Megan Shackelford returns from India to co-host our 82nd show. Author of the children's book That's Why We Don't Eat Animals Ruby Roth is our featured guest, in a post-recorded interview. Because of technical difficulties on at the radio station we couldn't get her patched through on the phone, and so the interview with Ruby is recorded later by Derek and spliced in for this podcast.
Our 80th show features Beloved Binge on tour and in the studio with us for an interview and further shenanigans. The Binge are one of our favorite bands, and great vegan activists to boot. They created a documentary called Seeing Through the Fence that "explores the role of food in modern society and our connection, or lack of connection, with both the processes and animals from which our food originates".
Our 79th show is a podcast-only special edition, featuring two pre-recorded interviews. The first is Derek interviewing Billy Hulting, who helps put on the Worldfest in Encino, California. Worldfest is a solar-powered celebration of music, the environment, animals and humanity, with a strong emphasis on veganism.
Our 78th show comes in the midst of a Swine Flu outbreak in which the disease has jumped species and is now being transmitted from human to human. The World Health Organization has called it a Phase 5 Outbreak, indicating a pandemic is imminent. We report some of the current news and views and add our own two cents. Our featured interview is with Ed Coffin, vegan "activist extraordinaire" who is building a vegan empire in Philadelphia.
Seventy-seven shows into it and the technology is still kicking our ass, but we get some interesting radio out of it just the same. We are psyched to have a chance to talk to vegan triathlete Brendan Brazier. The radio station equipment goes a little haywire and we lose Brendan early on, which gives Jilian a chance to give us a lesson on iron absorption.
On our 76th show Scott is absent and Jilian and Derek have in-studio guest Chrissy Costigan, who lives near us in Westfield Massachusetts and was a runner up in Peta's Sexiest Vegetarian Next Door 2009 contest. Chrissy entered the contest and became a vegan because of what she learned while competing. We discuss wether Peta's sensationalist, sexual, and sometimes sexist tactics are justifiable.
On our 75th show (we can't believe it either!) we feature an interview with Mark LaPolla who is the creator of Life By Chocolate, which has a line of amazing vegan chocolates. Mark takes us through the trials and tribulations of making pure vegan chocolate and his dedication to the process. You will learn a lot about chocolate, just be sure to have a pile of vegan chocolate nearby while you listen because you know you'll be jonesin for some chocolate by the end of the show!