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)
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Coming up on Vox Pop:

Monday, February 20
No Show - Presidents Day

Tuesday, February 21
Open Forum: Copyright issues with Polly Law, Paul Rapp and Bill Westwood

Wednesday, February 22
Open Forum: Academy Awards with Rob Edelman and Audrey Kupferberg

Thursday, February 23
Open Forum: Science Forum with Barbara Brabetz, Jim Pickett and Ed Stander

Friday, February 24
Food Friday: Aneesa Washeed of Tara Kitchen

On this edition of Vox Pop we gather our panel of experts to respond to your science-related questions and comments, for a program we like to call the Science Forum. On today’s show: Barbara Brabetz, Ken Welles, and George Shaw. WAMC’s Patrick Donges hosts.

In a recently published interview, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation chairman Joe Martens says that the state’s review of the potential environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas – known as ‘fracking’ – remains a work in progress, despite the department having already produced about 4,000 pages on the subject.

This week local judo fighter Nick Delpopolo became the first Olympic athlete to be disqualified from competing after an in-competition drug test. It wasn’t steroids or human growth hormone that got him kicked off the American squad, it was a positive test for marijuana, which was added to the International Olympic Committee’s banned substances list following a positive test in 1998.

Joining us on this edition of Medical Monday on Vox Pop is St. Peter’s Hospital Chief of Medicine Mark Pettus. He’s a clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and the former medical director of the Kripalu Institute for integrated healing, located in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. WAMC’s Alan Chartock hosts.

 

Joining on this edition of Vox Pop is arborist Fred Breglia, gardener Greg Ward, for this August edition of WAMC’s gardening program.

Our dynamic gardening duo is here for your questions on everything from bark to begonias. We go coast-to-coast on this show with one question from a listener in California. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

With Election Day only about four months away, President Barack Obama and presumed Republican candidate Mitt Romney have kicked their campaigns into high gear.

The week so far seems to be a loser for Romney, who topped the headlines not for suggesting bold policy changes, but for a series of campaign gaffes that called into question his stances on race in America and international relations.

From fax machines to Wikileaks, in just the past few decades, the ways that we share information have vastly expanded, with journalists around the globe leading the way by utilizing new techniques and technologies to report instantly, and with unprecedented geographic reach.

Dr. Jennifer Michaels of The Brien Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services joins us on this edition of Medical Monday Vox Pop to handle all your questions and comments about the many issues surrounding addiction and mental health. WAMC's Alan Chartock 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. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

*Do do do do do do, do do* They say it's your birthday. *Do do do do do do, do do* It's birthdays today on Vox Pop as we wish our very own Alan Chartock a happy 71st (and many mooooore!). WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has come under increasing scrutiny for practices that appear to contrast his campaign pledge of historic transparency.

Last week, it was reported that Cuomo does not use email for official correspondence, relying instead on proprietary blackberry pin-to-pin messages, which leave no paper trail.

On this edition of Medical Monday, to discuss obstetrics, gynecology, and women’s health is Dr. Robert Dropkin.

Dr. Dropkin is an OB-GYN in private practice on Executive Park Drive in Albany and a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Albany Medical Center.

A graduate of Albany Medical College, Dr. Dropkin completed his OB-GYN residency at Albany Medical Center and is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. WAMC’s Bob Barrett hosts, filling in for WAMC's Alan Chartock.

Bird is the word on this edition of Vox Pop as we welcome our experienced birder Rich Guthrie. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

With less than 48 hours until the first race of the 2012 season at Saratoga Race Course – today we’re talking gambling.

While the Saratoga season is just beginning, already reports indicate Governor Andrew Cuomo is set to unveil the members of the New York Racing Association’s new board, whose installation was precipitated earlier this year after the naming of new president Ellen McClain without input from state officials, following the firing of former president and CEO Charles Hayward, an alleged party to a scandal that cost the betting public over $8 million.

Debate on the New York Police Department’s ‘Stop and Frisk’ policy reached a fever pitch this month as officials trade barbs amid what has thus far been a hot and volatile summer in many of the nation’s metropolitan areas, including New York, which saw 77 people shot in the first week of July, a 12 percent increase over the same period last year.

Joining us on this edition of Medical Monday on Vox Pop to discuss cardiology and women’s heart health is Dr. Kim Poli of Albany Medical Center’s cardiology group.

Dr. Poli is a non-invasive cardiologist with special interests in preventative care and treating women with heart disease. In addition to seeing patients, Dr. Poli reads echocardiograms and performs stress tests.

We’re talking automotive maintenance and repair on this edition of Vox Pop with Gordon Fricke – owner and operator of Barber and Fricke Automotive Incorporated, an independent repair, auto body, towing and used car facility in Hoosick, New York – answers your questions on hubcaps, road salt, and anything else car related. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

On this edition of Vox Pop, it’s computers with Jake Cunningham and David Stutsrim.

David Stutsrim, Partner at TechBridge Group has over 21 years of experience in the Information Technology field. David has a Bachelor's degree in Computer and Systems Engineering from RPI. David was one of the first Microsoft Certified System Engineers in the upstate NY region and has certifications in Microsoft operating systems, server applications, and development tools in addition to being a Microsoft Certified Instructor.

Yesterday, President Barack Obama's campaign and the democratic party said they raised $71 million dollars in the month of June, well below the $106 million hauled in by rival Mitt Romney and the republicans. Obama campaign officials have warned the fundraising deficit could harm the president's chances of winning re-election.  

On this edition of Medical Monday on Vox Pop, board certified podiatrist Dr. Douglas Tumen is here to take your calls on podiatry and related surgeries and conditions. WAMC’s Alan Chartock hosts.

Joining on this edition of Vox Pop is arborist Fred Breglia, gardener Greg Ward, for this July edition of WAMC’s gardening program.

Our dynamic gardening duo is here for your questions on everything from daffodils to douglas firs. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Today we’re talking freedom – which, according to the dictionary, can mean exemption from external control, the power to determine action without restraint, or national independence.

That leads us to Independence Day, celebrated tomorrow on the Fourth of July, a day when we, as Americans, are supposed to celebrate our freedom as afforded by our fore fathers with the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

Dr. Jennifer Michaels of The Brien Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services joins us on this edition of Medical Monday Vox Pop to handle all your questions and comments about the many issues surrounding addiction and mental health. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court announced their majority decision to uphold most of the provisions of President Barack Obama’s landmark health care reform policy, including the mandate that all citizens purchase health insurance.

What does this ruling mean for the health, economy, and presidential politics of the country?

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

 

 

Just a day after the Supreme Court of the United States decided on two cases and a day before what is expected to be their ruling on President Barack Obama’s landmark health care reform bill, today we’re looking at the Supreme Court’s caseload and we want your take on these recently released and upcoming decisions.

Joining us on this edition of Vox Pop with expert analysis is Union College Assistant Professor of political science (and WAMC “professor in residence”) Brad Hays. WAMC’s Alan Chartock hosts.

Joining us on this edition of Medical Monday on Vox Pop is St. Peter’s Hospital Chief of Medicine Mark Pettus. He’s a clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and the former medical director of the Kripalu Institute for integrated healing, located in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. WAMC’s Alan Chartock 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. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

On this edition of Vox Pop, it’s the Copyright Forum: Paul Rapp specializes in intellectual property law, including copyright, trademark, internet, art and entertainment matters. He’s also an adjunct professor of copyright and art and entertainment law at the Albany Law School.

Bill Westwood is one of the country's leading medical illustrators, and a professional member and past-president of the Association of Medical Illustrators.

We're talking baseball on this edition of Vox Pop. WAMC's Ray Graf joins WAMC's Alan Chartock to talk standings, stats, steroids and R.A. Dickey.

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