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, October 8
Medical Monday: Cerebrovascular diseases with Dr. Alexandra Paul

Tuesday, October 9
Climate change

Wednesday, October 10
Physical therapy

Thursday, October 11
Science forum

Friday, October 12
Food Friday: Bacon with Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarbrough

Dr. Richard Kim and physical therapist Matthew Goodemote join Medical Monday to discuss sports medicine and orthopedics. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.


We welcome back two members of our esteemed panel of experts to respond to your scientific inquiries. Barbara Brabetz and Ed Stander join WAMC's Ray Graf.


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 RappBill Westwood and Polly Law are in the studio to answer your questions about protecting your writing, music, and art. WAMC’s Alan Chartock hosts.

Paul Franz

Despite the cold temperatures and lingering snow, come spring farms across our region will be in full swing. To get us up to speed on farm fresh products, Paul Lacinski and Amy Klippenstein of Sidehill Farm in Hawley, Massachusetts are in the studio.  WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

David Goehring, flickr

The focus of today's program is writing. In the studio is novelist Barbara Chepaitis and poet Dan Wilcox. They are here to answer your questions about the process of creative writing. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.


It's all about technology on this edition of Vox Pop. We'll talk computers with Tony Yang of Gig Computers. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Nils Strand / Wikimedia Commons

On this open forum edition of Vox Pop, WAMC’s Alan Chartock discusses the week’s news, from President Trump’s proposed 2019 budget to Valentine’s Day.

Dr. Suzie Mookherjee / Albany Medical Center

Dr. Suzie Mookherjee of Albany Medical Center joins Medical Monday to discuss cardiology. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts. 

Facebook: fin - your fishmonger

Rob Handel and Dora Swan of fin - your fishmonger in Guilderland, NY join Food Friday to answer your questions about seafood dishes during Lent. 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.


  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.


Chefs Ric Orlando and Hugh Horner join Food Friday with their favorite Mardi Gras dishes for the extended celebratory weekend of February 9-13. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.


Sunday, February 4 is Super Bowl LII pitting the Philadelphia Eagles against the defending Super Bowl champions New England Patriots. The 2018 Winter Olympics also get underway February 7. Here to discuss these sporting events and more are Mark McGuire of The Daily Gazette, Ashley Miller of NewsChannel 13 and Keith Strudler of Montclair State University. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Andrea Schwartz at the bottom of the Grand Canyon
Andrea Schwartz

Planning a vacation or a weekend getaway? Travel planner Andrea Schwartz is in the studio to answer your questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

President Trump addressing a joint session of Congress in February 2017.

President Donald Trump is set to deliver his first State of the Union address at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, January 30. You can listen to the speech live on WAMC, wamc.org and the WAMC mobile app. Here to discuss what the Republican may cover during his address are Professor Bruce Miroff of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany and Professor Jack Collens of Siena College. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts. 

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday to discuss orthopedics is Dr. Laura Scordino of
OrthoNY and Ellis Medicine. She specializes in hand, shoulder and upper extremity surgery. Dr. Scordino has a particular interest in treatment of tendon, nerve, and arthritic conditions of the hand and wrist. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.


On this edition of Food Friday, Chef Jasper Alexander of Hattie’s Restaurant of Saratoga Springs, NY offers his take on Southern comfort food. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.


How is your vehicle holding up through winter? 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.

U.S. Representative John Faso
U.S. Representative John Faso

Congressman John Faso is in the studio today to answer questions from constituents. The Republican from New York’s 19th Congressional District was elected in 2016. His district encompasses all or parts of eleven counties in the Capital Region, Hudson Valley, Catskills and Central New York. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

U.S. Capitol Building
Stacy | Flickr

The three-day federal government shutdown has ended and a temporary spending measure funds federal agencies through February 8. Senate Democrats agreed to sign off on the measure after Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged that lawmakers would take up immigration proposals, which held up talks to prevent a shutdown last week. WAMC's Alan Chartock takes your calls on this and more. 

Dr. Alan Sanders, President and Partner of Upstate Infectious Diseases Associates, LLP in Albany, NY, joins Al Cardillo, the Executive Vice President of the Home Care Association of New York State, to discuss infectious diseases and sepsis. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.


Craig Gravina of the Albany Ale Project, Johnny Curtain from The Albany Distilling Company, Scott Veltman from C.H. Evans Brewing Company at the Albany Pump Station and Indian Ladder Farms Cidery and Brewery join Food Friday. They are here to discuss the Capital Region's beer and spirits history and ways they are celebrating it. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.


We welcome back our esteemed panel of experts to respond to your scientific inquiries. Barbara Brabetz, Jim Pickett and Ed Stander return for their first show of 2018. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.


Avian expert Rich Guthrie returns to Vox Pop for his first show of 2018 to answer your birding questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Brendan Venter
Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna LLP

On today's program, immigration attorney Brendan Venter of Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna LLP joins WAMC's Alan Chartock to discuss immigration.

Dr. Jennifer Michaels of The Brien Center 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.


Food Friday favorite Amy Halloran returns to the show today to discuss baking. 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.


It’s Pets and Vets today, and joining us in the studio are Dr. Susan Sikule of the Just Cats veterinary clinics in Guilderland and Saratoga Springs, NY and Dr. Kris Dallas of Ancient Arts Holistic Veterinary Services in Saratoga Springs. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.