Today we spoke with Mark Anthony Grimaldiauthor of The Money Compass who warned us about pitfalls of investing in a post-recession economic climate;Brian Babylon andLuisAntonio Perezshared their lucky breaks investing in stocks (SOFO-2000, ITHAX-2007) as well as sharing their personal economic advice with the help of Mark Anthony who made excellent suggestions for beginners delving into their finances.
This week’s Barber Shop Show was our July Mid-Month Mash-Up (our monthly news roundup). Host Richard Steel was joined by:
• Lynette Holloway of The Root • Salim Muwakkil, Commentator and Host on WVON Radio • Political Strategist Delmarie Cobb
We discuss the upcoming Chicago mayoral race, staggering new employment numbers, the closing of the last public high school in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago, and many other news stories from the last couple of weeks.
The Barber Shop Show airs on Fridays and Saturdays at Noon on 90.7FM and 89.5FM. You can also stream live at vocalo.org. The show also broadcasts on Sundays at 3pm on WBEZ.
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.
Jesse Menendez of the MusicVox sits down with weekly contributor Shantell Jamison of Chicago’s Black Youth Project to discuss two thought provoking articles. The first focuses on the staggering number of debanked and unbanked citizens living in Chicago while the other’s shocking headline sparks a discussion of racism in politics and journalism.
The MusicVox airs weekdays 4-6 PM on 90.7 FM (CHI) / 89.5 (NWI) / www.vocalo.org
Chicago Aldermen are suggesting that the city raise it’s minimum wage to $13/hr by 2018. Of course they won’t vote on the measure until after the November elections and state lawmakers work on the issue. How do you think this wage increase will effect workers, small business owners, and the city’s economy? The AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams discuss.
Almost nine out of every 10 kids who spend time in Illinois youth prisons end up going back to prison within three years of their release. Now a program in Cook County that aims to keep kids free by taking a more holistic approach is going statewide, but Patrick Smith of WBEZ reports on how it is not always successful. Patrick joined the AMp’s Brian Babylonand Molly Adams to discuss his findings.
Every month, we check-in with our favorite local journalists and bloggers. We get their perspectives on the recent local and national news headlines that caught their attention. They tell us what they thought was the good news, as well as the bad news. Usually, after that they tell us about those moments that made them go WTF!?! But on this Father’s Day weekend, we also talked about the bonds between father and son professional athletes.
We were joined by: • Managing Editor at Hoy Chicago, Fernando Diaz • Hermene Hartman editor and publisher of N’digo, and • Kenny McReynolds, Sports Director for WWME-TV & WCIU-TV
The Barber Shop Show airs every Friday at 12pm CST on Vocalo.org, 90.7 FM, and 89.5 FM. The show also rebroadcasts on Saturdays at Noon on Vocalo, and on Vocalo’s sister station, WBEZ 91.5 FM on Sundays at 3pm.
With the World Cup Fever kicking up, and the Olympics not too far from view, we are once again reminded of impoverished communities that exist in urban populations that host major international events. The AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams were joined by the good doctor Coya Paz to discus the stigma behind the homeless internationally and locally. 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.
After a Supreme Court decision this week to specifically uphold Christian prayer before a town council meeting in upstate New York we ask if there has ever been a “war on Christianity” as some lawmakers and commentators would have you believe. The good doctor Coya Paz joined the AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adams as they dissected into the topic with quite a few callers who chimed in their perspectives.
The AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams were joined by quite a few listeners who called in to discuss the concept of “two Chicagos:” the one where CTA bus drivers lose their jobs after two snaps from a speed or red-light camera and the one where Rahm Emanueland his security can do the same thing two dozen times with impunity.
Lake Michigan to the world! South African hip-hop artist Mhligo has been using hip-hop and performance in his home township of Umlazi outside of Durban to organize young people around social issues that effect them. He joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams along with David Flynn, founder of From the Roots a non-profit that does similar work, where Mhligo is a fellow, to invite us to a productive party on Saturday.