14 episodes

Laurie Hood has dedicated her life to fighting for animal rights and saving animals. Laurie’s podcast is back and better than ever, with a new name to reflect her work with individuals who share her values. Laurie Hood’s Difference Makers celebrates the work of advocates from across the globe—the "difference makers" who are doing extraordinary things to help animals and those who are genuinely making the world a better place. In each episode of Laurie Hood’s Difference Makers, Laurie and her guests exchange larger-than-life tales of triumphs and setbacks, discuss how they got started advocating for animals, and inspire viewers to get involved in their fight. Visit alaqua.org/podcast to learn more or listen to audio podcasts. The first six interviews were recorded in locations ranging from the Alaqua Podcast Studio in Florida to the remote wilderness of Oregon's South Steen Mountains, to Zurich, Switzerland. Guests include Monty Roberts (Author of The Man Who Listens to Horses), Buck Wilde and Esther Gossweiler (documentarians focusing on Alaskan sea wolves and grizzly bears), Sonya Spaziani (Founder of Mustang Wild), Marty Irby (Animal Wellness Action lobbyist in Washington, D.C.), Emma Clifford (Animal Balance Founder and Director), Odessa Gunn (Animal Wellness Center, Northern California Director) and Ellie Phipps Price (American Wild Horse Campaign President).

Laurie Hood's Difference Makers Alaqua Animal Refuge

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    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

Laurie Hood has dedicated her life to fighting for animal rights and saving animals. Laurie’s podcast is back and better than ever, with a new name to reflect her work with individuals who share her values. Laurie Hood’s Difference Makers celebrates the work of advocates from across the globe—the "difference makers" who are doing extraordinary things to help animals and those who are genuinely making the world a better place. In each episode of Laurie Hood’s Difference Makers, Laurie and her guests exchange larger-than-life tales of triumphs and setbacks, discuss how they got started advocating for animals, and inspire viewers to get involved in their fight. Visit alaqua.org/podcast to learn more or listen to audio podcasts. The first six interviews were recorded in locations ranging from the Alaqua Podcast Studio in Florida to the remote wilderness of Oregon's South Steen Mountains, to Zurich, Switzerland. Guests include Monty Roberts (Author of The Man Who Listens to Horses), Buck Wilde and Esther Gossweiler (documentarians focusing on Alaskan sea wolves and grizzly bears), Sonya Spaziani (Founder of Mustang Wild), Marty Irby (Animal Wellness Action lobbyist in Washington, D.C.), Emma Clifford (Animal Balance Founder and Director), Odessa Gunn (Animal Wellness Center, Northern California Director) and Ellie Phipps Price (American Wild Horse Campaign President).

    Alaskan Sea Wolves Documentary Filmmakers - Esther Gossweiler and Buck Wilde

    Alaskan Sea Wolves Documentary Filmmakers - Esther Gossweiler and Buck Wilde

    Wildlife filmmakers Buck Wilde and Esther Gossweiler return to update Alaqua Animal Refuge Founder and "Difference Makers" Host Laurie Hood about the first documentary ever made about rarely seen Alaskan Sea Wolves, "Dark Wild Howling." The duo shares how Esther patiently gained the trust of an alpha male wolf she named Mosquito, who eventually introduced her to his pups. The film sheds light on the 20,000-year-old question of how wolves became domesticated. Esther is a civilian "Difference Maker" having turned her photography hobby and love of travel into helping people understand and protect wolves. Their film is expected to be completed by the fall of 2023, pending additional funding and donations.

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    Our combined work depends upon your donations and support to keep pushing forward and making real changes in animals' lives. We encourage you to learn more about the "differences" our guests are bringing to the foreground for animals of all kinds. Links below.

    BUCK AND ESTHER'S DOCUMENTARY:  https://wild2c.com
    LAURIE HOOD & ALAQUA:  https://alaqua.org/
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    ABOUT LAURIE HOOD'S DIFFERENCE MAKERS
    Our podcast series celebrates the work of animal advocates from around the globe who have dedicated their lives to animal protection and safety. These "difference makers" are doing extraordinary things to help all types of animals protect their overall welfare. In each episode, Laurie and her guests exchange larger-than-life tales of triumphs and setbacks, and discuss how they got started advocating for animals, all the while inspiring others to join their movement. 

    It is a must-watch for all animal lovers and a rallying cry to help create much-needed and lasting change in our society. Whether you watch or listen to the podcasts, our hope is that you will be entertained, informed, inspired, and encouraged to get involved—in your own community or across the globe.

    • 10 min
    Peter Knights — A Closer Look Inside WildAid and the Illegal Wildlife Trade

    Peter Knights — A Closer Look Inside WildAid and the Illegal Wildlife Trade

    In Part Two of Laurie's interview with Peter Knights, the founder and president of WildAid, Laurie and Peter discuss the "difference maker" celebrities—Danai Gurira, Yao Ming, His Royal Highness Prince William, Lupita Nyong'o, David Beckham, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jackie Chan, Sir Richard Branson, and Maggie Q—who work tirelessly with Peter and how their efforts are saving precious lives and paving the way toward long-lasting change in the fight for animal advocacy. 

    WILDAID:  https://wildaid.org/
    LAURIE HOOD & ALAQUA:  https://alaqua.org/

    ABOUT LAURIE HOOD'S DIFFERENCE MAKERS
    Our podcast series celebrates the work of animal advocates from
     around the globe who have dedicated their lives to animal protection and safety. These "difference makers" are doing extraordinary things to help 
    all types of animals protect their overall welfare. In each episode, Laurie and her guests exchange larger-than-life tales of
     triumphs and setbacks, discuss how they got started advocating for animals, all the while inspiring others to join their movement. 

    It is a must watch for all animal lovers and a rallying cry to help create much needed and lasting change in our society. Whether you watch or listen to the podcasts, our hope is that you will be entertained, informed, inspired, and encouraged to get involved—in your own community or across the globe.

    • 11 min
    Peter Knights — When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too

    Peter Knights — When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too

    Peter Knights is one of the biggest names in wildlife conservation and advocacy. As founder and president of WildAid, he may be the most influential "difference maker" of our time. In Part One of Laurie Hood's two part interview, Peter describes how he began his life's work as a wildlife trafficking investigator and ultimately founded WildAid, the global leader in the concept of demand reduction—which vigorously combats the illegal wildlife trade, a multi-billion-dollar global industry largely driven by consumer demand. 

    Peter has attracted A-list celebrities—including Danai Gurira, Yao Ming, High Royal Highness Prince William, Lupita Nyong'o, David Beckham, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jackie Chan, Sir Richard Branson, and Maggie Q—and raised millions of dollars of free advertising to lower the demand for animal products by asking worldwide audiences to embrace the message: "When the buying stops, the killing can too."

    ** LEARN MORE **
    Our combined work depends upon your donations and support to keep pushing forward and making real change in animals' lives. We encourage you to learn more about the "differences" our guests are bringing to the foreground for animals of all kinds. Links below.

    WILDAID:  https://wildaid.org/
    LAURIE HOOD & ALAQUA:  https://alaqua.org/

    ABOUT LAURIE HOOD'S DIFFERENCE MAKERS
    Our podcast series celebrates the work of animal advocates from
     around the globe who have dedicated their lives to animal protection and safety. These "difference makers" are doing extraordinary things to help 
    all types of animals protect their overall welfare. In each episode, Laurie and her guests exchange larger-than-life tales of
     triumphs and setbacks, discuss how they got started advocating for animals, all the while inspiring others to join their movement. 

    It is a must watch for all animal lovers and a rallying cry to help create much needed and lasting change in our society. Whether you watch or listen to the podcasts, our hope is that you will be entertained, informed, inspired, and encouraged to get involved—in your own community or across the globe.

    • 10 min
    Temple Grandin —Changing Global Thinking About Animals

    Temple Grandin —Changing Global Thinking About Animals

    In her Part Four interview with Laurie, Temple Grandin discusses her unique relationship with and deep understanding of animals that has literally changed global thinking. The world famous author and speaker on both autism and animal behavior also offers general advice that every animal lover can learn from. Her words of wisdom are especially relevant to the every day work at Alaqua Animal Refuge.

    ** LEARN MORE **
    We encourage you to learn more about the "differences" our guests are bringing to the foreground for animals of all kinds. Links below.

    TEMPLE GRANDIN:  https://templegrandin.com/
    LAURIE HOOD & ALAQUA:  https://alaqua.org/

    • 15 min
    Temple Grandin — The Beauty of Visual Thinking

    Temple Grandin — The Beauty of Visual Thinking

    When doctors told Temple Grandin’s mother she had little choice but to institutionalize her severely autistic daughter, her Mom ignored the experts. The pivotal move helped Temple find her way to become an unlikely hero to America's cattle industry and a true American icon. In Part Three of our four part interview, Temple sits down with Laurie and talks about her path to understanding the vital role of visual thinkers and the beauty of bringing together different types of minds. 

    ** LEARN MORE **
    We encourage you to learn more about the "differences" our guests are bringing to the foreground for animals of all kinds. Links below.

    TEMPLE GRANDIN:  https://templegrandin.com/
    LAURIE HOOD & ALAQUA:  https://alaqua.org/

    • 6 min
    Temple Grandin — Breaking Barriers Beyond Autism

    Temple Grandin — Breaking Barriers Beyond Autism

    In the 1970s, Temple Grandin, an autistic female working in an entirely male dominated world of livestock handling, single handedly improved the cattle industry with her brilliant mind, thinking, and perseverance. In fact today, major corporations will not use vendors who do not meet her standards, and half the cattle in the country are raised in facilities that she’s designed. Part Two of Laurie's recent four part interview with Temple is both intriguing and eye-opening.

    ** LEARN MORE **
    We encourage you to learn more about the "differences" our guests are bringing to the foreground for animals of all kinds.

    Links:
    LAURIE HOODS DIFFERENCE MAKERS
    TEMPLE GRANDIN
    LAURIE HOOD & ALAQUA

    ABOUT LAURIE HOOD'S DIFFERENCE MAKERS
    Our podcast series celebrates the work of animal advocates from
    around the globe who have dedicated their lives to animal protection and safety. These "difference makers" are doing extraordinary things to help 
    all types of animals protect their overall welfare. In each episode, Laurie and her guests exchange larger-than-life tales of
    triumphs and setbacks, discuss how they got started advocating for animals, all the while inspiring others to join their movement. 

    It is a must watch for all animal lovers and a rallying cry to help create much needed and lasting change in our society. Whether you watch or listen to the podcasts, our hope is that you will be entertained, informed, inspired, and encouraged to get involved—in your own community or across the globe.

    • 8 min

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