'Morning AMp' hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams bring the Reel Critic Reggie Ponder and Indie Movie critic Matt Fagerholm in the studio early during the awards season and get their expert analysis of the potential winners and losers in all categories. From films like The Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle to Inside Llewyn Davis nothing will be left out. As a bonus, Holiday movies will also be thrown into their discussion!
Chicago is home to the largest Serbian community outside of Belgrade, so it’s no surprise that the First Annual Serbian Film Festival will be held here. A few movies that will premiere were even official entries for the Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film from Serbia. Committee member Zoran Golubovich joined us by phone to talk about how the festival was put together, and which films from the event he recommends people to see this weekend.
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.
"Atheism is a much as any other religious philosophy, it is a philosophy that there is no religion. So i do think people have as much of a right or passionate desire to say ‘You guys have it wrong.’" Coya Paz
Resident defender of justice, Dr. Coya Paz, joins hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon to discuss the rise of Atheist visibility around the holidays, language bans in a country with no official language, and who we deem to be “fit” parents.
Since the beginning of his Papacy in March, Pope Francis has made international headlines with his unconventional messages of hope and compassion for the poor. He’s been praised as the key to progress for the Catholic Church while exploding the heads of conservative critics who have labeled him a Marxist. Graziano Marcheschi, executive director of ministry at Saint Xavier University, talked with Morning AMp hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon about whether or not this shift in the Catholic church is legitimate or a PR stunt.
WBEZ’s Midday producer, Justin Kaufman guest co-hosts the ‘Morning AMp’ along with Molly Adams. They discuss Illinois’s pension reform which rises the retirement age for state workers. Justin debates the ‘historic’ nature of the reform, and the impact this will have on Illinois residents.
Writer Britt Julious drops in to talk about whether white men can be discriminated against as a class, what makes a “fit” parent, and what exactly it mean when scientific studies say men and women are “wired differently.”
This week a short film of young Muslim women skating, fencing, and hanging around New York City set to Jay-Z’s Somewhere in America created a wave of chatter on the Muslim Internet: What do the lyrics mean compare to the images? Are the women showing off? Or do they just naturally look cool? What is a “mipster?” Mariam Sobh, WBEZ news ancho and proprietor of Hijab Trendz fills us in.
Trains, buses, and automobiles. There’s a lot of ways to get from point A to point B. Vocalo’s Renata Sago speaks with commuters who have found ways to navigate the City of Chicago that have some unexpected benefits. She also speaks with Melody Geraci from the Active Transit Alliance, a non-profit advocacy group that aims to support biking, walking, and mass transit.
This piece was produced by Vocalo in partnership with the Metropolitan Planning Council.
Since 1934, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has been dedicated to shaping a more sustainable and prosperous greater Chicago region. MPC serves communities and residents by developing, promoting and implementing solutions for sound regional growth.
A number of Chicago workers and supporters joined in on the planned national protests against Walmart on Black Friday this year to demand higher wages from the mega chain. The South Side’s Lois Lane and WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning in studio to share details of local action, her thoughts and her findings. If you want more information on this story, check out her article on WBEZ.
After six years, a program that hired additional workers in ex-offenders to clean CTA train cars and buses will wrap up on Dec. 31. The CTA, which spent nearly $3 million annually on the program, is pointing their finger at the maintenance union Local 308 for removing the program when they re-upped their contract. The AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adams were joined by our callers and listeners this morning as they debated on whether or not the reason from the CTA was justifiable and the effectiveness and current state of work unions.