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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Coming up on Vox Pop:

Thursday, October 20
Birding: Rich Guthrie

Friday, October 21
Food Friday: Pizza and Beer with DeFazio's Pizzeria and Druthers Brewing

Monday, October 24
Medical Monday: Dr. Paul Lemansky

Tuesday, October 25
Open Forum: Presidential Race

Wednesday, October 26
Pets and Vets: Carrie O'Laughlin

Thursday, October 27
Gardening Show

Friday, October 28 
Food Friday: Tara Kitchen

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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.  

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Our resident coin and stamp experts are back for another hour of calls from all of you stamp and coin collectors out there. Experts Bob Scott and David Tripp join us this afternoon for the return of our Stamps & Coins show. 

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It’s Super Tuesday II. Another week, and another set of influential primary races. This time, they’re in Michigan, Mississippi, Idaho and Hawaii. Will this be the day one of 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?

Dr. Vince Carsillo
Capital District Renal Physicians

Today we have Dr. Vincent Carsillo of Capital District Renal Physicians in the studio to discuss internal medicine and nephrology.

Food Friday Recipe: Flourless Chocolate Cake

Mar 4, 2016
Flourless chocolate cake
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Hear Matthew White and Chef Serge Madikians on Food Friday!


4 ounces fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened)

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter

3/4 cup sugar

3 large eggs

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder plus additional for sprinkling


Preheat oven to 375°F and butter an 8-inch round baking pan. Line bottom with a round of wax paper and butter paper.

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Matthew White, owner of the Hillsdale General Store and the HGS Home Chef cooking school and Chef Serge Madikians of Serevan in Amenia, New York, join us for a discussion of food and home-cooking.

National Weather Service

We welcome NewsChannel 13 meteorologist Jason Gough back to the show to discuss the unusually warm winter weather and to take your weather questions.    

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Are you recovering from an injury or illness that has left your physical movement impaired? We have a licensed physical therapist in the studio today to answer your questions. Nuhar Jaleel, founder of The Pilates Principle in Loudonville, is here.

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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. 

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday is DR. Amir Harandi. He’s a board-certified medical oncologist with the Dyson Center for Cancer Care in Poughkeepsie. He specializes in the treatment of thoracic and gastro-intestinal malignancies and he’s here to answer your questions.

Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, and thus a vegan diet is plant-based.Some would say that is limiting, but not Theresa “Sam” Houghton. She’s a wellness consultant and founder of The Quantum Vegan blog. She’s here to answer your questions about all the delicious food options fit for a vegan. 

  The Oscars will be awarded this Sunday, and today we have film professors Rob Edelman and Audrey Kupferberg in studio to share their picks and address your questions and comments on the nominees, nominees you think may have been overlooked, or even prospects for next year’s awards season.


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. 

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Super Tuesday is just a week away. So far the primary election and caucus results are showing close races between Democrats Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders. On the GOP side, we’re seeing bitter infighting between Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. Will we have a better sense of who will be on the ticket come November following this slew of influential primaries? 

Dr. Rufus Collea

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday is Dr. Rufus Collea. He’s medical director of New York Oncology Hematology, and practices medical oncology in Albany and Clifton Park. He's a board-certified medical oncologist and he specializes in the treatment of breast cancer. He’s here to answer your questions.

We have one of our region’s finest cheesemakers here with us today to answer your questions. Making it, serving it, eating it, pairing it--you ask about it, and Max Breiteneicher of Grace Hill Farm in Cummington, Massachusetts, will answer. 

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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.

Finding My Island book cover
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.

The death of Antonin Scalia this weekend has opened up a veritable Pandora’s box with major implications for the remainder of President Obama’s term, the balance of power in the Senate and the upcoming presidential election. It’s a game-changer, and we’re going to talk about what happens next today on the show. Albany Law Professor Stephen Gottlieb joins us.

Mardi Gras King Cake
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This past Tuesday, the French Quarter of New Orleans lit up the night for Mardi Gras. It makes you hungry just thinking about it. We’re going to get deep into Americana today with chef Ric Orlando of New World Bistro in Albany and New World Home Cooking in Saugerties.

We welcome back our esteemed panel of experts to respond to your scientific inquiries.  

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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Will the outcome of today’s New Hampshire primary give us a clearer picture of who we might see in the White House come January of 2017? Dr. Angela Ledford, political science professor at The College of St. Rose, joins us for a discussion of presidential politics.

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday is Dr. Thea Bordenave-Sande, a board-certified specialist in osteopathic manipulative medicine and neuromusculoskeletal medicine, and she’s here to answer your questions.

Pepperoni Pizza
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It's pizza time! Rocco DeFazio, owner of DeFazio's Pizzeria in Troy is here to answer your questions.

Oven at Black Forest Flammkuchen
Black Forest Flammkuchen

Today we are on with Chef Andrew Chase, owner and chef at The Flammerie in Kinderhook, and the Black Forest Flammkuchen food truck in the Hudson Valley.

The Mount: Edith Wharton's Home

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


Fitness trainer Matt Phelps of Metabolic Meltdown in Green Island joins us to answer your questions about fitness and exercise.

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