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Episode 354: Author and Activist Ren Hurst, and Michael Harren and The Animal Show!

By Jasmin and Mariann — October 22, 2016

Welcome to the 354th episode of Our Hen House!

renhurstandfriendsThis week, Mariann interviews Ren Hurst, former horse trainer and author of Riding On the Power of Others: A Horsewoman’s Path to Unconditional Love. After several major shifts in perspective, she left the professional world of horses to start the New World Sanctuary Foundation in southern Oregon that emphasizes equality for all living beings. You’ll be moved by her journey of compassion and by the relationships that changed her life.

michaelandfriendWe’ve all been waiting for this for a while now. (You may recall that Michael’s been on the podcast several times to talk about his progress.) Yes, The Animal Show will be performed by our very own Michael Harren on October 27, 28, and 29 at Dixon Place. If you’re in the neighborhood, get up and go! Jasmin and Michael chat about the experiences at Tamerlaine Farm Animal Sanctuary during his artist-in-residency that led him to write the stories and music of his solo show.

Of course, there’s news and Rising Anxieties, too!

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


This episode is also 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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