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Episode 213: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

By Jasmin and Mariann — February 08, 2014

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 substance we’ve introduced into our lives, and we’ll talk about which plant-based milk froths the best. We’ll chat about why new directions in animal law must include a discussion about veganism, and we’ll share with you the latest in animal ag’s “Rising Anxieties.” This includes stories of angry vivisectors, and misled bakery owners.

Hold onto your vegan cupcakes, because joining us today is Mayim Bialik, star of CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory,” and author of Mayim’s Vegan Table: More Than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours  coming out this week. Mayim will talk to us about what it’s like raising vegan kids, how to cook for yourself (let alone a family) when you’re a busy person, how Judaism and veganism intersect for her, and her impetus for being vegan.

image004Then, for our review, the Vegan Mos boys – Ethan Ciment and Michael Suchman – will give us the full skinny on Mayim’s Vegan Table – including what recipe they think should be re-named “Bialik Balls.”

All that, vegan banter, and of course, current events from the world of animal rights. 

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“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” -Desmond Tutu


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  1. February 8, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    One of my dreams someday is to meet her! I spent years studying orthodox judaism and almost finished conversion after being raised in an evangelical home. I love the Jewish people and a very close Chassidic Rabbi performed a Noachide wedding for myself and my husband last year. We are universal unitarian and find that fits us well. We are becoming vegetarian and we are in the very new learning stages and even considered learning how to become vegan. I dont know if Mayim knows but we are part of the planning stages of a grou of people in the Canarsie area of Brooklyn considering going off the grid, growing vertical organic gardens, seeking compost sewage systems etc....amazing stuff. I wish you all the best hope to meet Mayim personally!!! I love who she is and all she stands for!

  2. February 10, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Another wonderful podcast episode! Thank you, Jasmin and Mariann! Such wonderful, and thought provoking, information, as always. But you guys crack me up, too, when you're being funny and having fun. While I was driving, I found myself laughing out loud, quite a few times this week. The podcast really keeps me company, and it's like time with good friends. Mayim was really interesting and she said a lot of things that really made me reflect, like when she was talking about us all/each having a responsibility to heal the world. I'm paraphrasing there, but that really stuck with me. I really love her, even more after hearing her interview with you two. And, I loved Ethan and Michael's review, too! Every time they review a book I either buy it, or have just bought it, and the recipes they talk about always sound so good, I end up making those pretty quick and loving them. I did pre-order Mayim's new book (can't wait to see it after it downloads tonight), and making and eating Matzo Ball soup for the very first time ever. Have a lovely day everyone! xo