Dr. Neal Barnard, M.D.–founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Dr. Neal Barnard, M.D.–who in 1985 founded the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a nonprofit organization that promotes, among other things, a plant-based diet, preventative medicine, higher standards of ethics and effectiveness in research




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(and, overlapping that objective, ending animal research)–discusses the impact of President Clinton talking enthusiastically in national interviews about embracing a plant-based diet; outlines a simple, manageable method and three-week timetable for someone to try a vegan diet; reviews the introductory section of his latest book, “The Get Healthy, Go Vegan Cookbook,” in which he briefly highlights the importance of employing great care in this realm when using certain terms and language (for instance, why someone “who follows a vegan diet” is preferable over labeling someone “a vegan”); addresses some of PCRM’s campaigns, like urging NASA to halt plans for experiments involving the irradiation of live monkeys, and more (www.PCRM.org)

COMEDY CORNER: Myq Kaplan’s “Ducks And Vegetarianism” (www.MyqKaplan.com)

MUSIC: Steve Hobbs’ “The Woody The Woodpecker Song,” Robert Plant’s version of Low’s “Monkey,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: The Doors’ “Twentieth Century Fox”

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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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