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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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

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.

Author, community organizer and grain expert Amy Halloran is in the studio today to answer your questions about all things grain, from breads to gluten-free baking, to English muffins, pancakes and crepes. 

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.

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It’s getting into the summer season now, when things get oppressively hot. And often times, the only cure for the oppressive heat is a torrential rainstorm—which carries with it a whole host of perils for your plumbing. But don’t worry, we have two experts here with us today to answer your questions—Ian Cowen and Robert Benjamin of Mr. Rooter Plumbing in the Hudson Valley.

A new Siena College poll is out—and it has presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump trailing Hillary Clinton by more than 20 points in their home state of New York. Also, the poll shows a majority of New Yorkers are less likely to re-elect their state legislators if they don’t act on anti-corruption legislation. And Governor Andrew Cuomo’s fate grows less certain, with 49 percent of voters not wanting to re-elect him in two years. We’ve brought in Siena Research Institute Director Don Levy to discuss the results.

  Memorial Day marks the start of many of the region’s farmer’s markets – or at least the start of their outdoor markets. Today we have brought in Chef Rob Handel of the Bees Knees Café at Heather Ridge Farm in Preston Hollow, New York, as well as the farm’s owner, Carol Clement. They’re going to walk us through how to make the most of a trip to your local farmer’s market.


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

Open Forum: The 'Trump Bump'

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  There are still several months between now and the general election in November, and the Democratic nomination isn’t sewn up. Nonetheless, national attention is on a match-up between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Political observer Alan Chartock joins us today for a discussion about the state of this wild race.

  Joining us on this Medical Monday is Dr. Prathima Kanumuri. She’s a board-certified breast cancer surgeon with Ellis Medicine in Schenectady, specializing in surgical treatment of both benign and malignant diseases of the breast. 

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

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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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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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Kentucky and Oregon have presidential primaries today. Donald Trump is busy honing his stances and platform, and potential attacks against Hillary Clinton, whom he sees as his likely opponent in November. Meanwhile the battle between Clinton and Bernie Sanders continues for the Democratic ticket.

Joining us on this Medical Monday is Dr. Garrick Applebee, a board-certified sleep medicine specialist with the St. Peter’s Sleep Center in Albany. Have trouble sleeping? He’s here to answer your questions.

You probably know him best as a beloved Newschannel 13 meteorologist.  But there is much more to Jason Gough than just the weather.  He's been cooking since he was 10 years old and has spent time as cook and bartender. His new project is called Wine About The Weather,  a TV program that takes us to great New York wineries, and talks about pairing wine with food and the weather. 

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.

Just about everyone is online these days. Many, many of us have a website, a Facebook account, or Twitter. But establishing an online presence isn’t simply a matter of turning on the computer and firing up a web browser. Cliff Rohde of GoatCloud Communications is here to answer your questions about establishing a presence online.

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Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is refusing to respond to Republican Donald Trump's recent comments that she was an "enabler" of Bill Clinton's marital infidelities during his political career.

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On this edition of Medical Monday on Vox Pop - podiatry and podiatric surgery with Dr. Douglas Tumen of Hudson Valley Foot Associates. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

Donna Williams, founder and owner of the Field Goods produce subscription service joins us on Food Friday to answer your questions about spring produce and wellness. 

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.

Joining us in the studio today is novelist Barbara Chepaitis and storyteller Mary Murphy. They’re here to answer your questions about the process of creative writing. 

Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver faces sentencing in his corruption trial today. Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio may be in hot water after recent subpoenas. Blair Horner, legislative director of the New York Public Interest Research Group joins us today to talk about political corruption and its consequences. 

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Joining us for Medical Monday is Dr. Charles Weissman and Dr. Joseph Schwartz. Dr. Weissman is a board-certified medical oncologist and skin cancer specialist with New York Oncology Hematology, and Dr. Schwartz is a board-certified dermatologist with a practice in Troy and Clifton Park. 

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Today we are on with a dynamic duo–Mary Vaughn of Allium Restaurant + Bar in Great Barrington and Amy Mendes of Mezze Bistro + Bar in Williamstown, talking about wine and cocktail pairing. 

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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. Susan Sikule of the Just Cats Veterinary Clinic in Guilderland, New York and Dr. Kris Dallas of Ancient Arts Holistic Veterinary Services in Saratoga Springs.

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  Today is the fourth in a string of Super Tuesday primaries in the presidential election season. Polls are open in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Delaware and Maryland. It’s the last primary day for states in our listening area, so we want to hear from you. Did you vote? 

Joining us on this Medical Monday is Dr. Ryan Swan. He’s the director of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie and the Dyson Center for Cancer Care.  He’s here to answer your questions about surgical treatment of both malignant and benign diseases of the liver, bile ducts and pancreas.

Our region boasts some of the finest chefs and restaurateurs in the country. And we want to get to know as many of them as possible here on Food Friday. Today we are on with Hugh Piney and John Lekic. They’re the owners and operators of Le Express Bistro and Bar, and food truck, based in Poughkeepsie.