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Episode 206: “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded.”

By Jasmin and Mariann — December 20, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-07-03 at 10.46.16 AMWelcome to the 206th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Amanda Riester [transcript], with a review by Ari Solomon

In today’s episode, oh man, there’s so much to squawk about! This includes a chat about quotes, an update on tap shows and vegan shoes, and the difference between fur and leather. There’s a ton of Rising Anxieties, too, including a doozy from Variety, an op-ed about “eating consciously,” and the lament of one dairy farmer about why she has to be mean to her cows. We’ll also chat about the vegan and animal rights scene in Switzerland, and why one CBS talk show is more vegan-friendly than ever.

Joining us today is champion bodybuilder Amanda Riester, who also just so happens to be a passionate vegan. Amanda will give us the skinny on what it takes to become a champion bodybuilder, how her opponents react to her veganism, and – on a slightly different subject — she’ll also let us in on why she considers herself an animal communicator, and what that means.

For our review, Our Hen House’s darling Ari Solomon will review PBS’s documentary, Parrot Confidential, which will tell you everything you didn’t know you needed to know about parrots and the often tragic world they share with humans.

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

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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.

“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson






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(2) Readers Comments

  1. December 26, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    podcasts are awesome, but I feel more connected to a "talk" program with facial expression and interaction, and you two would be great. any chance of moving to "videocasts"?

  2. carolyn
    December 31, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    If you watch this video: http://www.peta.org/videos/downed-cow/ The story that is told is much different from the one in the link that you have provided here: http://dairycarrie.com/2013/12/09/cowabuse/ I understand that the people of Dairy Carrie want people to know that they care for their cows, but their video is misleading. Cows are abused as we can clearly see in the video from PETA. Dairy Carrie is providing fair and just information about how they treat their cows (without abuse) but they may also be giving some consumers an excuse to ignore blatant abuse. Good for them for providing information about downed cows and the hardship that many farmers go through to treat them and protect them. But playing the Sarah Mclachlan music to show how animal rights groups distort the truth was pretty ridiculous. Animal rights groups are trying to let people know about real abuse happening, not about the type of work that was being done on the farm of Darrie Carrie.



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