DOG TALK® (and Kitties Too!) on

icon of side silhouette of dog and cat drawn inside the dog Tracie Hotchner the Radio Pet Lady

DOG TALK® features Tracie’s interviews with authors, pet experts and animal welfare advocates from around the world, discussing practical and philosophical issues regarding our relationships with dogs, cats, other pets, wildlife and the natural world.

The show broadcasts from WLIW FM 88.3 in Southampton, the only NPR station on Long Island, reaching from the East End 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.

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Awe Inspiring Photos of People and Their Pets

#826A: Johanna Seigmann is the photographer and chronicler of “In Good Company (Notable People and their Pets)” her book that celebrates in photographic essays the human-animal bond and way beyond dogs and cats to include snakes, rats, parrots and donkeys.

Animal Action Wellness Comes to Vermont in a Big Way

#825C: Bob Galvin — newly hired Director of Animal Action Wellness for (Tracie’s) state of Vermont talks about a lifetime of working on behalf of animals and how his first order of business in Vermont is to lobby in the Vermont House of Representatives for alternatives to wild animal trapping, which is not only cruel to those victims but has recently caused devastating deaths to pet dogs walking with their people.

Animal Welfare Research Doctor Doing Outreach on the Streets

#825B: Veterinarian Dr. Ari Aycock-Williams, Executive Director of the Department of Animal Resources at USC, describes the emotional challenges and rewards of being a Project Street Vet in Los Angeles and Venice Beach. She has an additional degree, ACLAM, in the oversight of animal welfare in research and explains how animal research is done with oversight, honoring the animals that are used.

The Elephants Are STILL in Her Kitchen!

#825A: Renowned for her marvelous previous memoir (“An Elephant in My Kitchen”) Francoise Malby-Anthony speaks from her elephant sanctuary in South Africa about her newest memoir “The Elephants of Thula Thula,” about the challenging effects of the Covid pandemic on her conservation efforts.

There is a Multicultural Veterinary Medical Association to Combat Lack of Diversity

#824C: Dr. Marie Sato Quicksall is a founding board member and past president of the Multicultural Veterinary Medical Association, who wanted to be a veterinarian from the age of five. She hopes that if students see people of color in the veterinary professions they’ll be encouraged to follow their own love of pets into the field.

Next Gen Vet Promotes Inclusion and Diversity in the Veterinary Community

#824B: Dr. Niccole Bruno founded BLEND as a way to nurture a more welcoming environment for non-whites in the veterinary space, explaining that it’s like “taking a breath” for people of color to see someone who looks like them in the exam room.

Is the Veterinary Field America’s Most Segregated Profession?

#824A: Lisa Greenhill, Senior Director for Institutional Research and Diversity at the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges, has worked there for over 18 years to overcome “medical racism.” She discusses the demographics of veterinary schools and the profession itself and the continuing need to encourage people of all backgrounds to enter the profession.

Your Pet’s Wellness Starts in Their Mouth

#823C: Dr. Emily Stein is a microbiologist — her “patients” are microbes, which live in our mouths and guts and “make the world go around.” She created TEEF — a water additive for pets because overall health starts in the mouth — which won the best new product award at both the big pet industry convention Global Pet Expo in 2022 and then top spot in the VMX veterinary conference in January 2023.

Compassion Please for Shelter Workers and Volunteers

#823B: Victoria Wells spent decades working in animal shelters, especially as a dog trainer for years at the ASPCA in NYC. She asks the question: Who should be responsible for lifting the burden of emotional trauma from people doing the hard work in shelters?

Basepaws Wants to Use Cat DNA to Improve Their Health

#823A: Dr. Ernie Ward sings the praises of the DNA test Basepaws — what it means for cats now, and how in the near future it will be able to identify genetic markers for disease and improve feline health long term.