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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Dogs & Cats at the Last Supper

January 23, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-23-2022) #763: Featuring Laura Hobgood-Oster, Jacob Carty, Maureen Maurer. Laura Hobgood-Oster’s book Holy Dogs and Asses: Animals in the Christian Tradition looks at the animals included in religious artworks and how that reflects their importance in society at the time; Jacob Carty discusses the Spay Neuter Network that services pet […]

Your Tax Dollars Fund Cruel NIH Experiments on Beagle Puppies

January 16, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-16-2022) #762: Featuring Justin Goodman, Virginia Maxwell, and Dr. Mikel Delgado. Justin Goodman, VP of the non-profit White Coat Project, talks about defunding the senseless and cruel experiments being done on puppies at the NIH; Dr. Virginia Maxwell returns to shed light on the dog fighting that is everywhere — […]

Puppy Breath, Puppy Bellies… Puppy Biting?

January 9, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-09-2022) #761: Featuring Julie Forbes, Virginia Maxwell, and Ellen Carrozza. Julie Forbes releases a new comprehensive puppy training video series “Puppyhood with Julie Forbes” that brings delightful commonsense advice and gorgeous puppies right into your computer; Dr. Virginia Maxwell is a Professor and assistant chair of the Henry Lee College […]

New Year’s Resolution: Be Your Dog’s Best Friend, not Vice-Versa

January 2, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-02-2022) #760: Tracie wants to start the new year off by changing our perceptions about dogs. Who are they, really? What do they need to be their true selves? How do we provide them with lives that respect their needs? Tracie has a philosophical discussion with Sindhoor Pangal (Dog Knows: […]

A University study of “Psychopathy” in Cats Raises Tracie’s Dander

December 26, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-26-2021) #759: Featuring Rebecca Evans, Mikel Delgado, and Kristin von Kreisler. Rebecca Evans, a PhD student at Liverpool John Moore’s University, was the head researcher on a study questioning whether cats have a “psychopathic” gene, and developed a scale on which to score cats, and defends the ideas behind the […]

The Evils of Carbs [for Humans & Cats] Plus Dogsomnia

December 19, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-19-2021) #758: Featuring Tara Parker-Pope, and Dr.Elizabeth Hodgkins. Tara Parker Pope, the author and New York Times columnist talks about her recent article “Does ‘Dogsomnia’ Keep You Up at Night?” and a Mayo Clinic study of how sleep is affected by dogs in your bed or bedroom, sharing her own […]

Rescue Rue — A Puppet Musical Celebrating a Rescued Pup

December 12, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-12-2021) #757: Featuring Stacey Weingarten, Kristen McKanagh, and Molly Kelsey. Stacey Weingarten, the creative force behind “Rescue Rue — a Musical Fairytale” [enjoyable even by children as young as 4] talks about her puppet live musical off-off Broadway playing through January 16th, inspired by her own dog Rue, adopted from […]

Social Mission Pet Food companies and Nauticats 2020 Animated Films

December 5, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-05-2021) #756: Featuring David Yaskulka, Karim Ghonima, and Carol Borden. David Yaskulka — Sr. VP of Social Responsibility for MidAmerica Pet Food — discusses what sustainability and being a “social mission company” means in the pet industry; Karim Ghonima, the filmmaker who created the animated series “Nauticats 2020,” talks about […]

The Funniest Naughty Dog Ever

November 28, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (11-28-2021) #755: Featuring Tracy Beckerman, Pat Shipman, and Dr. Bruce Elsey. Humorist and comedienne Tracy Beckerman reads excerpts from her very funny book Barking at the Moon: A Story of Life, Love and Kibble; Pat Shipman discusses new evidence about how dogs and people co-evolved in her book Our Oldest […]

Would Dogs Love a World Without Humans?

November 21, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (11-21-2021) #754: Featuring Marc Bekoff, and Priscilla Dean. Tracie is fascinated by the premise behind a new book, A Dog’s World: Imagining the Lives of Dogs in a World Without Humans and discusses some of the ideas of who and what dogs would be if people “just disappeared” with Marc […]