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Episode 373: Gary Smith and Kezia Jauron, and Bobbi Jo Forte

By Jasmin and Mariann — March 04, 2017

Welcome to the 373rd episode of Our Hen House!

We shake things up on this episode! Jasmin interviews featured guests Gary Smith and Kezia Jauron, the power couple behind the public relations agency Evolotus, celebrating its 10th year! By generating positive media coverage for animal issues, Evolotus serves a unique niche in the movement and helps organizations gain visibility, increase their followings, and generate revenues. If that weren’t enough, Gary and Kezia also run the blog The Thinking Vegan. Through the blog, they have mentored hundreds of new and transitioning vegans, and developed a comprehensive guide of FAQs and resources for those motivated to go vegan for ethical reasons.

Here’s the article Jasmin referenced: “How Not to Completely Suck at Pitching Animal Rights and Vegan Stories to the Media.” Be sure to take some time to listen to Kezia’s and Gary’s first appearance on the podcast – way back in 2012 on episode 110!

Mariann takes the local beat and visits Bobbi Jo Forte at Morgan’s Cat Cafe in Red Hook NY. During her difficult childhood, animals became Bobbi Jo’s sanctuary, best friends, and cherished family. Her experiences launched a lifetime of dedication to caring for animals in need and led to the founding of a cafe that is not only helping cats find homes but is helping people come together over delicious food and their love for animals. You’ll be amazed and inspired by Bobbi Jo’s story of triumph over adversity.

Mariann covers News and Rising Anxieties, of course!

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



This episode is brought to you in part through the generosity of 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 Director of Communications! Don’t forget to tune into Our Hen House’s other two podcasts: The Teaching Jasmin How to Cook Vegan Podcast, and The Animal Law Podcast.

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