Vox Pop

Monday - Friday, 2 p.m.- 3 p.m.

Vox Pop is WAMC's live call-in talk program. Guests with expertise in areas ranging from astronomy to politics speak with WAMC's hosts and answer questions posed by WAMC listeners. We also have a number of forums and guests who are regulars on Vox Pop such as our science forum and gardening programs.

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, February 27
Medical Monday: Gastroenterology with Dr. Nina Sax

Tuesday, February 28
Open Forum

Wednesday, March 1
Open Forum: Pets & Vets with Dr. Carrie O'Loughlin

Thursday, March 2
Open Forum: Automotive Repair with Gordon Fricke

Friday, March 3
Food Friday: St. Patrick's Day cooking with Rob Handel and Carol Clement of Heather Ridge Farm

A Moroccan dish from Tara Kitchen
TaraKitchen.com

Today we welcome back Aneesa Waheed of TARA Kitchen in Schenectady, New York which specializes in Moroccan food. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Compound Microscope
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We welcome an esteemed panel of experts to respond to your scientific inquiries on the program today. Barbara Brabetz, Jim Pickett and Ed Stander join us in Studio A. Ray Graf hosts.

The Oscars will be awarded this Sunday, and today we have film educators and writers Rob Edelman and Audrey Kupferberg in studio to share their picks and address your questions and comments on the nominees, performances or films you think may have been overlooked. 

Paul Rapp and Polly Law are in Studio A to answer your questions about protecting your writing, music, art...and any other intellectual property that you might have. Ray Graf hosts.   

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Most kitchens are loaded with appliances to help you cook and bake. But are you getting the biggest bang for your buck? Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough are back in the studio to answer your questions about blenders, slow cookers and more. Ray Graf hosts.

Two Remington Rand employees demonstrate the UNIVAC for Walter Cronkite in 1952
U.S. Census Bureau / Wikimedia Commons

It's tech galore on this edition of Vox Pop. We'll talk computers  with Tony Yang of Gig Computers. Ray Graf hosts.

ski slope
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Want to get away and enjoy a respite from the cold and snow? Or are you of the mind that now is the time to get out and enjoy the fresh powder with skiing, snowboarding or another outdoor activity? We’ll be discussing travel today, with veteran travel planner Andrea Schwartz.

Bones in a human foot
Raul654 / Wikimedia Commons

On this special edition of Medical Tuesday - podiatry and podiatric surgery with Dr. Douglas Tumen of Hudson Valley Foot Associates. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

Topographic map of Canada and Northern U.S.
Anchjo / Wikimedia Commons

Today we will discuss relations between the U.S. and Canada following the meeting between President Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. WAMC’s Alan Chartock hosts.

Ric Orlando
RicOrlando.com

Now, it is a bit early for this, but because we felt like celebrating our record one-day fund drive earlier this week, today we are doing Mardi Gras! The celebration has many notable elements and among them is the unique food of Louisiana. We’ve got just the man for the job. Chef Ric Orlando is in the studio.

HeLa cells
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We welcome an esteemed panel of experts to respond to your scientific inquiries on the program today. Veteran panelists Jim Pickett and Ed Stander are joined by newcomer Michael Murphy. Ray Graf hosts.

Common Blackbird
David Friel / Wikimedia Commons

We’ll be discussing birds today on the program. Rich Guthrie and Nancy Castillo are here to help answer your questions about them. Ray Graf hosts. 

Earlier this month, President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court seat held by the late Justice Antonin Scalia. In 2006, Judge Gorsuch was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit based in Denver, CO. Gorsuch studied at Columbia, Harvard and Oxford. Here to discuss Gorsuch and the overall Supreme Court is Albany Law School professor and WAMC commentator Steve Gottlieb.

Broccoli and Spinach Stromboli
Deanna Fox / www.FoxOnFood.com

Today on Food Friday, it’s a Super Bowl pregame. Cooking instructor and food writer Deanna Fox and Kevin Mullen, owner and head brewer of Rare Form Brewing Company in Troy, NY, are in the studio with some tasty dishes and drinks for the big game.

NRG Stadium, Houston
Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

Today we are talking the big game, the Super Bowl that is. The New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons are facing off in the 51st edition of the NFL Championship Game Sunday in Houston, Texas.

On this edition of Vox Pop, we welcome renowned astronomer Bob Berman to the studio to field all of your astronomy-related questions. One of the best-known and most widely-read astronomers in the world, Bob can translate complex scientific concepts into terms that are easily understood by the casual stargazer, yet meaningful to the most advanced researchers. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Statue of Liberty
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President Trump signed an executive order Friday barring entry into the U.S. for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days. The president also blocked refugees from the country for 120 days. The action has raised legal challenges and spurred protests across the country and internationally. 

Dr. Hani Shahata and Dr. Soo Lee
Nathan Littauer Hospital

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday to discuss renal and kidney care are Doctors Soo Lee and Hani Shahata of Nathan Littauer Hospital. Alan Chartock hosts. 

Butternut Squash Lasagna
Kitchen Sink Food & Drink

Today we are taking a taste of some locally-sourced treats. Chef Brian Arnoff of Kitchen Sink Food & Drink in Beacon, New York is in the studio and he’s brought some dishes and drinks that incorporate ingredients found right in our region. Brian ran a food truck in Washington, DC before opening Kitchen Sink, which was voted Best New Restaurant by Hudson Valley Magazine readers in 2016.

Flickr/Karen Roe

Joining us for our winter gardening program is gardener Greg Ward of Ward’s Nursery in Great Barrington, Massachusetts and arborist Fred Breglia of The Landis Arboretum in Esperance, New York. 

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He's back!  Rich Guthrie, one of WAMC's favorite radio guests, returns to Studio A to answer all your questions about birds. A veteran birder and former compiler of the Catskill, New York Christmas bird count for the National Audubon society, Rich is WAMC’s resident avian expert.

Morgan Hook
SKD Knickerbocker

President Trump had his bouts with the media during his campaign and the contentious relationship is continuing. We’re discussing how the Trump administration is dealing with the media so far.

Morgan Hook, a former spokesman for New York Governors David Paterson and Eliot Spitzer, is in the studio for the discussion.

Dr. Themarge Small
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday to discuss obstetrics and gynecology are Doctors Themarge Small and Annika Chadee of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.

1902 Mercedes Simplex
Enslin / Wikimedia Commons

Joining us today to answer your automotive questions is Gordon Fricke – owner and operator of Barber and Fricke Automotive in Hoosick Falls, New York.  Ray Graf hosts. 

Congressman John Faso is in the studio today to answer questions from constituents. The Republican from New York’s 19th Congressional District started his first term in Congress earlier this month. His district encompasses all or parts of eleven counties in the Capital Region, Hudson Valley, Catskills and Central New York.

Dr. Richard Holub
Courtesy of Neurological Associates of Albany

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday to discuss Alzheimer’s disease treatment and research is Dr. Richard Holub of the Neurological Associates of Albany. Dr. Holub is a member of the American Academy of Neurology. He has been engaged in Alzheimer’s research for more than 30 years and has contributed to the development of all five drugs approved by the FDA for the treatment of the disease.

Smoked Ring Kielbasa
chesterssmokehouse.com

Today we welcome Jim Kelly and Ken Altarac of Chester's Smokehouse in Albany, NY to Food Friday. They are here to answer your questions about the best methods and recipes for smoked meat, cheese and more. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

We welcome back our esteemed panel of experts to respond to your scientific inquiries on the program today. Barbara Brabetz, Jim Pickett and Ed Stander make up our panel. Ray Graf hosts.

Plumbing can be a daunting challenge for home owners and fixer uppers. Never fear! Ian Cowen of On The Level Plumbing joins us today to answer your questions. 

President Obama is expected to deliver a farewell address tonight in Chicago. WAMC will carry special coverage of the address at 9 p.m.

After eight years in office, the president will step aside as Donald Trump is sworn into office on January 20th. So today we’ll take a look back at what President Obama has accomplished during his two terms.

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