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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.


Historian and Proprietor of Obit of the Day, Josh Eisenberg joined the AMp’s Molly Adams and guest co-host Luis Antonio Perez as he shared modern history through the lives that have recently come to an end. This week we learned about the world of fashion and animation.

Historian and Proprietor of Obit of the Day, Josh Eisenberg joined the AMp’s Molly Adams and guest co-host Luis Antonio Perez as he shared modern history through the lives that have recently come to an end. This week we learned about the world of fashion and animation.

Last month marked the 50th anniversary of a Supreme Court case that established a suspect’s right to counsel during interrogation. Two years later, a more famous case, Miranda v. Arizona established that police have to advise people of their Fifth Amendment rights when they are arrested. Historian Jacqui Shine joined Molly Adams and Brian Babylon today to talk about how the “You have a right to remain silent…” language became part of our culture.

What I’m talking about is a national reckoning that would lead to spiritual renewal. Reparations would mean the end of scarfing hot dogs on the Fourth of July while denying the facts of our heritage. Reparations would mean the end of yelling ‘patriotism’ while waving a Confederate flag. Reparations would mean a revolution of the American consciousness, a reconciling of our self-image as the great democratizer with the facts of our history.”
- Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic

The AMp’s Molly Adams was joined by the good doctor, Coya Paz as they discussed Coates’ call for reparations. Except that he was not arguing for monetary reparations, but more spiritual and educational ones. Our phone lines were blown up by callers who wanted to express their own personal perspectives on reparations, history, and how they affect the present, or lack thereof. Take a listen!

Author Jeff Guinn spoke with the AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adams about his new novel, Glorious, a deeply researched Old West tale. As we know from our years steeped in American myth, the expansion West led to extreme highs and lows for the settlers and prospecters who ventured out there (and really just lows for the Natives who were overwhelmed.) At the heart of most decisions though was one thing: money.

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Hal Needham, our favorite stuntman, died Friday at 82. He did stunts in more than 300 films, directed “Smokey and the Bandit” and “The Cannonball Run,” won an Honorary Oscar last year, got a lot of speeding tickets, and broke a lot of bones. He was a regular guest on our show, and here we listen back to a few of our favorite moments with him. 

Cool dude? Or coolest dude? RIP Hal Needham.


Five Things You Don’t Know About The Great Chicago Fire

On the 142nd anniversary of The Great Chicago Fire, we thought we would share five interesting pieces of trivia that you might not know about the blaze that crippled our city.

  1. Today, the Chicago Fire Department training academy is located on the site of the O’Leary property where the Great Chicago Fire started.
  2. On October 7th, 1871 the night before, a fire tore through four city blocks before the fire department could bring it to bear.
  3. $200 million dollars worth of property was destroyed, the equivalent of $3,778,169,634 today.
  4. Companies of soldiers were summoned to Chicago and martial law was declared on October 11, ending three days of chaos. Martial law was lifted several weeks later.
  5. In 1997, the Chicago City Council passed a resolution exonerating Catherine O’Leary for starting the Great Chicago Fire.

"For me, it still stands as one of my most meaningful pictures," he wrote in his post. "It makes me wonder… At what point do we begin to mistrust one another? When do we begin to judge one another based on gender or race? I have always wondered what happened to these children. I wonder if they are still friends."

(via The 40-Year-Old Photo That Gives Us A Reason To Smile : Code Switch : NPR)