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Animal Welfare

Becoming a Joyful Vegan with Colleen Patrick Goudreau: PYP 370

Colleen Patrick Goudreau is author, most recently, of The Joyful Vegan. It’s a book about joy, yes, but joy as a strategic imperative in a world that is relentless in trying to undermine our resolve about living compassionate and brave lives. While steadfastness and willpower and outrage can provide bursts of energy for our journey,… Read More

Changing Hearts and Minds Through Laughter with Myq Kaplan: PYP 360

Myq Kaplan is a stand-up comedian who also happens to be vegan (or is it the other way around?) He’s performed on the Tonight Show, Conan, the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Seth Meyers, the Late Late Show with James Corden, in his own half-hour Comedy Central Presents special, and in his… Read More

Giving Farm Animals a Refuge with Lenore Braford: PYP 356

Lenore Braford talks about the hows and whys of rescuing abused and neglected farm animals. Given that billions of farm animals live and die in misery, is there a point in saving just a few? Listen as Lenore tells touching stories of rescue and resilience, and shows how these special animals act as ambassadors who… Read More

Can My Relationships Survive My Veganism? with Melanie Joy, PhD: PYP 351

How can we advocate for human health, environmental sanity, and ethical treatment of animals without wrecking our relationships with family members, friends, partners, and coworkers? Melanie Joy joins the podcast to talk about her book Beyond Beliefs – essentially a merging of the political and relational. Read More

Feminism, Veganism, and Activism with Carol Adams: PYP 296

Carol J. Adams is the author most recently of Burger and Protest Kitchen, and a self-described “feminist-vegan.” Read More

Neal Barnard, MD, on Not Eating, Testing, or Exploiting Animals in Pursuit of Health: PYP 291

Neal Barnard, MD, is the president and founder of the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) – an organization far too large and influential to still be called a “committee,” but who among us hasn’t outgrown our childhood name? – and the founder of the Barnard Medical Center in the DC area. He’s also the author… Read More

From Butcher to Vegan Nutritionist with Fraser Bayley: PYP 266

Fraser Bayley’s arc of transformation is long and inspiring. Growing up in Auckland, New Zealand, Fraser was a poor student who struggled in school despite putting in the effort. He felt stupid, like something was wrong with him. His social anxiety was so severe, he dropped out of college but managed to keep a crushing… Read More

Matthew Prescott on Solving Our Biggest Problems Through Plant-Forward Eating: PYP 260

When Matthew Prescott was 12, his older sister came home from school one day and announced that she had decided to become a “vegetarian,” whatever that was. In the grand tradition of little brothers everywhere, Matthew made sure to stick his forkful of beef under nose at the dinner table while making mooing sounds. But he… Read More

Fooling Meat Eaters with Plant-based Replacements with Rody Hawkins: PYP 257

I personally wouldn’t have been able to predict that the guy behind Lunchables an Slim Jim jerky sticks would be the one who might save the planet. But Rody Hawkins, muscle physiologist, consultant to the meat industry for decades, nutrition wonk, and pioneer in shelf-stable food technology, has just launched a plant-based meat replacement company… Read More

Carl Safina on Sharing Emotions with Animals: PYP 256

Carl Safina is the author of, most recently, Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel. I consumed it on Audible a couple of years ago, and was utterly mesmerized and transformed by the listening. I think it was one of the sneaky factors that pushed me, somewhat against my better judgment, into the Animal Welfare camp of the… Read More