The Joys and Benefits of Living Compassionately and Healthfully. In Other Words: Vegan.
I Am (Not) An Animal

In today’s episode, I discuss the origins of the word “animal,” whose root word means “soul” – something humans are in danger of losing if we keep denying non-human animals theirs. Thanks to today’s sponsors:,, & I also share the origins of other animal-related words (beast,...

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The Favors We Do Animals…By Eating Them?

In his famous “Autobiography,” published posthumously in 1793, Benjamin Franklin recounts his experience following a vegetarian diet when he was 16 years old. Having read Thomas Tryon’s 1691 book “The Way to Health,” which extolls the many benefits of a “vegetable diet,” Franklin found that it promoted “greater clearness...

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Coming Home

Radio Editorial for KQED’s Perspectives. Aired: January 2014 Coming Home Colleen Patrick-Goudreau discovers that the dreamy neighborhood she thought she grew up in really does exist. By Colleen Patrick-Goudreau I grew up in a suburban town in New Jersey on a street that dead-ended in a forest of trees....

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Vegan in Napa, Cruelty-Free Antibacterial Soap (Why It’s Unnecessary), and Holy Roaches

In this episode, I share my experience sleeping in my 20th county in California (Napa), booking an Air B&B for the first time, eating vegan in Napa Country (particularly in the towns of Napa and Helena), and I answer such questions as “How do you respond to folks who...

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Lessons from a Kitchen Remodel + The Links Between Animal Advocacy and All Social Justice Issues

In today’s episode, I share my recommendations for some kitchen design elements that might be helpful to you whether you’re remodeling or not, and I answer several of your questions, including how to respond to people who say “it must be hard to be vegan,” “I had a great...

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