Chicago’s Chess Records may be best known for its blues artists such as Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, and Little Walter. But in the 1960s, they also had a wealth of hip Jazz and Soul artists, many of whom recorded for Chess’ Cadet subsidiary. On this installment of Reclaimed Soul, host Ayana Contreras featured the Jazz-Soul side of Chess, with music from artists including Clea Bradford, The Dells, McKinley Mitchell, Dorothy Ashby, Ahmad Jamal, The Soulful Strings, and much more.
Catch fresh installments of Reclaimed Soul Thursdays at 8pm (CST) on vocalo.org or over the air on 89.5fm (NWI) and 90.7fm (CHI)
“I’m a lot smarter than that. I know how to be critical in an intelligent way so as to insult them [The New York Times]. Which is what I am going to do. […] They knew what kind of acclaim that my book was getting and so they chose to focus on my personal life, my ex-husband, they said things that weren’t true – things that they knew about my ex-husband that reportedly I did not know. It was a personal attack. Iit was tacky as hell. It’s not a book review. They were reviewing my personal life. And my personal life has nothing to do with this book. I resented it.”
- Terry McMillan on Alex Kuczynski’s review of her book.
Known for her humor and warmth, author Terry McMillan explores how family comforts and confuses us in her latest book, Who Asked You? Terry joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning by phone as she talked about the novel, how she maintains such a steady output, what life looks like from the top of the bestseller list and how to handle your biggest critics and not break into outbursts - like Kanye West.
Michael Puente, Crown Point Bureau Chief for Chicago Public Media, joined the AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning by phone to share us his latest reports on the new private investments in the Gary Airport and the fresh hurdles that the Illiana Expressway construction has cleared.
Vocalo On WBEZ Ep 87 - Atheism during holidays, DJ Limbs and Butter, Jesse De La Pena
In this episode: Our resident defender of justice Coya Paz is here to discuss the rise of Atheist visibility around the holidays, language bans in a country with no official language, and who we deem to be “fit” parents.
Also, DJ Limbs has been bringing eclectic and cutting edge sounds to clubs and parties around Chicago for quite some time. Aside from spinning records he’s also a talented producer. His most recent collaboration is with singer Ruth Varella aka Butter. The album features a mixture of downbeat, trip hop and electronica. The duo joined us for a live set and conversation.
Finally, we conclude the show with a DJ set - this time from our very own Jesse De La Pena. Tune in.
'Morning AMp' hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams check in with intern and comedian Tim Barnes about what’s hip and happening and this week it’s bacon, that fatty cut of meat from pork bellies that tastes so salty and delicious when you fry it. But it’s also being found in whiskey, chocolate chip cookies and sprinkled on top of everything. When will the bacon backlash begin? Only Father Time knows and he won’t tell us. Because he’s eating bacon.
‘Morning AMp’ hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams debate what’s offensive or not offensive while going through weekend headlines. Topics include Murphy’s bar in Wrigleyville, which posted up an offensive marquee that said, “Remember Pearl Harbor with Bombs and Kamikazes”. Also, SpaghettiO’s twitter account also posted up Pearl Harbor tweet with an attached image of its smiling mascot jauntily holding an American flag.
In this installment of the Barber Shop Show, we pay tribute to Bert Downing, owner of Carter’s Barbershop, where we’ve broadcast our show for the past five years. Bert, like his mentor Carter before him, was a pillar of the North Lawndale community. He was a supporter of Vocalo from the beginning.
We hear from family, childhood friends, and members of the community as they share stories about the life and legacy of Bert Downing. We also share the special behind-the-scene role he played in making the Barber Shop Show happen.
The Barber Shop Show airs on Fridays and Saturdays at Noon on 90.7FM and 89.5FM. You can also stream live at vocalo.org.
If you’d like to read more about Bert, Maria Zamudio of The Chicago Reporter wrote the following:
'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.
Should MSNBC’s Martin Bashirhave resigned yesterday over these remarks about Sarah Palin? This is the debate that the AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adams had this morning on Peace Prize Thursday. The shorthand in a lot of headlines make it seem like it was an offhand comment, but its actually a slow burn of an educational lesson about the horrors of slavery. Molly argued that while it might be a smarter put-down than it first seems, female politicians often get the grossest vitriol and Bashir has a poor track record when it comes to respecting women.
"Atheism is a much as any other religious philosophy, it is a philosophy that there is no religion. So i do think people have as much of a right or passionate desire to say ‘You guys have it wrong.’" Coya Paz
Resident defender of justice, Dr. Coya Paz, joins hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon to discuss the rise of Atheist visibility around the holidays, language bans in a country with no official language, and who we deem to be “fit” parents.
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.