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Reggie Ponder and Matt Fagerholm joined Morning AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams for an hour of film chat from blockbusters to arthouses.  They talk about The Giver, 22 Jumpstreet, as well as many others.

Morning AMp Contributor AJ Lubecker has problem managing his money so he shares his tales of woe (and wins!) with us so we can learn from him. This week, he’s in the studio to recap his best and worst purchases of the summer with Molly and Brian.

And how hard is it to land even a minimum-wage job? This year, the Ivy League college admissions acceptance rate was 8.9%. Last year, when Walmart opened its first store in Washington, D.C., there were more than 23,000 applications for 600 jobs, which resulted in an acceptance rate of 2.6%, making the big box store about twice as selective as Harvard and five times as choosy as Cornell. Telling unemployed people to get off their couches (or out of the cars they live in or the shelters where they sleep) and get a job makes as much sense as telling them to go study at Harvard.


Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who lost his primary election this year partially due to his closeness to Wall Street and big donors, will join investment bank Moelis & Company.

The company’s founder, who announced the hire, maxed out to the congressman this cycle, according…

Hip-Hop: Our senior hip-hop correspondent Gabe Mendoza shares an interview with Chicago emcee YP about his new mixtape Backwoods Jones featuring other local heavy hitters.

Film: Reggie Ponder and Matt Fagerholm join us for an hour of film chat from blockbusters to arthouses.

Comedy: We are review the week in news with comedian Kenny DeForest, arriving in Chicago after a month on the road and a year after moving to New York City. You can catch him tonight at Comedians You Should Know at Timothy O’Toole’s in Streeterville.

WBEZ’s Odette Yousef brings a story about unaccompanied immigrant children to The Morning AMp. Lawyers are now calling the new unaccompanied children system the “Rocket Docket”, instead of 7-8 months to prepare for court now the dates have been moved to the immediate future. With the U.S. is dealing with record numbers of unaccompanied children have come across the southern border this topic is more serious than ever.

A United Airlines flight was diverted this week over ‘Knee Defender.’ When installed, the Knee Defender prevents the airplane seat in front of you from reclining. A Peace Prize Thursday topic.

The Council of Feminist Thought with speical guests Cassandra Gaddo, Audra Wilson and Ricardo Gamboa  joined The Morning AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adams and discussed a new anti-date rape nail polish created by North Carolina State University students. The nail polish is said to protect women against sexual assualt by changing color when dipped in a drink containing a date-rape drug.

A recent survey from the Public Religion Research Institute showed that most white Americans have on average one Black friend. Does this effect how we relate to each other? Is there blame to assign or share? The Council of Feminist Thought weighs in.
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The Council of Feminist Thought with special guests Cassandra Gaddo, Audra Wilson, and Ricardo Gamboa joined The Morning AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adams and discussed The Emmy Awards and how diversity in television has grown immensly in the last several years due to creators like Shonda Rhimes who have cemented the idea of creating hit shows with diverse casts.