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Midday with Dan Rodricks
Thursday August 18, 12 - 1 pm: Taxing questions -- Warren Buffet, the super-rich and why so many Americans pay no income tax at all
On Monday, The New York Times published an op-ed by Warren Buffett, the billionaire chairman of investment firm Berkshire Hathaway, complaining that he and his super-rich friends are undertaxed in comparison to the middle class. He said it was time for Congress to stop coddling the wealthy. Republicans, usually big fans of Wall Street's leading investor, urged Buffett to voluntarily send more of his own money to the Internal Revenue Service and leave others alone.
Thursday August 18, 1 - 2 pm: Marlin Briscoe, The Black Quarterback Syndrome and the American workplace
Marlin Briscoe was the first black quarterback in professional football, playing for the Denver Broncos in 1968; he went on to become a member of the 1972 undefeated Super Bowl champion Miami Dolphins. Norm Davis is a diversity consultant and the author of the how-to book, The Black Quarterback Syndrome, in which he examines the challenges faced by Marlin Briscoe and others who are pioneers in their professions.
A look at the movie The Help, based on the best-selling book of the same name by Kathryn Stockett, about African- American maids working in white households in Jackson, Mississippi during the early 1960s.
Wednesday August 17, 1 - 2 pm: Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik, with special guest Bill Cosby
Comedian Bill Cosby talks with Dan Rodricks and Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik during the Z's regular monthly visit to Midday.
A clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics warns that energy drinks -- Red Bull, Monster, Rockstar and many others -- should be off limits to children and teenagers because they contain high levels of caffeine and other stimulants. The AAP report says energy drinks often get confused with sports drinks, and that the beverages are generally understudied and overused. Sales of energy drinks are expected to approach $9 billion in the U.S. this year.
Midday on Film contributor Linda DeLibero, associate director of film and media studies at Johns Hopkins University, returns to Studio A for an appreciation of Archibald Alexander Leach, aka Cary Grant, for many the classic Hollywood leading man -- dashing, debonair, handsome, polished and funny. The American Film Institute named him the second Greatest Male Star of All Time.
Our guest this hour, Baltimore science teacher John Monahan, is a wonderfully engaging educator who claims that many of the world’s great scientists were a touch mad – or at least highly eccentric. From Archimedes to Einstein, Monahan profiles the men and women whose discoveries changed the world – while their behavior informed generations of mad scientist legend. His book:They Called Me Mad: Genius, Madness, and the Scientists who Pushed the outer Limits of Knowledge.
TBRQSSSB is a quiz about English idioms -- those phrases that behave like a word. A show like this is as scarce as hen's teeth. This is a whole new ballgame (though no ball is involved), and you've never seen anything like it in our neck of the woods. TBRQSSSB is no flash in the pan, either. We expect it to last until the cows come home.
Friday August 12, 12 - 1 pm: Midday News Review - with financial columnist Jay Hancock and political analyst Herb Smith
The weekly Midday news review sticks to one big subject -- the financial crisis and its economic and political ramifications, in Maryland, across the country and abroad. We're joined again by Baltimore Sun business columnist and blogger Jay Hancock, and by Herb Smith, longtime political observer, professor of political science at McDaniel College and co-author of the forthcoming "Maryland Politics and Government: Democratic Dominance".
Friday August 12, 1 - 2 pm: Midday on the Law - Assigning overdue blame in the 2007-2008 financial crisis
Who’s to blame for the financial crisis that led to the Great Recession? There were billions in losses, yet no high-profile participants in the 2007-2008 disaster have been prosecuted. But some of the companies are suing each other now. AIG sued Bank of America for $10 billion this week, claiming massive fraud when the bank sold mortgage securities that were built on toxic assets. And Goldman Sachs has been sued over its sale of mortgage-backed securities to now-failed credit unions.