Vox Pop

Monday - Friday, 2 p.m.- 3 p.m.

Vox Pop is WAMC's live call-in talk program. Guests with expertise in areas ranging from astronomy to politics speak with WAMC's hosts and answer questions posed by WAMC listeners. We also have a number of forums and guests who are regulars on Vox Pop such as our science forum and gardening programs.

Every Monday is a "Medical Monday."  Every Friday is a "Food Friday." 

There are several ways to join the conversation:

  • Call in during the show from 2-3 p.m. at 1-800-348-2551 (1-800-34TALK-1)
  • Email voxpop@wamc.org during the show
  • Tweet us @WAMCVoxPop

You can subscribe to the podcast here: iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher.

Coming up on Vox Pop:

Monday, April 15
Medical Monday: Measles, infectious diseases with Dr. Amesh Adalja

Tuesday, April 16
Weather with Jason Gough

Wednesday, April 17
Computers with Tony Yang and Mark Bogossian

Thursday, April 18
Automotive Repair with Gordon Fricke

Friday, April 19
Food Friday: Asian food with Shiro Kitchen & Asian Market

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Tony Yang of Gig Computers and Mark Bogossian of Castle Mac Service join Vox Pop to answer your computer questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Although it is officially spring, a bomb cyclone dropped a significant amount of snow last week in parts of the Midwest. Today meteorologist Jason Gough joins Vox Pop to answer your weather questions.  WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Dr. Amesh Adalja
Courtesy Photo

Dr. Amesh Adalja, a  Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s Diagnostics Committee, joins Medical Monday. He's here to discuss infectious diseases and vaccinations. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

Jim Levulis, WAMC

John Fischer of The Culinary Institute of America returns to Food Friday with his latest mix of cocktails. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

A medical marijuana dispensary in Plattsburgh, NY
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Recreational retail marijuana sales are now underway in Massachusetts, recreational use is legal in Vermont and lawmakers in New York are considering legalization. Here to discuss marijuana and its use are Marc Aronoff, a mental health counselor in Lenox, MA and the author of "The Cannabis Craze: A Practical Guide for Parents and Teens," and Brandon Pollock, CEO of Theory Wellness. The company operates a vertically integrated cannabis business in Massachusetts, with its recreational dispensary in Great Barrington. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.


It’s Pets and Vets today, and joining us in the studio are Dr. Susan Sikule and Dr. Theresa Tommell of the Just Cats veterinary clinics in Guilderland and Saratoga Springs, New York. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Facebook: Electric City Comics & Magazines

Bill Townsend of Electric City Comics and Al Itskov of Al's House of Sports Cards, both in Schenectady, New York, join Vox Pop to discuss comics and sports cards. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Dr. Daven Savla
Ellis Medicine

Dr. Daven Savla of Ellis Medicine joins Medical Monday to discuss primary care and pediatrics. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

Jim Levulis, WAMC

The 16th annual Jewish Food Festival at Congregation Gates of Heaven in Schenectady, New York will be held on Sunday, April 7 from noon to 3 p.m. The event focuses on the wide world of Jewish cuisine and here to discuss it are Seth Front, Jeff Walton and Randy Simon. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

We welcome renowned astronomer Bob Berman back to Vox Pop to field all of your astronomy-related questions. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.


Avian expert Rich Guthrie is back in his Studio A nest to answer your birding questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Facebook: NCAA March Madness

March Madness is in full swing, the Major League Baseball season is underway and the playoff pictures in the NBA and NHL are coming into focus. Here to discuss all of this on Vox Pop are a trio of sports reporters.

Dr. Kevin Mitts
Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates

Dr. Kevin Mitts of Berkshire Medical Center and Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates joins Medical Monday to discuss joint replacements and the latest robotic surgery advancements. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

Roasted coffee beans
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Time to wake up and smell the coffee! Ron Grieco and Sarah Johnston of Stacks Espresso Bar join Food Friday today for a discussion of the liquid fuel. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Our expert gardeners return to Vox Pop for the first show of Spring 2019. On the show today, Bob Graves, a horticulturist and co-owner of Faddegon’s Nursery in Latham, New York, Fred Breglia, director of the Landis Arboretum in Esperance, New York and Greg Ward of Ward's Nursery in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

A house under construction
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Are you in the market for a home? Are you looking to sell some property? If you fall into either of those categories, or both, this is the Vox Pop show for you. Renata Lewis of Keller Williams Capital District and the Renata V. Lewis Team is joined by  Maggie Merelle and Steven Weisz of William Pitt Sotheby's in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. They are here to answer your real estate questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

A political map of the world
CIA World Factbook

Today on Vox Pop, Jean Gagnon, president of Plaza Travel Center in Latham, New York, joins the program to answer your travel questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Dr. Michaela Schneiderbauer
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center

Dr. Michaela Schneiderbauer of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center joins Medical Monday to answer your orthopedics questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.


Katie Haskins of Hooked Seafood Co. in Latham, NY is joined by Dora Swan and Peter Kenyon of Fin in Guilderland, NY for a discussion of seafood on this Food Friday. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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The science panel returns to Vox Pop to answer your inquiries. Today we welcome back Barbara Brabetz, Ed Stander and Jim Pickett. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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On this first official day of spring, meteorologist Jason Gough joins Vox Pop to discuss what the season may have in store for our region. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Today on Vox Pop, Mark Lawson of Albany's Mark Lawson Antiques joins the show to discuss antiques and collecting. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Dr. Nina Sax, a gastroenterologist, returns to Medical Monday to answer your questions. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

Facebook: Katie O'Byrne's Irish Pub & Restaurant

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, the team from Katie O'Brynes Irish Pub in Schenectady, New York joins Food Friday. Owner John Maloney and Chef Greg Paige have brought bangers and mash, shepherd's pie and corned beef and cabbage for WAMC's Ray Graf to try out.

We welcome renowned astronomer Bob Berman back to Vox Pop to field all of your astronomy-related questions. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

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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.

Photo of a faucet
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Do you have plumbing issue? Alan Ayers, vice president of Crisafulli Brothers, a plumbing and heating contractor in New York's Capital, joins the show to answer your questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Matthew Alheim

Today on Medical Monday, Matthew Alheim, a licensed physical therapist and the clinical manager of Repsher & Associates Physical Therapy in Albany, NY, joins WAMC's Alan Chartock.

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Today on Food Friday, we get a taste of the Hudson Valley with a trio of area cooks. Chef Josh Kroner is representing Terrapin Restaurant in Rhinebeck. Waldy Malouf is the senior director for special projects at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. Janet Crawshaw and Marcella Micillo are representing The Valley Table, a magazine on farms, food and cuisine. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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If you are a fan of trains, whether they are full-size or model, this is the Vox Pop show for you. Jeff Stedge, John Basile and Doug Bafaro of the Albany Train Show are in the studio to answer your questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.