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WBEZ “Chewing the Fat” podcast hosts Monica Eng and Louisa Chu joined Brian & Molly for a fun conversation about gyro meat, camel milk and a taste test of cappuccino flavored potato chips.


Our celebrity friend and Bulls center Nazr Mohammed dropped in to talk about the work his foundation has done in the past year and talk about the personal business of basketball after a flurry of new signings.

SNL contributor and impressionist extraordinaire’s Jay Pharoah’s interview with the AMP’s guest co-hosts Jill and Luis turned into a performance, jam packed with impressions of ESPN’s Stephen Smith, Stewie from Family Guy, and a grand finale featuring his best Kanye West. He even serenaded outgoing Producer Vivian Mikhail on her last day after comparing our interns to Jared Leto and Danny Tamberelli. Take a listen and laugh!

What is Physical Theatre? It’s a style of theatre that uses body language and mixes the crafts of mime, circus arts and choreography. Some of it may have some dialogue that borders on the absurd. Links Hall with Alice da Cunha and Marc Frost will present the first annual Physical Festival Chicago, a nine-day celebration of physical theater, July 25 to August 2, 2014 plus two evenings highlighting work by local artists including Silent Theater Company and a scratch night with various artists. They joined the AMp’s guest co-hosts Jill Hopkins and Luis Antonio Perez to discuss this weekend’s festivities.

Historian Josh Eisenberg and proprietor of the blog Obit of the Day, joined the AMp’s guest co-hosts Jill Hopkins and Luis Antonio Perez by phone as he commemorated the life of Aldi founder Karl Albrecht and the 80th anniversary of the Dillinger killing.

A University of Colorado study found that when women and non-white executives who pushed to have other minorities promoted suffered as a result in their performance reviews. While their white male executive counterparts were praised for promoting diversity if they pushed for promotions for women or minority candidates.

Cassandra Gaddo joins the Vocalo Council on Feminist Thought with Susie An and Brian Babylon to talk about the double standard.

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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.

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

Morning AMp intern and comedian AJ Lubecker joins Brian Babylon and Molly Adams in the studio to tell stories about going big and going broke on purchases he doesn’t really need. Today he shares a story about having some problems buying socks for the first time on his own. Brian and Molly do their best to offer AJ some shopping advice.

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.