WBEZ’s Midday producer, Justin Kaufman guest co-hosts the ‘Morning AMp’ along with Molly Adams. They discuss Illinois’s pension reform which rises the retirement age for state workers. Justin debates the ‘historic’ nature of the reform, and the impact this will have on Illinois residents.
Cassandra Gaddo of the Step Up Women’s Network and blogger and women in science advocate Veronica Arreola join ‘Morning AMp’ hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams to talk about public marriage proposals, and the various forms of feminism.
Recently, a Today Show proposal was made fun of on a number of feminist blogs: the woman thought she was there to talk about her non-profit, Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation, and instead got proposed to by her boyfriend. But her reaction to the reaction, the she was fine with what went down, shows we know nothing about people and their relationships!
Comedian and writer for The Whiskey Journal, Tim Barnes talks to ‘Morning Amp’ host Molly Adams about the trend of “instant biopics” that are being made in Hollywood.
With the announcement that 20th Century Fox is already developing a movie about William Ulbricht, the accused kingpin of the Internet drug market Silk Road that was shut down last month, Intern Tim Barnes looks at the rising trend of the “instant biopic” and why Hollywood won’t let history breathe a bit.
Film Critic Reggie Ponder calls in to discuss his opinion on the critique of new releases.
In the US, the only country to sentence minors to life without parole, over 2500 inmates are serving that time. Documentary filmmaker Tirtza Even screens her experimental film Natural Life tonight at the Gene Siskel Center and joins us to talk about the effectiveness of juvenile imprisonment and its effects on the incarcerated, officials, and the law.
Storytelling is all too familiar here at Vocalo, and we’re always on the search for events where people are able to freely express themselves over an open mic. One storytelling event by Stoop-Style Stories will start taking place every last Thursday of the month at Rosa’s Lounge in Humboldt Park and will feature poets, emcees, musicians, and artists as they share their personal narratives in front of a live audience. Stoop Style’s founder and host Lily Be joined the AMp’s Brian Babylon and guest co host Tim Barnes this morning to discuss why we should attend and continue art the story telling.
The Bears return to the gridiron tonight and our Senior Accounts Payable Coordinator LaToya Smith joined the AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning as she gave us a preview, as a well as a look back on the past week’s winners and losers, including Derrick Rose’s home opener. Vocalo listener and caller Ryan from Westville also chimed in on the conversation as he expressed concern for the Bulls this season. He stated that if Derrick Rose was not a star player, he would have been benched due to his lack of successful shots. LaToya agreed with Ryan as she believed that the loss to the Sixers has her worried since the problem is beyond Derrick Rose - the entire team seems to perform lackluster this season, including the dependable Luol Deng who only scored 4 points in the last game. Brian showed more optimism for the Bulls since it’s only been three games into the season. What do you guys think based on this conversation: should we be worried about our sports teams this winter?
If a plan for better living recommends light exercise, whole foods, and mindful presence, do you really need to be stoned to make it work? WBEZ producer Monica Eng joined the AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adamsthis morning as she shared details of the diet and author Art Glass also joined us on the phone to talk about the connections between mind and body. Despite the controversy behind endorsing this diet, a few of our Vocalo listeners called and chimed in on the conversations, either showing support or sharing personal experiences.
Let’s bring some positivity into the Chicago winter sports arena! After weeks of reporting on the downwards decline of the Bear’s season, LaToya “Moneyball” Smith joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning to discuss the pre-season performance of the undefeated Chicago Bulls. With the official season kicking off in just a couple of days, LaToya discussed the vast improvement in Derrick Rose’s performance, and how the Bulls have done without injured Joakim Noah - nothing less than impressive. But will the Bulls live up to this when the season starts? LaToya hopes so.
Morning AMp intern and ‘The Whiskey Journal’ contributor Tim Barnes debuts his new segment “What Is Hip?” by explaining to hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams how slavery is the newest trend in Hollywood. Tim described the success of films like ‘The Help’ and ‘Django Unchained’ as a sign to movie producers that there is money to be made by tackling civil rights issues in theaters. He also interviewed moviegoers before and after watching the new release ‘12 Years a Slave’ which depicts the true life story of Solomon Northup, a free man who was forced into slavery.
"I was just reading an article earlier this week about how the United States has the highest rate of detaining juveniles, and I’m just wondering what you have to do to go to jail? For the record, I’m not advocating that we put childen in jail, period. I’m just thinking about who are the kids that go to jail and who are the kids that steal cars and bypass TSA agents and sneak on planes and don’t go to jail?" -Coya Paz
The lovely and talented Coya Paz joined host Molly Adams and guest host Ernest Wilkins on the Morning AMp to discuss the nine year old boy who managed to sneak onto an airplane. This week Minnesota family court ordered that the boy be placed in an “out-of-home” facility until their next court date on November 20th. News stories like these raise certain questions about parenting such as; “As a parent, when you are struggling and alone, where do you turn?” and “Do we need to have a national parenting curriculum?”
“The products that are labelled pink are sometimes even promoting or containing toxic chemicals that cause breast cancer […] We do have a sort of issue with just slapping pink on these products.”
- Audra Wilson on the Commercialization of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Audra Wilson, host of Practically Speaking, and Cassandra Gaddo of the Step Up Women’s Network joined the AMp’s Molly Adams and guest co-host Ernest Wilkins as they shared their thoughts about “pinkwashing” during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Oh, and did you know that October is also Domestic Violence Awareness month? Why has Breast Cancer awareness overshadowed other, more common problems women face? From the NFL to the American Cancer Society, the purpose for all these various cancer campaigns were probed and discussed.
“[On the topic of Twitter] There is a grand tradition of writing that operates aphoristically in short little segments meant to excite […] to give you a little bit of something that metaphorically means something else, and that’s really different from how novels work today, take your John Grisham or your Stephen King, these books that you know are fine but they are just straight up realism […] there all very organized and very contrived […] Proust never surrendered to the core audition.”
It’s been 100 years since the first volume of Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time was published and chances are, you still haven’t read it. Davis Schneiderman, associate professor of English at Lake Forest College, stops by to talk about the work’s continued significance ahead of a discussion tonight with Aleksandar Hemon and David Ellison.