Comedian Brent Morin has been seen on Conan and Chelsea Lately, and will soon be starring in the NBC sitcom Undateable with Ron Funches and Chris D’Elia. He stopped in to the AMp to talk with Molly and Brian before a set of shows at Up Comedy Club this weekend and talked about his swift moving career since he moved to LA at 18 and how much the “who you know” principle affects your opportunities.
Every week we hear and judge new music from interns Zach Swezy and Tanna Solberg, editor of www.1833.fm and music director of WLUW-FM 88.7. But Tanna is on sprang breeeak so production coordinator Vivian Mikhail jumps in the ring. She was talking a lot of smack yesterday, so let’s see if she can be a one and done champion.
Sex offenders have to register at a single office in Chicago once a year, or more if they move or change jobs. But the office can’t handle the volume of registrants and people can be left literally in the cold, in violation of the law. WBEZ reporter Rob Wildeboer joined the Morning AMp hosts Brian Babylon andMolly Adams as he explained how the gap is costing money and time.
We’re playing Racist or Not Racist with Coya Paz: a dog rescue group in California took an unchipped, unspayed dog from the pound and readopted to a new family the morning the owner came forward to claim her. The owner, who bought the dog for her 4-year old son, says they wouldn’t give the pup back because she lives in a “bad” part of town and didn’t meet their standards for ownership.
To address the disproportionate rates of LGBT youth homelessness, and the lack of housing for them in all neighborhoods, a group of mental health professionals and volunteers have come together to form Project Fierce Chicago. Team member Cassandra Avenatti shares their plans to purchase a home in the South or West side and convert it to a transitional living home.
Lent is here, and many people who practice lent can find it intimidating when it comes to changing the way you diet, particularly a vegan one; they may need all the support that they can get. Celebrity TV Chef and author of Vegan for Fun, Attila Hildmannbelieves that the challenge is to simply make the decision to get started - even if it means going vegan one day each week, which could be enough vastly improve your health whether it’s for lent or a change of lifestyle. Attila joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylonand Molly Adams this morning by phone this morning to share his story and tips.
"The author of the study Kate Graham [is quoted saying] ‘Sexual aggression is a major problem in bars often reflecting intentional sexual invasiveness and unwanted persistence rather than misconceptions in sexual advances, there should be training for staff about how to intervene.’" -Molly Adams
Alison Cuddy of WBEZ and educator Moises Pacheco join The Morning AMp to best myths about drinking and sexual assault.
"My name is Belle Knox, and I wear my Scarlet Letter with pride" A Duke University graduated has recently come out to the public as a porn star. Using this information as the topic du jour, Allison Cuddy of WBEZ and educator Moises Pacheco, join The Morning AMp to discuss the changing landscape of morality in America.
Inventables is an online hardware store for designers, but will be launching a new software called “Easel” at SXSW this week. Easel is run on a web browser and acts like Auto-CAD: You make your design and then send the file to Inventables’ 3D printers. Zach Kaplan, CEO of Inventables, joins the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning in the studio and walked us though the process.
Happy Birthday Chicago! What better way to celebrate Chicago’s birthday than talking fact-based smack with journalist Kari Lydersen about her book Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanueal and the Rise of Chicago’s 99%. Lydersen joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning as she shared details of the ways that Chicagoans have organized to fight their way in and analyzed the financial forces that have shaped our mayor’s decision making process, .
Last year our Senior Tech Correspondent Marty Hess told the AMp hosts Brian BabylonandMolly Adams about the increasing use of athlete visas by gamers coming to the States for tournaments. This morning, he brought video game reporter Andrew Groen in the studio to explain how MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) games work and whether this will ever become a spectator sport.
What Is Hip? Interaction figures! Tim Barnes is on the cutting edge of all trends and this week he’s checking in on what the kids (and the President) are playing with these days. Tim joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning as they reminisced the days of heavy action figure marketing, interactive figures and the power of after school cartoons. They also probed Obama’s statement that the US Army is building “Iron Man”, and Vocalo listener Ryan called in and gave his take on this trendy throwback
Chicago-native Ron Funches stopped by the Morning AMp to chat with Molly Adams and Brian Babylon before a set of shows at Zanies Comedy Club. In addition to being one of Brian’s favorite comedians, he is one of the cast members of the soon to premiere Undateable, an NBC sitcom starring four comedians who are (acting) as friends trying to find love.
Discover new and sometimes very weird music each week when our interns Zach Swezy, editor of www.1833.fm, and Tanna Solberg, music director for 88.7 FM WLUW, pick a track that will blow your mind. It could be a good thing or a bad thing, but it is always fun to judge each other’s taste in music.
You may have noticed that the AMp doesn’t really “do” Black History Month because we have conversations every day about black history and history in the making. But of course that is not true for the rest of the world, from schools to media to advertising, where “Black History” can seem like, we were slaves, we marched, and now we’re here! Is Black History Month just an opportunity for Nike to sell more sneakers and kids to learn, once again, about George Washington Carver and Harriet Tubman? Comedian Sonia Denis and Ernest Wilkins of the Red Eye joined Morning AMp hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon and A LOT of callers from the West Side to Evanston to figure out what the ideal Black History Month (or year) would look like.