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

Berkshire Botanical Garden

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. Carrie O’Loughlin of Delmar Animal Hospital in Delmar, New York. 

Now that the Republican and Democratic nominees are all but assured, we’re turning our attention to their potential choices for vice president. And with two landmark Supreme Court rulings—one on political corruption and other on abortion, the stakes of this history-making presidential race are only getting higher. What do you think? Who will Trump and Clinton choose for a VP?

Joining us today is Dr. John Choi. Dr. Choi is a general surgeon on staff at Vassar Brothers Medical Center and Northern Dutchess Hospital, where he specializes in minimally invasive colorectal surgery.

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Usually when we have this very special guest on the show, we talk about pie. Not today folks. Pie day has come and gone. It’s time for summer desserts now! Food and agriculture writer Deanna Fox is here today to talk about the delicious sweets you can make and enjoy during the warmest season, at which she greatly excels. 

Hear Deanna Fox talk about baking Blueberry Slump on Food Friday!

1½ pounds (about 4 cups) blueberries, fresh or frozen
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1½ cups sugar, plus more for sprinkling, divided
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
2 cups all-purpose flour
4½ teaspoons baking powder
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed and cold
1¼ cups milk

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.

There are more than 300,000 podcasts online and available for download right now. That’s a rich library of on-demand audio content at your fingertips. But how do you get it? On your phone or computer? What is a subscription? Does it effect my cellular data? We have two podcasting “experts” in the studio today, our very own Patrick Garrett and Ashleigh Kinsey of the WAMC Podcast Team are here to answer your questions about podcasts.

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Daily Gazette Executive Sports Editor Mark McGuire and Marist College Director of Sports Communication Keith Strudler join us today to talk sports. 

Joining us today is Dr. John Mastrangelo. He’s the Chief of Radiology at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville and is a board-certified radiologist practicing at Millenium Medical Imaging. He’s here to answer your questions.

Beth Linsky of Beth's Farm Kitchen in Stuyvesant, New York, and Dale Ila-Riggs of The Berry Patch join us to talk about the bounty of berry season!

Food Friday Recipe: Buttermilk Strawberry Shortcake

Jun 17, 2016

Hear Beth Linsky of Beth's Farm Kitchen on Food Friday!

Makes 4 servings 
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes 

Hear Beth Linsky of Beth's Farm Kitchen on Food Friday!

Makes 9-12 bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes

1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 -1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
10 to 12 ounces strawberry jam
2/3 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup sliced almonds
Confectioners' sugar, for sprinkling


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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  Rich Guthrie joins us to provide insight on everything from housing to feeding. Also joining us, Nancy Castillo of Wild Birds Unlimited in Saratoga Springs.

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The news has been sobering and emotional this week, in the wake of the worst shooting in U.S. history early Sunday at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. Amid the tragedy, one of the questions on many minds is, how will this affect the presidential race? Donald Trump has certainly not been holding back in his comments on the massacre, reiterating his divisive immigration stance. Hillary Clinton has made her reaction clear as well, warning against the demonization of Muslims.

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'

May 24, 2016
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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.  

Bernie Sanders
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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.