Laurie Hood's Difference Makers

Alaqua Animal Refuge

Laurie Hood has dedicated her life to fighting for animal rights and saving animals. Laurie’s podcast is back and better than ever, with a new name to reflect her work with individuals who share her values. Laurie Hood’s Difference Makers celebrates the work of advocates from across the globe—the "difference makers" who are doing extraordinary things to help animals and those who are genuinely making the world a better place. In each episode of Laurie Hood’s Difference Makers, Laurie and her guests exchange larger-than-life tales of triumphs and setbacks, discuss how they got started advocating for animals, and inspire viewers to get involved in their fight. Visit alaqua.org/podcast to learn more or listen to audio podcasts. The first six interviews were recorded in locations ranging from the Alaqua Podcast Studio in Florida to the remote wilderness of Oregon's South Steen Mountains, to Zurich, Switzerland. Guests include Monty Roberts (Author of The Man Who Listens to Horses), Buck Wilde and Esther Gossweiler (documentarians focusing on Alaskan sea wolves and grizzly bears), Sonya Spaziani (Founder of Mustang Wild), Marty Irby (Animal Wellness Action lobbyist in Washington, D.C.), Emma Clifford (Animal Balance Founder and Director), Odessa Gunn (Animal Wellness Center, Northern California Director) and Ellie Phipps Price (American Wild Horse Campaign President).

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Peter Knights — When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too
2d ago
Peter Knights — When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too
Peter Knights is one of the biggest names in wildlife conservation and advocacy. As founder and president of WildAid, he may be the most influential "difference maker" of our time. In Part One of Laurie Hood's two part interview, Peter describes how he began his life's work as a wildlife trafficking investigator and ultimately founded WildAid, the global leader in the concept of demand reduction—which vigorously combats the illegal wildlife trade, a multi-billion-dollar global industry largely driven by consumer demand. Peter has attracted A-list celebrities—including Danai Gurira, Yao Ming, High Royal Highness Prince William, Lupita Nyong'o, David Beckham, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jackie Chan, Sir Richard Branson, and Maggie Q—and raised millions of dollars of free advertising to lower the demand for animal products by asking worldwide audiences to embrace the message: "When the buying stops, the killing can too."** LEARN MORE **Our combined work depends upon your donations and support to keep pushing forward and making real change in animals' lives. We encourage you to learn more about the "differences" our guests are bringing to the foreground for animals of all kinds. Links below.WILDAID:  HOOD & ALAQUA:  LAURIE HOOD'S DIFFERENCE MAKERSOur podcast series celebrates the work of animal advocates from around the globe who have dedicated their lives to animal protection and safety. These "difference makers" are doing extraordinary things to help all types of animals protect their overall welfare. In each episode, Laurie and her guests exchange larger-than-life tales of triumphs and setbacks, discuss how they got started advocating for animals, all the while inspiring others to join their movement. It is a must watch for all animal lovers and a rallying cry to help create much needed and lasting change in our society. Whether you watch or listen to the podcasts, our hope is that you will be entertained, informed, inspired, and encouraged to get involved—in your own community or across the globe.
Peter Knights — When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too
2d ago
Peter Knights — When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too
Peter Knights is one of the biggest names in wildlife conservation and advocacy. As founder and president of WildAid, he may be the most influential "difference maker" of our time. In Part One of Laurie Hood's two part interview, Peter describes how he began his life's work as a wildlife trafficking investigator and ultimately founded WildAid, the global leader in the concept of demand reduction—which vigorously combats the illegal wildlife trade, a multi-billion-dollar global industry largely driven by consumer demand. Peter has attracted A-list celebrities—including Danai Gurira, Yao Ming, High Royal Highness Prince William, Lupita Nyong'o, David Beckham, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jackie Chan, Sir Richard Branson, and Maggie Q—and raised millions of dollars of free advertising to lower the demand for animal products by asking worldwide audiences to embrace the message: "When the buying stops, the killing can too."** LEARN MORE **Our combined work depends upon your donations and support to keep pushing forward and making real change in animals' lives. We encourage you to learn more about the "differences" our guests are bringing to the foreground for animals of all kinds. Links below.WILDAID:  HOOD & ALAQUA:  LAURIE HOOD'S DIFFERENCE MAKERSOur podcast series celebrates the work of animal advocates from around the globe who have dedicated their lives to animal protection and safety. These "difference makers" are doing extraordinary things to help all types of animals protect their overall welfare. In each episode, Laurie and her guests exchange larger-than-life tales of triumphs and setbacks, discuss how they got started advocating for animals, all the while inspiring others to join their movement. It is a must watch for all animal lovers and a rallying cry to help create much needed and lasting change in our society. Whether you watch or listen to the podcasts, our hope is that you will be entertained, informed, inspired, and encouraged to get involved—in your own community or across the globe.
Temple Grandin — Breaking Barriers Beyond Autism
Jul 20 2022
Temple Grandin — Breaking Barriers Beyond Autism
In the 1970s, Temple Grandin, an autistic female working in an entirely male dominated world of livestock handling, single handedly improved the cattle industry with her brilliant mind, thinking, and perseverance. In fact today, major corporations will not use vendors who do not meet her standards, and half the cattle in the country are raised in facilities that she’s designed. Part Two of Laurie's recent four part interview with Temple is both intriguing and eye-opening.** LEARN MORE **We encourage you to learn more about the "differences" our guests are bringing to the foreground for animals of all kinds.Links:LAURIE HOODS DIFFERENCE MAKERSTEMPLE GRANDIN LAURIE HOOD & ALAQUAABOUT LAURIE HOOD'S DIFFERENCE MAKERSOur podcast series celebrates the work of animal advocates from around the globe who have dedicated their lives to animal protection and safety. These "difference makers" are doing extraordinary things to help all types of animals protect their overall welfare. In each episode, Laurie and her guests exchange larger-than-life tales of triumphs and setbacks, discuss how they got started advocating for animals, all the while inspiring others to join their movement. It is a must watch for all animal lovers and a rallying cry to help create much needed and lasting change in our society. Whether you watch or listen to the podcasts, our hope is that you will be entertained, informed, inspired, and encouraged to get involved—in your own community or across the globe.
S2 Ep1: Temple Grandin — Reflections on the Award-Winning HBO Film about Her Life
Jun 30 2022
S2 Ep1: Temple Grandin — Reflections on the Award-Winning HBO Film about Her Life
Temple Grandin, world-famous author and speaker on both autism and animal behavior, sits down with Alaqua Founder Laurie Hood for incredible conversations about Temple's amazing life story and accomplishments. In this Part One interview, Temple reflects on the making of the HBO five-time Emmy award-winning film about her that was portrayed by Claire Danes. The Colorado State University professor of animal sciences also talks about her current projects giving us more insight as to what makes her a true icon and difference maker. ** LEARN MORE **We encourage you to learn more about the "differences" our guests are bringing to the foreground for animals of all kinds. Links below.TEMPLE GRANDIN:  HOOD & ALAQUA:  SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL:Stay up-to-date on new content and episodes! LAURIE HOOD'S DIFFERENCE MAKERSOur podcast series celebrates the work of animal advocates from around the globe who have dedicated their lives to animal protection and safety. These "difference makers" are doing extraordinary things to help all types of animals protect their overall welfare. In each episode, Laurie and her guests exchange larger-than-life tales of triumphs and setbacks and discuss how they got started advocating for animals, all the while inspiring others to join their movement. It is a must-watch for all animal lovers and a rallying cry to help create much-needed and lasting change in our society. Whether you watch or listen to the podcasts, our hope is that you will be entertained, informed, inspired, and encouraged to get involved—in your own community or across the globe.
S1 Ep7: Emma Clifford — Sustainable Animal Programs from the Galapagos Islands to South America
Sep 29 2021
S1 Ep7: Emma Clifford — Sustainable Animal Programs from the Galapagos Islands to South America
From Pablo Escobar's Hippo farm in Columbia to the Galapagos islands, Emma Clifford's Animal Balance organization collaborates with communities in need to create sustainable and humane non-human animal management programs to prevent suffering and ignite social change.** LEARN MORE **Our combined work depends upon your donations and support to keep pushing forward and making real changes in animals' lives. We encourage you to learn more about the "differences" our guests are bringing to the foreground for animals of all kinds. Links below.ANIMAL BALANCE:  HOOD & ALAQUA:  SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL: Stay up-to-date on new content and episodes! LAURIE HOOD'S DIFFERENCE MAKERSOur podcast series celebrates the work of animal advocates from around the globe who have dedicated their lives to animal protection and safety. These "difference makers" are doing extraordinary things to help all types of animals protect their overall welfare. In each episode, Laurie and her guests exchange larger-than-life tales of triumphs and setbacks and discuss how they got started advocating for animals, all the while inspiring others to join their movement. It is a must-watch for all animal lovers and a rallying cry to help create much-needed and lasting change in our society. Whether you watch or listen to the podcasts, our hope is that you will be entertained, informed, inspired, and encouraged to get involved—in your own community or across the globe.
S1 Ep6: Mustang Meg — Saving the Iconic American Wild Mustangs
Sep 21 2021
S1 Ep6: Mustang Meg — Saving the Iconic American Wild Mustangs
Sonya Spaziani, a.k.a. "Mustang Meg", founder of Mustang Wild, gives host Laurie Hood her first view of wild Mustangs in Oregon's South Steens high desert. Sonya candidly speaks with Laurie about her love of freedom after escaping communism as an infant and her passion to maintain freedom for the iconic American wild Mustang herds she's been tracking, photography, and advocating for over several decades.** LEARN MORE **Our combined work depends upon your donations and support to keep pushing forward and making real change in animals' lives. We encourage you to learn more about the "differences" our guests are bringing to the foreground for animals of all kinds. Links below.MUSTANG WILD:  HOOD & ALAQUA:  SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL:Stay up-to-date on new content and episodes! LAURIE HOOD'S DIFFERENCE MAKERSOur podcast series celebrates the work of animal advocates from around the globe who have dedicated their lives to animal protection and safety. These "difference makers" are doing extraordinary things to help all types of animals protect their overall welfare. In each episode, Laurie and her guests exchange larger-than-life tales of triumphs and setbacks and discuss how they got started advocating for animals, all the while inspiring others to join their movement. It is a must-watch for all animal lovers and a rallying cry to help create much-needed and lasting change in our society. Whether you watch or listen to the podcasts, our hope is that you will be entertained, informed, inspired, and encouraged to get involved—in your own community or across the globe.
S1 Ep5: Odessa Gunn — From World Cup Cyclist to Confronting the Wet Market Crisis
Sep 13 2021
S1 Ep5: Odessa Gunn — From World Cup Cyclist to Confronting the Wet Market Crisis
Laurie Hood and Odessa Gunn, peers at Animal Wellness Action and both founders of animal refuges, share stories about their passion for animals and Odessa's focus on the Chinese wet market crisis.** LEARN MORE **Our combined work depends upon your donations and support to keep pushing forward and making real changes in animals' lives. We encourage you to learn more about the "differences" our guests are bringing to the foreground for animals of all kinds. Links below.ODESSA GUNN & LITTLE TROUPER RANCH:  HOOD & ALAQUA:  SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL:Stay up-to-date on new content and episodes! LAURIE HOOD'S DIFFERENCE MAKERSOur podcast series celebrates the work of animal advocates from around the globe who have dedicated their lives to animal protection and safety. These "difference makers" are doing extraordinary things to help all types of animals protect their overall welfare. In each episode, Laurie and her guests exchange larger-than-life tales of triumphs and setbacks and discuss how they got started advocating for animals, all the while inspiring others to join their movement. It is a must-watch for all animal lovers and a rallying cry to help create much-needed and lasting change in our society. Whether you watch or listen to the podcasts, our hope is that you will be entertained, informed, inspired, and encouraged to get involved—in your own community or across the globe.
S1 Ep4: Monty Roberts — His Timeless Legacy as a Real-Life Horse Whisperer
Sep 6 2021
S1 Ep4: Monty Roberts — His Timeless Legacy as a Real-Life Horse Whisperer
Monty Roberts is a real-life horse whisperer—an American original whose gentle "Join-Up" training method reveals the depth of communication possible between human and animal. He's sold six million books, is friends with the Queen of England, and is idolized by generations of horse lovers.Monty can take a wild, high-strung horse who has never been handled and persuade that horse to accept a saddle, and rider in thirty minutes. His powers seem like magic, but his amazing “horse sense” is based on a lifetime of non-violent training experience. Monty's exceptional insight into nonverbal communication applies to human relationships as well. He's shown the world the benefit of creating trust-based partnerships in horse-human and human-human relationships.Host Laurie Hood recently spoke to Monty at his ranch in Solvang, California where he shared reflections of his life as one of the world's most passionate and important animal rights protectors** LEARN MORE **Our combined work depends upon your donations and support to keep pushing forward and making real change in animals' lives. We encourage you to learn more about the "differences" our guests are bringing to the foreground for animals of all kinds. Links below.MONTY ROBERTS:  HOOD & ALAQUA:  SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL:Stay up-to-date on new content and episodes! LAURIE HOOD'S DIFFERENCE MAKERSOur podcast series celebrates the work of animal advocates from around the globe who have dedicated their lives to animal protection and safety. These "difference makers" are doing extraordinary things to help all types of animals protect their overall welfare. In each episode, Laurie and her guests exchange larger-than-life tales of triumphs and setbacks and discuss how they got started advocating for animals, all the while inspiring others to join their movement. It is a must-watch for all animal lovers and a rallying cry to help create much-needed and lasting change in our society. Whether you watch or listen to the podcasts, our hope is that you will be entertained, informed, inspired, and encouraged to get involved—in your own community or across the globe.
S1 Ep3: Ellie Phipps Price — The Plight and Protection of Wild Horses
Aug 29 2021
S1 Ep3: Ellie Phipps Price — The Plight and Protection of Wild Horses
Laurie Hood interviews Ellie Phipps Price, president of the American Wild Horse Campaign, at her Montgomery Creek Ranch in Northern California where they discuss what's wrong with, and what can be fixed, with the way wild Mustangs are unfairly treated, at taxpayers' expense.** LEARN MORE **Our combined work depends upon your donations and support to keep pushing forward and making real change in animals' lives. We encourage you to learn more about the "differences" our guests are bringing to the foreground for animals of all kinds. Links below.AMERICAN WILD HORSE CAMPAIGN:    CREEK RANCH:  HOOD & ALAQUA:  SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL:Stay up-to-date on new content and episodes! LAURIE HOOD'S DIFFERENCE MAKERSOur podcast series celebrates the work of animal advocates from around the globe who have dedicated their lives to animal protection and safety. These "difference makers" are doing extraordinary things to help all types of animals protect their overall welfare. In each episode, Laurie and her guests exchange larger-than-life tales of triumphs and setbacks and discuss how they got started advocating for animals, all the while inspiring others to join their movement. It is a must-watch for all animal lovers and a rallying cry to help create much-needed and lasting change in our society. Whether you watch or listen to the podcasts, our hope is that you will be entertained, informed, inspired, and encouraged to get involved—in your own community or across the globe.
S1 Ep2: Marty Irby — From World Champion to Influential Animal Protector
Aug 29 2021
S1 Ep2: Marty Irby — From World Champion to Influential Animal Protector
Animal Wellness Action Lobbyist, Marty Irby, talks to Laurie Hood about his wild ride from World Champion to outcast to top-ten DC lobbyists, and shares his feelings about animal advocates, activists, and "whack-tivists." Marty has played a key role in protecting Tennessee Walking horses, removing violence from the racehorse industry, and saving wild Mustangs. ** LEARN MORE **Our combined work depends upon your donations and support to keep pushing forward and making real changes in animals' lives. We encourage you to learn more about the "differences" our guests are bringing to the foreground for animals of all kinds. Links below.ANIMAL WELLNESS ACTION: HOOD & ALAQUA:  SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL:Stay up-to-date on new content and episodes! LAURIE HOOD'S DIFFERENCE MAKERSOur podcast series celebrates the work of animal advocates from around the globe who have dedicated their lives to animal protection and safety. These "difference makers" are doing extraordinary things to help all types of animals protect their overall welfare. In each episode, Laurie and her guests exchange larger-than-life tales of triumphs and setbacks and discuss how they got started advocating for animals, all the while inspiring others to join their movement.It is a must-watch for all animal lovers and a rallying cry to help create much-needed and lasting change in our society. Whether you watch or listen to the podcasts, our hope is that you will be entertained, informed, inspired, and encouraged to get involved—in your own community or across the globe.
Wolf and Bear Whisperers Buck Wilde and Esther Gossweiler
May 2 2021
Wolf and Bear Whisperers Buck Wilde and Esther Gossweiler
Wildlife expert, filmmaker, and photographer Buck Wilde partners with Esther Gossweiler, wildlife photographer, to chat with Alaqua Animal Refuge Founder and "Difference Makers" Host Laurie Hood about their joint venture filming "Dark Wild Howling," a documentary highlighting rare Alaskan Sea Wolves in the remote vast Alaska wilderness while going nose-to-nose with Black Bears. Buck Wilde, known as "The Bear Whisperer" has made over 20 documentaries about bears and his dramatic bear-fight footage is featured in National Geographic’s "Grizzly Empire." Esther had never seen a wolf in the wild before becoming the protagonist for Dark Wind Howling. Since, she has experienced over 100 close wolf encounters and could be considered an expert. From kneeling and prone positions, she is able to capture breathtaking closeups, while keeping the wolves engaged and building trust which has led to compelling subplots.This interview shows incredible footage of Buck and Esther's documentary and  the three individuals also trade tales about staying safe while surrounded by dangerous animals and rescuing abused and neglected domestic animals. While their tasks in filming and rescue are different, their mental approach and body language awareness techniques are surprisingly similar. The episode is filled with great advice and good stories, beginning with a recording of Buck and his camera crew being charged by a 900-pound bear while working with David Attenborough. Buck joined the Podcast from State College, Pennsylvania and Esther joined from Zurich, Switzerland. Laurie was at her new state-of-the art refuge and sanctuary in Freeport, Florida. Be on the lookout for a new episode featuring Buck and Esther in Season 2, premiering Fall 2022.⭐ SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL:Stay up-to-date on new content and episodes! LAURIE HOOD'S DIFFERENCE MAKERSOur podcast series celebrates the work of animal advocates from around the globe who have dedicated their lives to animal protection and safety. These "difference makers" are doing extraordinary things to help all types of animals protect their overall welfare. In each episode, Laurie and her guests exchange larger-than-life tales of triumphs and setbacks and discuss how they got started advocating for animals, all the while inspiring others to join their movement.It is a must-watch for all animal lovers and a rallying cry to help create much-needed and lasting change in our society. Whether you watch or listen to the podcasts, our hope is that you will be entertained, informed, inspired, and encouraged to get involved—in your own community or across the globe.