MikeyPod 243 | Center for Animal Protection and Education Co-Founder JP Novic

I stayed for several days this summer with JP Novic at the Center for Animal Protection and Education and really just had a glorious time.  She put me up in a tiny cabin on the property and so kindly brought me coffee and breakfast every morning before we went to work with the animals.

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MikeyPod 240 | Piano Trio Bearthoven

This week I talk with Karl Larson and Matt Evans, two of the members of the piano trio, Bearthoven, about their most recent album, Trios. Though their third member Pat Swoboda was unable to join us, we dug deep in their process of creating the album, the commissioning of pieces for the album, and the current new music landscape. We talked a great deal about Bang on a Can, who you should absolutely investigate as well. Continue reading →

MikeyPod 239 | Undercover Photographers Dietz and Lia

I’m back in Brooklyn, and back in the New York groove! This week I talk to two of the most passionate animal activists I know, Dietz (Unparalleled Suffering) and Lia (The Evidence Box). Both are fantastic photographers who are especially adept at documenting the experience of non-human animals and the horrifying abuses they are subjected to by humans. I got to spend some time staying with them during my tour, so of course I busted out my trusty recorder for an interview. Continue reading →

MikeyPod 238 | Author and Activist Ren Hurst

I have been looking forward to my stay with Ren Hurst for months, and the experience absolutely did not disappoint. Ren is a former horse trainer turned activist, author of Riding on the Power of Others, and founder of The New World Sanctuary Foundation. Our conversation came at the end of the six days I spent with her and her horses, camping out in gorgeous Northern California without electricity or plumbing. In spite of my general distaste for the outdoors, my experience was simply glorious, and I know this interview will inspire and open you, just like my time with Ren did me. Enjoy! Continue reading →

MikeyPod 237 | Direct Action Everywhere Organizer Priya Sawhney

Recorded in DxE‘s house in Berkeley, CA, here’s my interview with powerhouse activist Priya Sawhney. It was incredibly inspiring and energizing to stay in the DxE house for a few days. Lots and lots of work happening at all times, yet it was still a joyful and beautiful place. I love their message about non-violence and in approaching with love. Priya and I had a great conversation about those ideas, and she gives a solid explanation about DxE’s work with open rescue. Continue reading →

MikeyPod 235 | MikeyPod Live! With Joel B. New, My Demon Sister, Anna Copa Cabanna, Anna/Kate Band, and Sharisse Francisco

Photos by Jenni Walkowiak

Here it is!  A very special episode of MikeyPod, recorded live at the Kraine Theater for the Queerly Festival on June 26, 2017. It was tempting to edit the imperfections out of this recording, but I resisted the urge and decided to leave it as is. I hope you enjoy these “live” moments like I do! Thanks to all the artists who performed! Please check out their websites below! Continue reading →

MikeyPod 234 | Andy Tabar of Compassion Co.

Andy Tabar

This week’s guest is my pal Andy Tabar, founder of the vegan fashion brand Compassion Co. and co-host of the fantastic podcast, The Bearded Vegans. Andy and I have been internet friends for longer than I can remember, but I became especially interested in his life when I realized that he is living out of and running his business from a van! With my tour coming up, it was a perfect time to have Andy on the podcast to talk about his life on the road. Continue reading →