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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Hosted by Tracie Hotchner


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Do We Deserve Dogs?

April 11, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (04-11-2021) #722: Featuring Matt Salleh & Rose Tucker, Dr Bob & Susan Goldstein, and Sterling Davis. The filmmaking duo, Matthew Salleh and Rose Tucker, discuss their documentary “We Don’t Deserve Dogs,” that was shot across 11 countries with intimate portraits of everyday people and the dogs who share their lives; […]

Hope in High Country

April 4, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (04-04-2021) #721: Featuring Pamela Houston, Carol Borden, and Lili Chin. Pam Houston reads from her gorgeous book celebrating dogs and the natural world, Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country; Carol Borden is the Founder of Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, where they train German Shepherds to assist people […]

Tick Collar Dangers

March 28, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (03-28-2021) #720: Featuring Judy Morgan, Nicholas Read, and Sheree McDowell. Dr Judy Morgan talks about the years she and other holistic vets have been lobbying to get better information to the public about the dangers of tick and flea collars, which the FDA now divulges have resulted in many deaths […]

Documentary Celebrates Stray Dogs

March 21, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (03-21-2021) #719: Featuring Bruce Cameron, Elizabeth Lo, and Carol Borden. Bruce Cameron, author of the famed A Dog’s Purpose, has quietly been creating a children’s book series of “puppy tales” to delight middle-grade dog-lovers; documentary filmmaker Elizabeth Lo speaks from Hong Kong, about the years it took her to film […]

Cop Chokes Own Dog

March 14, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (03-14-2021) #718: Featuring Aimee Sadler, David Forman, and Nathalie Bibeau. Aimee Sadler and Tracie discuss the shocking leaked video of an assault by a Salisbury North Carolina policeman on his own K-9 partner — in which he choked out the dog, slammed him against his vehicle, then slugged him in […]

Do Dogs Know They’re Dying?

March 7, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (03-07-2021) #717: Featuring Dr. Meghan Herron, Marc Bekoff, and Steve Carino. Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Meghan Herron discusses purebred cats and how they are different from our regular domestic short hair kitties from her book, Decoding Your Cat; Marc Bekoff discusses his article for Psychology Today, “Do Dogs Know They Are […]

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 […]