Nellie McKay–acclaimed singer-songwriter and animal advocate

Nellie McKay–the acclaimed singer-songwriter and animal advocate, actress and occasional New York Times book critic–discusses her view of Dennis Kucinich (alluded to on her new CD, “Obligatory Villagers”), addresses the new album’s relative absence of animal songs, provides an update on the effort to persuade Columbia University to end its animal experimentation, speaks to the animal and environmental virtues of a plant-based diet, suggests that the mutual admiration society with Ryan Adams may lead to them touring together, and more. []

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COMEDY CORNER: Mitch Hedberg’s “Smackie The Frog” (snippet) []
MUSIC: Nellie McKay’s “Pounce,” Iron & Wine’s “Serpent Charmer,” instrumentals
NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Marvin Gaye’s “I’ll Be Doggone”

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