Dog Talk ® (and Kitties Too!)

NPR LogoDOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) originated on the only NPR station on Long Island, WPPB-Peconic Public Broadcasting, 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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Author Victoria Schade Discusses Who Rescued Who

April 25, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (04-25-2020) #672: Featuring Victoria Schade, Liz Brown, and Beth Stultz. Victoria Schade talks about her delightful novel WHO RESCUED WHO; Liz Brown encourages online entrants into the Virtual Cat shows put on by The International Cat Association (TICA) members around the world; Beth Stultz, the President of Petsitters International, suggests […]

Discussing Influence of Kate DiCamillo’s Books

April 18, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (04-18-2020) #671: Featuring Ann Patchett and Kate DiCamillo. A show inspired by Ann Patchett’s New York Times essay about the power of the books of award-winning children’s book author Kate DiCamillo, which “changed Ann’s life.” Tracie and Ann have a 3-way conversation with Kate about her books BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE, […]

A Dental Chew That Really Does Something

April 17, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (04-17-2020) dailydose: Want a dental chew that is more than just a pricey “treat”? Sarah Salva helped develop the unique dailydose dental chew and describes how the outer layer actually kills the bacteria in the dog’s mouth — with Royal bee jelly!? Tracie asks about the supplements packed in the […]

Unleashed: Poems by Writers’ Dogs

April 12, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (04-11-2020) #670: UNLEASHED: Poems by Writers’ Dogs. A whole show dedicated to UNLEASHED, a delightful book which features poems written by the dogs of renowned authors and poets. Selections read by [co-editor of the book] author/professor Jim Shepard and his author/professor wife Karen Shepard, memoirist/playwright/poet/professor Honor Moore, author/essayist/poet/professor Charles Baxter […]

Kate Spicer Discusses Lost Dog: A Love Story

April 4, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (04-04-2020) #669: Featuring Kate Spicer, Audrey Ruple, and Gay Balliet-Perkins. Kate Spicer speaks from London about her memoir LOST DOG: A LOVE STORY; Audrey Ruple invites everyone to sign their dogs up to participate in the Dog Aging Project at Purdue University; Gay Balliet-Perkins talks about the ways we pay […]

The Cloning of Bengal Cat Prestige

March 29, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (03-28-2020) #668: Featuring Honor Moore, Alisha Navarro, and Anthony Hutcherson. Honor Moore discusses her newest biography, OUR REVOLUTION: A MOTHER AND DAUGHTER AT MIDCENTURY, which received a glowing New York Times book review. Plus, you can watch her reading and Virtual Book Tour; Alisha Navarro talks about how her engineering […]

Worldwide Efforts to Come Up with Meat Alternatives

March 21, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (03-21-2020) #667: Featuring Dr Ernie Ward, and Carlyn Montes de Oca. Veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward has a long discussion about the future of man-made “meat,” both for pets and for people, drawing on research about worldwide efforts to come up with meat alternatives in his book THE CLEAN PET FOOD […]

Discussing Facts & Controversial Ideas in “The Dog Doc”

March 14, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (03-14-2020) #666: Featuring Cindy Meehl, Aviva Vincent, and Joshua Leeds. Cindy Meehl, director of “The Dog Doc,” a new documentary about a holistic veterinarian, discusses Tracie’s concerns about some of the facts and controversial ideas in the film; Dr. Aviva Vincent, at Case Western Reserve University, talks about their research […]

Animal Care Sanctuary: 50 Years, 200 Acres in Upstate Pennsylvania

March 8, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (03-07-2019) #665: Featuring Ann Lewis, Wendy Mitchell, and Dr. Kris Hansen. Ann Lewis talks about the 50 years the Animal Care Sanctuary has been operating from two locations in upstate Pennsylvania on 200 acres, sanctuary, adoption, community wellness and education; Wendy Mitchell talks from London about her favorite movies featuring […]

What Love Actually Means to Our Dogs

February 29, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (02-22-2020) #664: Featuring Marc Bekoff, Leslie Shephard, and Nina Wertan. Marc Bekoff talks about love, and what it actually means to our dogs, from his Psychology Today article titled DOGS ARE NOT LOVE MUFFINS; Leslie Shephard, Director of Puppy Raising Services for Southeastern Guide Dogs, discusses their need for more […]