A number of Chicago workers and supporters joined in on the planned national protests against Walmart on Black Friday this year to demand higher wages from the mega chain. The South Side’s Lois Lane and WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning in studio to share details of local action, her thoughts and her findings. If you want more information on this story, check out her article on WBEZ.
After six years, a program that hired additional workers in ex-offenders to clean CTA train cars and buses will wrap up on Dec. 31. The CTA, which spent nearly $3 million annually on the program, is pointing their finger at the maintenance union Local 308 for removing the program when they re-upped their contract. The AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adams were joined by our callers and listeners this morning as they debated on whether or not the reason from the CTA was justifiable and the effectiveness and current state of work unions.
If a plan for better living recommends light exercise, whole foods, and mindful presence, do you really need to be stoned to make it work? WBEZ producer Monica Eng joined the AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adamsthis morning as she shared details of the diet and author Art Glass also joined us on the phone to talk about the connections between mind and body. Despite the controversy behind endorsing this diet, a few of our Vocalo listeners called and chimed in on the conversations, either showing support or sharing personal experiences.
Personal finance columnist for Red Eye, Megan Crepeau, called in and joined the AMp’s Molly Adams and guest Co-Host Ernest Wilkinsthis morning as she dished on her latest thoughts about money and YOU. One point that was discussed was how family and friends that constantly give you advice on how you should finance your money may be well intended. And we also may need a little push of motivation when it comes to saving and organizing our money, but the results could backfire, and cause the advised to actually be more careless about their money in spite them. So how can you save money without being obsessed with it and how can you stay confident through poor financial decisions?
Happy Cash Money Tuesday! NOBODY FREAK OUT! The government shuts down and the health care exchanges open today. This morning, the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams dug into the details of how both might affect you and asked why are these two things connected. Of course, this conversation was not complete without the help of Vocalo listeners and callers who chimed in by sharing their knowledge, personal experiences and heartfelt opinions.
Brian and Molly kicked off the healthcare talk by discussing the basics of the Affordale Care Act and its effectiveness among uninsured young adults - which can be both beneficial in terms of outstanding emergency room costs but it can also mean that regular insurance payers may have to dish out more money which will result in paying much more for healthcare than they started out with. Some of our callers this morning believe that while everyone has the right to healthcare, they did not feel like it was fair that they worked hard to earn coverage under an independent insurance company and would have to pay for someone else who may have not gone that path by choice. Other callers also believe that the government shut down is a good wake up call to force us all to come up with a universal healthcare plan that promotes fairness for both sides.
“Having an intern isn’t supposed to be a benefit for your company.[…]The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activity of the intern and, on occasion, it’s operations may actually be impeded.”
- George Lara, Director of Internships and Mentorships, Chicago Public Media
A recent civil action lawsuit has been filed against Fox Searchlight by two unpaid production interns claiming the work they did for the company was not appropriate for an intern and deserving of compensation. A judge has decided to allow the suit, based on a series of emails that seem to indicate irresponsibility and recognition of fault. Luis Perez and Shantell Jamison sit down with George Lara, the Director of Internships and Mentorships at Chicago Public Media, to help define what an internship is legally meant to be.
“That’s exactly the argument, it’s that trade off and the balance between privacy of the individual vs. the security of the country. The internet operates without any borders.But of course, we have borders in the country and we want to protect our assets and our intellectual property. We have to put up defensive maneuvers and offensive maneuvers. So it’s a little bit of a balance in a kind of weird world because we’re operating in something that’s unregulated on a global basis. “
- Siobhan McDermott - Chief Policy Officer/ AVG Technologies on the NSA controversy
Disclosures about government surveillance of phone records and web data also revealed the extensive networks of private industries that the government contracted to do this work. Siobhan McDermott is the Chief Policy Officer for computer security software company AVG Technologies. She called the AMp and talked to hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams about what info can actually be protected and the way privacy and disclosure drive her industry.
“It just seems like such a very strong infringement on one’s personal freedom, due to their financial circumstances, due to their dependency on the government.” -Shantell
A Wisconsin lawmaker wants to mandate that 2/3 of food stamp funds be used to buy healthy foods and the other 1/3 be used to buy junk food. Luis and Shantell debate whether or not the government is infringing on a person’s freedom to choose what foods to buy and what to eat. Callers also weigh in with their views on this legislation and they talk about what they think the new law is really about.
It looks like it’s time to toss out your iPods and delete the hundreds of songs you’ve purchased as MP3’s. Apple hits the streaming airwaves! Luis and Shantell discuss what this means for the consumer, the artists, Apple and their competitors.
In a recent move from Apple, the company will be releasing what media has unofficially dubbed iRadio - a music streaming service comparable to Spotify or Pandora. Their move into the “streaming scene” is rumored to include improvements to the competition’s model. While this may represent a slight move away from Apple’s MP3-based system, purchasing songs will be a button-click away through the set up.
The Million Dollar Accident: You never want to get caught sleeping on the job. A German banker learned that lesson the hard way after accidentally transferring millions of dollars to another account when he fell asleep on a keyboard.
Exceptions to the Rule: Last Week, Front & Center’s…
When thinking about yogurt, innovation and entrepreneurship typically would not be some of the first things that come to mind. But now, cultured dairy is keeping pace with some of the most cutting edge businesses in the world. And the best part for the CEO of Chobani Yogurt? An American immigrant from Turkey named Hamdi Ulukaya. He owns 100% of his company. AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams discussed the recent unexpected boom of the yogurt industry this morning - and since Brian hates yogurt he did his best to talk about this without gagging.