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 numerous 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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Hosted by Tracie Hotchner


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2 Philosophical questions. Do Animals Dream? Why Cage a Loved Family Member?

August 7, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-07-2022) #791: Featuring David Pena-Guzman and Sindhoor Pangal. David Pena-Guzman is a philosophy professor and animal ethicist who talks about his book “When Animals Dream: The Hidden World of Animal Consciousness” and whether dreaming conveys moral status on animals; Sindhoor Pangal, the director of dog behavior training at BHARCS in […]

The Human-Animal Bond Goes Wild: Cuddling a 6 ft Tall Kangaroo

July 31, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-31-2022) #790: Featuring Don Argott, Carol Borden, and Kim Brophey. Don Argott, the co-director of “The Bond” on Discovery+ TV talks about the glorious stories of a woman in New Zealand bonded with a kangaroo, a woman who goes to Turks and Caicos to swim with the dolphin who has […]

Debut K-9 Thriller Novel from “Sherlock Hounds” Drug Detection Dog Handler

July 24, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-24-2022) #789: Featuring Kathleen Donnelly, Susan Joseph, and Garrett Clancy. First-time novelist Kathleen Donnelly talks about her debut canine thriller “Chasing Justice” and her own professional work with three drug detection dogs; Susan Joseph, Executive director of the newly named 5-star Hotel for Homeless Dogs (formerly known as the New […]

Dogs to the Rescue at a Murder-Filled Wedding

July 17, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-17-2022) #788: Featuring Mikel Delgado, Paula Munier, and Melissa Shapiro. Paula Munier talks about her newest canine thriller “The Wedding Plot”; Tracie talks with Dr. Mikel Delgado, her feline behavior expert co-host on Cat Chat, about multiple cats and whether there is such a thing as having too many cats; […]

We Need to Think Again about “What Dogs Know”

July 10, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-10-2022) #787: Featuring Juliane Brauer, Jennifer Brooks, and RuthAnn Lobos. Juliane Brauer speaks from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany where she heads DogStudies and has written an intriguing book about everything we know to this point, called “What Dogs Know”; Jennifer Brooks […]

Alexandra Horowitz Goes “Off Leash”

July 3, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (07-03-2022) #786: Featuring Alexandra Horowitz, Dr. Dalma Heyn, and Iris Berrios. Alexandra Horowitz talks about having her own podcast “Off Leash” at Freakonomics Radio; Dalma Heyn is a psychologist who changed the focus of her work to pet grief consulting because the need was so great; Iris Berrios from Bobbi […]

Your “Plastic Footprint” & Challenges for Waste Workers Internationally

June 26, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (06-26-2022) #785: Featuring Anjani Anand, Jeffrey Burton, and Dr. Xie. Anjani Anand, the Senior Community Engagement Manager for rePurpose Global, calls from Bangalore, Southern India to discuss their partnership with Earth Animal (which has become “Certified Plastic Neutral”) as part of rePurpose Global’s mission to raise awareness of the challenges […]

Forever Home: Inspiring Tales of Rescue Dogs

June 19, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (06-19-2022) #784: Featuring Traer Scott, Jolie Chitwood, and Dr Sue Ettinger. Photographer Traer Scott talks about capturing the essence of the valiant dogs she chronicles in her new book “Forever Home: The Inspiring Tales of Rescue Dogs”; Jolie Chitwood, the R&D specialist who develops CBD products for Kradle, discusses how […]

Good Things Happening for Dogs

June 12, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (06-12-2022) #783: Featuring Mallory Kerley, Kim Brophey, and Tom Sharp. Mallory Kerley from Muddy Paws, a foster-based rescue in Hell’s Kitchen, talks about how 99.9% of applicants are accepted as adopters; dog trainer Kim Brophey created “The Dog’s Truth” video series to help people understand the underlying “truth” of who […]

Explore Costa Rica, Come Home with a Dog!

June 5, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (06-05-2022) #782: Scott Alan opened the Lava Lounge Bar & Grill in Costa Rica, featuring his tropical fusion cuisine and cooking classes, before creating the nonprofit Costa Rica Dog Rescue, bringing all his passions under one roof; Dr. Deanne Zenoni discusses integrative treatments to rehabilitate neurologic conditions that affect the […]