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
  • Comment on the Vox Pop status update at WAMC's Facebook page
  • Tweet us @WAMCRadio and #VoxPop

Coming up on Vox Pop:

Monday, July 18
Medical Monday - Dr. Paul Lemanski

Tuesday, July 19
Open Forum

Wednesday, July 20
Career Forum

Thursday, July 21
Automotive Repair

Friday, July 22
Food Friday - Chef Mike Niccoli

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Donald Trump, who presumably leads the polls on the GOP primary, has effectively said that he wants to stop all Muslim migrants from entering the country. It’s in direct opposition to President Obama’s plea on Sunday night for the country to dissociate Muslims with terrorism. That, and Trump’s statements are rapidly angering his fellow republicans. What’s the game here? Join us for a discussion.

Dr. Robert Sax
Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region

Joining us on this Medical Monday is Dr. Robert Sax. He’s an ophthalmologist, a retinal specialist and director of Retina Services at Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region. He’s here to answer your questions about everything from macular degeneration to diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein disease. 

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

On this edition of Vox Pop, we welcome renowned astronomer Bob Berman to the studio to field all of your Astronomy-related questions.

New York Times photographer and Skidmore College lecturer Charlie Samuels joins us in the studio to answer your questions about photography. 

The conviction yesterday of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has provoked fresh calls to overhaul a state government with a long history of corruption. Times Union State Editor and Capitol Bureau Chief and co-host of New York Now Casey Seiler joins us in the studio to discuss political corruption in state politics and beyond.

Dr. Terence Clarke
Ellis Medicine

Joining us on this Medical Monday is Dr. Terence Clarke, chief of Bariatric Care at Ellis Medicine. He specializes in bariatric surgery and managing weight-loss surgery programs, and is here to respond to your questions on these topics.

Novelist Barbara Chepaitis and screenwriter John Holser join us to discuss the process of writing, NaNoWriMo and more.

The 2016 presidential election is less than a year away. Will you be talking politics over turkey at the Thanksgiving table?

Joining us this afternoon to respond to your questions and comments is Dr. Makenzi Evangelist, a board-certified medical oncologist and hematologist with New York Oncology Hematology in Albany. 

Food Friday Recipe: Pumpkin Buttermilk Biscuits

Nov 20, 2015

Chef John Winnek is a cooking instructor with the Price Chopper Market Bistro Cooking School.

Combine one tablespoon of honey with one stick of softened butter and use as a spread for these flaky biscuits!

YIELD: 6 biscuits
PREP TIME: 15 minutes prep/20 minutes baking


1¾ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup light brown sugar
2½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. baking soda
½ cup cold butter, cut into small cubes
¾ cup canned pumpkin
1/3 cup buttermilk

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  Chef Instructor John Winnek of the Market Bistro Cooking School is in the studio to answer your questions. Are you cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year? We want to hear from you.

On this edition of Vox Pop, we welcome renowned astronomer Bob Berman to the studio to field all of your Astronomy-related questions.

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.

Professor Rick Mathews, director of the University at Albany’s National Center for Security and Preparedness, joins us to discuss the Paris terror attacks and Homeland Security. 

Dr. Vince Carsillo
Capital District Renal Physicians

  Dr. Vincent Carsillo of Capital District Renal Physicians is in the studio today to discuss internal medicine and nephrology.

Umana Restaurant & Wine Bar

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 Chef Susannah Singh of the Umana Restaurant & Wine Bar in Albany. Susanna is joined by Umana owner Dale Davidson. They are both extensive world travelers, with a great deal of knowledge about global cuisine and international street food.

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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.  


Planning for college is the focus of today’s program. Certified educational planner Lynell Engelmyer is in the studio this afternoon to talk more about it.

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 and artist Polly Law. 

Joining us this afternoon to respond to your questions and comments is Dr. Peter Zahos. Dr. Zahos is a board-certified neurosurgeon with Brain and Spine Surgeons of New York and on staff at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie. 

Rob Handel

Our region boasts some of the finest chefs 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 Chef Rob Handel of the Bees Knees Café at Heather Ridge Farm in Preston Hollow, New York. 

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Times Union Sports Editor Pete Iorizzo and Daily Gazette Executive Sports Editor Mark McGuire join us today to talk sports.


It's tech galore on this edition of Vox Pop; it's the computer show with Tony Yang of Gig Computers, hosted by WAMC's Ray Graf.

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It’s Election Day today, and while there are no major state- or national-level elections on the ballot, there are a lot of very important local issues being put before voters today. The polls are open, and Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain is here, and so is Kevin Moran, Regional Vice President for News of New England Newspapers and former managing editor of the Berkshire Eagle.

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.

Chef Hari Nayak
Café Spice

Chef Hari Nayak of Café Spice in New Windsor, New York, joins us to talk about the spices and flavors of Indian cuisine.

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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 arborist 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. 


Times Union State Editor, Capitol Bureau Chief and New York Now co-host Casey Seiler joins us in the studio to discuss New York state politics, from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s low approval ratings to U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s investigation of the Buffalo Billion.