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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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We continue our conversation about everyday violence faced by women and girls when we are going by Sangheetha Ravichandran and Larrinita Starks, a staff member and youth leader with A Long Walk Home. ALWH uses art therapy and visual and performing arts to help girls heal from violence and to seek ends to it.

The AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams (along with a few callers) kicked off the show with some real table talk! Stephen Colbert satirizes white liberalism by saying he “can’t be racist because I don’t see color.” But psychologists say colorblindness has similar effects to racist beliefs: it keeps the “colorblind” person from recognizing and more importantly, valuing, individual difference.

When you’re at the bottom of every statistic when it comes to income, education, and health, plus you have a felony conviction, where do you find hope? Reporter Monica Potts joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams by phone to share details about her story for American Prospect about a community center in West Baltimore that provides tough love job training and the people it connects with and the people whom it still fails.

Can the Motor City (and the Second City) find some economic relief by returning to its manufacturing roots? WBEZ’s Lauren Chooljian joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams to share her report on Shinola, a watch, bikes, and leather company based in downtown Detroit that advertises in the pages of Vogue and does business with the Horween Leather Company in Chicago.

The annual celebration of the small, local record store is here and the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams spoke with Kevin Starke, owner of K. Starke Records in West Town/Humboldt Park about dealing, collecting, and the constant hunt for new customers.

Each week our trends expert Tim Barnes tells us what we need to be doing to be cool, and today it’s getting a pet and spending a ridiculous amount of money on it. Or STEALING a pet and re-selling it for profit. Evil!

Each week interns Tanna Solberg and Zach Swezy go head-to-head in a musical competition where they each bring a track to be judged. In this segment, the tables turned and hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon were put on the chopping block. Molly brought a Los Rakas track and Brian went old/new school with a Billie Holiday/Chaz Bundick remix. The pair also got a personalized and badly photoshopped photo!

WBEZ reporter Monica Eng joined the Morning AMp to talk about her story on the Chicago Public Schools lunch menu ingredients. She updated hosts Brian Babylon and Vivian Mikhail on the situation after she contacted both the distributor and CPS and received little to no information about the ingredients used.

We took a Cash Money detour down the alimentary canal when we talk to science writer Mary Roach about her new book, Gulp. From start to finish, she takes us through all the ways our bodies break down food and the history of how we came to understand how our most vital function functions.

The Chicago Teachers’ Union strike in fall of 2012 made national news as it pitted the public school teachers against the mayor and a CPS Board that wanted to change classroom sizes, raise structures, and the health care plan among other things. A new book from Jacobin Press recounts the drama and looks at how the strike has influenced other actions in the US public education. Author Micah Uetricht joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams to discuss.