Marisa Miller Wolfson, writer-director of the documentary “Vegucated”

Marisa Miller Wolfson–the writer-director of “Vegucated,” the award-winning documentary tracking three dyed-in-the-wool meat and cheese eating New Yorkers who accept a challenge to go vegan for six weeks (WMNF presented the film’s Tampa Bay area premiere)—discusses her pre-“Vegucated” life, including her formative years devoted to animals and later years as an animal activist and vegan advocate. She also addresses the impetus for making “Vegucated,” her first film, how and why she ended up selecting the trio of folks at the center of the film. Miller also explains how she grappled with how much factory farming footage and other images of cruelty to present onscreen in her film relative to other films that share similar themes and concerns, and arriving at the lighter, often-humorous tone that marks “Vegucated.” She also weighs in on some of the philosophical gulfs that exist in the vegan realm, including–when it comes to lifestyle changes to embrace veganism–the “baby steps” vs “do it now” debate. And much more…. (,

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COMEDY CORNER: Jim Gaffigan’s “Eat Vegetarian” (

MUSIC: Brian Wilson’s “Vega-tables,” Mike Doughty’s “Vegetable,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: The Police’s “Canary In A Coalmine”


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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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