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Episode 300: Strong Hearts Vegan Power, and Vegan Food Substitutions

By Jasmin and Mariann — October 10, 2015

unnamed-2Welcome to the 300th episode of Our Hen House (OMG! 300!), featuring interviews with members of the Strong Hearts Vegan Power running team, a review of The Complete Guide to Even More Vegan Food Substitutions by Joni Marie Newman and Celine Steen (review by Michael Suchman and Ethan Ciment of the Vegan Mos), and a look into the 2015 Winners of the Lisa Shapiro Award for Unsung Vegan Heroes with Alissa Hauser and Donna Marino. As always, the Our Hen House podcast is co-hosted by us — Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan.

10989443_10153290317174195_7661763669914297731_nOn today’s celebratory 300th podcast episode, we start by squawking all about the recent Ragnar Relay Jasmin took part in across the Adirondacks. This segment features interviews with several members of the Strong Hearts Vegan Power running team: firefighter Kaitlin Long, nurse Melissa Centoni, Buddhist Casey Johnston, vegan mom Meghann Wilson, and solo performer Michael Harren. Beware: Many of these interviews occurred in the wee hours of the morning, on zero sleep, after many hours of running across the mountains…let’s see how it goes!

fb-meme-2015-generic-1-460x294For our news segment today, we have a special interview with The Pollination Project‘s Alissa Hauser and Boulder Vegan Meetup’s Donna Marino, who will give us the skinny on the 2015 Winners of the Lisa Shapiro Award for Unsung Vegan Heroes. (OHH was proud to be a media sponsor for the Awards, and join the Pollination Project in thanking the partnering organizations: Tofurky, PETA, The Humane League, Mercy for Animals, Factory Farming Awareness Coalition, HSUS, Vegan Outreach, Miyoko’s Kitchen, VegNews, Piedmont Animal Sanctuary, National Museum of Animals and Society, World Peace Earth, The Institute for Humane Education, Jewish Vegetarians of North America, PCRM, First Spark Media, Service Space, Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates, and the Center for Biological Diversity.)

51PoQRsXIdL._SX340_BO1,204,203,200_Our review today is something you’ll definitely want to hear! The incredible guys from the Vegan MosEthan Ciment and Michael Suchman — are in rare form today as they give us their expert take on The Complete Guide to Even More Vegan Food Substitutions by Joni Marie Newman and Celine Steen. Pour yourself a bubbly and join us for this boisterous discussion.

All that, vegan banter, and of course, current events from the world of animal rights. There’s lots of “Rising Anxieties” today, too, so hold onto your tofu!

Today’s episode is sponsored by the upcoming cruelty-free fashion show and conference being put on by the Anti-Fur Society! You are invited to join a Cruelty-Free Fashion Show & Animal Rights Conference on November 21, at Landmark on the Park, 160 Central Park West, New York, NY — right in the heart of Manhattan! Keynote speakers include fashion designer John Bartlett, Jane Velez-Mitchell of, actress and activist Robbyne Kaamil, as well as a host of speakers including our good friend Donny Moss of Their Turn. Registration begins at 11 a.m. The exhibit hall opens at Noon, and includes booths from the Anti-Fur Society, Brave Gentle Man by Joshua Katcher, vegan ballet slippers by Cynthia King dance, Vaute Couture, and many more vendors from the U.S. and abroad. The reception includes an all-vegan menu and a cash bar, as well as keynote speakers and a performance by the Swan Lake Youth Ballet. The Fashion Show, directed by fashion designer John Bartlett, is the capstone for this wonderful event. You won’t want to miss it! For more information, and to register, visit This exciting event is promoted by the Anti-Fur Society and it presents special opportunities for ethical fashion traders, designers, models and beauticians to showcase their products to show the public that beauty and elegance do not need to hurt sentient beings. Remember, more information and registration is available online at


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The Our Hen House theme song is written and sung by the incredible Michael Harren. Special thanks to OHH Media Coordinator Alessandra Seiter for acting as the Associate Producer of the Our Hen House podcast, and huge props to OHH’s Director of Operations, Anne Green, and to our audio editor, Eric Milano, of Love Loft Studios.

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