Author: Elyse

Children’s Books and Parenting from a Vegan Perspective: Abioseh the Vegan Poet on his Unique Book, “I am Not Food,” Addy Rivera Sonda on Illustrating New Book, “Junebug: No Life Too Small,” and Jen Rivera Bell on her Passion for Indigenous Vegan Motherhood

Cover of Children's Book, "Junebug: Not Life Too Small", featuring a small child with brown skin and dark curly hair in a denim romper and yellow rain boots, laying on the grass looking up into the sky

In this show we hear from Abioseh Cole, the Vegan Poet on the power of language and what lead him to writing the children’s book, “I am Not Food”, a text which explores why animals are people. We also speak to, Addy Rivera Sondas, the illustrator of the new children’s book, “Junebug: No Life Too Small” on her process of bringing this sweet story to life as well as how she uses her artwork to inspire empathy and social change. Our feature interview is with YouTuber and Indigenous mama, Jen Rivera Bell, on Veganism, parenthood, decolonizing food, and minimalism.

Aisha Robinson of Five Loaves Atlanta: Feeding the Hungry with Nourishing Vegan Food

Featuring an exclusive interview with Five Loaves Atlanta founder Aisha Robinson on her work providing plant-based food and other necessities to food-insecure and homeless individuals, and why she believes cruelty-free food should be accessible to all.

International Respect for Chickens Month: Review of Stop Motion Film Chicken Run and Encore Interview of Dr. Lori Marino on Chicken Intelligence

DVD cover of the Chicken Run film

This International Respect for Chickens Month show features a critical assessment of the film Chicken Run from our co-hosts on its anti-speciesist message and an encore interview with neuroscientist and expert in animal behaviour and intelligence, Dr. Lori Marino.

Veganic Farming Tips from Experts Stephen Hunt and JoVonna Johnson-Cooke

Spring is coming! In this show, we present two perennial interviews packed with information on veganic farming, which is a method of farming that eschews animal inputs. Featuring master gardener Stephen Hunt and food justice activist, veganic farmer, and vegan chef JoVonna Johnson-Cooke.

Celebrating Vegan Cuisine Month and Black History Month with Asha Wheeldon of Kula Foods

Local vegan chef Asha Wheeldon joins us to talk about plant-based cuisine inspiration and bringing people together through delicious food.

New Year’s Show: Resources for Going Vegan in 2020

This show features an exciting announcement of the Vancouver premiere of the documentary “The Animal People,” plus resources, tips, and tricks for kickstarting your new vegan lifestyle in 2020.

Encore show: Indigenous Peoples Day – Sierra Tasi Baker on Indigenous Veganism and Finding Balance with the Natural World

Sierra Tasi Baker of the Squamish Nation speaks to us on why she chose a vegan lifestyle, how this fits with her traditional Coast Salish values, and how animal activists can advocate for animals in a way that’s respectful toward Indigenous people.

Orangutan Jungle School: Dr. Anne Russon on Rescuing and Rehabilitating Orphaned Orangutans

Featuring an interview with York University primatologist Dr. Anne Russon, lead script advisor for the docu-soap series “Orangutan Jungle School” on the Love Nature channel.

Violist Tony Kastelic on Vegan Classical Musician Life and a Revolutionary New Animal-Friendly Bow Hair

Featuring an extended coffee-table chat with violist and singer Tony Kastelic, as well as live performances from both Tony and our producer Elyse Jacobson. Tony and Elyse discuss being among the first musicians in Canada to use Coruss bow hair, a high-tech professional-grade synthetic hair for bowed string instruments.

Vegan Rapper Z-Man on His Forthcoming Animal-Rights-Themed Album

Featuring an interview with San Francisco-based underground rapper Z-Man, who has an album in the works on human exploitation of nonhuman animals, plus an update from Bryce Casavant of Pacific Wild on the proposed escalation of the wolf cull in BC, and a discussion on the many animals exploited by the military-industrial complex.