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. Podcast also available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Amazon podcasts, and Audible. WLIW FM88.3 Logo

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Dog Talk #348 Tracie Hotchner (11-23-2013)

Dog Talk #348: Sue Halpern’s book A DOG WALKS INTO A NURSING HOME ( is inspiring people across the country to join the ranks of therapy dogs; Tracie discusses the HOWs and WHYs of the dangers of Chinese chicken jerky with veterinary clinician Dr. Urs Giger, Director of the University of Pennsylvania Metabolic Genetics Laboratory, where they have been testing urine samples for Falconi Syndrome potentially caused by jerky treats, going back to 2006; Tony Corbo from the lobbying non-profit Food & Water Watch ( in Washington, D.C., sheds more light on the tainted chicken jerky treats from China by disclosing the financial and political background of the jerky issue. Food & Water Watch has documented Chinese factories that cannot pass inspections (when they allow them), and 5 different antibiotics found in these products — 4 of which are illegal in the U.S. and the 5th occurring in toxic quantities. Here’s a recent New York Times article about the jerky: