August 22, 2017
Welcome to Up at Daylight, a podcast which explores animal rights and animal protection issues and features interviews with people trying to rid the world of injustice.
Up at Daylight takes its name from what was for both Nathan and Jennifer one of the most influential books of their childhood, the great E.B. White’s, Charlotte’s Web. And it was influential because it contains one of the most righteous characters in all of American literature, the bold and brave animal loving crusader, Fern Arable.
The book opens on a spring morning in which Fern’s father, a farmer, has decided to kill a small, runty pig born the night before. When Fern learns of her father’s heartless and cruel plan, she rushes to his side, grabs hold of his ax, and refuses to allow him to proceed, calling his planned execution, “The most terrible case of injustice I ever heard of.” Thus starts the deeply touching and morally instructive tale of Wilbur the pig and the barnyard forces which conspire to save his life, a story that begins with the line that provides the origin of our podcast’s namesake, “Fern was up at daylight, trying to rid the world of injustice.”
In this podcast, Nathan and Jennifer will be speaking to people who share Fern’s passion for fighting cruelty and inhumanity and ushering in a new age of compassion for all Earthlings. People who, like her, are up at daylight trying to rid the world of injustice.