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. WLIW FM88.3 Logo

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The Evils of Carbs [for Humans & Cats] Plus Dogsomnia

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (12-19-2021) #758: Featuring Tara Parker-Pope, and Dr.Elizabeth Hodgkins. Tara Parker Pope, the author and New York Times columnist talks about her recent article “Does ‘Dogsomnia’ Keep You Up at Night?” and a Mayo Clinic study of how sleep is affected by dogs in your bed or bedroom, sharing her own experiences in co-sleeping with dogs or children; Dr. Elizabeth Hodgkins responds to the recent Harvard University press release about the “5 Foods You Shouldn’t Eat” with sugar (the simplest carbohydrate) and carb-heavy foods being the named culprits, yet she and Tracie discuss the human food industry’s effectiveness in soft-pedaling the health horrors of sugar while encouraging more people to eat more of it; in their second conversation, Dr. Elizabeth and Tracie reiterate their concern about the addictive qualities of dry food for cats which they call “kitty crack,” and the life-threatening evils of carbs for cats.