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, .
Last year our Senior Tech Correspondent Marty Hess told the AMp hosts Brian BabylonandMolly Adams about the increasing use of athlete visas by gamers coming to the States for tournaments. This morning, he brought video game reporter Andrew Groen in the studio to explain how MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) games work and whether this will ever become a spectator sport.
“It does feel like, sometimes, it’s a very daunting task to try and deal with the issue of equity and housing and opportunity all in one big full swoop. The big issue is that housing is really the last thing that we’ve been able as a society to figure out how to integrate. We’ve seen schools that are more integrated, and at the college level, people work in more integrated environments, when we go out to eat we’re in more integrated environments than we used to be. But housing is really this last frontier. The other part about it is that housing is really the linchpin in trying to create equity throughout the region. The fact that we live in these segregated neighborhoods and communities - that’s the geography of equality and inequality.” -Rob Breymaier, President of the Chicago Fair Housing Alliance
A new reportfrom theChicago Fair Housing Alliance looks at how segregation affects our daily lives in the city from education to crime to quality of life. Executive DirectorMorgan Davis and PresidentRob Breymaier joined the AMp hostsBrian BabylonandMolly Adamsthis morning and discussed some of their proposed solutions for these problems.
Did you know that pets from shelters are not only just as lovable (or more!) than their purebred or milled counterparts, they are also cheaper? Yet only a third of new pets are acquired at shelters every year. Betsy MacFarland, Vice President of the Human Society’s Companion Animal chapter, joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning as she explained how adopting from shelters can save you and your city money.
The newly appointed head of Illinois’s Department of Children and Family Services, Arthur Bishop, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge for embezzling money from clients in the 90s. Bishop claims he pleaded to end the stress on his family. Tony Arnold of WBEZ joined the AMp’s Molly Adams and guest co-host, Mixtape host Luis Perez this morning as he shared some of Bishop’s other eyebrow raising decisions.
A Chicago-based tea company, Tiesta Tea, is all loose leaf. Creative Director Bobby Moynihan joined the AMp’s Molly Adams and guest co-host Luis Perez this morning to talk about the growing competition in the tea market and how they import their wares. Bobby also talked about how he went from an Art major in college to an entreprenuer and how the city of Prague inspired him and his group of college mates to create a full blown tea company.
What’s it like to open a new business in Chicago? And what are the chances of it thriving? It’s no surprise when one coffee business opens, you can find another one down the street not too long after. As intimidating it may seem for business owners, the economic competitiveness helps these local coffee shops thrive. WBEZ reporter Lauren Chooljian joined the AMp hostsBrian Babylonand Molly Adams in the studio as she shared her findings from a few Evanston businesses.
Along with our senior tech correspondent Marty Hess, the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams spoke with Phil Tibitoski, CEO of Young Horses a Chicago-based video game development company that is releasing their first big game this year, Octodad. They discussed how the Midwest supports the gaming industry and also the inevitable robot takeover!
The black car and taxi broker service Uber recently announced a major price cut to its ride share service, Uber X. People can hire a non-professional driver using their own car to pick them up and it costs sometimes 2/3 of what a taxi does. But Uber’s recent call for hires has applicants marketing the company before they get paid a dime. Chicagoist Associate Editor Lisa White joined the AMp hostsBrian Babylon and Molly Adams by phone this morning to share details on how to get hired in the growing market.
Every January, tech companies gather in Las Vegas to show off their wares at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The show has been criticized in recent years for being all flash and no substance, with many companies taking the opportunity to show off impractical or theoretical technology in the hopes of scoring big headlines. Senior Tech Correspondent Marty Hess joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams live in the studio this morning as he wades through the style and substance to let you know what matters.
Because of the way USAID distributes its funds through US-based contractors, it’s nearly impossible to track where the $9 billion in pledged aid has gone in the four years since the devastating earthquake in Haiti that killed over 250,000 people. Critics say that the lack of accounting keeps us rom knowing what is working and what is not, and that keeping the money with US agencies discourages growth in Haiti. The AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams were joined by Vocalo listener Juanita who took a trip to Haiti just last year. She shared her first hand experiences and observations on the country’s current state and the aid four years later.
It’s Cash Money Tuesday on the AMp and we started off the day asking, what do tuition increases cover at universities? There has been speculation that with universities have been cutting down on professors but increasing in administrative support. When host Brian Babylon started college, there was one main building that every one attended to for all of their needs. By the time co-host Molly Adams started college in 2004, there different buildings for different departments with an entire wing for administrators. Has college turned into a business or a network center? Where does the real value of education come from? Brian and Molly discussed with the help of a couple of Vocalo listeners that called in.