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.
WBEZ reporter Tony Arnold joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams as he laid out his game plan for covering the Illinois governor’s race this year, including how he plans to dig up the gossip on candidates Bruce Rauner and incumbent Pat Quinn.
WBEZ reporter Mike Puente checked in with hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon with his NWI report. This segment focused on the recent opposition to an immigrant detention center in Hobart, a judicial override to the legislature’s gay marriage ban, and the current status of Chicago’s own little BP oil spill.
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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.
When NFL quarterback Michael Vick signed to the NY Jets last week, some animal right advocates and fans reignited the conversation about whether Vick, convicted of felony animal abuse charges in 2007, should ever be forgiven. Is dogfighting a particularly egregious crime or does this attitude align with the way our society generally feels about ex-offenders? The AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams spoke with Cynthia Bathurst of Safe Humane about what kind of dogfighting is happening in the region and how her group makes connections between hurt dogs and hurt people.
Listener Vince from the South Side of Chicago took advantage of the Morning AMp’s miscellaneous format and called hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon about the recent Citizens United reform bill in Springfield. Vince discussed the joint-resolution between the Illinois Senate and citizens to limit campaign donations to $100 per entry and why he believes this movement is important.
Was former GOP VP candidate and Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan blowing dog whistles or speaking from his heart when he said on a radio show, “We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work”? The AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams come up with a verdict during their robust discussion.
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.
The Department of Corrections has a $1.3 billion annual budget so our sister station WBEZ gave a survey to Illinois legislators to find out how many of them had actually visited a prison during their tenure. Reporter Rob Wildeboer joined us to break down the results and explain why it’s always good to do your research.
This week, Cook County’s first terrorism prosecution began against three men who are being charged with planning terrorist attacks during the 2012 NATO summit held in Chicago. While the defense is claiming that they were just loud and intoxicated as they encountered underconvered cops who instigated the situation, the prosecution says that the men (now known as the NATO 3) were bonded by anger and intended on a mission to battle against the police on the street. They were arrested immediately after the cops found four assembled firebombs a few days before the summit. The AMp hostsBrian Babylon and Molly Adams were joined by Dr. Coya Paz as they anaylzed the case and debated on whether or not they were really committed acts of terror, or if they were just angry, drunk citizens.