President and Co-founder of PETA Ingrid Newkirk

Since its founding in 1980, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has been a powerful force in the animal rights movement. Their investigations, media campaigns, celebrity ads, videos, and overall advocacy effectively grab the attention of millions. As co-founder, president, and all-around champion for animals, Ingrid Newkirk has been at the helm of it all. Ingrid joined me to talk about where it all began -- and the miles we have left to go to protect animals.

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Nutrition Researcher, Speaker, Author, and Leader Brenda Davis

Wouldn't we all love to look this good in our mid 50s? As registered dietitian Brenda Davis shows us, it's definitely possible! Brenda is a leader by all definitions of the word. She led amazing work on diabetes intervention research projects in the Marshall Islands, is an internationally acclaimed speaker, and the co-author of nine books! Her work in the field of nutrition is beyond inspiring, and the impact she has on so many lives will soon be as vibrantly clear to you as it is to me....

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The Story Behind Cowspiracy with Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn

First there was Forks Over Knives. Then there was Blackfish. Now, there's Cowspiracy, a powerful new feature-length documentary produced by Keegan Kuhn and Kip Andersen. Debuting this year to packed screenings across the world, the film is rightfully generating a significant amount of buzz. I talked with Keegan and Kip about their journey and asked the obvious question: Why aren't the major environmental organizations talking about the primary industry that is destroying our planet...

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Cookbook Author Nava Atlas talks Accessible Healthy Recipes

Author, artist, and chef Nava Atlas has produced an array of work that has been part of the foundation for modern vegan cooking. Her first book, Vegetariana, was published in 1984. She has gone on to create more cookbooks, visual books, articles, and works of art that display at museums across the country. We are so fortunate to have Nava her sharing some of her wisdom.

Allison Rivers Samson: You offer such a diversity of recipes on VegKitchen.com and in your cookbooks and e-books!...

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Isa Chandra Moskowitz: From Post Punk Kitchen to Modern Love Omaha

Arguably the most successful vegan cookbook author, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, began playing around with vegan recipes in a small Brooklyn kitchen. From there grew a fun and popular vegan cooking show, Post Punk Kitchen. Six episodes, eight cookbooks, and countless speaking events later, Isa has now just opened her own restaurant in Omaha, Nebraska. I caught up with Isa to learn all about her new endeavors and how she got to where she is now!

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Harold Brown: From Cattle Farmer to Vegan Animal Advocate

If given the chance to share dinner and conversation with a leader from the animal rights movement, Harold Brown would be a compelling choice. Having grown up on a farm himself, Harold now helps farmers whose livelihood relies on animal agriculture  to transition to compassionate, plant-based farming. It's a worthy mission and Harold has the history to achieve just that. Read on to learn about Harold's own move from cattle farmer to vegan animal advocate!

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From Vegan Street to Chicago VeganMania, Marla Rose is at the Helm

You've likely seen the viral and catchy Vegan Street memes that everyone has been sharing recently. Did you know there's a long history of successful activism and effective marketing behind them? That's right! Marla Rose and her husband John Beske are the creative minds behind them and this isn't their first activist campaign. Ever heard of a little event called VeganMania in Chicago? Of course you have! Well, they started the event in 2009, and their Vegan Street community...

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Patti Breitman: Book Publisher, Animal Advocate, and Expert on Saying “No”

Patti Breitman is an animal activist who has been sharing a message of compassion for many years through book publishing, food demos, and her involvement in the Dharma community. Her latest book, Never Too Late To Go Vegan; The Over 50 Guide to Adopting and Thriving On a Plant Based Diet, received significant praise and shining reviews. Patti talks to us about saying "no," how nutritional needs change after 50, and what vegan dishes she finds are best received by food demo audiences.

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Vance Lehmkuhl and “V for Veg” Brings Vegan Issues to the Headlines

You might have noticed that vegan topics have moved into the headlines of one of the country's largest newspapers: The Philadelphia Daily News! This development was the result of a long journey by journalist Vance Lehmkuhl, who has been writing about vegan food topics in Philadelphia for over 10 years. Vance sees firsthand the role that media plays in furthering animal rights causes.

Allison Rivers Samson: You've been a significant media champion for animals for many years! How did you...

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Making the Biggest Impact for Animals with Activist Josh Balk

Meat and dairy consumption in the U.S. is on the decline! And we have many powerhouse organizations and activists to thank for that—one of whom is the Humane Society of the United States' superstar Josh Balk. After being one of Compassion Over Killing's first employees, Josh joined HSUS' farm animal protection team in 2005. Since then, the team has achieved significant milestones for farmed animals and reduced the suffering of millions. I'm grateful Josh took the time to talk...

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