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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  • Tweet us @WAMCRadio and #VoxPop

Coming up on Vox Pop:

Monday, September 26
Medical Monday - Vascular Surgery with Dr. Clement Darling

Tuesday, September 27
Open Forum 

Wednesday, September 28
Pets and Vets with Ron Scharf

Thursday, September 29
Gardening

Friday, September 30
Food Friday: Cabbage and Fermentation with Kyla Titus
 

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.

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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
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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.  

Bruce & Mark
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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... 

Dr. Luke Pluto
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.

Birding
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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.

Now that Labor Day has come and gone, the presidential election has escalated from a marathon to a sprint. And news that U.S. intelligence is investigating a potential covert Russian operation to sway the election has stirred things up. Today we’re going to talk about current international relations, and how they’ve changed as the presidential election has evolved.  

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Please pass the salt! How about a little pepper? We’re going to talk about the art of seasoning food today, and how it can enhance your culinary experience. Tony Carlotto and Darby Weigel are the proprietors of Rolling Rock Farm in Sheffield, Massachusetts, and they produce a line of garlic salts they sell regionwide.

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.

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It’s Pets and Vets today, and joining us in the studio are Dr. Susan Sikule of the Just Cats veterinary clinics in Guilderland and Saratoga Springs, and Dr. Kris Dallas of Ancient Arts Holistic Veterinary Services in Saratoga Springs.

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The news that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s closest aide, Huma Abedin, is separating from her disgraced husband, former Congressman Anthony Weiner, dominated the headlines around the presidential election this week. Do you think this will have an effect on Hillary Clinton’s campaign? Donald Trump has already taken digs at her over it. We’re checking in with you again this week on what you think of this race so far. 

Dr. James Wise
Health Quest Medical Practice

  Joining us today is Dr. James Wise. He’s board-certified in internal medicine and rheumatology. He comes to us from the Division of Rhuematology at Health Quest Medical Practice and Northern Dutchess Hospital in Kingston, where he treats rheumatologic conditions like arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia and gout. He’s here to answer your questions.

Chef Nicholas Armstrong
Rascals

  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.

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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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