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)
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Coming up on Vox Pop:

Monday, August 22
Medical Monday - Dr. Alan Sanders, Infectious Disease

Tuesday, August 23
Open Forum

Wednesday, August 24
Plumbing & Home Care

Thursday, August 25

Friday, August 26
Food Friday - The Art of Plating

Chef Nicholas Armstrong

  Our region boasts some of the finest chefs in the country. And we want to get to know as many of them as possible here on Food Friday. Today we are on with Chef Nicholas Armstrong. He’s the culinary mind behind Rascals steakhouse in Albany. He is particularly skilled at the art of plating and presenting food. 

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Joining us for our gardening program is arborist Fred Breglia of Landis Arboretum.

drain pipes
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It’s getting late in the summer season now, when things are still oppressively hot. The only cure for the oppressive heat is a torrential rainstorm—which carries with it a whole host of perils for your plumbing. But don’t worry, we have an expert here with us today to answer your questions— Ian Cowen of Mr. Rooter Plumbing in the Hudson Valley.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is confronting contemporary problems in her campaign as November approaches, notably amid questions over her emails and Clinton Foundation money. What do you think of Clinton's campaign so far?  

Joining us today is Dr. Alan Sanders. He’s board-certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. He comes to us from Upstate Infectious Diseases Associates in Albany, and from Albany Memorial, Saratoga and St. Peter’s Hospitals, where he is Chief of Infectious Diseases. He’s here to answer your questions. 

It’s happy hour here on Food Friday. We’re going to delve into the wonderful world of cocktails, distilling and spirits. We have some connoisseurs of liquid intelligence in the studio. John Fischer, professor at the Culinary Institute of America is here, as is Gable Erenzo, the proprietor of the Tuthilltown Spirits Distillery in Gardiner, New York.

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Today on Vox Pop, we’re joined by Gordon Fricke–owner and operator of Barber & Fricke Automotive Incorporated, an independent repair, auto body, towing and used car facility in Hoosick, New York, to talk cars and car repair.

Across the Street - South Amherst, MA
Michael Zide

We talk about the art of taking photographs today with veteran photographer Michael Zide, whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe and in galleries all over the country. He’s here to answer your questions and offer advice for all the photo opportunities in your life.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is calling for Cold-War style mobilization to fight what he calls “radical islamic terror.” That includes a mantatory screening of all muslim visitors and migrants. Meanwhile Democratic rival Hillary Clinton pushed her economic plans with Vice President Joe Biden in Scranton yesterday. We’re checking in with you today on what you think of this race so far. 

Joining us today is Dr. Richard Dentico. He’s a board-certified orthopedist with Orthopedic Associates of Dutchess County.  He specializes in pain management and sports medicine and he’s here to answer your questions.

Hot dog with ketchup and onion
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Hot dog, have we got a show for you today, all about that great summer delight—the cooked sausage we call the hot dog. Since it’s the height of summer and you’re likely to enjoy a hot dog one of these dog days at a ballpark, backyard BBQ or from a street cart, we’ve brought in a fellow who can tell you a few things about this delicious culinary pastime. Keith Dorman, owner of Snap Dog, is here.

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

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Rich Guthrie joins us to provide insight on everything from housing to feeding our fine feathered friends. Ray Graf hosts.

Open Forum: Presidential Politics

Aug 9, 2016
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Another week, another set of headlines featuring presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. This week, the candidates are discussing their economic plans. The stakes of this history-making presidential race are only getting higher. But amid the flurry of campaigning and barb-trading, we have to ask a question: if you were Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, what would you do next?

Joining us today is Dr. Suzie Mookherjee. She’s a board-certified cardiologist with Albany Medical Center’s Division of Cardiology. She specializes in prevention and treatment of heart disease, particularly in women, and she’s here to answer your questions.

Miss Sydney's

It’s the height of summer! Which means the odds are great that you’ve fired up that grill recently. Whether you’re throwing a BBQ for family and friends or looking for a quick, easy and delicious way to cook a meal, there are a few tricks to barbecuing that you should learn. Here to help with that is cooking instructor and writer Byron Nilsson.

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.

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Planning a trip? What do you pack and how do you prepare? We’ll be discussing travel today, with custom travel planner Andrea Schwartz.

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With the major party conventions now in the rearview mirror, the race for the presidency has been kicked up a notch. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are traveling the country, and sparing no expense when it comes to criticizing each’s opponent and trading barbs—with Trump delivering the latest newsmaker, calling Clinton “the devil.”

Dr. Fred Orlando
Berkshire Eye Center

   Joining us today is Dr. Fred Orlando. He’s a board-certified ophthalmologist with the Berkshire Eye Center in Pittsfield. He specializes in cataract and laser surgery, as well as glaucoma and general eye care, and he’s here to answer your questions.

  It’s time for another beer edition of Food Friday, and we have Greg Chanese of the Shmaltz Brewing Company in Clifton Park, New York, in the studio. We’re going to talk local brews and how to enjoy them.

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  Joining us for our gardening program is gardener Bob Graves of Faddegon's Nursery and Fred Breglia of Landis Arboretum.

Marvel Comics

  From the tales of a certain web-slinging vigilante to the adventures of heroes in a half-shell and beyond, pop culture is more influential in society than ever. We’re on today with comics writer Ron Marz and professional geek Rick Marshall, and it’s time to talk comics!

Bernie Sanders
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Last week the action was in Cleveland with the Republican National Convention, and this week we’re focusing on Philadelphia, where the Democratic National Convention is unfolding.


  Joining us today is Dr. Nora Perkins. Dr. Perkins is an otolaryngologist coming to us from Albany ENT and Allergy Services. She specializes in sinus disorders and laryngology, and she’s here to answer your questions.

Chef Mike Niccoli of Restaurant Navona in Albany joins us to answer your questions about cooking and fine dining.

This is a picture of a car's wheel

Today on Vox Pop, we’re joined by Gordon Fricke – owner and operator of Barber & Fricke Automotive Incorporated, an independent repair, auto body, towing and used car facility in Hoosick, New York, to talk cars and car repair.

Facebook: BerkshireWorks Career Center

There’s an optimistic outlook on the job market these days, with unemployment rates at lower levels. That’s great news for those of us who are looking for jobs. But that’s only half the story of getting a job. The other half is landing it, and that requires resumes, interview skills and branding yourself. Bob Frederick, director of Career and Transfer Services at Schenectady County Community College, and Anita DeCianni Brown, collegewide career development coordinator at SUNY Empire State College here to answer your questions.

Republican National Convention

We’re in the second day of what has been a heated Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Will the Republican party unite behind Donald Trump and his newly minted running mate Indiana Governor Mike Pence? Or will it tear itself apart? 

Joining us today is Dr. Paul Lemanski of the Capital Care Center for Preventative Medicine in Albany.