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Episode 478: Dotsie Bausch

By Jasmin and Mariann — March 09, 2019

This week, Jasmin interviews athlete and influential game-changer Dotsie Bausch. It’s a powerful and inspiring interview about her experience in the 2012 Olympics, her successful battle with addiction and eating disorder, and her journey into advocacy. She also tells us about the SwitchForGood anti-dairy initiative and why she chose this athlete-driven movement as a way to disrupt the dairy industry and its harmful mythologies.

After conquering habits and addictions that nearly took her life, Dotsie Bausch rode onto the 2012 Olympic podium as the oldest athlete in history in her cycling discipline, a remarkable feat powered by her plant-based diet. Now retired from competition, she pours her passion into compassionate missions to change and save lives. Bausch speaks passionately around the world, spreading her message about the numerous benefits – humane, nutritional and environmental – of plant-based eating. Her popular TEDx Talk, “Olympic Level Compassion,” has garnered over 175,000 views and has been a catalyst of change for thousands of people.

In the intro to this episode, Jasmin and Mariann talk about the recent hilarious, animal-friendly Saturday Night Live “Weekend Update” segment about Pigcasso. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s a must-watch. They also get very excited over this week’s bonus upcoming bonus content with Joni Marie Newman, and if you haven’t joined the Our Hen House Flock yet now is the time to do so. Plus, we have a very special dedication. After the interview, Mariann brings us some Rising Anxieties. More info in the show notes!

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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