MikeyPod 247 | Dustin Harder AKA The Vegan Roadie

Dustin Harder AKA The Vegan Roadie

Dustin Harder returns to the podcast this week to talk about his adventures filming season three of The Vegan Roadie in Italy and his brand new project, The Simply Vegan Cookbook! I love the way Dustin carved out his own path in advocating for veganism using something he is passionate about: FOOD! He’s a great friend and always a great guest. Continue reading →

MikeyPod 246 | Activist Musician Jason Oliver

New year, new focus!  Starting with this week’s episode of the podcast, I’m narrowing the focus of my guests to artists and creators who make work about their activism, and I couldn’t think of a better guest to start with than Jason Oliver. Jason is a singer-songwriter who is also extremely active in open rescue of animals with Direct Action Everywhere. Though his activist work takes him to some of the most hellish places on earth, his music and spirit seem imbued with a lightness and hope that is irresistible. I hope you love this interview as much as I did, and please be sure to support Jason’s work by buying his album hereContinue reading →

MikeyPod 245 | Photographer Jonathan David Smyth

MikeyPod 245 Jonathan David Smyth

I met Jonathan David Smyth through our mutual friend and collaborator luke kurtis of bd-studios.com. I was really excited to talk with him about his debut monograph, Just One More: Self-Portraits 2012-2017. I continue to be intrigued by Jonathan’s photos, and even more so by his video and text work, which you should absolutely check out on his website. Continue reading →

MikeyPod 244 | Filmmaker Chris Hines

I met Chris Hines and his crew last month when they interviewed me for Taking Note – The Vegan Music Documentary. Chris started the project as a means to find out how veganism has influenced musicians themselves. I was really excited they chose to include me in the film, and I have been really excited to discover more about Chris’ work in veganism and video on his youTube channel. He just did a 24 hour live stream to raise money for Sale Ranch Animal SanctuaryContinue reading →

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 242 | The Vegan Mos

I interviewed The Vegan Mos, Ethan Ciment and Michael Suchman way back in May just as their brilliant NYC Vegan: Iconic Recipes for a Taste of the Big Apple cookbook was released. Well, the tour happened, then more shows happened, and sadly this recording fell into the great podcast abyss. I listened to the interview this weekend, and it holds up so nicely I just had to share it. Ethan and Michael are among my closest friends, so I am really so happy to share this interview. We chat about veganism (of course), the intersection between queerness and veganism, and eat lots of food made from the recipes in their book. Continue reading →

MikeyPod 241 | Poet and Hip-Hop Artist Donald Vincent AKA Mr. Hip

I met Donald Vincent AKA Mr. Hip a few weeks ago at the Compassion Arts and Culture & Animals Festival here in NYC. He approaches and expresses his art with a humbleness and curiosity that I find especially beautiful and inspiring. I was so thrilled to talk to him about his work, his openness to sharing his process, and how his art is part of everything he does.  Mr. Hip is a vegan, jazzy, hip-hop artist, poet, painter, and avid lover of all things art now based in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Washington, DC, his music blends an eclectic mix of rap, style, swag, and music for the hipsters as well as the streets. His poems can be found online in a variety of literary magazines. Continue reading →

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 →