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Midday with Dan Rodricks

Whither College?

Jun 16, 2015

In her new book, “American Higher Education in Crisis?” Goldie Blumenstyk, senior writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education, argues that our system of two- and four-year colleges, public and private, is at a tipping point. Demographics are changing, costs are rising and distance-learning poses a threat to the traditional model. A look at the future of higher ed. Original air date: 04/15/2015. Production assistance from former Midday intern Kerry DeSantis.

Our Sense of Touch

Jun 15, 2015

Why does mint cool your tongue while chili peppers burn it? How long does it take for the pain of a stubbed toe to reach your brain? David Linden, Johns Hopkins neuroscientist and New York Times bestselling author, explores these mysteries in “Touch: The Science of the Hand, Heart and Mind.” Original air date: 03/10/15.

The Science of Self Control

Jun 15, 2015

How do we control our tempers, exercise patience, or embrace delayed gratification? From quitting smoking to watching what we eat to focusing in school, a look at what happens in our brains when we practice self-control. Guests: Dr. Matthew Johnson, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins; Dr. Harry Brandt, co-director of the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt; Ali Smith, co-director and executive director of Holistic Life Foundation.

How to be a Diehard O's Fan

Jun 12, 2015

In this second hour of Midday Friday, a treat for Baltimore Baseball Fans: Dan Connolly, the Sun’s national baseball writer and Orioles reporter, joins us with a list of 100 things he thinks Orioles Fans should know and do before they die. Part history, part trivia, Dan Connolly’s book -- if you’ll pardon the baseball expression -- covers the fundamentals, from the glory years of the late 60s and early 70s, to the Ripken era and the team’s last World Series in 1983, through the time of Adam Jones, Buck Showalter and the 2014 run for the American League championship.

Midday Friday

Jun 12, 2015

Midday producer Melody Simmons visits two of the Baltimore neighborhoods, where last week's shootings occurred. And speaking of gun violence, Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, shares some encouraging news for Baltimore and Maryland about the impact of a handgun law in Connecticut. Rick Seltzer of the Baltimore Business Journal has an update on business recovery since the April 27 riot.

Lifting Baltimore, Lifting the Region

Jun 11, 2015

We continue Wednesday’s discussion about the quality of life in the city and suburbs. This is a critical time not only for Baltimore but for the region, and the recommendations from a three-year study by the Opportunity Collaborative provide a roadmap to better jobs, better housing and a better transportation system. We break down data about Baltimore's neighborhoods with architect and community planner Klaus Philipsen, and Seema Iyer, of the Jacob France Institute in the University of Baltimore’s Merrick School of Business.

Baltimore Police Union President Gene Ryan

Jun 11, 2015

Gene Ryan, president of Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police, talks about law enforcement and violence in the city in the wake of the Freddie Gray case. The president of the Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police said two weeks ago that criminals have become "empowered" following April’s unrest and that, with six officers charged in Freddie Gray's death, Baltimore police are more "afraid" of being arrested than being shot on duty. Gene Ryan talks about the state of Baltimore law enforcement, after the news from NPR.

Air Pollution, Coal and Renewable Energy

Jun 10, 2015

Over the course of five years, 190 of the 523 coal burning power plants in the United States have retired. The seven remaining coal plants in Maryland look to be staying put, but not without adamant demands from public health and environmental advocacy groups that they clean up their act. In this hour of Midday, Tim Wheeler, environmental reporter for the Baltimore Sun, Josh Tulkin, director of the Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club, and Dr.

Sustainable Development in Baltimore

Jun 10, 2015

After three years of study, the Opportunity Collaborative unveils its plan to reduce economic disparities in the Baltimore region. The Opportunity Collaborative is a consortium of local governments, state agencies, universities and nonprofits. In this hour, Michael Kelly, executive director of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, shares the consortium’s ideas on coordinating workforce development, transportation and housing across Baltimore City and nearby counties.

Stand Your Ground

Jun 9, 2015

The 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin drew national attention to racial profiling and stand-your-ground laws. In her book, “Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God,” Kelly Brown Douglas, an Episcopal priest and professor of religion at Goucher College, traces the roots of stand-your-ground culture back to Black Codes and Jim Crow. She also speaks about being the mother of a son "who looks like Trayvon."

Heroin Epidemic

Jun 9, 2015

Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford joins us for an update on the Maryland Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force, which just announced that eight Maryland county jails will start using medication to treat addicts before they are released. Also joining us: Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr.

Rick Salmon's Blue Ribbon Barbeque Pit Beans

This is a baked bean recipe that I have made dozens of times. I first saw it on the BBQ Forum. Rick Salmon is a regular poster on The Forum and from what I can see from here, a pretty darn good cook. The problem with making these beans, folks like them so much; they ask for them all the time.

Ingredients:

Two 28 oz. and one 15 1/2 oz cans of Bushs original baked beans

1 12-to-16 ounce bottle barbeque sauce (I use KC Masterpiece)

1/2 onion finely diced

Moink Balls

Jun 8, 2015

Moink Balls

Smokeless Ribs

Jun 8, 2015

Smokeless Ribs 

On Firearms And Freedom

Jun 8, 2015

Firmin DeBrabander, professor of philosophy at MICA, explores the question, "Do Guns Make Us Free?" in a book of that title about firearms and democracy. He joins us for conversation, along with Dan Blasberg, the president of Maryland Shall Issue, which supports liberal gun rights.

Baltimore & The War On Drugs

Jun 8, 2015

A look at O'Malley-era zero-tolerance policing and the drug war, and their effect on the relationship between police and people in Baltimore’s poorest neighborhoods. Guest: Neill Franklin, a 34-year veteran of the Maryland State Police and Baltimore Police Department, now executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP).

Barbecuing with the Masters

Jun 5, 2015

In this second hour of Midday Friday, we welcome back George Hensler, competitive barbecue chef, along with two other master grillers, for some advice on backyard smoking and grilling. George is captain of a barbecue team known as Who Are Those Guys, and he’s written a book on cooking with fire and smoke. Also joining us: Jen McGrath, who also takes part in BBQ competitions. and a local grill ace, Greg Burley, of the Big Bad Wolf’s House of BBQ in Hamilton.

Midday Friday

Jun 5, 2015

In this hour, a look at legal wrangling in the case of the ‪#‎FreddieGraySix with Prof. David Gray of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Plus: Rona Kobell of the Chesapeake Bay Journal on Gov. Hogan's shakeup of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Our weekly business report comes from Rick Seltzer of the Baltimore Business Journal.

Midday On Culture: The Rhetoric Of Violence

Jun 4, 2015

"For every unarmed black man, woman or child killed by unrestrained police officers, there’s an intellectually impoverished response when black people get visibly upset about it: What about black-on-black crime?" Charles Ellison's essay in The Root and the post-riots increase in killings in Baltimore leads us to a discussion of the claim that black Americans are more concerned with police brutality than with the every-day loss of life that occurs in city neighborhoods.

Sex Ed

Jun 3, 2015

How do you talk to your teens about sex? How do you encourage them to be safe and to look for answers in the right places, especially in this Internet age? We continue our look at teen pregnancy and adolescent health with a conversation about sex education. Deborah Roffman, author of “Talk to Me First", shares what she’s learned in her 40 years as a human sexuality educator for elementary through high school students. Plus, we hear from a peer educator from Planned Parenthood about how to talk to high schoolers about relationships and making healthy choices.

Gwendolyn Glenn

While Baltimore’s rate of teen pregnancy dropped by a third from 2009 to 2013, the city’s rate is still about twice that of the state. In this hour, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen fills us in on how the city is working to reduce teen pregnancy and promote safe-sex practices. We’ll also hear from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers Kristin Mmari and Beth Marshall on the negative consequences stemming from teen births and hear how the health of Baltimore teens compares to their peers around the globe.

Injustices

Jun 2, 2015

Ahead of the Supreme Court’s decisions on the fate of the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage, we speak to Ian Millhiser, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and author of “Injustices: The Supreme Court’s History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted.” Looking at the court’s history, Millhiser argues that justices have been able to seize unchecked power and that many of the court’s decisions have been made in favor of the the rich and powerful, without regard for the rights enshrined in the Constitution.

The LAPD In The Wake Of Rodney King

Jun 2, 2015

What reforms did the Los Angeles Police Department enact after the Rodney King beating and riots of 1992? Did these reforms manage to decrease complaints of police brutality? We’ll hear from Joe Domanick, associate director of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and author of the forthcoming book, “Blue: The LAPD and the Battle to Redeem American Policing,” on how the LAPD has changed and what the Baltimore police department may be able to glean from their choices.

Midday on Health

Jun 1, 2015

Dr. John Cmar, infectious disease specialist at Sinai Hospital, joins us for our monthly edition of Midday on Health. In this hour, John Hopkins has announced the launch of a research center to study “post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome.” We’ll hear from Dr. John Aucott, a Hopkins internist and director of the center, about his research into potential causes of lingering symptoms and how to diagnose Lyme disease sooner.

Midday Politics

Jun 1, 2015

On the heels of Martin O’Malley’s announcement that he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination, we take a look at his record as former governor of Maryland and mayor of Baltimore. Plus, we take a look at the bills that Governor Hogan vetoed. Will his vetoes stick? Our panel of guests includes: Fraser Smith, WYPR’s Senior News Analyst; Barry Rascovar of the blog Political Maryland; and Mileah Kromer, director of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts

May 29, 2015

In the second hour of the show, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts joins Midday to address concerns that have been raised about policing and violence in Baltimore since April's unrest. May has now become the worst single month of violence in Baltimore since 1996.

Class of 2015

May 29, 2015

We meet high school seniors from our area, including one student who is headed off to the Naval Academy and another who plans to study in France. As they don their caps and gowns, we learn about their hopes for the future and hear what has helped them achieve their goals thus far.

Baltimore in Crisis

May 28, 2015

Homicides in Baltimore have hit a record high, 38 murders; the highest monthly total since 1999. As the spike in violent crime continues, we hear from Kevin Shird, a former drug dealer turned youth advocate, and Wes Moore, the author of the bestseller "The Other Wes Moore," and an Army veteran and former White House aide, on how Baltimore communities can reach young people.

Midday Politics

May 28, 2015

Ahead of his expected announcement that he will seek the Democratic 2016 presidential nomination, we reflect on Martin O’Malley’s time as Maryland’s governor and break down his campaign's chances against established front runner Hillary Clinton.

Baltimore's Master Bike Plan & A Conversation About Masculinity

May 27, 2015

While neighboring cities like Washington, DC and Philadelphia have invested in bicycle infrastructure, Charm City is still playing catch-up. In this hour of Midday, we get a progress report on Baltimore City's new Master Bike Plan, and hear how cyclists and drivers can share our crowded streets. Our guests are Caitlin Doolin, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner of the Baltimore City Department of Transportation, Greg Hinchliffe, the Interim President of Bikemore, and Brian Kopp, the Education Coordinator of Bike Maryland.

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