Radio Interview

Next week (Wednesday May 19, 1-2) I'm going to be interviewed about my book Animalkind on Think, a one hour show on KERA, the NPR radio station in Dallas.  You can listen live, call in questions, or download the podcast later on.  One thing I need to avoid is something I often do on this blog--focusing my energy on animal advocates I disagree with, like you know who, the distinguished professor from you know where.  So--pretend you are Joe Q. Listener.  What's on your mind?  What do you want me to talk about? What are you going to call in and ask me?  I was on the same show 3 years ago, talking about my first book.  If you're utterly determined, you could listen here.


Taylor said...

You might point out that animal ethics is not monolithic, that there is a great diversity of approaches, even among those who favour "animal liberation". You might also make the point that, even so, the fundamentals are not rocket science -- not strange, newfangled notions that the average person can't relate to: they are the idea that we should not do unnecessary harm and the idea that we should not treat sentient beings as mere resources. The devil is in the details, not in the basic ideas.

By the way, in case anyone is interested, here's the link to a radio interview I did recently about my own book:

Jean Kazez said...

Great--I have your interview on my ipod now and will listen later today.

Good advice about the basic idea being that we should not do unnecessary harm. I think that's it, in a nutshell, and it's as simple and obvious as can be.

The hard question is--what are you prepared to see as "necessary"? If nothing at all (like the abolitionist crowd), then your not really serious about "necessity" as the standard. I am serious about it!

Wayne said...

I think its also important to be somewhat sympathetic to meat eaters. Whenever I present vegetarianism in class, one of the first things I say is that I LOVE the taste of bacon, A juicy hamburger is tremendously tasty, and nothing may be better than a rack of baby back ribs. But thats not the point of it all, and absolutely we need to make sacrifices for the greater good. Maybe share your attempts at recreating your coffee?

amos said...

You gave an excellent interview a few months ago (my sense of time is weak). There was a link to your blog, and I think it's the only interview with a link. Say the same things as you said there: it's a great summary of all the issues that you've talked about. I'm sure that all will go well.

Jean Kazez said...

Wayne, I still fondly recall BLTs. Sniff. Haven't had one for 17 years.

Amos, Thanks. I need to put the link in a more obvious place. That interview was much fun to do because I had time to think and edit. I liked the questions too.