Joan Jett–singer-songwriter-guitarist

Joan Jett–the singer-songwriter-guitarist who’s portrayed by Kristen Stewart in the new feature bio-pic “The Runaways,” for which Joan also served as an executive producer; there’s also a pictorial-based bio by Todd Oldham now available, “Joan Jett”–discusses being a lifelong animal advocate and the confluence of factors that led her some twenty years ago to become a vegetarian;




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addresses how she feels about using her platform as a long-admired rock figure (and, lately, multimedia figure) to call attention to certain animal issues or the virtues of embracing a vegetarian diet; explains why she thinks much of the anti-pitbull sentiment seems like a knee jerk reaction and how those dogs get a bum rap; talks about the cats she shares her home with and the struggle of being away from them when she’s on tour, outlines a bit about her experience working on “The Runaways” and more.

COMEDY CORNER: Sean Cullen’s “Cats” (snippet) (

MUSIC: Jean-Luc Ponty’s “Tarantula,” Ted Leo & The Pharmacists’ “The Mighty Sparrow,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: The Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog”


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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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