Curiously Veg Radio

Curiously Veg Radio sprouted up through an effort to reach plant-based and plant-curious minds alike. Our topics range from discussing scientific studies, tasty plant-based recipes, hot news topics, geeky humor, and informative interviews. The podcast encompasses serious information, personal experience, and creative dialog. Hope and Dave have known each other for over a decade and bring to the mixing board their unique journeys into a plant-based lifestyle. Hope’s extensive research and credentials from eCornell, Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and ACE give her a vast library of knowledge and expertise in the fields of health, nutrition, and fitness. Dave adds a flare of personal experience, research, and a devil-may-care attitude. This unique combination will, no doubt, leave you wanting more!
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Aug 23, 2016

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We tend to provide episodes that push a boundary or two or maybe even tug at your heartstrings. However, sometimes it's nice have a good life with a guest that loves what they do and has the energy to show it. Lee Day is certainly the embodiment of that sentiment.

We met Lee through Renee King-Sonnen who we recently had on the show. Lee has had an interesting life and career being a celebrity pet entertainer. From being close friends with Doris Day to performing a Bark Mitzvah for Joan Rivers' dog and even taking lobsters on a date. Lee is filled with stories and songs to comprise multiple books and albums. She was a riot to have on and had us rolling. If you're driving while listening you may need to pull over until you stop laughing.

Lee is marrying two of Renee King-Sonnen's pigs on September 17 at an event to benefit the Rowdy Girl Sanctuary. Tickets are available for the event in New York. If you are unable to attend you can donate directly to Rowdy Girl Sanctuary to assist in their efforts.


Lee Day provides a service not performed by any other entertainer world-wide. She has combined two of her most intense passions, show business and pets, into a business that has endured for fifteen years. How about doing something different and unique that has never been done on a sitcom before, a pet wedding, Bark Mitzvah, romantic date, or baptism party? This is not limited to just dogs and cats, she's performed weddings for horses and penguins, taken two lobsters out on a romantic date, and the list goes on. Lee Day is a singer, actress, comedian and dancer.

Her business has been spotlighted on Eye on L.A., the Sally Jessy Raphael Show, Nickelodeon, Eyewitness News, the Regis Philbin Show, The Gayle King Show, A Current Affair and has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, The Globe, Star-Ledger, L.A. Times, The Enquirer, Woman's World, National Examiner, Londons' Daily Mirror, People Magazine and Instyle Magazine. She has been seen on productions in London, Rome, Japan, and Australia. Lee has worked with the biggies. Her clients include a Bark Mitzvah for Joan Rivers' dog, Spike, a wedding for Jim and Tammy Faye Bakers' Yorkshire, Corky, (to a white poodle named Peaches) which were televised. She's also styled Mary Tyler Moore's golden retriever, Dash, and has sung for Princess Diana and her sons.



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Aug 16, 2016

Hey guys! It’s Dave “the geek”. We had a really interesting interview lined up for this episode but they had an unexpected emergency and a vital part of the team wasn’t feeling well. So, in the spirit of the olympics we’re going to replay one of our most popular episodes, our interview with Robert Cheeke, successful vegan bodybuilder, author, and entrepreneur. We had some great feedback about his episode so we know new and season listeners will enjoy. See you next week guys!

Robert grew up on a farm in Corvallis, OR where he adopted a vegan lifestyle in 1995 at age 15. Today he is the best-selling author of the book, Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness: The Complete Guide to Building Your Body on a Plant-Based Diet, and his latest book, Shred It!.

As a two-time natural bodybuilding champion, Robert is considered one of VegNews magazine’s Most Influential Vegan Athletes. He tours around the world sharing his story of transformation from a skinny farm kid to champion vegan bodybuilder. Robert is the founder and president of Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness. He writes books, gives lectures around the world, and maintains the popular website, He is a regular contributor to Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine, a multi-sport athlete, entrepreneur, and has followed a plant-based diet for 20 years.

Robert was generous to sit down with us after a long trip (and before another) and talk about his book, training, diet, and keeping your eye on the goal. We’re certain anyone from the novice to the seasoned lifter can get a lot from what Robert brings to the table.



Aug 2, 2016

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Recently we had the opportunity to work with Brother Wolf Animal Rescue at Asheville Veganfest. While there we managed to steal away some speakers for a quick two on one chat. One of the speakers, Renee King-Sonnen, stole the show with her amazing story and amazing energy. After spending sometime talking with her during and after recording we couldn't pass up a chance to have her on the show for a long form interview.

Renee's story is not like any other. After marrying her now husband and cattle rancher, Renee settled in to be a typical rancher's wife. Though she always had animal rights and welfare buzzing around in her mind she suppressed the urge to succumb, something many of us have felt and done. In an attempt to follow tradition she purchased a calf with intention to raise to market weight and to be sold for food. While going through the process something began to wake within her and she wasn't able to keep what she knew to be true and decided she'd had enough. Renee was able to recognize what she and the other ranchers were doing wasn't right and decided to make a change. The calf that she raised leant her name to her new home, "Rowdy Girl Sanctuary".

We talked with Renee King-Sonnen about her waking up, working with other ranchers and rancher wives to further the cause, and a very moving story about a strong calf that thought her, and I'm sure you, a lot about the future of animal welfare and the future of sanctuaries.

If you can, please take some time and support the efforts of Rowdy Girl Sanctuary. You can also become a member or adopt an animal and get some great perks while supporting the sanctuary and help some amazing animals.


Renee, a native Houstonian, is the Executive Director and Founder of Rowdy Girl Sanctuary in Angleton, Texas. She remarried her husband Tommy Sonnen, a multi-generational cattle rancher in 2009 and moved to the ranch. She fell in love with farm animals, having no idea her life was about to transform. After witnessing time and again the baby calves going to the sale barn she became extremely depressed. In October 2014, she went vegan as a result and began researching factory farming and the compassionate alternative, farm sanctuaries. She desperately consulted with leaders in the vegan movement, determined to do whatever she could to create sanctuary out of what was once a beef cattle operation in the heart of cattle country.


The documentary Vegan: Everyday Stories features Renee King-Sonnen along with other prominent figures in the plant based movement. The movie focuses on a set of very different vegans, their journey, and their everyday lives. A great movie free of graphic imagery to inspire others that they too can make an amazing life change and be happier and healthier than ever before.



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