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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Coming up on Vox Pop:

Monday, May 22
Medical Monday: Child Neurology with Dr. Sohail Malek of Albany Medical Center

Tuesday, May 23
Open Forum: Manchester, U.K. attack/terrorism with Victor Asal, Chair of Public Administration at UAlbany's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy

Wednesday, May 24
Open Forum: Pets & Vets with Dr. Ron Scharf

Thursday, May 25
Open Forum: Gardening with Fred Breglia, Greg Ward and Robert Graves

Friday, May 26
Food Friday: BBQ/Grilling with Jasper Alexander and Byron Nilsson

For Sale sign
Lyn Lomasi / Wikimedia Commons

Are you thinking about buying or selling a home? Or are you looking to increase your property’s value? We have three real estate professionals with us today to answer your questions. Alexander Monticello of Monticello Real Estate, David Patton of Adirondack Mountain Home Inspections and Renata Lewis of Keller Williams Capital District and the Renata V. Lewis Team are in the studio. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Map of Syria
Public Domain / Central Intelligence Agency's World Factbook.

The Syrian Civil War started in March 2011 and has become one of the most difficult problems for the international community. The conflict involves the Russian-backed Syrian government and many opposing forces, some of which the United States considers terrorist organizations. Here to discuss the complexities in the Syrian War is Dr. Jim Steiner of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany. Jim is the school’s program coordinator for homeland security, cyber security and emergency management. He served in the CIA from 1972 to 2005 focusing on Soviet defense and economic issues. WAMC’s Alan Chartock hosts.

Dr. Joseph Schwartz
Joseph Schwartz Dermatology

Joining us for Medical Monday to talk skin care and treatment is Dr. Joseph Schwartz. He is a board-certified dermatologist with a practice in Troy and Clifton Park, NY. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts. 

Matzo ball soup
Flickr

Passover is next week and we have just the people in the studio to help you create some delicious dishes for the celebration. Our guests are Rabbi Hanoch Hecht, who competed on the Food Network’s Chopped, and Chef Brian Arnoff of Kitchen Sink Food & Drink in Beacon, NY. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Finding a job is difficult enough, but what about making a career transition? What are the first steps? Where do you start? That’s where our career panel comes in. We have Robert Frederick, founder of Employee Development Associates, and Luke Schmonsky, Director of the Center for Student Success at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences here to answer your questions. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Replica of the Paul Jaray-designed 1923 Auto Union streamliner concept car
DeFacto / Wikimedia Commons

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, New York. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is awaiting a confirmation vote by the full Senate, but Democrats have secured enough votes to filibuster. A vote is expected Friday. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has signaled he will likely change Senate rules to reduce the threshold from 60 votes to a simple majority to get Gorsuch confirmed – the so-called “nuclear option.”

Dr. Amy Cocina
Health Quest Medical Practice

Joining us today is Dr. Amy Cocina of Health Quest Medical Practice. She is board certified in internal medicine and is a primary care physician at Health Quest’s Rhinebeck office. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

The Mall (London)
Ed g2s / Wikimedia Commons

Today we’ll take our taste buds and cookbooks on a trip across the pond to Britain. Mark Graydon and Sean Comiskey of The Olde English Pub and Pantry in Albany are in the studio today. They’ve brought fish and chips, roasted lamb and English beer. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

It’s a big weekend for sports so we’re turning our attention to the hardwood and the ball diamond. The Final Fours of the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments are this weekend and the Major League Baseball season gets underway on Sunday.

First Folio in the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DCCredit Daderot / Wikimedia CommonsEdit | Remove

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
Richard Harvey / Wikimedia Commons

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.

Flickr/Karen Roe

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.
Henk Hilterman / Nationaal Archief/Spaarnestad/Wikimedia Commons

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
Ray Graf/WAMC

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.

FEMA Photo by Win Henderson / Wikimedia Commons

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
Pat Bradley/WAMC

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
Qwerty Binary / Wikimedia Commons

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
Lothar Spurzem / Wikimedia Commons

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
Asmadeus / Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

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
Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

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
PUBLIC DOMAIN / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

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

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