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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!”

By Jasmin and Mariann — March 02, 2013

iStock_000008537373_ExtraSmallWelcome 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 broken our food system is. (Now if only the media would start connecting the dots more when it comes to animal products!) We’ll tell you all about our time talking at the Main Street Vegan Academy, and we’ll give you an update about a resource that those traveling with a darling pit bull might want to have on hand (aside from plenty of peanut butter and carrots, that is).

Today we are joined by two special guests: First, all the way from Berlin, we’ll be chatting with Silja Kallsen-MacKenzie, from the Albert Schweitzer Foundation. Silja will let us in on one of the biggest factory farm protests in history, right there in Berlin, and she’ll tell you about her many efforts to change the world for animals, as well as give us a glimpse into the vegan scene in Germany. Then, we’ll be joined by the charming Liz Dee, who has what is perhaps the most fascinating going vegan story we’ve ever heard – and we just had to have her share it with you. (Liz, by the way, has recently joined Our Hen House as the publications coordinator! Lucky us!)

For our review, we’ll tell you about 3 new popcorn products that vegans (and non-vegans, for that matter), absolutely need to know about. They come from the folks over at Earth Balance (note that the three items that we’re reviewing today are palm oil-free). These might just change your snack life for good.

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

For a list of the news items we discuss in today episode, and then some, take a look at the breaking news ticker at the top of, and also check out our list of archived news items.

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“I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth — and truth rewarded me.” -Simone de Beauvoir

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(5) Readers Comments

  1. March 2, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Hi lovely ladies! When I refreshed my iTunes subscription to the podcast, what was downloaded was last week's episode but with this week's description. Maybe there was an issue? I'm downloading the mp3 from here and putting it on my phone now. :)

  2. Jasmin Singer
    March 2, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Hi Jana, This issue has been resolved on our end but iTunes takes a while to recognize the new "ping." Do you mind checking back in a few hours/toward the end of the day? Feel free to email me directly: But rest assured, iTunes will be up to speed in no time! Thanks for listening!

  3. March 3, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Regarding your topic on celebrity "vegans", most news that announce a celebrity is now vegan are clueless to what a vegan is. Most of those celebrities aren't even vegan as they still wear animals or sometimes eat meat and/or dairy, like supposed long-time "vegan" Alicia Silverstone many of the celebrities are clueless or call themselves vegan to be "trendy".Frankly, I think celebrities are encouraged by their handlers to embrace social justice issues because it looks good for their image. I imagine them being given a large list of social justice topics and they are to pick a few to be involved in that are popular now; they stay with this cause for the publicity and once that gets boring to them they simply pick another off the list to engage in for awhile.I wish these celebrities and the news would just get it straight and call them strict vegetarians at best, because most aren't even considering the clothes they wear or the cosmetics they use.I love Tribe of Heart's definition of vegetarian, which seems to be lost these days in "common confusion":

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