09 / 05 / 14
Critic For a Day: AMp hosts and "Reel-Critic" Reggie Ponder tackle some issues of race
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The Morning AMp’s Molly Adams and Luis Antonio Perez, with the help of “The Reel Critic,” Reggie Ponder tackle some issues of race including: interracial relationships and the recent study by the Public Religion Research Institute that broke down the percentage of people that have friends of other races.

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08 / 21 / 14
Phone Light Up with Opinions on Protest Ferguson
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The rapper, activist, and educator, FM Supreme joined Molly and Brian in the studio right as the phone lines were blowing up. Various different views on the protests in Ferguson, MO are shared. The question, “What’s the end game?” is proposed.

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07 / 15 / 14
How the Legalization of Marijuana on a National Level will Change Things...Or Will It?
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Brian Babylon returned from a Colorado weekend and had some thoughts with co-host Molly Adams on how legalized marijuana changes culture. Michelle Alexander, the scholar who wrote the book ’ The New Jim Crow’, has found that when it comes to the prison system and the war on drugs, people of color are disproportionately prosecuted, sentenced and imprisoned. As marijuana gets legalized, and Colorado’s law becomes the law of the land what are the reparations for this change in the law? Are we going to look at the prison population of people who are in jail for marijuana offenses? Michelle Alexander has stated that white, wealthy people will make money off of legal marijuana while colored people will remained punished somehow. Brian has shared his experiences in Colorado and connected it with her points. Take a listen.

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05 / 07 / 14
Tackling Trigger Warnings with Alison Vingiano
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Buzzfeed writer Alison Vingiano joined Molly Adams and Brian Babylon to trace the history of the term “trigger warnings.” Different media platforms warn you of graphic content in their own ways, from ratings on movies to verbal cautions on radio or TV news. But the rise of “trigger warnings” on the Internet, cautioning against racist language, snarling dogs, or even food has spilled into academia and created its own enemies who feel that “TWs” limit free thinking.

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04 / 28 / 14
Donald Sterling Discussion with Laurie Armstrong
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Lori Armstrong joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams to share her analysis of the LA Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling's recorded racism. We know you've been waiting all weekend. Should the players have played? Should the NBA act faster? Should Clippers fans check out? Does any of it even matter?

(via morningamp)

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04 / 17 / 14
Let's Get Real: Is Colorblind Ideology a form of Racism?
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The AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams (along with a few callers) kicked off the show with some real table talk! Stephen Colbert satirizes white liberalism by saying he “can’t be racist because I don’t see color.” But psychologists say colorblindness has similar effects to racist beliefs: it keeps the “colorblind” person from recognizing and more importantly, valuing, individual difference.

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04 / 17 / 14
Monica Potts: Is There Hope for the Survivors of the Drug Wars?
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03 / 31 / 14
What Is Hip? The Secret Post-Racial Society!
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Tim Barnes looks at the elevated population that is living in a world without racism and tells us how you can join them. Also, Tim talks with Molly Adams and Brian Babylon about millennials’ effect on this new trend. Then the three discuss race in television from past to present.

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02 / 19 / 14
Council of Feminist Thought: Michael Dunn Verdict
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It was an all-star gathering on this week’s Council of Feminist Thought. Veronica Arreola of Viva La Feminista, Cassandra Gaddo of the Step Up Women’s Network, and Jamie Nesbitt Golden of Hood Feminism all joined AMp hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon. We spent a bunch of our time discussing the verdict in the trial of Michael Dunn for the murder of Jordan Davis. We also talked about #DangerousBlackKids and the way gun violence has become an increasingly normalized reaction to fear.

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01 / 14 / 14
Practically Speaking 38: What's in a Name Part II
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On this installment of Practically Speaking, host Audra Wilson breaks down “ethnic” names and the perceptions that come along with them. We explore the history of African and African-American names in the US, and hear personal stories of people from around the globe who have had to explain (and sometimes defend) their names.

Also, we explore Black identity outside the U.S. with Nathalie Etoke, professor of French and Africana Studies at Connecticut College.

Tune in to fresh installments Fridays and Saturdays at 11am on vocalo.org | 89.5FM (NWI) | 90.7FM (Chicago)

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08 / 29 / 13

Practically Speaking: Practically Speaking Episode 25: Race Then & Now f



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Earlier this week, the nation took time to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Thousands gathered on Capitol Hill the acknowledge the efforts of our heroic civil rights leaders to put an end to racism.

Host Audra Wilson is joined by two very…

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06 / 18 / 13
Racism By Mail
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University of Chicago fraternity prank involving a series of offensive packages leaves mail carrier as victim.

A racist, homophobic prank involving a University of Chicago fraternity and an African-American mail-carrier incites a demand for repercussion. A series of 79 packages were delivered to the fraternity house addressed to “Reggin Tolaf”, an anagram for one racist and one homophobic slur. While the fraternity insists it is the victim of a prank, the groups involvement is being investigated. Although officials say no crime has been committed, the mail carrier is seeking punishment for the guilty party.

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06 / 13 / 13
Barely Necessary Racism in The Jungle Book
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“My hope was that there was going to be a certain interrogation of the whole legacy that surrounds the Jungle Book…that is apparently not the case.” -Jamil Khoury, founding artistic director at Silk Road Rising Theatre

With the arrival of a new Mary Zimmerman adaptation of The Jungle Book at the Goodman (a production which may head to NYC eventually) we ask how to adapt material that, while a cultural touchstone, exists in a history of oppression or uses dated racist imagery. Artistic Director of Silk Road Rising Jamil Khoury joined hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon to discuss his essay critiquing the Goodman’s production.

Later, Dr. Coya Paz shares her insights on the issue as a theatre professional. Growing up, Coya absolutely loved watching West Side Story, but looking back, was able to see the problematic racial elements of the way the movie was staged.

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04 / 25 / 13

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Protesters Threatened: Dartmouth College cancelled classes after sexual assault protesters received rape threats on campus. The students organized the rally in protest of how the college was handling sexual assault, racism and homophobia. We discuss.

Fast Food & Retail Strike: Retailers in…

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04 / 18 / 13


Vocalo Overdrive Extra - April 18, 2013 Peace Prize Thursday

These are the stories we couldn’t get to today.

-Fertilizer Plant Explosion near Waco, Texas
“An explosion Wednesday evening at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, a rural town north of Waco, has killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160, according to early estimates, the Associated Press reports. The massive explosion sent a pillar of smoke and flame hundreds of feet into the air; the force of the blast registered as a 2.1-magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale”

The full video below is even more dramatic, you can hear how freaked out they are after the explosion.

via TIME

-Interfaith Service for Boston

(CNN) — President Barack Obama traveled to Boston on Thursday, three days after the bombings at the famed marathon to reassure the city and the nation that their spirit remains strong.

“Everyone of us stands with you… Boston may be your hometown — but we claim it, too… We come together to pray and mourn and measure our loss. But we also come together today to reclaim that state of grace — to reaffirm that the spirit of this city is undaunted and the spirit of this country shall remain undimmed.”

via CNN

-Black Students Suspended 2-5 times more than Whites

“Across the Washington area, black students are suspended and expelled two to five times as often as white students, creating disparities in discipline that experts say reflect a growing national problem… “

“Experts say disparities appear to have complex causes. A disproportionate number of black students live below the poverty line or with a single parent, factors that affect disciplinary patterns. But experts say those factors do not fully explain racial differences in suspensions. Other contributing factors could include unintended bias, unequal access to highly effective teachers and differences in school leadership styles.”

via The Washington Post

-‘Dark-Skinned Male’ is Offensive

“The National Association of Black Journalists has released a statement on the reference to the race and physical appearance of the Boston bombing suspect.”

via Huffington Post

-Texas teachers denies fondling student because she’s racist

“A Texas prep school teacher who stands accused of molesting a black first grade student claims she’s completely innocent.”

“According to detective, Stokes insists that she couldn’t have fondled the student because she a racist and doesn’t like touching black children.”

via Gawker

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