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The death of the renowned actor and comedian Robin Williams yesterday has shocked and saddened many, and like the deaths of troubled celebrities before him, has thrust the issues of depression and suicide into the spotlight.

    

In the studio today for Medical Monday is Dr. Shantala Sonnad, an urgent care specialist at Health Quest Urgent Care Center in Wappingers Falls, New York. 

How do you take your coffee or tea? Flavio Lichtenthal of the No. Six Depot in West Stockbridge and at Tanglewood joins us for Food Friday, along with Kevin Borowsky of The Whistling Kettle in Ballston Spa and Troy, New York.

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

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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. 

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This summer has seen its share of severe storms—tornadoes, thunderstorms, flooding. And now we’re into hurricane season. We’re here with National Weather Service Meteorologist Stephen DiRienzo to talk weather, weather preparedness, and to take your weather questions.

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Ellis Ear, Nose & Throat

In the studio today for Medical Monday is Dr. David Martin, a board certified otolaryngologist with Ellis Ear, Nose & Throat Care in Schenectady and Clifton Park, New York. 

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Before there were supermarkets and restaurants, human beings had to forage in the wild for food. But even with the modern conveniences we have today, foraging is still happening. We have two expert foragers in the studio with us today, author Dina Falconi and Jim Gop of The Meat Market and Fire Roasted Catering in Great Barrington.

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

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Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Frank Lombardo, of Orthopedic Associates of Dutchess County, joins us in the studio today for Medical Monday. Dr. Lombardo specializes in primary and revision joint surgery of the knee and hips. 

It's Alan's birthday! To celebrate, we're putting him in the studio during today's Food Friday, and making him enjoy some delicious birthday cake. We'll be trying four different cakes, and hearing from some very special guests. 

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

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From the tales of a certain webslinging vigilante to the adventures of heroes in a half-shell and beyond, comic books have shaped popular culture immensely in the last few decades. With San Diego Comic-Con International coming up this weekend, we’re on today with Movies.com columnist and Professional Geek Rick Marshall about what's going on in the comic book universe and beyond.

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Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday is Dr. Karen Tedesco of New York Oncology Hematology. She’s here to answer your questions about skin cancers, and how best to protect yourself in the summer sun.

Chef Bruce Mattel of The Culinary Institute of America and Dennis Erlich of Pesca & Co. in Great Barrington join Ray in the studio for a discussion of seafood, and the role it plays in modern American cuisine.

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.

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Our resident coin and stamp experts are back after a few years off 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. 

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.

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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.

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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.

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