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Here to take your calls are Greg Ward of Ward's Nursery and arborist Fred Breglia of Landis Arboretum. Ray Graf hosts.

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Here to take your calls is Dr. Carrie O’Loughlin of Delmar Animal Hospital in Delmar, New York. Ray Graf hosts.

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There are just two weeks before Election Day. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are holding last minute rallies in battlegrounds states in the presidential race. Democrat Zephyr Teachout and Republican John Faso are making final pitches to voters in New York’s 19th Congressional District. Alan Chartock takes calls from our listeners. 

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Gordon Fricke is here to answer your car questions today on Vox Pop. Ray Graf hosts. 

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The birdman is back! Rich Guthrie returns to Studio A for one of our most popular programs. 

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The two major party presidential candidates rumbled in their debate on Sunday night, with both sides declaring victory. The second debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump came on the heels of the release of a decade old video of the GOP candidate engaging in what he describes as "locker room talk." Others, including his Democratic rival, said the comments were more than that.  The video, the debate and your thoughts on the race for White House on this open forum edition of Vox Pop. Alan Chartock hosts.

Plumbing can be a daunting challenge for home owners and fixer uppers. Never fear! Ian Cowen of Mr. Rooter Plumbing in the Hudson Valley joins us today to answer your questions.  Ray Graf hosts.

Donald Trump's taxes made headlines this week. And the candidates for VP are set to debate this evening. We invite you to share your thoughts as the presidential race nears the home stretch. Alan Chartock hosts.

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Autumn is here.... but there is still plenty to talk about in the world of gardening! 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. Ray Graf hosts.


Dr. Ron Scharf of the Animal Hospital of Niskayuna joins host Ray Graf for an hour of phone-in questions about our canine and feline companions. 

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If television ratings are any indication, last night's U.S. presidential debate was a doozy!  According to overnight ratings, it ranks at or near the top of a list of all such debates ever broadcast.  

Today, 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. Ray Graf hosts.

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Ready to tackle that home improvement or repair project?  Need a little advice? Architectural engineer and construction specialist Darren Tracey is here with us today to answer your questions large and small about your next home improvement project.  Ray Graf hosts.

President Barack Obama told world leaders at the United Nations today that the global economy needs to work better for all people, not just those at the top. The two major party presidential candidates have had plenty to say about the economy. Jobs, taxes and the future of Social Security will likely loom large as election day nears. 

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Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is refusing to respond to Republican Donald Trump's recent comments that she was an "enabler" of Bill Clinton's marital infidelities during his political career.

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The world's largest lottery jackpot has grown to $1.5 billion...and counting!  The $1.5 billion prize would be paid in annual payments over 29 years, or a lump-sum payment of  $930 million.

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

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  The news is packed with headlines as we come off the Memorial Day holiday this week. From Ireland voting to legalize gay marriage to deadly storms wreaking havoc on Texas and Oklahoma, to a new data that shows murders are way up in New York City, we’ll have a discussion of current events.

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  As of 2012, overall life expectancy in the United States is at a record high—78.8 years of age. But what are we doing with our lives in those golden years? And how do we handle dying? We have two women in the studio with us today who are eminently knowledgeable on this topic – Eleanor Aronstein of the Captial Region chapter of the Final Exit Network, and Hedi McKinley, a 95-year-old with a remarkable life story. They’re here to lead a discussion and answer your questions about end-of-life issues.

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, a celebration of Irish heritage worldwide. Here in the United States however, it has become a troublesome holiday for authorities looking to crack down on drunken revelry, and a frustrating day for the LGBT community, which has long been excluded from official celebrations.

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Joining us for this special “winter” gardening program is gardener Greg Ward of Ward’s Nursery and Garden Center in Great Barrington, and arborist Fred Breglia of Landis Arboretum in Esperance.


It’s pets and vets today, and joining us in the studio are veterinarians Dr. Michel Hardaker and Dr. Kelly Spence of the Central Veterinary Hospital in Albany.


  Yesterday there were dire predictions about a noreaster named Juno that would bring record-breaking blizzard conditions to the northeast. It prompted state-of-emergency declarations, mass transit shutdowns, school closings and road closings. For the most of the region, its bark was larger than its bite, as snowfall totals came in far under what was predicted. But some parts of our region did indeed get pummeled. 

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.

Developments with the Keystone XL pipeline and other proposed oil pipelines throughout the country have dominated headlines recently, and there has been a lot of concern among citizens of our region around the impact crude oil transport can have. We’ve brought in two environmental advocates from Riverkeeper today to have a discussion. 

It’s a day of mixed emotions as we remember the iconic Mario Cuomo, who died last week, mere hours after his son, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was sworn in for his second term.


  Today on the Vox Pop, 2015 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? We’ll tell you ours. But we want to know, what are your political predictions for 2015?

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We’re going under the sea for a look at fish and aquatic life, and the world of building aquariums. We have three fish fanciers—aquarium experts from the Pioneer Valley Aquarium Society in the studio. E. Michael Silakowski, Tony Gai and Jacob Guinasso.

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  With Election Day and post-election celebrations in the rear-view mirror, politicians are getting down to business as usual. But is business as usual always good business? The United States senate is set to vote on the controversial keystone pipeline today, and the New York State Senate is still hashing out its leadership.


A Saratoga County Sheriff's deputy resigned yesterday, after being arraigned on official misconduct and harrassment charges related to an encounter in Halfmoon, NY on Friday.  A video soon surfaced on YouTube that shows Sergeant Shawn Glans cursing at - and apparently slapping - a young man who had a rifle in his vehicle.