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Dr. Lori Kirshner and Dr. Peter Spiegel

Animals Today holds a unique place in the world of animal advocacy. Hosted by Dr. Lori Kirshner and co-host/producer Dr. Peter Spiegel, Animals Today promotes increased respect, compassion and kindness towards all animals including companion animals, animals in the wild and farmed animals. Via interviews, analysis and commentary, it provides the latest thinking and news about animal welfare with the goal of educating listeners of all ages about the current status of animals in society and what we all can do to make a difference.

Dr. Kirshner serves as President of Advancing the Interests of Animals (AIA). Lori provides leadership and energy to AIA, and guides it from an organization primarily focused on domestic animals to one which advocates for all animals around the globe. This is encompassed in the mission of AIA: To improve the lives of animals and to encourage compassion and respect for all living beings. Lori is also host of Animals Today, a nationally syndicated radio show now in its seventh year, that explores how animals are treated in society and advocates for their well being. Dr. Kirshner, a native of Southern California, received a B.S. in Biology from UCLA, and then graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine. After completing a residency in Ophthalmology at University of Arizona, she began a successful practice in Palm Springs, California. Married to Physician Peter Spiegel, Lori enjoys desert hikes, running, and classic rock music. Their two dogs and four cats provide endless affection and comfort.

Peter Spiegel is co-host and Producer of Animals Today and Host of Total Harmonic Distraction. He is constantly scanning world events for newsworthy animal stories to bring to the show, and presents the most important ones in his weekly news segment. Additionally, Peter writes the Animals Today blog and manages the Animals Today YouTube page. He serves as Vice President and Secretary of Advancing the Interests of Animals, and is a founding member. Peter grew up in New York and graduated from Clark University, summa cum laude. He attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and after completing his training in Pediatric and Neuro-ophthalmology, settled in Palm Springs, California. He enjoys vegan cooking, hi fi and tinkering in his workshop.