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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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 […]

Why Should Dogs “Talk” English?

July 12, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-11-2021) #735: Featuring Amritha Mallikarjun, Kristi Jacobson, and Sheila Goffe. Amritha Mallikarjun, whose PhD thesis was in speech perception and auditory processing, shares her point of view with Tracie, who is frustrated by people trying to get dogs to “write” sentences by stepping on buttons adorned with human words; film […]

Cats: “God’s Little People”

July 4, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-04-2021) #734: An all cats show with Neil Berkeley, Marilyn Kreiger, David Bruyette. Neil Berkeley talks about his film God’s Little People about a couple who created a cat sanctuary on the Greek island Spyros in the new Netflix series Cat People; Marilyn Kreiger, a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant through […]

Pets on the White Earth Reservation

June 27, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (06-27-2021) #733: Featuring Kerry D’Amato, Martha Handler, and Shannon Falconer. Kerry D’Amato, the Director of Pet Haven in Minnesota, discusses her trip to the White Earth Reservation to take in nearly 100 surrendered pets and bring hundreds of pounds of pet food and vaccines to the remaining cats and dogs; […]

Curing Cancer with a Little Blue Pill?!

June 20, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (06-20-2021) #732: Featuring David Bruyette, Christine Zink, and Mikel Delgado. Dr. David Bruyette, the CMO of Anivive talks about his company, a pharmaceutical startup looking for medical solutions for unmet needs in the veterinary space, that has created Laverdia CA1, the first pill to treat cancer, in this case lymphoma […]

To Spay, or Not to Spay? That is the Question

June 13, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (06-13-2021) #731: Featuring Dr. Benjamin Hart, Courtney McWilliams, and Colleen Wilson. Dr. Benjamin Hart discusses his groundbreaking research about how to decide when to spay/neuter your dog, and the serious health consequences of doing it too young; Courtney McWilliams talks about the wonderful success she has had during the pandemic […]

Yes, Your Dog Does Feel Jealousy!

June 6, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (06-06-2021) #730: Featuring Amalia Bastos, Marc Bekoff, and Pam Norris. Amalia Bastos speaks from the laboratory in New Zealand where she is studying a rare parrot, to discuss her study about dog jealousy and the new discovery that dogs can imagine something they cannot actually see; Marc Bekoff discusses the […]

A Chihuahua-Terrier to Melt Your Heart

May 30, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (05-30-2021) #729: Featuring Jonathan Ames, Marc Bekoff, and Ralph Roland. Jonathan Ames reads from his L.A. noir thriller, A Man Named Doll, which features a deeply-loved Chihuahua as the protagonist’s sidekick; Dr. Mikel Delgado, a cat behavior consultant, discusses what ‘adventure cat’ means and which cats actually want to explore […]