Tuesday, May 24, 2016

ARZone Podcast 88: Casey Taft - Clinical Psychologist

Episode 88 features Casey Taft.

Casey Taft is Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and focuses his research on the prevention of interpersonal violence. He has consulted with the United Nations and the domestic violence programs that he has developed are being utilized in the United States Department of Defense as well as the Veteran’s Health Administration.

He’s also the co-owner of Vegan Publishers, understanding that working toward the prevention of violence done to other animal species follows naturally from working to end the violence humans do to each other.

Professor Taft has published over one hundred journal articles and scientific reports, is the author of the upcoming book Trauma-Informed Treatment and Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence, and also the author of the recent book, Motivational Methods for Vegan Advocacy: A Clinical Psychology Perspective. Casey joins us today to talk about what advocates and activists may be able to learn from Clinical Psychology. Audio podcast, approx 32 mins.


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Friday, January 22, 2016

ARZone Podcast 87: Nick Cooney - How to be Great at Doing Good

Episode 87 features Nick Cooney.

Nick Cooney is Director of Education at Mercy For Animals, a national nonprofit animal protection organization and he’s founder of The Humane League. His work has been featured in hundreds of media outlets, and he’s lectured extensively throughout the United States and Europe.

He is the author of three books: Change Of Heart: What Psychology Can Teach Us About Spreading Social Change (2010), Veganomics: The Surprising Science on What Motivates Vegetarians, from the Breakfast Table to the Bedroom (2013), and his latest - and the subject of this interview - How to be Great at Doing Good (2015).

Nick speaks with us about that book, about the ways the organizations he's involved with have tried to implement the ideas in it, and what he hopes for the future of charitable giving in general and the animal protection movement in particular. Audio podcast, approx 38 mins.





ARZone thanks the following administrators of the ARZone website for their valuable help in making our podcasts and interviews successful: Kate, Jason Ward, Spencer Lo and Kevin Watkinson we appreciate your great efforts and continued support.


Monday, November 23, 2015

ARZone Podcast 86: Saryta Rodriguez - Until Every Animal is Free

Episode 86 features advocate and author Saryta Rodriguez.

Saryta Rodriguez is graduate of Columbia University (New York, USA) who is committed to social justice activism, with a focus on issues of human hunger and violence against other animals.

Saryta has written her first book, "Until Every Animal is Free", recently published by Vegan Publishers (2015). She joined us to speak about that book, in which she offers a concise history of the movement for animal liberation, a review of current issues facing the movement and individual advocates within it, and her own ideas about how to bring about meaningful and lasting change in the lives of other-than-human animals. Audio podcast, approx. 32 minutes.






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Saturday, January 24, 2015

ARZone Podcast 85: Kim Socha - Animal Liberation and Atheism

Episode 85 features advocate, educator, and author Kim Socha

Kim Socha, who holds a PhD in English Literature and Criticism, is an English professor working in the US. A grassroots animal liberation advocate, Kim is also active in drug policy reform, and transformative justice.

Kim is the author or editor of 4 books relating to animal rights and veganism including her most recent from 2014, Animal Liberation and Atheism: Dismantling the Procrustean Bed. Prof. Socha joined us to speak about that book, in which she makes the case that adherence to any of the world's major religions is antithetical to an animal liberation perspective and practice. Audio podcast, approx. 52 minutes.




Monday, November 17, 2014

ARZone Podcast 84: Steve Best - The Politics of Total Liberation

Episode 84 features advocate and activist Prof. Steven Best, Ph. D.

Steve Best is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at El Paso, but he’s perhaps best known as an advocate for the liberation of the earth and all who live on it - humans as well as other animals.

Steve has published 13 books and hundreds of articles and has been active nationally and internationally for more than 3 decades, challenging the conventional wisdom on topics ranging from environmentalism to sexual liberation to animal rights. Dr. Best joined us to speak about his new book, The Politics of Total Liberation: Revolution in the 21st Century. Audio podcast, approx. 65 minutes.




Wednesday, October 15, 2014

ARZone Podcast 83: Paul Shapiro, The Humane Society of the United States

Episode 83 features Paul Shapiro of the Humane Society of the United States.

Since 2005 Paul Shapiro has been the Vice President for Farm Animal Protection for the Humane Society of the United States. Prior to joining the HSUS, Paul was, for 10 years, the founder and campaigns director of Compassion Over Killing, a group he initially began while still in high school.

Paul joins us today to speak about what he learned from 10 years in grassroots activism, the role of the HSUS in the animal rights movement and some of the controversy surrounding it, and how advocates and activists can be most effective for other animals. Audio podcast, approx. 72 minutes.




Sunday, October 5, 2014

ARZone Podcast 82: Matt Ball

Episode 82 features activist Matt Ball.

Matt Ball is Senior Advisor for VegFund, an organization that funds the outreach of advocates for other animals around the world. In 1993, Matt co-founded Vegan Outreach; where he served as the group’s Executive Director for more than 20 years. Matt speaks with us about his new job, his latest book, and his current thoughts about the state of the animal advocacy movement. Audio podcast, approx. 45 minutes.




In recognition for his dedication to the cause of reducing the suffering of other animals, in 2005 Matt was inducted into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame. He is the author of two books, The Animal Activist’s Handbook (with Bruce Friedrich in 2007) and, in 2014, The Accidental Activist. Matt has also written countless essays, attended an untold number of conferences and workshops, and spoken to audiences everywhere about the plight of other animals and the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle.