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. 

  Ruby Roth is a teacher and children's book author & illustrator.  Her recent books introduce young readers to a compassionate lifestyle, including "V is for Vegan," "Vegan is Love," and "That's Why We Don't Eat Animals."

Aired Nov. 8, 2015


  In the wake on the news that bacon and red meat can cause cancer, the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center reports that plant-based ingredients serve as cancer fighters.  Ginger has been shown to kill ovarian cancer cells.  Read more at

One Green Planet reports that the Amazon rainforest is shrinking at such a rapid rate, that it is causing weather patterns to fluctuate, affecting animals and people in the region.  Much of the deforestation is related to soy production to feed livestock.  Read more at reports on a Florida bear hunt meant to control "problem bears" that encroach on human land.  Humans are, in fact, to blame for drawing bears to their neighborhoods through negligence.  Read more at

Aired Nov. 8, 2015

  Lisa Levinson is the director of the Sustainable Activism Campaign for In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal rights and rescue organization dedicated to protecting the rights, welfare and habitats of animals.  Levinson discusses the stress that affects many activists in their work to protect and rescue animals - they often witness abuse and cruelty that could make it difficult to carry out their mission.  IDA offers mentorships, retreats, and spiritual programs that can help activists deal with burnout, trauma, and emotional distress. Learn more at and

The Vegan Spirituality Group of Texas, organized by Stacey Price, offers support for listeners in the Lone Star State:

Aired Oct. 25, 2015


   The latest animal rights and vegan/vegetarian news:

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) reports that the California Coastal Commission has conditioned Sea World in San Diego to expand its orca tanks and add no additional orcas to the existing numbers.   Learn more at

The Dieting Guidelines Advisory Committee had recommended to the US Department of Agriculture that Americans be instructed to eat less meat for the sake of the environment.  Those guidelines were rejected by Republican members of Congress who were under pressure by the meat industry.

Outbreaks of food-borne diseases such as E. coli have led to the removal of wildlife from commercial vegetable crops, in the belief that wildlife fecal matter was causing these outbreaks.   However, removal of wildlife has not decreased these illnesses.  Some ecologists believe that an increase of wildlife in these areas would strengthen vegetable crops.  Read more at

Aired Oct. 25, 2015

Born Free Foundation

    Greg, Liz, and Tom run down the latest ACT Radio headlines.

The University of California at Berkeley has found a link between the bovine leukemia virus and human breast cancer.  The virus is found in dairy & beef cattle blood cells and mammary tissue.  Read more at

  Bob Comis is a former pig farmer who was aware of the horrible abuses that take place on factory farms.  He wanted to raise pigs in a humane fashion prior to their being sent to slaughter.  But one day Bob realized the pigs were thinking, feeling beings.  Bob decided to give up pig farming and take up veganic farming, and the documentary-in-the-works, "The Last Pig," documents his journey.  

Learn more about the film and help its Indiegogo campaign at and

Aired Oct. 11, 2015.


   Cardiologist Heather Shenkman has personally seen the harm that a meat-based diet can cause to the human body: clogged arteries, heart disease, high blood pressure.  Hosts Greg, Liz and Tom talk with Dr. Shenkman as she shares her path to veganism with us, and talks about her experiences as an Ironman triathlete.

Follow Heather Shekman online

Aired Sept. 27, 2015.

C Jonathan Troung, Center for Biological Diversity

    Hosts Greg Lawson, Liz Walsh, and Tom Linney share animal/vegan-related news:

The Animal Legal Defense Fund has released information documenting abuses towards chickens and workers at a Tyson Foods chicken slaughter plant.

Another incident of animal abuse has been documented at a Tennessee chicken farm.  The undercover video was released by Mercy for Animals  The chickens at the farm were used for chicken McNuggets at McDonald's restaurants.

Endangered jaguars in New Mexico are finding their designated habitat threatened by ranching interests.

Aired Sept 27, 2015.

  Hosts Greg Lawson and Tom Linney talk with animal advocate, educator, and veterinarian Linda Bender, whose book ANIMAL WISDOM explores the spiritual lives of animals.  How do dogs find their way home after being lost hundreds of miles away?  How does your cat know you are coming home at a certain hour?  Do homing pigeons have an inner GPS that guides them home?

Aired Sept. 13, 2015

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  Tom Linney & Greg Lawson run down the top vegan and animal rights news:

Dog racing is coming to an end at Gulf Greyhound Park in La Marque, Texas.  These former racing greyhounds can be adopted through Greyhound Rescue Austin ( and the Texas Adopt a Greyhound Society (

Research by Consumer Reports shows that a majority of ground beef found in our supermarkets contains fecal contamination (

The FDA is cracking down on Just Mayo for their so-called misleading labeling.  Just Mayo is a vegan, egg free mayonnaise. The FDA claims that Just Mayo is not a mayonnaise because it does not contain eggs.

Aired Sept 13, 2015

  Greg & Tom talk with Nelson Campbell, director of the documentary Plant Pure Nation.  The film documents failed efforts by the Kentucky legislature to push the benefits of a plant-based diet...efforts which were effectively killed off by agriculture industry lobbyists.  Campbell ended up taking his message to his small hometown of Mebane, North Carolina, and, in turn, transformed the community.

Aired Aug. 23, 2015

  Greg & Tom run down some of the top vegan and animal rights stories of the day.

  • Another study by a scientific journal shows that a plant-based diet improves human health and reduces destruction of the environment.
  • Ag-gag laws (laws that gag speech critical of industrial agriculture) are found to be unconstitutional in Idaho.
  • More and more American schools are instituting Meatless Mondays and healthful meals into their school days.

Aired Aug. 23, 2015

  Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with activist Will Tuttle, award-winning speaker, educator, and musician.  Tuttle is the author of THE WORLD PEACE DIET.  He explains why the concept of veganism and a compassionate diet dates back thousands of years, and why we need to reclaim the compassion for animals we have in our adult lives that we so willingly embraced as young children.

The program closes with Curtis Mayfield's "Got to Have Peace."

Aired Aug. 9, 2015.


  Greg, Liz, and Tom welcome a trio of experts to explore how animal and agricultural practices in California are contributing to the drought there.  

Mike Hudak, formerly with the Sierra Club, explains how cattle-emitted methane is increasing the amounts of methane in our atmosphere.  Hudak also believes that the use of water to grow feed crops for cattle is unconstitutional.

Ara Marderosian, executive director of Sequoia ForestKeeper, talks about the wastefulness of the water used to irrigate almond crops, especially since tons of almond hulls are used as livestock feed.  

Todd Schuman, director of Wasteful Unreasonable Use, tells us how California's export of alfafa and hay is affecting climate change and contributing to drought.  

  Greg & Tom talk with Sonia Faruqi, author of "Project Animal Farm."  Faruqi found herself volunteering at a dairy farm expecting a pastoral experience.  What she discovered was abuse and a need for regulation.  This experience led her to visit factory farms around the world and explore ways to improve the lives of animals at factory & dairy farms.

  Rowdy Girl Sanctuary was created when a 4th-generation cattle rancher was given an ultimatum by his wife, who desperately cared for the animals she saw being sent to slaughter.  Greg & Tom talk with Renee King-Sonnen, who tells her inspirational story and the stories of the amazing animals on this cattle-ranch-turned-vegan farm animal sanctuary.  

  Greg & Liz welcome back Victoria Moran, an inspirational speaker, holistic health counselor, and best-selling author whose latest book is "The Good Karma Diet."  She explains why we shouldn't knock "mock meats" such as vegan burgers or Tofurkey, and why vegans should embrace big, beautiful, colorful salads - you can eat a lot more while consuming less calories.  She also touches upon the current trend of avoiding the word "vegan," and shares some of the stories of people who have encountered good karma after having chosen a more compassionate diet.

Aired June 14, 2015

  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  Information on Cooney and his book can be found at

Aired May 24, 2015

  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.

Aired May 10, 2015.

  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.” Aired April 26, 2015.

  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.

Aired April 12, 2015.

  Greg, Liz, and Tom welcome vegan chef Kristina Addington, the "Vegan Temptress." Kristina won an episode of Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen (, 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 and, 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.

  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

Aired March 8, 2015.

  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

Aired Feb. 22, 2015.

  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.

Aired Feb 8, 2015.

  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.

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.

  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.

Aired Jan. 11, 2015.

  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.

Aired Dec. 28, 2014.


   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 ( and, 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:

We wish you a compassionate holiday!

Aired Dec. 14, 2014.

  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 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.