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:

Thursday, October 20
Birding: Rich Guthrie

Friday, October 21
Food Friday: Pizza and Beer with DeFazio's Pizzeria and Druthers Brewing

Monday, October 24
Medical Monday: Dr. Paul Lemansky

Tuesday, October 25
Open Forum: Presidential Race

Wednesday, October 26
Pets and Vets: Carrie O'Laughlin

Thursday, October 27
Gardening Show

Friday, October 28 
Food Friday: Tara Kitchen

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We celebrate the rapid (and successful) completion of our Fall Fund Drive with a pizza and beer party, welcoming back Rocco DeFazio of DeFazio's Pizzeria and George De Piro of Druthers Brewery and Restaurant. Ray Graf hosts.

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The great Fall Fund Drive ended early (thank you!) and we didn't plan on a show.  Flying in  - just in the nick of time for a wing and a prayer broadcast - was none other than Rich Guthrie. A splendid time was had by all, even our host, Ray Graf. 

Food Friday hall of famer Deanna Fox is back to talk about the finer points of braising and roasting. Deanna is a food and agriculture writer and cooking instructor. Her work is best known locally in the Times Union, All Over Albany, and Vox Media. More can be found at www.foxonfood.com, on Facebook as Fox on Food, or on Twitter and Instagram @DeannaNFox.

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Gordon Fricke is here to answer your car questions today on Vox Pop. Ray Graf hosts. 

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The birdman is back! Rich Guthrie returns to Studio A for one of our most popular programs. 

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The two major party presidential candidates rumbled in their debate on Sunday night, with both sides declaring victory. The second debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump came on the heels of the release of a decade old video of the GOP candidate engaging in what he describes as "locker room talk." Others, including his Democratic rival, said the comments were more than that.  The video, the debate and your thoughts on the race for White House on this open forum edition of Vox Pop. Alan Chartock hosts.

We are pleased to welcome back Dr. Nina Sax to Vox Pop Medical Monday. Dr. Sax is a gastroenterologist affiliated with St. Peter's Hospital in Albany and Albany Gastroenterology Associates. Alan Chartock hosts. 

Chef Serge Madikians of Serevan in Amenia, New York joins us. Also on the program is Naomi Duguid. Naomi is a writer, photographer, teacher, cook, and world traveler whose cookbooks have won a combined 14 cookbook awards. Her latest book, Taste of Persia: A Cook's Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan, was released last month.  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. Ray Graf hosts.

Plumbing can be a daunting challenge for home owners and fixer uppers. Never fear! Ian Cowen of Mr. Rooter Plumbing in the Hudson Valley joins us today to answer your questions.  Ray Graf hosts.

Donald Trump's taxes made headlines this week. And the candidates for VP are set to debate this evening. We invite you to share your thoughts as the presidential race nears the home stretch. Alan Chartock hosts.

Dr. Sven Hida joins us to answer listeners' questions pertaining to the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary diseases and disorders.  Ray Graf fills in for Alan Chartock as host.

Today we learn all about the "superfood" that is fermented cabbage, as we welcome author Kyla Titus. Kyla is  the author of  Secrets from the Cabbage Cove, a book that shows how you can benefit from the tiny microorganisms, better known as “probiotics,” by  making fermented cabbage – easily and painlessly in your own home—whether you live a city apartment, a suburban home, a rural farm or a cottage in the woods. Ray Graf hosts. 

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Autumn is here.... but there is still plenty to talk about in the world of gardening! Joining us for our gardening program is gardener Bob Graves of Faddegon's Nursery, gardener Greg Ward of Ward’s Nursery and Fred Breglia of Landis Arboretum. Ray Graf hosts.


Dr. Ron Scharf of the Animal Hospital of Niskayuna joins host Ray Graf for an hour of phone-in questions about our canine and feline companions. 

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If television ratings are any indication, last night's U.S. presidential debate was a doozy!  According to overnight ratings, it ranks at or near the top of a list of all such debates ever broadcast.  

Joining Alan Chartock today is Dr. Clement Darling,  President of The Vascular Group,  Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery at Albany Medical Center Hospital, Professor of Surgery at Albany Medical College, and Chair of the Vascular Educational Endowment Fund.  He is is Board Certified in both General Surgery and Vascular Surgery 

Linda Kindlon, mixes up some delicious goodies

You know her from her Food Friday appearances with pop-up restaurateurs, "Three Chefs and a Baker."  This time, Linda Kindlon makes a solo appearance to talk about cookies and baking! Linda is the driving force behind Bake For You in Albany, NY - and she really knows her way around a cookie.   Ray Graf hosts. 

Today, 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. Ray Graf hosts.

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Ready to tackle that home improvement or repair project?  Need a little advice? Architectural engineer and construction specialist Darren Tracey is here with us today to answer your questions large and small about your next home improvement project.  Ray Graf hosts.

President Barack Obama told world leaders at the United Nations today that the global economy needs to work better for all people, not just those at the top. The two major party presidential candidates have had plenty to say about the economy. Jobs, taxes and the future of Social Security will likely loom large as election day nears. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 35 percent of U.S. adults are obese, and medical costs for those adults is over $1,400 higher than for those of normal weight.  Joining us on this Medical Monday is Dr. Chi Cheung of CHP-Adams Internists. Dr. Chi Cheung is Berkshire County’s first obesity specialist.  A board certified internist, Dr. Cheung works closely with dieticians, nutritionists, and others who can assist patients with wellness and lifestyle issues.  

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Do lobsters scream when you boil them? Does baking soda take smells out of your fridge? These are common culinary myths. We have two renowned authors and dinner party extraordinaires in the studio today to help us bust a few of these myths. Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough are back. They’re going to answer your questions. 

Websites & Social Media: Cliff Rohde

Sep 15, 2016

Just about everyone is online these days. Many, many of us have a website, a Facebook account, or Twitter. But establishing an online presence isn’t simply a matter of turning on the computer and firing up a web browser. Cliff Rohde of GoatCloud Communications is here to answer your questions about establishing a presence online.

We welcome NewsChannel 13 meteorologist Jason Gough back to the show to discuss the unusually warm winter weather and to take your weather questions.    

Hillary Clinton's health is making headlines following a viral video that appears to show the Democratic presidential candidate unsteady on her feet.  Clinton says it was a case of pneumonia and pushing herself to hard on the campaign trail.  Should Clinton reveal her complete health records?  The Clinton camp also would like a look at Donald Trump's tax returns... 

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Albany Medical Center

 Joining us today is Dr. Luke Pluto. He’s a board-certified pulmonologist with a specialty in sleep disorders like sleep apnea, insomnia and narcolepsy. He comes to us from Albany Medical Center’s Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Having trouble sleeping? Dr. Pluto is here to answer your questions.

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 Terrance Brennan. He’s a master chef, and the former owner of the Michelin-starred restaurant Picholine in Manhattan. What are his favorite things to cook? What’s in his fridge? We’re going to find out.

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 and George Steele join us to provide insight on everything from housing to feeding our fine feathered friends. Ray Graf hosts.