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Episode 326: Brenda Sanders, Kassy Ortega, and Caryn Ginsberg

By Jasmin and Mariann — April 09, 2016

CarynGinsbergDCmeetingWelcome to the 326th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Brenda Sanders, whose multi-organizational work in Baltimore is changing countless lives. We also interview Kassy Ortega of The Humane League, and illustrator extraordinaire Caryn Ginsberg. As always, the award-winning, weekly Our Hen House podcast is hosted by us — Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan.

No foolin’! Today’s episode is fantastic! We squawk about the latest happenings, live interviews, and intersectionality. (Be sure to also check out, too, for the latest on Jasmin’s book tour.)

Super-powered social justice activist Brenda Sanders will inspire you with her work to bring animals into the conversation in Baltimore with (among others) Pep Foods Inc., Better Health, Better Life, Open the Cages Alliance, and Vegan Soul Fest. We don’t think she ever sleeps!

In two bonus interviews, you’ll find out how Kassy Ortega, DC Grassroots Director at The Humane League, brings compassion to area schools; and you’ll hear how Caryn Ginsberg of Priority Ventures uses visuals (like the one above) to draw out the best in the movement.

Jasmin interviewing Kassy

Jasmin interviewing Kassy

Brenda and Jasmin

Brenda and Jasmin

Caryn and Jasmin

Caryn and Jasmin


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

All that, vegan banter, and plenty of “Rising Anxieties,” too, so break out your crayons and draw something fun!

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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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