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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Hosted by Tracie Hotchner


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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 […]

How Michael Vick’s Dogfighting Compound Became a Haven for Rescue Pups

February 22, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (02-22-2020) #663: Featuring Tamira Thayne, Ingrid Newkirk, and Barby Keel. Tamira Thayne wrote the book IT WENT TO THE DOGS: HOW MICHAEL VICK’S DOGFIGHTING COMPOUND BECAME A HAVEN FOR RESCUE PUPS, about the extraordinary efforts she made to buy the house that Michael Vick made infamous, then turned it into […]

Natural Products for Pets from Earth Animal

February 15, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (02-15-2020) #662: Featuring Bob & Susan Goldstein, Gwen Cooper, and Melissa Starling. Dr. Bob & Susan Goldstein talk about being pioneers in embracing and promoting the concept of natural products for pets, from creating their own store to developing natural products at Earth Animal; Gwen Cooper discusses her new book […]

Paw Project to Outlaw Declawing Cats in All States

February 8, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (02-08-2020) #661: Featuring Dr Jenny Conrad, Brigitte Schuster, and David Rosenfelt. Dr. Jenny Conrad talks about why other veterinarians “should care more about cats than couches” when they declaw cats, which is why she launched The Paw Project, working to change laws state by state, so that it’s illegal to […]

Partnering with a Military Working Dog

February 4, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (02-01-2020) #660: Featuring John Migdal, Tiffany Tarkington, and Victoria Stilwell. John Migdal — working dog handler Master-at-Arms Petty Officer 2nd Class on the U.S. Navy base in Naples, Italy — talks about being assigned to Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples, where he has been partnered with Military Working Dog “Fanto” […]

Are Dogs Really Pack Animals?

January 25, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-25-2020) #659: Featuring Marc Bekoff, Eric O’Grey, and Brooks Bradbury. Marc Bekoff has studied dogs “forever” and one of his Psychology Today articles looks at the question of whether dogs are actually pack animals or whether, left to themselves, there really is a pack or the concept of an “alpha” […]