“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.
Yesterday just hours before the state playoff tournament was set to begin, the Homewood- Flossmoor basketball team was eliminated from the tournament because their head coach had illegally recruited players. The IHSA been trying to strike a deal with the team by offering 6 players the opportunity to stay and play in the tournament while the coach and the 11 players eliminated could not play. One of the eliminated players filed a restraining order that would have allowed the team to keep competing in the playoffs, claiming that the parents and the players were unaware of these eligibility requirements. On the flipside, the team did have more training time during the offseason from other teams, so did the recruiting even matter? The AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams along with Dr. Coya Paz discussed this story and explored further into the issue of gentrification.
The newly appointed head of Illinois’s Department of Children and Family Services, Arthur Bishop, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge for embezzling money from clients in the 90s. Bishop claims he pleaded to end the stress on his family. Tony Arnold of WBEZ joined the AMp’s Molly Adams and guest co-host, Mixtape host Luis Perez this morning as he shared some of Bishop’s other eyebrow raising decisions.
A play at Timeline Theater explores a very Feminist Wednesday topic: Why do humans menstruate when most mammals do not? Using the meeting of two biologists with differing theories, The How and the Why also explores the pressure that women scientists are under to perform at a high level. Actors Janet Ulrich Brooks,Elizabeth Ledo, and director Keira Fromm joined the AMp hosts Molly Adamsand Brian Babylon this morning in the Vocalo studio to discuss.
Making it’s world premiere at the Goodman Theatre next week, Luna Gale follows a veteran social worker as she deals with a case where a child must be removed from its home. Actors Reyna de Courcy and Colin Sphar play the child’s parents, young and drug addicted, and joined the AMp’s Molly Adams and guest co-host Vivian Mikhail in studio this morning and discussed the way Luna Gale challenges our preconceived notions of neglect and domestic violence. If you are interested in the dates and times of the play, visit the Goodman Theatre’s website!
“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.
After six years, a program that hired additional workers in ex-offenders to clean CTA train cars and buses will wrap up on Dec. 31. The CTA, which spent nearly $3 million annually on the program, is pointing their finger at the maintenance union Local 308 for removing the program when they re-upped their contract. The AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adams were joined by our callers and listeners this morning as they debated on whether or not the reason from the CTA was justifiable and the effectiveness and current state of work unions.
This year’s “hot toy” is no giggling doll or construction set. It’s a $400-500 video game, DVD, streaming TV console manufactured by either Sony or Microsoft. Our Senior Tech Correspondent Marty Hess of PixelRated.com joined the AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning to provide thorough reviews of the Playstation 4 and Xbox One and their games. As it turned out, both consoles are perfectly great in terms of gaming, but they both have different functions and their companies are trying to market them differently. Sony has been pushing for a “supreme, omnipotent gamer’s box” feel for their consumers while Microsoft wants the XBox One to be an all-in-one, multi-tasking, everything you can possibly need in your living rooms. Marty also discussed issues and glitches that occurred early on for both consoles.
In the first ten years of the 21st century, over 5,000 people were killed by guns in Chicago, and over 24,000 were wounded.
Alex Kotlowitz recently wrote in Time Out Chicago about the epidemic of youth violence in Chicago. Shantell and Luis break down his article, plus have a frank conversation about what may cause the violence and what can be done to stop it.