Morning AMp (Weekdays 8-10AM CST)

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. Listen on 89.5 FM (NWI/CHI), 90.7 FM (CHI) or WLUW 88.7 (CHI). Across the globe at Vocalo.org

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More Americans search for “church” around Easter than at any other time, with the Christmas season usually ranking second, according to Google Trends data between 2004 and 2013. 

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This Sunday marks the four-year anniversary of the BP oil spill. Daniel Beltrá, one of the first photographers on the scene, has given his blessing to run some of his Gulf photos.

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Reggie Ponder sits down with Molly Adams and Brian Babylon to discuss the still monumental box office hit, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Also, they chime about depictions of race in religious films and what different narratives are used. The finish off with discussing the new release of the film Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp.

Gabe Mendoza looks at the 20th anniversary re-release of Illmatic, Nas’s debut album and a giant record of hip-hop. Is the XX edition going to introduce a new generation to nasty Nas?

Every week interns Zach Swezy and Tanna Solberg have a musical showdown, sharing new tracks that we then get to judge up. It’s a very serious, strictly monitored competition. Very legit.

On Sunday pot smokers will gather across the US to mark what has become a hallowed date in their calendar - 4/20, or 20 April - by smoking marijuana, possibly at 4:20pm.

Face/Off: Every week interns Zach Swezy and Tanna Solberg have a musical showdown, sharing new tracks that we then get to judge up. It’s a very serious, strictly monitored competition. Very legit.

Hip-Hop: Gabe Mendoza looks at the  20th anniversary re-release of Illmatic, Nas’s debut album and a giant record of hip-hop. Is the XX edition going to introduce a new generation to him?

Film: Reggie Ponder the Reel Critic jumps into the box office and the new releases in theaters this weekend.

Hour Three: We get into the news we missed this week and round up the voicemails and social media comments we got.

We continue our conversation about everyday violence faced by women and girls when we are going by Sangheetha Ravichandran and Larrinita Starks, a staff member and youth leader with A Long Walk Home. ALWH uses art therapy and visual and performing arts to help girls heal from violence and to seek ends to it.

The AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams (along with a few callers) kicked off the show with some real table talk! Stephen Colbert satirizes white liberalism by saying he “can’t be racist because I don’t see color.” But psychologists say colorblindness has similar effects to racist beliefs: it keeps the “colorblind” person from recognizing and more importantly, valuing, individual difference.

When you’re at the bottom of every statistic when it comes to income, education, and health, plus you have a felony conviction, where do you find hope? Reporter Monica Potts joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams by phone to share details about her story for American Prospect about a community center in West Baltimore that provides tough love job training and the people it connects with and the people whom it still fails.