We interrupt your regularly scheduled articles to give you a few updates from inside the coop, and inside the Our Hen House podcast. Hopefully you’re already a listener. If you’re not, well, clear your schedule. It takes a long time to catch up on 188 episodes, but there will be a quiz.
- Did you hear Steve-O on our podcast this past weekend (Episode 188)? It is unquestionably one of our favorite episodes yet. We fell in love with the guy. He talks about his vegan evolution, and even apologizes to the animal rights community for previously partaking in animal exploitation. You simply have to hear it.
- While we’re on the subject of dreamy interviews, I’m basically gobsmacked to announce that on this weekend’s show — Episode 189 — the incredible Emily Deschanel will be our guest! Yes, that Emily Deschanel. As in, the star of “Bones” (which just so happens to be one of our favorite shows, so no, we weren’t nervous at all during the interview …). On this weekend’s show, Emily will squawk about how she feels now that she’s celebrating her 20 year veganversary (egad!), how she inserts the animal rights message into “Bones,” and what advice she has to folks who think veganism is too hard. Uh. Maze. Ing.
- I’m working hard along with Mariann and our Associate Producer Liz Dee to bring you new, relevant, exciting episodes. We have actually never once missed a week of bringing you a new show! Remember, in addition to hearing the podcast directly on our online magazine, you can also listen and subscribe (for free) through iTunes, and — as of just recently, and due to popular demand — through Stitcher, too! If you listen to Our Hen House through iTunes, by the way, I hope you’ll take a moment and leave us a friendly review, with five stars! The more we’re out there on iTunes, then the more “featured” our podcast will be, and the more people will find us and, we hope, change the world for animals. Thanks for batting for us!
- Please don’t forget that you now have the opportunity to dedicate a podcast episode! If you have a veganversary coming up (or you know someone who does) — or maybe it’s a birthday, wedding anniversary, proposal (!), or you just want to share your love of someone or something — a tax-deductible donation of $150 will allow you share a dedication that we will read on the air! (The one last week still has me verklempt.) It’s perfect for the podcast junkies in your life, and it’s a great way to help keep vegan indie media alive! I’m looking forward to hearing from you.
- And if you’re not yet a member of the Our Hen House flock, remember that just for joining, we will send you a copy of the award-winning documentary, Vegucated, and a copy of the book Defiant Daughters: 21 Women on Art, Activism, Animals, and the Sexual Politics of Meat. You’ll also get access to exclusive content, contests, giveaways, the inside scoop from the coop, discount codes, and lots of other fantastic stuff. Plus, you’ll feel good, knowing that you’re keeping vegan indie media alive, and allowing us to produce a new show every week, and add content to our online magazine every day! You can become a member of the flock for a recurring monthly donation of just $10, or a one-time donation of $100 or more (which gets you a membership for one year). We hope you’ll join us! We “flockers” have a grand old time.
- Do note that we also offer some incredible thank you gifts for other donation amounts, too — such as Vegan for Her: The Woman’s Guide to Being Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet and an ethically-sourced, vegan-made Our Hen House tote bag (you get both as thanks for a donation of $50); the novel The Tourist Trail ($25); and a silver and hematite necklace that says “vegan” on it ($75). Huzzah!
- In addition to the podcast, we publish new content every day here on our online magazine! Do you dig it? If so, we hope that you’ll take a moment to vote for Our Hen House for Best Website in the VegNews Veggie Awards! Just for completing their survey, you become eligible to win exciting prizes, including a week-long trip for two on a vegan cruise! (And yes, I happen to be free that week, in case you were wondering.)
- Also — shameless plug — I’ve been enjoying blogging for The Huffington Post. My most recent piece came out late last week, and I hope you take a look. It’s deeply personal, and admittedly kind of painful. It’s called “Grandma Knows About Confinement: In the Wake of Losing Her Mobility, She Speaks Out Against Animal Cruelty.” Feel free to share it, if you feel so inclined! Thank you!
- As always, I want to reiterate how much you mean to us. Our listeners and readers are responsible for the heart that’s in OHH. We admire you so tremendously, and are so grateful for your continued support and love. Just know that we read everything you write (on Facebook, Twitter, in comments, on iTunes, in emails, on other people’s posts …), and, well, can we all just get together for a big group hug? But seriously: THANK YOU!
Finally, since I brought up our Associate Producer, Liz, before I close, allow me to take this golden opportunity to embarrass her and publish this photograph of her with Steve-O, which was taken in 2005 when she ran into him at an airport in Paris:
With that, you may now resume your regularly scheduled programming. See you on Facebook and Twitter, chickens.