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
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  • Tweet us @WAMCRadio and #VoxPop

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Coming up on Vox Pop:

Friday, June 23

Food Friday: Wine & Food with Bill Johnston and Peter Blackman

Monday, June 26
Medical Monday: Weight loss and GI surgeries with Dr. Brian Binetti of HealthQuest

Tuesday, June 27
Open Forum: Copyright Forum

Wednesday, June 28
Open Forum: Birding with Rich Guthrie

Thursday, June 29
Open Forum: Gardening

Friday, June 30
Food Friday: Coffee & Tea with Six Depot Cafe & The Whistling Kettle

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

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

Its 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.

From the first days of Watergate, to pay-to-play in the Massachusetts state legislature, to the most recent allegations of sexual harassment and a subsequent secret settlement in New York, politicians just cannot seem to stay out of trouble.

On today’s edition of Vox Pop, we will try to answer the question of whether those electeds who end up in hot water would’ve found themselves in a similar situation had they not held public office.

Joining us on this edition of Medical Monday to discuss interventional cardiology and cardiac wellness is Dr. Zubair Jafar, Director of Interventional Cardiology at Vassar Brothers Medical Center and director of the Cardiac Research Program at the Hudson Valley Heart Center. WAMC’s Alan Chartock hosts.

On this edition of Vox Pop, renowned astronomer Bob Berman talks stars, moons, and the multi-verse from the comfort of our studio. It's our astronomy show, hosted by Ray Graf.

The Democratic National Convention kicked off last night with impassioned speeches by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and First Lady Michelle Obama.

On this edition of Vox Pop, we want your take on this political convention season – what do you make of the DNC thus far, what did you think of the RNC, and what do you think of the idea of party conventions in general? WAMC’s Alan Chartock hosts.

Today at 5 p.m., Democratic delegates from across the country will be called to order in Charlotte, North Carolina for the first evening of the Democratic National Convention, where on Thursday President Barack Obama will accept the party’s nomination and make his case for re-election.

The DNC follows last week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, which concluded with a speech by GOP candidate Mitt Romney that some say gained him some ground with undecided voters.

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. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

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.

It's computers on this edition of Vox Pop, with Jake Cunningham of Brown Trout LLC. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Joining us on this edition of Medical Monday on Vox Pop to discuss cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery is Dr. Lewis Britton, head of cardiac surgery at Albany Medical Center.

Dr. Britton specializes in a full range of cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgeries, including aortic surgery, complex coronary surgery and minimally invasive valve surgery.

A graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, Dr. Britton completed his fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital and is board certified in thoracic surgery. WAMC’s Bob Barrett hosts.

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

Since apologizing earlier this week for his remarks on rape and pregnancy, Republican Missouri Rep. Todd Akin has been rebuked by democrats and republicans alike, with presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney saying he should, “Exit the senate race,” and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus telling him, “not to come,” to next week’s Republican National Convention.

Public school officials in Springfield, Massachusetts will be mailing letters and making telephone calls to the parents and guardians of thousands of middle and school students to let them know about the district’s new condom availability policy.

Starting September 1, condoms will be available to students from school nurses. parents and guardians who do not want their children to have access to condoms can opt-out of the policy, but at least one school committee member has called idea that condoms could be given out in school to 12-year-olds, “unnerving.”

Joining us on this edition of Medical Monday on Vox Pop to discuss allergies is Dr. Kirsi Jarvinen-Seppo, of the Allergy and Asthma Center at Albany Medical Center.

An assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics at Albany Medical Center, and assistant professor in the Center for Immunology and Microbial Disease at Albany Medical College, she specializes in food allergies, allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis, asthma, drug allergy and allergy testing.

On this edition of Vox Pop, renowned astronomer Bob Berman talks stars, moons, and the multi-verse from the comfort of our studio. It's our astronomy show, hosted by Ray Graf.

Today on Vox Pop, a new poll shows that voters in New York City are less likely to vote for an atheist or a 'born again' Christian than a Muslim or Mormon candidate. What do you think of these stats, and of the effect religion can have on personal and national politics? WAMC's Ray Graf hosts with guest WAMC's Alan Chartock.

On this edition of Vox Pop, we want your opinion on presumptive Republican vice presidential contender Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

On this edition of Medical Monday on Vox Pop we welcome Dr. Daniel Cameron of the Lyme Project. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

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.

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