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)
  • 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

You can subscribe to the podcast here: iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher.

Coming up on Vox Pop:

Monday, September 18
Medical Monday: Orthopedic surgery with Dr. Joseph Popper of Nathan Littauer Hospital

Tuesday, September 19
Open forum: Home improvement with Darren Tracy

Wednesday, September 20
Open Forum: Birding with Rich Guthrie

Thursday, September 21
Open Forum: Automotive repair with Gordon Fricke

Friday, September 22
Food Friday: Apples & cider

Common Blackbird
David Friel / Wikimedia Commons

We’ll be discussing birds today on the program. Rich Guthrie and Nancy Castillo are here to help answer your questions about them. Ray Graf hosts. 

Earlier this month, President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court seat held by the late Justice Antonin Scalia. In 2006, Judge Gorsuch was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit based in Denver, CO. Gorsuch studied at Columbia, Harvard and Oxford. Here to discuss Gorsuch and the overall Supreme Court is Albany Law School professor and WAMC commentator Steve Gottlieb.

Broccoli and Spinach Stromboli
Deanna Fox / www.FoxOnFood.com

Today on Food Friday, it’s a Super Bowl pregame. Cooking instructor and food writer Deanna Fox and Kevin Mullen, owner and head brewer of Rare Form Brewing Company in Troy, NY, are in the studio with some tasty dishes and drinks for the big game.

NRG Stadium, Houston
Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

Today we are talking the big game, the Super Bowl that is. The New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons are facing off in the 51st edition of the NFL Championship Game Sunday in Houston, Texas.

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. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Statue of Liberty
BigMac / Wikimedia Commons

President Trump signed an executive order Friday barring entry into the U.S. for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days. The president also blocked refugees from the country for 120 days. The action has raised legal challenges and spurred protests across the country and internationally. 

Dr. Hani Shahata and Dr. Soo Lee
Nathan Littauer Hospital

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday to discuss renal and kidney care are Doctors Soo Lee and Hani Shahata of Nathan Littauer Hospital. Alan Chartock hosts. 

Butternut Squash Lasagna
Kitchen Sink Food & Drink

Today we are taking a taste of some locally-sourced treats. Chef Brian Arnoff of Kitchen Sink Food & Drink in Beacon, New York is in the studio and he’s brought some dishes and drinks that incorporate ingredients found right in our region. Brian ran a food truck in Washington, DC before opening Kitchen Sink, which was voted Best New Restaurant by Hudson Valley Magazine readers in 2016.

Flickr/Karen Roe

Joining us for our winter gardening program is gardener Greg Ward of Ward’s Nursery in Great Barrington, Massachusetts and arborist Fred Breglia of The Landis Arboretum in Esperance, New York. 

WIkimedia Commons/Mdf

He's back!  Rich Guthrie, one of WAMC's favorite radio guests, returns to Studio A to answer all your questions about birds. A veteran birder and former compiler of the Catskill, New York Christmas bird count for the National Audubon society, Rich is WAMC’s resident avian expert.

Morgan Hook
SKD Knickerbocker

President Trump had his bouts with the media during his campaign and the contentious relationship is continuing. We’re discussing how the Trump administration is dealing with the media so far.

Morgan Hook, a former spokesman for New York Governors David Paterson and Eliot Spitzer, is in the studio for the discussion.

Dr. Themarge Small
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday to discuss obstetrics and gynecology are Doctors Themarge Small and Annika Chadee of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.

1902 Mercedes Simplex
Enslin / Wikimedia Commons

Joining us today to answer your automotive questions is Gordon Fricke – owner and operator of Barber and Fricke Automotive in Hoosick Falls, New York.  Ray Graf hosts. 

U.S. Representative John Faso

Congressman John Faso is in the studio today to answer questions from constituents. The Republican from New York’s 19th Congressional District started his first term in Congress earlier this month. His district encompasses all or parts of eleven counties in the Capital Region, Hudson Valley, Catskills and Central New York.

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday to discuss Alzheimer’s disease treatment and research is Dr. Richard Holub of the Neurological Associates of Albany. Dr. Holub is a member of the American Academy of Neurology. He has been engaged in Alzheimer’s research for more than 30 years and has contributed to the development of all five drugs approved by the FDA for the treatment of the disease.

Smoked Ring Kielbasa
chesterssmokehouse.com

Today we welcome Jim Kelly and Ken Altarac of Chester's Smokehouse in Albany, NY to Food Friday. They are here to answer your questions about the best methods and recipes for smoked meat, cheese and more. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

We welcome back our esteemed panel of experts to respond to your scientific inquiries on the program today. Barbara Brabetz, Jim Pickett and Ed Stander make up our panel. Ray Graf hosts.

Plumbing can be a daunting challenge for home owners and fixer uppers. Never fear! Ian Cowen of On The Level Plumbing joins us today to answer your questions. 

President Obama is expected to deliver a farewell address tonight in Chicago. WAMC will carry special coverage of the address at 9 p.m.

After eight years in office, the president will step aside as Donald Trump is sworn into office on January 20th. So today we’ll take a look back at what President Obama has accomplished during his two terms.

Dr. Niloo Edwards of Albany Cardiothoracic Surgeons
Albany Cardiothoracic Surgeons

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday to discuss heart health and surgery is Dr. Niloo Edwards of Albany Cardiothoracic Surgeons. Dr. Edwards is board certified in thoracic surgery.

Chef Ric Orlando splits a coconut
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Chef Ric Orlando is in the studio to tell us how we can brighten up our meals during the winter when the area's fruits and vegetables are not in season.

Are you thinking about buying or selling a home? We have two real estate professionals in the studio with us today to answer your questions. Alexander Monticello of Monticello Real Estate is here. Also joining us is Renata Lewis of Keller Williams Capital District and the Renata V. Lewis Team.  Ray Graf hosts.

With most schools on winter break right now, certified educational planner Lynell Engelmyer is in the studio this afternoon to talk about planning for college.

NYPIRG Executive Director Blair Horner joins Alan Chartock for a discussion about ethics in national and state government.

Shortbread rounds
Public Domain / WikiMedia Commons

Author, community organizer and grain expert Amy Halloran is in the studio today for the final Food Friday and last Vox Pop show of 2016 to answer your questions about all things grain, from breads to gluten-free baking, to pancakes and cookies.

WAMC's Jim Levulis trying out the VR experience.
Morgan McGuire

Today we are taking a look at virtual reality. Here to talk about this eerily-realistic technology is Williams College Professor Morgan McGuire. He is an associate professor of computer science at Williams who has contributed to video game franchises such as Call of Duty and Marvel Ultimate Alliance. McGuire also runs Williams’ computational graphics research program. 

Portrait of a tabby queen
Alvesgaspar / Wikipedia Commons

It’s Pets and Vets today, and joining us in the studio are Dr. Susan Sikule and Dr. Denise Petersen of the Just Cats veterinary clinics in Guilderland and Saratoga Springs.  Ray Graf hosts.

Dr. Bridget Finn of Capital Region Center for Sexual Health
CRCSHNY.COM

Joining us this afternoon is Dr. Bridget Finn. Dr. Finn is a licensed sex therapist, educator and researcher. She is the founder and president of the Capital Region Center for Sexual Health.  Alan Chartock hosts.

tornado
Public Domain / WikiMedia Commons

As of yesterday, winter is officially here. This time of year especially, weather affects nearly everything we do. When to travel and whether we have to bundle up to get the mail. Joining us on the show today to talk weather and to take your weather questions is meteorologist Jason Gough of WNYT Newschannel 13 in Albany. Ray Graf hosts.

old Smith Premier typewriter
Jon Sullivan / Public Domain

On today’s program, it’s a writers' forum. Joining us in the studio  are novelist Barbara Chepaitis and storyteller Lâle Davidson. They’re here to answer your questions about the process of creative writing.

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