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)
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  • Tweet us @WAMCRadio and #VoxPop

Coming up on Vox Pop:

Monday, March 27
Medical Monday: Pediatrics and adolescent medicine and vaccinations with Dr. Everett Lamm of Community Health Programs

Tuesday, March 28
Open Forum: New York state budget with Blair Horner of NYPIRG and Bill Hammond of the Empire Center

Wednesday, March 29
Open Forum: Writing with Barbara Chepaitis and Lale Davidson

Thursday, March 30
Open Forum: Sports with WNYT's Ashley Miller and The Daily Gazette's Mark McGuire

Friday, March 31
Food Friday: Chef Sean Comiskey of Olde English Pub & Pantry in Albany, NY

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On today’s program, it’s a writers forum. Joining me in the studio today are novelist Barbara Chepaitis and storyteller Lâle Davidson. They’re here to answer your questions about the process of creative writing. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts. 

New York state lawmakers are facing a Friday budget deadline with a number of issues hanging over their heads. Among them are an extension of a millionaire’s tax, tuition aid for college students and justice reform. Meanwhile, Governor Andrew Cuomo has floated the idea of an “extender budget” that would maintain current funding levels. The Democrat says New York is facing uncertainty about what the state can expect from federal funding sources.

Dr. Everett Lamm
Community Health Programs

Joining us today is Dr. Everett Lamm, chief medical officer of Community Health Programs located in the Berkshires. Dr. Lamm is a board certified pediatrician who also practices adolescent medicine. He earned his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed his residency in pediatrics at Vermont Children’s Hospital. Dr. Lamm is here today to talk about vaccinations and related topics. WAMC’s Alan Chartock hosts. 

Chard
Sidehill Farm

Despite the cold temperatures and lingering snow, spring officially started on Monday. Soon enough farms across our region will be in full swing. To get us up to speed on farm fresh products, Paul Lacinski and Amy Klippenstein of Sidehill Farm in Hawley, Massachusetts are in the studio.  WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

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. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Copper Brewing Vats inside Cropton Brewery
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It’s been one heck of a week. It started with a blizzard and it’s ending with a holiday. To help us celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, Kevin Mullen of Rare Form Brewing Company in Troy, NY and George De Piro of Druthers Brewing in Saratoga Springs and Albany, NY are with us. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

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In the studio today to answer your gardening questions are a few familiar voices. Bob Graves is a horticulturist and co-owner of Faddegon’s Nursery in Latham, New York. Fred Breglia is director of horticulture and operations at the Landis Arboretum in Esperance, New York. Greg Ward runs Ward’s Nursery in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts. 

Parents and children reading a magazine together. The Netherlands, 1958.
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Being a parent is basically a full-time job that doesn’t offer vacation, sick days or time off. It can be a journey in the unknown, so we have Tim Hathaway and Tamae Memole of the New York State Parenting Education Partnership in the studio to answer your questions. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts. 

Snow flies during the store of 3/14/17
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With a major storm hitting the majority of WAMC’s listening area, we want to hear about your snow storm experiences. What is the worst you’ve experienced? What are your strategies for riding out the storm?  WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts, joined by WAMC’s Alan Chartock. 

Dr. Robert Sax
Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region

Joining us on this Medical Monday is Dr. Robert Sax. He’s an ophthalmologist, retinal specialist and director of retina services at Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region. He’s here to answer your questions about everything from macular degeneration to diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein disease. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Today we welcome representatives from three eateries featured in Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. They are: Josh Kroner of Terrapin Restaurant in Rhinebeck, Agnes Devereaux of the Village Tearoom in New Paltz and Devon Gilroy of the Corner Restaurant in Tivoli. Hudson Valley Restaurant Week runs through March 19th.   Ray Graf hosts.

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.

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Whether you’re remodeling a room or adding on, home improvement projects can be daunting. But don’t worry, architectural engineer and construction specialist Darren Tracey is in the studio today to answer your questions about your next home improvement project. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts. 

Donald Trump at the Flynn Theatre
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Today we are going to look at President Trump’s cabinet and his team of advisers along with his leadership approach so far. In the studio to discuss this and more is Professor Bruce Miroff of the University at Albany. Bruce specializes in the American presidency having taught numerous courses and written many books on the subject. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts. 

Dr. Madhavi Kambam
New York Oncology Hematology

Joining us today is Dr. Madhavi Kambam of New York Oncology Hematology. She’s here to respond to your questions and comments concerning blood disorders along with gastrointestinal, colorectal and related cancers. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Irish bangers and mash
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Today we have brought in Chef Rob Handel and Carol Clement of Heather Ridge Farm in Preston Hollow, NY to help us whip up some traditional Irish dishes in preparation for St. Patrick’s Day. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Volkswagen Bus
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Joining us today to answer your automotive questions is Gordon Fricke – owner and operator of Barber and Fricke Automotive Incorporated – an independent repair, auto body, towing and used car facility in Hoosick Falls, NY. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts. 

An English Bulldog puppy
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It’s our Pets & Vets program this afternoon, and here to take your calls is Dr. Carrie O’Loughlin of Delmar Animal Hospital in Delmar, New York. Ray Graf hosts. 

Classroom with students
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Earlier this month, the Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as the 11th Secretary of Education. Vice President Mike Pence cast an unprecedented tie-breaking vote to secure President Trump’s pick. The philanthropist and activist takes over a federal bureaucracy with 4,400 employees and a $68 billion budget. Here to discuss potential changes to the national education system and issues in New York are Billy Easton, executive director of the Alliance for Quality Education of New York, and Tim Kremer, executive director of the New York State School Boards Association.

Medical illustration of esophogus
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We are pleased to welcome back Dr. Nina Sax to Medical Monday. Dr. Sax is a gastroenterologist with Albany Gastroenterology Consultants. Ray Graf hosts.

A Moroccan dish from Tara Kitchen
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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
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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
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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.
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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.

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