Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders

Chrissie Hynde–The Pretenders singer-songwriter-guitarist (currently touring the U.S. behind the acclaimed new Pretenders album, “Break Up The Concrete”) and longtime animal advocate–discusses the enormous and somewhat surprising (to her, at least) success of VegiTerranean, the vegan restaurant she opened in 2007 in her native Akron, Ohio; the encouraging conclusions she’s drawn from the VegiTerranean success, including that the restaurant’s menu and approach could succeed virtually anywhere (if it did so in Akron) and with those who aren’t rock start at the helm; she also outlined the contest that The Pretenders, PETA & YouTube have teamed for, inviting animal-loving fans to make a music video for the band’s new song, “Boots Of Chinese Plastic,” addressed concerns raised in the conversation about PETA and some practices and campaigns in recent years that may have undermined the organization’s credibility and effectiveness, and responded to a variety of listener calls and e-mails. []

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Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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