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Episode 219: “… you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”

By Jasmin and Mariann — March 22, 2014

podcastWelcome to the 219th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Robert Ostfeld [transcript], M.D., MSc., with a special reading by Robin Lamont.

In today’s episode, we’ll tell you why we care about Doris Day turning 90. We’ll read you a poem by Jack Gilbert that gives us hope. We’ll share with you two emails we received of late from listeners on opposite sides of the planet, who have two shockingly similar stories. And we’ll squawk all about Episode 2 of the brand new Our Hen House TV show. We’ll also give our take on euthanizing animals who are in pain, as well as how to properly message veganism so that people don’t shut it out completely when they refuse to embrace it completely. Plus, as always, we have plenty of Rising Anxieties to go over with you.

Joining us today is Robert Ostfeld, M.D., who is changing the framework of medicine for good – and, seeing as how he only advocates for veganism, and is sharing that outlook with the masses, we think you’ll be just as happy as we are by the extraordinary efforts he’s taken on.

Then, author Robin Lamont will share her very unusual personal story with us, followed by a reading of an excerpt from her suspense novel, The Chain, which is part of The Kinship Series – a series that was inspired by the senseless crimes against the remarkable creatures with whom we share this planet, the ones crying out for someone to fight for them. Robin is doing just that through her brilliant fiction.

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


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“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” -from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, said by Atticus Finch

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