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By Sven Teschke via Wikimedia Commons

  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.

Lyme disease affects 300,000 people each year in the United States, with many of those cases coming out of the northeast region. Joining us on this Medical Monday is Dr. Richard Horowitz, a board certified internist in private practice in the Hudson Valley who specializes in treating lyme disease—topic of great debate in the medical community in the last several years. 

Cake with sprinkles
By Marcus Quigmire via Wikimedia Commons

This Food Friday is going to be a piece of cake--literally! We're talking about all things cake today: baking, decorating and devouring! Linda Kindlon, owner of Bake for You in Albany, and Schenectady County Community College Professor Sue Hatalsky join host Katie Britton starting at 2 p.m.

Chocolate espresso cake
The Galley Gourmet

Tune in to Food Friday this week, when seasoned baker and culinary educator Sue Hatalsky will join us in the studio to talk about the art of cakemarking!

By Brian Snelson from Hockley, Essex, England via Wikimedia Commons

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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Whether you’re flipping a house, finally getting around to updating that kitchen 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.


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.

It’s Food Friday again! And it’s also Valentine’s Day. Are you planning a romantic meal tonight – or any night? Today we’re here with a few folks who can help you pull it off! We’ve got a few folks in today from the Albany Marriott—Executive Chef Nathan Kutzscher, Food and Beverage Director Vito Gaudino and Certified Meeting Professional Steve Schifley.

Food Friday Tips: Romantic Meals

Feb 14, 2014

Tune into Food Friday this week when Albany Marriott CMP Steve Schifley, joins host Ray Graf to talk about cooking and crafting romantic meals for Valentine's Day!

1. Valentines Day Meals are meant to be shared. When serving, make one large plate instead of one for each person.

2. You don't need to go over the top. Show your partner you know what foods they enjoy.  This way you can let them know you listen and understand them.

3. Always end with chocolate and champagne.

Each week for Food Friday, we go to a different part of the WAMC listening area to find the best spots to grab a bite. 

In Vermont's Mount Snow Valley
From the Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce

Folly Foods:  33 W Main St, Wilmington, VT, is well known for great coffee, their famous home made Bagel Bombs, the Breakfast Volcano and cookies.

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


February is Financial Aid Awareness Month, and planning for college is the focus of today’s program. Certified educational planner Lynell Engelmyer is in the studio this afternoon to talk more about it.

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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.

Dr. Andalib Nawab
Ellis Medicine

It’s National Heart Month, and joining us on this Medical Monday is Dr. Andalib Nawab, a cardiologist with Cardiology Associates of Schenectady. She’s here to respond to your questions about heart disease and prevention of heart disease and stroke. 

It’s Food Friday again! Today we’re talking about veggies and vegetarian cuisine. Nutritionist, chef and Culinary Institute of America professor Jennifer Stack is here with us, along with New World Bistro chef Ric Orlando.

Food Friday Recipe : Bissara

Jan 31, 2014
By Miansari66 via Wikimedia Commons

Tune in to Food Friday this week, when Chef Ric Orlando will join us in the studio to talk about veggies and staying healthy on a vegetarian diet!

Food Friday Recipe : Black Bean and Quinoa-Stuffed Zucchini

Jan 31, 2014
Black Bean and Quinoa-Stuffed Zucchini
Ben Fink

Tune in to Food Friday this week, when CIA nutrition instructor, registered dietician and chef Jennifer Stack will join us in the studio to talk about veggies and staying healthy on a vegetarian diet!

Foxtail lily
By Schnobby via Wikimedia Commons

Joining us for our winter gardening edition of Vox Pop today is Gardener Greg Ward of Ward’s Nursery and Fred Breglia of Landis Arboretum.

The Big Game is this weekend, and in just a few weeks, the big games will kick off across the world. So there’s no shortage of exciting sports news, and definitely no shortage of controversy surrounding it. We’re talking sports today with our WAMC sports commentator Keith Strudler and producer Jessica Bloustein Marshall, who is also a competitive figure skater.  

Vox Pop : Pete Seeger : 1/28/14

Jan 28, 2014
Frederick Fenyvessy Flickr

It’s a day of mixed emotions today as we remember the iconic Pete Seeger. The sadness of his passing last night at the age of 94 is eased by the celebration of his long and impactful life. Today we want to talk about our friend Pete.

Alzheimer's PET scan
By US National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center

Joining us on this Medical Monday is Alice Brown, a nurse practitioner at the Alzheimer’s Care Center at Albany Medical Center. She’s here to respond to your questions on Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Parkinson’s, and taking care of loved ones battling neurological diseases.

Terrapin Restaurant
Terrapin Restaurant

Each week for Food Friday, we go to a different part of the WAMC listening area to find the best spots to grab a bite. 

In Rhinebeck, NY
From the Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce

The Matchbox Cafe:  6242 US Rt. 9, Rhinebeck, is where locals and visitors alike go for local, grass fed, grain-finished beef and cooked-to-order burgers. 

It’s Food Friday again! Today we’re talking about breads and baking. Matt Funiciello of Rock Hill Bakehouse is here with us, along with grain industry expert June Russell of GrowNYC

It's the Science Forum today on Vox Pop today as we welcome back our esteemed panel of experts.  Today's panel:  Jim Pickett, Ed Stander and Michael Murphy. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Food Friday Recipe: Matt's Killer Croutons

Jan 23, 2014
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Tune in to Food Friday this week, Matt Funiciello, baker and owner of the Rock Hill Bakehouse will join us in the studio to talk about breads and grains!

Matt's Killer Croutons

1. Heat four tablespoons of olive oil with minced/pressed garlic in a frying pan over medium heat.

2. Add fresh ground pepper to taste and a pinch of ground ginger.

3. Cube three slices of thick bread and throw into the pan.


It's Pets & Vets on this edition of Vox Pop with Dr. Ron Scharf of the Animal Hospital of Niskayuna, New York. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Wedding rings
By Jeff Belmonte from Cuiabá, Brazil (Flickr) via Wikimedia Commons

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?

Dr. James Anania
Nathan Littauer Hospital

Joining us on this Medical Monday is Dr. James Anania, an anesthesiologist at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville, New York. He’s here to respond to your questions about anesthesia and pain management.

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It’s Food Friday again! Today we’re talking about catering your next party, large or small. Kim Klopstock of Lily and the Rose Gourmet Catering in Saratoga Springs is here with us, along with Bruce Kazan of Main Course Catering in New Paltz. We are also joined by Yono’s Restaurant co-owner and certified sommelier Dominick Purnomo.

Tune into Food Friday this week, when chef Bruce Kazan of Main Course Catering in New Paltz will join us in the studio to talk about catering!

Apple Chop Chow


1 Cortland Apple

For vinaigrette

½ cup rice vinegar

3 tablespoon sugar

½ teaspoon red chili

1 ounce water


1. Shave apples thinly into small julienne.

2. Mix ingredients for vinaigrette.