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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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 […]

Understanding Philosophy Through the Eyes of a Dog

November 15, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (11-15-2020) #701: Featuring Anthony McGowan Gorman Bechard, and Morgan Ritz. Anthony McGowan talks from London about his book How to Teach Philosophy to a Dog, and discusses how the challenge of understanding philosophy can be made easier by seeing it through the eyes of his dog during walks in London; […]

Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary

November 8, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (11-08-2020) #700: Featuring Kathy Callahan, Alice Mayn, and Sindoor Pangal. Kathy Callahan’s book 101 Rescue Puppies: One Family’s Story of Fostering Dogs, Love, and Trust is chock full of the world’s cutest puppy photos and stories; Alice Mayn founded Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary in Petaluma, CA, where dozens of […]

Author Diane Kelly Discusses Bending the Paw & Paw of the Jungle

November 1, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (11-01-2020) #699: Featuring Diane Kelly, Marc Bekoff, and Stefani Cohen. Diane Kelly talks about the newest novels in her multi-book Paw Enforcement series: Bending the Paw and Paw of the Jungle; Marc Bekoff, Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, discusses his article “Why […]

Traveling the World on a Bike with a Rescue Cat

October 25, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (10-25-2020) #698: Featuring Dean Nicholson, Nicole England, and Dr. Steven Agoston. Dean Nicholson (Nala’s World: One Man, His Rescue Cat, and a Bike Ride around the Globe), discusses his ongoing world travels on a bike with little rescue kitty Nala wrapped around his neck and loving every minute of it; […]

Teresa Rhyne’s Profound Devotion to Dogs

October 18, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (10-18-2020) #697: Featuring Teresa Rhyne, Peter Abraham, and Christine Dorchak. Teresa Rhyne talks about her profound devotion to dogs, especially Beagles, and in particular, the runaway who inspired Poppy in the Wild: A Lost Dog, Fifteen Hundred Acres of Wilderness, and the Dogged Determination That Brought Her Home; Peter Abraham, […]

The Birth of the Animal Rights Movement

October 11, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (10-11-2020) #696: Featuring Ernest Freeberg, JoAnn in Olympia, and Cara Sue Achterberg. Ernest Freeberg discusses his book, A TRAITOR TO HIS SPECIES: HENRY BERGH AND THE BIRTH OF THE ANIMAL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, about the eccentric passionate man who started a moral revolution about humane treatment of all animals; JoAnn in […]

Margaret Mizushima’s New Timber Creek K-9 Mystery, Hanging Falls

October 4, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (10-04-2020) #695: Featuring Margaret Mizushima, Pam Johnson-Bennett, and Mark Cushing. Margaret Mizushima talks about her sixth Timber Creek K-9 mystery, HANGING FALLS, and the dynamic heroine and her dog who are its heroes; Pam Johnson-Bennett talks about honoring each cat’s choices in her book CAT VS. CAT: KEEPING PEACE WHEN […]

The Dog Aging Project

September 27, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (09-27-2020) #694: Featuring Dr. Meghan Herron, Dr. Marta Castelhano, and Dr. Gary Weitzman. Dr. Meghan Herron is the co-editor of DECODING YOUR CAT: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Cat Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones, which is full of feline wisdom from all the board-certified veterinary […]