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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. 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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Free and Affordable Clinics: Despite the Affordable Care Act the Congressional Budget Office predicts that ten years from now, 31 million Americans will still be uninsured. And in the last two years, demand at free and affordable clinics has gone up 40% according the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. We talk with that organization’s Executive Director Nicole Lamoureaux about access issues and solutions to the problems the ACA can’t fix. 

Livin’ Large Lubecker: Normally contributor AJ Lubecker gives us personal finance advice based on his own over-spending mistakes but this week he has a win! AJ will share tips on eating cheap, fast, and healthy.

Tech: Marty Hess joins us to round up this week’s tech news, from the Uber v. Lyft rideshare wars to Amazon’s acquisition of video game platform and community Twitch. He might sneak a Diablo III review in there too.

Grocery Stores: The rise and fall of certain grocery chains can tell us a lot about Chicago and its people. We are joined by WBEZ reporters Monica Eng and Natalie Moore who detail grocery store openings and closings as a way of tracing Chicago’s growth and gentrification.

Beyoncé = Feminist, yea or nea? Callers weigh in.

Beyoncé delivered and electrifying performance at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Lori called the AMp to share her thoughts about whether Beyoncé is or is not a champion of Feminism. Later, caller “D.V.S” from South Shore shared a full-throated critique saying, from his perspective, Beyoncé is not a feminist. D.V.S. says he associated feminism with the likes of Angela Davis and Assata Shakur.

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Critic For a Minute: Freelance photographer Ryan Schuessler says he will not be returning to Ferguson because of the appalling behavior of journalists to the residents of Ferguson.

http://ryanschuessler.com/2014/08/21/i-will-not-be-returning-to-ferguson/

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Senior Hip Hop Correspondent Gabe Mendoza reviews the new album from the Oakland based group, Souls of Mischief “There is Only Now” which is a conceptional record surround a shooting and kidnapping of group member Tajai. Album features Snoop Dogg and Busta Rhymes and is entirely produced by Adrian Young who did last year’s incredible 12 reasons to die with Ghostface.’

Gabe also challenges Brian and Molly to the ice bucket challenge and shares his critic for a minute.

Reggie Ponder, The Reel Critic just dropped his daughter off at college and asks for good ‘college’ movies he can watch to make him feel better, together they come up with a surprisingly long list.

In the second segment Brian, Molly, and Molly discuss the impact of Robin Williams as an actor.

They also discuss box office numbers and GOTG, TMNT, Let’s Be Cops, Sin City 2, The Giver, Snowpiercer.

Diane Davis and Greg Stuhr talk with Brian and Molly about the play “The Qualms” from the writer of Clybourne Park (2010) Bruce Norris. “The Qualms” is playing at the Steppenwolf Theater through August 2014.

Senior Hip Hop Correspondent Gabe Mendoza reviews the new album from the Oakland based group, Souls of Mischief “There is Only Now” which is a conceptional record surround a shooting and kidnapping of group member Tajai. Album features Snoop Dogg and Busta Rhymes and is entirely produced by Adrian Young who did last year’s incredible 12 reasons to die with Ghostface.’

Gabe also challenges Brian and Molly to the ice bucket challenge and shares his critic for a minute.

Critic For a Minute: Freelance photographer Ryan Schuessler says he will not be returning to Ferguson because of the appalling behavior of journalists to the residents of Ferguson.

http://ryanschuessler.com/2014/08/21/i-will-not-be-returning-to-ferguson/

Connect Force: Tomorrow on the West Side, the Connect Force hip-hop arts program is celebrating 12 years with a festival and concert. We tlak with Justin Grey and Zebediah Arrington from Connect Force and Amber Mohammed, with Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center whi is hosting the event.

Hip-Hop: Senior Hip-Hop Correspondent Gabe Mendoza reviews a new concept album from Souls of Mischief.

Film: Reggie Ponder the Reel Critic calls in to analyze the box office and the impact of Robin Williams’ death on the film industry.

Theater: Debating the value of monogamy and commitment, Actors Greg Stuhr and Diane Davis join us to talk about the current production at the Steppenwolf Theater, The Qualms. They star as a newlywed couple investigating a swingers party for the first time.

Vocalo intern Stephanie Buffamonte joins Molly and Brian in the studio with a story about the Israel-Gaza Conflict. She interviewed a young woman who participated in Birthright—Israel’s sponsored tourism program for Jewish-Americans—in early July as the most recent conflict flared in Gaza. We talk about how Israeli culture has maintained a sense of normalcy throughout decades of conflict.