DOG 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
Social Mission Pet Food companies and Nauticats 2020 Animated Films
What sustainability & being a "social mission company" means in pet industry; filmmaker inspired during Covid lockdown; problems with dominant/strict dog training approach
The Funniest Naughty Dog Ever
Tracy Beckerman reads from Barking at the Moon; new evidence about how dogs & people co-evolved; Dr. Bruce Elsey on supporting research on lesser-known cancers
Would Dogs Love a World Without Humans?
Marc Bekoff (A Dog's World: Imagining the Lives of Dogs in a World Without Humans); Priscilla Dean's cat sanctuary, Purradise Ranch, and her YouTube films, Adventures in Purradise
A Dog’s History of the World
Laura Hobgood (A Dog's History of the World0; Peter Abrahams' latest Spencer Quinn mystery, It's a Wonderful Woof; Mel Futorian on her NY Cat Film Festival film, "Mel & Bobcat"
Is It Cruel to Ask An Old Dog to Sit?
Sindhoor Pangal (Dog Knows) on demands we should not be making of dogs; Companion Animal Wellness and Nutrition Institute; Barbara Nickless (Gone to Darkness, Blood on the Tracks)
Lessons from an Old Dog
Jenna Blum (Woodrow on the Bench) on devoting herself to aging dog; Great Dane doesn't like other dogs; award-winning groomer Gabriel Feitosa as contestant on Pooch Perfect
Entertaining, interesting and annoying at the same time
Hotchner is super-opinionated, so she's fun to listen to. But sometimes her opinions can grate on the nerves, especially when she talks more than the great guests she has on. She sometimes openly disagrees with vets she has on (her actual credentials are murky) especially when it comes to what to feed a dog. She insists all kibble, no matter how high quality, is bad as a main food. I know plenty of experts who think that's bunk. If, like anything else, you take her ideas and put them into the mix, then make your own decisions, the podcast is lively and entertaining. And she does seem to care a lot about about the welfare of dogs.
Tracie, host of the Dog Talk podcast, highlights all aspects of pet health and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!
Whether I agree with her opinions or not truly doesn’t matter. I simply can no longer abide Tracie Hotchner’s rudeness. She invites amazing guests and spends her entire time on-air with them spouting off, over summarizing, answering her own questions, and barely allowing guests any semblance of a chance to get an edgewise word in. I listened longer than I should have because I enjoyed book recommendations, but every time I listened, Hotchner made me want to throw my phone in frustration. Seriously, Hotchner, learn some interview tactics (and some manners wouldn’t hurt either).