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Episode 462: Michael Harren and Tracye McQuirter

By Jasmin and Mariann — November 17, 2018

This week, Jasmin talks with Our Hen House’s Michael Harren about the activism he participated in and witnessed at this year’s Kaporos ritual in New York City, including the story of a rescue attempt on a chicken. It’s a compelling discussion that we know every activist and anyone with compassion for animals will find inspiring. They also talk about Michael’s long-running podcast, MikeyPod, and his recent book, The Animal Book.

Then, we welcome back to the show one of our favorite guests, Tracye McQuirter, for a new edition of “Teaching Jasmin How To Cook Vegan.” Tracye teaches Jasmin how to cook Spicy Basil Eggplant with Dates, Cashews and Brown Rice. The recipe comes from page 185 of her book, Ageless Vegan. If you missed our interview with Tracye about that book from episode 443, you can listen to it here. They also talk about Tracye’ phenomenal new project, African American Vegan Starter Guide. Tracye McQuirter, MPH, was named a national food hero changing the way America eats for the better by Vegetarian Times and her first book, By Any Greens Necessary, established her as one of the most influential vegans in the country. Tracye directed the nation’s first federally funded vegan nutrition program and was a nutrition advisor for the Black Women’s Health Imperative. As an adjunct professor at the University of the District of Columbia, Tracye designed and taught a plant-based nutrition curriculum for the District of Columbia Public Schools System to help prevent and reverse childhood obesity in Washington, DC. She recently created the first-of-its-kind, free African American Vegan Starter Guide in partnership with Farm Sanctuary. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Essence, Bon Appetit, Ebony, VegNews, the Huffington Post, and more.

Here’s the recipe for the dish they make so you can follow along at home. If you make it, take a picture and tag us on Instagram (@OurHenHouse) or tell us about it on our Facebook page!

And no episode of Our Hen House would be complete without Mariann bringing us some Rising Anxieties.

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 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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