We continue our conversation about everyday violence faced by women and girls when we are going by Sangheetha Ravichandran and Larrinita Starks, a staff member and youth leader with A Long Walk Home. ALWH uses art therapy and visual and performing arts to help girls heal from violence and to seek ends to it.
We took a Cash Money detour down the alimentary canal when we talk to science writer Mary Roach about her new book, Gulp. From start to finish, she takes us through all the ways our bodies break down food and the history of how we came to understand how our most vital function functions.
“I think my main reason for wanting to do it [CNN Chicagoland documentary] was to create awareness, but not just for Fenger- I think Fenger is just a small microcosm of what happens on a larger scale of not only in Chicago but across this country. And so there are phenomenal educators and principles across the country who are doing work under extraordinary circumstances that don’t really get highlighted, where people don’t understand the complexity of the work, so that was really important for me and why I really wanted to do it. And then the second reason was to help raise funds. You know, it’s public education…and how things are funded; it’s complicated. “
- Fenger High School Principal Liz Dozier on why she decided to feature her school on CNN’s documentary “Chicagoland”
"I would argue that the system is working as it is intended to work, does it serve communities that we all care about? No, but is it "working"? Sure. […]Some people can work any system, but if a system is set up so that a significant portion of people will not succeed in it, then those people will not succeed in it, and then we’re talking about exceptional-ism, which is so American." - Dr. Coya Paz on The Morning AMp.
Reporter Alex Keefe from WBEZ joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylonand Molly Adams in the studio as he filled them in on Governor’s Quinn’s plan to provide property owners, but not renters, with a $500 annual refund. The idea is to offset the “temporary” income tax increases that he now wants to make permanent. Obviously, the plan is not making everyone happy.
Senior Tech Correspondent Marty Hess joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adamsas he filled them in on the return of virtual reality and Facebook’s purchase of Oculus VR and what that means for the social media giant’s plans for expanding into the world of entertainment media.
The AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams joined by Amanda Drinkall and Rufus Collins, the pair who hold down the sexy, smart, supernatural comedy Venus in Fur. They also discussed what it’s like to be directed under a woman in this kind of play and dissected the plot as it finds humor in the politics behind gender, sex and power.
On the last Thursday of the month, we review the most recent developments in contemporary black history. This time the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams were joined by Claudia Garcia-Rojas and Curtis Shaw Flagg. From Lupita Nyong’o’s Oscar win and what it portends for the ingenue and the roles black actresses will be offered to the decimation of Morris Brown College’s student body and what it indicates for the future of HBCUs.
Listener Vince from the South Side of Chicago took advantage of the Morning AMp’s miscellaneous format and called hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon about the recent Citizens United reform bill in Springfield. Vince discussed the joint-resolution between the Illinois Senate and citizens to limit campaign donations to $100 per entry and why he believes this movement is important.
Houston Ballet member Allison Miller called in to host Molly Adams before a set of shows in Chicago. The Houston Ballet, one of the largest ballet theaters in the country, stopped in Chicago to perform their production of “Aladdin” which was originally designed for the National Ballet of Japan. Allison Miller gave us some insight on the life of a professional dancer during a large-scale production.
Senior hip hop correspondant Gabe Mendoza called in to give us his take on the recent Freddie Gibbs and Madlib collaboration, ‘Piñata.’ Hosts Molly Adams and Jeff Steinbrunner got the low-down on the making of the album and Mendoza’s favorite tracks.
Nothing says Feminist Wednesday like a fight about leggings: Listener Ty was stirred up about the Evanston school district’s recent restriction on leggings. Does a newly added ban to the dress code help or hurt the situation? Listeners weighed in on how to help adolesecents dress appropriately with hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon.
WBEZ Northwest Indiana Reporter Mike Puente checked in with the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams about the proposed extension of the South Shore train line and gives an update about regulating pet coke dust on the southeast side.