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Episode 160: “Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.”

By Jasmin and Mariann — February 02, 2013

iStock_000008519763_ExtraSmallWelcome 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 annoying. We’ll also squawk about everything from vegan sushi, to “Battlestar Gallactica,” to super foods, to how Our Hen House is expanding.

Joining us today is Josh Balk from the Humane Society of the United States, and a volunteer for New Harvest – a company aimed at “advancing meat substitutes.” Josh will speak with us about in vitro and plant-based meats, and he’ll give us the skinny about whether or not that is the next direction in which our society is headed. Will the meat industrial complex shift to fulfill this growing and compassionate consumer demand?

For our review, Our Hen House’s Ari Solomon will join us once again. Ari has some thrilling news about his newest animal rights undertaking, and he’ll share that with us. He’ll also give us his take on the children’s book, The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate, illustrated by Patricia Castelao, which explores the story of a sweet gorilla named Ivan, and his journey into – and possibly out of – confinement.

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

This week’s news items include:

mic“Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.” -Albert Einstein

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  1. February 5, 2013 at 11:54 am

    I haven't really heard of in-vitro meat before this podcast, but I thought Josh Balk did a good job in explaining what it is and how it can help our cause for animals. But I don't believe he addressed how the animal cells are harvested. Any thoughts?



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