Vox Pop

Monday - Friday, 2pm - 3pm

Vox Pop is WAMC's live call-in talk program. Guests with expertise in areas ranging from Astronomy to George Washington speak with WAMC's hosts and answer questions posed by WAMC listeners. We also have a number of forums and guests who are regulars to Vox Pop such as our Science Forum and Gardening program.

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

Coming up on Vox Pop:

Monday, December 5
Medical Monday: Oncology with Dr. Matthew Vernon and Dr. Orion Howard

Tuesday, December 6
Open Forum

Wednesday, December 7
Open Forum: Birding with Rich Guthrie

Thursday, December 8
Open Forum: Science Forum

Friday, December 9
Food Friday: Chef Jasper Alexander of Hattie's Chicken Shack

Chef Mike Niccoli of Restaurant Navona in Albany joins us to answer your questions about cooking and fine dining.

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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.

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There’s an optimistic outlook on the job market these days, with unemployment rates at lower levels. That’s great news for those of us who are looking for jobs. But that’s only half the story of getting a job. The other half is landing it, and that requires resumes, interview skills and branding yourself. Bob Frederick, director of Career and Transfer Services at Schenectady County Community College, and Anita DeCianni Brown, collegewide career development coordinator at SUNY Empire State College here to answer your questions.

Republican National Convention

We’re in the second day of what has been a heated Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Will the Republican party unite behind Donald Trump and his newly minted running mate Indiana Governor Mike Pence? Or will it tear itself apart? 

Joining us today is Dr. Paul Lemanski of the Capital Care Center for Preventative Medicine in Albany. 

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Food Editor Hali Bey Ramdene of TheKitchn joins us to answer your questions about cooking.

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.

Home Improvement
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Licensed professional engineer Darren Tracy of West Branch Engineering & Consulting is here to answer your questions about home improvement and home maintenance projects.

Joining us today is Dr. Matthew Stanishewski. Dr. Stanishewski is a rheumatologist with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington. He’s here to answer your questions.

I scream. You scream. We all scream for….you guessed it, ice cream! This sweet treat is a hallmark of summer, and universally enjoyed the world over in many different flavors, colors and forms. From soft-serve to gelato, black cherry to death by chocolate, we’ll have you screaming for ice cream by the end of this show. 'A La Mode' cookbook authors Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough join us !

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Rich Guthrie joins us to provide insight on everything from housing to feeding our fine feathered friends. Ray Graf hosts.

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. 

Chef John Winnek of the The Cooking School @ Market Bistro joins us to answer your questions!

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Joining us for our gardening program is gardener Bob Graves of Faddegon's Nursery, gardener Greg Ward of Ward’s Nursery and Fred Breglia of Landis Arboretum.


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. 

Now that the Republican and Democratic nominees are all but assured, we’re turning our attention to their potential choices for vice president. And with two landmark Supreme Court rulings—one on political corruption and other on abortion, the stakes of this history-making presidential race are only getting higher. What do you think? Who will Trump and Clinton choose for a VP?

Joining us today is Dr. John Choi. Dr. Choi is a general surgeon on staff at Vassar Brothers Medical Center and Northern Dutchess Hospital, where he specializes in minimally invasive colorectal surgery.

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Usually when we have this very special guest on the show, we talk about pie. Not today folks. Pie day has come and gone. It’s time for summer desserts now! Food and agriculture writer Deanna Fox is here today to talk about the delicious sweets you can make and enjoy during the warmest season, at which she greatly excels. 

Hear Deanna Fox talk about baking Blueberry Slump on Food Friday!

1½ pounds (about 4 cups) blueberries, fresh or frozen
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1½ cups sugar, plus more for sprinkling, divided
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
2 cups all-purpose flour
4½ teaspoons baking powder
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed and cold
1¼ cups milk

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. Ray Graf hosts.

There are more than 300,000 podcasts online and available for download right now. That’s a rich library of on-demand audio content at your fingertips. But how do you get it? On your phone or computer? What is a subscription? Does it effect my cellular data? We have two podcasting “experts” in the studio today, our very own Patrick Garrett and Ashleigh Kinsey of the WAMC Podcast Team are here to answer your questions about podcasts.

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Daily Gazette Executive Sports Editor Mark McGuire and Marist College Director of Sports Communication Keith Strudler join us today to talk sports. 

Joining us today is Dr. John Mastrangelo. He’s the Chief of Radiology at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville and is a board-certified radiologist practicing at Millenium Medical Imaging. He’s here to answer your questions.

Beth Linsky of Beth's Farm Kitchen in Stuyvesant, New York, and Dale Ila-Riggs of The Berry Patch join us to talk about the bounty of berry season!

Food Friday Recipe: Buttermilk Strawberry Shortcake

Jun 17, 2016

Hear Beth Linsky of Beth's Farm Kitchen on Food Friday!

Makes 4 servings 
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes 

Hear Beth Linsky of Beth's Farm Kitchen on Food Friday!

Makes 9-12 bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes

1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 -1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
10 to 12 ounces strawberry jam
2/3 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup sliced almonds
Confectioners' sugar, for sprinkling


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.

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  Rich Guthrie joins us to provide insight on everything from housing to feeding. Also joining us, Nancy Castillo of Wild Birds Unlimited in Saratoga Springs.

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The news has been sobering and emotional this week, in the wake of the worst shooting in U.S. history early Sunday at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. Amid the tragedy, one of the questions on many minds is, how will this affect the presidential race? Donald Trump has certainly not been holding back in his comments on the massacre, reiterating his divisive immigration stance. Hillary Clinton has made her reaction clear as well, warning against the demonization of Muslims.

Albany Medical Center's Alzheimer's Center Director Dr. Earl Zimmerman joins Alan in the studio to discuss Alzheimers, dementia, and other neurological diseases of aging.