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Archive prior to February 25, 2014

Midday Eats: The Vegan Edition

Sep 11, 2015

Put down that Bacon. Throw away those eggs, and forget about milk and cheese. In this hour of Midday, we’ll step into the plant-based kitchen of Isa Chandra Moskowitz, author of "Vegan with a Vengence." She’ll tell us how to vegan-ize some of our favorite carnivorous dinners and desserts: like tofu BBQ ribs and almond milk lemon poppy-seed muffins. Our regular Midday Eats guests, Henry Hong of Thames Street Oyster House, and John Shields of Gertrude’s, join us as well, to discuss some of their favorite vegan recipes, including "I Can’t Believe It’s Not Crab" "crab" cakes. Not a fan of vegan dining? Maybe it’s time to take a chance on tofu and tempeh.

This morning, in a stunning announcement, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake said she will not seek re-election. The mayor’s image has been battered by the events of the past five months with the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, followed by rioting in the city that prompted a curfew and the send-in of the National Guard. Six police officers were charged in Gray’s death -- their trials are set to begin this fall. This week, the mayor pushed through a $6.4 million wrongful death payout at the city’s Board of Estimates to the family of Freddie Gray. Today in the first hour of Midday, we will discuss the mayor’s decision and we invite your calls and emails.

The Man Who Wasn't There

Sep 10, 2015

Where in the brain is our sense of self located? How can you pinpoint what makes us who we are and what do you do when that knowledge is lost? Science journalist Anil Anathaswamy followed individuals with complex neurological disorders - from Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia to a rare disorder that causes the delusional belief that one is dead -- and wrote about their experiences in his book, “The Man Who Wasn’t There.” In this hour, we find out what he discovered about the human sense of self.

Midday is joined this hour by Hodding Carter III -- author, journalist, and former spokesman for the Department of State under the Carter administration, most notably during the Iran hostage crisis. We’ll get his perspective on the role of the press in the post-Snowden era.

Plus at the top of the hour, updates from the pre-trial of the Freddie Gray case. 

A Conversation with Susan Lowe

Sep 9, 2015

Actress Susan Lowe appeared in more than ten of director John Waters’ films, including classics such as Desperate Living, Hairspray, and Cry-Baby. We’ll hear her behind-the-scenes stories about what it’s like to work with Baltimore’s favorite off-beat filmmaker and learn about her career as a painter.

Open Phones: The Payout To Freddie Gray's Family

Sep 9, 2015

Open phones for listener comment about the top news of Baltimore and our region, including the vote by Baltimore's Board of Estimates to pay the family of Freddie Gray 6.4 million dollars. 


New York Times national security reporter Scott Shane has written a new book, “Objective Troy.” It tells the story of the transformation of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen residing in Yemen, from a moderate imam, to a militant one, to an assassination target of United States. Shane explores President Obama’s strategy in the war on terror, the rise of drone technology, and whether killing Anwar al-Awlaki actually made him a bigger threat to American security.

Midday Politics

Sep 8, 2015

In today’s first hour, a wide-ranging discussion on politics and current events. Congress faced big decisions and tight deadlines- the vote for the Iran nuclear deal could happen as early as this week. Despite increasing opposition to the deal - including from top ranking Democrat, Senator Ben Cardin, President Obama is likely to retain his ability to veto a vote of disapproval. Also, as Europe faces one of its darkest moments since World War II, we’ll discuss why the United States hasn’t gotten involved in the global migrant crisis.

Midday on Film: WWII and the Pacific Theater

Sep 4, 2015

The second hour is Midday on Film, with Linda DeLibero and Christopher Llewellyn Reed. Noting the anniversary of the end of World War II, 70 years ago this week, Linda and Chris survey some of the great motion pictures set in the war's Pacific theater.

Midday Friday

Sep 4, 2015
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Ex-Police Commissioner, Anthony Batts, broke his silence this week at a panel discussion at Mount Saint Mary's in Emmitsburg. Colin Campbell of the Baltimore Sun joins us to discuss the controversy surrounding Batts' assertion that officers "took a knee" after the unrest in April. Also, we hear about the start of the school year from Amanda Rice, principal of Waverly Elementary/Middle School, and Sun reporter Erica Green. Then, a preview of Everyman Theater’s upcoming season and our weekly business report from Joanna Sullivan of the Baltimore Business Journal. Aaron Henkin guests host this edition of Midday Friday.

Midday on Culture

Sep 3, 2015

Activist DeRay McKesson and University of Maryland's Sheri Parks join Dan to talk about today's civil rights activism and the ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ movement.

First Hearing in #FreddieGraySix Case

Sep 3, 2015

We discuss yesterday's rulings in the case of the ‪#‎FreddieGraySix‬. Our guests:  J. Amy Dillard of University of Baltimore School of Law and P. Kenneth Burns of the WYPR reporting staff.

Calm down, take a deep breath, try to relax. Your initial reaction to stress might be to try to make it go away, but health psychologist and author Kelly McGonigal’s advice is to harness stress and use it to your advantage. Embracing stress, she argues, can make you better able to achieve your goals. We’ll hear more about the science of stress in McGonigal’s new book, “The Upside of Stress: Why Stress is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It.”

Midday on Health

Sep 2, 2015
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As summer ends and students head back to school, we dedicate this hour of Midday on Health with Dr. John Cmar of Sinai Hospital to surveying health issues that affect young people. First: binge drinking and habitual marijuana smoking are becoming more prevalent among college and teenage students. Parents and pediatricians are urged to speak with children about the dangers of alcohol early--by the time the kids are 9. Then, put down that water! We’ll hear why athletes tend to over hydrate, and why that’s risky.

How Companies Capitalize on Lead-Paint Victims in Baltimore

Sep 1, 2015

Over the course of two decades, Maryland’s Department of the Environment has identified more than 93,000 children poisoned by lead paint. During that time, Baltimore has made measurable strides forward in abating lead paint in city homes, and as recently as last week was awarded a 4 million dollar grant to rid close to 230 more homes of lead. This good news comes coupled with a sad story, published by the Washington Post, outlining how companies have turned buying lead paint settlements from poor, black lead paint poisoned victims into a multi-billion dollar industry. In this hour of Midday, we’ll discuss the progress made on ending this public health issue, and the call for a federal reform to end exploitation. Our guests: Washington Post Reporter, Terrence McCoy; President and CEO of the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, Ruth Ann Norton; and a Baltimore lawyer would has represented thousands of children poisoned by lead paint, Saul Kerpelman

Medical Marijuana -- Weeding Through the Regulations

Sep 1, 2015

Maryland is gearing up in September to open the application process for medical marijuana growers and dispensaries. The rules for the application process have been nailed down. We hear from Hannah Byron, executive director of the state’s medical marijuana commission, and commission member Deborah Miran. We’ll also get the perspective of prospective medical marijuana entrepreneurs who want to open businesses in Maryland.

Religion in America - Got Faith?

Aug 31, 2015
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In this two-hour special we take a look at what some polls show is a growing trend of religious disaffiliation in America. At noon, we’ll hear from Geoffrey Layman, a professor at the University of Notre Dame who studies religion and politics and Daniel Cox, research director at the Public Religion Research Institute in Washington, about why fewer Americans report that they are attending church these days. 

Midday's Back To School Special

Aug 28, 2015

In this two-hour program we meet six highly motivated teachers, including an English teacher who became the 2014 National Teacher of the Year, an elementary school teacher who uses the wetlands to teach her students everything from science to civics, and an urban designer turned teacher at Carver Vocational Technical High School. We’ll find out what brought them to the profession and hear about the creative ways they are engaging their students.

The American Legion Comes to Baltimore

Aug 27, 2015

In this hour we take a look at issues impacting America’s veterans. We get an update from Baltimore Sun reporter, Yvonne Wenger, on progress lowering wait times at Baltimore’s Veterans Affairs office. Back in 2013 the office was found to be the slowest in the country at processing disability claims for servicemen and women. Then we speak to Lou Celli, director of the American Legion’s Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Division, and Joe Sharpe, director of the Legion’s Employment and Education Division, about the challenges that veterans face as they transition back to civilian life.

The Game Believes In You

Aug 26, 2015

In today’s age of computers, smart phones and tablets, kids are constantly navigating the digital world, especially the world of games. But do video games have a place in the classroom?

Baltimore Dirt Bike Debate

Aug 26, 2015

In this hour of the show, we tackle the ongoing debate over dirt bikes in Baltimore. Are they a public menace and, if so, what should be done about them? Riding dirt bikes on Baltimore’s streets is illegal, but their appearance has been a Sunday ritual for years. For the past two Sundays, police have been able to shut down Reisterstown Road to block the dirt-bikers from their weekly show of wheelies and weaving that attracts large crowds.

Midday on Tech

Aug 26, 2015

For decades, telecom giant AT&T provided the National Security Agency with billions of emails and telephone calls, and it helped wiretap all Internet communications at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The relationship between AT&T and NSA has been described as “unique and especially productive” and, according to the New York Times, AT&T had an extreme willingness to help NSA, long before the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In this hour of Midday. Sean Gallagher, Baltimore-based IT editor of ars technica, talks about AT&T and mass surveillance, and what’s ahead for bulk data collection.

Inside Baltimore's War Room and the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Aug 25, 2015

It’s been about a month since federal agents joined the city’s so-called War Room -- a round-the-clock effort to quell the violence on Baltimore’s streets. How has that partnership impacted the crime surge? How are federal investigators working to halt the impact of gangs, like the Black Guerilla Family? Today on Midday, we welcome Rod Rosenstein, the U.S. attorney for Maryland, whose office is closely monitoring the city’s ongoing crime wave and prosecuting some of the most violent offenders at the federal level.

The Life and Science of Albert Einstein

Aug 24, 2015

The life and science of Albert Einstein, with Steven Gimbel, Baltimore native and chair of the philosophy department at Gettysburg College, author of “Einstein: His Space and Times,” and “Einstein’s Jewish Science: Physics at the Intersection of Politics and Religion.” Original air date: 04/21/15.

Hopkins Research

Aug 24, 2015

From needle exchanges to diabetes to the aging brain, a look at research out of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, one of the busiest places in Baltimore. Can mentoring young people help you stay sharp as you enter your 70s and 80s? A new study by Michelle Carlson might make you want to take up volunteering today. Plus, at a time when more cases of diabetes are being diagnosed, just one in three Americans has their problem under control. Why is that such a challenge? Elizabeth Selvin has the answers.

A 'Monument Man' and the Inside Story of 'Inside the Third Reich'

Aug 21, 2015

Two personal stories from the aftermath of World War II. Army Air Corps veteran and long-time literary agent Gerald Gross recalls his role in publishing the bestseller, "Inside the Third Reich," and his dealings with the so-called "Nazi who said sorry," Albert Speer. Then, Susan Sullam tells of her father’s role in helping to recover cash, gold and artwork stolen by the Nazis.

Midday Friday

Aug 21, 2015

Baltimore City Council member, Mary Pat Clarke, talks about the proposed sale of the city-owned Hilton Hotel; the surge in violent crime and what city leaders are saying about Baltimore's future. Rick Seltzer of the Baltimore Business Journal has our weekly business report. We hear from singer Sunny Cowell and her jazz musician father, Stanley Cowell.

Midday on the Bay

Aug 20, 2015

Rona Kobell, Chesapeake Bay Journal reporter and Midday contributor, brings us up to speed on the latest in environmental news. We talk about the safety of popular swimming areas and the danger of swimming after rainfall, as well as the health of this year's crab harvest.

How Did We Get Here? Where Do We Go?

Aug 20, 2015

Former Baltimore mayor Kurt Schmoke, now president of the University of Baltimore, offers his perspective on life in the city since Freddie Gray’s death and April’s unrest. Plus, Joseph Wood, provost of UB and professor of law, ethics,and history, describes a new course coming to the school this fall -- “Divided Baltimore: How Did We Get Here, Where Do We Go?”

Midday on Media

Aug 19, 2015

It's time again for another edition of Midday on Media with David Zurawik, television and news critic for the Baltimore Sun. We'll hear his take on the E! channel documentary series about Caitlyn Jenner's transition, and Z's thoughts on Trump's truce with Fox News.  Plus, has the media's portrayal of Baltimore changed since April's riots?