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Episode 319: Author Élise Desaulniers, Plus an Update from Musician Michael Harren!

By Jasmin and Mariann — February 20, 2016

cashcowlargeWelcome to the 319th episode of Our Hen House, featuring independent scholar and animal rights activist Élise Desaulniers, author of Cash Cow: Ten Myths about the Dairy Industry. Plus, we’ll hear the latest from the charming and talented Micheal Harren. As always, the award-winning, weekly Our Hen House podcast is hosted by us — Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan.

Jasmin will give you the highlights of her whirlwind book tour in California. (Surely you’ve heard about Jasmin’s book, Always Too Much and Never Enough?? Check out the latest at And Mariann will give stellar advice — and not just in her Animal Law class at Columbia.

In today’s episode, activist and author Élise Desaulniers will remind us what’s wrong with dairy. We’ll also hear from our favorite rooster-loving artist, Michael Harren, on his upcoming show. October is just around the corner…



We have two podcast sponsorships today! Lucky us and lucky you!

This episode is sponsored by A Well-Fed World. A Well-Fed World is a hunger relief and animal protection organization chipping away at two of the world’s most immense, unnecessary and unconscionable forms of suffering… the suffering of people hungry from lack of food, and the suffering of animals used and abused for food. Mending our unjust food system is a critical part of solving the world’s most destructive and persistent problems. Fortunately, the plant-based foods that promote health and well-being are the same foods that conserve resources to better feed the world, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting the environment. A Well-Fed World provides the means for change by empowering individuals, social justice organizations, and political decisionmakers to embrace the benefits of plant-based foods and farming. Learn more at


This episode is also sponsored by the amazing Main Street Vegan Academy. The brainchild of Main Street Vegan author Victoria Moran, this is a 6-day training that results in certification as a Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator. The curriculum covers ever aspect of vegan living and vegan business, and you’ll learn from top-notch instructors including cardiologist Dr. Robert Ostfeld, fashion designers Joshua Katcher and Leanne Hilgart, and vegan business powerhouse JL Fields, as well as us Hens! And there are field trips to NYC’s hottest vegan stores, restaurants, and businesses. All the information is at Invest a week and — maybe — change everything.

All that, vegan banter, and plenty of “Rising Anxieties,” too, so be kind to quail!

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The Our Hen House theme song is written and sung by the incredible Michael Harren, who is also OHH’s Social Media Director! Special thanks to OHH’s Director of Operations, Anne Green, and to our audio editor, Eric Milano, of Love Loft Studios. Don’t forget to also tune into Our Hen House’s two other podcasts: The Teaching Jasmin How to Cook Vegan Podcast, and The Animal Law Podcast.

Let’s get squawking!

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