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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

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Today we spoke with Mark Anthony Grimaldi author of The Money Compass who warned us about pitfalls of investing in a post-recession economic climate; Brian Babylon and Luis Antonio Perez shared their lucky breaks investing in stocks (SOFO-2000, ITHAX-2007) as well as sharing their personal economic advice with the help of Mark Anthony who made excellent suggestions for beginners delving into their finances.

The Morning AMp’s Luis Antonio Perez and our guest-host Susie An (later joined by Brian Babylon and a call-in guest) discussed the weekend headline out of Daytona Beach, Florida where a father found a family friend sexually assaulting his 11-year-old son. The father beat the assailant and described him as “nice and knocked out” for police to apprehend. Take a listen to what our hosts had to say!

Marsha Ambrosius, formerly of the Soul Group, Floetry is out of Philadelphia has since gone solo and released 2011’s Late Night & Early Mornings. Friends & Lovers (2014) is her 2nd solo album featuring Dr. Dre & Charlie Wilson. She was signed to Aftermath during the Mid 2000’s and worked on music from Dr. Dre, The Game, 50 Cent and Busta Rhymes. This explains the random Dr. Dre feature.

This week, our Senior Hip Hop Correspondent Gabe Mendoza shared his thoughts on her latest album and discussed how he doesn’t believe in the R & B genre. He also touched base on how the merger of hip hop and soul music has created dope artists like Marsha Ambrosius but also created weak singers rocking over rap beats.

Gabe also shared his Critic for a Minute on his excitement for this year’s Chicago Bulls following a week of trades and decisions in the NBA.

Every Friday, we take phone calls from listeners to let them rant and critique on the happenings of their work week. But during this particular Critic for a Minute Friday, we had caller Maxine from Lakeview tell us about a community project her children created. For her daughter’s Bat Mitzvah celebration, rather than a huge blow -out party, her daughter wanted to team up with a Bronzeville church to build a playground for local children. They are now in the process of fundraising and are looking for the community to help. If you would like to read more about this project and would like to contribute, you can visit their website.

Have we gotten too over-protective? One of our regular guests, Josh Eisenberg, thinks “Because of media and the internet everyone thinks everything happens all the time. How many kidnapping cases or child disappearance cases have you heard where the mom turned away for a minute and her kid was gone? You can be at a playground and that can still happen.”

Morning AMp hosts, Brian Babylon and Molly Adams, were joined by Mikki Kendall and Jamie Golden for the Council of Feminist Thought which discussed the recent arrest of a South Carolina mother, Debra Lynn Harrell, who was arrested by the North Augusta “Department of Public Safety” and charged with unlawful neglect toward a child when someone reported that her nine year old daughter had been playing by herself at a park for a few hours.

It was a day at the races today on The Morning AMp. The Chicagoist’s Editor-in-Chief Chuck Sudo joined hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon to offer analysis on the race after Toni Preckwinkle dropped out and Karen Lewis formed an exploratory committee. Does anyone stand a chance at taking down the Rahminator?

“When the mayor was talking about the shootings last weekend and how frustrated he was [by them] and started asking ‘where’s the community?’ He should know where the community is… He’s in these neighborhoods and people who live in them are getting a sense of what are you doing besides photo ops, besides media ops, besides trying to assuage people on the Northside that violence is being curbed.” -Chuck Sudo

The book Factory Man explores the widespread ramifications of globalization through the story of John Bassett III, the inheritor of Bassett Furniture who revived it through a major decline in American manufacturing. The AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adams spoke with author Beth Macy about the history of factory towns and the true cost of American made goods.

Brian Babylon returned from a Colorado weekend and had some thoughts with co-host Molly Adams on how legalized marijuana changes culture. Michelle Alexander, the scholar who wrote the book ’ The New Jim Crow’, has found that when it comes to the prison system and the war on drugs, people of color are disproportionately prosecuted, sentenced and imprisoned. As marijuana gets legalized, and Colorado’s law becomes the law of the land what are the reparations for this change in the law? Are we going to look at the prison population of people who are in jail for marijuana offenses? Michelle Alexander has stated that white, wealthy people will make money off of legal marijuana while colored people will remained punished somehow. Brian has shared his experiences in Colorado and connected it with her points. Take a listen.

LaToya “Moneyball” Smith joined the AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adams to discuss the round-up in sports: Germany’s World Cup win against Argentina, the latest in major moves in the NBA with LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, and our eagerness for American Football to start.

Jessica Disu is a humanitarian rap artist, educator, youth advocate, mentor, and co-founder of The Peace Exchange: Chicago - Asia. In addition to her impressive resume, she serves on the Brain Trust for Chicago Ideas week. She joined the AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adams as she shared her perspective on this year’s violent 4th of July weekend, her vision in creating the the Peace Exchange program, and her program’s urban planning heal the neighborhoods of Chicago.