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2015, 2013 and 2017 OFFICIAL HONOREE OF THE WEBBY AWARDS! Join hostesses Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan on this unique and fun podcast that focuses on changing the world for animals. Jasmin and Mariann get to interview some of the grooviest, most insightful and inspiring activists and changemakers around. And, in addition to some idle chit-chat, insightful commentary, and a bit of gossip, they review new hot products, companies, and media. Tune in to get the vegan skinny.

Our Hen House Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8, 25 Ratings

2015, 2013 and 2017 OFFICIAL HONOREE OF THE WEBBY AWARDS! Join hostesses Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan on this unique and fun podcast that focuses on changing the world for animals. Jasmin and Mariann get to interview some of the grooviest, most insightful and inspiring activists and changemakers around. And, in addition to some idle chit-chat, insightful commentary, and a bit of gossip, they review new hot products, companies, and media. Tune in to get the vegan skinny.

    Episode 551: Why People Love and Exploit Animals ft. Kristof Dhont and Gordon Hodson

    Episode 551: Why People Love and Exploit Animals ft. Kristof Dhont and Gordon Hodson

    In the intro to the show, Mariann and Jasmin discuss the huge coronavirus outbreaks at slaughterhouses and talk about some Bloomberg reporting regarding how the meat industry is just not going to do anything about it. They also reflect on how they both recently watched Christopher Robin to cheer themselves up during this challenging time and to feel not quite so weird about their deep attachment to their own stuffed loved ones. In our continuing effort to support vegan businesses, Jasmin is shouting out Happy Ice LA. If you’re looking for a summer treat and you’re in Los Angeles, do yourself a flavor and grab a Happy Ice! Lastly folks, don’t forget to Register to Vote!



    Kristof Dhont, PhD, is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Kent and the founder and director of SHARKLab, a research group that studies human intergroup and human-animal relations. He has a particular interest in the psychological and ideological roots of speciesism, racism, and sexism. Gordon Hodson, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at Brock University in St Catherines, Ontario, where he directs the Brock Lab of Intergroup Processes. His main research interest is political ideology and its relationship to prejudice, intelligence, and climate change denial. Kristof and Gordon have recently edited, and contributed to, a book entitled Why We Love and Exploit Animals: Bridging Insights from Academia and Activism.



    Kristof and Gordon join the show today to delve into why they wanted to bring together perspectives from academics and animal advocates on why so many people are able to be involved in the exploitation of animals for food, clothing, and entertainment while also professing to love animals. They discuss how we can better understand our relationship with animals through well established findings in political psychology and how maintaining speciesism comes at a psychological cost to individuals who must maintain the denial necessary to continue behaviors deleterious to animals. Kristof and Gordon also share their thoughts on how animal advocates can structure their messaging to highlight the disconnect between loving animals and eating them without alienating people.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Episode 550: How Dogs Saved My Life ft. Zach Skow

    Episode 550: How Dogs Saved My Life ft. Zach Skow

    In the intro to the show Mariann talks to Jasmin about her new favorite book, Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, by Nobel Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk and what a pleasure it is to read a book that really gets it about animals. Jasmin announces that she’ll likely be participating in The Goat Games, a virtual event that challenges participants to finish a 5-kilometer run, walk, bike, hike, or swim at a location of their choosing between August 8 and 16 to raise funds for Catskill Animal Sanctuary. Recently, Catskill, like many other sanctuaries, has lost 30% of it’s funding due to COVID-19. Then, in our continued effort to support vegan-owned businesses, we’re shouting out Charlie Fyffe and his  amazing guide to 70+ Black owned vegan businesses in Los Angeles. Over 70! 



    Then, Jasmin talks to Zach Skow. Zach is the founder of Marley’s Mutts, an animal shelter with a difference in Kern County, California. He turned to his dogs to help him when his diagnosis with end-stage liver disease meant that he had to battle to stay sober to access a liver transplant. When Zach recovered, he was prompted to start the rescue to give back, and, since its inception, Marley's Mutts has now rescued over 5,000 dogs and started a pioneering prison program called Pawsitive Change. 



    In this episode Zach joins us to dive into how his love for his dogs and their unwavering acceptance of him pulled him through the darkness and brought him back to his authentic self. He shares why Marley’s Mutts is not only an animal shelter, but is a positive force for change in the community, and how the Pawsitive Change Prison Program works to take rescue dogs into local prisons to train with inmates and give both a second chance. Zach also discusses how he sees Marley’s Mutts developing and expanding in the future to support vulnerable humans and animals in need.  

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode 549: The Ethics Behind Animal Planet’s Saved by the Barn ft. Kelly Holt and Dan McKernan

    Episode 549: The Ethics Behind Animal Planet’s Saved by the Barn ft. Kelly Holt and Dan McKernan

    In the intro to the show Jasmin announces that she’s moving back to New York, so start spreading the news! Jasmin and Mariann also announce their new Director of Operations, Jen Riley. Jen is a long time animal rights activist and organizer and has long been the mastermind behind the Animal Rights Conference. In other exciting news, Jasmin will be speaking at the Farmed Animal Conference E-Summit. This year the summit will be happening virtually. We also continue our Supporting Vegan Businesses program by shouting out the LA Food Truck, Lettuce Feast. 



    Then, Jasmin speaks with Kelly Holt and Dan McKernan, stars of Animal Planet’s Saved by the Barn and founders of Barn Sanctuary, in Chelsea, MI, which has rescued around 400 farmed animals from abuse and neglect. They launched Barn Sanctuary from Dan’s family farm after the decision to go vegan inspired them to look into the treatment of farmed animals across the world. Their mission is to give their rescued animals a safe place to live out the rest of their lives, and with their Animal Planet show, they want to show how wonderful these animals are and how they deserve to not end up on someone’s plate. 



    Kelly and Dan join us to share why they gave up their jobs in marketing and technology, respectively, to open a sanctuary for rescued farmed animals. They share how the series Saved by the Barn came into being after Dan’s picture of a tender moment with one of the cows went viral, why he rigorously interviewed all of the production companies that wanted to make the show, and the conditions he imposed during filming. Kelly also shares why she feels it's so important to connect and work together with other farm sanctuaries and organizations to build a collaborative way forward. 

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode 548: Liz Marshall on her new film, Meat the Future

    Episode 548: Liz Marshall on her new film, Meat the Future

    In the intro to the show, Jasmin and Mariann debate the idea of a vegan company hiring non-vegan employees, and a recent "article" from Safeway in the Washington Times about plant-based foods. We also continue our Supporting Vegan Businesses program by shouting out Sam & Gertie's Vegan Jewish Deli and Uptown Veg. Mariann talks to filmmaker Liz Marshall about her new film Meat the Future, a documentary about the "cultivated meat" revolution in food production. Liz talks about the making of the film, the impact she hopes it will have, and trying to market a film during a global pandemic. (24:55) Mariann brings us the latest Rising Anxieties from the industrial animal ag world. (1:06:45). This episode is brought to you in part by the Barnard Medical Center. To set up a telehealth appointment today call 202-527-7500 or on pcrm.org.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Episode 547: Deb Olin Unferth on her chicken liberation novel, Barn 8

    Episode 547: Deb Olin Unferth on her chicken liberation novel, Barn 8

    In the intro to the show, Jasmin and Mariann present virtually at Main Street Vegan Academy, Jasmin's interview with Joaquin Phoenix is now available, and Mariann recorded a new Animal Law Podcast episode. We also talk about the new collection of essays Jasmin edited for Encompass and the ongoing quarantine. We also continue our Supporting Vegan Businesses program by shouting out Compton Vegan. Later in the episode, Mariann brings us Rising Anxieties! Mariann talks to author and activist Deb Olen Unferth about her new novel, Barn 8, and how she came to the story of auditors going rogue and plotting to free one million chickens. She delves into the research she did leading up to writing the book, how her investigations into the egg industry informed the book, and the inspiration she took from recording the chatter of chickens. (23:10) Mariann brings us the latest Rising Anxieties from the industrial animal ag world. (1:05:17) This episode is brought to you in part by the Barnard Medical Center. To set up a telehealth appointment today call 202-527-7500 or on pcrm.org.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode 546: Dr. Neal Barnard on his new book, Your Body In Balance

    Episode 546: Dr. Neal Barnard on his new book, Your Body In Balance

    In the intro to the show, we play a sample of a new song from Neal Barnard's band, CarbonWorks. Then, Jasmin and Mariann reflect on the tragic death of animal activist Regan Russell, and the pain of grief. We also continue our Supporting Vegan Businesses program by shouting out Planet Protein, Nina Raizel Jewelry, and Elife Restaurant. Later in the episode, Mariann brings us Rising Anxieties! Jasmin speaks with Dr. Neal Barnard about his new book Your Body In Balance and how some of the common health conditions that people face may be the result of hormone imbalances caused by foods we eat. Dr. Barnard also tells us about how Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is responding in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, and the challenges of and opportunities for tele-health services during the Coronavirus pandemic. (18:45) Mariann brings us the latest Rising Anxieties from the industrial animal ag world. (57:45) This episode is brought to you in part by the Barnard Medical Center. To set up a telehealth appointment today call 202-527-7500 or on pcrm.org.

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Kim V Frost ,

Brilliant and inspiring!

Our Hen House is one of my favourite podcasts to listen to. I am constantly inspired as well as entertained by these two very smart ladies and their guests. Thank you from Australia 💕

Flibble13 ,

Love it!

Great podcast! One of the best!

Podcastian42 ,

A clucking great show

Jasmin and Mariann bring a fresh and interesting look at the world of animal rights and veganism, with great banter, fascinating and diverse guests and of course my favourite segment, Rising Anxieties! The show is always thought provoking and entertaining, well worth your time.

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