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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 the show two teachers offer advice and answer questions about teaching at home during the pandemic. Call in with your questions about English, Math, or remote learning. Ray Graf hosts.

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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.

Amid the pandemic, many people are taking to the trails and spending more time outside while socially distancing. Michael Barrett from the Adirondack Mountain Club and Samantha Moranville of Revolution Bicycles in Kingston are here to answer your questions. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Ready to answer your questions is Bob Canterbury, senior wealth adviser at BST. Bob has 30 years of financial planning and wealth management experience, including investment planning, risk analysis, asset allocation, investment selection and retirement planning. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts. 

Dr. Azam Hussain of New York Oncology Hematology
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Dr. Azam Hussain of New York Oncology Hematology joins Medical Monday to discuss cancers of the blood. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Tonight, all Broadway theaters will honor Carol Channing, who died on Tuesday at the age of 97, by dimming their marquee lights. Her performances as the gold-digging Lorelei Lee in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and the matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi in “Hello, Dolly!” made her a Broadway legend.

In 2003, Carol Channing joined us for an hour in studio here at WAMC for an episode of our afternoon call-in program, Vox Pop. Her book “Just Lucky I Guess: A Memoir of Sorts,” had come out a few months prior and she was en route to an event at Bennington College in Vermont. 

Chief Eric Hawkins with Vox Pop host Ray Graf
Albany Police Department

New Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins took calls on WAMC’s Vox Pop program Tuesday to discuss law enforcement. While he was on the air, there was a new development in one high-profile case involving the department.

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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.

A suicide attack at a concert last night in Manchester, England killed more than 20 people. On Tuesday, the Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility. The attack comes as President Trump is on his first official visit overseas including stops in the Middle East where he has called for peace. Professor Victor Asal of UAlbany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy is in the studio to discuss terrorism and related topics. Professor Asal heads UAlbany’s Project on Violent Conflict. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

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

Congressman John Faso, a Republican from New York’s 19th District, is in the studio today. The district encompasses all or parts of eleven counties in the Capital Region, Hudson Valley, Catskills and Central New York. WAMC’s Alan Chartock hosts.

New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz is in the studio today to discuss his new book “Talking to Animals.”

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The Trump administration recently announced the outline of a tax plan that calls for lowering the corporate tax rate and decreasing the number of personal income tax brackets. While details are few, analysts are already predicting potential impacts. 

Dr. Scott Rogge
Southwestern Vermont Health Care

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday is Dr. Scott Rogge, medical director of cardiology at Southwestern Vermont Health Care.  WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

Mary Kenney
Legal Pantry - www.LegalPantry.com

Today on Food Friday, Mary Kenney of the personal chef service Legal Pantry is in the studio with meal and menu preparation tips for people who are constantly on the go. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

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In the studio today to answer your gardening questions are a few familiar voices. Bob Graves is a horticulturist and co-owner of Faddegon’s Nursery in Latham, New York. Fred Breglia is director of the Landis Arboretum in Esperance, New York. Greg Ward runs Ward’s Nursery in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

With most schools nearing the end of their spring semesters, counselor Lynell Engelmyer is in the studio this afternoon to talk about financially preparing for college, financial aid and the admissions process. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Map of North Korea
Central Intelligence Agency's World Factbook.

Tensions between North Korea and the United States continue to rise as both countries showcase their military capabilities through various exercises. In the studio to discuss the relationship between the U.S. and North Korea are Steven Leibo of The Sage Colleges and Christopher Clary of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

HeLa cells
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We welcome back an esteemed panel of experts to respond to your scientific inquiries. Jim Pickett, Ed Stander and Ela Joseph make up our panel. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts. 

Snowy Owl

We’ll be discussing birds today on the program. WAMC’s resident avian expert Rich Guthrie and environmental educator George Steele are here to answer your questions about the winged creatures. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts. 

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

Ordinary bicycle
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With most of the snow melted and temperatures rising around the region, many people are looking to enjoy the outdoors. We have a panel of hiking and biking experts in the studio today to answer your questions and help you find the best trails and routes to take.

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Are you thinking about buying or selling a home? Or are you looking to increase your property’s value? We have three real estate professionals with us today to answer your questions. Alexander Monticello of Monticello Real Estate, David Patton of Adirondack Mountain Home Inspections and Renata Lewis of Keller Williams Capital District and the Renata V. Lewis Team are in the studio. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Map of Syria
Public Domain / Central Intelligence Agency's World Factbook.

The Syrian Civil War started in March 2011 and has become one of the most difficult problems for the international community. The conflict involves the Russian-backed Syrian government and many opposing forces, some of which the United States considers terrorist organizations. Here to discuss the complexities in the Syrian War is Dr. Jim Steiner of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany. Jim is the school’s program coordinator for homeland security, cyber security and emergency management. He served in the CIA from 1972 to 2005 focusing on Soviet defense and economic issues. WAMC’s Alan Chartock hosts.

Matzo ball soup

Passover is next week and we have just the people in the studio to help you create some delicious dishes for the celebration. Our guests are Rabbi Hanoch Hecht, who competed on the Food Network’s Chopped, and Chef Brian Arnoff of Kitchen Sink Food & Drink in Beacon, NY. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Finding a job is difficult enough, but what about making a career transition? What are the first steps? Where do you start? That’s where our career panel comes in. We have Robert Frederick, founder of Employee Development Associates, and Luke Schmonsky, Director of the Center for Student Success at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences here to answer your questions. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Replica of the Paul Jaray-designed 1923 Auto Union streamliner concept car
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Joining us today to answer your automotive questions is Gordon Fricke – owner and operator of Barber and Fricke Automotive Incorporated – an independent repair, auto body, towing and used car facility in Hoosick Falls, New York. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

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Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is awaiting a confirmation vote by the full Senate, but Democrats have secured enough votes to filibuster. A vote is expected Friday. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has signaled he will likely change Senate rules to reduce the threshold from 60 votes to a simple majority to get Gorsuch confirmed – the so-called “nuclear option.”

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On today’s program, it’s a writers forum. Joining me in the studio today are novelist Barbara Chepaitis and storyteller Lâle Davidson. They’re here to answer your questions about the process of creative writing. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts. 

New York state lawmakers are facing a Friday budget deadline with a number of issues hanging over their heads. Among them are an extension of a millionaire’s tax, tuition aid for college students and justice reform. Meanwhile, Governor Andrew Cuomo has floated the idea of an “extender budget” that would maintain current funding levels. The Democrat says New York is facing uncertainty about what the state can expect from federal funding sources.