Should MSNBC’s Martin Bashirhave resigned yesterday over these remarks about Sarah Palin? This is the debate that the AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adams had this morning on Peace Prize Thursday. The shorthand in a lot of headlines make it seem like it was an offhand comment, but its actually a slow burn of an educational lesson about the horrors of slavery. Molly argued that while it might be a smarter put-down than it first seems, female politicians often get the grossest vitriol and Bashir has a poor track record when it comes to respecting women.
In the US, the only country to sentence minors to life without parole, over 2500 inmates are serving that time. Documentary filmmaker Tirtza Even screens her experimental film Natural Life tonight at the Gene Siskel Center and joins us to talk about the effectiveness of juvenile imprisonment and its effects on the incarcerated, officials, and the law.
Coya Paz joined hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning on the AMp! Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia gave an extensive interview to New York Magazine and he revels a lot about his personal and judicial philosophy: “50 years from now I may be the Justice Sutherland of the late-twentieth and early-21st century, who’s regarded as: ‘He was on the losing side of everything, an old fogey, the old view.’ And I don’t care.” So, how does that make you feel? The Peace Prize Panel discussed the Supreme Court Election process, its relevance and its effectiveness in today’s politics.
It was Peace Prize Thursday here on the Morning AMp! We kicked it off, real talk about the most common form of drug abuse: Nationally, sales of prescription painkillers per capita have quadrupled since 1999, as well as the number of overdoses. The AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams spoke with Rich Hamburg of the Trust for America’s Health about their new report on prescription abuse in Illinois and Indiana and how to combat misuse from policy and personal angles. And of course, what’s an intellectually charged conversation without input from our callers who joined us on the subject with first hand experiences and stories?
“Even our congress, how many people say that so many of their political maneuvers they’re marking are because they’re Christians. That happens. And I am saying this as somebody who is a devout Christian. I am a christian and I am part of a huge network of people who are asking, why is Christianity being hijacked by the right wing? That makes no sense. If you read the bible, the right wing politics that are done in the name of Christianity have so little to do with anything the bible says what it means to be a Christians and yet that has become the narrative. But it’s not because of the liberal elite making that the narrative, it’s because the people promoting those politics are pushing that as the story. So it’s really frustrating for me when people claim that this is is bigotry against Christians to critique a kind of Christian mentality that oppresses others when the fundamentals of the religion are against that. “
Peace Prize Panelist, Coya Paz on how a faith’s fundamental belief gets a tainted reputation and also gets overshadowed by businesses that demonstrate religious preference.
“It’s interesting, when we talk about criminal justice issues, when we talk about the murder rate in Chicago, everybody’s always looking… at the Chicago Police Department, right? […]Every time we’re looking at the police for the answers to these things, and then you go and talk to a school principal, they know what’s going down way before it happens. If we had billions of dollars and put it in those schools and resources and programs and kept the schools open until 9:00, I don’t think anyone would argue that. That would help tremendously.”
- WBEZ’s Rob Wildeboer
There’s an urban legend that says US states look at elementary school aptitude tests and use that number to decide the prison budget in the coming years. While not as true as some people believe, there is a definite correlation between education and criminal activity.
Award-winning WBEZ reporter Rob Wildeboer joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning talk about the reporting that he’s done recently on the Illinois prison system. From the cost-effectiveness of imprisoning someone for a minor offense, to the challenges of starting over when released, Rob was able to make connections between early investments in a person’s life to the likelihood that they would end up in jail… sometimes repeatedly. Also in the studio is Coya Paz, an active CPS parent and social justice commentator.
Tasers: Campus Security at Loyola University are considering arming their Rogers Park officers with tasers. Intern Erica DeAngelis looks at the safety concerns surrounding tasers on college campuses and reports on the policies the school will institute to regulate their use.
Yes, You Are Racist: Logan Smith is a young man with a singular purpose on Twitter: he find people saying “I’m not racist but…” and retweets them so they can see his handle. We’ll find out what drives Logan’s mission and how many hours of his day he wastes… or whether that time is being valuably spent.
Coya Paz: Our social justice commentator looks at the US’s arming of Syrian rebels which was announced this AM, drug testing for welfare recipients, and a very unusual picture Brian Babylon found in a funeral home bathroom.