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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Lady Freethinker to the Rescue

#865B: Nina Jackel and her Lady Freethinker just won an award for exposing animal cruelty globally, whether in Thailand zoos or bringing dogs out of Ukraine to the U.S.

A Haunted House with a Dog for Protection

#865A: Paula Munier’s newest mystery “Home at Night” featuring Mercy Carr and her dog Elvis is really spooky!

Maggie’s Beloved Ratties

#864C: Ever wondered who embraces rats as their pet-of-choice? Meet Maggie Herskowitz, newly graduated with a degree from the University of Edinburgh Vet School, celebrating with her five “ratties” wrapped around her neck!

Congrats! You Got Into Veterinary School! Now What?

#864B: Exotic animal veterinarian Dr. Doug Mader (the author of “The Vet at Noah’s Ark” and Tracie’s co-host on their show EXOTIC PETS) discusses how to navigate vet school, get the most out of it, and seek support for the psychological challenges that can come with it.

Slithering Things in Your Lost Luggage?

#864A: Wendall Thomas’s hilarious mystery “Lost Luggage” takes her Brooklyn-based travel agent heroine to Africa where she finds out what could happen to your lost luggage if it became a tool in the smuggling of endangered animals.

Little Senior Chihuahuas Living Large

#863C: Jeanne Selander created a sanctuary called Rivers Wish for senior chihuahuas in Key West, where they have a loving home forever

How to Prepare for the Loss of Your Pet

#863B: Erica Messer created her pet loss grief support platform, Wolfies Wish, to help those struggling, as she did, with the death of their pet. Now she has designed “mindfulness” cards and messages for people anticipating their senior pet’s death while caring for them during the final stages of their life.

Many Feathers in Her Cap

#863A: Linda Rhodes, DVM PhD, created the nonprofit “Feather in Her Cap” to acknowledge the achievements of women in the animal health industry — something of which she is personally familiar with an impressive array of her own professional accomplishments.

How to Have a Happier Dog

#862C: Chelsea Barstow talks about the fun (for people, too!) activities she has created for people to do with their dogs in her book “Happy Dog: 101 Easy Enrichment Activities for a Healthy, Happy, Well-Behaved Pup”

“No Ordinary Cats”

#862B: Lisa Erixon’s charming book “No Ordinary Cats” tells the stories of all the kitties she has lived with, but seen from their perspectives in their voices.