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Episode 320: Full-time Artist Dana Ellyn and Hard-hitting Art for Animals!

By Jasmin and Mariann — February 27, 2016

Welcome to the 320th episode of Our Hen House, featuring artist Dana Ellyn, whose paintings are colorful critiques of society’s relationship with animals. As always, the award-winning, weekly Our Hen House podcast is hosted by us — Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan.

What will happen when Mariann gets her own microphone? Stay tuned for more as this story develops. Jasmin is on tour in March and April, after all! (In case you’ve been out of Internet range, check out Jasmin’s new memoir, Always Too Much and Never Enough at Jasmin and Mariann comment about comments, and how we might want to celebrate a bit more (or at least say: “yay!” once or twice before reminding ourselves of more misery).

In today’s episode, artist Dana Ellyn shares her impetus for creating hard-hitting paintings that have stories to tell, including her series “Look me in the eyes and tell me I’m delicious.” You’ll want to go to her website to view the real deal.



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 brought to you by V-lish, a project of our friends at Farm Sanctuary. Check out their dynamic guide to delicious cruelty-free eating! With inspired (and many Jasmin-friendly) recipes, videos, and tips and tricks from a wide range of experts, V-lish is a great resource for compassionate living.

All that, vegan banter, and plenty of “Rising Anxieties,” too, so hold on to your microphone!

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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.

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