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04 / 17 / 14
Let's Get Real: Is Colorblind Ideology a form of Racism?
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The AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams (along with a few callers) kicked off the show with some real table talk! Stephen Colbert satirizes white liberalism by saying he “can’t be racist because I don’t see color.” But psychologists say colorblindness has similar effects to racist beliefs: it keeps the “colorblind” person from recognizing and more importantly, valuing, individual difference.

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04 / 16 / 14
Reclaimed Soul: Slow Jams and Groovers
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On this episode of Reclaimed Soul we dive into some groovy slow jams, by artists like The Lost Generation, Linda Jones, and Lee Charles.
Plus, we hear a special 1970s Chicago Kiddie Soul mini-mix featuring the Eight Minutes, North, South, East & West, Love’s Children, and more.

For fresh episodes of Reclaimed Soul, listen in Thursdays at 8pm CST on, or tune in to 89.5fm (NW Indy) and 90.7fm (CHI)

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04 / 09 / 14

My name is Silvia and I’m a hater.

Hi, I’m Silvia, Managing Director of Vocalo.

I often find myself saying things like:
  • I hate the way big media portrays our communities.
  • I hate the way that commercial radio stations play the same songs over and over again.
  • I hate that big media doesn’t engage our communities on issues that impact them on a day-to-day basis.
  • I hate that big media doesn’t celebrate our cultural diversity.
  • I’m a hater.
But let me tell you what I do love. Vocalo.

Vocalo is a special type of media. We’re the change we wish to see in our media landscape. We’re a service dedicated to engaging our communities with thoughtful discussions and diverse cultural expressions. We create our programming with you (and us) in mind.

If you love Vocalo too, I’m asking you to show us some love. I need 150 people to step up for Vocalo by this Friday and make a donation. We’ve already heard from 47, and now I need to hear from you. 

Plus, if you make a $4 a month donation, we’ll show you some love by giving you a ticket to our celebratory end of pledge drive event this Friday night, the #hatersball. The party will take place at the Chop Shop and will feature music from JC Brooks, the Vocalo DJ Collective and DJ Ayana Contreras. You’ll also get to nosh on some delicious food and enjoy craft cocktails from Johnny Costello of the Berkshire Room.

Most importantly, you’ll get to meet the most dynamic team in public media. We love what we do, and hope you do too.



Silvia Rivera
Manager Director

P.S. You can donate online right here.

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04 / 03 / 14

Live shot of our interview with Principal Liz Dozier of Fenger High School, talking about her role on #CNN’s #Chicagoland and more! #video #live #radio #peaceprize #thursday #tgit #politics #publicschools #nationalnews #realliferadio #teamvocalo #morningshow #morningamp

6morningshow, realliferadio, morningamp, peaceprize, teamvocalo, chicagoland, thursday, tgit, live, publicschools, video, politics, cnn, radio, nationalnews,

04 / 02 / 14
Who Are The Beatles of Today?
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Vocalo contributor Ryan Bedell discusses whether any bands from the 1990s to the present carry the same weight as The Beatles and other legendary artists once did. Who will people still be talking about in 50 years?

Source: SoundCloud / Vocalo's By The Way

6the beatles, music, jimi hendrix, popular, popculture, pop culture, pop music, wbez, vocalo, radio, public radio, chicago public media, ryan bedell,

04 / 02 / 14
Why You Should Listen to Oldies
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In this piece, Vocalo collaborator Ryan Bedell explains the importance of knowing the history of music and its roots, and why you should listen and appreciate the oldies.

Source: SoundCloud / Vocalo's By The Way

6oldies, music, music history, history, media, radio, public radio, chicago public media, vocalo, wbez, ryan bedell,

03 / 28 / 14
Reclaimed Soul: Local Steppers


On this installment of Reclaimed Soul, host Ayana Contreras spins some stepper cuts from both local artists and artists from elsewhere, including James Brown. Also featured is a clip from her interview with Reggie Torian from the Impressions and her advice on how to write a “Vinyl Is Back” article as Record Store Day approaches.

For fresh episodes of Reclaimed Soul, listen in Thursdays at 8pm CST on, or tune in to 89.5fm (NW Indy) and 90.7fm (CHI)

Source: SoundCloud / vocalo

6Reclaimed Soul, Soul, Soul Music, James Brown, stepper, vocalo, radio, wbez, public radio, chicago public media, music,

03 / 26 / 14
Practically Speaking Episode 47: Is Feminism A Dirty Word?
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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.

Tune in Friday at 11am on | 89.5 (NWI) | 90.7 (CHI).

Source: SoundCloud / vocalo

6feminism, feminist, lgbtq, race, gender, practically speaking, vocalo, wbez, radio, public radio, chicago public media,

03 / 20 / 14

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03 / 19 / 14
Practically Speaking 46: After The Wars
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This episode of Practically Speaking focuses on what happens when people are released from incarceration and what rehabilitation is available to them. We discuss the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center, as well as the Safer Foundation with president emeritus Diane Williams. We hear from several people struggling to get back on their feet after incarceration. We hear a spoken word piece from an area high school student about his experience. We revisit our discussion with Bill Brown about black veterans, and finish by talking with Mark Doyle, founder of Rags of Honor, a custom silk screen company that hires exclusively veterans, and one of his employees, Dwayne Jones.

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6vocalo, wbez, radio, public radio, practically speaking, audra wilson, incarceration, rags of honor, veterans, rehabilitation, diane williams, safer foundation,

03 / 07 / 14

Choosing Topics for Vocalo

One of the most common questions we get at Vocalo is, “How do you come up with with your topics?” The short answer is that ideas can come from anywhere and everywhere. 

There are dozens of ways shows get put together. We get tips/ideas from listeners through facebook & twitter; segments can come from personal experiences & stories people share; even conversations with strangers at check-out lines have become segments on Vocalo. It’s all about listening for the story. The Internet is also a big source for potential segments, obviously.

Below we have Midday host Luis Antonio Perez sharing how he plans to turn his day-long “Flexible Friday web browsing” into radio segments for Vocalo for next week.

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02 / 28 / 14


Tune in now for this week’s Barbershop Show. The topic of discussion is the many faces of gentrification after Spike Lee’s rant earlier this week about gentrification in Brooklyn went viral. We welcome to the show: 
• Christyn S. Henson, New Communities Program Director at Quad Communities Development Corporation.
• J. Brian Malone, Executive Director of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO)
• Bernard Loyd, a developer in Bronzeville
• Nelson Soza, Executive Director of The Pilsen Alliance
• Eric Lynch, who plays “Jackson” in the Goodman Theatre’s current production of “Buzzer”. The play runs until March 9th.

Tune in on | 90.7fm (Chi) | 89.5fm (Nwi).

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02 / 27 / 14
Worldview's Jerome McDonnell Talks About The Global Activism Expo with The Morning AMp
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Our friend Jerome McDonnell, host of Worldview, wants to invite you to this year’s Global Activism Expo Part 1 at the Chicago Cultural Center. This year they are focusing on India, from food to dance to social activism.

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6wbez, vocalo, talk radio, brian babylon, molly adams, chicago cultural center, global activism expo, global activism, activism, social justice, jerome mcdonnell, npr, radio,

02 / 26 / 14
Reclaimed Soul: Kyle Abraham & Chicago Soul


On this episode of Reclaimed Soul, host Ayana Contreras spins some local Chicago soul and plays her interview from this past week with with dancer/choreographer Kyle Abraham, who is in town with his troupe, They’re here to perform his “Radio Show” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Kyle and Ayana talk about the role of Black Radio in communities.

For fresh episodes of Reclaimed Soul, listen in Thursdays at 8pm CST on, or tune in to 89.5fm (NW Indy) and 90.7fm (CHI)

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02 / 24 / 14
Vocalo On WBEZ Ep 94 - Legislators and Prison Visits, Black Radio in Communities, Milo and Otis
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In this episode: 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.

Also, Reclaimed Soul host Ayana Contreras sits down with dancer/choreographer Kyle Abraham, who was in town with his troupe, They were here to perform his “Radio Show” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Kyle and Ayana talked about the role of Black Radio in communities. They also talked about social dancing, from disco to breaking to voguing.

Chicago duo Milo and Otis have developed a unique take on R’n’B, a style they’ve come to call “adventure soul.” Vocalist, Jamila Woods joined Jesse Menendez on The MusicVox and talked about their current album The Joy, and some of the social commentary that appears on it, specifically, the impact of the passing of Troy Davis and a cultural taboo associated with wanting to touch a Black person’s hair.

Finally, we bring it home with an all vinyl mix about Chicago from Chicken George. Tune in!

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