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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Poet, Essayist & Memoirist Mark Doty Discusses Dog Years

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (06-13-2020) #679: Featuring Mark Doty, Dog-Loving Man of Letters. The whole show is devoted to the extraordinary poet, essayist, and memoirist Mark Doty, who discusses dogs in his life and reads passages from his exquisite book DOG YEARS. This book is what “social science” about dogs would look like if written by a deep-feeling wordsmith. It gives shape to the feelings we all have about our dogs and often cannot articulate. Who is Mark Doty? It’s daunting to try to summarize his long career of extraordinary accomplishments across the literary field, so I recommend you read about him at – which will let you appreciate more fully how lucky we are to spend this hour with him. [You can hear a brief NPR interview with him about his newest book: WHAT IS THE GRASS: WALT WHITMAN IN MY LIFE.]