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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 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.

  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.

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, http://www.cowgirlsandcollardgreens.com/, 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.  http://cowspiracy.com/

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.  http://byanygreensnecessary.com/

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.  http://www.mindifiorderthecheeseburger.com/

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.  http://mindifiorderthecheeseburger.com/

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 http://www.jewishveg.com/

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.  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.

  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.

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 https://awionline.org/dogmeat.

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 (http://10billiontour.org/).  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 http://www.farmusa.org/.

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.  http://www.animalsuspense.com/

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 http://veganfusion.com/.

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.  http://meatonomics.com/

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.  http://meatonomics.com/

The ACT Radio team wants to share these links with you as you plan your holiday meals and gift giving: www.veganstore.com/www.veganessentials.com/ , http://www.healthy-eating.com/http://vegancuts.com/http://www.veganperfection.com.au/index.phphttp://www.shopvegan.co.uk/

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 (http://wfdinner.com/).  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.  http://www.brightergreen.org/

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.  http://www.tofurky.com/

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.  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.