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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 John Schlimm, author of the new cookbook, "The Cheesy Vegan."  This butcher's son talks about his road to a cruelty-free lifestyle and why he dedicates his three vegan cookbooks to all the animals.  Since cheese is usually the hardest food for vegetarians to give up on the road to veganism, John talks about the terrific cheesy recipes in his newest book and why even dairy-loving crowds will love them, too.  http://johnschlimm.com/book/the-cheesy-vegan/

Click here for a recipe for Cheesy Vegan mac & cheese: http://johnschlimm.com/2013/10/21/serge-the-concierge-shares-the-cheesy-vegan-recipe-for-mac-n-cheese-with-ground-cashews-truffle-oil/

Aired Oct. 27, 2013.

Greg & Liz talk with Victoria Moran, author of 'Main Street Vegan," a book which is aimed at the everyday Main Street person who is looking to adopt a vegan diet because he is either concerned about their health, the environment, or the treatment of animals.  The book helps guide readers towards a lifestyle change without bending to social pressures.  http://mainstreetvegan.net/

Aired Oct. 13, 2013.

Greg & Tom talk with Laura Oatman, a certified health & nutritional counselor, and founder of Whole Earth Wellness.  Laura talks about the difficulty in making a lifestyle change, whether it's weight loss, getting over drug addiction, or choosing a more compassionate diet.  The process can take as long as 6 months, and during that transitional phase, it's crucial that the individual seeking change receive emotional support.  


Aired Sept. 22, 2013.


  Greg & Tom talk with anti-captivity activist Mike Garrett.  Mike talks about the inhumane conditions of the marine creatures at Marineland Canada in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.  Many of the conditions have been brought to light by former trainers at Marineland.  A high number of deaths have been reported among the water park's dolphin, orca, and beluga whale population.  Mike's peaceful protests have led to a lawsuit filed against him by the owner of Marineland.  To help with Mike's legal defense fund, visit http://www.gofundme.com/3o192g.  

Aired Sept. 8, 2013.

    Greg, Tom, and Liz talk with race car driver Leilani Munter who plays the activist card while she is racing against the boys (and girls) on the stock car circuit.  Leilani ran in Daytona in 2012 as part of the ARCA racing series with her "The Cove" car, which promoted the Oscar-winning film about the dolphin slaughter in Japan.   She uses her race car to bring awareness to environmental and animal cruelty issues.  She talks about her efforts in launching her VegNation race car and the search for environmentally-conscious sponsors that will help make that happen.  http://www.carbonfreegirl.com/

Aired Aug. 25, 2013.


   Greg & Liz talk with the Notmilk Man, Robert Cohen, author of "Milk: The Deadly Poison."  Contrary to the popular ads, Cohen argues that milk DOESN'T do a body good.  Milk is rife with hormones, steroids, and what Cohen describes as pus!  Cohen also talks about the exciting alternatives to dairy the public can enjoy.  http://notmilk.com/

Aired Aug. 11, 2013.

  Greg, Liz, and Tom welcomes back Richard Schwartz, president of the Jewish Vegetarians of North America.  Schwartz is the author of many publications on vegetarianism & Judaism and has shared most of them online at http://www.jewishveg.com/schwartz/.  On today's show, he talks about how crucial it is for the world to adopt a plant-based diet in order to prevent a climate catastrophe.  Animal agriculture is a greater contributor to climate change than vehicular traffic, and cattle raised for slaughter use up a tremendous amount of resources such as water & grain.  Schwartz also talks about how difficult it is for many religious leaders to preach a compassionate diet to their congregation, even though many religious writings promote compassion in all its forms.  Learn more about Schwartz's efforts to heal the environment by applying Jewish values at http://whostolemyreligion.blogspot.com/.

Aired July 28, 2013.


   Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with vegan cookbook author Terry Hope Romero, whose delightful books include "Vegan Eats World," "Viva Vegan," and "Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World."  Find out about the challenges and rewards of making successfully tasty vegan dishes that even meat-eaters of the world will enjoy.  http://veganlatina.com/

Romero is also the co-host of "The Vegan Mashup," a vegan TV cooking show available on a number of public access cable channels nationwide.  http://delicioustv.com/vegan-mash-up/

Aired July 14, 2013.

Greg, Liz, and Tom speak with the Reverend Gary Kowalski, a parish minister and animal activist.  Kowalski's interest in being an activist began when he read about Koko the gorilla's relationship with a kitten.  Kowalksi talks about animals' awareness of death and about the ways some animals like elephants hold death rituals.  He also tackles the age-old question, Do animals have souls?  Kowalski is the author of "The Souls of Animals," and his publications can be purchased at www.kowalskibooks.com.   Aired June 23, 2013.

Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with Kathy Stevens, founder & director of the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, and author of "Animal Camp: Lessons in Love and Hope from Rescued Farm Animals."  Kathy talks about the victims of animal hording that end up on her sanctuary, and why animal hording is so difficult to categorize as "animal cruelty."  She also shares some of her favorite stories from "Animal Camp," and about the various ways the animals at the sanctuary touch human lives.  http://casanctuary.org

Aired June 9, 2013.

Greg & Tom talk with Carolyn Merino Mullin, Executive Director of the National Museum of Animals & Society, and Abbie Rogers, Collections Manager at the museum.  They talk about a current exhibition at the museum, "Un-Cooped," which explores the cultural attitudes society holds towards the chicken, one of the most undervalued of all domesticated animals.  Carolyn & Abbie talk about how most of us aren't exposed to chickens as our ancestors once were, so we don't tend to think twice about the abuse they suffer at factory farms.  They also discuss the chicken-related colloquialisms we work into our every day language: "don't be a chicken," "she flew the coop," "don't get cocky," etc.  To learn more about the exhibit, visit http://uncooped.org Aired May 26, 2013.

Greg & Liz welcome back activists & authors Kim Socha and Dallas Rising.  Kim & Dallas talk about so-called "humane" food labels like "cage-free" or "locally-grown" - they make the argument that whether or not an animal is humanely or inhumanely raised, it still leads an unnatural life that leads to slaughter or exploitation.  They also talk about the concept of abolition versus welfare.  Should it be considered a success if factory farms make concessions to treat their animals better? Kim & Dallas argue that those decisions are purely economic ones, not necessarily driven by compassion. 

http://confrontinganimalexploitation.wordpress.com/, www.facebook.com/defiantdaughters

Aired May 12, 2013.

James McWilliams was a recent guest of the Vegetarian Society of El Paso at a recent dinner.  Read his post about his visit at http://james-mcwilliams.com/?p=3768

Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with authors & advocates, Kim Socha and Dallas Rising.  Kim & Dallas are contributors to the books "Defiant Daughters" and "Confronting Animal Exploitation."  They share their personal experiences in the hopes that vegans and advocates who feel isolated and alienated from their friends & families can draw some inspiration from their stories.

http://confrontinganimalexploitation.wordpress.com/, www.facebook.com/defiantdaughters

Aired April 28, 2013.

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.