Vox Pop

Monday - Friday, 2pm - 3pm

Vox Pop is WAMC's live call-in talk program. Guests with expertise in areas ranging from Astronomy to George Washington speak with WAMC's hosts and answer questions posed by WAMC listeners. We also have a number of forums and guests who are regulars to Vox Pop such as our Science Forum and Gardening program.

Every Monday is a "Medical Monday."  Every Friday is a "Food Friday." 

There are several ways to join the conversation:

  • Call in during the show from 2-3 p.m. at 1-800-348-2551 (1-800-TALK-1)
  • Comment on the show page of the Vox Pop section of WAMC.org
  • Comment on the Vox Pop status update at WAMC's Facebook page
  • Tweet us @WAMCRadio and #VoxPop

Coming up on Vox Pop:

Monday, December 12
Medical Monday: Gynecology with Dr. Erin Crosby

Tuesday, December 13
Open Forum

Wednesday, December 14
Open Forum: Home Improvement with Darren Tracy

Thursday, December 15
Open Forum: Cars with Gordon Fricke

Friday, December 16
Food Friday: Cookbook authors Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarbrough

We’re taking you down south today, where the grits are tender, the buttermilk is flowing and everything tastes better fried. Chef Jasper Alexander of Hattie’s Restaurant is here with us and we’re going to get you drooling for some classic southern food. His new book is called: The Hattie’s Restaurant CookBook, Classic Southern and Louisiana Recipes . It features more than 100 recipes from crawfish boil to Cajun coleslaw.

It's time to welcome back our team of scientists, Ed Stander, Barbara Brabetz and Jim Pickett. They'll answer your scientific questions.... and Ed may even favor us with a song on the musical wine glasses. You may consider that "value added" on today's show. Ray Graf hosts.

We’ll be discussing birds today on the program. Rich Guthrie and Nancy Castillo are here to help answer your questions about them. A veteran birder and compiler of the Catskill, New York Christmas bird count for the National Audubon society, Rich is WAMC’s resident avian expert. Nancy owns Wild Birds Unlimited in Saratoga Springs which stocks supplies for feeding and observing birds.

New York lawmakers are considering whether to have a special session this month to vote on, among other things, a pay raise. It would be their first pay increase in about two decades. Governor Andrew Cuomo has listed items he’d like to see passed if there’s a session, including term limits for legislators. But the Assembly Majority Leader says that item is likely off the table, because most Democratic members are against it. Cuomo also wants to enact reforms, including converting to a full-time Legislature and strictly limiting outside income, following recent corruption scandals that have resulted in prison sentences for the two former legislative leaders.

Dr. Orion Howard
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday to discuss oncology and cancer are Doctors Orion Howard and Matthew Vernon of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.

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Rocco DeFazio of DeFazio’s Pizzeria in Troy join us in the studio to talk about the culinary traditions associated with Christmas Eve and Italian food.

We direct our gaze toward the stars on today's edition of Vox Pop. Astronomer Bob Berman joins us for his monthly appearance on the show. Bob is the author of many books on the cosmos. He also hosts a series entitled "Strange Universe," which can be heard on WAMC and on stations around the country.

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It’s our Pets & Vets program this afternoon, and here to take your calls is Dr. Kris Dallas of Ancient Arts Holistic Veterinary Services in Saratoga Springs . Dr. Dallas specializes in treatment of chronic health issues in pets, frequently using a holistic approach. Ray Graf hosts.

Today we’ll take a look at how President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet is shaping up. Who are the Republican’s picks for some of the top spots in the federal government? So far there’s a mix of Trump allies and rivals. Well, we want to hear your thoughts on them. How do you think these appointments will fare? Do the choices make sense for a Trump presidency that is set to work with a Republican-led Congress? What will be some of the signature issues they focus on? We’ll tackle all this with your help.

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday to discuss orthopedics is Dr. Laura Scordino of OrthoNY. She specializes in hand, shoulder and upper extremity surgery. Dr. Scordino has a particular interest in treatment of tendon, nerve, and arthritic conditions of the hand and wrist. Alan Chartock hosts.

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Rich Guthrie returns to his nest in Studio A for our monthly discussion about birds and birding. Joining Rich today is educator and wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin. Ray Graf hosts.

Members of the National Policy Institute, a self-described white nationalist, alt-right movement gathered this weekend in Washington to discuss their platform. While the leader of the group doesn't believe President-elect Donald Trump is "alt-right," it appears to some observers that Trump's election has emboldened the movement. What do you think this group is doing? Has it been energized by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign? How does this impact American politics and the country at large? Alan Chartock hosts a Vox Pop Open Forum.

Dr. Bridget Finn of Capital Region Center for Sexual Health
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Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday is Dr. Bridget Finn. Dr. Finn is a licensed sex therapist, educator and researcher. She is the founder and president of the Capital Region Center for Sexual Health . Alan Chartock hosts.

It's always a treat when Deanna Fox stops by Studio A. It's an even bigger thrill when she brings PIE! In the spirit of the holiday season, today's program is all about pie. Call with your question for this famous pie expert. Ray Graf hosts.

Early U.S. postage stamp
public domain

Our old friends Bob Scott and David Tripp return to answer your stamp and coin collecting questions. Ray Graf hosts.

The Bureau Of Labor Statistics says the unemployment rate in this country is hovering around five percent—currently at 4.9. That’s roughly half of what it was during the Great Recession and holding steady since August 2015. So we’re doing pretty well now, the jobs are out there. You just have to get them.

Donald Trump at the Flynn Theatre
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It has been a week since one of the most stunning elections in U.S. history. The President-Elect is busy figuring out who will be in his cabinet. Meanwhile, President Obama is on his last official overseas trip and Republican and Democratic party leaders are figuring out where they stand in the new political dynamic in Washington. We open the phone for your thoughts on this Vox Pop open forum. Ray Graf hosts.

Joining Alan Chartock on this Medical Monday to discuss blood and marrow transplantation for leukemia, sickle cell anemia and adolescent and young adult oncology is Dr. John Horan of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta - where he is a pediatric hematologist-oncologist.

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Anchovies... olives.... liver... Brussels sprouts. Cooking writer and instructor Byron Nilsson joins Ray Graf to talk about foods we hate and how we learn to hate them.

We welcome a panel of scientists to Studio A for an hour of answers to your scientific questions. Ray Graf hosts.

Donald Trump at the Flynn Theatre
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Election Day is behind us and Donald Trump is the president-elect of the United States. It’s a victory that has surprised many and is likely to go down as one of the most notable moments in political history. Why do you think the election went the way it did? How are you feeling today? What do you think a Trump presidency will look like? Alan Chartock takes your calls.

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It all comes down to today for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. It’s been one heck of a campaign season unlike any other. The candidates have the lowest favorability ratings of any in history. That’s just one of the reasons people are expressing anxiety, worry and uncertainty over the outcome. So how are you feeling on this Election Day? Are you nervous? Excited? Tell Dr. Alan (not a medical doctor) Chartock all about it!

Dr. David Shaffer of NY Oncology Hematology
New York Oncology Hematology

Host Alan Chartock discusses the latest advances in treatment and prevention of genitourinary cancers with Dr. David Shaffer of New York Oncology Hematology. Listeners are invited to call with their questions for Dr. Shaffer.

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Today we learn all about the art and science of pickling and fermentation with Chef Rob Handel of the Bees Knees Café at Heather Ridge Farm in Preston Hollow, New York. Ray Graf hosts.

Our resident astronomer is back in Studio A for his monthly lesson on the air. Bob Berman fields the questions posed by WAMC listeners and Vox Pop host Ray Graf. In addition to being a prolific author and monthly guest on Vox Pop, Bob Berman is also host of Strange Universe .

A sunset at Taft Point
National Park Service

We welcome back custom travel planner Andrea Schwartz to help you satisfy your wanderlust. Andrea is an expert on American and Canadian national parks. Ray Graf hosts.

Copyright forum
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Today on Vox Pop, we look at where art and law meet with the Copyright Forum. Our guests are intellectual property lawyer Paul Rapp, artist Polly Law and medical illustrator Bill Westwood.

Dr. Jennifer Michaels of The Brien Center and Berkshire Medical Center is here to discuss mental health and substance abuse issues for the latest edition of Medical Monday. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

A Moroccan dish from Tara Kitchen
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We learn all about Moroccan food with first time guest Aneesa Waheed of Tara Kitchen in Schenectady. Ray Graf hosts.

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Here to take your calls are Greg Ward of Ward's Nursery and arborist Fred Breglia of Landis Arboretum. Ray Graf hosts.

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