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 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.

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

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Aggressive Dogs

February 28, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (02-28-2021) #716: Featuring Michael Shikasio, Gabby Wild, and Dr Ahn. Michael Shikashio (renowned for his work with aggression in dogs, much of it seen on AggressiveDog.com where he also offers all his podcasts) talks to Tracie about the dog attack suffered by New York Times journalist Susanne Craig which she […]

Her Heart Dog Novel

February 21, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (02-21-2021) #715: Featuring Pam Houston, Mike Gould, and Stacy LeBaron. Pamela Houston reads from her “auto-fiction” novel Sighthound, about an Irish Wolfhound who was her magnificent “heart dog” in real life; Mike Gould was a founding member of the NYC Police Department K-9 unit and went from there to create […]

Humane Pet Food

February 14, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (02-14-2021) #714: Featuring Laura Clark, Aimee Sadler, and Kerry D’Amato. Laura Clark talks about the paradox of being a lifelong vegetarian who is running MEATME, a company that makes Certified Organic and Certified Humane raw meals for dogs and cats, which she hopes will lead the way for more people […]

Dog Breaks Record

February 7, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (02-07-2021) #713: Featuring Susanne Craig, Emily Larlham, and Chris Roy. Susanne Craig, New York Times Pulitzer prize-winning reporter, talks about her article about the harrowing attack on her dog Chloe and the dangers of unleashed dogs; Emily Larlham in El Cajon California, talks about her Guinness World Records title “Most […]

Pets Help Health

January 31, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-31-2021) #712: Featuring Margit Muller, Kellyn McNulty, and Pierre-Luc Gingras. Dr. Margit Muller speaks from Abu Dhabi where she is the world’s leading falcon veterinarian, and in her new book Your Pet, Your Pill: 101 Inspirational Stories About How Pets Lead You to a Happy, Healthy, and Successful Life, recounts […]

Belinda Alexandra (The Divine Feline)

January 24, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-24-21) #711: Featuring Belinda Alexandra, Stephanie Volo, and Freyda. Belinda Alexandra calls from Sydney Australia where she lives with her three black cats and wanted to dispel the notion of “crazy cat ladies” in her book The Divine Feline: A Chic Cat Lady’s Guide to Woman’s Best Friend; Stephanie Volo, […]

Cats Through History

January 17, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-17-2021) #710: An All Cat Show with Paul Koudounaris, Steve Applebaum, and Leah Lyman. Paul Koudounaris (with his co-author Baba the Cat) wrote a sweeping overview of cats throughout history in A Cat’s Tale: A Journey Through Feline History, with astoundingly elaborate costumes and headdresses for Baba, who models them […]

Senior Dog Sanctuary

January 10, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-10-2021) #709: Featuring Zina Goodin, Kelly Conaboy, and Debbie Phillips. Zina Goodin talks about creating Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary in Juliet, Tennessee with her husband, Michael, and her book about it, Homecoming Tales: 15 Inspiring Stories from Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary; Kelly Conaboy reads from her funny memoir, […]

Amy Kopelan on Home: Where All Dogs Deserve To Be

January 3, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-03-2021) # 708: Featuring Jim Gorman, Amy Kopelan, and Tracey Lenac. James Gorman from The New York Times discusses his article about ancient dog DNA and its spread around the globe, and advances in research in bioarchaeology with fossil canine genomes, which is producing some surprises about the lives of […]

An All Cat Show, Featuring Dion Leonard, Susanna Finn & Cate Conte

December 27, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-27-2020) #707: Featuring Dion Leonard, Susanna Finn, and Cate Conte. Dion Leonard, well known for his desert running adventure with the stray dog, Gobi, writes in the voice of his own ragdoll cat in Lara the Runaway Cat: One Cat’s Journey to Discover Home is Where the Heart Is; Susanna […]