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. WLIW FM88.3 Logo

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Do Fishes Feel?

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 a lot nicer than the reality of fish farming; Cindy Dunston, Founder and CEO of the woman-powered Scout & Zoe’s treat company, talks about developing alternative protein treat sources for dogs, including her new Super Fly “not too weird” jerky made from black soldier fly larvae and “Eye Candy” made from carp eyeballs; Hawaiian native Kimo Pokini talks about the Mutual Rescue film “Kimo and Jazz” made about him and his dog, and how he created the Ruff Haven Crisis Sheltering non-profit to help people with their pets when they are experiencing homelessness or violence in Salt Lake City,his hometown.