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. 

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KTEP Local
8:00 pm
Sun May 24, 2015

ACT RADIO: Charitable Giving

  Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with Nick Cooney, author of "How to be Great at Doing Good," a book which invites readers to examine their motivations for giving.  Are your donations based on purely emotional connections?  Or are you truly research how much good your donations are doing?  Research shows that donations to animal advocacy organizations go farther than other groups.  Learn more at http://www.animalcharityevaluators.org/.  Information on Cooney and his book can be found at http://nickcooney.com/.

Aired May 24, 2015

KTEP Local
8:00 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

ACT RADIO: Caryn Ginsberg

  Greg & Liz talk with Caryn Ginsberg, a marketing and strategy expert who has assisted animal advocacy organizations with their outreach projects.  Ginsberg's book, Animal Impact: Secrets Proven to Achieve Results and Move the World, offers helpful tips on how to build success and create change.  Ginsberg also talks about why we need to put ourselves in the shoes of the people we're trying to persuade, and why so many vegetarians & vegans make the choice to eat meat again.  http://animal-impact.com

Aired May 10, 2015.

KTEP Local
8:00 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

ACT RADIO: The Plantpower Way

  Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with RICH ROLL, a former college competitive swimmer whose career was cut short by drug & alcohol dependency.  After becoming sober, he found himself overweight and out of shape.  After discovering a plant-based diet, Rich found himself with an astounding amount of energy and eventually became an ultra-fitness athlete.  He talks about his amazing journey, and about the recipes and tips in his new book "The Plantpower Way: Whole Food Plant-Based Recipes and Guidance for the Whole Family.”   http://www.richroll.com/ Aired April 26, 2015.
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KTEP Local
8:00 pm
Sun April 12, 2015

ACT RADIO: Mark Hawthorne

  Tom, Liz, and Greg talk with Mark Hawthorne, author of "Bleating Hearts: The Hidden World of Animal Suffering" and "Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism."  When Mark decided he wanted to become an activist for animals, he found there were materials he could use for guidance.  He interviewed over 100 activists from across the globe and is sharing what he has learned.  Mark also shares how running with the bulls in Pamplona and an Indian retreat helped him on his path to veganism and activism.  http://www.markhawthorne.com/

Aired April 12, 2015.

KTEP Local
8:00 pm
Sun March 22, 2015

ACT RADIO: Kristina Addington

  Greg, Liz, and Tom welcome vegan chef Kristina Addington, the "Vegan Temptress." Kristina won an episode of Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen (http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/cutthroat-kitchen.html), and she used the winnings to buy her food truck, V-Grits.  Kristina tells us about the challenges she faced on Cutthroat Kitchen, and the challenges she faced as a vegan in the South, where bacon and lard reign supreme!  Learn more about Kristina at http://www.vgrits.com/ and https://about.me/VeganTemptress, where you can link to her Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!

(Today's closing music is A Tribe Called Quest's "Ham n' Eggs")

Aired March 22, 2015.

KTEP Local
8:00 pm
Sun March 8, 2015

ACT RADIO: Nonhuman Rights Project

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  Greg & Liz talk with Natalie Prosin, Executive Director of the Nonhuman Rights Project, an organization that is working to achieve legal rights for certain nonhuman animals.  In the wake of Ringling Brothers' decision to phase out elephants from their circuses, Natalie explains why elephants, chimpanzees, cetaceans, and other cognitively-advanced animals deserve to be granted "legal personhood" as opposed to "legal thinghood."  And "personhood" does NOT mean that these animals would be considered "people."  

Learn more about the Nonhuman Rights Project at http://www.nonhumanrightsproject.org/

Aired March 8, 2015.

KTEP Local
8:00 pm
Sun February 22, 2015

ACT RADIO: Allison Argo

Allison Argo
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  Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with Allison Argo, producer, writer, director, and editor with Argo Films.  Allison shares how an experience with a captive gorilla led her to film his story...a film that later grabbed the attention of National Geographic.  Allison has made a number of films, including "Parrot Confidential," which examines the plight of exotic birds who are bought as pets and later abandoned because people either don't have the knowledge or the commitment to care for these creatures.  Learn more and watch the film at http://www.argofilms.com/.

Aired Feb. 22, 2015.

KTEP Local
8:00 pm
Sun February 8, 2015

ACT RADIO: 30-Day Vegan Challenge

  Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, author of "The Joy of Vegan Baking" and "The 30-Day Vegan Challenge."  Colleen invites everyone to take the 30-Day Vegan Challenge, even if you don't intend on going completely vegan, just to experience the physical & psychological plusses that come with a plant-based diet, and to learn more about the delicious ways to substitute the food you THINK  you will miss.  Her book includes all the tools you need to make it through those 30 days and the days that will follow.  http://www.joyfulvegan.com/

Aired Feb 8, 2015.

KTEP Local
8:00 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

ACT RADIO: The Jazzy Vegetarian

  Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with Laura Theodore, the host of the public television cooking show, "The Jazzy Vegetarian."  The show blends music and vegetarian takes on classic American dishes.  Laura tells us about the long road she took to a compassionate diet, and about the thrill she gets in welcoming special guests such as actor Ed Begley, Jr. and biochemist T. Collin Campbell on her show.  A successful jazz vocalist, she also talks about the unbeatable combination of food & music - her cookbooks also include music suggestions to accompany the meal.  http://www.jazzyvegetarian.com/

The musical selections on the show are performed by Laura Theodore: "DO RIGHT" from her Golden Earrings duo CD with Joe Beck, the "Jazzy Vegetarian" theme song, and " OUR SPIRIT IS FREE" from We're Only Human.

Aired Jan. 25, 2015.

KTEP Local
8:00 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

ACT RADIO: Benji Kurtz

Benji Kurtz

  Tom & Greg talk with Benji Kurtz, who has been making headlines for making the not-so-radical lifestyle change of going on a whole foods, plant-based diet.  Unlike other fad diets, a plant-based diet is not a temporary solution.  It's a compassionate diet that leads to weight loss and a healthier lifestyle.  Benji explains that he lost over half his body weight on a whole foods, plant-based diet, and the picture here proves it!   He talks about what inspired him to make the change, and the fun he is having experimenting with new foods and recipes.  http://wholefoodplantbased.info/

Aired Jan. 11, 2015.

KTEP Local
8:00 pm
Sun December 28, 2014

ACT RADIO: War of the Whales

  Joshua Horwitz, author of "War of the Whales," talks to Liz, Tom, and Greg about the sonar tests by the US Navy which are causing mass strandings of whales.  Whales have communicated with each other across countless miles of ocean, but these tests are interfering with the whales' ability to interact with each other and search for prey.  http://warofthewhales.com/

Aired Dec. 28, 2014.

KTEP Local
8:00 pm
Sun December 14, 2014

ACT RADIO: Free From Harm

Robert Grillo

 

   Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with Robert Grillo, founder & director of Free From Harm, a nonprofit animal rescue, education, and advocacy organization.   Through its website and Facebook page (http://freefromharm.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/FreeFromHarm), the group hopes to enlighten visitors to take on a more compassionate diet, and to connect with the rescued farm animals on its "Virtual Sanctuary."

With holiday shopping in full swing, the ACT Radio crew wants to share a few links to where you can purchase gifts for the vegetarian or vegan in your life:  http://vegancuts.com/http://www.veganstore.com/

http://www.veganessentials.com/http://www.veganperfection.com.au/index.php

http://www.shopvegan.co.uk/.

We wish you a compassionate holiday!

Aired Dec. 14, 2014.

KTEP Local
8:00 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

ACT RADIO: Yummy Plants 101

  Greg & Tom talk with Rebecca Gilbert, author of "It's Easy to Start Eating Vegan! Yummy Plants 101."  Rebecca is a former professional figure skater whose career was sidelined by debilitating joint inflammation.  After unsuccessful surgeries and medical treatments, she discovered that she was having an inflammatory response to a protein found in dairy products.  After going vegan for 3 weeks, her condition virtually disappeared.  She created the website http://yummyplants.com/ to help ease the transition for others who might be thinking of choosing a more compassionate lifestyle.

Plus, the ACT Radio gang has a few recommendations if you are planning on cooking a compassionate Thanksgiving meal.  Gardein Holiday Roast and Tofurky are both available at Sprouts Farmers Market on Sunland Park Drive. The Holiday Roast is $12.99 and easily feeds four or five people. The Tofurky Feast contains one Tofurky Roast, Savory Gravy,Wild Rice-Whole Wheat Bread Crumb Stuffing, a Tofurky Jurky Wishstix and a Vegan Fudge Brownie. It sells for $19.99 and serves six. The Tofurky Roast can also be purchased separately. 

Have a Happy and Compassionate Thanksgiving, and if you'd like to hear a complete version of the song that wrapped up today's show, Ms. Gobbler's "I Will Survive," check it out here! 

Aired Nov. 23, 2014.

KTEP Local
8:00 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

ACT RADIO: Meat Logic

  

  Greg, Liz, and Tom welcome back Charles Horn, author of "Meat Logic: Why Do We Eat Animals?"  Charles explains away some myths about veganism, including "don't plants have feelings, too?" or "we have to eat meat to survive."  Part 2 of a 2-part interview.   https://www.facebook.com/MeatLogic

Aired Nov. 9, 2014.

KTEP Local
8:00 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

ACT RADIO: Meat Logic

  Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with Charles Horn, author of "Meat Logic: Why Do We Eat Animals?"  Charles has heard many astounding excuses to justify the decision to continue to eat meat, including the belief that humans would evolutionarily lose the ability to eat meat generations from now.  Charles explores some of these logical fallacies in our interview.  Part 1 of a 2-part show.

Aired Oct. 26, 2014.

KTEP Local
8:00 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

ACT RADIO: National Anti-Vivisection Society

National Anti-Vivisection Society

  Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with Peggy Cunniff, Executive Director of the National Anti-Vivisection Society.  She tells us how she became involved in the anti-vivisection movement, and explains why the definition of "vivisection" has evolved over time.  She also explains how human tissue cultures can eventually eliminate the need to test experimental medical treatments on animals prior to human testing, and how technological advances are creating cruelty-free alternatives to animal testing.  Learn more at  http://www.navs.org/

Aired Oct. 12, 2014.

KTEP Local
8:00 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

ACT RADIO: Our Hen House

Jasmin and Mariann

  

  Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan, founders of Our Hen House, an online source that aims to end animal exploitation with the use of video, audio, interviews, and more.  The talk about the often-difficult times a new vegan has in relating to friends and family, and why Our Hen House is a great place to find support.  http://www.ourhenhouse.org/

Aired Sept. 28, 2014.

KTEP Local
8:00 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

ACT RADIO: Vegan Cowboy

  Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with Carol Treacy, author of the novel Vegan Cowboy.  Carol shares her story about her transition to veganism, including why the confusion over what makes up a "free-range" chicken held her back.  Her novel, Vegan Cowboy, was a way for Carol to fulfill her wish to write while including a message of activism into a story that vegans and non-vegans alike would enjoy.  

Aired Sept 14, 2014.

KTEP Local
8:00 pm
Sun August 24, 2014

ACT RADIO: How Animals Grieve

 

   Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with Barbara King, Chancellor Professor of Anthropology at the College of William & Mary, and author of "How Animals Grieve."  King talks about the emotional lives of animals, in particular how they express grief.  Grief has been well documented in elephants and chimpanzees, but King offers examples of how ducks and even marmosets grieve over their companions.  Read more about Barbara King at http://www.barbarajking.com/, and read her posts on the NPR blog "13.7: Cosmos & Culture" at http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/

Aired Aug. 24, 2014.

KTEP Local
8:00 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

ACT RADIO: Rip Esselstyn

Rip Esselstyn

  Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with Rip Esselstyn, a former triathlete, firefighter, and author of "The Engine 2 Diet" and "My Beef with Meat."  Rip talks about the whole foods, plant-based diet that has fueled his athletic career as a triathlete, and how he shared his ideas with his fellow firefighters at the Engine 2 fire department in Austin TX.   Rip advises athletes who wish to transition to a whole foods, plant-based diet that they must make sure to consume enough calories to match that of a traditional diet, and stay away from vegan foods loaded with preservatives and fat.  Learn more about Rip Esselstyn and The Engine 2 Diet at http://engine2diet.com/.

Aired Aug. 10, 2014.

KTEP Local
8:00 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

ACT RADIO: Anne Dinshah

Anne Dinshah

  Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with Anne Dinshah of the American Vegan Society, and author of "Powerful Vegan Messages."  Anne's father founded the American Vegan Society and made it his mission to make the world vegan after viewing the horrific conditions at slaughterhouses nationwide.  Anne believes the Golden Rule - treat others as you would have them treat you - should be extended to the animals who find themselves on our plates.  http://www.americanvegan.org/

Aired July 27, 2014.

KTEP Local
8:00 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

ACT RADIO: ThankTank Creative

  Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with Eric Lindstrom, president of ThankTank Creative, a consulting, design, and marketing firm for environmentally-conscious vegan businesses.  Eric tells us of the services he provides to companies within this exclusive niche market, and explains what marketing strategies work best.  http://www.thanktankcreative.com/https://www.facebook.com/thanktankcreative.  Read Eric's blog at http://meatyveganblog.wordpress.com/.

The program concludes with a song by vegetarian musician extraordinaire, Eric Johnson.  "Sun Reprise" from his new release Europe Live.

Aired July 13, 2014.

KTEP Local
8:00 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

ACT RADIO: Cowgirls and Collard Greens

Kayle Martin
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   Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with Kayle Martin, founder and chief cowgirl of Cowgirls and Collard Greens..."where yeehaw meets vegan!"  Kayle is a 2-time cancer survivor and she explains how switching to a raw vegan diet helped her through some of her most trying times.  Through her website, http://www.cowgirlsandcollardgreens.com/, Kayle wants to share her cancer experience as well as food blogs, recipes, articles, and more.

Aired June 22, 2014.

KTEP Local
8:00 pm
Sun June 8, 2014

ACT RADIO: Cowspiracy

  Greg & Tom talk with Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn, co-directors of the documentary Cowspiracy, which uncovers the most destructive industry on the planet - animal agriculture.  Kip & Keegan talk about why many environmental organizations shy away from advocating a plant-based diet, despite the fact that animal agriculture is immensely harmful to the oceans, our water supply, and can have a dramatic effect on the climate.  http://cowspiracy.com/

Aired June 8, 2014.

KTEP Local
8:00 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

ACT RADIO: Tracye McQuirter

Tracye McQuirter

  Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with author, speaker, and nutrition expert Tracye McQuirter.  Tracye explains how comedian & activist Dick Gregory inspired her to take up a compassionate diet by expanding the notion of nonviolence during the Civil Rights movement to nonviolence in one's food choices.  She explains why her book, By Any Greens Necessary, is a way to empower African-American woman by exploring delicious ways to satisfy cravings, and secondarily, helping improve the health of African-American women, who are one of the unhealthiest populations in the U.S.  http://byanygreensnecessary.com/

Aired May 25, 2014.

KTEP Local
8:00 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

ACT RADIO: Questions People Ask Vegans (part 2)

  Greg, Tom, and Liz continue their conversation with Sherry Colb, professor of law at Cornell University and author of "Mind If I Order the Cheeseburger: And Other Questions People Ask Vegans."  Sherry answers a few of those questions, including "If animals can eat other animals, why can't I?"..."Didn't God make man superior to the animals?"...and "What will happen to all the cows if factory farming ends? Won't they go extinct?"  Part 2 of a 2-part interview.  http://www.mindifiorderthecheeseburger.com/

Aired May 11, 2014.

KTEP Local
8:00 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

ACT RADIO: Questions People Ask Vegans

  Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with Sherry Colb, Charles Evans Hughes Scholar and Professor of Law at Cornell University.  Sherry is the author of "Mind if I Order the Cheeseburger: And Other Questions People Ask Vegans."  Sherry talks about some of those questions, including "what about plants?"  Why are vegans not as sensitive to the needs of plants as the are of animals?  Another question, "what about eating for pleasure?" is one that non-vegans use to justify their consumption of meat and cheese. Part 1 of a 2-part interview.  http://mindifiorderthecheeseburger.com/

Aired April 27, 2014.

KTEP Local
8:00 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

ACT RADIO: Religion and Vegetarianism

  Greg & Tom welcome back Richard Schwartz, president emeritus of the Jewish Vegetarians of North America.  Richard presents religious arguments for vegetarianism, and explains why the "dominion" God granted humans in the Bible should be interpreted as "responsible stewardship."  The world's religions are based on compassion, and it's a trait we need to be extending to the other creatures with whom we share the planet.  Learn more at http://www.jewishveg.com/

Aired April 13, 2014.

KTEP Local
8:00 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

ACT RADIO: White Coat Waste Project

  

  Greg & Tom talk with Anthony Bellotti of the White Coat Waste Project.  $12 billion of taxpayer dollars fund animal experimentation in the U.S., and Bellotti is trying to bring awareness to some of the research being supported by this wasteful spending.  https://www.facebook.com/whitecoatwaste.

Plus, Greg & Tom talk with the legendary Kinky Friedman, who is inviting everyone to come to a benefit concert for his Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch near Kerrville, Texas, on April 13, 2014.  http://utopiarescue.com/

Aired March 23, 2014.

KTEP Local
8:00 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

ACT RADIO: Speciesism - The Movie

  Greg & Liz talk with Mark Devries, director of the film "Speciesism: The Movie."  Mark talks about his investigation into the ethical and political issues behind factory farming and the abuses that take place in these giant factories.  Mark also explains why the making of the movie led to his decision to become a vegan.  http://speciesismthemovie.com/

Aired March 9, 2014.

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