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)
  • Email voxpop@wamc.org during the show
  • Comment on the Vox Pop status update at WAMC's Facebook page
  • Tweet us @WAMCVoxPop

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

Coming up on Vox Pop:

Monday, January 15
Medical Monday: Mental health & substance abuse with Dr. Jennifer Michaels

Tuesday, January 16
Open Forum: Immigration

Wednesday, January 17
Birding with Rich Guthrie

Thursday, January 18
Science Forum

Friday, January 19
Food Friday: Albany Ale Project

On this edition of Vox Pop, we welcome renowned astronomer Bob Berman to the studio to field all of your astronomy-related questions. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.


It's all about technology on this edition of Vox Pop. We'll talk computers with Tony Yang of Gig Computers. Ray Graf hosts. 


President Trump recently finished his first official overseas trip. The president visited the Middle East and attended NATO and G-7 summits. Here to discuss the Trump administration’s foreign relations is Siena College professor of political science Vera Eccarius-Kelly. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.


In addition to the ceremonies and parades honoring fallen heroes this Memorial Day weekend, many people will be enjoying barbecues. Jasper Alexander of Hattie's Restaurant and Byron Nilsson are in the studio to answer your grilling and barbecue questions. WAMC's Ray Graf.


Fred Breglia and Greg Ward are in the studio today to answer your gardening questions. Breglia is director of the Landis Arboretum in Esperance, New York. Ward runs Ward’s Nursery in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.


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

A suicide attack at a concert last night in Manchester, England killed more than 20 people. On Tuesday, the Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility. The attack comes as President Trump is on his first official visit overseas including stops in the Middle East where he has called for peace. Professor Victor Asal of UAlbany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy is in the studio to discuss terrorism and related topics. Professor Asal heads UAlbany’s Project on Violent Conflict. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

Dr. Malek Sohail
Albany Medical Center

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday is Dr. Sohail Malek of Albany Medical Center. Dr. Malek specializes in pediatric neurology and neonatal stroke. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

"The Oxford Companion to Cheese"  book cover
Oxford University Press

Today’s show is all about cheese. University of Vermont Professor Catherine Donnelly is in the studio. She recently won a James Beard Award for encyclopedia work “The Oxford Companion to Cheese.” WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Common Blackbird
David Friel / Wikimedia Commons

Avian expert Rich Guthrie returns to his nest in Studio A to discuss birds and birding. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Home Improvement
Wikimedia Commons

Whether you’re remodeling a room or adding on, home improvement projects can be daunting. But don’t worry, architectural engineer and construction specialist Darren Tracy is in the studio today to answer your questions about your home improvement projects. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

cybersecurity graphic
Pixabay/Public Domain

In the wake of an international ransomware attack that impacted thousands of computers in more than 150 countries, Jim Hendler of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY is in the studio to discuss cybersecurity. Jim is the Director of the Institute For Data Exploration and Applications. He is also the former chief scientist of the Information Systems Office at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

Dr. Frank Genovese
Ellis Medicine

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday is Dr. Frank Genovese, a neurosurgeon practicing at Ellis Medicine in Schenectady, New York. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.


Please pass the salt! How about a little pepper? We’re going to talk about the art of seasoning food today, and how it can enhance your culinary experience. Tony Carlotto and Darby Weigel are the proprietors of Rolling Rock Farm in Sheffield, Massachusetts. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Looking for a summer getaway? We’ll be discussing travel today, with veteran travel planner Andrea Schwartz. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Michael Zide

We talk about the art of taking photographs today with veteran photographer Michael Zide, whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe and in galleries all over the country. He’s here to answer your questions and offer advice for all the photo opportunities in your life. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

U.S. Representative John Faso
U.S. Representative John Faso

Congressman John Faso, a Republican from New York’s 19th District, is in the studio today. The district encompasses all or parts of eleven counties in the Capital Region, Hudson Valley, Catskills and Central New York. WAMC’s Alan Chartock hosts.

Dr. John Mastrangelo
Nathan Littauer Hospital

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday is Dr. John Mastrangelo, chief of radiology at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville, New York. WAMC’s Alan Chartock hosts. 

Author, community organizer and grain expert Amy Halloran is in the studio today for the Flour Hour to answer your questions about all things grain, from breads to gluten-free baking, to pancakes and cookies. WAMC’s Ray Graf.

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 bestselling author Jon Katz is in the studio today to discuss his new book “Talking to Animals.”

Calita Kabir/Flickr

The Trump administration recently announced the outline of a tax plan that calls for lowering the corporate tax rate and decreasing the number of personal income tax brackets. While details are few, analysts are already predicting potential impacts. 

Dr. Scott Rogge
Southwestern Vermont Health Care

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday is Dr. Scott Rogge, medical director of cardiology at Southwestern Vermont Health Care.  WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

Mary Kenney
Legal Pantry - www.LegalPantry.com

Today on Food Friday, Mary Kenney of the personal chef service Legal Pantry is in the studio with meal and menu preparation tips for people who are constantly on the go. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Fountain at the Stadelhoferplatz square in Zürich-Mühlebach
Roland zh / Wikimedia Commons

In the studio today to answer your gardening questions are a few familiar voices. Bob Graves is a horticulturist and co-owner of Faddegon’s Nursery in Latham, New York. Fred Breglia is director of the Landis Arboretum in Esperance, New York. Greg Ward runs Ward’s Nursery in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

With most schools nearing the end of their spring semesters, counselor Lynell Engelmyer is in the studio this afternoon to talk about financially preparing for college, financial aid and the admissions process. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Map of North Korea
Central Intelligence Agency's World Factbook.

Tensions between North Korea and the United States continue to rise as both countries showcase their military capabilities through various exercises. In the studio to discuss the relationship between the U.S. and North Korea are Steven Leibo of The Sage Colleges and Christopher Clary of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday is Dr. Jennifer Michaels. She is the medical director of the Brien Center, Berkshire County’s largest community mental health agency. Dr. Michaels is board certified in both general and addiction psychiatry. WAMC’s Alan Chartock hosts.

Lime sorbet
Jennie Robinson / Flickr

Rocco DeFazio of DeFazio’s Pizzeria in Troy and Donna Damiano join us for Food Friday as we delve into Italian sweets and gelato. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

HeLa cells
TenOfAllTrades / Wikimedia Commons

We welcome back an esteemed panel of experts to respond to your scientific inquiries. Jim Pickett, Ed Stander and Ela Joseph make up our panel. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.