Molly Fletcher: Sports Agent Molly Fletcher has worked with a lot of big names in a big industry dominated by big men and has long talked about the advantages of being female in suc a setting. We talk with her about her career and her new book about negotiating in high pressure situations.
Alice: One of the most enduring characters of Western Literature is Alice, a little girl who travels underground to Wonderland and maybe, sort of, come of age? We talk with Chicago director Noelle Krimm about the remounting of her 2004 play Alice, which takes audience members through alleyways and storage rooms in Andersonville.
Council of Feminist Thought: Comedian Reena Calm joins us to talk about butts (famous ones, less famous ones, big ones, small ones, you know), new laws in California that will have a major impact on university and family life, and Gabby Giffords’s successful gun control campaign.
Erin Arvelund bestselling author of “Too Good To Be True” joins the Morning AMp to talk about her latest book “Open Secret: The Global Banking Conspiracy that Swindled Investors out of Billions” Arvedlund tells the full story behind the one number that affects so much of our financial lives used by financial institutions to defraud bank customers. The manipulation of LIBOR, the London Interbank Offer Rate.
At 33 Bill Hillman is probably Chicago’s “Most Interesting Man.” He is a former Gold Glove boxing champion who participated in his 10th Running of the Bulls this summer where- despite being recognized as one of the best American runners- he was gored by a bull and lived to tell about it on the Today Show, then spent the rest of his summer touring his debut Chicago novel “The Old Neighborhood” in England with “Trainspotting” author Irvine Welsh.
Vocalo senior accounts manager and our sports analyst LaToya “MoneyBall” Smith chats with The Morning AMp after a tough Chicago Bears loss against the Green Bay Packers in week 4 of the 2014 NFL season.
Former Chicago Cubs ace pitcher Kerry Wood stopped by the Vocalo studio to talk about a new mentoring initiative from his Wood Family Foundation. Kerry also discussed the impact of Jackie Robinson West on baseball in Chicago, handling with media as a star athlete, dealing with almost 100 years of pressure as a rookie. He also tells us which sport is his 2nd best.
Ballet: American Ballet Theatre arrives in Chicago next weekend and we’ll talk with newly promoted principal dancer Isabella Boylston about the repertoire of work by American choreographers that they’ll be performing.
Movies: It’s the first of the month so our movie critics Matt Fagerholm and Reggie Ponder are going to join us in studio to chat about upcoming indies, preview the Chicago International Film Festival, and of course analyze the box office.
Comedy: Matt Braunger performs at Schubas on Sunday and he gives a us a call to reminisce about his Chicago memories.
Gwen Ifill, award-winning journalist and co-anchor / co-managing editor of PBS News Hour talks with The Morning AMp about PBS’s special broadcast “America After Ferguson.” Molly also pitches Gwen a cartoon network idea featuring Gwen and NPR anchor Michele Norris. The PBS special broadcast airs Friday Sept 26th at 8:00pm ET.
Ferguson: The story of the shooting death of Mike Brown at the hands of a police officer and the reaction in his home of Ferguson, Missouri has become a symbol of the larger social divides in America. A new PBS special,America After Ferguson, captures a town hall meeting that explores the disconnects along lines of race, class and identity that we all experience. Host, moderator, and public media superstar Gwen Ifill joins us to preview it.
Excessive Force: Chicago police commander Glenn Evans pleaded “not guilty” yesterday to charges of excessive force after jamming his gun into an arrested man’s mouth. He faces nine counts of aggravated battery and official misconduct. West Side bureau reporter Chip Mitchell of Vocalo’s sister station WBEZ attended the arraignment and shares details with us.
Coya Paz: The doctor drops in to talk about academic freedom, paying it forward, and the sad case of John Crawford. Do we need to burn the whole system? Maybe we need to burn the whole system down.
Local actor Fawzia Mirza and Fred Sasaki art director for Poetry magazine join this week’s feminist council. They discuss the doxxing of men alleged to have committed sexual assault. They also discuss Emma Watson’s UN speech on gender equality to which Fred had an unexpected reaction.
The Goodman Theatre is presenting the world premiere of “The World of Extreme Happiness” Actress Jo Mei and doula/consultant Veronica Ratmann are in the studio. The play begins with the birth of Sunny born in rural China, her parents leave her in a slop bucket to die because she’s not a boy. She survives, and at age 14 leaves for the city, where she finds work in a factory and attends self-help classes in pursuit of a coveted office position. Jo Mei plays Ming Ming a worker in that factory. Veronica talks about how as a doula she helped the cast with the first scene of the play, helping them depict a realistic birth scene.
Hijab Trendz: Before she leaves us for a new station next week, WBEZ anchor Mariam Sobh joins us to talk about her side career of running Hijab Trendz, her lifestyle blog for Muslim women and really anyone who wants to wear cool clothes and eat good food. She shares a recent study about the effects of modest dressing on self-esteem and reviews Brian’s favorites TV shows about Islam and terrorism.
The World of Extreme Happiness: Currently playing at the Goodman, The World of Extreme Happiness tells the story of China’s more recent economic transformation through the life of Sunny, a country born young woman who tries to make a life in the city. We talk with actress Jo Mei about the production and doula Veronica Rottman about her work and how the Goodman used her skills to train actors.
Council of Feminist Thought: This week’s members are actress Fawzia Mirza and Homeroom curator Fred Sasaki will talk about banned books, the color pink, and gauging where our moral compass is on publicly naming and shaming predators.