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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The Treasured Shop Cats of China

October 17, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (10-17-2021) #749: Featuring Thiago Kocher, Alice Mayn, and Marcel Heijnen. Thiago Kocher speaks from Brazil about his documentary “Affection in the Streets” which is centered around the relationships of homeless people and their dogs in the 6th Annual NY Dog Film Festival; Alice Mayn is the founder of Saving Senior […]

Cats and Dogs up on the Silver Screen

October 10, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (10-10-2021) #748: Featuring Mark Rivers, Jane Goldman, and Tal Anderson. Mark Rivers in England talks about his very funny film “The Cat Flap” that is in the NY Cat Film Festival; Jane Goldman talks about her years of commitment to Muttville, the San Francisco-based senior dog rescue, and her wonderfully […]

NY Dog Film Festival Filmmakers Traveled the World

October 3, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (10-03-2021) #747: Featuring Matthew Salleh, Amritha Mallikarjun, and Cate Conte. Filmmakers Matthew Salleh and Rose Tucker discuss their two documentaries which are in the 6th Annual NY Dog Film Festival Oct 24th — “Chino” and “The Comfort Dogs” — and are part of their larger documentary series for Netflix, We […]

The Last Diving Horse

September 26, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (09-26-2021) #746: Featuring Cynthia Branigan, Kyle Scoble, and Andrew Graham. Cynthia Branigan discusses her fascinating memoir about her involvement in rescuing The Last Diving Horse in America: Rescuing Gamal and Other Animals – Lessons in Living and Loving, and her personal mission of saving racing greyhounds which she has done […]

Celebrating Senior Dogs

September 19, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (09-19-2021) #745: Featuring Doreen Jakubcak, Valarie Tynes, and Ellen Carrozza. Doreen Jakubcak, the Founder of “Marty’s Place” senior dog sanctuary, talks about being part of Saving Senior Dogs Week and the film about her sanctuary that is featured in the upcoming NY Dog Film Festival; Dr. Valarie Tynes discusses senior […]

Cats Rule in Medical Science

September 12, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (09-12-2021) #744: Featuring James Gorman, Margaret Mizushima, and Clara Goh. Animal science writer for the New York Times, James Gorman, discusses his NYT article on the importance of cats to medical science (including the fact that remdesivir, an important drug in combating Covid, was first successfully used against a cat disease caused by another coronavirus); Margaret Mizushima reads from her newest dog-centric mystery thrilled, Striking Range; Dr. Clara Goh discusses her work teaching orthopedic surgery to the next generation of veterinarians at Colorado State University Veterinary Medical Center.  

Double Galas for Bideawee

September 5, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (09-05-2021) #743: Featuring Leslie Granger, Jeffrey Burton, and Dr. Jose Arce. Leslie Granger, the CEO of Bideawee shelters, tells Tracie about the two upcoming fund-raising galas in each location—in New York City (9/9) and at Duck Walk Vineyard (9/18) on Long Island—and acknowledges Bideawee’s partnership as the co-beneficiary of the […]

Learning from Lions

August 29, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too) (08-29-2021) #742: Featuring Natalia Borrega, Dr. Dana Varble, and Monique Udell. Natalia Borrega, the co-host of Animal IQ on PBS Digital, talks about the show having episodes on dogs and foxes, but the social interactions of lions are her specialty that Natalia has been studying in the field in Botswana […]

The French are Making Lunch from Larvae

August 22, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-22-2021) #741: Featuring Guillaume Daoulas, Audrey Cook, and Dorothy & Harpo. Tracie talks to Guillaume Daoulas in France about the alternative protein source his company Ynsect is growing from larvae in futuristic “vertical farms” one hour outside of Paris. Dr. Audrey Cook, Chief of the Internal Medicine Department at the […]

Do All Dogs Go to Heaven?

August 13, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-15-2021) #740: Featuring Dr. Eric Tourigny, Dr. Mikel Maria Delgado, and Dr. Melissa Shapiro. Three very different doctors are guests this week, with very different interests. Professor Eric Tourigny in England did a study to discover peoples’ responses to the question “Do All Dogs go to Heaven?” and wrote about […]