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30 years ago the words iPhone, Twitter, and Instagram would have befuddled parents. It is impossible to say that technology hasn’t changed the landscapes of growing up and parenting. Here is where Joani Geltman comes in, thanks to her newest book “A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens”, the waters of teen parenting in the post-internet era become more navigable. She joined guest co-hosts Jill Hopkins and Luis Antonio Perez for an engaging and informative conversation on teen parenting.

Buzzfeed writer Alison Vingiano joined Molly Adams and Brian Babylon to trace the history of the term “trigger warnings.” Different media platforms warn you of graphic content in their own ways, from ratings on movies to verbal cautions on radio or TV news. But the rise of “trigger warnings” on the Internet, cautioning against racist language, snarling dogs, or even food has spilled into academia and created its own enemies who feel that “TWs” limit free thinking.

WBEZ reporter Mike Puente checked in with hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon with his NWI report. This segment focused on the recent opposition to an immigrant detention center in Hobart, a judicial override to the legislature’s gay marriage ban, and the current status of Chicago’s own little BP oil spill.

WBEZ Northwest Indiana Reporter Mike Puente checked in with the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams about the proposed extension of the South Shore train line and gives an update about regulating pet coke dust on the southeast side.

State Treasurer and potential Republican candidate for Illinois Governor, Dan Rutherford held a news conference today to defend himself against accusations that he was sexually harassing a former top deputy. While Rutherford is insisting that this will not affect his run from the Republican Primary for governor, the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams discussed the updates and asked why it is that we end up with politicians who have criminal tendencies?

That’s why it makes me mad that ‘he who shant be named’ [Chris Brown] one, I’m mad that I feel sad and bad for him. And I think it’s because of this re-framing that happens.Because of the hyper masculinity and because of the hyper-sexualization that happens for young boys -there’s 4 people who have this have happened to, because I also know people who have had very early sexual experiences, that there is no room for men to say that this was a traumatic thing. That you have to re-frame it as a positive thing for yourself. There’s no room for you to say that this was a damaging thing, this messed me up in some way. No, it can ONLY be a positive thing. “

- AMp host Molly Adams on Chris Brown’s recent revelation to UK Guardian on losing his virginity at 8 years old

Gaylon Alcaraz, executive director of the Chicago Abortion Fund, joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning as they discussed “He Who Shant Be Named” [Chris Brown’s] recent interview with the Guardian where he rooted his troubles back to being exposed to pornography and losing his virginity during his childhood. The Council of Feminist Thought discussed how being coerced into sex has been taboo for men, and how men are framed to cover their pre-mature sexual experiences up as a positive and normal thing when in fact, that has not always been the case for young boys.

As The New York Daily News reports, Wallace, Woodfox and a third inmate, Robert King, were dubbed the “Angola 3” in 1997, “when a young law student and a former Black Panther discovered the three black inmates were still in solitary confinement — in 6-by-9-foot cells for 23 hours a day — after more than two decades.” King was released in 2001.

The Daily News writes that Wallace and Woodfox “organized inmate protests against rape, violence and inhumane conditions at Angola.”

"They were charged and convicted of the 1972 stabbing of white prison guard Brent Miller, 23, reportedly knifed more than 30 times in a prison riot.

"Both men said they were innocent from the start, arguing they were framed for their politics and protests. Supporters say no physical evidence ties the men to the murder."

The Federal Government is America’s largest employer, with more than 2 million civilian workers and 1.4 million active duty military who serve in all 50 States and around the world. 

But Congress has failed to meet its responsibility to pass a budget before the fiscal year that begins today. And that means much of our Government must shut down effective today. 

I want you to know that I will keep working to get Congress to reopen the Government, restart vital services that the American people depend on, and allow public servants who have been sent home to return to work. At my direction, your agencies should have reached out to you by now about what a shutdown means for you and your families. 

Today, I wanted to take a moment to tell you what you mean to me-and to our country. 

Morning Chooljian: WBEZ Morning Reporter Lauren Chooljian stops in with the news to look forward to and a little weekend round up.

Anti-TV Guide: Every Monday, Maggie Dziubek reviews the moving pictures that reveal themselves in an episodic way only on the Internet. This week: What’s Trending, a Youtube show whose topic is… YouTube. Also, the show’s broadcast history is a parable of new and old media’s rocky relationship.

Constitution USA: Our friend upstairs, Peter Sagal, host of Wait,Wait, Don’t Tell Me has a TV show premiering Tuesday night. It’s called Constitution USA and in it, he drives around on a Harley Davidson, seeing how Americans are living life around the law.

City Movies: Urbanologist Max Grinnell drops in to play clips from films that prominently feature a city in a non-speaking role. What are your favorite movies that capture the essence of a city, from the States out to the world?