"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.
We have a special food and home focused Council today with Chicago Public Media’s Monica Eng. Amongst other delicious things, we’ll talk about the push from the White House to reinstate Home Ec as a core requirement and hear from Melissa Graham, head of Purple Asparagus, a non-profit that has spent close to ten years trying to get people closer to their food.
In the last Farm Bill, a provision is requiring convenience stores that accept food stamps to have “depth of stock,” aka healthier foods. Natalie Moore joins us to explain how the USDA would start regulating this and how it would impact urban and rural areas.
Today the Supreme Court is hearing arguments from two privately owned businesses who claim that the mandate that employers provide health insurance that covers contraception and emergency contraception without co-pays violates the owners’ religious beliefs. We got into all the ways the case could play out and why Citizens United is being brought up in arguments.
"Van Halen, Motley Crue, spandex and make-up… kind of gay wasn’t it?" - Brian Babylon
Snoop Dogg’s “gender bending” long manicured nails are just another instance in which a contemporary Hip Hop artist has helped to break down a long held binary idea about gender. Listen to Dr. Coya Paz, Molly Adams, and Brian Babylon confront some antiquated notions of masculinity and femininity.
Saturday is World Water Day, and while we don’t think much of the resource around the Great Lakes, global access to potable water is recognized as one of the grand challenges of the 21st century and not just in the developing world. Christiane Barranguet, Ph.D, executive publisher of Elsevier’s water portfolio, brings us all in to the conversation about our planet’s plentiful and precious resource.
Yesterday the student government at Loyola University Chicago passed a resolution asking the University to divest from companies that are complicit or aid in the Israeli occupation of the West Bank or Gaza. The same day, a bill was reintroduced in the Illinois senate to pull funds from any university that is boycotting any country in the OECD, which Israel is. We are joined by listener Max Geller of Students for Justice in Palestine at Northeastern in Boston, whose chapter was recently suspended, to talk about the ideological tension on the issue on American campuses.
Today the Council of Feminist Thought consisted of Molly Adams, Brian Babylon, and Writer Veronica Arreola. They were joined by Dr. Kenneth Alexander, head of the pediatric infectious disease division at University of Chicago Hospital, to discuss whether vaccinations are a personal medical choice or a public health issue.
Cohabitating before marriage has increased 900% since 1960! But a new study shows that this choice does not necessarily lead to higher divorce rate when/if people do get married: it’s all about the age when you make these life decisions. If you are at the stage of dating where you are looking for a partner, Mariam Sobh has some advice for you: take your time! The founder of Hijab Trendz drops into the AMp to talk about the possible consequences of rushing into a commitment.
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.