Legal scholar and developer of the Creative Commons licenses that have opened up access to intellectual property old and new, Lawrence Lessig has also been focused on the corrupting influence of money on American elections and politics. Earlier this month he “retired” his popular lecture about this issue and spoke with AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning about his hopes for transforming Legislator’s dependence on funders’ money and not on voter’s opinions.

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Zaha Hadid, the Pritzker-winning architect whose designs — both realized and unrealized — profoundly influenced the world of architecture, has died in Miami after contracting bronchitis and experiencing a sudden heart attack, according to her architecture firm. She was 65.

Hadid was born in Iraq. In a Fresh Air interview with Terry Gross in 2004, she said that her contemporaries had a fundamentally inaccurate understanding of the Arab world she grew up in. “Many women went into university and higher degrees and worked in variety of professions,” she says. She went to a Catholic school, despite being Muslim, and her parents always encouraged her academic ambitions, she told Gross.

Hadid went to school in Beirut, where she studied math, and London, where she later settled.

In 2004, she told Edward Lifson of Chicago Public Radio that she had wanted to be an architect her entire life — since she was 11 or 12.

Renowned Architect Zaha Hadid Dies At 65

Photos: Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images, Wojtek Gurak/Flickr, Kevin Hackert/Flickr, Eugene Lim/Flickr 

Demonstrating a nimble ability to find value in all human life, Josh Eisenberg joined the AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning and he highlighted the incredible and inspiring life of Nelson Mandela, who passed away yesterday at the age of 95, and the culinary contributions of Todd Mills, an Arkansas man who imagined the possibilities of a taco with a Dorito chip shell.

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Yesterday Chelsea (neé Bradley) Manning specifically confirmed that she is transgender in a statement to the press following her 35 year prison sentence. “As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition.” This morning on the AMp, hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams discussed Manning’s announcement along with our loyal Vocalo listeners calling in and Peace Prize Thursday guest panelist Brit Julius. Will the announcement spark a national conversation about gender identity, or is there still a stigma behind it?

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Every Friday we get our newly appointed “Obituarian” Josh Eisenberg on the phone with us to inform us on which important figures have passed on and left unforgettable legacies. This week we commemorate two men who passed this week: documentary photographer Wayne Miller, a Chicago South Side native whose photo of the delivery of his newborn son performed by his father, landed on the Voyager Golden Record. Also Josh educated us on the legacy of Boruch Spiegel, one of the few remaining survivors of the Warsaw ghetto uprising during the 1943 Nazi revolt.

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Historian and best-selling author Sarah Vowell joined Jesse and Jill on The Morning AMp to talk about her book “Lafayette in the Somewhat United States,” and what role the famous French Marquis played in the American Revolutionary War.

The Morning AMp airs M-F 8-10 AM at and on 91.1 FM (CHI) / 89.5 FM (NWI).

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The AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams were joined by quite a few listeners who called in to discuss the concept of “two Chicagos:” the one where CTA bus drivers lose their jobs after two snaps from a speed or red-light camera and the one where Rahm Emanuel and his security can do the same thing two dozen times with impunity.

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I saw Disappears at the Chicago Public Radio studios last night in a special show for their “High Fidelity” donors (folks who pony up a monthly donation).

I first learned about and saw the band when they opened up for the Thermals at Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Millennium Park in July 2010. I really enjoyed their blend of shoegazey noise, reverbed vocals and insistent rhythm and made sure to come home with a copy of their first LP, Lux.

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I really like their newest record, Pre-Language, which shows the band distilling and tightening their sound, but punctuated with bursts of freak-out energy.

Seeing them at WBEZ I was impressed at how new addition Steve Shelley–of Sonic Youth–only sharpens their focus, emphasizing the Can influence. Yet Shelley doesn’t make them sound any more like Sonic Youth or Kraut Rock; they’re still Disappears.

The set was played in a medium-size multi-purpose studio for an audience of about 50. At one point singer Brian Case asked if it (the show) was weird for us, too. But if the band felt a little out of its element, you wouldn’t have known it from watching them. Everyone seemed to have the energy knob set to 11. The 20-40 something audience didn’t move too much, but that didn’t seem to deter Disappears, who just returned home from a European tour. 

The University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin have proposed plans to drastically reduce tuition for incoming students. Michigan proposes a deferred, interest-free payment plan, where students start paying back after they graduate and at Madison, two professors propose just straight up dropping tuition for the first two years through reinvestment of financial aid from private to public universities.

The AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams discussed what this can do for incoming students, what this means for the future of higher education and whether or not this breakthrough will ripple onto other college campuses.

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What does it mean to be wifey material? The Council of Feminist Thought engage in a conversation that discusses the difference between being a “wife” and being “wifey material”. We had no idea there was a difference but apparently, there is! And guess which one has a more negative connotation? Take a listen.

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‘What Is Hip’ this week? Watching television after 11:00 pm! Comedian Tim Barnes joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning as he talked about all of our late-night viewing options, from the “new” shows hosted by Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers on the networks to Chelsea Handler and Pete Holmes on cable. Where are your allegiances when it comes to late night TV?

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The exhibit War Baby/Love Child at the DePaul Art Museum highlights the work of mixed race artists who share Asian heritage in their identities. Curator Laura Kina and artist Mequitta Ahuja joined AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams in the studio this morning and discussed their personal family lineage, the stereotype stamped on mixed children whose roots came from Asian countries where the United States was involved in, and how kindship is formed among “war babies” through artistic expression and exhibits.

Photo Courtesy of Maggie Dzubiek/Depaulia

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