08 / 29 / 14
Barber Shop Show 179: Take Me Out to The Ball Game

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This week, the Jackie Robinson West Little League Team won the Little League National championships. They are the first all-black Little League team to become US Champions in over 30 years. In fact, the popularity of baseball in African-American communities have seen a pretty dramatic decline in the popularity of baseball.

On this installment of the Barber Shop Show, we revisit our 2012 look at that decline, as well as the presence of African American players in Major League Baseball. Co-Hosts Richard Steele and Kimbriell Kelly spoke with guests Evan Moore, Ben Strauss and former Negro League player M.C. Johnson.

Later in the show, we explore the lasting legacy of musician, composer, and bandleader Sun Ra, whose 100th birthday is being celebrated at this year’s Chicago Jazz Festival.

The Barber Shop Show airs on Fridays and Saturdays at Noon on 91.1FM, 90.7FM, and 89.5FM. You can also stream live at vocalo.org. The show also broadcasts on Sundays at 3pm on WBEZ.

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08 / 25 / 14
Barber Shop Show 178: Education Roundtable
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It’s back to school time, so we checked in with some our favorite local journalists and bloggers who focus on the topic of education.
In this podcast, we hear about the local and national education news headlines that caught their attention.
And, they talk about how some school officials in the Chicago Public Schools are quick to call the police. That leads some students to receive harsher punishments than an adult would face for the same offense.
Host Richard Steele was joined this week by:
• WBEZ’s Becky Vevea
• Sarah Karp of Catalyst Chicago
• Blogger and Educator Ray Salazar
and
• WBEZ Intern Marcus Blueitt. Marcus is going into his Sophomore year of College this year at Colby Sawyer College in New Hampshire. He’s also a North Lawndale Resident.

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. The show also broadcasts on Sundays at 3pm on WBEZ.

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08 / 20 / 14
Women in men's sports: The AMp talks Mo'ne Davis

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New Council of Feminist Thought guests Elizabeth Gomez and Emily Keck joined Molly Adams and Brian Babylon on the council today, and the topic turned to Little League World Series phenom Mo’ne Davis and challenges women face playing male dominated sports. Davis, a 13 year old who throws 70 miles per hour, is the first girl to throw a shutout in the Little League World Series. Take a listen!

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08 / 19 / 14
Student debt: an impending crisis?

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Morning AMp hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon had a roundtable discussion with intern Tony Buitrago and his sister Katie Buitrago about the growing student debt crisis in America, which has quadrupled in the last ten years to over 1.2 trillion dollars. Katie happens to be the Sr. Policy and Communications Associate at the Woodstock Institute, a nonprofit organization that advocates action against unethical practices of for-profit colleges when it comes to student loans. Tony dove into the issue to find out how student debt affects students, how it affects the economy and what’s being done to solve the issue. Take a listen.

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08 / 18 / 14
Vocalo On WBEZ Ep. 112 - Jamie Masada talks Richard Pryor, Atmosphere, DJ Charlie
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In this episode: Jamie Masada, the founder of The Laugh Factory in Chicago and Los Angeles, joined The Morning AMp hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon to discuss how he started his famous comedy club when he was only 16 years old. Masada also shared some of his fondest memories of the late Richard Pryor.

On their new album Southsiders, Atmosphere find themselves in familiar waters. The album has Slug rapping candidly about his relationships, maturity, mortality and more. Slug joined Jesse Menendez on The MusicVox to talk about the new album, how he got into the Hip Hop culture, and what informs his lyricism these days.

Lastly, DJ Charlie, concludes the show with an awesome mix!. Tune in!

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08 / 18 / 14
How to report police misconduct
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We Charge Genocide’s and Black Youth Project’s Jasson Perez joined Morning Amp hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon to talk about police brutality and how to properly document and report instances of police misconduct. We Charge Genocide is hosting a training session and recording and reporting police misconduct on August 21st at Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health and police brutality can be reported at https://reportencounter.wechargegenocide.org/

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08 / 15 / 14
Barber Shop Show 177: Leveling the Playing Field
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According to Angela Caputo’s recent cover story for the Chicago Reporter, “More than half of the $500 million dollars spent on Chicago Park District improvements since 2011 went to just 10 of the city’s 77 neighborhoods. And seven of those 10 neighborhoods are increasingly white, affluent and have access to outside money.”

Angela Caputo, investigative journalist at the Chicago Reporter, joined Richard at the shop this week. They were also joined by:
• Helen Juarez of the Kelly Park Advisory Council.
and
• Cassandra Francis of the organization Friends of the Parks.

Later in the program, Angela and Richard were joined WBEZ’s West Side Bureau reporter Chip Mitchell. Recently, Chip has been following the questions of Police Misconduct surrounding Chicago Police Commander Glenn Evans. Angela has been covering this story for The Chicago Reporter as well. She’s also reported on the larger story of police misconduct in the Chicago Police Department and the Independent Police Review Authority.

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. The show also broadcasts on Sundays at 3pm on WBEZ.

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08 / 15 / 14
Reel talk: the most successful August in box office history?

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Reggie Ponder didn’t hold back on telling Brian Babylon that Reggie was right about Mutant Ninja Turtles winning the box office last weekend. Hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams talked with Reggie about the box office hits last weekend, the killer lineup at the Black Harvest Film Festival and how August is finally making up for the awful first two months of the summer. There’s even talk of the movie industry grossing over a billion dollars this month, which would make it the most successful August ever for the box office.

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08 / 15 / 14
Critic for a minute: Big Brother edition

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We had a caller from North Carolina, where Brian Babylon’s family resides, give a critic for a minute about an older brother who never calls her. The guy sounds like has quite a bit in common with Brian, and things get just a little bit awkward. Take a listen!

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08 / 13 / 14
When Police Brutality Becomes a Feminist Issue

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What does the Michael Brown shooting have to do with feminism? Hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon discussed the topic of police brutality and feminism in the second half of the Council of Feminism Thought with writer Mikki Kendall and comedienne and burlesque performer Tamale Sepp.

“Black women, Latino women, Native American women- we are all supposed to be part of this. Our communities are being harmed by police brutality. Not only are the women dying, the children are dying, their husbands are dying, their brothers their uncles. The people they love are being killed… it should be a feminist issue because if we’re talking equality and we want equality, well equality includes not being killed for the color of your skin.”

-Mikki Kendall

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08 / 11 / 14
Urbanologist Max Grinell discusses the origins of the Chicago Seal
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A haiku by Max Grinell:
Baby in the air
Below Chicago bustles
Why not?
A hot dog

The Morning AMp’s senior urbanologist correspondent, Max Grinell, joined Brian Babylon and Molly Adams for a little Chi-Town history lesson. Grinell explained why the Chicago City Seal consists of a baby in a shell floating above a tall ship, wheat stalks, and an anonymous Native American! Take a listen!

Photo courtesy of Max Grinell.

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08 / 11 / 14
Sandra Castro Carrera discusses the fifth-annual Festival Cubano in Riis Park

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This weekend sees the fifth-annual Festival Cubano in Riis Park, in Chicago bringing together salsa, sonero, jazz, Afro-Cubano, and songo music traditions from across the Caribbean. Festival co-founder Sandra Castro Carrera joined The Morning AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams in studio to talk about Cuban culture in the Midwest and what kinds of fun things will be at the festival this year!

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08 / 11 / 14
Mother Jones senior editor, Dave Gilson, discusses the "NRA Murder Mystery" he uncovered
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Mother Jones senior editor, Dave Gilson, joined the Morning AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams to discuss a story he published last month about the life of Roert Dowlut, general consul for the the NRA. Dowlut was convicted of murder in South Bend, IN in 1964 but was released 6 years later after an appeal and Supreme Court decisions had his case overturned due to police missteps including denying him the right to see a lawyer. Gilson tells us the tale and about the fallout from his reporting. Take a listen!

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08 / 08 / 14
Barber Shop Show 176: The Marvelous Marvelettes
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On this installment of the Barber Shop Show, Host Richard Steele was joined by cast members of The Marvelous Marvelettes. They filled us in on the real life Motown story behind the production, now playing at the Black Ensemble Theater. We were also treated to live, in-shop performances from:
• Alanna Taylor (who played “Wanda”)
• Christina Harper (who plays “Katherine”)
• Melanie McCullough (who plays “Gladys”)
• And guitarist Herb Walker

We also got caught up with the Black Harvest Film Festival, which runs until August 28th.
We heard about some of the upcoming notable films from Shadow and Act’s Sergio Mims. Plus, we spoke with a local brother/sister filmmaking team, Cy Weisman and Joshua MacNeal, about their film (which is playing at Black Harvest), “The 4th Meeting”.

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. The show also broadcasts on Sundays at 3pm on WBEZ.

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08 / 06 / 14
Jamie Masada, founder of The Laugh Factory, shares stories about Richard Pryor

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Jamie Masada, the founder of The Laugh Factory in Chicago and Los Angeles, joined The Morning AMp hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon and discussed how he started his famous comedy club when he was only 16 years old. Masada also shared some of his fondest memories of the late Richard Pryor.

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