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The Vocalo Morning Amp is a call-in talk show hosted by Brian Babylon and Molly Adams. Want some funny, smart, and engaging talk? Tune in Monday through Friday in Chi-town & NWI.

The Vocalo Morning Amp is a call-in talk show hosted by Brian Babylon and Molly Adams. Want some funny, smart, and engaging talk? Tune in Monday through Friday in Chi-town & NWI.
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The Vocalo Morning Amp is a call-in talk show hosted by Brian Babylon and Molly Adams. Want some funny, smart, and engaging talk? Tune in Monday through Friday in Chi-town & NWI.






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The Reality of Juvenile Recidivism

Almost nine out of every 10 kids who spend time in Illinois youth prisons end up going back to prison within three years of their release. Now a program in Cook County that aims to keep kids free by taking a more holistic approach is going statewide, but Patrick Smith of WBEZ reports on how it is not always successful. Patrick joined the AMp's Brian Babylon and Molly Adams to discuss his findings. Listen to Patrick's stories here. (…nile-parole-110308)

Duration: 00:22:18

Talking comedy and dating with TK Kirkland

Veteran of the urban scene TK Kirkland, who has dropped in before a weekend at Jokes & Notes. TK rehashes his background and the streets with Molly Adams and Brian Babylon while talking about how he made it to the Olympic trials for being a runner! Also, TK gives his input on men and dating today in this age.

Duration: 00:18:58

Brainstorming Teenage Brains

Teens! What are they doing and WHY are they doing it? Neuro-psychologist Daniel Siegel joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams by phone as he got into the chemical processes of adolescent brains in his new book Brainstorm. He also reassured us that while they may exasperate us, young people have a LOT going on between their ears.

What's Hip? George W.

In his weekly segment, intern and contributor Tim Barnes joins Molly and Brian to tell them what's hip. In this edition he claims GW has become a hipster icon. Brian says he's been riding the hipster Bush train since 00's; Molly on the other hand does not approve of the trend.

Texecutions - Why it matters that they still do it

"One of the advantages of living in a democracy is that there is a court and a justice system that exists outside of individual feeling, then we have to despite individual or local feeling respect the larger governing system. This is the law. So if a Texas citizen went to another country, was detained rightfully or not rightfully, that citizen would hope that the US government would step in on their behalf. That doesn't mean the US government's going to let them off, So it can't just work...

Drunk Dial Congress

During the shutdown, progressive political advertising firm Revolution Messaging created "Drunk Dial Congress," a website that will connect you to your congressperson's phone line, encouraging you to make your angry points while slightly inebriated. Revolution founder and CEO Scott Goodstein explains why they got over 100,000 people to use the service and plans for the tool's future.

Ada Lovelace - The Mother of Computer Programming

Greta Johnsen of the Nerdette Podcast joined Molly and guest host Ernest Wilkins on the AMp to discuss the mother of computer programming, Ada Lovelace. Recently there has been a surge of Wikipedia edits and additions that aim to draw attention to the monumental input of women in the field of computer technology.

The Declaration of Prescription Drug Dependence

Nationally, sales of prescription painkillers per capita have quadrupled since 1999, as well as the number of overdoses. The AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams spoke with Rich Hamburg of the Trust for America’s Health about their new report on prescription abuse in Illinois and Indiana and how to combat misuse from policy and personal angles.

Stop & Frisk: Is it Unconstitutional?

What does "stop and frisk," the policing strategy of questioning and searching individuals for weapons or drugs based on their race and the neighborhood they're in, look like in Chicago? Well, it's certainly harder to track than it is in New York where it was recently ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge. WBEZ web producer Tricia Bobeda joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning as she talked to us about the data and what we do know. In addition to Tricia's...

Privatizing the Windy City

No other city in the US has sold off as many of its assets a Chicago. In the Daley era it was the toll road on the Skyway, the downtown parking garages, and the parking meter deal, and now Rahm Emanuel’s administration continues the tradition. Writer Micah Uetricht joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning as he discussed the impact of privatization around the country and the proposed Privatization, Transparency and Accountability Ordinance that would require more...

A Conversation with Dave Foley of The Kids in the Hall

Dave Foley, arguably the "cute one" from the Kids in the Hall, joined AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams to talk about famous fellow Canadians, his career in both TV and Film, his transition to stand up comedy and we also found out what really makes him laugh.

Gary Younge: Reflections on "I Have a Dream"

"There is no way that one could imagine that Martin Luther King, were he to come back now, would look around, look at the jails, look at the schools, look at the unemployment lines, look at the soup kitchens, and say, 'my work here was done.'" -- Gary Younge Author and journalist Gary Younge joined Morning AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams to discuss his latest book, "The Speech: The Story Behind Martin Luther King's Dream." He talked about the significance of the speech, why the...

Nazr Mohammed - A Chicago Bull and Philantropist

Chicago native, Kenwood Academy graduate, NCAA champion, NBA world champion, and defender of the Bulls’ honor in last year's tough playoffs, Nazr Mohammed joined the AMp hosts Molly Adams, Brian Babylon and WBEZ Worldview correspondent, Renata Sagon in the studio!

Richard Steele Interviews Iconic Music Photographer Paul Natkin

Throughout his career, Chicago photographer Paul Natkin shot pictures of some of the biggest names in music. WBEZ’s Richard Steele joined Morning AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams to share some of Natkin’s reflections he collected in an exclusive interview.

After the Fire - A Musical theater RnB tribute to 9-11

What do you get when you combine an actor, writer, director, and professional storyteller? You get Anthony Irons. He is currently producing his latest album "After the Fires" which mixes R&B, New Age and Musical Theatre to offer the quintessential 9/11 tribute, through serious reflection on the aftermath of 9/11 and the lives it continues to affect. The album releases this year just in time for the anniversary. He joined the AMp host Molly Adams.

Les Sapeurs

When one thinks of fashion forward countries, the Democratic Republic of Congo usually doesn't come to mind. But Les Sapeurs might make us feel differently. Rocking suits from European designers with an emphasis on the bold, bright and patterned, these individuals have created a trendy phenomenon, so much so that it has spread to other countries. Reporter Renata Sago joined Morning AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams to give us the lowdown on this dandy pan-African fad.

Funky Brown Chick Talks Interacial Relationships

Twanna Hines aka "Funky Brown Chick joined Brian and Molly for a conversation beyond just black or white. The three talk about interracial relationships from the perspective of heritage, race relations and how we see ourselves in society.

Hari Kondabolu on the AMp

Every Friday, the AMp usually features funny men from all over the country. Joined by comedian Will Miles, hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams interview comedian Hari Kondabolu. The "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell" writer talks about race, comedy and his upcoming performances.

Queer Laughs for All to Enjoy

Comedians Carey Callahan and Adam Guerino joined MorningAMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams to talk about why every one can enjoy queer comedy.

Paula Deen's Racist Wedding

Celebrity chef and butter aficionado Paula Deen is being sued by a former employee, Lisa Jackson, who worked at Deen's Georgia restaurant. Jackson alleges she dealt with “violent, sexist, and racist behavior” while working for her. Reportedly, she wanted to plan her brother's wedding in true antebellum southern style, including a black waitstaff donning white tuxedos and black bow-ties. If that wasn't outrageous enough, she referred to them as "slaves." Our resident cultural critic Coya Paz...
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