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Soulful Songstress: Q&A with Paula Cole

A pop-radio staple in the mid-1990s thanks to her hit songs "I Don't Want to Wait" and "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?" Paula Cole took a six-year break from the music biz and fled Los Angeles following the birth of her daughter, Sky, in 2001. On the heels of her second post-hiatus album, Ithaca, the singer-songwriter talked to us from her hometown, Rockport, Mass., where she once again lives.

Q  What motivated you to take time off from music?

It all started with a slice of Cheezecake. Five years ago, dairy-avoider Trisha Lobefaro was craving the rich, creamy dessert and began testing alternative recipes. After some experimentation in the kitchen—and rave reviews from taste testers—Lobefaro launched her own vegan baking business, No Udder Desserts, in 2005.

One on One with Candy Crowley

If it's a person, place, or event of political significance in America, chances are that CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley has covered it. Since joining the network in 1987, she's taken viewers inside campaigns, party conventions, and the White House itself. A vegetarian since the early 1990s, Crowley talked to VT from CNN's Washington bureau, where she anchors the Sunday political-issues show State of the Union.

Q: In 2005, ran a photo of you that looks nothing like Candy Crowley today. What changed?

Totally Tubular Veggie: Q&A with Martha Quinn

On August 1, the music network that made a generation want its MTV turns 30. Around-the-clock music videos may have gone the way of parachute pants, but former MTV VJ Martha Quinn keeps the ’80s alive as host of the Sirius/XM show â??80s on 8. We reminisced with Quinn from her home in Malibu, Calif., where she lives with her husband (composer and former Fuzztones’ member Jordan Tarlow), two kids, and three dogs—all vegetarians.

One on One with Pippa Black

For Pippa Black, acting was just supposed to be a hobby while she studied to be a veterinarian. Once she committed to acting full-time, the Melbourne native nabbed a role on the long-running Australian TV series Neighbours and scored the Aussie equivalent of an Emmy nomination; since last fall she's costarred in the NBC sitcom Outsourced. An ardent animal welfare advocate, Black recorded a video for PETA protesting factory farms, and for the activist group's pro-vegetarian campaign she donned a dress made entirely of cabbage leaves.

One on One with Mayim Bialik

After starring in the sitcom Blossom in the 1990s, Mayim Bialik took her beyond-her-years braininess to UCLA, where she earned a PhD in neuroscience in 2007. Along the way she started a family, and is passing her veg values on to her sons, Miles, 5, and Frederick, 2; a spokesperson for the national Holistic Moms Network, Bialik is writing a book on parenting, available in spring 2012. She's also returned to acting, with a recurring role in the CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory and a film, The Chicago 8, due in theaters this fall.

Hard Rocker: Q&A with Phil Collen

Def Leppard guitarist/songwriter Phil Collen revels in smashing stereotypes. For this legendary rocker— vegetarian long before it was cool—indulgence means thrice-daily workouts and late-night chocolate. As he prepared for Def Leppard’s summer tour, which kicks off June 15, Collen spoke to VT from his Laguna Hills, Calif., home.

Q A lot of musicians have become vocal about vegetarianism. But when you gave up meat, it wasn’t exactly something rockers would talk about on MTV. What’s changed?

One on One with Alan Cumming

"Triple threat" doesn't come close to describing Alan Cumming, 45, whose talent has blazed across movie and TV screens, theater stages, and concert halls. If you didn't catch him in X-Men 2 or the Spy Kids franchise, perhaps you've seen his Emmy-nominated turn on The Good Wife, or heard a cut from his CD, I Bought a Blue Car Today. After a day of filming the British miniseries The Runaway in South Africa, New York-based Cumming took a rare break to talk to VT.

Q Did an "aha" moment lead you to vegetarianism, or was it a process?