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ACT Radio

Second and Fourth Sunday of the Month at 7:30pm

Welcome to ACT Radio -- Animal Concerns of Texas, with co-hosts Greg Lawson, Elizabeth Walsh, and Tom Linney. Every second and fourth Sunday evening at 7:30, we offer a unique program that focuses on animals, and related issues such as vegetarianism and the environment.

Everyone loves animals, and yet animals are the most helpless and victimized members of the living community. We believe with Gandhi that "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

Most people have no idea the horrors our animal friends undergo in zoos, circuses, rodeos, experimental laboratories, and factory farms and slaughterhouses. Through the airwaves and elsewhere, we seek to be a voice for the voiceless and to promote change through education and expanding awareness and compassion.

We discuss the ways our society exploits animals, and how drastically this abuse affects human interests concerning health, the environment, and our level of connectedness to life. We offer new visions for how to heal the breaches in our social world and in our relation to the natural world. We believe that animal liberation is the next great liberation movement on this planet, and that by promoting respect for nonhuman animals, we are advancing human moral evolution.

ACT brings you the latest news about animals, from local concerns to global issues, from vegetarianism to animal rights activism. We also feature lively interviews with people involved in the animal welfare and animal rights movements, from local folks to well-known figures who work toward the same goal of promoting a New Enlightenment in our relations with other species. 

Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with Kristin Lajeunesse, founder of Will Travel for Vegan Food.  Kristin has been traveling around the country eating at every vegan restaurant possible.  At the time of this airing, Kristin should have already visited 500 restaurants!  She talks about some of the people she has met along the way and about a book she will be writing which is inspired by her travels. http://wtfveganfood.com.

Aired April 14, 2013.

Tom & Greg talk with filmmaker Karol Orzechowski, director & producer of "Maximum Tolerated Dose," a feature-length documentary which follows the scientists & researchers who worked directly with animal experimentation in laboratories, and whose ethical concerns caused them to chose a different path.  Orzechowski talks about the experiences of some of these scientists, and explains why much of the research done on lab animals is not medical nature. www.maximumtolerateddose.org

Plus, Adirenne Lusk, coordinator of the Texas Veg Fest in Austin TX, gives us a brief overview of the April 6 event which features a tremendous lineup of live music, food, cooking demos, guest speakers, and more.  www.texasvegfest.com

Aired March 24, 2013.

Greg, Tom, and Liz talk with Jenny Brown, co-founder & director of the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.  Brown explains how a childhood bout with cancer and the companionship of a cat awakened her awareness to the inner lives of animals.  As an adult, Brown did undercover investigations of factory farms to try to expose the abuses at these facilities.  Brown also talks about trying to convince people that there really is no difference between our beloved companion animals and the animals at factory farms who eventually end up on our grocery shelves as bacon or ground beef.  www.woodstocksanctuary.org

Aired March 10, 2013.

Greg & Tom continue their conversation with Melanie Joy, founder & president of the Carnism Awareness & Action Network.  Carnism is an invisible belief system that blocks empathy over the eating of certain animals.  She talks about why the thought of eating a horse or a dog is often reprehensible to many of us who don't think twice about eating beef or pork.  She also talks about false projections that carnists may hold against vegans & vegetarians, but also about the false projections vegans & vegetarians may hold against each other.  Joy encourages all of us to live with the 4 "C's" - Curiosity, Compassion, Clarity, and Courage - and to interweave them into our lives to make us more compassionate creatures.  Aired Feb. 24, 2013.

Greg & Tom talk with Melanie Joy, founder of the Carnism Awareness & Action Network, and author of "Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows."  Joy talks about carnism - the belief system that leads many of us to eat animals without a second thought to the cruelty and oppression behind the practice. She also explains why victims of carnism aren't just animals, but the people who eat them.  Part 1 of a 2-part interview.  www.carnism.com

Aired Feb 10, 2013.

Greg & Tom talk with philospher, activist, and author Lisa Kemmerer.  Kemmerer discusses the issues of compassion encountered within Hinduism, and how they differ from Western religions.  She also introduces us to the concept of Interpenetrability within Hinduism, which effectively blurs the distinction between gods and animals.  Many Hindu gods take on the form of animals. http://lisakemmerer.com  Aired Jan. 27, 2013.

Greg & Liz talk with vegan food blogger, TV cooking show host, and lifestyle coach, Jaime Karpovich.  Karpovich talks about her efforts to change the image of the "angry vegan" through her blog and cooking show.  She also talks about ways vegetarianism and veganism are working their ways into mainstream America.  http://savethekales.wordpress.comAired Jan. 13, 2013.

Greg, Liz, and Tom continue their discussion with agricultural historian and writer, James McWilliams.  McWilliams talks about the saga of Bill & Lou, two oxen at Green Mountain College, an education institution in Vermont which emphasizes environmental sustainability.  In the name of "environmental sustainability," the college was going to euthanize one of the oxen and serve it as hamburger meat to the school's students when the ox became injured and could no longer work.  The school had denied numerous requests by animal sanctuaries to allow the injured ox to live out its days in peace.  McWilliams talks about this case and others which expose the ethical conflicts of agricultural sustainability and animal abuse.  http://james-mcwilliams.com.  Aired Dec. 23, 2012.

Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with James McWilliams, agricultural historian and author of "Just Food: Where Locavores get It Wrong and How We can Truly Eat Responsibly."  McWilliams talks about the negatives to localizing food systems, including the cruelty behind slaughtering animals for food.  He also explains why the locavore movement is often less about food than it is an anti-globazation protest.  McWilliams also talks about the saga of Bill & Lou, two oxen at Green Mountain College in Vermont, who sparked an international debate over sustainable agriculture and the eating of animals.  Part 1 of a 2-part interview. http://james-mcwilliams.com   Aired Dec. 9, 2012.

Greg talks with Josephine Bellaccomo, pitch consultant and communication coach, about how to communicate with and convince people in positions of power to make compassionate changes in their practices.  Bellaccomo also talks about why appearance and self confidence can communicate a message more effectively than the message itself.  www.movethemessage.comAired Nov. 25, 2012.

Greg & Liz welcome back Dr. Michael Greger, a physician, author, and director of Public Health & Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.  Greger talks about the latest research which reveals the health benefits of a plant based diet, including possible reversal of slow-growing early-stage cancers such as testicular cancer.  He also talks about foods that have been shown to extend life, and why you have to follow the evidence when it comes to conflicting claims about healthy diets.  www.nutritionfacts.org.

Aired Nov. 11, 2012.

Liz, Greg, and Tom talk with Matt Rice, Director of Investigations with Mercy for Animals.  Rice talks about the undercover video investigations which have led to criminal charges against dairy and factory farms which were documented performing heinous acts of animal abuse.  He also discusses efforts to get fast food restaurants like Burger King to stop doing business with factory farms that partake in abusive practices.  www.burgerkingcruelty.com (graphic content), www.mercyforanimals.org

Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with Camilla Fox, founder & executive director of Project Coyote. Fox talks about the government mandated killings of hundreds of thousands of coyotes and other carnivorous predators courtesy of the USDA's Wildlife Services. Wildlife Services often employs cruel methods in trapping and killing these creatures, including the use of traps, poisons, and aerial shooting. www.projectcoyote.org Aired Aug. 26, 2012.

Greg & Liz talk with biologist and animal behaviorist, Jonathan Balcombe, who has written books on animal behavior including "Pleasurable Kingdom" and "The Exultant Ark." He discusses the dilemmas facing many biologists on the topic of animal experimentation, as well as why much of science does not universally accept that animals purposefully seek pleasure through touch, grooming, and eating. www.jonathanbalcombe.com Aired Sept. 9, 2012.

Pigeon Shoots - Greg, Tom, and Liz talk with Steve Hindi, founder & president of SHARK (SHowing Animals Respect & Kindness). Hindi is a former hunter & fisherman whose life was transformed after he observed a mass pigeon shoot. He discusses the cruelty and illegality of the practice, and why it convinced him to stop hunting animals. www.sharkonline.org, pashame.com  Aired 23, 2012.

Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with salamander conservation advocate Matt Ellerbeck, who talks about the threat of salamander habitat destruction caused by urbanization and chemical pollution. He also puts to rest the often-negative perception that amphibians and reptiles receive as "slimy" or "cold-blooded" in the metaphorical sense. www.savethesalamanders.com Aired Oct. 14, 2012.