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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Hosted by Tracie Hotchner


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A Dog’s Courage

May 23, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (05-23-2021) #728: Featuring Bruce Cameron, Monique Udell, and Kristy Haley. Best-selling novelist Bruce Cameron continues in the tradition of A Dog’s Purpose in seeing the world from a dog’s perspective with his newest addition, A Dog’s Courage; Monique Udell, Director of the Human-Animal Interaction Lab at Oregon State University (she […]

Treating Dog & Human Brain Tumors

May 16, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (05-16-2021) #727: Featuring Dr. Sarah Moore, Kylie Logan, and Meighan McNally. Dr. Sarah Moore, director of Blue Buffalo Clinical Trials at The Ohio State University, returns to the show to discuss the veterinary college’s collaboration with human doctors in studying glioblastoma brain tumors by using a new type of flash […]

A Lighter Carbon Pawprint

May 9, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (05-09-2021) #726; Featuring Elisabeth Ignasiak, Dr. Sarah Moore, and Dr. John Howie. Elisabeth Ignasiak co-host of a new podcast called “How to Make a Difference” that focuses on big climate impact, like switching to a sustainable bank (since most banks use your funds to make loans, often to companies dependent […]

Penny the Philosopher Cat

May 2, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (05-02-2021) #725: Featuring Karl Stevens, Carol Borden, and Kenda Summers. Karl Stevens, a graphic novelist and cartoonist, discusses Penny: a Graphic Memoir which is the first graphic novel that Tracie has been able to immerse herself in; Carol Borden — founder of Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs [and Tracie’s co-host […]

Martha, Harry and Minnie

April 25, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (04-25-2021) #724: Featuring Martha Teichner, Georgia Dodson, and Rebecca. Martha Teichner, one of the star correspondents of CBS Sunday Morning, discusses her memoir When Harry Met Minnie about bringing together her Bull Terrier, Minnie, and Harry, the aged Bull Terrier owned by a woman planning ahead for her own death; […]

Yes, Cats DO Like People!

April 18, 2021

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (04-18-2021) #723: Featuring Dr. Mikel Delgado, Paula Munier, and Toni Pimentel. Cat behavior expert Dr. Mikel Delgado discusses the New York Times article “Cats Like People (Some People Anyway)” and the study that shows what we all knew: despite their apparent aloofness, cats are social creatures capable of relationships with […]

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 […]