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Nathan Runkle on Showing Mercy to the Animals in Our Care: PYP 235

Nathan Runkle is the founder of Mercy For Animals, an organization that focuses on the prevention of cruelty to the billions of farm animals raised for food in the United States. Nathan’s just written an amazing memoir, titled Mercy For Animals, with friend-of-the-podcast Gene Stone. The book is part coming of age story, part exposé… Read More

Chris Voss on Negotiating with Others and Ourselves: PYP 208

Chris Voss learned negotiation in one of the most high-stakes professions possible: as a lead international hostage negotiator for the FBI. Having learned from the super-smart, super-rational Harvard negotiation experts, Chris quickly discovered that humans are not rational, and that principles and tactics that work with Rational Humans (a fictitious species) do not reliably work… Read More

Brian Kateman on Reducing Animal Consumption by Building a Big Tent: PYP 204

Brian Kateman is cofounder of the burgeoning Reducetarian movement, and one of the bright young stars in the fight to save humanity, animals, and planet earth from spiraling into an unredeemable mess. Brian reached out to me about a year ago, sharing a modest vision for an edited book designed not to turn ordinary people… Read More

Saving America by Reforming Health Insurance with Ken Beckman: PYP 200

Ken Beckman is an actuary in the health insurance field. (Now hang on, you non-math folks – this is going to be a lot more interesting (and accessible) than you might think. Give us a chance here… 🙂 After getting turned on to the health benefits of a plant-based diet, Ken began seeing the health… Read More

Getting a Second Lease on Life – and Using It in a Big Way with Paul Chatlin: PYP 199

At age 55, Paul Chatlin was a few minutes away from surgery on a 100% blockage in his right coronary artery when his cardiologist asked him out of the blue, “Would you consider a nutritional change instead of bypass surgery?” Turns out the cardiologist’s mentor was a dude named Caldwell Esselstyn, which is the only… Read More

Stumbling Toward a Healthy and Kind Diet with Clay Garrett: PYP 190

Growing up in rural East Texas, Clay Garrett was raised to appreciate meat. His father, an agriculture instructor, literally taught an entire class on how to produce, process and cook meat. And the “meat and butter at every meal” cuisine was never linked, in anyone’s mind, to the family history of high cholesterol and cancer,… Read More

Peak Performance for the Rest of Us with Bradley Stulberg: PYP 180

Bradley Stulberg writes about the connections between exercise and human physiology and psychology. He’s interviewed many of the world’s elite athletes, and has synthesized their insights into valuable lessons for the rest of us. Read More

Obesity, Disease, and Fat Shaming: a Conversation on the Curiously Veg Podcast

Josh LaJaunie and I had a spirited conversation with Hope Hughes and David Powell, hosts of the Curiously Veg Podcast, about a recent BBC documentary which featured the autopsy of an obese woman. Hope and David were taken aback by critics who accused the film of fat shaming. They reached to to me, and I…

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Telling the Plant-based Story to the World with Gene Stone: PYP 177

Gene Stone is the author of about 40 books (he wasn’t quite sure of the exact count), and has become the pre-eminent co-author on books in the plant-based and vegan genres, including Michael Greger’s runaway bestseller How Not to Die, Rip Esselstyn’s The Engine 2 Diet and My Beef with Meat, and a bunch of… Read More