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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  • Tweet us @WAMCRadio and #VoxPop

Coming up on Vox Pop:

Monday, March 27
Medical Monday: Pediatrics and adolescent medicine and vaccinations with Dr. Everett Lamm of Community Health Programs

Tuesday, March 28
Open Forum: New York state budget with Blair Horner of NYPIRG and Bill Hammond of the Empire Center

Wednesday, March 29
Open Forum: Writing with Barbara Chepaitis and Lale Davidson

Thursday, March 30
Open Forum: Sports with WNYT's Ashley Miller and The Daily Gazette's Mark McGuire

Friday, March 31
Food Friday: Chef Sean Comiskey of Olde English Pub & Pantry in Albany, NY

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It’s the height of summer! Which means the odds are great that you’ve fired up that grill recently. Whether you’re throwing a BBQ for family and friends or looking for a quick, easy and delicious way to cook a meal, there are a few tricks to barbecuing that you should learn. Here to help with that is cooking instructor and writer Byron Nilsson.

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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Planning a trip? What do you pack and how do you prepare? We’ll be discussing travel today, with custom travel planner Andrea Schwartz.

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With the major party conventions now in the rearview mirror, the race for the presidency has been kicked up a notch. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are traveling the country, and sparing no expense when it comes to criticizing each’s opponent and trading barbs—with Trump delivering the latest newsmaker, calling Clinton “the devil.”

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Berkshire Eye Center

   Joining us today is Dr. Fred Orlando. He’s a board-certified ophthalmologist with the Berkshire Eye Center in Pittsfield. He specializes in cataract and laser surgery, as well as glaucoma and general eye care, and he’s here to answer your questions.

  It’s time for another beer edition of Food Friday, and we have Greg Chanese of the Shmaltz Brewing Company in Clifton Park, New York, in the studio. We’re going to talk local brews and how to enjoy them.

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  Joining us for our gardening program is gardener Bob Graves of Faddegon's Nursery and Fred Breglia of Landis Arboretum.

Marvel Comics

  From the tales of a certain web-slinging vigilante to the adventures of heroes in a half-shell and beyond, pop culture is more influential in society than ever. We’re on today with comics writer Ron Marz and professional geek Rick Marshall, and it’s time to talk comics!

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Last week the action was in Cleveland with the Republican National Convention, and this week we’re focusing on Philadelphia, where the Democratic National Convention is unfolding.


  Joining us today is Dr. Nora Perkins. Dr. Perkins is an otolaryngologist coming to us from Albany ENT and Allergy Services. She specializes in sinus disorders and laryngology, and she’s here to answer your questions.

Chef Mike Niccoli of Restaurant Navona in Albany joins us to answer your questions about cooking and fine dining.

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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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There’s an optimistic outlook on the job market these days, with unemployment rates at lower levels. That’s great news for those of us who are looking for jobs. But that’s only half the story of getting a job. The other half is landing it, and that requires resumes, interview skills and branding yourself. Bob Frederick, director of Career and Transfer Services at Schenectady County Community College, and Anita DeCianni Brown, collegewide career development coordinator at SUNY Empire State College here to answer your questions.

Republican National Convention

We’re in the second day of what has been a heated Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Will the Republican party unite behind Donald Trump and his newly minted running mate Indiana Governor Mike Pence? Or will it tear itself apart? 

Joining us today is Dr. Paul Lemanski of the Capital Care Center for Preventative Medicine in Albany. 

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Food Editor Hali Bey Ramdene of TheKitchn joins us to answer your questions about cooking.

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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Licensed professional engineer Darren Tracy of West Branch Engineering & Consulting is here to answer your questions about home improvement and home maintenance projects.

Joining us today is Dr. Matthew Stanishewski. Dr. Stanishewski is a rheumatologist with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington. He’s here to answer your questions.

I scream. You scream. We all scream for….you guessed it, ice cream! This sweet treat is a hallmark of summer, and universally enjoyed the world over in many different flavors, colors and forms. From soft-serve to gelato, black cherry to death by chocolate, we’ll have you screaming for ice cream by the end of this show. 'A La Mode' cookbook authors Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough join us !

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Rich Guthrie joins us to provide insight on everything from housing to feeding our fine feathered friends. Ray Graf hosts.

Today on Vox Pop, we look at where art and law meet with the Copyright Forum. Our guests are intellectual property lawyer Paul Rapp, artist Polly Law and medical illustrator Bill Westwood. 

Chef John Winnek of the The Cooking School @ Market Bistro joins us to answer your questions!

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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 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.