07 / 09 / 14
Mariam Sobh discusses how social media has changed how we think about modesty


The Morning AMp’s Lead Modesty Analyst Mariam Sobh joined Brian Babylon and Molly Adams to report on how selfies and sharing of social media have changed norms about how we think and talk about modesty.

Mariam also discussed her opinions on people “over sharing” on social media. She went on to say:

"People share too much about their relationships - I feel like it can have a negative effect. Its always like ‘oh my gosh, my significant other is so amazing, oh thank you for bringing this to me today. I can’t believe you brought me flowers.’ Its just so in-depth. And then the next week, ‘oh we’re getting separated.’ Maybe you did a little too much or maybe you’re over compensating for something else in your life and you want everyone else to think its amazing."

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06 / 30 / 14
Social Media and College: What College Applicants Should Know


WBEZ intern Camille Smith stops by The Morning AMp to talk about what colleges look for in the online identity of prospective students and how they get access to your social media sites.

Source: SoundCloud / vocalo

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05 / 15 / 14
New Age Parenting: How to Raise your Teen


30 years ago the words iPhone, Twitter, and Instagram would have befuddled parents. It is impossible to say that technology hasn’t changed the landscapes of growing up and parenting. Here is where Joani Geltman comes in, thanks to her newest book “A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens”, the waters of teen parenting in the post-internet era become more navigable. She joined guest co-hosts Jill Hopkins and Luis Antonio Perez for an engaging and informative conversation on teen parenting.

Source: SoundCloud / vocalo

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02 / 12 / 14
Council of Feminist Thought: Be Nice on the Internet (or Don't...)


On this week’s Feminist Wednesday, writers Mikki Kendall and Britt Julious joined hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon on the Council of Feminist Thought to tackle what it means to be “nice” on the Internet. While surely it can feel good to be polite with others on social media, there may be some advantages to being not so nice on the Internet. The council also discussed where to draw the line and how mean is too mean…

Source: SoundCloud / vocalo

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01 / 15 / 14
The Cure for the Selfie Epidemic: Fishing.


Sarah Palin is no stranger to the headlines. This week, she posted on her Facebook page her perspective on the selfie-epidemic by saying that the country would be better off if young women took fewer selfies, and more fish in hand. Yes, you read that correct. Fish. The AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams analyzed her statement with a Feminist Wednesday twist. On one hand, she could be promoting women in outdoor activities which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But on the other hand, she has not been the brightest and most credible public figure in the nation’s history.

Source: SoundCloud / vocalo

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11 / 04 / 13
What's Hip?: Smart Phone Apps!


'Morning AMp' intern and comedian Tim Barnes talks to hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams about the latest trends in smart phone culture.

Tim discusses apps that help us find love, find a ride, and find out the limits of our friend’s tolerance for comic avatar based humor.

Source: SoundCloud / vocalo

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05 / 23 / 13
Flash Tracking: Monitoring Mobs through Social Media


The first time Brian Babylon has ever asked “Where is the ACLU?” A bill that fast-tracked through the Illinois legislature will double maximum sentences for people using social media in inciting mob action. WBEZ reporter Tony Arnold joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning to fill them in on the new mandatory minimums for using social media in connection with a crime. What do you guys think? Will this help or hurt the amount of flash mob occurrences  What defines a “flash mob” versus a protest?

Source: SoundCloud / vocalo

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05 / 07 / 13
A Kip-Fix to Your Finance Problems


Two awesome, financially focused businesses in one kick-ass segment! KIP Solutions is run by college undergrads and gets the word out about non-profits over social media. Moneythink offers ten week courses to high school students about personal financial literacy. Why are respective founders Patrick Ip and Ted Gonder in studio together? Well, they’re best friends who do everything together, from rowing crew to appearing on the radio. Patrick and Ted joined the AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adams to discuss the development of their business and what it’s like running one while still working on an undergrad.

Source: SoundCloud / vocalo

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02 / 28 / 13

Peace Prize Thursday Rundown, 2/28/13, 8-10am CST


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. 

Source: morningamp

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11 / 15 / 12
Text me... Maybe?

Meet Arika. She’s our new Vocalo Storyteller. If you only txt and facebook the person you’re in a relationship with…is it really a relationship? Arika asked herself that question….listen to her story.


Arika Rogers

Why did you want to become a Vocalo Storyteller?
Well I’ve always felt like I’m storyteller at heart, so becoming a storyteller for Vocalo seemed like it would be a good experience. It has been a good experience and much more. I also wanted to learn more about what goes into producing stories for the radio so that that could be another medium I could use to better get a story across.

Your piece in 20 seconds:
My piece is basically a personal narrative. It’s about my relationship with someone that’s quite unusual.

Why did you decide to tell this story?
I always felt like our relationship could be a story. My problem has always been, will other people care? So I guess this is a way to test it and to see how people will react. This is a story for other people who have unusual romantic relationships, to show that they are not alone. It’s also for people who don’t quite understand relationships like mine, so that they may better understand it after they hear my piece.

In what ways are you a better storyteller and/or producer?
I am better in every way. I learned how to condense everything and still produce a story, I learned more things about the computer (since I’m not very technically savvy) and  much much more. But anything you can think of that a storyteller or a producer does. I’ve probably improved in it!

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11 / 06 / 12

Social Media and Voting f


The Pew Research Center has just released new statistics on how voters are using social media during this election. 

According to their report: 

  • 22% of registered voters have let others know how they voted on a social networking site such as Facebook or Twitter. 

Social media platforms have also become a notable venue for people to try to convince their friends to vote. 

  • 30% of registered voters have been encouraged to vote for Democrat Barack Obama or Republican Mitt Romney by family and friends via posts on social media such as Facebook or Twitter. 
  • 20% of registered voters have encouraged others to vote by posting on a social networking site such as Facebook or Twitter.

The full report is available from the Pew Internet and American Life Project

Source: onaissues

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