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?
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.
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.
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!