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

Coming up on Vox Pop:

Monday, February 27
Medical Monday: Gastroenterology with Dr. Nina Sax

Tuesday, February 28
Open Forum

Wednesday, March 1
Open Forum: Pets & Vets with Dr. Carrie O'Loughlin

Thursday, March 2
Open Forum: Automotive Repair with Gordon Fricke

Friday, March 3
Food Friday: St. Patrick's Day cooking with Rob Handel and Carol Clement of Heather Ridge Farm

Dr. Niloo Edwards of Albany Cardiothoracic Surgeons
Albany Cardiothoracic Surgeons

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday to discuss heart health and surgery is Dr. Niloo Edwards of Albany Cardiothoracic Surgeons. Dr. Edwards is board certified in thoracic surgery.

Chef Ric Orlando splits a coconut
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Chef Ric Orlando is in the studio to tell us how we can brighten up our meals during the winter when the area's fruits and vegetables are not in season.

Are you thinking about buying or selling a home? We have two real estate professionals in the studio with us today to answer your questions. Alexander Monticello of Monticello Real Estate is here. Also joining us is Renata Lewis of Keller Williams Capital District and the Renata V. Lewis Team.  Ray Graf hosts.

With most schools on winter break right now, certified educational planner Lynell Engelmyer is in the studio this afternoon to talk about planning for college.

NYPIRG Executive Director Blair Horner joins Alan Chartock for a discussion about ethics in national and state government.

Shortbread rounds
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Author, community organizer and grain expert Amy Halloran is in the studio today for the final Food Friday and last Vox Pop show of 2016 to answer your questions about all things grain, from breads to gluten-free baking, to pancakes and cookies.

WAMC's Jim Levulis trying out the VR experience.
Morgan McGuire

Today we are taking a look at virtual reality. Here to talk about this eerily-realistic technology is Williams College Professor Morgan McGuire. He is an associate professor of computer science at Williams who has contributed to video game franchises such as Call of Duty and Marvel Ultimate Alliance. McGuire also runs Williams’ computational graphics research program. 

Portrait of a tabby queen
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It’s Pets and Vets today, and joining us in the studio are Dr. Susan Sikule and Dr. Denise Petersen of the Just Cats veterinary clinics in Guilderland and Saratoga Springs.  Ray Graf hosts.

Dr. Bridget Finn of Capital Region Center for Sexual Health

Joining us this afternoon is Dr. Bridget Finn. Dr. Finn is a licensed sex therapist, educator and researcher. She is the founder and president of the Capital Region Center for Sexual Health.  Alan Chartock hosts.

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As of yesterday, winter is officially here. This time of year especially, weather affects nearly everything we do. When to travel and whether we have to bundle up to get the mail. Joining us on the show today to talk weather and to take your weather questions is meteorologist Jason Gough of WNYT Newschannel 13 in Albany. Ray Graf hosts.

old Smith Premier typewriter
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On today’s program, it’s a writers' forum. Joining us in the studio  are novelist Barbara Chepaitis and storyteller Lâle Davidson. They’re here to answer your questions about the process of creative writing.

Ethel Rosenberg's mugshot
Public Domain

Today Alan Chartock's guest is economist and WAMC commentator Michael Meeropol, professor emeritus at Western New England University. He is also the co-author of Principles of Macroeconomics: Activist vs. Austerity Policy.

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday to discuss radiation oncology is Dr. Camilo Torres of the Dyson Center for Cancer Care at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY.  Alan Chartock hosts.

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. Ray Graf hosts.

Home Improvement
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Whether you’re flipping a house or winterizing your abode at the last minute, home improvement projects can be daunting. But don’t worry, architectural engineer and construction specialist Darren Tracy is here with us today to answer your questions large and small about your next home improvement project. 

Donald Trump at the Flynn Theatre
Pat Bradley/WAMC

President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet is shaping up. Today, Rex Tillerson, the head of Exxon Mobil, was announced as Trump’s pick for Secretary of State.  Former presidential candidate Rick Perry has reportedly been chosen to run the Energy Department. It’s an agency Perry vowed to dismantle during his 2012 presidential run.

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday to discuss gynecology is Dr. Erin Crosby of Albany Med Urogynecology. Dr. Crosby is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology. She specializes in pelvic floor medicine and reconstructive surgeries.

We’re taking you down south today, where the grits are tender, the buttermilk is flowing and everything tastes better fried. Chef Jasper Alexander of Hattie’s Restaurant is here with us and we’re going to get you drooling for some classic southern food. His new book is called: The Hattie’s Restaurant CookBook, Classic Southern and Louisiana Recipes. It features more than 100 recipes from crawfish boil to Cajun coleslaw.

It's time to welcome back our team of scientists, Ed Stander, Barbara Brabetz and Jim Pickett. They'll answer your scientific questions.... and Ed may even favor us with a song on the musical wine glasses.  You may consider that "value added" on today's show.  Ray Graf hosts. 

We’ll be discussing birds today on the program. Rich Guthrie and Nancy Castillo are here to help answer your questions about them. A veteran birder and compiler of the Catskill, New York Christmas bird count for the National Audubon society, Rich is WAMC’s resident avian expert. Nancy owns Wild Birds Unlimited in Saratoga Springs which stocks supplies for feeding and observing birds.

New York lawmakers are considering whether to have a special session this month to vote on, among other things, a pay raise. It would be their first pay increase in about two decades. Governor Andrew Cuomo has listed items he’d like to see passed if there’s a session, including term limits for legislators. But the Assembly Majority Leader says that item is likely off the table, because most Democratic members are against it. Cuomo also wants to enact reforms, including converting to a full-time Legislature and strictly limiting outside income, following recent corruption scandals that have resulted in prison sentences for the two former legislative leaders.

Dr. Orion Howard
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday to discuss oncology and cancer are Doctors Orion Howard and Matthew Vernon of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. 

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Rocco DeFazio of DeFazio’s Pizzeria in Troy join us in the studio to talk about the culinary traditions associated with Christmas Eve and Italian food.

We direct our gaze toward the stars on today's edition of Vox Pop.  Astronomer Bob Berman joins us for his monthly appearance on the show.  Bob is the author of many books on the cosmos. He also hosts a series entitled "Strange Universe," which can be heard on WAMC and on stations around the country.  

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It’s our Pets & Vets program this afternoon, and here to take your calls is Dr. Kris Dallas of Ancient Arts Holistic Veterinary Services in Saratoga Springs . Dr. Dallas specializes in treatment of chronic health issues in pets, frequently using a holistic approach.  Ray Graf hosts.

Today we’ll take a look at how President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet is shaping up. Who are the Republican’s picks for some of the top spots in the federal government? So far there’s a mix of Trump allies and rivals. Well, we want to hear your thoughts on them. How do you think these appointments will fare? Do the choices make sense for a Trump presidency that is set to work with a Republican-led Congress? What will be some of the signature issues they focus on? We’ll tackle all this with your help. 

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday to discuss orthopedics is Dr. Laura Scordino of OrthoNY. She specializes in hand, shoulder and upper extremity surgery. Dr. Scordino has a particular interest in treatment of tendon, nerve, and arthritic conditions of the hand and wrist. Alan Chartock hosts. 

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Rich Guthrie returns to his nest in Studio A for our monthly discussion about birds and birding.  Joining Rich today is educator and wildlife rehabilitator Kelly Martin. Ray Graf hosts.

Members of the National Policy Institute, a self-described white nationalist, alt-right movement gathered this weekend in Washington to discuss their platform.  While the leader of the group doesn't believe President-elect Donald Trump is "alt-right," it appears to some observers that Trump's election has emboldened  the movement. What do you think this group is doing? Has it been energized by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign? How does this impact American politics and the country at large? Alan Chartock hosts a Vox Pop Open Forum. 

Dr. Bridget Finn of Capital Region Center for Sexual Health

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday is Dr. Bridget Finn. Dr. Finn is a licensed sex therapist, educator and researcher. She is the founder and president of the Capital Region Center for Sexual Health.  Alan Chartock hosts.