Our 58th show is a bit all over the place, which our listeners might not find unusual. We start with an interview with Molly Lorenz, who has organized a group of vegan artists and craftspeople on the web site Etsy called Vegan Etsy. Molly herself uses the site to sell dog treats at her shop Emma's K9 Kitchen.
Our 57th show features interviews with two prominent animal rights activists who are involved in fun events happening in NYC on Sunday May 18th, 2008. The first is Pamela Rice who has put together the first ever Veggie Pride Parade which will march through the meat district and feature vegan rocker Cheryl Hill and a marriage ceremony officiated by Vegan Radio favorite Dave Warwak.
Our 56th show features the first part of an interview that Derek did with raw food guru David Wolfe during his recent visit to the Rhode Island School of Design. David's talk focused on raw cacao and he tells us why this nut is a key to vibrant health and possibly a Panacea for a host of other ills. David also enlightens us about an array of other issues pertaining to veganism and the meaning of life. (Part two of the interview will be featured in our next podcast).
On our 55th show we look into two diets that are close relatives of veganism, both of which can be integrated into a vegan diet to improve the health benefits. Our first guest, David Snieckus, has been practicing a Macrobiotic diet for over 30 years and has been vegan for most of that time. While he doesn't tell us exactly what he eats we do learn a lot from him about the yin and yang underlying the lifestyle that is more than a diet.
Vegan Radio 53 features an interview with Ashley Howard who owns Heaven's Harvest Farm in New Braintree, MA. The farm is a CSA, providing portions of its harvest to people who pay for a share. The farm has always offered organic produce, but this year Ashley will be farming organically and without the use of animal manure. Since manure comes from animal agriculture it is not considered vegan.
Our 52nd show falls on Valentine's Day this year, and we feature an interview with the author of My Sweet Vegan: passionate about dessert, Hannah Kaminsky. Hannah is only 19 years old and attends UMass college in Amherst, making her a local vegan celebrity! Hannah was noticed by a publishing company due to the popularity and quality of her BitterSweet blog.
Our 51st show features vegan athlete and Ultimate Fighting contender Ricardo "Mad Dog" Moreira. Ricardo talks about his path to veganism and how such a seemingly violent sport can jibe with a compassionate vegan ethic. We find how Ricardo gets his protein, how he trains by moving furniture, and why he fights in a cage. In the news we have stories about people contracting neurological diseases from animals, how African refugees are effecting the bush meat trade, and chimps being denied personhood in Austria.