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 725 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.

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

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Celebrating Senior Dogs

September 19, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (09-19-2021) #745: Featuring Doreen Jakubcak, Valarie Tynes, and Ellen Carrozza. Doreen Jakubcak, the Founder of “Marty’s Place” senior dog sanctuary, talks about being part of Saving Senior Dogs Week and the film about her sanctuary that is featured in the upcoming NY Dog Film Festival; Dr. Valarie Tynes discusses senior […]

Cats Rule in Medical Science

September 12, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (09-12-2021) #744: Featuring James Gorman, Margaret Mizushima, and Clara Goh. Animal science writer for the New York Times, James Gorman, discusses his NYT article on the importance of cats to medical science (including the fact that remdesivir, an important drug in combating Covid, was first successfully used against a cat disease caused by another coronavirus); Margaret Mizushima reads from her newest dog-centric mystery thrilled, Striking Range; Dr. Clara Goh discusses her work teaching orthopedic surgery to the next generation of veterinarians at Colorado State University Veterinary Medical Center.  

Double Galas for Bideawee

September 5, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (09-05-2021) #743: Featuring Leslie Granger, Jeffrey Burton, and Dr. Jose Arce. Leslie Granger, the CEO of Bideawee shelters, tells Tracie about the two upcoming fund-raising galas in each location—in New York City (9/9) and at Duck Walk Vineyard (9/18) on Long Island—and acknowledges Bideawee’s partnership as the co-beneficiary of the […]

Learning from Lions

August 29, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too) (08-29-2021) #742: Featuring Natalia Borrega, Dr. Dana Varble, and Monique Udell. Natalia Borrega, the co-host of Animal IQ on PBS Digital, talks about the show having episodes on dogs and foxes, but the social interactions of lions are her specialty that Natalia has been studying in the field in Botswana […]

The French are Making Lunch from Larvae

August 22, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-22-2021) #741: Featuring Guillaume Daoulas, Audrey Cook, and Dorothy & Harpo. Tracie talks to Guillaume Daoulas in France about the alternative protein source his company Ynsect is growing from larvae in futuristic “vertical farms” one hour outside of Paris. Dr. Audrey Cook, Chief of the Internal Medicine Department at the […]

Do All Dogs Go to Heaven?

August 13, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-15-2021) #740: Featuring Dr. Eric Tourigny, Dr. Mikel Maria Delgado, and Dr. Melissa Shapiro. Three very different doctors are guests this week, with very different interests. Professor Eric Tourigny in England did a study to discover peoples’ responses to the question “Do All Dogs go to Heaven?” and wrote about […]

Tender is the Bite

August 8, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-08-2021) #739: Featuring Spencer Quinn, Annie Shirreffs, and Dr. Chris Zink. Spencer Quinn is back, reading from his newest Chet and Bernie murder mystery, Tender is the Bite; Annie Shirreffs, editor of “Catster,” talks about the long history of the premiere magazine for cat aficionados, which is now actual as […]

When is Tuna Not Tuna?

August 1, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-01-2021) #738: Featuring Ryan Yamka, Risa Simon, and Sharon Morris. Veterinary nutrition consultant Dr. Ryan Yamka explains why the presumably high mercury levels in pet foods (discussed last week with a researcher) are actually not a reliable measure, and he also explains why DNA testing of food is untrustworthy, as […]

What is a Dog?—Love, of course

July 25, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-25-2021) #737: Featuring Chloe Shaw, Sarrah Dunham-Cheatham, and Beverly Means. Chloe Shaw talks about her delightful first book, What is a Dog?, a memoir of all the dogs who have shaped her life; Sarrah Dunham-Cheatham, an assistant research professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, discusses their findings about high […]

Please Read This Book—It Will Surprise & Delight You!

July 18, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-18-2021) #736: Tracie spends the whole hour with Henry Mance—author of How to Love Animals in a Human-Shaped World—because she found the book mind-expanding and soul-enlightening in exposing the ways that choices we make in how we live our lives (unintentionally?) affect animals, the environment and other people. The book […]