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Episode 133: “What gives light must endure the burning.”

By Jasmin and Mariann — July 28, 2012

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 on the road this week, we visited the fascinating Tofurky factory, as well as the delicious Mother’s Marketplace and Organic Deli – both of which we’ll tell you all about. And of course, we’ll bring you our first impressions of Portland, Oregon, from a – yup! — insider’s perspective (!), including a look into our neighborhood of Sellwood, the nearby Wildlife Refuge that is Jasmin’s new stomping ground (or should we say, running ground), the Goodwill superstore that we have already adopted as our second home, a nut butter that changed the meaning of life for us, our favorite restaurants thus far, and a sneak peak at the various stereotypes about Portland that are, well, all true. We’ll also discuss what you do next, once you are in a place where there are vegan options everywhere.

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Joining us today is world-renowned vegan ultra-endurance athlete Rich Roll, also known as one of Men’s Fitness Magazine’s “25 Fittest Men in the World.” Rich, whose new memoir, Finding Ultra, details his plant-fueled feats of boundary-pushing athleticism, will talk to us all about finding his stride (quite literally) later in life, what foods and pastimes nourish him, what it was like to be one of the top people to complete the EPIC5, and a whole lot more. Don’t miss this inspiring interview with one of the world’s top athletes.

For our review, we’ll give you a tasteful glimpse into the world of Tofurky, which has long evolved past just the roast, and into the world of plant-based sausage, deli slices, tempeh, and other goodies.

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

This week’s news items include:

“What gives light must endure the burning.” -Eleanor Roosevelt 

Jasmin Singer, Rich Roll, & Mariann Sullivan; Photo Courtesy Light Sensations

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(12) Readers Comments

  1. Anat Pick
    July 28, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Thanks for the great interview with Rich Roll. It's especially timely with the London Olympics underway and sponsored by McDonald's. Seems like mainstream sports-- certainly mainstream media coverage of sports--is still mired in corporate, animal-based "nutrition." So nice to see that off the beaten track, the benefits of veganism are acknowledged by serious athletes.

    • July 28, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      I can't believe McDonalds is hosting the Olympics. Or, actually, I can... Thank goodness for the Rich Rolls of the world.

  2. Jessica Bradberry
    July 28, 2012 at 11:08 am

    I know you both hear this all the time, but you look FABULOUS! Total inspiration on so many levels. Thanks to you and your team for being such a great resource and an unrelenting voice for the voiceless. <3 to you!

    • July 28, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      Wow, thank you so much, Jessica!! That means so much to us. Thanks for listening/reading/being passionate. xoxo j

  3. July 28, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    I was just talking about how awesome Rich in with my friend. We are both getting back into working out and training for upcoming races and he's been a huge inspiration for us. I am on a waiting list at the library to get his book - I can't wait!

  4. July 28, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Hi lovelies, thanks for the shout-out on the podcast. I got the dog cookies at Food Fight and the almond butter at the Saturday market in Portland. Jem's website is:

  5. August 28, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Another great show! Just catching up now. Fantastic interview with Rich Roll! I also interviewed him recently for the Animal Voices show - you can check it out here if you haven't already:

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