Vox Pop

Fountain at the Stadelhoferplatz square in Zürich-Mühlebach
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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.

HeLa cells
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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. 

Snowy Owl
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We’ll be discussing birds today on the program. WAMC’s resident avian expert Rich Guthrie and environmental educator George Steele are here to answer your questions about the winged creatures. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts. 

Today’s program is the copyright forum. Paul Rapp, Polly Law and Bill Westwood are in the studio to answer your questions about protecting your writing, music, and art. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Ordinary bicycle
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With most of the snow melted and temperatures rising around the region, many people are looking to enjoy the outdoors. We have a panel of hiking and biking experts in the studio today to answer your questions and help you find the best trails and routes to take.

For Sale sign
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Are you thinking about buying or selling a home? Or are you looking to increase your property’s value? We have three real estate professionals with us today to answer your questions. Alexander Monticello of Monticello Real Estate, David Patton of Adirondack Mountain Home Inspections and Renata Lewis of Keller Williams Capital District and the Renata V. Lewis Team are in the studio. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Map of Syria
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The Syrian Civil War started in March 2011 and has become one of the most difficult problems for the international community. The conflict involves the Russian-backed Syrian government and many opposing forces, some of which the United States considers terrorist organizations. Here to discuss the complexities in the Syrian War is Dr. Jim Steiner of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany. Jim is the school’s program coordinator for homeland security, cyber security and emergency management. He served in the CIA from 1972 to 2005 focusing on Soviet defense and economic issues. WAMC’s Alan Chartock hosts.

Matzo ball soup
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Passover is next week and we have just the people in the studio to help you create some delicious dishes for the celebration. Our guests are Rabbi Hanoch Hecht, who competed on the Food Network’s Chopped, and Chef Brian Arnoff of Kitchen Sink Food & Drink in Beacon, NY. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Finding a job is difficult enough, but what about making a career transition? What are the first steps? Where do you start? That’s where our career panel comes in. We have Robert Frederick, founder of Employee Development Associates, and Luke Schmonsky, Director of the Center for Student Success at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences here to answer your questions. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Replica of the Paul Jaray-designed 1923 Auto Union streamliner concept car
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Joining us today to answer your automotive questions is Gordon Fricke – owner and operator of Barber and Fricke Automotive Incorporated – an independent repair, auto body, towing and used car facility in Hoosick Falls, New York. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is awaiting a confirmation vote by the full Senate, but Democrats have secured enough votes to filibuster. A vote is expected Friday. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has signaled he will likely change Senate rules to reduce the threshold from 60 votes to a simple majority to get Gorsuch confirmed – the so-called “nuclear option.”

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

New York state lawmakers are facing a Friday budget deadline with a number of issues hanging over their heads. Among them are an extension of a millionaire’s tax, tuition aid for college students and justice reform. Meanwhile, Governor Andrew Cuomo has floated the idea of an “extender budget” that would maintain current funding levels. The Democrat says New York is facing uncertainty about what the state can expect from federal funding sources.

Chard
Sidehill Farm

Despite the cold temperatures and lingering snow, spring officially started on Monday. Soon enough farms across our region will be in full swing. To get us up to speed on farm fresh products, Paul Lacinski and Amy Klippenstein of Sidehill Farm in Hawley, Massachusetts are in the studio.  WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

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. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

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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 horticulture and operations at the Landis Arboretum in Esperance, New York. Greg Ward runs Ward’s Nursery in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts. 

Parents and children reading a magazine together. The Netherlands, 1958.
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Being a parent is basically a full-time job that doesn’t offer vacation, sick days or time off. It can be a journey in the unknown, so we have Tim Hathaway and Tamae Memole of the New York State Parenting Education Partnership in the studio to answer your questions. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts. 

Snow flies during the store of 3/14/17
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With a major storm hitting the majority of WAMC’s listening area, we want to hear about your snow storm experiences. What is the worst you’ve experienced? What are your strategies for riding out the storm?  WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts, joined by WAMC’s Alan Chartock. 

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.

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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 Tracey is in the studio today to answer your questions about your next home improvement project. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts. 

Donald Trump at the Flynn Theatre
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Today we are going to look at President Trump’s cabinet and his team of advisers along with his leadership approach so far. In the studio to discuss this and more is Professor Bruce Miroff of the University at Albany. Bruce specializes in the American presidency having taught numerous courses and written many books on the subject. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts. 

Dr. Madhavi Kambam
New York Oncology Hematology

Joining us today is Dr. Madhavi Kambam of New York Oncology Hematology. She’s here to respond to your questions and comments concerning blood disorders along with gastrointestinal, colorectal and related cancers. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Irish bangers and mash
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Today we have brought in Chef Rob Handel and Carol Clement of Heather Ridge Farm in Preston Hollow, NY to help us whip up some traditional Irish dishes in preparation for St. Patrick’s Day. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Volkswagen Bus
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Joining us today to answer your automotive questions is Gordon Fricke – owner and operator of Barber and Fricke Automotive Incorporated – an independent repair, auto body, towing and used car facility in Hoosick Falls, NY. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts. 

An English Bulldog puppy
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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. Ray Graf hosts. 

Classroom with students
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Earlier this month, the Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as the 11th Secretary of Education. Vice President Mike Pence cast an unprecedented tie-breaking vote to secure President Trump’s pick. The philanthropist and activist takes over a federal bureaucracy with 4,400 employees and a $68 billion budget. Here to discuss potential changes to the national education system and issues in New York are Billy Easton, executive director of the Alliance for Quality Education of New York, and Tim Kremer, executive director of the New York State School Boards Association.

Compound Microscope
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We welcome an esteemed panel of experts to respond to your scientific inquiries on the program today. Barbara Brabetz, Jim Pickett and Ed Stander join us in Studio A. Ray Graf hosts.

The Oscars will be awarded this Sunday, and today we have film educators and writers Rob Edelman and Audrey Kupferberg in studio to share their picks and address your questions and comments on the nominees, performances or films you think may have been overlooked. 

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