The signature program of the nonprofit, Advancing the Interests of Animals (AIA), is its weekly, one-hour nationally syndicated radio show, Animals Today. Currently in its seventh continuous year, this show provides a worldwide platform where individuals and organizations concerned about the welfare of animals can present their viewpoints and promote their causes. It is a communication hub where listeners learn about a wide variety of animal welfare issues as well as the actions they can take to help animals locally and around the globe. Hosted by Dr. Lori Kirshner and co-host/producer Dr. Peter Spiegel, Animals Today airs in multiple markets with a potential audience of millions of listeners. Listeners worldwide may enjoy live shows via internet streaming, and past shows are archived on the Animals Today website and YouTube for free access anytime.
Different than other radio programs whose focus is merely on pets, Animals Today delves deeper by also promoting increased respect, compassion and kindness toward animals in the wild and farmed animals. Via analysis and commentary, it provides the latest thinking and news about animal rights with the goal of educating listeners of all ages about the current status of animals in society and how people can treat them more humanely. The show’s hosts conduct interviews on a wide variety of animal-related topics with news items from around the globe. Programs have focused on such diverse subjects as the dangers wind farms pose to eagles, shark conservation efforts and language and communication research in non-human animals.
Guests on the show have included celebrities, filmmakers, politicians and government officials, lawyers, authors, scientists, ecologists, food producers, naturalists and activists working in the field. They all share a desire to improve the lives of animals around the world. A few of Animals Today’s noteworthy guests have included Bob Barker, Author Dean Koontz, Actress Tippi Hedren, US Representative Tom Marino, CA Assemblymember Richard Bloom, CT State Representative Fred Camillo, award-winning independent journalist Will Potter, and President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Dr. Neal Barnard. Lori and Peter have gone on site to cover The Best Friends National Conference, the FARM animal rights conference, the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Texas, and other events and locations of interest.
Praise for Animals Today, with Dr. Lori Kirshner
“Lori, thank you, and thanks for your great program, and keep up your great work for animals.” Chris Palmer, Wildlife Photographer and author, Shooting in the Wild.
“I thank you so much for this show, Lori, you’re a shining light out there – this is spectacularly good and I really appreciate it. The Humane Society of the United States admires you so much in your work and thank you.” Dr. John Grandy, Senior VP for Wildlife and Habitat Protection, HSUS.
“I want to thank you for what you do, its a pleasure for me to be on your program, and I’m really glad we can get behind something as positive as this bill…” Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, speaking about pet devocalization ban legislation.
“We greatly appreciate what you’re doing to encourage people to think about how they eat and think about how they relate to animals and ultimately to make humane choices.” Gene Baur, Co-founder and President, Farm Sanctuary.
“Lori, thank you for all the work you and Peter do to produce Animals Today. Your show is more than just entertainment, it is a unique and valuable source of information on animal issues worldwide, with vital information as to what caring people may do to improve the lives of animals. I encourage anyone who cares about our nonhuman friends to listen to you.” Steve Hindi, President, Showing Animals Respect and Kindness.