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)
  • Email voxpop@wamc.org during the show
  • Comment on the Vox Pop status update at WAMC's Facebook page
  • Tweet us @WAMCVoxPop

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Coming up on Vox Pop:

Monday, November 20

Medical Monday: Interventional radiology with Dr. David Hindson of Nathan Littauer Hospital

Tuesday, November 21

Open Forum: U.S. Congressman John Faso

Wednesday, November 22

Open Forum: Science forum

Thursday, November 23

No show: Happy Thanksgiving

Friday, November 24

No show

Dr. Eric Verruto
Dr. Eric Verruto

On a day when many are staring at the sun during the solar eclipse, Dr. Eric Verruto of Hudson Valley Eye Surgeons joins Medical Monday. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

Facebook: Hooked Seafood Co.

Today's Food Friday is all about Seafood. Katie Haskins of Hooked Seafood Co. in Latham, NY is in the studio. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

The summit of Mt. Moosilauke in New Hampshire
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Many people in our region spend their free time on the area's hiking and biking trails. We have two hiking and biking experts in the studio today to answer your questions and help you find the best trails and routes to take.


On today’s program, it’s a writers forum. In the studio are novelist Barbara Chepaitis and reviewer Steve Sawicki. They are here to answer your questions about the process of creative writing. WAMC’s Brian Shields hosts.

Albany County DA David Soares
Albany County District Attorney's Office

Albany County District Attorney David Soares is the guest for today's show. Soares, a Democrat, has been in office since 2005. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

Dr. Paul Singh
Albany Medical Center

Dr. Paul Singh of Albany Medical Center joins the show to discuss bariatric surgery. Dr. Singh specializes in laparoscopic and minimally invasive procedures. He is widely recognized for applying his robotic surgical expertise to gastroenterology and other general surgery, including robotic gastric bypass surgery. He also performs advanced minimally invasive hernia repair, as well as gastro-esophageal reflux and gastric bypass surgery. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

Deep fried Oreos

At the height of the season, Deanna Fox is in the studio for this Food Friday to answer your questions about the delicious treats you can try at fairs and carnivals. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

A car tire

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.

Pat Bradley / WAMC

Avian expert Rich Guthrie returns to the studio to answer all of your birding questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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

Tensions between North Korea and the U.S. continue to rise after the United Nations approved a new package of sanctions on the reclusive regime following North Korean missile tests. In the studio to discuss the issue is Steven Leibo of The Sage Colleges. Leibo is also a WAMC commentator. WAMC's Alan Chartocks hosts.

Dr. Lyda Rojas

Dr. Lyda Rojas, director of breast surgery at Caremount Medical Group and Putnam Hospital Center, joins Medical Monday today. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

Slidin' Dirty food truck
Facebook: Slidin' Dirty Restaurant and Food Truck

Tim and Brooke Taney of Slidin' Dirty join Food Friday to discuss food trucks and more. Slidin' Dirty has two restaurants in Troy and Schenectady, New York along with food trucks throughout the Capital Region. WAMC's Brian Shields 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 Brian Shields hosts.

Andrea Schwartz at the bottom of the Grand Canyon
Andrea Schwartz

We are in the midst of the summer travel season. Veteran travel planner Andrea Schwartz is in the studio to answer your travel questions. WAMC's Brian Shields hosts.

drain pipes
247homerescue / Wikimedia Commons

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 Brian Shields hosts.

Dr. Doug Tumen
Hudson Valley Foot Associates

Dr. Douglas Tumen of Hudson Valley Foot Associates joins Medical Monday to discuss podiatry and podiatric surgery. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market at the city's Common
Facebook: Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market

  Chef Ric Orlando is in the studio to discuss the best meals you can make using ingredients from local farmers markets. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.


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 Nurseryin 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.

Eddy Van 3000 | Flickr

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, NY and Dr. Kris Dallas of Ancient Arts Holistic Veterinary Services in Saratoga Springs. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

White House Press Room

The communications staff of the Trump White House underwent a shake-up last week, as Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced his resignation and Anthony Scaramucci was appointed White House Director of Communications. This is the latest episode in the saga of the Trump administration versus the press.

Dr. Paul Lemanski

Dr. Paul Lemanski joins us for Medical Monday.  Dr. Lemanski is an internist with CapitalCare Center for Preventive Medicine. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

open fire cooking

Today we welcome Michael Lapi, Josh Coletto and John Sconzo to discuss open firing cooking. Michael and Josh are among the chefs taking part in the Fire Feast on the Farm event at Pitney Meadows in Saratoga Springs, New York on August 1. John is the event’s main organizer.  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.

This is a picture of a family in front of a house for sale

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. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

U.S. Capitol

The Republican healthcare plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is on the ropes in Congress as more GOP senators say they will not vote for it. Aside from healthcare, the Trump administration continues to be dogged by connections to Russia. In New York, a recent Siena College poll finds Governor Andrew Cuomo’s favorability rating has dropped significantly. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday is Dr. Mark Pettus of Berkshire Health Systems. Dr. Pettus is a triple-board certified Internist, Nephrologist, and Integrative Medicine physician practicing for more than 25 years. 

Facebook: Tara Kitchen

Aneesa Waheed of Tara Kitchen in Schenectady and Troy, NY is joined by her father Mohammed Waheed of the Taj Mahal Restaurant in Schenectady to discuss Moroccan and Indian food on Food Friday. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Flickr/Images Of Money

Our old friends Bob Scott and David Tripp return to answer your stamp and coin collecting questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.


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.


The Iraqi government has declared victory over the Islamic State terrorist group in Mosul, but the group is among those still involved in the Syrian conflict, along with the U.S. and Russia. Meanwhile, U.S.-Russian relations are under a microscope again after a recent meeting between Presidents Trump and Putin. Here to discuss all of this is Dr. Jim Steiner of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.