Dog Talk ® (and Kitties Too!)

NPR LogoDOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) originated on the only NPR station on Long Island, WLIW-88.3, where it has been on the air for 13 years and over 675 consecutive shows.  This Gracie® Award-winning show (for “Best entertainment and information program on local public radio”), is produced and hosted by pet wellness advocate Tracie Hotchner. Each show features Tracie’s interviews with authors and pet experts from around the world, discussing far-ranging topics involving practical and philosophical issues regarding our relationships with dogs and cats.

The show broadcasts from the East End and reaches all across Long Island, into Southern Connecticut and Westchester. It is also carried on the NPR stations WHDD 91.9 FM “Robinhood Radio” in Sharon, Connecticut.

The show’s theme song is “Mmm My Best Friend” by Sophie B. Hawkins from her album TIMBRE.

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Belinda Alexandra (The Divine Feline)

January 24, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-24-21) #711: Featuring Belinda Alexandra, Stephanie Volo, and Freyda. Belinda Alexandra calls from Sydney Australia where she lives with her three black cats and wanted to dispel the notion of “crazy cat ladies” in her book The Divine Feline: A Chic Cat Lady’s Guide to Woman’s Best Friend; Stephanie Volo, […]

Cats Throughout History

January 17, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-17-2021) #710: An All Cat Show with Paul Koudounaris, Steve Applebaum, and Leah Lyman. Paul Koudounaris (with his co-author Baba the Cat) wrote a sweeping overview of cats throughout history in A Cat’s Tale: A Journey Through Feline History, with astoundingly elaborate costumes and headdresses for Baba, who models them […]

Creating Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary

January 10, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-10-2021) #709: Featuring Zina Goodin, Kelly Conaboy, and Debbie Phillips. Zina Goodin talks about creating Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary in Juliet, Tennessee with her husband, Michael, and her book about it, Homecoming Tales: 15 Inspiring Stories from Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary; Kelly Conaboy reads from her funny memoir, […]

Amy Kopelan on Home: Where All Dogs Deserve To Be

January 3, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-03-2021) # 708: Featuring Jim Gorman, Amy Kopelan, and Tracey Lenac. James Gorman from The New York Times discusses his article about ancient dog DNA and its spread around the globe, and advances in research in bioarchaeology with fossil canine genomes, which is producing some surprises about the lives of […]

An All Cat Show, Featuring Dion Leonard, Susanna Finn & Cate Conte

December 27, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-27-2020) #707: Featuring Dion Leonard, Susanna Finn, and Cate Conte. Dion Leonard, well known for his desert running adventure with the stray dog, Gobi, writes in the voice of his own ragdoll cat in Lara the Runaway Cat: One Cat’s Journey to Discover Home is Where the Heart Is; Susanna […]

Sending Gift Cards to Pet Shelters Across Country

December 20, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-20-2020) #706: Featuring Avery Sontheimer, Mark Cushing, and Cynthia Cohen. Thirteen-year-old cat-lover Avery Sontheimer launched Avery’s Pawsitive Change on Facebook and GoFundMe to send $5 gift cards to shelters around the country (her goal was 500 shelters and she’s already way over 1,000 donations) but the amazing thing is that […]

The Study on Dog Aging

December 13, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-13-2020) #705: Featuring James Gorman, Michael Wombacher, and Denise Bash. James Gorman, the New York Times science columnist, discusses his article “Old Dogs, New Research and the Secrets of Aging,” about the study of dog aging which used Tom Hanks as a familiar example of human aging, and the ways […]

The 40-Year Evolution of Dog Training

December 6, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-06-2020) #704: Featuring Steven Applebaum, Mark Cushing, and Bassel Abou Fakher. Steven Applebaum, CEO of the Animal Behavior College, talks about the evolution in dog training over the 40 years he has been in the business; Mark Cushing discusses how the concept of “the human-animal bond” began in America and […]

Free Online Cat Camp Event, December 5

November 29, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (11-29-2020) #703: Featuring Jackson Galaxy, Doreen Jakuback, and Susan Kurowski. Jackson Galaxy talks about how his Cat Camp will be a free (thanks to the Petco Foundation) online event this year on December 5th; Doreen Jakuback describes the art (and the heart) facility she created in New Jersey to nurture […]

British View of the Human-Canine Bond

November 22, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (11-22-2020) #702: Featuring Simon Garfield, Jeff Allen, and Mirah Horowitz. Simon Garfield speaks from London with a British view of the human-canine bond in his new book, Dog’s Best Friend: The Story of an Unbreakable Bond; Jeff Allen, co-founder of Monkeys House Dog Hospice and Sanctuary discusses the book he […]