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
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  • Tweet us @WAMCRadio and #VoxPop

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Coming up on Vox Pop:

Monday, September 18
Medical Monday: Orthopedic surgery with Dr. Joseph Popper of Nathan Littauer Hospital

Tuesday, September 19
Open forum: Home improvement with Darren Tracy

Wednesday, September 20
Open Forum: Birding with Rich Guthrie

Thursday, September 21
Open Forum: Automotive repair with Gordon Fricke

Friday, September 22
Food Friday: Apples & cider


Today’s program is all about pairing food and drink. Wine expert Bill Johnston is joined by food aficionado Peter Blackman. 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.


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. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Syria map

On Sunday the American military shot down the first Syrian warplane since civil war erupted in Syria six years ago. The action has prompted condemnation from Russia, the latest in tensions with the United States. Here to discuss what is happening in Syria and its ramifications is Dr. Jim Steiner of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

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Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday is Dr. Maria Theodoulou of New York Oncology Hematology, where she focuses exclusively on breast cancer. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

Blueberry Rhubarb Pie by Deanna Fox
Deanna Fox

With the official start of summer coming on Wednesday, June 21, Deanna Fox is in the studio for this Food Friday to answer your questions about delicious summer pies. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.


Joining us today to answer your automotive questions is Gordon Fricke – owner and operator of Barber and Fricke Automotive Inc. – an independent repair, auto body, towing and used car facility in Hoosick Falls, New York. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Plumbing can be a daunting challenge for home owners and fixer uppers. Never fear! Ian Cowen of On The Level Plumbing joins us today to answer your questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Albany Medical Center

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday is Doctor Krishna Hongalgi of Albany Medical Center. A kidney specialist, Dr. Hongalgi treats patients with acute and chronic kidney disorders including those who need dialysis. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

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Do lobsters scream when you boil them? Does baking soda take smells out of your refrigerator? Renowned cookbook author Bruce Weinstein is in the studio to debunk these and other culinary myths. 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.

Courtesy of Wild Birds Unlimited

We’ll be discussing birds today on the program. WAMC’s resident avian expert Rich Guthrie is here to answer your questions about the winged creatures. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Facebook: PolishFest

Today marks the start of the 15th annual Capital Region PolishFest, so we’re talking Polish food on this edition of Food Friday. Anntonette Alberti, the cultural committee chair of the Polish Fest, Jim Kelly of Chester’s Smokehouse and Barbara Chepaitis of the PolishFest Book Club are in the studio. WAMC's 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. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.


It's all about technology on this edition of Vox Pop. We'll talk computers with Tony Yang of Gig Computers. Ray Graf hosts. 


President Trump recently finished his first official overseas trip. The president visited the Middle East and attended NATO and G-7 summits. Here to discuss the Trump administration’s foreign relations is Siena College professor of political science Vera Eccarius-Kelly. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.


In addition to the ceremonies and parades honoring fallen heroes this Memorial Day weekend, many people will be enjoying barbecues. Jasper Alexander of Hattie's Restaurant and Byron Nilsson are in the studio to answer your grilling and barbecue questions. WAMC's Ray Graf.


Fred Breglia and Greg Ward are in the studio today to answer your gardening questions. Breglia is director of the Landis Arboretum in Esperance, New York. Ward runs Ward’s Nursery in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.


It's a Pets & Vets show on this edition of Vox Pop with Dr. Ron Scharf of the Animal Hospital of Niskayuna, New York. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

A suicide attack at a concert last night in Manchester, England killed more than 20 people. On Tuesday, the Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility. The attack comes as President Trump is on his first official visit overseas including stops in the Middle East where he has called for peace. Professor Victor Asal of UAlbany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy is in the studio to discuss terrorism and related topics. Professor Asal heads UAlbany’s Project on Violent Conflict. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

Dr. Malek Sohail
Albany Medical Center

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday is Dr. Sohail Malek of Albany Medical Center. Dr. Malek specializes in pediatric neurology and neonatal stroke. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

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Oxford University Press

Today’s show is all about cheese. University of Vermont Professor Catherine Donnelly is in the studio. She recently won a James Beard Award for encyclopedia work “The Oxford Companion to Cheese.” WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Common Blackbird
David Friel / Wikimedia Commons

Avian expert Rich Guthrie returns to his nest in Studio A to discuss birds and birding. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Home Improvement
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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 Tracy is in the studio today to answer your questions about your home improvement projects. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Pixabay/Public Domain

In the wake of an international ransomware attack that impacted thousands of computers in more than 150 countries, Jim Hendler of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY is in the studio to discuss cybersecurity. Jim is the Director of the Institute For Data Exploration and Applications. He is also the former chief scientist of the Information Systems Office at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

Dr. Frank Genovese
Ellis Medicine

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday is Dr. Frank Genovese, a neurosurgeon practicing at Ellis Medicine in Schenectady, New York. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.


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. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Looking for a summer getaway? We’ll be discussing travel today, with veteran travel planner Andrea Schwartz. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Michael Zide

We talk about the art of taking photographs today with veteran photographer Michael Zide, whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe and in galleries all over the country. He’s here to answer your questions and offer advice for all the photo opportunities in your life. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

U.S. Representative John Faso

Congressman John Faso, a Republican from New York’s 19th District, is in the studio today. The district encompasses all or parts of eleven counties in the Capital Region, Hudson Valley, Catskills and Central New York. WAMC’s Alan Chartock hosts.