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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And A Dog Called Fig

March 13, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (03-13-2022) #770: Featuring Helen Humphreys, Dr. Justine Lee, and Angela Staehling. Helen Humphreys elaborates on the historical relationship between a writer and a resident dog as described in her memoir And a Dog Called Fig; Dr. Justine Lee is a double board certified veterinarian who is the CEO and founder […]

You’ll Never Swat a Fly Again

March 6, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (03-06-2022) #769: Featuring Jonathan Balcombe, Julie Kelly, and Fern Watt. The great advocate for All Living Things, Jonathan Balcombe, discusses the wonders he uncovers in his riveting book, Super Fly: The Unexpected Lives of the World’s Most Successful Creatures, which is sure to make you think twice before ever swatting […]

Pets are “Vehicles of Redemption” for Unsheltered People

February 27, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (02-27-2022) #768: Featuring Dr. Katherine Compitus, Dr. Loretta Potts, and Leslie Gang. Dr. Kathy Compitus, a psychologist who lectures at New York University, talks about her book The Human-Animal Bond in Clinical Social Work Practice, and her dedication to working on behalf of people who are undomiciled living with their […]

Can Dogs (and people) Live Longer and without Dementia?

February 20, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (02-20-2022) #767: Featuring Keirsten Forsyth, Julie Forbes, and Laurie Zaleski. Dr Keirsten Forsyth is a veterinarian who is part of the research team at Texas A & M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences that is studying rapamycin in the Dog Aging Project to see whether it may […]

Can Slither of Snakes Teach Us to Navigate Deserts?

February 13, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (02-13-2022) #766: Featuring Patrick Aryee, Stacy LeBaron, and Catherine Raven. World traveling science observer Patrick Aryee talks about his new series EVOLVE on CuriosityStream, a series about biomimicry and how we can figure out solutions to human planetary problems by studying Mother Nature’s solutions to challenges; Stacy LeBaron talks about […]

Do You Want a Happy, Healthy “Guilt-Free” Puppy?

February 6, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (02-06-2022) #765: Tracie spends the entire hour talking about the future of puppies in America with Dr. Candace Croney, the visionary veterinary educator who has spent a decade studying how to produce happy, healthy litters from happy, healthy canine parents. Dr. Croney is a Professor of Animal Behavior, Ethics and […]

Do Fishes Feel?

January 30, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-30-2022) #764: Featuring Jonathan Balcombe, Cindy Dunston Quirk, and Kimo Pokini. Jonathan Balcombe, the world-renowned expert on the inner life of non-human creatures of all kinds, discusses “animal sentience” (also the name of the publication he co-edits) in particular fishes and the torturous reality for them of “aquaculture,” which sounds […]

Dogs & Cats at the Last Supper

January 23, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-23-2022) #763: Featuring Laura Hobgood-Oster, Jacob Carty, Maureen Maurer. Laura Hobgood-Oster’s book Holy Dogs and Asses: Animals in the Christian Tradition looks at the animals included in religious artworks and how that reflects their importance in society at the time; Jacob Carty discusses the Spay Neuter Network that services pet […]

Your Tax Dollars Fund Cruel NIH Experiments on Beagle Puppies

January 16, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-16-2022) #762: Featuring Justin Goodman, Virginia Maxwell, and Dr. Mikel Delgado. Justin Goodman, VP of the non-profit White Coat Project, talks about defunding the senseless and cruel experiments being done on puppies at the NIH; Dr. Virginia Maxwell returns to shed light on the dog fighting that is everywhere — […]

Puppy Breath, Puppy Bellies… Puppy Biting?

January 9, 2022

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (01-09-2022) #761: Featuring Julie Forbes, Virginia Maxwell, and Ellen Carrozza. Julie Forbes releases a new comprehensive puppy training video series “Puppyhood with Julie Forbes” that brings delightful commonsense advice and gorgeous puppies right into your computer; Dr. Virginia Maxwell is a Professor and assistant chair of the Henry Lee College […]