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There’s a headline about it every day. A mother is asked to stop nursing her child in public. It is legal in 46 out of 50 states to breastfeed in public, and experts say breastfeeding is best for an infant. Yet some still find public nursing to be indecent or offensive, and speak out against it. Trish MacEnroe of Baby-Friendly USA joins us in the studio for a discussion of the issues surrounding public breastfeeding.

Albany Medical Center

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday is Dr. Vinay Sood, a gastroenterologist with Albany Medical Center, who specializes in diseases affecting the pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts.

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

  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?

Joining us today on Vox Pop - Dr. Jennifer Michaels of The Brien Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and Berkshire Medical Center is here to discuss mental health and substance abuse issues for the latest edition of Medical Monday. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

On this edition of Vox Pop, we welcome renowned astronomer Bob Berman to the studio to field all of your Astronomy-related questions.

  Whether you’re finally getting around to updating that kitchen or bathroom of yours or dealing with a plumbing emergency, home maintenance and improvement projects can be daunting. But don’t worry, we have two experts here with us today to answer your questions—Clint Kershaw and Drew Colwell of Mr. Rooter Plumbing in the Hudson Valley.

High courts are in the news this week, as justices hand down major decisions before their summer recess. Three decisions in particular have made headlines nationally and in the region. From contraception to unions to hydro-fracking, each of these rulings has sparked a powerful response from all sides.

Albany Medical Center's Alzheimer's Center Director Dr. Earl Zimmerman joins Alan in the studio to discuss Alzheimers, dementia, and other neurological diseases of aging.

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

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  It’s our Pets & Vets program this afternoon, and here to take your calls is Dr. Susan Sikule of the Just Cats Veterinary Clinic in Guilderland, New York.

Immigration reform is making headlines today. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told the House Homeland Security Committee that the Obama administration is looking at every possible option to help respond to a flood of immigrants—many of them children without parents—crossing the border illegally in southern Texas. And in Massachusetts the mayor of Springfield is calling for a moratorium on sending refugees to the city.

Dr. Julie Pilitsis
Albany Medical Center

In the studio today for Medical Monday is Dr. Julie Pilitsis, a neurological surgeon with Albany Medical Center’s Neurosurgery Group. She’s here to answer your questions about neurology and surgical treatment for neurological disorders.

Summer is berry-picking season. Red and juicy, blue and plump, sweet and sour, berries are delicious—and we’re going to talk about picking and preserving them today with Dale-Ila Riggs of The Berry Patch in Stephentown, New York, and Diane Whitten of the Saratoga County Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Planning a trip? Where do you go? How do you get there? What should you do when you’re there? We’ll be discussing travel today, with expert travel agent Cindy McKeehan of McGeary’s Travel in Albany.

Food Friday Recipe: Berry Shortcake

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Dale-Ila Riggs and Don Miles are the owners of The Berry Patch in Stephentown, New York. Dale-Ila is president of the New York State Berry Growers Association. She can be heard on Food Friday!

It's the Science Forum today on Vox Pop today as we welcome back our esteemed panel of experts.  


In the studio today for Medical Monday is Dr. Heidi Godoy, a gynecologic oncologist at the Dyson Center for Cancer Care at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, and assistant professor at Albany Medical Center.

Miss Sydney's

Summer is upon us, and it's time to fire up the grill. We're joined today on the Vox Pop by grilling expert Jeremy Stanton of The Meat Market in Great Barrington and marinade expert AJ Jayapal of Miss Sydney's Secret Family Recipes.

Today on Vox Pop, bird expert Rich Guthrie answering your avian inquiries.WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Navigating the world of elder law and estate planning can be a daunting process. You’re likely to have a lot of questions. In the studio with us today to answer your questions is attorney Frank Lang of the Lang Law Firm in Latham and Oneonta.

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This is shaping up to be another epic week for sports, and it’s only Tuesday. We’re smack in the middle of an intense Stanley Cup final, the World Cup starts Thursday and a high-stakes Belmont Stakes started off the week. Here with us to talk it through is our very own sports commentator and Marist College Center for Sports Communication Director Keith Strudler.

In the studio today for Medical Monday are Drs. Steven Bayer and Sonia Elguero of Albany IVF, an affiliate of Boston IVF. They’re experts in the field of reproductive endocrinology, infertility and family planning.

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Joining us for our gardening program is Fred Breglia of Landis Arboretum and Greg Ward of Ward's Nursery.


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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Last month we talked about speed cameras in school zones around the region. This month, red light cameras have taken center stage in debate over local traffic control issues, as the city of Albany lobbies the state to implement the technology.

It's the Science Forum today on Vox Pop today as we welcome back our esteemed panel of experts.  

US Fish & Wildlife Services

We’ll be discussing wildlife today on the show, and wildlife pathologist Ward Stone will join us to provide insight on everything from the deer population to what you see in your backyard. 

Over the last few years, states in the region have tossed the dice on allowing for the development of Las Vegas-style casinos. Today, two development groups dropped out of the running to build a casino in upstate New York, and a new bidder has proposed a casino in the city of Schenectady.

Dr. Russell Cecil
Mohawk Valley Orthopedics

In the studio today on this Medical Monday is Dr. Russell Cecil, a board certified orthopedic surgeon at St. Mary’s Healthcare in Amsterdam, New York. He is founder of Mohawk Valley Orthopedics and his practice focuses on joint replacement and hand surgery.