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Cohabitating before marriage has increased 900% since 1960! But a new study shows that this choice does not necessarily lead to higher divorce rate when/if people do get married: it’s all about the age when you make these life decisions. If you are at the stage of dating where you are looking for a partner, Mariam Sobh has some advice for you: take your time! The founder of Hijab Trendz drops into the AMp to talk about the possible consequences of rushing into a commitment.


At the beginning of each week, comedian and Vocalo intern Tim Barnes clues Monring AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams in on the latest trends. Food hybrids were a staple of 2013. From cronuts to doughscuits, are food hybrids about to become the labradoodles of 2014? Two comforting, soft items coming together like mild mannered dog breeds?

The Morning AMp’s Junior Analyst of Cool, Tim Barnes joins hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams to look at the ways a figurehead or individual can reform public perception of themselves or their office through subtle changes to their personae.

"We’re all in this together. The state as a whole is in a lot of trouble financially, and we talk about scandals. I think it’s a must; we have to find the time to do this." - Patrick Rehkamp, on Illinois citizens taking the time hold the government accountable.

Patrick Rehkamp is a senior investigator with the Better Government Association (BGA), an organization that investigates waste, fraud, and corruption in Illinois. They encourage and teach citizens to monitor and report on their local governments. Patrick joins hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams in the studio to give tips on getting more involved and about some recent investigations by the BGA.

"Foster a conversation between a culture that is basically our neighbor, but one who we know little about." - Kolin Jordan on the mission of 7Vientos.

7Vientos Press is a Chicago imprint that wants to increase the visibility and availability of Latin American literature and culture in the US. They make Spanish-English and English-Spanish translations of less blockbuster books. Their second release is a collection of short stories by Rey Andujar. Mr. Andujar and translator Kolin Jordan join hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon in studio to talk about the stories and the process.

"Our message was weak; our ground game was insufficient. We weren’t inclusive. We were behind in both data and digital, and our primary and debate process needed improvement." - RNC Chairman, Reince Priebus, on the strategies of the Republican Party.

In the aftermath pf the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the RNC has said the party needs a major overhaul. Hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams are joined by Audra Wilson and Cassandra Gaddo in the studio to talk about how the Republican Party brands itself.

"People co-opted this show aimed at little girls; ironically started liking it…They really started liking it and now are some of the biggest fans of this show" - Host Molly Adams, on the "Brony" movement surrounding the My Little Pony franchise.

This week’s Anti-TV Guide goes deep into Internet culture: Friendship is Witchcraft is a parody, or rather abridged retelling of the latest iteration of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Each episode is re-cut and re-dubbed to tell a different story. The creators, adults who may identify as “Bronies,” have had all their episodes over ten minutes removed from YouTube over copyright claims. Intern Maggie Dziubek looks at the limits of fair use laws and gives her review of the My Little Pony parody.

"Her performance does not have to do with her gender, it has to do with her experience and her preparation." - Former college kicker, Katie Hnida, on Lauren Silberman’s NFL tryout.

Lauren Silberman became the first female participant in an NFL-sponsored tryout…It did not go well. Dionna Griffin-Irons joins hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams in the studio to talk about how the media and the public view women in sports, from Lauren Siberman to Brittney Griner. We also hear from listeners, Lorrell, who talks about the perception of female UFC fighters.

While hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend, comedian Kevin Hart appeared in drag as Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis. Is this offensive? Hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams talk about the larger trend of black comedians in drag, the homogeneous cast of SNL,and diversity in the comedy-world. We also have a phone call from Morning AMp listener, Amanda, who talks about the portrayal of black females in television and film.

"People do get better." - Dr. William McFarlane on the importance of early intervention for young people with mental illnesses.

Dr. William McFarlane is a psychiatrist and the Director of the national Early Detection and Intervention for the Prevention of Psychosis Program study. He called in to the studio to talk with Brian Babylon and Vivian MiKhail about early detection & intervention programs, why it’s working, the early signs of mental illness, and the resources available for teachers, parents and others.