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Episode 210: “The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.”

By Jasmin and Mariann — January 18, 2014

Welcome to the 210th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Jan Creamer and Tim Phillips [transcript of Jan Creamer and Tim Phillips], with special guest Victoria Moran paying tribute to the late Rynn Berry, and a special review by OHH’s own Liz Dee.

On today’s episode – which also happens to be our 4 year anniversary episode – we will update you on some inside scoop from the coop, we’ll play you a short diddy that Craig Middleton wrote about us, we’ll chat about our own rising anxieties – caused by listening to our podcast – and we’ll answer a listener’s question about whether or not to display a “no fur allowed” sign in the window of their new business. We’ll also squawk about Rachael Ray embracing veganism a little more, when schadenfreude and animal rights overlap, and – on our Rising Anxieties segment – we’ll let you in on why a new mobile app about ethical eating is causing quite the stir within the industry. In addition, Jasmin will tell you all about her recent trip to Baltimore to speak at the Humane League of Maryland’s After the Holidays Party for the Animals.

This past week included a very sad loss for the animal rights community – that of longtime advocate Rynn Berry. Today, Victoria Moran will join us to celebrate the life and work of this author, scholar, and tireless supporter of the cause.

urlThen, joining us for our feature interview will be Jan Creamer and Tim Phillips, the forces behind the documentary Lion Ark, as well as the powerhouses behind the organization Animal Defenders International. Tim and Jan will talk to us about their groundbreaking work that spans many continents and decades, and they’ll tell us about some very special lions who became an international news story.

For our review, Our Hen House’s Liz Dee will give us her take on veggie meats for your pantry! That’s right – from rehydrated to vacuum-packed, learn how to stock your pantry full of convenient vegan meats, and find out which ones Liz just loved, and why. She’ll give us the skinny on Bob’s Red Mill’s TSP; Butler Food’s Soy Curls; and Elianni’s Veggie Rolls and Veggie Cutlets.

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

micYou can listen to our podcast directly on our website (beneath this paragraph!) or you can listen and subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher! Also, if you like what you hear, please rate it on iTunes and Stitcher, and don’t forget to leave us a friendly comment! Of course, we would be thrilled if you would also consider making a donation, or becoming a member of our flock (especially if you’re a regular listener). Any amount is hugely appreciated, and Our Hen House is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, so it’s tax-deductible! You can also dedicate a podcast episode! Don’t forget – we’re reader and listener supported. Plus, we offer some fantastic thank you gifts for your donations. Lastly, we are excited to be able to offer you written transcriptions of our podcast interviews (beginning with Episode 188). Thank you for helping us create quality content, and for helping us bring you a new podcast episode each week! 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. The Our Hen House theme song is written and sung by the incredible Michael Harren.

“The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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