'Morning AMp' hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams bring the Reel Critic Reggie Ponder and Indie Movie critic Matt Fagerholm in the studio early during the awards season and get their expert analysis of the potential winners and losers in all categories. From films like The Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle to Inside Llewyn Davis nothing will be left out. As a bonus, Holiday movies will also be thrown into their discussion!
Chicago is home to the largest Serbian community outside of Belgrade, so it’s no surprise that the First Annual Serbian Film Festival will be held here. A few movies that will premiere were even official entries for the Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film from Serbia. Committee member Zoran Golubovich joined us by phone to talk about how the festival was put together, and which films from the event he recommends people to see this weekend.
Since the beginning of his Papacy in March, Pope Francis has made international headlines with his unconventional messages of hope and compassion for the poor. He’s been praised as the key to progress for the Catholic Church while exploding the heads of conservative critics who have labeled him a Marxist. Graziano Marcheschi, executive director of ministry at Saint Xavier University, talked with Morning AMp hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon about whether or not this shift in the Catholic church is legitimate or a PR stunt.
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.
Resident sports expert LaToya “Moneyball” Smith joins ‘Morning AMp’ host Brian Babylon, and guest co-hosts Tim Barnes and Vivian Mikhail to talk about sports. After the Bears loss to the Vikings, they debate the likeliness of a Bears victory this season. Brian shifts the discussion towards the Bulls and there time spent in Los Angeles.
In thisCouncil of Feminist Thought, ‘Morning AMp’ hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon are joined by the dynamic duo of Mikki Kendall and Jamie Nesbitt Golden to talk about Jamie’s viral hashtag #feministselfies, SCOTUS taking up the contraception mandate for employer provided insurance in the Affordable Care Act, and the fact that natural hair can still get a black child suspended from school.
‘Morning Amp’ hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon are joined by the dynamic duo of Mikki Kendall and Jamie Nesbitt Golden to talk about Jamie’s viral hashtag #feministselfies. They tackle every aspect of the selfie phenomenon, down to the nature of why so many feel the need to post them.
Free Spirit Media founder Jeff McCarter and ‘HoopsHIGH’ alum Elizabeth Preston joins ‘Morning Amp’ hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon as they celebrate their 500th episode of programing. The Free Spirit Media program has young people producing every aspect of a sports telecast for CAN TV.
Elizabeth describes her passion for video production and how she’s been able to grow within her field. Brian and Molly delve into the importance of having media programs for youth.
Reggie ‘The Reel Critic’ Ponder calls in to chat with ‘Morning AMp’ hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams about Hollywood and new releases.
Ponder breaks down the box office returns and takes on Vince Vaughn’s latest experimental foray into our definitions of kinfolk and love in The Delivery Man. They also discuss current movie hits including: ‘The Hunger Games,’ ‘Thor,’ and ‘The Best Man Holiday.’
It’s a comedy club on the AMp today! Currently a host for The Real, Loni Love established herself as a national name starting with her appearance on Star Search back in 2003 when she was the runner-up in the competition. She has made several notable television appearances since and joined us to laugh our way into the weekend.
"Hawaiian Homelessness issues made national news this week because Democratic state representative, Tom Brower, started a campaign where he carried around a sledgehammer and smashed up stolen shopping carts on a Waikiki Beach that homeless people were using." -Molly Adams
On this edition of Peace Prize Thursday, Molly Adams, Brian Babylon, and Coya Paz try to solve the problem of homelessness not just in Hawaii—which has the highest homeless rate per capita for any US state—but for the mainland as well. We may disagree on some points, but we all can at least agree that Tom Brower is kind of a jerk.
"When people were asking for pain medications overall 27% of white children recieved pain meds, while only 15.8% of black children, 18.9 of latinos, and 7% of kids of other races […] If you’re Asian in the ER watch out." - Molly Adams
Looking at a study published in the October issue of Pediatrics, Molly Adams, Brian Babylon, and Coya Paz ask whether statistics about disparate care received by minors in the ER for stomach pain pointed to racist hospital practices or to disparities between hospitals in low-income areas and how families from different economic backgrounds might ask for more.
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!