dave Neale [transcript] and Alessandra Seiter [transcript].  In today's episode, we squawk about thrift stores, Doris Day on vinyl, and an environmental organization that is finally taking the plunge and discussing the extreme toll that animal production takes on our planet. Plus, there's lots (... More)
    12 Apr 2014 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 221: “Atrocities are no less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called medical research.”
    Photo: Rabbitron Welcome to the 221st episode of Our Hen House, featuring Tracy Martin [transcript], with a special review from the guys from Vegan Mos — Ethan Ciment and Michael Suchman. In today's episode, we will squawk about Vegan Drinks, poems about chickens, and the latest on the new Our Hen House TV show. We'll also chat about chocolate, (... More)
    5 Apr 2014 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 220: “Vegetarianism is my statement. And I think it’s a strong one.”
    Photo: http://www.estherthewonderpig.com/ Welcome to the 220th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Esther the Wonder Pig (actually, featuring her dads — Derek Walter and Steve Jenkins [transcript]). In today's episode, we squawk about why more high-end restaurants don't have vegan options, and we share our thoughts on restaurants that are going (... More)
    29 Mar 2014 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 219: “… you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”
    Welcome to the 219th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Robert Ostfeld [transcript], M.D., MSc., with a special reading by Robin Lamont.  In today's episode, we'll tell you why we care about Doris Day turning 90. We'll read you a poem by Jack Gilbert that gives us hope. We'll share with you two emails we received of late from listeners on opposite (... More)
    22 Mar 2014 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 218: “When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction.”
    Omowale Adewale Welcome to the 218th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Omowale Adewale [transcript], with a special reading by Mark Hawthorne. In today's episode, we will let you in on why Jasmin’s arm is going to be famous, and we'll give you the secret ingredient in her homemade nut milk. We'll ramble about the latest on the Our Hen House (... More)
    15 Mar 2014 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 217: “An activist is someone who cannot help but fight for something. So much so that he or she is compelled by some internal moral engine to act to make it better.”
    Welcome to the 217th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Paul Shapiro [transcript], with a special review by Ethan Ciment and Michael Suchman.  In today's episode, Mariann and I chat about a food writer's internal battle to go vegan; we'll give you the skinny on our experiences speaking at last week's NYC VegFest; and we'll tell you about a listener's (... More)
    8 Mar 2014 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 216: “We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people understand that the animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves.”
    Welcome to the 216th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Ginny Messina [transcript], with special guest Jessika Ava [transcript]. In today's episode – hold onto your rescued kittens – because we share with you the very big announcement that we've been sitting on for months. We also tell you about the segment we guest hosted on Brooklyn Independent Media's (... More)
    1 Mar 2014 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 215: “If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.”
    Welcome to the 215th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Lori Marino [transcript] and Sangamithra Iyer.  In today's episode, we squawk about which animal rights messages are seeping their way into our morning cartoons, and whether anthropomorphizing is a good or a bad thing when it comes to cartoon characters. We will tell you which animal advocate (... More)
    22 Feb 2014 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 214: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
    Welcome to the 214th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Veggie Grill founders T.K. Pillan and Kevin Boylan [transcript], with a special review by Danielle Legg.  In today's episode, we'll squawk about the talk we gave at Vassar on 10 tips to embracing veganism, and the tempeh tacos we had afterwards that would seal the deal for just about anyone. We (... More)
    15 Feb 2014 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 213: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
    Mayim Bialik Welcome to the 213th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Mayim Bialik [transcript], with a special review by Michael Suchman and Ethan Ciment.  In today's episode, we come to you from our brand new Brooklyn digs, currently full to bursting with cardboard boxes – but it has a backyard, so we'll stop complaining. We'll confess the addictive (... More)
    8 Feb 2014 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 212: “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”
    Joanna Rohrback from PRANCERCISE® Welcome to the 212th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Joanna Rohrback [transcript] — the Prancercise woman herself! — with a special review by Danielle Legg. In today's episode, Jasmin will tell you about an article she wrote that caused her email box to be filled with notes from old friends, new friends, (... More)
    1 Feb 2014 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 211: “The world is not comprehensible, but it is embraceable: through the embracing of one of its beings.”
    Welcome to the 211th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Vickery Eckhoff  [transcript]. In today's episode, we talk about why Mariann can't stop eating vegan meat and why our insurance guy thinks the concept of tofu dogs is disgusting. We chat about when and why oppressors need to shut off their feelings, and we give our take on veterinarians. Plus, (... More)
    25 Jan 2014 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 210: “The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.”
    Welcome to the 210th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Jan Creamer and Tim Phillips [transcript of Jan Creamer and Tim Phillips], with special guest Victoria Moran paying tribute to the late Rynn Berry, and a special review by OHH’s own Liz Dee. Rynn Berry  On today's episode – which also happens to be our 4 year anniversary episode – we will (... More)
    18 Jan 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 209: “I’m not afraid to fail because the consequences of avoiding failure are doing nothing.”
    Jo-Anne McArthur (the photo is by her, too) Welcome to the 209th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Jo-Anne McArthur [transcript], with a review by Ari Solomon.  In today's episode, we'll try to figure out why more than one person in the animal agriculture industry is claiming that veganism is like celibacy, while one famous vegan is claiming that (... More)
    11 Jan 2014 at 12:01am
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  • Episode 208: “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.”
    Michael Harren Welcome to the 208th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Dr. Aysha Akhtar [transcript], with a special review by Danielle Legg, and a brand new theme song by Michael Harren.  In today's episode, we discuss our new theme song, Fun Home the Musical, vegan dim sum on Christmas, and whether there's a difference between animal rights and veganism. (... More)
    4 Jan 2014 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 207: “Auschwitz begins whenever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: they’re only animals.”
    Welcome to the 207th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Taylor Radig [transcript], with a special review by Dr. Ethan Ciment and Michael Suchman.  In today's episode, we discuss how easy it is for people to use beautiful imagery to justify animal exploitation. We also talk about using cutesy songs and parodies to normalize animal cruelty, and how activists (... More)
    28 Dec 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 206: “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded.”
    Welcome to the 206th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Amanda Riester [transcript], with a review by Ari Solomon.  In today's episode, oh man, there's so much to squawk about! This includes a chat about quotes, an update on tap shows and vegan shoes, and the difference between fur and leather. There's a ton of Rising Anxieties, too, including a doozy (... More)
    20 Dec 2013 at 10:01am
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  • Episode 205: “To sin by silence, when they should protest, makes cowards of men.”
    Photo source: Darwin Animal Doctors Welcome to the 205th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Tod Emko [transcript], with special guest Danielle Legg.  On today's episode, we talk about German Public Radio, meaningful tattoos, living on a desert island, “Family Guy's” decision to kill off their dog, and, of course, Beyonce and Jay-Z. We will (... More)
    14 Dec 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 204: “Vivisection is a social evil because if it advances human knowledge, it does so at the expense of human character.”
    White Coat Waste Project Welcome to the 204th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Anthony Bellotti [transcript], with a special appearance by Nava Atlas.  In today's episode, we'll squawk about our unusual and outrageous vegan Thanksgiving; the power of independent media – such as Brooklyn Independent Media; our recent pint-sized podcast guest who crashed (... More)
    7 Dec 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 203: “The highest form of wisdom is kindness.”
    Welcome to the 203rd episode of Our Hen House, featuring David Robinson Simon [transcript], with special guests Dr. Ethan Ciment and Michael Suchman. In today's episode, we squawk about making soy candles, the similarities between recycled paper and vegan cupcakes, the importance of scaling up, and ongoing prejudice against pit bulls. We also talk about (... More)
    30 Nov 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 202: “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”
    Welcome to the 202nd episode of Our Hen House, featuring 12-year-old activist Rose McCoy [transcript], with a special appearance by Beth Lyons. On today's episode, we discuss death, and why the deaths of some beings are given so much more importance by society than the deaths of others. We'll discuss contrasts between hospice workers and slaughterhouse (... More)
    23 Nov 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 201: Grandma
    As some of you may know, my beloved grandma, who has appeared many times on the Our Hen House podcast, passed away this past week. I’m sure you can imagine what a hard time this has been, especially as Mariann and I, along with my mother and step-father, sat vigil by her side for the 8 days leading up to her death. As a result, we were not able (... More)
    16 Nov 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 200: “Whenever we engage in consumption or production patterns which take more than we need, we are engaging in violence.”
    Welcome to the 200th episode of Our Hen House, featuring dead prez‘s stic.man, and Afya Ibomu [transcript of stic.man and Afya Ibomu]. In today's extra special anniversary episode, we talk about Nicholas Kristof's self-proclaimed “ambivalence,” A Vegan Taste of Chinatown, and the new animated feature, Free Birds – which tells the story of a turkey (... More)
    9 Nov 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 199: “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.”
    Welcome to the 199th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Jill Robinson [transcript]. In today's episode, we ruminate on faux fur and faux leather, Asbury Park, hostile reactions to vegan requests, and why we should speak up despite the hostility. We also discuss why the sudden interest in cannibalism by the media pertains directly to eating animals, (... More)
    1 Nov 2013 at 11:30pm
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  • Episode 198: “The truth of animal rights requires empty cages, not larger cages.”
    Welcome to the 198th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Mark Hawthorne  [transcript]. In today's episode, we will tell you about the most visually stunning weekend trip we have ever taken, and the film shoot that was the impetus for our adventure. We'll chat about Farm Sanctuary, a couple of special calves who got a second chance, how many keystrokes (... More)
    26 Oct 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 197: “If men had wings and bore black feathers, few of them would be clever enough to be crows.”
    Dr. Capaldo Welcome to the 197th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Dr. Theo Capaldo [transcript]. On today's episode, we discuss commitment, self-denial, cronuts, and vegan saddle shoes. We'll also chat about a new mobile public art installation by Banksy that is creating quite a stir here in NYC, and we'll tell you about Mariann's brand new ink. Joining (... More)
    18 Oct 2013 at 11:30pm
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  • Episode 196: “Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding.”
    Derek Goodwin Welcome to the 196th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Derek Goodwin [transcript], with a special review by Dr. Ethan Ciment and Michael Suchman. In today's episode, we discuss the notion of vegans needing to be perfect – like not get colds, and not have their vegan tap shoes rip. We'll also discuss vegan-friendly shoemakers, bear-bile (... More)
    12 Oct 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 195: “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it.”
    Welcome to the 195th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Matt Frazier [transcript], with a review by Beth Lyons, and a special appearance by Lila Fay Singer. In today's episode, we discuss the idea of the “vegan police.” When it comes to being judgmental of ourselves and our ethical inconsistencies, where should we draw the line? We'll discuss an article (... More)
    5 Oct 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 194: “The cows of the rich eat the food of the poor.”
    Justin Van Kleeck Welcome to the 194th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Justin Van Kleeck [transcript] and Gretchen Primack.  On today's episode, we come to you from Harrisonburg and Staunton, Virginia, where we gave two talks on veganism. We'll tell you about our time here in Virginia, including our appearances on the evening news, the takeaways (... More)
    28 Sep 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 193: “It is not only influential people whose voices are needed — all of our voices are needed.”
    Welcome to the 193rd episode of Our Hen House, featuring Yossi Wolfson [transcript], with a review by Ari Solomon.  In today's episode, we give you our thoughts on a ridiculous article in Grist that seriously barked up the wrong tree; a new Chipotle ad that, on one hand, is completely wonderful, and on the other, is missing the point entirely; a new (... More)
    21 Sep 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 192: “If I look at the mass I will never act. If I look at the one, I will.”
    Welcome to the 192nd episode of Our Hen House, featuring Dr. T. Colin Campbell [transcript], with Chef Daphne Cheng. In today's episode, we ramble about a vegetarian prisoner being fed fish against his will, a trip to Jasmin’s home town for some extraordinary Indian food, Bill Clinton's recent stir-up in the news regarding his supposed veganism, (... More)
    14 Sep 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 191: “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”
    Welcome to the 191st episode of Our Hen House, featuring Sherry Colb [transcript] and Dr. Neal Barnard [transcript].  In today's episode, we squawk about everything from Grappa, to budgeting woes, to a hot new resource that's perfect for the budding vegans in your life. We'll also tell you about the latest way for you to enjoy the Our Hen House podcast (... More)
    7 Sep 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 190: “Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.”
    Rudy the Rooster (center) from Coming Home Sanctuary Welcome to the 190th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Father Frank Mann [transcript], with special guest Laura George [transcript], and a review by Ari Solomon. In today's episode, we'll revisit last week's contentious discussion about purebred dogs, and address some of the passionately felt comments (... More)
    31 Aug 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 189: “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.”
    Welcome to the 189th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Emily Deschanel [transcript], with a review by Bianca Phillips. On today's episode, we talk about taptivism, the sadness, and cuteness, inherent in bulldog puppies, and our identity crisis. We'll also entertain you with the latest in a hopeful segment we like to call, “Rising Anxieties.” Joining (... More)
    24 Aug 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 188: “Outrage is the nutrient of activism.”
    Welcome to the 188th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Steve-O [transcript]. In today's episode, we discuss the latest examples of brain-dead behavior from various members of the meat industrial complex. We'll also tell you about our film shoot for our forthcoming video, “A Vegan Taste of Chinatown.” You won't believe some of the truly hidden gems (... More)
    16 Aug 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 187: “Being vegan is a principled refusal to add to the violence of the world, and an intention to be a witness for something better.”
    Photo by Jo-Anne McArthur of We Animals. (Jasmin Singer, left, and Mariann Sullivan, right) Welcome to the 187th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Gene Baur, Suzanne Pender, Cody Carlson, Kim Heyrman, Susie Coston, Erica Meier, Liz Marshall, Jo-Anne McArthur, Meara, Jay, Tammy Borchert, and Maya Gottfried [transcript of all interviews]. On today's (... More)
    10 Aug 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 186: “The only thing of importance, when we depart, will be the traces of love we have left behind.”
    Welcome to the 186th episode of Our Hen House, a place to find our way to change the world for animals, featuring Ruby Roth [transcript], with a review by Ari Solomon. On today's episode, we discuss a film we saw that went inside an anarchist collective and the world of environmental activism. We'll also share our thoughts on whether it's okay to use (... More)
    3 Aug 2013 at 12:32am
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  • Episode 185: “Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity.”
    Welcome to the 185th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Marisa Miller Wolfson and Brian Flegel of Vegucated [transcript], with special guest Kathy Stevens of Catskill Animal Sanctuary, and Our Hen House reviewer Ari Solomon. On today's episode, we start by discussing a few light topics — such as abortion — specifically in regards to how (... More)
    27 Jul 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 184: “The greatest danger to our future is apathy.”
    Welcome to the 184th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Virginia Messina, R.D. and JL Fields [transcript]. In today's episode, Jasmin will tell you about 3 restaurants in the Midwest where she ate last week (which might just be the best restaurants she’s ever been to in the whole wide world). We'll chat about what went down on Mariann's chat (... More)
    20 Jul 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 183: “The time is coming, however, when people will be astonished that mankind needed so long a time to regard thoughtless injury to life as incompatible with ethics.”
    Welcome to the 183rd episode of Our Hen House, featuring Sid Garza-Hillman [transcript]. In today's episode, we talk about a coat made out of chest hair (yes, human chest hair); the latest in Rising Anxieties; a disappointing klezmer experience; a hilarious video parody of a hot dog eating contest; and the best Fourth of July ever. We'll also bring (... More)
    13 Jul 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 182: “There comes a time when speaking one’s mind ceases to be a moral duty, it becomes a pleasure.”
    Welcome to the 182nd episode of Our Hen House, Official Honoree of the 2013 Webby Awards. Today's episode features Laura Beck [transcript] and Kristin Lajeunesse [transcript], with a special review by Gena Hamshaw. In today's episode, we'll tell you everything you didn't know you needed to know about vegan paella, the LGBT Pride Run, how our neighbors (... More)
    6 Jul 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 181: “Great power involves great responsibility.”
    Welcome to the 181st episode of Our Hen House, Official Honoree of the 2013 Webby Awards. Today's episode features James McWilliams, with a special appearance by Ari Solomon. In today's episode, we discuss our feelings about a new website devoted to calling out ex-vegans. We lament about junk food, and about the massive lack of education regarding (... More)
    29 Jun 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 180: “You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.”
    Flock members will have an opportunity to win this incredible book! Welcome to the 180th episode of Our Hen House, Official Honoree of the 2013 Webby Awards. Today's episode features Linda Tucker, author of Saving the White Lions: One Woman’s Battle for Africa’s Most Sacred Animal. On today’s episode, Mariann and I tell you about a (... More)
    22 Jun 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 179: “The most revolutionary thing one can do is always to proclaim loudly what is happening.”
    Welcome to the 179th episode of Our Hen House, Official Honoree of the 2013 Webby Awards. Today's episode features Kathy Stevens from Catskill Animal Sanctuary, with a special appearance by Ari Solomon from Mercy for Animals. In today's episode, we come to you from Provincetown, Massachusetts, where we're checking out the vegan scene on the Cape, and (... More)
    15 Jun 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 178: “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”
    Photo by Greg Straight Edge Welcome to the 178th episode of Our Hen House, Official Honoree of the 2013 Webby Awards. Today's episode features Carter Dillard (ALDF) and Ella Nemcova (Regal Vegan). On today's episode, Jasmin will report back on the NYC Veggie Prom, and we’ll let you know what transpired during her unexpected turn as Prom Queen (... More)
    8 Jun 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 177: “I own one share of the corporate Earth, and I’m uneasy about the management.”
    Welcome to the 177th episode of Our Hen House, Official Honoree of the 2013 Webby Awards. Today's episode features a look inside this past week's Vida Vegan Con, featuring interviews with Sadie Bowman from The Intprepid Herbivores, Nicole Sopko and Dan Staackman from Upton's Natural's, Jill from Vegan Cuts, Jason Das from SuperVegan, and Janessa Philemon-Kerp, (... More)
    1 Jun 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 176: “History is a race between education and catastrophe.”
    Jamie Kilstein of Citizen Radio Welcome to the 175th episode of Our Hen House, Official Honoree of the 2013 Webby Awards. Today's episode features Jamie Kilstein, with a special review by Liz Dee. In today's episode, we give you the skinny on NYC's huge vegan expo, The Seed, where we gave a talk entitled, “Fed Up? New Ways to Feed Your Body, Your Soul, (... More)
    25 May 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 175: “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
    Source: www.johnsalley.com Welcome to the 175th episode of Our Hen House, Official Honoree of the 2013 Webby Awards. Today’s episode features NBA veteran John Salley, with a special review by JL Fields. In today's episode, we will share with you some advice we were given by a well-known songwriter on how she deals with rejection – and we, of course, (... More)
    18 May 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 174: “Once you see it, you can’t un-see it. And once you’ve seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out.”
    Welcome to the 174th episode of Our Hen House, Official Honoree of the 2013 Webby Awards. Today’s episode features Lisa Kemmerer, with a special appearance by Jenny Brown. In today's episode, we bring you our recurring “Anxieties Rising” segment, dedicated to the animal agriculture industry. We'll chat about an article from Beef Magazine entitled (... More)
    11 May 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 173: “…being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances…”
    Welcome to the 173rd episode of Our Hen House, 2013 Official Honoree of the Webby Awards. Today’s episode features Iris Ho, with special appearances by Jay Astafa and Ari Solomon. In today's episode, we tell you about an 8-course vegan popup restaurant that we attended here in New York City, and we'll chat with the dynamite 20-year-old chef, Jay (... More)
    4 May 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 172: “In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.”
    Welcome to the 172nd episode of Our Hen House, Official Honoree of the 2013 Webby Awards. Today's episode features #1 New York Times bestselling author, Rory Freedman. In today's episode, we get you up to speed on our disappointing choice of films at the Tribeca Film Festival, a Broadway show we saw starring Jasmin’s childhood idol, our latest (... More)
    27 Apr 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 171: “The function of the independent press (besides being essentially dissident) is still to discover, to find the new voices and give voice to them.”
    Welcome to the 171st episode of Our Hen House, Official Honoree of the 2013 Webby Awards. Today’s episode features Leilani Munter. In today's episode, we discuss the magic of the Hudson Valley, vegan chocolate vaginas, and – speaking of which – feeling naked when interviewed by the press. We'll ruminate about a question that frequently comes (... More)
    20 Apr 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 170: “We must try to contribute joy to the world. I didn’t always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.”
    Welcome to the 170th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Dr. Ray Greek. In today's episode, we start off by making a very exciting announcement about an honor bestowed upon the Our Hen House podcast this week. We're gobsmacked, y'all. Somebody pinch us. Then, after we gather ourselves, we'll squawk about a birthday cake make out of vegetables; why Rose (... More)
    13 Apr 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 169: “You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”
    Welcome to the 169th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Jane Velez-Mitchell. In today's episode, we discuss karma, and how the idea that what goes around comes around might only go so far. Looking at all of the hideous suffering in the world, it's hard to understand that that will be the case. So how do we reconcile that? Do we move toward embracing (... More)
    6 Apr 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 168: “You’ve got to bust up a sidewalk sometimes, to get people to gather around.”
    Dr. Will Tuttle (Photo via WorldPeaceDiet.org) Welcome to the 168th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Dr. Will Tuttle. In today's episode, we'll tell you about a huge anti-circus demonstration we attended in Brooklyn, and we'll talk about the unexpected power of grassroots activism like this. We'll also report back on the launch party and New York (... More)
    30 Mar 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 167: “There is no such thing as ‘humane’ meat. There’s marginally less cruel meat. Let’s call it what it is.”
    Jack Norris, RD Welcome to the 167th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Jack Norris, RD, with a special appearance by Katrina Donovan Fleming. On today's episode, we discuss the idea that silence equals death – a slogan made popular by the AIDS activism movement, but we're going to discuss it today as it pertains to animal activism. We'll also chat (... More)
    23 Mar 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 166: “…the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”
    Joshua Katcher (photo by Gregory Vaughan) Welcome to the 166th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Joshua Katcher from The Discerning Brute. In today's episode, we discuss our aspirations to be minimalists, the horror and unsustainability of cheap clothes, ignorant doctors, orthorexia among certain vegan subsets, a theatre production focusing on loneliness (... More)
    16 Mar 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 165: “Who feeds a hungry animal, feeds his own soul.”
    Welcome to the 165th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Josh Tetrick of Hampton Creek Foods. In today's episode, we discuss the motivation that some people claim to have for leaving their veganism behind. This includes an in-depth conversation about shame, and the role it plays in our lives in terms of our choices, and our ability to live in an ethical (... More)
    9 Mar 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 164: “I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth – and truth rewarded me!”
    Welcome to the 164th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Silja Kallsen-MacKenzie and Liz Dee. In today's episode, we talk about the vegans at the Oscars, and the difficulty of celebrity worship. We'll talk about last week's eye-opening and popular New York Times Magazine article, The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food, and ruminate on how (... More)
    2 Mar 2013 at 5:28am
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  • Episode 163: “Animals can communicate quite well. And they do. And generally speaking, they are ignored.”
    Dr. Melanie Joy Welcome to the 163rd episode of Our Hen House, featuring Dr. Melanie Joy.  In today's episode, we talk about the recent movie we saw that moved us to copious tears, over and over, and how and why it touched our activist spirit. We'll tell you about our Valentine's Day, and why Mariann is the Grinch who tried to steal it. On the upside, (... More)
    23 Feb 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 162: “We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people understand that the animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves.”
    Welcome to the 162nd episode of Our Hen House, featuring Chloe Coscarelli, with a special appearance by JL Fields. In today's episode, we have loads to update you on from our vegan happenings this past week, including the Betty Goes Vegan launch party at NYC's MooShoes, the Vaute Couture vegan fashion show that was part of New York Fashion Week, and (... More)
    16 Feb 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 161: “I don’t believe in the concept of hell, but if I did, I would think of it as filled with people who were cruel to animals.”
    Welcome to the 161st episode of Our Hen House, featuring Dylan Powell. Today, we share with you some big news: the hens got hitched. Hey, that's us! That's right, we tied the knot, City Hall style, and today we'll tell you all about it – from the June Cleaver-inspired dress Jasmin wore, to the vegan brunch we had in Chinatown following our nuptials, (... More)
    9 Feb 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 160: “Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.”
    Welcome to the 160th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Josh Balk. In today's episode, we discuss how to develop good habits, and we'll confess why we apparently can't. We'll chat about being sent random animal stories from people who aren't necessarily tuned in to animal rights issues – and we'll ponder when that can be edifying and when it can be (... More)
    2 Feb 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 159: “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
    Dan and Annie Shannon Welcome to the 159th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Annie and Dan Shannon, authors of Betty Goes Vegan. In today's episode, we discuss the National Hog Farmer's take on the role of Meatless Mondays. We like to file this discussion under the category, “Anxieties Rising!” Under that same category, we chat about the ridiculous (... More)
    26 Jan 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 158: “Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius.”
    Welcome to the 158th episode – and the 3rd anniversary – of Our Hen House, featuring Peter Brandt. In today's episode, we settle back into our normal routines here in the Big Apple, which includes summer rolls at Soy and Sake, karaoke with some inspiring vegan entrepreneurs, teaching animal law to a group of fresh new faces, and shopping for real estate (... More)
    19 Jan 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 157: “I don’t like the word courage. It is simply duty.”
    Welcome to Our Hen House! Welcome to the 157th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Kate Jacoby and Rich Landau from Philadelphia's gourmet vegan restaurant, Vedge; Queer Vegan Food's Sarah E. Brown and cleansing coach Courtney Pool; social worker and entrepreneur Lisa Siroti from NJ’s Papa Ganache; and a special interview with Jasmin’s mother, (... More)
    12 Jan 2013 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 156: “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.”
    Welcome to the 156th episode of Our Hen House, featuring PETA's Carney Anne Small ; PCRM's Lea Pickard; Doug White; Stewart David ; and Terri David . In today's episode – our 3rd consecutive week from the road – we're finally making some progress on the great Our Hen House road trip from Portland to back home in New York City. We will bring you (... More)
    5 Jan 2013 at 1:02am
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  • Episode 155: “Whatever you believe you can do, begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”
    Welcome to the 155th episode of Our Hen House, featuring interviews with Carrie Forrest, Alan Seidner, Ben Braman, Kelly Galligan, Amanda Lanza , Kathleen Lohnes, Kathy Iannacone, and Fernanda Guevara. In today's episode, we continue our road trip adventure from Portland, OR, back home to New York City. Today's travels bring us to Yucca Valley, (... More)
    29 Dec 2012 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 154: “People would rather believe than know.”
    Welcome to the 154th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Kim Sturla from Animal Place, Allison Rivers Samson from Allison's Gourmet, and Tara Oresick from Farm Sanctuary, with a special appearance by Piper Hoffman. Today's episode starts off our big road trip adventure from Portland to NYC, by way of California. In the coming weeks, we'll be giving (... More)
    22 Dec 2012 at 1:02am
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  • Episode 153: “We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.”
    Welcome to the 153rd episode of Our Hen House, featuring Gena Hamshaw. In today's episode, we discuss our appearance on HuffPo Live with The Birds' Tippi Hedren, where we discussed big cats. Today on the podcast we'll also talk about big elephants, and the tweet that made us snappish with the Oregon Zoo. We'll talk about zoos, as a matter of fact, and (... More)
    15 Dec 2012 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 152: “…they do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins…”
    Welcome to the 152nd episode of Our Hen House, featuring Sasha Boojor from 269 Life. In today's episode, we discuss desire versus need — as it relates to consuming animal products. We talk about the anxieties of the mainstream rising, how that plays out in everything from Norah Jones songs to sitcom themes, and why that's a good thing. (Pardon (... More)
    8 Dec 2012 at 1:02am
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  • Episode 151: “New and stirring things are belittled because if they are not belittled the humiliating question arises ‘Why then are you not taking part in them?’”
    Welcome to the 151st episode of Our Hen House, featuring Frances Carlisle, who will discuss estate planning for companion animals. In today's episode, we discuss the shit that went down with Ellen DeGeneres casually proclaiming that she now eats eggs, which she gets from her neighbor's hens, because they're “happy,” she says. We'll debunk that silly (... More)
    1 Dec 2012 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 150: “Only if we understand can we care. Only if we care will we help. Only if we help shall they be saved.”
    Welcome to the 150th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Dan Mathews.  On today's show, we celebrate 150 episodes of changing the world for animals! This includes talk of some of our most memorable guests and episodes since we celebrated 100, and a look ahead at what's in store, as well as our thoughts for vegan-pie-in-the-sky guests. We'll talk squawk (... More)
    24 Nov 2012 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 149: “Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth.”
    Welcome to the 149th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Mark Hawthorne and Adam Sobel.  In today's doozy of an episode, we talk about the tragedy of Bill and Lou, and how mainstream media is so quick to be uncritical regarding accusations that animal rights activists are horrible and violent. Speaking of violence, we'll tell you about an employee of (... More)
    17 Nov 2012 at 1:02am
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  • Episode 148: “All the arguments to prove man’s superiority cannot shatter this hard fact: in suffering the animals are our equals.”
    Welcome to the 148th episode of Our Hen House, featuring philosopher Ramona Ilea.  In today's episode, we discuss the election, and whether animals will be front and center in politics anytime soon. We'll talk about why vegan foods are necessary to prepare for crisis. And, speaking of food, we'll tell you about our favorite one-ingredient ice cream. (... More)
    16 Nov 2012 at 7:40am
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  • Episode 147: “When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade without further introduction.”
    Welcome to the 147th episode of Our Hen House, featuring James McWilliams. In today's episode, we give you our thoughts, and some updates, on the horrific aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. These include everything from thoughts on forgotten animals, to updates on how this hit close to home for us – quite literally – to the glaringly obvious, yet still (... More)
    3 Nov 2012 at 1:02am
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  • Episode 146: “If we cut up beasts simply because they cannot prevent us […] it is only logical to cut up imbeciles, criminals, enemies, or capitalists for the same reasons.”
    Welcome to the 146th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Julieanna Hever, David Wolfson, and Diane Lenkowsky.  In today's episode, which, lemme tell ya, is a doozy of one, we talk about hopeful signs for veganism in the future, as noted in a popular Hollywood time-travel flick. And we talk about Jasmin’s birthday, which is – wow, this Tuesday (... More)
    27 Oct 2012 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 145: “If I were to remain silent, I’d be guilty of complicity.”
    Welcome to the 145th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Judy Woods from Pigs Peace Sanctuary, and Katie Gillespie from the University of Washington Animal Studies Working Group.  In today's episode, we come to you from Seattle, where we were giving a talk on “Animals and Academia” at the University of Washington. We'll tell you about how (... More)
    20 Oct 2012 at 1:02am
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  • Episode 144: “And you can’t walk the walk, in the world of our future, in the world ahead of us, in the world of our children, NOT eating a plant-based diet.”
    Welcome to the 144th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Del Sroufe, with a special appearance by Ari Solomon.  In today's episode, we talk about everything from the airplane-like motor on our Vitamix, to the gallant gentleman who asked Jasmin to dance at a swing club (approximately 20 years too late), to feelings of gluttony associated with having (... More)
    13 Oct 2012 at 1:05am
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  • Episode 143: “The question is not if we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.”
    Welcome to the 143rd episode of Our Hen House, featuring Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.  In today's episode, we talk about the USDA's decision to approve tofu as a meat substitute for school lunches (and we kvetch about some people's confusion about whether or not that's a good thing. Here's a hint: it is). We also discuss the pros and cons of referring (... More)
    6 Oct 2012 at 1:01am
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  • Episode 142: “It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important…”
    Welcome to the 142nd episode of Our Hen House, featuring Kathy Hessler of Lewis & Clark Law School’s Center for Animal Law Studies.  In today's episode, we will talk about the ironic ending of the popular book, Wild – a discussion which we think you will find thought-provoking regardless of whether or not you've read the book — so long (... More)
    29 Sep 2012 at 1:03am
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  • Episode 141: “Do it with kindness.”
    Welcome to the 141st episode of Our Hen House, featuring Jenny Brown, author of The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals. In today's episode, we tell you about 2 exciting animal rights events we were a part of this past week. We'll give you the low-down on Honey LaBronx's new episode of the Vegan Drag Queen Cooking Show where, excitingly, (... More)
    22 Sep 2012 at 1:23am
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  • Episode 140: “There is nothing complicated about equality.”
    Welcome to the 140th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Delcianna Winders, the Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement for the PETA Foundation.  In today's episode, we talk about a restaurant whose icon to show which menu items are vegan is a sad face. We'll tell you about the letter Jasmin wrote to complain, and the one she got back, calling her (... More)
    15 Sep 2012 at 1:09am
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  • Episode 139: “A man is truly ethical only when he obeys the compulsion to help all life he is able to assist, and shrinks from injuring anything that lives.”
    Welcome to the 139th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Dr. Melanie Joy. The Our Hen House podcast is sponsored by The Seed: A Vegan Experience.  In today's episode, we discuss the irksome review a meat-eater wrote about an animal rights play. We also talk about everything from Rosie O'Donnell going vegan, to our dog Rose's new scent class, to how (... More)
    8 Sep 2012 at 1:20am
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  • Episode 138: “The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves.”
    Welcome to the 138th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Ginny Messina — The Vegan R.D.  In today’s episode, we discuss the vegan hair salon we visited this past week (The Parlour) in the incredibly charming Portland neighborhood of St. John’s. We also talk about logging, and the deep impact that comes with actually seeing exploitation (... More)
    1 Sep 2012 at 1:33am
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  • Episode 137: “No one has ever become poor by giving.”
    Welcome to the 137th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Jonathan Lovvorn, the senior vice president for Animal Protection Litigation & Investigations at the Humane Society of the United States. In today’s episode, we discuss the horrendous backlash caused by Alicia Silverstone’s letter to Putin demanding that the vegan member of “PussyRiot” (... More)
    25 Aug 2012 at 1:16am
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  • Episode 136: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
    Welcome to the 136th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Seth Tibbott, founder of Tofurkey, with special guest Ari Solomon.  In today's episode, we bite the bullet and talk Chick-fil-A, including having our own discussion that was spurred by some fellow animal advocates' take on the recent controversy. Our apologies in advance if we piss you off (and (... More)
    18 Aug 2012 at 12:34am
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  • Episode 135: “If you can’t annoy somebody, there’s little point in writing.”
    Welcome to the 135th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Katya Lidsky of the play, “I’m Sorry: How An Apologist Became An Activist,” as well as special guest Eric Milano.  In today's episode, we will make you jealous with our account of the Goodwill outlet store – yes, outlet! – right by our new Portland digs, and we'll discuss the (... More)
    11 Aug 2012 at 1:34am
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  • Episode 134: “If you want to know where you would have stood on slavery before the Civil War, don’t look at where you stand on slavery today. Look at where you stand on animal rights.”
    Welcome to the 134th episode of Our Hen House, featuring JL Fields of JL Goes Vegan. In today's episode, we will give you the skinny on everything from the screening of Maximum Tolerated Dose we attended here in Portland, to the newest grain to make our hearts and stomachs sing, to the isinglass-ignorant winery employee that made us see red (and we (... More)
    4 Aug 2012 at 1:09am
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  • Episode 133: “What gives light must endure the burning.”
    Welcome to the 133rd episode of Our Hen House, featuring Rich Roll.  In today's episode, we will give you our final glimpse into our Great American Road Trip that took us from New York City to Portland, picking up where we left off last week, with our tales from Hood River, Oregon, and the final leg of our journey to our new (temporary) home. While (... More)
    28 Jul 2012 at 12:24am
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  • Episode 132: “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”
    Welcome to the 132nd episode of Our Hen House, featuring Bonnie Goodman from Mordamart, Sue Eakins from New Dawn MT Farm Sanctuary, Kit and Pete Jagoda of Rivers Wish Animal Sanctuary, and Tracy Martin of Rabbitron.  In today's episode, we are – yep! – still on the road as part of our Great American Road Trip from NYC to Portland. Today, we'll pick (... More)
    21 Jul 2012 at 1:24am
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  • Episode 131: “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
    Welcome to the 131st episode of Our Hen House, featuring Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Katie Olson, and Brian Endl.  In today's episode, we are still on the road as part of our Great American Road Trip from NYC to Portland. We'll pick up where we left off last week, telling you all about our travels on the 2-lane Rt. 20, throughout the Indiana Dutch Country, (... More)
    14 Jul 2012 at 12:15am
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  • Episode 130: “Good girls go to heaven. Bad girls go everywhere.”
    Welcome to the 130th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Honey LaBronx, with special guest Ari Solomon.  In today's episode, our first coming to you from our great American road trip adventure, we'll tell you about our fond farewell to the Big Apple – temporarily, anyway – as we make our way out West. We'll include banter about our sayonara at the fancypants (... More)
    7 Jul 2012 at 1:04am
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  • Episode 129: “The pain which it inflicts upon unconsenting animals is the basis for my enmity towards it.”
    Welcome to the 129th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Karol Orzechowski, filmmaker behind Maximum Tolerated Dose. In today's episode, we discuss bacon t-shirts for 3-year-old Brooklynites, the VegNews Twitter Chat Jasmin took part in focusing on gay rights and animal rights, Mariann's nephew's touching first word – which was, by the way, to his dog, (... More)
    30 Jun 2012 at 1:41am
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  • Episode 128: “The freethinking of one age is the common sense of the next.”
    Welcome to the 128th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Jon Camp, Vegan Outreach‘s Outreach Director.  In today's episode, we'll report back to you from The Seed: A Vegan Experience, where we spent all last weekend immersed in the hottest vegan event in history. We'll tell you about our two talks – one that covered our 10 tips on going vegan, (... More)
    23 Jun 2012 at 1:23am
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  • Episode 127: “Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach the stars to change the world.”
    Welcome to the 127th episode of Our Hen House, featuring a rundown of our time speaking at the Niagara VegFest. Guests include Keri Cronin, Laurie Morrison, Lauren Corman, Taylor Book, Dylan Powell, and Doug McNish. In today's episode, we give you the full rundown of our inspiring trip to Niagara Falls to speak at the very first Niagara VegFest, held (... More)
    16 Jun 2012 at 1:06am
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  • Episode 126: “Today’s problems cannot be solved if we still think the way we thought when we created them.”
    Welcome to the 126th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Scott Jurek, with guest Jennifer Hintenberger.  In today's episode, we'll report back on Jasmin’s appearance on The Dr. Oz Show, where she dropped the V-Bomb. And we'll chat with kettlebell champion and passionate vegan, Jennifer Hintenberger, whom we met last weekend during our trip to (... More)
    9 Jun 2012 at 1:10am
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  • Episode 125: “Most people would rather die than think; in fact, they do so.”
    Welcome to the 125th episode of Out Hen House, featuring Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart of Vaute Couture.  In today’s episode, Mariann and I will talk about one 9-year-old’s decision to boycott her class trip to the zoo, and we will read to you the letter she wrote to her teacher explaining why. We will discuss the many hidden exploitative messages (... More)
    2 Jun 2012 at 12:07am
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  • Episode 124: “When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision – then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”
    Welcome to the 124th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Tom Regan.  In today's episode, we discuss the confusion caused by seeing veganism as a weight loss plan. We tell you about our experiences speaking at an LGBT church here in Manhattan, we chat about the horrific story of a sheep who might be killed by guillotine for a supposed “art project,” (... More)
    26 May 2012 at 12:27am
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  • Episode 123: “We should remember in our dealings with animals that they are a sacred trust to us…[They] cannot speak for themselves.”
    Welcome to the 123rd episode of Our Hen House, featuring professional basketball player (and vegan!), Milani Malik. In today's episode, we will tell you all about our experiences speaking at The Brooklyn Food Festival, including conversations that arose from Mariann's panel, “The Ethics of Eating Meat,” and our – shall we say -- interesting… interactions (... More)
    19 May 2012 at 12:23am
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  • Episode 122: “…fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight.”
    Welcome to the 122nd episode of Our Hen House, featuring Chloe Jo Davis of Girlie Girl Army.  In today's episode, we discuss an annoying article regarding the sentience of peas. We talk about tactics for getting non-vegan family and friends to try the non-hummus dishes at vegan restaurants. We give you the skinny on Mariann's recent talk on animal law, (... More)
    11 May 2012 at 9:18pm
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  • Episode 121: “I belong to no party and am militant for no one. All my causes, including the most radical, are motivated by the defense of animals.”
    Welcome to the 121st episode of Our Hen House, featuring Main Street Vegan author, Victoria Moran, with special guests Lori Gruen and Sally Tamarkin.  In today’s episode, Mariann and I discuss the sadly ironic situation of Petunia the Pig. We also talk about how to respond to “humane meat” myths when you find yourself confronted with (... More)
    5 May 2012 at 3:02am
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  • Episode 120: “You are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts.”
    Welcome to the 120th episode of Our Hen House, featuring vegan chef Ayinde Howell.  In today's episode, we talk all about The Seed: A Vegan Experience, which is set to come to Soho on June 16 and 17. We'll tell you why you don't want to miss this event, and we'll talk about our involvement in this groundbreaking and delicious happening. We'll also discuss (... More)
    28 Apr 2012 at 4:03am
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  • Episode 119: “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
    Welcome to the 119th episode of Our Hen House, featuring the undercover investigator, “Pete,” with special appearances by Kaitlyn Miklinevich (of Tie Dye Files) and Drew Wilson (of VegWorcester).  In today's episode, we discuss the recent story of the cow dubbed “Moo-dini” who escaped from slaughter, and the important role that escapees (... More)
    21 Apr 2012 at 4:01am
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  • Episode 118: “Today’s problems cannot be solved if we still think the way we thought when we created them.”
    Welcome to the 118th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Timothy Pachirat, author of Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight. In today's episode, we will make a very big announcement about where we'll be spending 6 months of this year, and why. Here’s a clue: It has to do with animal law, and, for a while anyway, (... More)
    14 Apr 2012 at 4:05am
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  • Episode 117: “Walk the street with us. Get off the sidewalk.”
    Welcome to the 117th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Anat Pick. In today’s episode, we talk about our upcoming vegan Passover seder and non-vegan Easter, Mariann tells us about her thoughts on the new book that she just finished entitled Every Twelve Seconds, we discuss a segment on The Daily Show all about a new book that focuses on military (... More)
    7 Apr 2012 at 4:05am
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  • Episode 116: ““It’s exhilarating to be alive in a time of awakening consciousness…”
    Welcome to the 116th episode of Our Hen House, featuring chef Juan Pablo Chavez. In today's episode, we discuss the new Vegan Bodega, Blossom Bakery, annoying Facebook comments, cursing (and in what dialect it might be more appropriate) and an unfortunate evening of theatre. Joining us today is the charming and talented Juan Pablo Chavez, the chef at (... More)
    31 Mar 2012 at 4:07am
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  • Episode 115: “Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn’t be done.”
    Welcome to the 115th episode of Our Hen House, featuring human rights and animal rights attorney, Bina Ahmad.  In today's episode, we discuss the New York Times' contest asking people to write and explain why they think it's ethical to eat meat, and the reasons behind our counter-contest. We also talk about dreams, non-vegan tweeters, and our thoughts (... More)
    24 Mar 2012 at 4:15am
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  • Episode 114: “…we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves.”
    Welcome to the 114th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Marc Bekoff and Gena Hamshaw.  In today's episode, we will tell you about the animal-themed art exhibit we saw at the Morgan Library entitled, “In the Company of Animals,” including why our pigeon-skirt wearing curator disappointed us with her assertions that it is, in the end, about us humans. (... More)
    17 Mar 2012 at 4:08am
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  • Episode 113: “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
    Welcome to the 113th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Doron Petersan and Michelle Schwegmann.  In today's episode, we ponder about the mindset of vegetarians: Why stop half-way? We share some updates about the latest ag-gag laws and we give you our feelings about this movement toward repressing activists' voices and their First Amendment rights. (... More)
    10 Mar 2012 at 4:04am
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  • Episode 112: “It is now life and not art that requires the willing suspension of disbelief.”
    Welcome to the 112th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Patty Shenker, Nathan Runkle, and Kim Sturla.  In today's episode, we come to you from Los Angeles, where Mariann was a judge in the Lewis & Clark Animal Law Moot Court, held this year at UCLA. When we weren't in that neck of Tinseltown, we were eating our way through this delicious city, (... More)
    3 Mar 2012 at 4:07am
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  • Episode 111: “Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming ALL other living beings, we are still savages.”
    Welcome to the 111th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Dawn Moncrieffe from A Well-Fed World.  In today's episode, we'll talk all about the recent episode of “What Would You Do?” that asked the question, “Is It Un-American to Avoid Meat?” Then, we'll ruminate on the word “vegan” and what we think it means. Some of you might find you disagree with (... More)
    25 Feb 2012 at 4:04am
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  • Episode 110: “Those who have the privilege to know, have the duty to act.”
    Welcome to the 110th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Kezia Jauron and Gary Smith from Evolotus PR.  In today's episode, we tell you about the talk we went to on Rethinking Animals, which discussed, among other things, the consciousness of animals. We'll whine about a horrible string of events we attended, and we'll share with you our excitement (... More)
    18 Feb 2012 at 4:12am
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  • Episode 109: “The love of all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.”
    Welcome to the 109th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Lauren Ornelas from Food Empowerment Project.  In today's episode, we discuss clothing swaps, new juice joints, our deep love for pigeons, and how stupid we think Valentine's Day is. (Well, mostly.) Joining us today is Lauren Ornelas, the founder and director of Food Empowerment Project. Just (... More)
    11 Feb 2012 at 4:02am
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