187 episodes

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
    • 4.9 • 446 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 568: Researching Ethical Sustainable Materials ft. Nicole Rawling

    Episode 568: Researching Ethical Sustainable Materials ft. Nicole Rawling

    We’re thrilled to have Nicole Rawling join us on the podcast. Nicole has worked with fashion companies, scientists, and investors worldwide to encourage the development of alternative materials with the aim of replacing animal products. She founded Material Innovation Initiative after identifying the potential of the next-gen materials market through her her work as the Good Food Institute’s Director of International Engagement.



    Nicole joins us this week to discuss the role of the Material Innovation Initiative, how it finds viable alternatives to animal-product materials, and why petroleum-based vegan leather isn’t the answer. She offers her tips for avoiding fast fashion while still dressing sustainably and stylishly and shares how to find high-quality, ethical brands that you will last for years. Nicole also shares the most surprising items that have been turned into new wearable leather thus far, from apple skins to mushrooms and even waste from mangos and wine production.



    View the full show description and resources here: https://www.ourhenhouse.org/2020/11/ep568/



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    • 1 hr 27 min
    Episode 567.5: "Sanctuary: A Radio Play" Recorded Live In New York City

    Episode 567.5: "Sanctuary: A Radio Play" Recorded Live In New York City

    Welcome to this extraordinary holiday episode in which we present "Sanctuary: A Radio Play," an annual Thanksgiving tradition at Our Hen House! This special performance marks the world premiere of John Yunker’s Sanctuary at New York City’s Symphony Space during the Culture & Animals Foundation’s 2017 Compassion Arts Festival. We were thrilled to have been a part of this fun, engaging, and critical production that demonstrates the journeys we embark on when we begin to learn about animal exploitation. Jasmin is a longtime proponent of theater as a tool for vegan advocacy; the medium serves as a lens into human behavior and allows the audience to safely explore their feelings around animal equality and why they choose to eat animals.



    A dark comedy, Sanctuary tells the story of Richard (John Frusciante) and Lisa (Mariann Sullivan), a happily married couple whose blissful retirement to small-town Oregon is thrown into disarray when Lisa suddenly decides to go vegan and insists on celebrating Thanksgiving without a turkey AND alongside her new friend and animal activist, Meg (Jasmin Singer). Husband Richard invites his unsuspecting buddy Charley (Michael Harren), who also happens to be the local exterminator, in the hopes of forcing Lisa to stick with the traditional meal. The resulting tensions soon push relationships over the edge. Sanctuary tells the story behind the struggles and joys of navigating vegan ethics around loved ones who don’t quite understand. (Sound effects are by Emmy winner Eric Milano.)



    View the full show description and resources here: https://www.ourhenhouse.org/2020/11/ep567.5/



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    • 44 min
    Episode 567: Living Future ft Shawn Smith and Melissa Hoffman

    Episode 567: Living Future ft Shawn Smith and Melissa Hoffman

    This week we're pleased to feature Shawn Smith and Melissa Hoffman of LivingFuture Foundation. The two live on SHO Farm, a 1300-acre regenerative vegan farm in Vermont, where they farm and steward the land so that all occupants can coexist in harmony. Shawn and Melissa are passionate about the long-term viability of food-medicine agriculture and the ecosystems that support life on our delicate, yet resilient, planet. Melissa is the creative force behind SHO Farm and is a perennial, plant-based chef and educator dedicated to the relationship between living land systems and the rich traditions of global plant-based gastronomy. Shawn is an animal rights activist, a lawyer, a real estate professional, and runs the Sanctuary at SHO—home to a rescued flock of ducks.



    Today, Shawn and Melissa are sharing the details of their wildlife integrated approach to farming and the techniques they use to achieve their goals and further their central purpose. Highlighting the importance of understanding how ecosystems function, they discuss how we can eliminate the use of animals and still feed a growing population by redesigning the way we live and farm. Shawn also explains how SHO Farm disrupted the cycle of violence from another farm by not only rescuing ducks who were on their way to slaughter, but finding non-lethal and caring solutions when rats decided to make the duck barn their home.



    In this week's segment to support vegan businesses, we're showing some love to Renegade Food, which makes 100% plant-based organic smoked meats with the belief that eating well should be easy and taste delicious, as well as to four children's picture books from Eifrig Publishing by 19 year old author Lotus Kay and illustrator Chey Diehl, including the very timely A Thanksgiving for the Turkeys.



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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Episode 566: Nourishment from Within ft Haile Thomas

    Episode 566: Nourishment from Within ft Haile Thomas

    At just 19 years old, Haile Thomas is already an international speaker, wellness activist, vegan advocate, and the author of "Living Lively: 80 Plant-Based Recipes to Activate Your Power and Feed Your Potential."  Needless to say, we are thrilled that she is joining us on Our Hen House this week. Haile is the founder and CEO of HAPPY (Healthy, Active, Positive, Purposeful, Youth), a non-profit organization—founded when she was only 12 years old—that seeks to redefine youth empowerment through education and offers affordable peer-to-peer plant-based nutritional education. The youngest person to graduate as a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach in the United States, Haile spreads her message of empowerment and happiness from within everyday on social media with the tagline “Let’s Grow Together.”



    On today's interview, Haile shares her story of how she became passionate about holistic wellness and how the foods we eat deeply affect us in so many ways. She talks about her journey thus far (including the frightening event that motivated her to research the benefits of living plant-based), and the inspiration behind HAPPY and its work to nurture and guide the next generation towards becoming happy, informed, and active world citizens. We also discuss what we mean, and what we should mean, when we talk about “self-care,” how to find ways of taking care of yourself that actually work for YOU, and ways to help you avoid succumbing when you feel overwhelmed.



    In this week’s “Our Hen House Supports Vegan Businesses” segment, we’re shouting out  Misha’s Kind Foods and Lily’s Vegan Pantry, both of which are open for online ordering and shipping. Misha’s is a Black-owned plant-based company that makes artisan non-dairy cheeses and cheese spreads. Lily’s Vegan Pantry is a family owned and operated business located in the heart of Chinatown, New York City. Their goal is to offer a wide range of healthy, delicious and enjoyable vegan alternatives. Formerly known as May Wah Market, it was one of Jasmin and Mariann's favorite shopping haunts when they lived in NYC!



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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Episode 565: A Modern Horror Story ft Juliet Gellatley

    Episode 565: A Modern Horror Story ft Juliet Gellatley

    Juliet Gellatley joins the podcast today and we seriously couldn't be more excited about this conversation. She’s the founder and director of Viva!, a campaigning charity that has been a foundational force for the advances for veganism and animal rights in the UK and elsewhere (and also kicked off Jasmin's career in animal rights!). Long before many others got on board, Viva! was focusing on ending the abuse of animals exploited and killed for food and promoting a vegan diet.



    Among other things, we discuss "HOGWOOD: A Modern Horror Story," a short film that details a groundbreaking investigation of a notorious UK pig "farm" by Viva!, along with the subsequent campaign that led to the to the facility's demise. Part of that discussion is how to overcome the fundamental problem of animal rights campaigning -- what is happening to animals is so awful that people can just shut down and refuse to watch films depicting it. Perhaps most importantly, we talk about how Viva! managed to bring enormous attention to the film and the horrors it depicts, and to distribute it via the major streaming platforms. This is incredibly effective activism! Juliet also discusses why people in the UK, a country known for, and proud of, its love of animals, believe that they have much better standards for the treatment of farmed animals than most countries, why they are sadly mistaken, and how to disabuse them of that false notion.



    Juliet directs all aspects of Viva!, from campaigning, to writing articles, to giving public talks, and organizing fundraising events. She also founded and directs its health arm, Viva!Health, which concentrates on campaigning on health and nutrition. She has investigated many farms, revealing devastating animal cruelty, and is also the author of several books, including the The Livewire Guide to Going, Being and Staying Veggie, Born to be Wild: The Livewire Guide to Saving Animals, and, along with Tony Wardle, The Silent Ark.



    In this week's "Our Hen House Supports Vegan Businesses" segment, we’re shouting out Fineapple Vegan and its Liquid Gold Vegan Cheese Sauce, as well as, just in time for the holidays, Vegan Gift Shop, an online store with cruelty-free & eco-friendly vegan gift ideas plus everyday vegan grocery items!



    View the full show description and resources here: https://www.ourhenhouse.org/2020/11/ep565/



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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 564: Plant Based News ft Robbie Lockie

    Episode 564: Plant Based News ft Robbie Lockie

    Here's the latest episode of the Our Hen House podcast with co-hosts Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan! This week, Jasmin interviews Robbie Lockie. He co-founded the incredibly valuable online platform Plant Based News to publish news important to those who care about animals and veganism, and recently received the Compassionate Business Award from PETA. He has been involved in several online animal equality campaigns, including Move Your Money, a charity that helps to raise awareness about ethical banking, and coproducing the documentary SWINE for Viva!



    Robbie joins us to discuss why so many of our current problems are rooted in animal agriculture and how to get people to understand the links among animal suffering, health, the environment and what they eat. He shares why he was inspired to found Plant Based News, how it works to spread the news important to vegans, and why Plant Based News uses all tactics of modern media to plant ideas into people’s minds about the joy of conscious living and a plant-based lifestyle in a way that draws people in rather than turns them off.



    View the full show description and resources here: https://www.ourhenhouse.org/2020/10/ep564/



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    • 1 hr 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
446 Ratings

446 Ratings

barrie421 ,

My go-to for all things vegan!

Absolutely love this podcast. I’m new to the plant based world and this has become my go to for all info related to veganism, animal rights, etc. The hosts are so entertaining and keep me wanting to tune in every week! Already looking forward to next week’s episode. Keep up the great work 🙌🏻

RainbowVegan9 ,

Life changing

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The interviews and information you get from this podcast are amazing! Mariann and Jasmin are fantastic!!

ElizaJane72 ,

1# podcast for the animals, environment, and & human rights

I love how this podcast is primarily for the animals but finds a way to incorporate all injustices which do include the human animal. Jasmin and MaryAnn make you feel like you are in their company having a conversation about current events in the animal world ... they curse , they laugh, they bicker .... they are 100% authentic and I ❤️them for that. Keep up the amazing work of 10 years on continuous reporting ... forever a supporter

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