Jasmin Singer (photo by Derek Goodwin)

MikeyPod 203 | Author Jasmin Singer

Jasmin Singer is the co-founder and executive director of Our Hen House, a nonprofit multimedia hub working to change the world for animals. With Our Hen House, Jasmin produces an online magazine and a video production unit. She is a regular public speaker on the subjects of veganism and activism, and travels throughout the country (and beyond) to give workshops and keynotes at venues such as conferences, Vegetarian Food Fests, law schools, and universities.

More importantly she is my dear friend, running partner, and a lovely force of nature in my life, AND her memoir Always Too Much and Never Enough was just released last week. It’s brilliant. She’s brilliant. Everything’s brilliant. Check out our conversation and tell a friend! Continue reading →

Raffaella Ciavatta and Lili Trenkova of Collectively Free

MikeyPod 202 | Activist Community Collectively Free

Raffaella Ciavatta and Lili Trenkova are the co-founders of Collectively Free, an activist community that works towards total animal liberation through anti-speciesist messaging, highly creative, non-violent actions, and pro-intersectional, empowering community building. I have participated in a number of actions with Collectively Free, and I have always walked away feeling deeply respectful of how they conduct themselves as activists and as an organization. On a personal note, I adore these two humans to the max, and am so happy to have them on the podcast. Continue reading →

Podcast Carol J. Adams

MikeyPod Podcast 201 | Writer and Activist Carol J. Adams

Carol J. Adams goes in the category of podcast guests about whom I thought, “it doesn’t hurt to ask.” I was delighted that she responded almost immediately to my interview request and she was simply lovely to chat with here.

Ms. Adams wrote The Sexual Politics of Meat in 1990 and it has become a “bible of the vegan movement” according to The New York Times. I first came to her work in 1991 through the band Consolidated who included text from The Sexual Politics of Meat on a track of the same name. She tells that backstory here and we discuss everything from veganism to fearlessness to spirituality and everything in between.

I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I enjoyed having it!

A brief disclaimer: I know there is some concern about Carol and her alleged transphobia. I chose not to discuss that with her on the podcast, though after speaking with her about it separately, I question the allegations. She wrote about this issue at length on her blog and if you have further concerns that aren’t addressed there, I suggest reaching out to her via her website.

Music:
The Sexual Politics of Meat – Consolidated
Unity of Oppression – Consolidated

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Amanda Duarte at Dead Darlings

MikeyPod Podcast 200 | Writer-Performer Amanda Duarte

I have been a big fan of Amanda Duarte and her monthly salon Dead Darlings for quite a while now, so I was really excited to talk to her on the podcast. Amanda’s Facebook rant about Planned Parenthood went viral recently, and she talks about the aftermath on the show. You can read more about it in this piece she wrote for Marie Claire. Continue reading →

podcast interview noah hoffeld

MikeyPod Podcast 199 | Cello Rocker Noah Hoffeld Interview

I was thrilled to interview cellist Noah Hoffeld on this week’s podcast. Noah has performed with Rene Fleming and Phillip Glass, and recorded solo cello for films including A Walk In the Woods and The Skeleton Twins. His debut solo album, Play Human, has been heralded by Baebel Music as “cello rock you never knew you needed.”

We talked a good bit about Noah’s fantastic album, Play Human, and I was especially interested in talking to Noah about the role that meditation plays in his creativity and productivity. This is an area I have been wanting to add into my life for some time, so this was a particularly timely topic for me.

Music:
Role of Rock
Flirting With Disaster
(Both selections are from Noah’s album, Play Human. Check it out on iTunes)

Learn more about Noah on his website and take a peak at his Twitter while you’re at it.

Thanks as always for listening and if you like what you hear tell a friend and leave a review on iTunes.

Ryan Rumery - Riverside

MikeyPod Podcast 198 | Composer Ryan Rumery Interview

On this week’s podcast, I interview composer/producer/drummer Ryan Rumery about his latest album, Riverside. We chat a bunch about our mutual love for Ableton Live music production software, and the process of creating work.

I’ve still got some ello shirts to give away, listen to the podcast for details on that.

So, listen, subscribe, review, like…all the things. Thank you, as always, for listening.

Songs:

Lockdown
Say
The Piano Interlude

All tracks are from Ryan’s latest album Riverside, which you should purchase here on his Bandcamp page. You can also find Ryan on his website, Soundcloud, and Twitter.

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Michael Harren has been podcasting about art, music and activism for over ten years. Since the launch of the podcast, Michael has lived in Houston, then rural Georgia at the intentional community Koinonia to his current home in Brooklyn, NY. Each Thursday Michael  presents interviews with fellow creatives and presents his perspective as a professional musician and performance artist in New York City. Notable guests include musician Jane Siberry and Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller.

Learn more about Michael Harren at his main website.