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, March 27
Medical Monday: Pediatrics and adolescent medicine and vaccinations with Dr. Everett Lamm of Community Health Programs

Tuesday, March 28
Open Forum: New York state budget with Blair Horner of NYPIRG and Bill Hammond of the Empire Center

Wednesday, March 29
Open Forum: Writing with Barbara Chepaitis and Lale Davidson

Thursday, March 30
Open Forum: Sports with WNYT's Ashley Miller and The Daily Gazette's Mark McGuire

Friday, March 31
Food Friday: Chef Sean Comiskey of Olde English Pub & Pantry in Albany, NY

Dr. Vince Carsillo
Capital District Renal Physicians

Dr. Vincent Carsillo of Capital District Renal Physicians is in the studio today to discuss internal medicine and nephrology.

On this edition of  Food Friday we welcomed sommelier Dominick Purnomo, co-owner of  Yono's Restaurant and dp An American Brasserie, Claire and Sandy Pogue , owners of Epicurean Bistro and Wine Bar and Suzy Konecky, cheese maker at Cricket Creek Farm.   The panel answered your questions about wine, cheese and the perfect pairings of the two! 

It's the Science Forum today on Vox Pop today as we welcome back our esteemed panel of experts.  WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Copyright forum
WIkimedia Commons/Xander

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


Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he would revoke the city's offer of free classrooms in public schools for three charter schools. Enraged parents filed a historic lawsuit against the city yesterday, re-igniting a firestorm debate over charter schools.

Joining us today is Dr. Paul Lemanski – founder and director of the Center for Preventive Medicine and Cardiovascular Health, with locations in Albany and Kingston.

Chocolate candy
VintageglamA1 via Flickr

This week, we are having a delicious discussion of chocolate and candy with Ron Mancini and Jacki Baker of Mother Myrick's Confectionery, Matthew Sinico of Catherine's Chocolates and Terra Stratton of The Chocolate Gecko.

Today on Vox Pop, bird expert Rich Guthrie answering your avian inquiries.WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

By Glentamara via Wikimedia Commons

If you’re facing legal problems, you’re likely to have a lot of questions. Two of the region’s top legal minds in region are in the studio with us today to answer your questions. Attorney Frank Lang of the Lang Law Firm in Latham and Oneonta, and Colin Donnaruma, president of the Capital Region chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union join us today.


The U.S. is showing its support today for Ukraine's new leadership as Secretary of State John Kerry visited the capital. Kerry’s visit to Kiev, lasting just hours, comes as Ukraine's government grapples with a Russian military takeover of Crimea—a mostly pro-Russian region in southeastern Ukraine.

In the studio today on this Medical Monday is Dr. Gerald Ortiz, a board certified orthopedic surgeon at St. Mary’s Healthcare in Amsterdam, New York. His practice focuses on arthroscopic minimally invasive surgery of the shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle, as well as pediatric and foot/ankle disorders.

We’re taking you down south today, where the grits are tender, the buttermilk is flowing and the grills are fired up. Chef Jasper Alexander of Hattie’s Restaurant and Chef Sean Custer of Capital Q Smokehouse are here with us and we’re going to get you drooling for some soul food.

Its Oscar time and this year’s hopefuls include quite a few Academy Award alums and a slate of powerful films in the running for best picture.


It’s our Pets & Vets program this afternoon, and here to take your calls is Dr. Carrie O’Laughlin of Delmar Animal Hospital in Delmar, New York. Ray Graf hosts.

By Sven Teschke via Wikimedia Commons

  As Ukraine struggles to piece itself together under the looming threat of economic disaster, the possibility of distancing itself from Moscow and turning westward has major implications for the balance of power in Europe—and the rest of the world.

Lyme disease affects 300,000 people each year in the United States, with many of those cases coming out of the northeast region. Joining us on this Medical Monday is Dr. Richard Horowitz, a board certified internist in private practice in the Hudson Valley who specializes in treating lyme disease—topic of great debate in the medical community in the last several years. 

Cake with sprinkles
By Marcus Quigmire via Wikimedia Commons

This Food Friday is going to be a piece of cake--literally! We're talking about all things cake today: baking, decorating and devouring! Linda Kindlon, owner of Bake for You in Albany, and Schenectady County Community College Professor Sue Hatalsky join host Katie Britton starting at 2 p.m.

By Brian Snelson from Hockley, Essex, England via Wikimedia Commons

Today on Vox Pop, we’re joined by Gordon Fricke – owner and operator of Barber & Fricke Automotive Incorporated, an independent repair, auto body, towing and used car facility in Hoosick, New York, to talk cars and car repair.

By Stilfehler via Wikimedia Commons

Whether you’re flipping a house, finally getting around to updating that kitchen of yours, or dealing with a plumbing emergency, home maintenance and improvement projects can be daunting. But don’t worry, we have two experts here with us today to answer your questions—Clint Kershaw and Drew Colwell of Mr. Rooter Plumbing in the Hudson Valley.


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is calling climate change “the greatest challenge of our generation.” This past year has been full of international challenges for the United States—including escalating situations in Syria, Sudan and North Korea. But the question of which vexes us the most and which we should be devoting our greatest energies to lingers.

It’s Food Friday again! And it’s also Valentine’s Day. Are you planning a romantic meal tonight – or any night? Today we’re here with a few folks who can help you pull it off! We’ve got a few folks in today from the Albany Marriott—Executive Chef Nathan Kutzscher, Food and Beverage Director Vito Gaudino and Certified Meeting Professional Steve Schifley.

Today on Vox Pop, bird expert Rich Guthrie answering your avian inquiries.WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.


February is Financial Aid Awareness Month, and planning for college is the focus of today’s program. Certified educational planner Lynell Engelmyer is in the studio this afternoon to talk more about it.

By mollyh61398 via Wikimedia Commons

The world has lost several iconic folks in the last few months. Nelson Mandela, Pete Seeger, and now Shirley Temple. They lived long and impactful lives, and their loss has been felt deeply by many who found inspiration in their life’s work.

Dr. Andalib Nawab
Ellis Medicine

It’s National Heart Month, and joining us on this Medical Monday is Dr. Andalib Nawab, a cardiologist with Cardiology Associates of Schenectady. She’s here to respond to your questions about heart disease and prevention of heart disease and stroke. 

It’s Food Friday again! Today we’re talking about veggies and vegetarian cuisine. Nutritionist, chef and Culinary Institute of America professor Jennifer Stack is here with us, along with New World Bistro chef Ric Orlando.

Foxtail lily
By Schnobby via Wikimedia Commons

Joining us for our winter gardening edition of Vox Pop today is Gardener Greg Ward of Ward’s Nursery and Fred Breglia of Landis Arboretum.

The Big Game is this weekend, and in just a few weeks, the big games will kick off across the world. So there’s no shortage of exciting sports news, and definitely no shortage of controversy surrounding it. We’re talking sports today with our WAMC sports commentator Keith Strudler and producer Jessica Bloustein Marshall, who is also a competitive figure skater.  

Vox Pop : Pete Seeger : 1/28/14

Jan 28, 2014
Frederick Fenyvessy Flickr

It’s a day of mixed emotions today as we remember the iconic Pete Seeger. The sadness of his passing last night at the age of 94 is eased by the celebration of his long and impactful life. Today we want to talk about our friend Pete.

Alzheimer's PET scan
By US National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center

Joining us on this Medical Monday is Alice Brown, a nurse practitioner at the Alzheimer’s Care Center at Albany Medical Center. She’s here to respond to your questions on Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Parkinson’s, and taking care of loved ones battling neurological diseases.