Tim Barnes chimes in with Molly Adams and Brian Babylon for his segment of “What is Hip?” and this week its Neil Degrasse Tyson and Biggie Smalls, who were the top Google trends of Sunday. Also, Tim explains how the two are connected and why outer space and 90s NY rap are influential subjects at the top of the hip list.
Veteran of the urban scene TK Kirkland, who has dropped in before a weekend at Jokes & Notes. TK rehashes his background and the streets with Molly Adams and Brian Babylon while talking about how he made it to the Olympic trials for being a runner! Also, TK gives his input on men and dating today in this age.
Reggie Ponder chimes in with Molly Adams and Brian Babylon to discuss the films that were looked over from the past week because of the Oscars. In this segment, Reggie gives his thoughts on the upcoming 300 sequel, Son of God, Liam Neeson’s new action thriller and more. Also Reggie chimes on Lupita Nyong’o and her win of an Oscar with the question being raised how impacting is it still that African Americans win Oscars?
Sex offenders have to register at a single office in Chicago once a year, or more if they move or change jobs. But the office can’t handle the volume of registrants and people can be left literally in the cold, in violation of the law. WBEZ reporter Rob Wildeboer joined the Morning AMp hosts Brian Babylon andMolly Adams as he explained how the gap is costing money and time.
Lent is here, and many people who practice lent can find it intimidating when it comes to changing the way you diet, particularly a vegan one; they may need all the support that they can get. Celebrity TV Chef and author of Vegan for Fun, Attila Hildmannbelieves that the challenge is to simply make the decision to get started - even if it means going vegan one day each week, which could be enough vastly improve your health whether it’s for lent or a change of lifestyle. Attila joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylonand Molly Adams this morning by phone this morning to share his story and tips.
"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.
Molly Adams and Brian Babylon bring on intern Kevin Garcia for this weeks segment of feminism through a male lens. This week the three discuss how to know which men are true feminists and which are not. Also, a question is raised on when to resist feminism input and in what social circles?
Inventables is an online hardware store for designers, but will be launching a new software called “Easel” at SXSW this week. Easel is run on a web browser and acts like Auto-CAD: You make your design and then send the file to Inventables’ 3D printers. Zach Kaplan, CEO of Inventables, joins the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning in the studio and walked us though the process.
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, .
Vocalo On WBEZ Ep. 95 - Oscars Real Talk, The Tanning of America, DJ Charlie
In this episode: The Academy Awards aired last Sunday. Team Vocalo members Brian Babylon and Molly Adams gathered their favorite movie critics prior to the ceremony to rant, rave, and of course make predictions about what will happen. You’ll hear our friend Alison Cuddy, who you can catch on WBEZ, Matt Fagerholm, the associate editor at Ebert Publishing, and Reggie Ponder the Reel Critic, who kicks off the round table with his general thoughts about this year’s nominees.
Also, Steve Stoute is the author of The Tanning of America, which was recently adopted into a VH1 documentary of the same name. Jesse Menendez spoke with Steve about Hip Hop’s impact on society, about his belief that hip hop culture has created a generation of individuals who no longer see things in terms of race.
Finally, DJ Charlie closes the show with his mix. Tune in!
What Is Hip? Interaction figures! Tim Barnes is on the cutting edge of all trends and this week he’s checking in on what the kids (and the President) are playing with these days. Tim joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning as they reminisced the days of heavy action figure marketing, interactive figures and the power of after school cartoons. They also probed Obama’s statement that the US Army is building “Iron Man”, and Vocalo listener Ryan called in and gave his take on this trendy throwback
Molly Adams and Brian Babylon chime in with movie critic Reggie Ponder to disccus last night’s biggest Hollywood event, The Oscars. They talk about how race interplays with film using the example of now Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o. Also, the three discuss the voting system and how social circles can be impactful to nominees.
Tune in now for this week’s Barbershop Show. The topic of discussion is the many faces of gentrification after Spike Lee’s rant earlier this week about gentrification in Brooklyn went viral. We welcome to the show: • Christyn S. Henson, New Communities Program Director at Quad Communities Development Corporation. • J. Brian Malone, Executive Director of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) • Bernard Loyd, a developer in Bronzeville • Nelson Soza, Executive Director of The Pilsen Alliance and • Eric Lynch, who plays “Jackson” in the Goodman Theatre’s current production of “Buzzer”. The play runs until March 9th.
Schoolboy Q shares a hometown and a label, Top Dawg Entertainment, with Kendrick Lamar. His label debut, Oxymoron, has been buzzing for a couple months now and has enjoyed some healthy pre-release sales. Gabe Mendoza has our review.
Chicago-native Ron Funches stopped by the Morning AMp to chat with Molly Adams and Brian Babylon before a set of shows at Zanies Comedy Club. In addition to being one of Brian’s favorite comedians, he is one of the cast members of the soon to premiere Undateable, an NBC sitcom starring four comedians who are (acting) as friends trying to find love.