Sex offenders have to register at a single office in Chicago once a year, or more if they move or change jobs. But the office can’t handle the volume of registrants and people can be left literally in the cold, in violation of the law. WBEZ reporter Rob Wildeboer joined the Morning AMp hosts Brian Babylon andMolly Adams as he explained how the gap is costing money and time.
Lent is here, and many people who practice lent can find it intimidating when it comes to changing the way you diet, particularly a vegan one; they may need all the support that they can get. Celebrity TV Chef and author of Vegan for Fun, Attila Hildmannbelieves that the challenge is to simply make the decision to get started - even if it means going vegan one day each week, which could be enough vastly improve your health whether it’s for lent or a change of lifestyle. Attila joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylonand Molly Adams this morning by phone this morning to share his story and tips.
"My name is Belle Knox, and I wear my Scarlet Letter with pride" A Duke University graduated has recently come out to the public as a porn star. Using this information as the topic du jour, Allison Cuddy of WBEZ and educator Moises Pacheco, join The Morning AMp to discuss the changing landscape of morality in America.
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.
What Is Hip? Interaction figures! Tim Barnes is on the cutting edge of all trends and this week he’s checking in on what the kids (and the President) are playing with these days. Tim joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning as they reminisced the days of heavy action figure marketing, interactive figures and the power of after school cartoons. They also probed Obama’s statement that the US Army is building “Iron Man”, and Vocalo listener Ryan called in and gave his take on this trendy throwback
"The reality is [excluding rent-stabilized tenants] creates dissent and tension and draws a very clear class division" - Dr. Coya Paz
A mixed-income apartment building in New York City did some renovations and added a small new gym. Not a big deal right? Well, the building managers have decreed that the gym is only going to be open to tenants who are paying the market-rate, not to the tenants who have lived there for years under rent-stabilization. Dr. Coya Paz and hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon try to get to the heart of what this is about: freedom and equality for the building’s residents? Or freedom to turn a profit for the building’s managers? We almost can’t work it out ourselves until we get a very good compromise proposal from a caller.
The Nerdette Podcast gave us an exclusive look at their newest episode where they ask why so many fictional and real robots and robot voices are female. What is it about a digital barrier that makes people more comfortable with female authority? Producer Tricia Bobeda and reporter Logan Jaffe joined hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon to share the wide variety of fem-bots that have served us over the years.
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 subject of opening a Whole Foods in unexpected neighborhoods has stirred controversy before and created hours of conversation during our morning programming. Reporting live from Northwest Indiana, Michael Puentejoined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning to talk about the proposal for the Schererville Whole Foods. He also touched base on other news around the region.
This Miscellaneous Monday was a true hodge podge of topics. One that caught the attention of hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babyon was the term ‘net-banging.’ In this segment, we discussed the concept of online gang-banging as well as its offline implications. The discussion also addressed the question of whether this qualifies as ‘gang activity’ or not.
Yesterday just hours before the state playoff tournament was set to begin, the Homewood- Flossmoor basketball team was eliminated from the tournament because their head coach had illegally recruited players. The IHSA been trying to strike a deal with the team by offering 6 players the opportunity to stay and play in the tournament while the coach and the 11 players eliminated could not play. One of the eliminated players filed a restraining order that would have allowed the team to keep competing in the playoffs, claiming that the parents and the players were unaware of these eligibility requirements. On the flipside, the team did have more training time during the offseason from other teams, so did the recruiting even matter? The AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams along with Dr. Coya Paz discussed this story and explored further into the issue of gentrification.
It was an all-star gathering on this week’s Council of Feminist Thought. Veronica Arreola of Viva La Feminista,Cassandra Gaddoof the Step Up Women’s Network, and Jamie Nesbitt Golden of Hood Feminism all joined AMp hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon. We spent a bunch of our time discussing the verdict in the trial of Michael Dunn for the murder of Jordan Davis. We also talked about #DangerousBlackKids and the way gun violence has become an increasingly normalized reaction to fear.
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.