Today we spoke with Mark Anthony Grimaldiauthor of The Money Compass who warned us about pitfalls of investing in a post-recession economic climate;Brian Babylon andLuisAntonio Perezshared their lucky breaks investing in stocks (SOFO-2000, ITHAX-2007) as well as sharing their personal economic advice with the help of Mark Anthony who made excellent suggestions for beginners delving into their finances.
We have had some heavy duty losses in the Black activist and artist community this week. Josh Eisenberg remembers the much-lauded multi-disciplinary artist Maya Angelou as well as Stormè DeLarverie, the ahead-of-her-time woman legend credits with throwing the first punch at the Stonewall Riots.
“What I’m talking about is a national reckoning that would lead to spiritual renewal. Reparations would mean the end of scarfing hot dogs on the Fourth of July while denying the facts of our heritage. Reparations would mean the end of yelling ‘patriotism’ while waving a Confederate flag. Reparations would mean a revolution of the American consciousness, a reconciling of our self-image as the great democratizer with the facts of our history.” - Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic
The AMp’s Molly Adams was joined by the good doctor, Coya Paz as they discussed Coates’ call for reparations. Except that he was not arguing for monetary reparations, but more spiritual and educational ones. Our phone lines were blown up by callers who wanted to express their own personal perspectives on reparations, history, and how they affect the present, or lack thereof. Take a listen!
Jim Padar, retired Chicago Homicide Detective and author of "On Being A Cop"
"Murder is the one crime we’re all capable of." Jim Padar, a retired Chicago Homicide detective, stops by the studio to talk with Luis Perez about his new book "On Being A Cop: Father and Son Police Tales from the Streets of Chicago" a collection of short stories from Jim and his son Jay. In this interview Luis and Jim discuss what it means to be a homicide detective in one of the largest cities in the U.S. when the murder rate was twice what it is today. They also dig into some of the trauma Jim and his family had to endure over the years.
Author Jeff Guinnspoke with the AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adams about his new novel, Glorious, a deeply researched Old West tale. As we know from our years steeped in American myth, the expansion West led to extreme highs and lows for the settlers and prospecters who ventured out there (and really just lows for the Natives who were overwhelmed.) At the heart of most decisions though was one thing: money.
“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.
When it comes to living in the red, people can be either be in over their heads or completely debt adverse without a credit card to their name. Wealth strategist Tom Anderson’s new book The Value of Debt tries to find the balance between the two, enacting corporate strategies for personal finance. Tom joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams by phone this morning as he discussed the book and beyond.
“I really say it comes down to this…God gave us free will, right or wrong. If you give the characters free will, and let them show themselves to you, and explain themselves, they take over the story. And it gets very eerie sometimes. People go by my office door here, and I’ll be laughing out loud at something a character said or occasionally, I’ll be in tears because of something that’s happened. And I guess someday they’ll put me in an institution but that hasn’t happened yet.”
-Dean Koontz, New York Times Bestselling author
With 25 different books reaching #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list, the prolific author Dean Koontz joined AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning to talk about his experience as one of the most recognizable names in American fiction and his latest book, “Deeply Odd,” which is a story about a clairvoyant young man who tries to prevent crime that hasn’t happened yet.
“So for us [ men], being the Alpha - it’s not about being the alpha man. It’s not about being the most dominate man in the group. It’s simply about being the best version of yourself, so whatever that means,whatever things you want to work on,those are the things that are most important, and it’snot just about being more confident,or making more money,or being better looking than other men, it’s about being the most confident that you can be, making the most money that you deserve and changing the body so you can be better looking for you.And taking people from a comparative mindset to a mindset of intrinsic motivation, is really one of the goals of the book.” - John Romaniello, author of Man 2.0
Like the great Grizzly Bear that it is, Man Monday has slept through the winter. It returned with a vengeance this morning when AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams spoke with fitness guru John Romaniello about the methods he espoused in his book with the manliest title of all time, Man 2.0: Engineering the Alpha.
Healthy Schools Campaign: Improving the public school system is a complex issue because there’s so many things that can be focused on. We speak with Guillermo Gomez, Vice President of Internal Affairs for the Healthy Schools Campaign. He’ll discuss this week’s “Principal’s Breakfast for School Wellness” Event and…