"I would argue that the system is working as it is intended to work, does it serve communities that we all care about? No, but is it "working"? Sure. […]Some people can work any system, but if a system is set up so that a significant portion of people will not succeed in it, then those people will not succeed in it, and then we’re talking about exceptional-ism, which is so American." - Dr. Coya Paz on The Morning AMp.
Since 1971 the women of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. have focused on helping young mothers stay healthy during pregnancy, hoping to decrease the infant mortality rate in the African American community. Cynthia McCoy, president of the Chicago chapter, talked with us about their new(ish) partnership with Jackson Park Hospital to run their pre-natal counseling program, The Stork’s Nest.
Veronica Arreola and Cassandra Gaddo join ‘Morning Amp’ hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams to form the Council of Feminist Thought. At the 2014 world economic forum, an annual risk assessment report suggests that the income disparity during the wake the global financial crisis will likely have a negative impact within the coming decade. They weigh in on this issue from various perspectives.
Why is the improvisational comedy scene just so white and male in Chicago? Vocalo storyteller Genny Ramos shares the conversations she has had with her friends in the scene, who chalk it up to exposure, culture, and casting control. But the question we’ll try to get to the bottom of in studio is how do we diversify the scene? Or do we just give up on it?
"When people were asking for pain medications overall 27% of white children recieved pain meds, while only 15.8% of black children, 18.9 of latinos, and 7% of kids of other races […] If you’re Asian in the ER watch out." - Molly Adams
Looking at a study published in the October issue of Pediatrics, Molly Adams, Brian Babylon, and Coya Paz ask whether statistics about disparate care received by minors in the ER for stomach pain pointed to racist hospital practices or to disparities between hospitals in low-income areas and how families from different economic backgrounds might ask for more.
“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.
Suicide Assignment: Students in an Upper Manhattan English class were tasked with a strange assignment. To write a suicide note. The class was reading “The Secret Life of Bees” and students wrote from the perspective of a character that commits suicide in the book. We discuss.
No Woman Superheroes:Joss Whedon is angry at Hollywood. For years the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” creator has been trying to make films about female superheroes. Filmmakers say the movies won’t sell and that no one wants to see a female superhero. Are they correct?
A Strange Response: Last Thursday, Jezebel staff writer Lindy West appeared on “Totally Biased with Kamau Bell” to talk about rape culture. Joined by comedian Jim Norton, she engaged in a debate about the permissiveness of rape jokes in comedy. After her appearance, she wrote about her experience…
Megan Mercier says the world is built on competition. Women are told that they can essentially be and do whatever their heart desires regardless of their gender, but the hard-hitting reality of competition and that not being totally true sets in.
The creator of the performance along with director Stephanie Shaw join Shantell & Luis in studio to talk about the performance which “smashes the traditional American beauty pageant form with real stories of fully-grown girls stumbling into womanhood.”
Last week, the U.S. Department of Education changed their Free Application for Federal Student Loan (FAFSA) form to address same sex families. While the new form replaces the “mother” “father pronouns, it has been accused by some of discriminating against same-sex families. Shantell & Luis discuss the changes and their impact on student eligibility for financial assistance.
For this week’s Feminist Wednesday headlines, Shantell & Luis talk about a decision by the FDA to approve a proposal to make the Plan B pill available to those 15 and up without a prescription. The previous age was 17. Women are more stressed about work than men. According to a survey by the American Psychological Association found that women report higher levels of work-related stress and tension. An unrelated headline reveals than men are more likely to blame GPS for bad driving and women say they are lost. A new documentary is making it clear that an entire team of women contributed to the capturing of Osama Bin Laden. The film is called “Manhunt” and is directed by Greg Barker.
A man is suing a London gym for having “female only” hours. The gym offers 442 women-only hours at the gym due to research that shows women feel uncomfortable with how they look at the gym. He said that because there are certain hours that males can’t go, he is arguably paying more for having less access to the gym. Not to mention, he suggested the gym introduce male-only hours to make the policy equal.
Does he have a valid point? Or is he ignoring how women feel at the gym? Luis and Shantell discuss. Let us know what you have to say on our Facebook page at facebook.com/vocalo.
Equal Words: Washington state just completed an effort to rewrite their laws to reflect a more balanced tone by swapping out words that were not deemed gender-neutral. We discuss the details of the measure and whether or not they will have significant impact gender equality.