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Vox Pop

Weekdays, 2:00 p.m.- 3:00 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, June 29

Medical Monday: ENT With Dr. Diana Page Of Ellis Medicine

Tuesday, June 30

Policing With Chief Eric Hawkins

Wednesday, July 1


Thursday, July 2

Astronomy With Bob Berman And Valerie Rapson

Friday, July 3


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Vox Pop veteran Bob Berman is joined by  Valerie Rapson of The Dudley Observatory for this astronomy edition of the show. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Saratoga Secret Gardens Tour
Barbara Lombardo

It's another gardening show today with Fred Breglia and Bob Graves! Back by popular demand! WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Eric Hawkins
City of Albany

Today we discuss policing with Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

Dr. Diana Page
Ellis Medical Group

Dr. Diana Page of Ellis Medical Group joins Medical Monday to discuss ear, nose and throat care. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Today on Food Friday we explore the wide and wonderful world of cheese with Brian Schlatter of Old Chatham Creamery in Old Chatham, NY and Joyce Henion Acorn Hill Farm in Kerhonkson, NY. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

A picture of flowers and a butterfly.
Facebook: Project Native

Our expert gardeners are back! On the show today, Bob Graves, a horticulturist and co-owner of Faddegon’s Nursery in Latham, New York and Fred Breglia, director of the Landis Arboretum in Esperance, New York. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Producer Jackie Orchard's dog Zero enjoying a hike in the Adirondacks.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

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. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Flickr/Images Of Money

Our resident coin and stamp experts are back 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. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Dr. Jennifer Lindstrom
Albany Medical Center

Dr. Jennifer Lindstrom, the medical director of the Bariatric Surgery Center at Albany Medical, joins Medical Monday to discuss nutrition, eating, and exercise. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.


  Kizzy Williams-Francisco of Allie B's Cozy Kitchen in Albany, NY joins Food Friday to discuss soul food and Southern cooking. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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

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Tony Yang is the operator of Albany-based Gig Computers, which currently manages the computer network here at WAMC. Also with us is Mark Bogossian – owner and operator of Castle Mac Service in Latham. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

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

Dr. Doug Tumen
Hudson Valley Foot Associates

Dr. Douglas Tumen of Hudson Valley Foot Associates joins Medical Monday to discuss podiatry and podiatric surgery. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Jane Kaczmarek
Daniel Rader

Today we have two special guests to discuss Polish foods with us! Jane Kaczmarek is a Polish-American award-winning actress best known for her role on "Malcolm In The Middle" and a regular guest host of "Selected Shorts." Beata Pozniak is a Polish-born award-winning actress and director who recently won the Ear Buds Award for her reading of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead by Olga Tokarczuk. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts this special episode of Food Friday.


Today we have two of our science experts on the line to answer your questions: Barbara Brabetz and Jim Pickett. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

two birds on a branch
Courtesy of Wild Birds Unlimited

Another birding episode with the great Rich Guthrie today! WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Dr. Oscar Williams
Courtesy of UAlbany

Dr. Oscar Williams is a Professor of Africana Studies at UAlbany. He is on the line today to discuss the history of civil rights and answer your questions about how history relates to the recent protests. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

Dr. Jason Kirby
Courtesy of St. Peter's Health Partners

Joining us on the line for Medical Monday is Dr. Jason Kirby of St. Peter’s Health Partners ready to discuss addiction and recovery. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Ric Orlando of New World Bistro on Food Friday
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Chef Ric Orlando is on the line to talk delicious take-out foods we can all enjoy during the pandemic shutdown. WAMC's Jackie Orchard hosts. 

Astronomers Bob Berman and Valerie Rapson are on the line to answer your questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

Gordon Fricke's 1965 Buick Riviera
Courtesy of Gordon Fricke

Joining us today to answer your automotive questions is Gordon Fricke – owner and operator of Barber and Fricke Automotive Inc. – an independent repair, auto body, towing and used car facility in Hoosick Falls, New York. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Realtor Renata Lewis leaning on a porch.
Dania Bagyi

Renata Lewis is with Keller Williams Capital District and also leads the Renata V. Lewis Team. She is a go-to source for real estate industry advice. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

Dr. Jackie Jones is a pediatrician with CHP Berkshire Pediatrics in Pittsfield, Massaschusetts. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.


On the line to answer your farm to table produce questions are Cheryl Whilby, Market Manager of Schenectady Greenmarket and Himanee Gupta-Carlson Owner of Squashville Farm in Greenfield Center, NY. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

hands planting plants with gloves on

On this spring edition of the Vox Pop gardening show we welcome two guests - gardener Greg Ward of Ward’s Nursery and arborist Fred Breglia of Landis Arboretum. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Home Improvement
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Architectural engineer and construction specialist Darren Tracy is in the studio today to answer your questions about your home improvement projects. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Today’s program is the copyright forum. Paul Rapp and Bill Westwood are in the studio to answer your questions about protecting your writing, music, and art. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Deanna Fox is an award-winning food and agriculture journalist who writes for the Times Union, The Daily Gazette, USA Today, The Washington Post, Beer Advocate, Eater, The Kitchn and many more. She is also the owner of Albany Cooking School, which hosts cooking classes inside of Different Drummer's Kitchen in Albany, NY. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

Matthew Goodemote of Goodemote Physical Therapy in Saratoga Springs, NY joins Vox Pop to answer your questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.