This morning on the Council of Feminist thought, AMp hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon were joined by Alice Kim and Kelly Fair to talk about a an article about a first grader being suspended for “sexual harassment” after kissing another student during school. Many questions were asked surrounding the behavioral background of the student and whether or not parents should take the extra step and talk about sexual harassment with their child so they will know what is and what is not deemed inappropriate touching.
“I’m a lot smarter than that. I know how to be critical in an intelligent way so as to insult them [The New York Times]. Which is what I am going to do. […] They knew what kind of acclaim that my book was getting and so they chose to focus on my personal life, my ex-husband, they said things that weren’t true – things that they knew about my ex-husband that reportedly I did not know. It was a personal attack. Iit was tacky as hell. It’s not a book review. They were reviewing my personal life. And my personal life has nothing to do with this book. I resented it.”
- Terry McMillan on Alex Kuczynski’s review of her book.
Known for her humor and warmth, author Terry McMillan explores how family comforts and confuses us in her latest book, Who Asked You? Terry joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning by phone as she talked about the novel, how she maintains such a steady output, what life looks like from the top of the bestseller list and how to handle your biggest critics and not break into outbursts - like Kanye West.
Should MSNBC’s Martin Bashirhave resigned yesterday over these remarks about Sarah Palin? This is the debate that the AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adams had this morning on Peace Prize Thursday. The shorthand in a lot of headlines make it seem like it was an offhand comment, but its actually a slow burn of an educational lesson about the horrors of slavery. Molly argued that while it might be a smarter put-down than it first seems, female politicians often get the grossest vitriol and Bashir has a poor track record when it comes to respecting women.
WBEZ’s Midday producer, Justin Kaufman guest co-hosts the ‘Morning AMp’ along with Molly Adams. They discuss Illinois’s pension reform which rises the retirement age for state workers. Justin debates the ‘historic’ nature of the reform, and the impact this will have on Illinois residents.
Cassandra Gaddo of the Step Up Women’s Network and blogger and women in science advocate Veronica Arreola join ‘Morning AMp’ hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams to talk about public marriage proposals, and the various forms of feminism.
Recently, a Today Show proposal was made fun of on a number of feminist blogs: the woman thought she was there to talk about her non-profit, Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation, and instead got proposed to by her boyfriend. But her reaction to the reaction, the she was fine with what went down, shows we know nothing about people and their relationships!
Comedian and writer for The Whiskey Journal, Tim Barnes talks to ‘Morning Amp’ host Molly Adams about the trend of “instant biopics” that are being made in Hollywood.
With the announcement that 20th Century Fox is already developing a movie about William Ulbricht, the accused kingpin of the Internet drug market Silk Road that was shut down last month, Intern Tim Barnes looks at the rising trend of the “instant biopic” and why Hollywood won’t let history breathe a bit.
Film Critic Reggie Ponder calls in to discuss his opinion on the critique of new releases.
In the US, the only country to sentence minors to life without parole, over 2500 inmates are serving that time. Documentary filmmaker Tirtza Even screens her experimental film Natural Life tonight at the Gene Siskel Center and joins us to talk about the effectiveness of juvenile imprisonment and its effects on the incarcerated, officials, and the law.
Storytelling is all too familiar here at Vocalo, and we’re always on the search for events where people are able to freely express themselves over an open mic. One storytelling event by Stoop-Style Stories will start taking place every last Thursday of the month at Rosa’s Lounge in Humboldt Park and will feature poets, emcees, musicians, and artists as they share their personal narratives in front of a live audience. Stoop Style’s founder and host Lily Be joined the AMp’s Brian Babylon and guest co host Tim Barnes this morning to discuss why we should attend and continue art the story telling.
The Bears return to the gridiron tonight and our Senior Accounts Payable Coordinator LaToya Smith joined the AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning as she gave us a preview, as a well as a look back on the past week’s winners and losers, including Derrick Rose’s home opener. Vocalo listener and caller Ryan from Westville also chimed in on the conversation as he expressed concern for the Bulls this season. He stated that if Derrick Rose was not a star player, he would have been benched due to his lack of successful shots. LaToya agreed with Ryan as she believed that the loss to the Sixers has her worried since the problem is beyond Derrick Rose - the entire team seems to perform lackluster this season, including the dependable Luol Deng who only scored 4 points in the last game. Brian showed more optimism for the Bulls since it’s only been three games into the season. What do you guys think based on this conversation: should we be worried about our sports teams this winter?
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.
Let’s bring some positivity into the Chicago winter sports arena! After weeks of reporting on the downwards decline of the Bear’s season, LaToya “Moneyball” Smith joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning to discuss the pre-season performance of the undefeated Chicago Bulls. With the official season kicking off in just a couple of days, LaToya discussed the vast improvement in Derrick Rose’s performance, and how the Bulls have done without injured Joakim Noah - nothing less than impressive. But will the Bulls live up to this when the season starts? LaToya hopes so.
Morning AMp intern and ‘The Whiskey Journal’ contributor Tim Barnes debuts his new segment “What Is Hip?” by explaining to hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams how slavery is the newest trend in Hollywood. Tim described the success of films like ‘The Help’ and ‘Django Unchained’ as a sign to movie producers that there is money to be made by tackling civil rights issues in theaters. He also interviewed moviegoers before and after watching the new release ‘12 Years a Slave’ which depicts the true life story of Solomon Northup, a free man who was forced into slavery.