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

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. 

This week: The Berkshires
From the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce

The Market Place Café:   53 North Street, Pittsfield
Daily salad specials made from delicious local ingredients. Try their Butternut Squash soup. 

Times Union Editorial Editor Jay Jochnowitz joins Alan Chartock in the studio for analysis of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's fourth State of the State address in Albany.

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As the world continues to react to the intelligence leaks sparked by the likes of Edward Snowden and Julian Assange, an unsolved leak carried out 40 years ago is making news. A new book is finally revealing the identity of burglars who broke into an FBI office in the spring of 1971 and stole files detailing the Bureau’s surveillance of American citizens under J. Edgar Hoover.

Dr. Matthew Leinung
Albany Medical Center

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is on the verge of making medical marijuana legal in the state—a treatment that researchers are now saying may help control blood sugar and diabetes. Joining us on this Medical Monday is diabetes specialist Dr. Matthew Leinung, director of endocrinology and metabolism at Albany Medical Center. He’s here to respond to your questions.

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It’s our first Food Friday! And we’re getting the year off to a mouthwatering start. Joining us this afternoon is Chef Dale Miller and food columnist Steve Barnes of the Times Union’s Table Hopping.

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. 

This week: Burlington, Vermont
From the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce

Burlington is known for the "localvore" movement, in which many restaurants use only products that are from Vermont farmers or made in the region.

Food Friday Cooking Tips : Brining Meats

Jan 2, 2014

Tune in to Food Friday this week, when Chef Dale Miller will join us in the studio to talk about the exciting trends in cooking for 2014!

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The New Year—in addition to a monster snow storm—is bringing with it some exciting sports news. Notably, the BCS championship between Auburn and Florida State kicking off Monday night, and the rapid approach of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. We’re talking sports today with our WAMC Sports Commentator Keith Strudler.  


We are joined in the studio today by two New York State Troopers, Major Martin Hansen and Technical Sergeant Doug Paquette, and we’re talking about the dangers of drunk driving. Are you worried about the roads tonight?

Dr. Nicholas Montalto
CNY Fertility

Joining us on this Medical Monday is Dr. Nicholas Montalto, an OB-GYN and Medical Director of the Robotic Surgery Division at Ellis Medical Group here in the Capital Region.

Today on the Vox Pop, 2014 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?

South Sudan President Salva Kiir
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It’s Christmas Eve, and millions around the world are preparing to celebrate the holiday. But escalating conflict in the fledgling African nation of South Sudan has cast a shadow on the festive season. The United Nations has bumped up the crisis level today after officials found mass graves in the country—a sign that clashes are dangerously close to all out civil war.

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.

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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.

It’s pets and vets today, and joining us in the studio is veterinary surgeon Dr. Courtney Fitzpatrick of Veterinary Specialties Referral Center in Pattersonville, New York.

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The Mega Millions lottery has soared to a whopping $636 million jackpot. By tonight, it could break a record. And if no one wins by the end of this week, could the Mega Million become the Mega “Billion”?

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.

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

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, intellectual property lawyer Paul Rapp, and medical illustrator Bill Westwood. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

Nelson Mandela / South Africa The Good News

Leaders from around the world gathered in South Africa today to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, who died Friday at age 95. 

Dr. Hassan Shawa
Albany Medical Center

Joining us on this Medical Monday is Dr. Hassan Shawa, of the Albany Medical Center Endocrinology Division. He specializes in thyroid disorders, hormonal imbalance and treatment of gland tumors, and is here to respond to your questions on these topics.

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

  The holiday season is upon us, and today we’ve got two guests who are sure to have some suggestions on how to spice up your holiday cooking!

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As the National Transportation Safety Board investigates the deadliest train derailment New York has seen in more than two decades, alarming details are emerging about just what happened to the Metro North commuter train Sunday morning and why.  


It’s that time of year again – the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and wintertime can be an exciting time for family, friends and cold-weather sports. But for hospital emergency rooms, it’s a time for hypothermia, frostbite, carbon-monoxide poisoning and snow-shoveling safety.   

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Cyber Monday is coming up, and computers and digital gadgets are likely to play a huge role in your holiday season this year. It’s the computer show on today’s Vox Pop, with Tony Yang of GIG Computers. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.


Almost a year after the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the State’s Attorney has released a report profiling the killer, 20-year-old Adam Lanza.

Dominique Wilkins

November is National Diabetes Month. Joining us on this Medical Monday to talk about the disease that afflicts more than 25 million Americans, is endocrinologist Dr. Gregg Gerety and NBA legend Dominique Wilkins.

It's the Science Forum today on Vox Pop today as we welcome back our esteemed panel of experts.  Today's panel:  Barbara Brabetz, Ed Standard and Helen Ghiardella. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.