The annual celebration of the small, local record store is here and the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams spoke with Kevin Starke, owner of K. Starke Records in West Town/Humboldt Park about dealing, collecting, and the constant hunt for new customers.
We took a Cash Money detour down the alimentary canal when we talk to science writer Mary Roach about her new book, Gulp. From start to finish, she takes us through all the ways our bodies break down food and the history of how we came to understand how our most vital function functions.
The Chicago Teachers’ Union strike in fall of 2012 made national news as it pitted the public school teachers against the mayor and a CPS Board that wanted to change classroom sizes, raise structures, and the health care plan among other things. A new book from Jacobin Press recounts the drama and looks at how the strike has influenced other actions in the US public education. Author Micah Uetricht joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams to discuss.
We can never get enough television talk! The AMp hosts Molly Adamsand Brian Babylon were joined by Tim Barnesto discuss the near ending craze of pilot season and which type of shows television companies are passing up and taking.
“I think my main reason for wanting to do it [CNN Chicagoland documentary] was to create awareness, but not just for Fenger- I think Fenger is just a small microcosm of what happens on a larger scale of not only in Chicago but across this country. And so there are phenomenal educators and principles across the country who are doing work under extraordinary circumstances that don’t really get highlighted, where people don’t understand the complexity of the work, so that was really important for me and why I really wanted to do it. And then the second reason was to help raise funds. You know, it’s public education…and how things are funded; it’s complicated. “
- Fenger High School Principal Liz Dozier on why she decided to feature her school on CNN’s documentary “Chicagoland”
Reporter Alex Keefe from WBEZ joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylonand Molly Adams in the studio as he filled them in on Governor’s Quinn’s plan to provide property owners, but not renters, with a $500 annual refund. The idea is to offset the “temporary” income tax increases that he now wants to make permanent. Obviously, the plan is not making everyone happy.
Senior Tech Correspondent Marty Hess joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adamsas he filled them in on the return of virtual reality and Facebook’s purchase of Oculus VR and what that means for the social media giant’s plans for expanding into the world of entertainment media.
God’s Work is the Albany Park Theater Project’s fourth collaboration with the Goodman Theatre and the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams were joined by cast members Maidenwena Alba and Kyra Mae Robinson about the collaborative production process as well as their experiences as a Chicago youth working from a local theater to a larger one, and what messages they hope to convey to their audiences through their work.
"I’m not bossy, I’m a boss," says Beyoncé in a new campaign from LeanIn.org encouraging parents and educators to drop the word “bossy” when describing headstrong girls. But the AMp’s Council of Feminist Thought has convened to wonder if “bossy” is all that bad and what kind of effect banning a word can have.
Even though this campaign may have been well-intended, it does not cover the REAL issues facing young women, particularly young women of color as discussed by the Council: According to the African American Policy Forum, black girls are suspended at a higher rate than all other girls and white and Latino boys. Sixty-seven percent of black girls reported feelings of sadness or hopelessness for more than two weeks straight compared to 31 percent of white girls and 40 percent of Latinas. Single black women have the lowest net wealth of any group, with research showing a median wealth of $100.
“It does feel like, sometimes, it’s a very daunting task to try and deal with the issue of equity and housing and opportunity all in one big full swoop. The big issue is that housing is really the last thing that we’ve been able as a society to figure out how to integrate. We’ve seen schools that are more integrated, and at the college level, people work in more integrated environments, when we go out to eat we’re in more integrated environments than we used to be. But housing is really this last frontier. The other part about it is that housing is really the linchpin in trying to create equity throughout the region. The fact that we live in these segregated neighborhoods and communities - that’s the geography of equality and inequality.” -Rob Breymaier, President of the Chicago Fair Housing Alliance
A new reportfrom theChicago Fair Housing Alliance looks at how segregation affects our daily lives in the city from education to crime to quality of life. Executive DirectorMorgan Davis and PresidentRob Breymaier joined the AMp hostsBrian BabylonandMolly Adamsthis morning and discussed some of their proposed solutions for these problems.
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.