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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. The show is hosted by Ray Graf and produced by Jackie Orchard. 

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, September 21

Medical Monday: LGBTQ Health With Dr. Jeremy Stoepker 

Tuesday, September 22

Home Improvement With Darren Tracy

Wednesday,  September 23

Automotive Repair With Gordon Fricke

Thursday, September 24


Friday, September 25

Food Friday: Kizzy Williams Francisco Of Allie B's 

Brisket made by Paul Gallo
Paul Gallo

It's all about grilling and frying on today's Food Friday! Jasper Alexander joins us to answer all of your grilling questions! WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

chemistry experiment with smoke coming out of beaker
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The science panel returns to Vox Pop to answer your inquiries. Today we welcome Barbara Brabetz, and Jim Pickett. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Mark Lawson of Albany’s Mark Lawson Antiques, Jewelry, and Coin joins us today to answer your questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

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It's another birding episode on Vox Pop today! Rich Guthrie joins WAMC's Ray Graf to answer all your bird questions! 

Dr. Amy Freeth
Courtesy of SVMC

Joining us for Medical Monday is Dr. Amy Freeth, an endocrinologist with Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

Deanna Fox joins us for a baking episode today! WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

Today we discuss election law with attorney James Long. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 


Meteorologist Jason Gough returns to Vox Pop to answer your weather questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

It's the copyright forum today with Paul Rapp and Bill Westwood! WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 


Today we talk wine and food pairings with Peter Barrett and Christy Frank. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

Harry Ringermacher

It's another astronomy show with Bob Berman and Valerie Rapson! WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

white fluffy dog in the woods
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

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.

In today's special suicide prevention episode we are joined by two experts: Doctor Jane Tillman of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts and Doctor Joseph Hunter of the Albany Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

Dr. Eric Yager
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Dr. Eric Yager of the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is here to answer your coronavirus questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Today we talk the history of beer in the capital region with Craig Gravina and Maeve McEneny. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

Pink, orange, and yellow flowers.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Fred Breglia and Greg Ward join us for another gardening edition of Vox Pop today! WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Renata Lewis and Alex Monticello join us for another Real Estate episode today. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

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Rich Guthrie joins Vox Pop to discuss birds and birding. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Doctor Matthew Vernon, an Oncologist with Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, is on the line to answer your questions about cancer treatments. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Today on the show we are talking cookies with two bakers who have emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic and started a business - Cookie Therapy ALB! Ashley Brown and Faye Jones are on the line to answer your baking questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

It's sports talk on Vox Pop today! Keith Strudler and Jane McManus are our guests. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Picture of a marijuana plant
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

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 uses 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 Thomas Winstanley of Theory Wellness. The company operates a recreational dispensary in Great Barrington, MA. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins, left, and Saratoga Co. Sheriff Michael Zurlo.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins and Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo are our guests today. They are on the line to answer your law enforcement questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Dr. Swati Mehta
Courtesy of Albany Med

Doctor Swati Mehta is an attending physician in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at Albany Medical Center. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of acute kidney injuries, chronic kidney diseases, and end stage renal diseases. She joins us on the line today to answer all of your kidney questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

WAMC's  Jackie Orchard visits Stacks Espresso Bar in Albany with her dog, Zero.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

Ron Grieco of Stacks Espresso Bar joins Food Friday today to talk coffee! WAMC's Jackie Orchard hosts. 

Jim Levulis / WAMC

It's another gardening show today with Bob Graves and Greg Ward! WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

It's hiking and biking today! Mary Glynn, Outdoor Skills Coordinator for the Adirondack Mountain Club, and Samantha Moranville, co-owner of Revolution Bicycles in Kingston, New York, are ready to tell you where all the best trails and routes are! WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

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On the line to answer your computer and technology questions today are Tony Yang and Mark Bogossian. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

Dr. Robert Phang
Courtesy of St. Peter’s Health Partners Medical Associates

Dr. Robert Phang joins us for Medical Monday today. He is a cardiac electrophysiologist with Albany Associates In Cardiology, a practice of St. Peter’s Health Partners Medical Associates. Dr. Phang specializes in heart rhythm disorders such as atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia, heart conduction abnormalities, fainting, and sudden cardiac death. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Aneesa Waheed
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Today on Food Friday, Aneesa Waheed of Tara Kitchen returns to discuss Moroccan cuisine. Aneesa has been featured on "Beat Bobby Flay" and "Guy's Grocery Games." Tara has two locations in Schenectady and Troy, NY. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.