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Episode 152: “…they do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins…”

By Jasmin and Mariann — December 08, 2012

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 our indefatigable positivity.)

‘Tis the season for compassion, so we’ll also chat about our holiday plans, and how our upcoming mega road trip around the perimeter of the United States will be laced with tons of holiday-style vegan goodness.

Joining us today is Sasha Bojoor, one of the forces behind the 269 movement. Sasha joins us from Israel, and will tell us about this controversial, powerful, and unique campaign, which, on December 18, will reverberate throughout 20 countries.

For our review, we’ll give you our thoughts about the new French fictional movie about the Animal Liberation Front.

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

This week’s news items include:

“They do not sweat and whine about their condition, they do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins, they do not make me sick discussing their duty to God, not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things, not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago.” -Walt Whitman

The Our Hen House podcast is sponsored by The Seed: A Vegan Experience, which is currently gearing up for a Yoga Week – 5 days of urban zen and plant-based empowerment. The Seed brings you events, conferences, and happenings that raise awareness about the many delicious, cruelty-free alternatives to animal products.

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(7) Readers Comments

  1. Sasha Boojor
    December 8, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Jasmin and Mariann awesome show!!! love it! thanks for the opportunity to promote our work <3

  2. December 8, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Great interview with Sasha! It’s refreshing to hear someone bring much-needed attention to the global perspective... It’s so easy for the rapidly growing international consumption of animals to fall off the radar in the US. So thanks for your doing your part in opening up the discussion!

  3. December 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I just moved to Austin and the food here is the best I've had anywhere. I don't know how long you plan to stay but if you can you must eat at1. Casa de Luz. A beautiful restaurant with a community feel and organic, healthy food with no processed crap. For a $12 dinner you get a lovely soup, salad, several types of tea (hot and cold) and a heaping plate of delicious greens, pickled veggies, beans and more. Simple, but amazing. For a few dollars extra you can grab one of their healthy desserts too. The other day I had a chocolate cherry pudding- YUM!2. Biscuits and Groovy. A delicious place for breakfast/brunch. I personally LOVE the Johnny Hash- biscuits, gravy, and loads of daiya, "sausage", "bacon", and potatoes. So, so good!3. Another amazing place for breakfast/brunch (Saturday and Sunday only) is Counter Culture. Their breakfast burrito is the most delicious thing ever.4. In Austin you must, must try the popcorn tofu po'boy at Wheatsville co-op. It is truly one of a kind, I've never seen or tasted anything like it. It's amazing.5. Another yummy, healthy option is Daily Juice, which serves juices and smoothies and some of the best raw food I've ever had. Their raw enchiladas are perfection. Plus, Sweet Ritual is inside too. Yay vegan ice cream! Sweet Ritual is not as good as Lulas in NY (no comparison!), but it's the best we've got in TX. The banana split is yummy and big enough to share!6. Of course you have to visit the Whole Foods on Lamar, the biggest, greatest Whole Foods on earth! The selection there is mind-blowing and makes all other Whole Foods stores rather disappointing. If you can get up early enough their breakfast tacos are the best in Austin.Have a fun, safe trip! And I look forward to hearing what you all think of the vegan grub in Austin! :)

    • Jasmin Singer
      December 13, 2012 at 1:58 am

      WOW!!! What an amazing helpful comment!! Thank you SO MUCH for this! I have noted it and look forward to trying your suggestions! Nikki, you rock. xo

  4. December 11, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Hi ladies! It's my first time commenting, but I'm a long-time listener. I thought I'd give you some tips that you might find helpful when you traverse through the (troubled) state of Arizona. If you stop in Phoenix, visit Green New American Vegetarian! Visit the downtown location and order some vegan junk food, then head over to Nami (the building next door) and order tsoynamis (vegan blizzards!). You mentioned that you'll be traveling through Tucson; unfortunately, the city does not have much in the way of vegan options. Everyone will tell you to visit Lovin' Spoonfuls, but I strongly caution against this. The meals are extremely overpriced and consist of microwaved meat analogs, and the owner is very rude. I hate to malign vegan dining establishments, but I do believe that they play an important in the movement. Instead, go to Fourth Avenue and visit the Food Conspiracy Co-op, which has a slew of pre-packaged meals. For coffee and vegan treats, you can stop at Epic Café, which is situated on the corner of University and Fourth Avenue. Good luck!

    • Jasmin Singer
      December 13, 2012 at 1:56 am

      This is so helpful!! Thank you so much! I have noted all of these, and I hugely appreciate it. It's so funny b/c so many people are giving us tips on AZ specifically! Thank you and thanks for listening, too! xo

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