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)
  • 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

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Coming up on Vox Pop:

Friday, June 23

Food Friday: Wine & Food with Bill Johnston and Peter Blackman

Monday, June 26
Medical Monday: Weight loss and GI surgeries with Dr. Brian Binetti of HealthQuest

Tuesday, June 27
Open Forum: Copyright Forum

Wednesday, June 28
Open Forum: Birding with Rich Guthrie

Thursday, June 29
Open Forum: Gardening

Friday, June 30
Food Friday: Coffee & Tea with Six Depot Cafe & The Whistling Kettle

Dr. John Mastrangelo
Nathan Littauer Hospital

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday is Dr. John Mastrangelo, chief of radiology at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville, New York. WAMC’s Alan Chartock hosts. 

Author, community organizer and grain expert Amy Halloran is in the studio today for the Flour Hour to answer your questions about all things grain, from breads to gluten-free baking, to pancakes and cookies. WAMC’s Ray Graf.

On this edition of Vox Pop, we welcome renowned astronomer Bob Berman to the studio to field all of your astronomy-related questions. 

New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz is in the studio today to discuss his new book “Talking to Animals.”

Calita Kabir/Flickr

The Trump administration recently announced the outline of a tax plan that calls for lowering the corporate tax rate and decreasing the number of personal income tax brackets. While details are few, analysts are already predicting potential impacts. 

Dr. Scott Rogge
Southwestern Vermont Health Care

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday is Dr. Scott Rogge, medical director of cardiology at Southwestern Vermont Health Care.  WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

Mary Kenney
Legal Pantry - www.LegalPantry.com

Today on Food Friday, Mary Kenney of the personal chef service Legal Pantry is in the studio with meal and menu preparation tips for people who are constantly on the go. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Fountain at the Stadelhoferplatz square in Zürich-Mühlebach
Roland zh / Wikimedia Commons

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 the Landis Arboretum in Esperance, New York. Greg Ward runs Ward’s Nursery in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

With most schools nearing the end of their spring semesters, counselor Lynell Engelmyer is in the studio this afternoon to talk about financially preparing for college, financial aid and the admissions process. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Map of North Korea
Central Intelligence Agency's World Factbook.

Tensions between North Korea and the United States continue to rise as both countries showcase their military capabilities through various exercises. In the studio to discuss the relationship between the U.S. and North Korea are Steven Leibo of The Sage Colleges and Christopher Clary of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday is Dr. Jennifer Michaels. She is the medical director of the Brien Center, Berkshire County’s largest community mental health agency. Dr. Michaels is board certified in both general and addiction psychiatry. WAMC’s Alan Chartock hosts.

Lime sorbet
Jennie Robinson / Flickr

Rocco DeFazio of DeFazio’s Pizzeria in Troy and Donna Damiano join us for Food Friday as we delve into Italian sweets and gelato. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

HeLa cells
TenOfAllTrades / Wikimedia Commons

We welcome back an esteemed panel of experts to respond to your scientific inquiries. Jim Pickett, Ed Stander and Ela Joseph make up our panel. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts. 

Snowy Owl

We’ll be discussing birds today on the program. WAMC’s resident avian expert Rich Guthrie and environmental educator George Steele are here to answer your questions about the winged creatures. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts. 

Today’s program is the copyright forum. Paul Rapp, Polly Law and Bill Westwood are in the studio to answer your questions about protecting your writing, music, and art. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Joining us for Medical Monday to discuss vascular health and treatment is Dr. Kathleen Ozsvath of Albany Medical Center. Dr. Ozsvath is also the Chief of Vascular Services at Samaritan and St. Mary’s Hospitals in Troy, NY.

Deviled Eggs
Deanna Fox / www.FoxOnFood.com

Today on this Good Friday edition of Food Friday, cooking instructor and food writer Deanna Fox is in the studio with tips on what to do with all those eggs! WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

The number to call is 1-800-348-2551. You can also email your questions to voxpop@wamc.org. 

Ordinary bicycle
Agnieszka Kwiecień / Wikimedia Commons

With most of the snow melted and temperatures rising around the region, many people are looking to enjoy the outdoors. We have a panel of hiking and biking experts in the studio today to answer your questions and help you find the best trails and routes to take.

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

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.