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, November 28
Medical Monday: Orthopedics with Dr. Laura Scordino

Tuesday, November 29
Open Forum

Wednesday, November 30
Open Forum: Pets and Vets with Dr. Kristina Dallas

Thursday, December 1
Open Forum: Astronomy with Bob Berman

Friday, December 2
Food Friday: Italian Christmas with Rocco DeFazio

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Today is the New York primary. Polls have been open since 6 a.m. in New York City and in Erie county, and they opened at noon for the rest of the state. It’s the first time in decades that New York has had a meaningful presidential primary—one that may have the power to make or break the campaigns. What do you think? Who will take New York and how will it affect the race?

Dr. Lixia Ellis
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center

Joining us on this Medical Monday is Dr. Lixia Ellis. She’s a board-certified dermatologist with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s dermatology practice in Bennington. You got skin? Then you probably have questions. She’s here to answer them.

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 Eric Bolton, executive chef at The Century House in Latham, New York. 

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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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It’s springtime, when everything thaws. With that undoubtedly coming plumbing issues. But do not 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.

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The 2016 presidential race continues to dominate headlines this week. Some of the action was even in our own backyard yesterday, as Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and John Kasich all made campaign stops in Albany in advance of the influential New York primary coming up next week. How do you think the outcome of the New York primary will affect the current roster of candidates? 

Dr. Matthew Leinung
Albany Medical Center

Joining us on this Medical Monday is endocrinologist Dr. Matthew Leinung, Director of Endocrinology and Metabolism at Albany Medical Center. He’s here to respond to your questions.

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  A cast iron pan is a versatile piece of cookery. You can use it in the oven, on the stove and on the grill. And it also has purported health benefits, like the fact that it’s chemical free, you don’t have to use as much oil to cook things in it, and it can even add a little iron boost to your food. Food and agriculture writer Deanna Fox joins us today to answer your questions about using cast iron cookware. 

Cast-Iron Cornbread

Apr 8, 2016
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Listen to Deanna Fox talk about this recipe and answer your questions on Food Friday!


1¼ cups cornmeal

¾ cup all-purpose flour

¼ cup sugar

1 teaspoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 1/3 cups milk

2 eggs, beaten

½ cup (one stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled (with one tablespoon reserved)

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

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The 2016 presidential race continues to dominate headlines this week. U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz are poised to win today’s Wisconsin primary. But Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton continue their leads elsewhere. Who do you think will win still be standing by November?

Dr. Deborah Buccino
Berkshire Health Systems

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday is Dr. Deborah Buccino. She’s a board-certified pediatrician practicing in Great Barrington with Berkshire Health Systems. She’s here to answer your questions about pediatrics and adolescent medicine. 

Food Friday: Jewish Cuisine

Apr 1, 2016
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Today we talk about the elements of Jewish cuisine! Rabbi Matt Cutler of Congregation Gates of Heaven in Schenectady is with us in the studio today, as is Peter Kopcha, the organizer of the synagogue’s annual Jewish Food Festival

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

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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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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.

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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.

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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.