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Alan Chartock leads a discussion of current events, including Donald Trump’s lead in the polls, Hillary Clinton’s slippage due to “Email-gate,” and the California legislature’s approval of a bill to legalize assisted dying. We want to hear from you on this issues!

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  Pollsters are predicting low voter turnout around our region and around the nation this Election Day. Yet this year’s midterm elections are drawing a lot of media coverage, as leadership at the state and federal level hangs in the balance. So how come people don’t vote?

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Today we’re talking about the very important topic of self-defense. We have two self-defense experts in the studio with us today to answer your questions about self-defense and self-defense techniques. John Borter is owner and head instructor of the Modern Self-Defense Academy here in Albany, and Dan Tuczinski, a self-defense instructor and a lawyer specializing in legal issues surrounding self-defense.

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It’s primary election season. New York and Massachusetts are looking at somewhat heated democratic gubernatorial primaries next week, while Vermont voters head to the polls today to decide which GOP candidate will challenge incumbent Democrat Peter Shumlin. Earlier this month, Connecticut GOP voters chose Tom Foley to challenge Governor Dan Malloy in November.

  There’s a new blip on the 2016 presidential race radar, and her name is Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Is she the new Barack Obama? Could that spell trouble for presumed candidate Hillary Clinton? Primary Day 2016 may be over a year away—and no one has actually said they’re running—but it’s already shaping up to be an interesting political contest. What do you think?

April was both Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Alcohol Awareness Month. And May is Mental Health Awareness Month. These very serious issues are often tragically intertwined, and are the focus of many college campus support programs and initiatives.

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The New York State Assembly passed a bill yesterday that would allow local officials in Long Island and New York City to operate speed cameras in school zones during school hours. The city is already using some, and they’ve racked up over $600,000 in fines.

Bus drivers in Vermont’s largest county are in the second week of a strike, after a weekend of failed negotiations with county transportation officials. It has created quite a stir in the region.

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The U.S. is showing its support today for Ukraine's new leadership as Secretary of State John Kerry visited the capital. Kerry’s visit to Kiev, lasting just hours, comes as Ukraine's government grapples with a Russian military takeover of Crimea—a mostly pro-Russian region in southeastern Ukraine.

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  As Ukraine struggles to piece itself together under the looming threat of economic disaster, the possibility of distancing itself from Moscow and turning westward has major implications for the balance of power in Europe—and the rest of the world.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is calling climate change “the greatest challenge of our generation.” This past year has been full of international challenges for the United States—including escalating situations in Syria, Sudan and North Korea. But the question of which vexes us the most and which we should be devoting our greatest energies to lingers.

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The world has lost several iconic folks in the last few months. Nelson Mandela, Pete Seeger, and now Shirley Temple. They lived long and impactful lives, and their loss has been felt deeply by many who found inspiration in their life’s work.

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The concept of marriage has gotten a lot of attention in the media lately. Whether it be states wrestling with legalizing gay marriage, proposed legislation to require pre-marriage education classes or the latest scandal involving a politician’s marital infidelity—for better or for worse, we still view marriage as the happily ever after. But what is the recipe for a good marriage? What makes it stick?

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In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was a rising star in the Republican party, poised for a legitimate shot at the White House. But “Bridgegate” is threatening to tarnish his reputation, even though he vehemently denied involvement in the scandal that pinned the closing of two lanes of the George Washington bridge for political retribution on two of his top aides.

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As the world continues to react to the intelligence leaks sparked by the likes of Edward Snowden and Julian Assange, an unsolved leak carried out 40 years ago is making news. A new book is finally revealing the identity of burglars who broke into an FBI office in the spring of 1971 and stole files detailing the Bureau’s surveillance of American citizens under J. Edgar Hoover.

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We are joined in the studio today by two New York State Troopers, Major Martin Hansen and Technical Sergeant Doug Paquette, and we’re talking about the dangers of drunk driving. Are you worried about the roads tonight?

Today on the Vox Pop, 2014 is almost upon us. So it’s time to make our annual political predictions for the New Year. Who will run for president? Who will make a power grab? Who is going to be the center of the next scandal?

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It’s Christmas Eve, and millions around the world are preparing to celebrate the holiday. But escalating conflict in the fledgling African nation of South Sudan has cast a shadow on the festive season. The United Nations has bumped up the crisis level today after officials found mass graves in the country—a sign that clashes are dangerously close to all out civil war.

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The U.S. is in the 15th day of a government shutdown, and potential deals may be in the works to open Washington back up and end the looming threat of default.

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Syria is now saying it will put its chemical weapons under international control as a diplomatic solution to avoid a U.S. strike. But the question of military action in retribution for an alleged chemical weapons attack that killed thousands in Syria last month still looms as Congress resumes session. Meanwhile, the president prepares to address the nation tonight.

Vox Pop : Open Forum on 8/27/13 : Syria

Aug 27, 2013

As U.N. weapons inspectors investigate the fallout of alleged chemical attacks in Syria last week, the U.S. and its allies are debating whether to take military action against the Syrian government under President Bashar Assad.

Vox Pop : Open Forum on 8/14/13 : A Political Horse Race

Aug 14, 2013

Today on Vox Pop, it's a political horse race. Will Hillary Clinton make a run for the White House in 2016?  Will Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick be her running mate? Who will the Republicans put up against them? 

The race card for 2016 election may fill up in the very near future, and we want to know where you'll place your bets.

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If you’ve ever found yourself standing on a busy city street corner with one foot in the gutter and an outstretched arm, you know the perils and victory that can be associated with travel by taxi.

We’ve all heard the urban legends of the child born in the back of a cab, or the long lost loves rain soaked reunion in the back seat of a yellow livery car, but today we want to hear your real life “taxi cab confessions” whether hopeful, or harrowing. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

The day before Thanksgiving - on this edition of Vox Pop, what are you thankful for? WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

The Murdochs, the president, and prostitutes; it's an open forum on this edition of Vox Pop. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.