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)
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  • Tweet us @WAMCRadio and #VoxPop

Coming up on Vox Pop:

Monday, September 19
Medical Monday - Obesity with Dr. Chi Cheung

Tuesday, September 20
Politics of the Economy with Michael Meeropol 

Wednesday, September 21
Home Improvement with Darren Tracy

Thursday, September 22
Cars with Gordon Fricke

Friday, September 23
Food Friday: Cookies with Linda Kindlon


It’s pets and vets today, and joining us in the studio are veterinarian Dr. Michel Hardaker of the Central Veterinary Hospital in Albany. Ray Graf hosts.

Donald Trump at the Flynn Theatre
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  The 2016 presidential race continues to dominate headlines this week. Trump and Clinton continue to hold on to their leads, and Bernie Sanders has been gaining momentum in recent primaries. But the barbs continue to fly between all candidates, particularly when Trump is involved, and protests are becoming increasingly common. It all leads us to ask this question: is the race getting too nasty?

Dr. Joanne McDonough
Ellis Medicine

Today we have Dr. Joanne McDonough, chair of Ellis Medicine’s Emergency Services, in the studio to answer your questions. 

Food Friday: Bruce & Mark

Mar 25, 2016
Bruce & Mark
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Renowned cookbook authors Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough join us to talk about cooking, throwing parties and more. 

Fábio Olmos

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

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Are you thinking about buying or selling a home? We have a licensed real estate professional in the studio with us today to answer your questions. Licensed real estate broker Alexander Monticello. He specializes in residential sales for buyers and sellers in the Capital Region. 

Is the media responsible for the rises of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as front-runners for their respective party nominations? Is coverage of scandals and gaffs and outrageous behavior proof that bad publicity is good publicity? With three primaries today and more to come in the next weeks and months, we’re narrowing down the field. 

Joining us today on Vox Pop - Dr. Jennifer Michaels of The Brien Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services 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.

Craig Gravina, founder of the Albany Ale Project, joins us in the studio for a discussion of beer and beer history.

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.

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.

Vote sign
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It’s Super Tuesday 3—Mega Tuesday. Another week, and another set of influential primary races. This time, they’re in Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Florida. Will this be the day one of Donald Trump’s rivals surges ahead, or will it be his day to clinch the nomination? And will Hillary Clinton widen her lead over Bernie Sanders, or will Bernie see his surge?

Joining us today on Medical Monday is Dr. Alan Boulos, Chair of the Neurosurgery Department at Albany Medical Center. He specializes in endovascular neurosurgery.

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Chefs Mark Graham, Brian Bowden and Mike Niccoli are here, along with baker Linda Kindlon of Bake for You in Albany. They’re the masterminds behind many of the pop-up dinners that are "popping up" around the region.

We welcome back our esteemed panel of experts to respond to your scientific inquiries.  

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Our resident coin and stamp experts are back for another hour of calls from all of you stamp and coin collectors out there. Experts Bob Scott and David Tripp join us this afternoon for the return of our Stamps & Coins show. 

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It’s Super Tuesday II. Another week, and another set of influential primary races. This time, they’re in Michigan, Mississippi, Idaho and Hawaii. Will this be the day one of Trump’s rivals surges ahead, or will it be his day to clinch the nomination? And will Hillary Clinton widen her lead over Bernie sanders, or will Bernie see his surge?

Dr. Vince Carsillo
Capital District Renal Physicians

Today we have Dr. Vincent Carsillo of Capital District Renal Physicians in the studio to discuss internal medicine and nephrology.

Food Friday Recipe: Flourless Chocolate Cake

Mar 4, 2016
Flourless chocolate cake
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Hear Matthew White and Chef Serge Madikians on Food Friday!


4 ounces fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened)

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter

3/4 cup sugar

3 large eggs

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder plus additional for sprinkling


Preheat oven to 375°F and butter an 8-inch round baking pan. Line bottom with a round of wax paper and butter paper.

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Matthew White, owner of the Hillsdale General Store and the HGS Home Chef cooking school and Chef Serge Madikians of Serevan in Amenia, New York, join us for a discussion of food and home-cooking.

National Weather Service

We welcome NewsChannel 13 meteorologist Jason Gough back to the show to discuss the unusually warm winter weather and to take your weather questions.    

Pilates reformer
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Are you recovering from an injury or illness that has left your physical movement impaired? We have a licensed physical therapist in the studio today to answer your questions. Nuhar Jaleel, founder of The Pilates Principle in Loudonville, is here.

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. 

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday is DR. Amir Harandi. He’s a board-certified medical oncologist with the Dyson Center for Cancer Care in Poughkeepsie. He specializes in the treatment of thoracic and gastro-intestinal malignancies and he’s here to answer your questions.

Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, and thus a vegan diet is plant-based.Some would say that is limiting, but not Theresa “Sam” Houghton. She’s a wellness consultant and founder of The Quantum Vegan blog. She’s here to answer your questions about all the delicious food options fit for a vegan. 

  The Oscars will be awarded this Sunday, and today we have film professors Rob Edelman and Audrey Kupferberg in studio to share their picks and address your questions and comments on the nominees, nominees you think may have been overlooked, or even prospects for next year’s awards season.


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. 

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Super Tuesday is just a week away. So far the primary election and caucus results are showing close races between Democrats Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders. On the GOP side, we’re seeing bitter infighting between Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. Will we have a better sense of who will be on the ticket come November following this slew of influential primaries? 

Dr. Rufus Collea

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday is Dr. Rufus Collea. He’s medical director of New York Oncology Hematology, and practices medical oncology in Albany and Clifton Park. He's a board-certified medical oncologist and he specializes in the treatment of breast cancer. He’s here to answer your questions.

We have one of our region’s finest cheesemakers here with us today to answer your questions. Making it, serving it, eating it, pairing it--you ask about it, and Max Breiteneicher of Grace Hill Farm in Cummington, Massachusetts, will answer.