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City Visions: How to travel ethically

Jul 16, 2018
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Summer is a time to explore new places, but have you ever considered what it means to travel ethically? 

Jo-Anne McArthur

On this edition of  Your Call’s One Planet Series, award winning photographer Jo-Anne McArthur joins us to discuss her decade long We Animals project, which documents the plight of animals around the world.

Portrait by Erik McGregor


On this edition of Your Call, writer, artist, and activist Sunaura Taylor discusses her new book, Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation.



Why do the vast majority of Americans eat animals when we now have so many alternatives? That’s the question Free From Harm director Robert Grillo explores in his new book Farm to Fable: The Fictions of Our Animal-Consuming Culture.

Philosophy Talk: Captivity

Apr 11, 2017
"Captivity" by D O R O Z H K I N A used under CC license

Is it cruel and immoral to keep any sentient being captive?

Your Call: Gene Baur and the Farm Sanctuary Life

Apr 27, 2016

 On the April 28th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Gene Baur, the president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary. 

Your Call: How have animals shaped human history?

May 28, 2015


On the May 28th edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with anthropologist Brian Fagan about his new book The Intimate Bond: How Animals Shaped Human History, which focuses on our ever-changing relationship with animals. Fagan argues that humans and animals have always had an intimate bond, but as society industrialized, animals became commodities. There’s been a massive shift from respecting animals to exploiting them. Fagan asks, if this is wise and is it ethical? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.


The Ethics of Captivity on Philosophy Talk

Aug 9, 2014

Whether it's people incarcerated in prisons, or animals confined in zoos, aquariums, laboratories, farms, and in our own homes, millions of upon millions of sentient creatures live in captivity. To be held captive, some might say, is to be denied basic rights of autonomy. But physical captivity, others might say, can have significant social benefits. So under what conditions could it be morally justified to hold a creature in captivity? Should we think of humans and animals differently? And in a civil society, is captivity a necessary harm, or should we work towards eradicating it?

Your Call: What rights should animals have?

May 18, 2014