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Episode 346: Ellie Donohue-Miller, Kathy Freston, and a Review of Neil Abramson’s “Just Life” from Piper Hoffman

By Jasmin and Mariann — August 27, 2016

Welcome to the 346th episode of Our Hen House!

Kathy Freston, Pooch, and Jasmin Singer

Kathy Freston, Top Dog Trixi, and Jasmin Singer

Another fantastic episode in store for you this week! First up, Jasmin talks with Ellie Donohue-Miller about The Animal Activist Support Line. Ellie was inspired to create this project after seeing countless activists leave the movement and after personally struggling with burnout. Help for people who help animals is what this free service is all about!

On location at her home, Jasmin interviews Kathy Freston about her new book THE BOOK OF VEGANISH: A Beginner’s Guide for Easing into a Plant-Based, Cruelty-Free, Awesomely Delicious Way to Eat, with 70 Easy Recipes Anyone Can Make. You’ll want to recommend this comprehensive guide to anyone thinking about making the switch to a vegan diet and wondering how to do so in the most effective, reasonable, and healthy way.

And we’re fortunate to have Piper Hoffman with Mariann to review Neil Abramson‘s latest novel, “Just Life,” which explores the complex connection between humans and animals.

As always, the award-winning, weekly Our Hen House podcast is hosted by Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan.


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 decision makers to embrace the benefits of plant-based foods and farming. Learn more at

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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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