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 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.

Aired Nov. 9, 2014.

  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.

  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

Aired Oct. 12, 2014.


  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.

Aired Sept. 28, 2014.

  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.


   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, and read her posts on the NPR blog "13.7: Cosmos & Culture" at

Aired Aug. 24, 2014.

  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

Aired Aug. 10, 2014.

  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.

Aired July 27, 2014.

  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.  Read Eric's blog at

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

Aired July 13, 2014.

Cowgirls and Collard Greens


   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,, Kayle wants to share her cancer experience as well as food blogs, recipes, articles, and more.

Aired June 22, 2014.

  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.

Aired June 8, 2014.

  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.

Aired May 25, 2014.

  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.

Aired May 11, 2014.

  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.

Aired April 27, 2014.

  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

Aired April 13, 2014.


  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.

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.

Aired March 23, 2014.

  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.

Aired March 9, 2014.

Animal Welfare Institute

  Tom & Liz talk with Rosalyn Morrison, Legislative Assistant, Government & Legal Affairs, Animal Welfare Institute (AWI).  Rosalyn lived in South Korea for 2 years beginning in 2009 and encountered dog farms where dogs are kept in terrible conditions prior to their slaughter for their meat.  Many of these dogs are family pets, often picked up off the streets.  Rosalyn also tells us about the consumption of cats in South Korea, where they are often eaten in a soup or drink to cure rheumatism.  She talks about AWI's efforts to heighten awareness of the cruelty of the dog & cat meat trade in South Korea and other Asian nations.  To learn more, visit

Aired Feb. 23, 2014.

  Greg & Liz talk with Michael Webermann, Executive Director of FARM (Farm Animal Rights Movement).  Michael talks about the surprisingly successful campaign to pay meat-eaters $1 to watch a graphic video of animal abuse.  These efforts eventually grew into the 10 Billion Lives Tour, which features a truck outfitted with video screens traveling across the country to college campuses, street fairs, and music festivals (  He also talks about the Meatout Monday campaign and other successful efforts by FARM to try to drastically reduce meat consumption.  Learn more by visiting

Aired Feb. 9, 2014.


   Greg, Liz, and Tom talk to Robin Lamont about her novel, "The Chain," which tells the story of an animal welfare investigator who is summoned to a meat packing town to meet with a whistleblower, but the whistleblower is dead and his undercover footage is missing.  Robin talks about the real-life undercover investigations which inspired her new work of fiction, and why "The Chain" is just the first in a series of books about animal welfare investigator Jude Brannock.  Robin also tells us about the various careers she's had, ranging from Broadway actress (in the original production of "Godspell" - make sure to listen to Robin singing "Day by Day" at the end of this episode!), to private investigator, to prosecutor.

Aired Jan. 26, 2014.


   Greg, Liz, and Tom welcome chef Mark Reinfeld, author of "The 30 Minute Vegan: Soup's On!"  Chef Mark talks about creating "vegan soups for the chicken soul."  His recipes allow for lots of variety and customization.  To learn more about the book, Mark's online culinary course, and much more, visit

Aired Jan. 12, 2014.

    Liz, Greg, and Tom welcome back David Simon, author of "Meatonomics."  David talks about the role the federal government plays in keeping meat & dairy prices artificially low, and why so much funding is diverted to promote meat and dairy instead of vegetables & fruit.  David also explains why the fishing industry negatively affects plant & animal species.

Aired Dec. 22, 2013.

    Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with David Simon, author of "Meatonomics," a book which explores the hidden costs of the meat & dairy industry on tax payers.  Dave explains why subsidies are to blame for the inexpensive meat & dairy products on grocery store shelves, and why consumers would probably not buy these products if they had to pay what they were really worth.

The ACT Radio team wants to share these links with you as you plan your holiday meals and gift giving: ,

Aired Dec. 8, 2013.

   Greg, Liz, and Tom talk wit Lauren Berger, program associate with the policy think tank Brighter Green.Lauren talks about the documentary "What's for Dinner" which explores the rising consumption of meat in China (  We'll also find out why meat-eating is associated with status, and why the increase of a meat-based diet around the world will harmfully impact societies and economies.

And Liz wishes to share this Thanksgiving link with our listeners: "I Will Survive Thanksgiving."  Enjoy, and happy holidays!  

Aired Nov. 24, 2013.


  Greg & Liz talk with Seth Tibbott, founder of Tofurky.  Seth talks about his fascination with tempeh and the different ways to flavor and prepare it, and how it led to his creation of a tofu/gravy concoction that later became Tofurky.  The Tofurky recipe has been tweaked over the years, and the brand now includes deli slices, sausages, pot pies, and pizzas.

Aired Nov. 10, 2013.


   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.

Click here for a recipe for Cheesy Vegan mac & cheese:

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.

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  

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.

Aired Aug. 25, 2013.