The book Factory Man explores the widespread ramifications of globalization through the story of John Bassett III, the inheritor of Bassett Furniture who revived it through a major decline in American manufacturing. The AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adams spoke with author Beth Macyabout the history of factory towns and the true cost of American made goods.
“Are you having that kinda day where you need a bottle of wine and don’t feel like leaving the house?” Hell yeah, we are, DrinkFly! In the grand tradition of apps that save you from making a phone call or using your legs, DrinkFly makes that beer run for you. Founder Alex Cullen joined us in studio.
While some foodies are still swooning over doughnuts, cronuts or wonuts, others have moved on to the sweet treat taking over Chicago’s Mexican ice cream shops. Monica Eng joined the AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adams as she took us on a snaxploration! Listen now!
WBEZ’s Yolanda Perdomo joined the AMp’s Brian Babylon andMolly Adams as she shares audio postcards from Chicago’s Nigerian community and also discussed how soccer can unite people scattered by conflict and Chicago’s role as the headquarters of US Soccer. Take a listen!
The AMP hostsBrian Babylon and Molly Adams were joined by Reporter Tony Arnold of WBEZ to talk pensions. Mayor Emanuel’s office says the pension bill signed by the Governor on Monday would solve about half of Chicago’s roughly $20 billion public pension problem, largely by cutting back benefits for current and future retirees. But it could take decades for those pension funds to become healthy again.
Our Senior Tech Correspondent Marty Hessjoined the AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adams live from Los Angeles to dish on the highlights of this year’s E3 conference. His verdict? Well he wasn’t too impressed with what they presented. Take a listen to Marty’s robust review on this highly anticipated tech event for game lovers and friends.
Our friends at Young Horses, Chicago’s premier indie video game developer, join us for a post-mortem on how their funky little game Octodadsold on the PS4 market. Designer John Murphy and Programmer Kevin Geisler along with our Senior Tech Correspondent Marty Hess discussed the details!
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.
The skirmishes between ride share services like Uber and traditional taxis are starting to add up to a war now that the drivers caught in the middle are saying that neither side makes them enough money. Odette Yousef has been covering the market for WBEZ and filled the AMp hosts Brian Babylonand Molly Adamsin on the latest drama.
The University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin have proposed plans to drastically reduce tuition for incoming students. Michigan proposes a deferred, interest-free payment plan, where students start paying back after they graduate and at Madison, two professors propose just straight up dropping tuition for the first two years through reinvestment of financial aid from private to public universities.
The AMphosts Brian Babylonand Molly Adamsdiscussed what this can do for incoming students, what this means for the future of higher education and whether or not this breakthrough will ripple onto other college campuses.
The annual celebration of the small, local record store is here and the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams spoke with Kevin Starke, owner of K. Starke Records in West Town/Humboldt Park about dealing, collecting, and the constant hunt for new customers.
We took a Cash Money detour down the alimentary canal when we talk to science writer Mary Roach about her new book, Gulp. From start to finish, she takes us through all the ways our bodies break down food and the history of how we came to understand how our most vital function functions.