This week on the Council of Feminist Thought, Britt Julious joined the AMp’s Brian Babylonand Molly Adams. We kicked it off by talking about Inland, her new publishing venture that will explore Midwestern culture and identity. We put a little “constructive disliking” (not hate!) on coastal media. Take a listen!
Women make up fewer than 8% of the National Registry of Exonerations, which tells of another story about their convictions and punishments, usually harsher and on less evidence than their male counterparts. The AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams were joined by Jennifer del Prete, who was released last month while the state appeals her case and Kristine Bunch, exonerated in 2012 after 16 years in prison. Journalist Alison Flowers, who has been telling exonerees’ stories for our sister station WBEZ, helps walk us through the legal process and why women are at a disadvantage.
When Stephen Colbert was announced as Dave Letterman’s replacement on CBS’s late night talk show offering, even fans of the show felt that it was time for networks to think outside the box for a host. Jamie Masada, owner of The Laugh Factory, shared his thoughts with hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon about diversity on the networks, from gender to race to education to region.
The AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams joined by Amanda Drinkall and Rufus Collins, the pair who hold down the sexy, smart, supernatural comedy Venus in Fur. They also discussed what it’s like to be directed under a woman in this kind of play and dissected the plot as it finds humor in the politics behind gender, sex and power.
On this installment of Practically Speaking, host Audra Wilson explores what feminism means to different groups. She is joined by Soheila Azadi, a graduate assistant at UIC, a native of Iran, and an artist who speaks to the role feminism plays in her life and culture. She is also joined by Shelly Conner, an instructor at UIC who teaches a course on women in literature. In addition, Vocalo contributor Ryan Bedell conducts interviews and examines pop culture to see where people stand on feminism.
"Van Halen, Motley Crue, spandex and make-up… kind of gay wasn’t it?" - Brian Babylon
Snoop Dogg’s “gender bending” long manicured nails are just another instance in which a contemporary Hip Hop artist has helped to break down a long held binary idea about gender. Listen to Dr. Coya Paz, Molly Adams, and Brian Babylon confront some antiquated notions of masculinity and femininity.
The toys you buy your kids can have long lasting impact on personal images of gender, race, and class. They might even shape a child’s views of art and God! This morning, the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams were joined by Homeroom crew, Jamie Kazay, Seth Vanek, and TinTim Jone Yelvington in studio tand disscussed their upcoming salons, Barbie 101 and Hulk 101. These will explore the long tail impact of a single action-figure.
The Morning AMp’s Senior Tech Correspondent Marty Hess (pixelrated.com) talks to host Molly Adams and guest host Ernest Wilkins (RedEye) about his adventurous weekend at the New York City Comic Con.
Marty’s favorite game during the event was ‘Dark Souls 2’ because it allows you to “explore the world” without necessarily following the progression of the game. He also reviews ‘Final Fantasy 13,’ and the 2D game ‘Dust Force,’ where gamers can play as a cleaning crew that can play parkour. He also notes how one major conversation at Comic Con involved “gender and equality in regards to the L.G.B.T community”
Vocalo On WBEZ Ep 83 - Syria talk, Stop Telling Women To Smile, DJ Chicken George
In this episode: An American military strike against the Assad regime in Syria seemed imminent, and the news was filled with analysts and “experts” but not many Syrian-Americans, the people who will be affected in a couple ways by military action. Now, as things seem to have deescalated, the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams checked in with Amr Kawji, who has been advocating for military intervention, and Ramah Kudaimi, who would like to see a non-violent strategy. Both agreed that something must be done to stop the violence.
Stop Telling Women to Smile is a public art series that addresses gender based street harassment. The work consists of drawn portraits of women who have told their stories of harassment, and wheat pasting those portraits as posters with captions that speak directly to offenders on outdoor walls. The creator of the series, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, joined Music Vox host Jesse Menendez to discuss the project, gender dynamics and more.
We close the show with a DJ set from Vocalo’s DJ Collective member - Chicken George. Tune in!
The Council of Feminist Thought met for another session, with founder of the Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring ProgramKelly Fair joining Morning AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams for a discussion about stay-at-home dads and gender equity. Although census data shows that the number of stay-at-home dads has doubled since the 90’s, the actual percentage of stay-at-home dads among married couples has increased by a negligible rate, and there is still a vast disproportion of stay-at-home moms. We talk about the social perception of stay-at-home dads, and hear the perspective from one who gave us a call.
Vocalo on WBEZ Ep 70 - Sexual Assault in the Military, Gender Roles in Disney, Shred One
In this episode: An amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill would have taken away the decision making process about whether to prosecute a sexual assault away from military commanders. But last minute, Sen. Carl Levin removed the amendment, meaning for now we must still rely on military authority to sort out the 26,000 sexual assaults a year in our armed services. Hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon talk to friends of the show Veronica Arreola and Mikki Kendall. Mikki’s experience serving in the US Army adds some very personal insight to the conversation.
Then, how many of you remember watching Disney movies as a kid and thinking you wanted to grow up to be a princess and find your prince just like Cinderella? Well, some people see it as a problematic dynamic. WBEZ blogger Leah Pickett spoke with Jesse Menendez about one of her recent articles: “How Growing Up Disney Shapes Gender Roles.’
Later, we get to know DJ and record label founder Shred One in a regular Overdrive segment “Wise Woman of the Week.”
We close the show with a mix by DJ / producer Little Louie Vega. Tune in.
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.”
The Importance of Language: As we continue our series exploring rape culture in America, we hear from Gregory M. Motoesian of UIC’s Department of Criminology, Law and Justice. Professor Motoesian talks about the importance of language in the construction of legal context regarding sexual…