Jonathan Safran Foer- “Eating Animals” Author

Jonathan Safran Foer–the 32-year-old author acclaimed for his novels “Everything Is Illuminated” and “Extremely Loud,” he’s now penned a non-fiction book, “Eating Animals,” which just in its first week out has already generated tremendous attention, discussion and coverage across all forms of media and the blogosphere–discusses the struggle with ambivalence for much of his life over eating meat that launched him on the journey that forms the core of the book.

He talks about how he came to widen out the book beyond a memoir into a colorful mosaic of voices and viewpoints (addressing, for instance, the striking juxtaposition of essays by PETA VP Bruce Friedrich and Bill Niman, formerly of Niman Ranch), the farmer Frank Reese emerging from the book as both a singular figure and its hero, what will be served/eaten at Foer’s house this Thanksgiving, and more []


Mitch Hedberg’s “Koalas” (snippet) (

MUSIC: Ike Quebec’s “Buzzard Lope,” Consolidated’s “The Sexual Politics Of Meat,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Henry Mancini’s “Baby Elephant Walk”

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About the author
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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