Comedian Brent Morin has been seen on Conan and Chelsea Lately, and will soon be starring in the NBC sitcom Undateable with Ron Funches and Chris D’Elia. He stopped in to the AMp to talk with Molly and Brian before a set of shows at Up Comedy Club this weekend and talked about his swift moving career since he moved to LA at 18 and how much the “who you know” principle affects your opportunities.
Every week we hear and judge new music from interns Zach Swezy and Tanna Solberg, editor of www.1833.fm and music director of WLUW-FM 88.7. But Tanna is on sprang breeeak so production coordinator Vivian Mikhail jumps in the ring. She was talking a lot of smack yesterday, so let’s see if she can be a one and done champion.
We’re playing Racist or Not Racist with Coya Paz: a dog rescue group in California took an unchipped, unspayed dog from the pound and readopted to a new family the morning the owner came forward to claim her. The owner, who bought the dog for her 4-year old son, says they wouldn’t give the pup back because she lives in a “bad” part of town and didn’t meet their standards for ownership.
To address the disproportionate rates of LGBT youth homelessness, and the lack of housing for them in all neighborhoods, a group of mental health professionals and volunteers have come together to form Project Fierce Chicago. Team member Cassandra Avenatti shares their plans to purchase a home in the South or West side and convert it to a transitional living home.
"The author of the study Kate Graham [is quoted saying] ‘Sexual aggression is a major problem in bars often reflecting intentional sexual invasiveness and unwanted persistence rather than misconceptions in sexual advances, there should be training for staff about how to intervene.’" -Molly Adams
Alison Cuddy of WBEZ and educator Moises Pacheco join The Morning AMp to best myths about drinking and sexual assault.
Happy Birthday Chicago! What better way to celebrate Chicago’s birthday than talking fact-based smack with journalist Kari Lydersen about her book Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanueal and the Rise of Chicago’s 99%. Lydersen joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning as she shared details of the ways that Chicagoans have organized to fight their way in and analyzed the financial forces that have shaped our mayor’s decision making process, .
You may have noticed that the AMp doesn’t really “do” Black History Month because we have conversations every day about black history and history in the making. But of course that is not true for the rest of the world, from schools to media to advertising, where “Black History” can seem like, we were slaves, we marched, and now we’re here! Is Black History Month just an opportunity for Nike to sell more sneakers and kids to learn, once again, about George Washington Carver and Harriet Tubman? Comedian Sonia Denis and Ernest Wilkins of the Red Eye joined Morning AMp hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon and A LOT of callers from the West Side to Evanston to figure out what the ideal Black History Month (or year) would look like.
"The reality is [excluding rent-stabilized tenants] creates dissent and tension and draws a very clear class division" - Dr. Coya Paz
A mixed-income apartment building in New York City did some renovations and added a small new gym. Not a big deal right? Well, the building managers have decreed that the gym is only going to be open to tenants who are paying the market-rate, not to the tenants who have lived there for years under rent-stabilization. Dr. Coya Paz and hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon try to get to the heart of what this is about: freedom and equality for the building’s residents? Or freedom to turn a profit for the building’s managers? We almost can’t work it out ourselves until we get a very good compromise proposal from a caller.
Our friend Jerome McDonnell, host of Worldview, wants to invite you to this year’s Global Activism Expo Part 1 at the Chicago Cultural Center. This year they are focusing on India, from food to dance to social activism.
Since 1971 the women of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. have focused on helping young mothers stay healthy during pregnancy, hoping to decrease the infant mortality rate in the African American community. Cynthia McCoy, president of the Chicago chapter, talked with us about their new(ish) partnership with Jackson Park Hospital to run their pre-natal counseling program, The Stork’s Nest.
The Department of Corrections has a $1.3 billion annual budget so our sister station WBEZ gave a survey to Illinois legislators to find out how many of them had actually visited a prison during their tenure. Reporter Rob Wildeboer joined us to break down the results and explain why it’s always good to do your research.
With a patchwork of laws across the states, marijuana is now completely legal and completely illegal in this country. We talk with Tony Ryan, a retired Denver police lieutenant who is now a board member with Law Enforcement Against Prohibition about what impact the legalization of marijuana and other drugs could have on policing.
Marketing trends! It might be the hip thing to consciously consume, and comedian Tim Barnes knows it is cool, but he wonders whether there is such a thing as a “guilt-free” product and how jeans should be worn and then again and again. Molly Adams and Brian Babylon bring him on What is Hip to go into the nature and culture of jeans and speaks about their worth.
Host Molly Adams and Brian Babylon spoke to Reggie Ponder, the Reel Critic, about the most recent films. Reggie reviews The Monuments Men and speaks about the the box office returns with Ride Along holding the top spot for four weeks now.
In support of her newest book titled “Redefining Realness”, Janet Mock, has been making the rounds on television and radio talk shows. The other night she joined CNN host, Piers Morgan, for an interview that Janet described as transphobic on twitter after the show aired. You can hear what Vocalo affiliates, Brian Babylon, Molly Adams, and Dr. Coya Paz have to say about the matter right here.