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

It's always a treat when Deanna Fox stops by Studio A. It's an even bigger thrill when she brings PIE!  In the spirit of the holiday season, today's program is all about pie. Call with your question for this famous  pie expert. Ray Graf hosts. 

Early U.S. postage stamp
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Our old friends Bob Scott and David Tripp return to answer your stamp and coin collecting questions. Ray Graf hosts. 

The Bureau Of Labor Statistics says the unemployment rate in this country is hovering around five percent—currently at 4.9. That’s roughly half of what it was during the Great Recession and holding steady since August 2015. So we’re doing pretty well now, the jobs are out there. You just have to get them.

Donald Trump at the Flynn Theatre
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It has been a week since one of the most stunning elections in U.S. history. The President-Elect is busy figuring out who will be in his cabinet.  Meanwhile, President Obama is on his last official overseas trip and Republican and Democratic party leaders are figuring out where they stand in the new political dynamic in Washington.  We open the phone for your thoughts on this Vox Pop open forum. Ray Graf hosts. 

Joining Alan Chartock on this Medical Monday to discuss blood and marrow transplantation for leukemia, sickle cell anemia and adolescent and young adult oncology is Dr. John Horan of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta - where he is a pediatric hematologist-oncologist.

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Anchovies... olives.... liver... Brussels sprouts. Cooking writer and instructor Byron Nilsson joins Ray Graf to talk about foods we hate and how we learn to hate them.  

We welcome a panel of scientists to Studio A for an hour of answers to your scientific questions.  Ray Graf hosts.

Donald Trump at the Flynn Theatre
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Election Day is behind us and Donald Trump is the president-elect of the United States.

It’s a victory that has surprised many and is likely to go down as one of the most notable moments in political history. Why do you think the election went the way it did? How are you feeling today? What do you think a Trump presidency will look like?  Alan Chartock takes your calls.

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It all comes down to today for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. It’s been one heck of a campaign season unlike any other. The candidates have the lowest favorability ratings of any in history. That’s just one of the reasons people are expressing anxiety, worry and uncertainty over the outcome. So how are you feeling on this Election Day? Are you nervous? Excited? Tell Dr. Alan (not a medical doctor) Chartock all about it! 

Dr. David Shaffer of NY Oncology Hematology
New York Oncology Hematology

Host Alan Chartock discusses the latest advances in treatment and prevention of  genitourinary  cancers with Dr. David Shaffer of New York Oncology Hematology.  Listeners are invited to call with their questions for Dr. Shaffer.

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Today we learn all about the art and science of pickling and fermentation with Chef Rob Handel of the Bees Knees Café at Heather Ridge Farm in Preston Hollow, New York. Ray Graf hosts.

Our resident astronomer is back in Studio A for his monthly lesson on the air. Bob Berman fields the questions posed by WAMC listeners and Vox Pop host Ray Graf.  In addition to being a prolific author and monthly guest on Vox Pop, Bob Berman is also host of Strange Universe

A sunset at Taft Point
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We welcome back custom travel planner Andrea Schwartz to help you satisfy your wanderlust. Andrea is an expert on American and Canadian national parks. Ray Graf hosts. 

Copyright forum
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Today on Vox Pop, we look at where art and law meet with the Copyright Forum. Our guests are intellectual property lawyer Paul Rapp, artist Polly Law and medical illustrator Bill Westwood. 

Dr. Jennifer Michaels of The Brien Center and Berkshire Medical Center is here to discuss mental health and substance abuse issues for the latest edition of Medical Monday. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

A Moroccan dish from Tara Kitchen
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We learn all about Moroccan food with first time guest Aneesa Waheed of Tara Kitchen in Schenectady. Ray Graf hosts. 

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Here to take your calls are Greg Ward of Ward's Nursery and arborist Fred Breglia of Landis Arboretum. Ray Graf hosts.

Portrait of a tabby queen
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Here to take your calls is Dr. Carrie O’Loughlin of Delmar Animal Hospital in Delmar, New York. Ray Graf hosts.

Donald Trump at the Flynn Theatre
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There are just two weeks before Election Day. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are holding last minute rallies in battlegrounds states in the presidential race. Democrat Zephyr Teachout and Republican John Faso are making final pitches to voters in New York’s 19th Congressional District. Alan Chartock takes calls from our listeners. 

Alan Chartock welcomes Dr. Paul Lemanski of CapitalCare Center for Preventive Medicine.

Pepperoni Pizza
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We celebrate the rapid (and successful) completion of our Fall Fund Drive with a pizza and beer party, welcoming back Rocco DeFazio of DeFazio's Pizzeria and George De Piro of Druthers Brewery and Restaurant. Ray Graf hosts.

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The great Fall Fund Drive ended early (thank you!) and we didn't plan on a show.  Flying in  - just in the nick of time for a wing and a prayer broadcast - was none other than Rich Guthrie. A splendid time was had by all, even our host, Ray Graf. 

Food Friday hall of famer Deanna Fox is back to talk about the finer points of braising and roasting. Deanna is a food and agriculture writer and cooking instructor. Her work is best known locally in the Times Union, All Over Albany, and Vox Media. More can be found at www.foxonfood.com, on Facebook as Fox on Food, or on Twitter and Instagram @DeannaNFox.

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Gordon Fricke is here to answer your car questions today on Vox Pop. Ray Graf hosts. 

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The birdman is back! Rich Guthrie returns to Studio A for one of our most popular programs. 

Donald Trump at the Flynn Theatre
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The two major party presidential candidates rumbled in their debate on Sunday night, with both sides declaring victory. The second debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump came on the heels of the release of a decade old video of the GOP candidate engaging in what he describes as "locker room talk." Others, including his Democratic rival, said the comments were more than that.  The video, the debate and your thoughts on the race for White House on this open forum edition of Vox Pop. Alan Chartock hosts.

We are pleased to welcome back Dr. Nina Sax to Vox Pop Medical Monday. Dr. Sax is a gastroenterologist affiliated with St. Peter's Hospital in Albany and Albany Gastroenterology Associates. Alan Chartock hosts. 

Chef Serge Madikians of Serevan in Amenia, New York joins us. Also on the program is Naomi Duguid. Naomi is a writer, photographer, teacher, cook, and world traveler whose cookbooks have won a combined 14 cookbook awards. Her latest book, Taste of Persia: A Cook's Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan, was released last month.  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. Ray Graf hosts.

Plumbing can be a daunting challenge for home owners and fixer uppers. Never fear! Ian Cowen of Mr. Rooter Plumbing in the Hudson Valley joins us today to answer your questions.  Ray Graf hosts.

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