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Episode 196: “Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding.”

By Jasmin and Mariann — October 12, 2013

Welcome to the 196th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Derek Goodwin [transcript], with a special review by Dr. Ethan Ciment and Michael Suchman.

In today’s episode, we discuss the notion of vegans needing to be perfect – like not get colds, and not have their vegan tap shoes rip. We’ll also discuss vegan-friendly shoemakers, bear-bile farming, a concert fundraiser that we emceed, and the inherent difficulty in making comparisons as a strategy in working toward social justice. Plus, we’ll chat about having a humane Halloween; we’ll share our thoughts on the government shut-down (and – yep – we’ll even bring that back to the animals); and we’ll ruminate on whether or not more “fringe” animal issues get people turned on to veganism.

Joining us today is activist Derek Goodwin – whom you might know as the host of Vegan Radio, the creator of the Vegan Bus, the photographer behind so many beautiful shots of rescued animals, or maybe you’ve studied yoga with him. Derek will talk to us about his multifaceted role in changing the world for animals, and he’ll offer tips to everyone from photographers (pros and amateurs alike) who want to improve their skills at photographing animals, to creative types who want to step up their animal advocacy.


Mariann, Jasmin, Michael Suchman, Ethan Ciment (Photo by Liz Dee)

For our review, we’ll be joined by powerhouse couple Dr. Ethan Ciment and Michael Suchman, who will be giving us their take on the new cookbook, Vedge: 100 Plates Large and Small That Redefine Vegetable Cooking, by Kate Jacoby and Rich Landau. Ethan and Michael will make our mouths water with their expert take on this new must-have book. They’ll tell you what worked about it and why, and as a bonus, they’ll also let us in on the latest happenings with their new project, Vegan Mos.

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’s episode, and then some, take a look at the breaking news ticker at the top of the page, and also check out our list of archived news items.

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“Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding.” – from Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

Photo on previous page by Derek Goodwin

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