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Midday with Dan Rodricks as the host aired on WYPR until October 2, 2015.

Archive prior to February 25, 2014

Midday on Film

Oct 2, 2015

Cinema and space for this edition of Midday on Film. From the Star Wars and Alien franchises to the opening of this weekend's The Martian, space has been the setting for action-adventure flicks, horror films, and dramas.

Midday Friday

Oct 2, 2015

A busy Midday Friday for you -- we’ll hear about the upcoming Madonnari Arts Festival in Little Italy and Historic Chestertown, Maryland's transformation into the magical world of Harry Potter. We’ll talk sports - did you see the Ravens win yesterday? And Kevin Plank - Baltimore’s Bruce Wayne or 21st Century de Medici?

Midday on Culture

Oct 1, 2015
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Pope Francis came the United States as polls indicate more and more Americans have moved away from Christianity in favor of atheism, agnosticism, or some other religion. Yet, Francis appeared to awaken, if not the sudden urge to attend church, at least some sense of spirituality among Americans, who seemed captivated by his presence and words. That prompts thoughts about how an increasingly secular society identifies and practices its values when the Pope's not around. Culture commentator Sheri Parks thinks the pageant of professional football has a lot to to with it.

Gaming in Maryland

Oct 1, 2015
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This summer, revenues from the state’s five casinos neared the $100 million per month mark. State gaming officials say this is a milestone that signals that new casinos have taken root. Meanwhile, workers in Prince George’s County are readying a $1.3 billion MGM National Harbor casino to open in mid-2016. And a $150 million expansion to Maryland Live! Casino at Arundel Mills was approved last month. Today on Midday, we take a look at the explosion of activity at some of the state’s casinos.

Voir Dire and the Freddie Gray Trials

Sep 30, 2015

Could you be a fair and impartial juror if selected for one of the trials for the police officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray? Listeners discuss possible questions that may arise in the jury selection process - voir dire - for the trials.

Interim Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis

Sep 30, 2015

Interim Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis joins Midday to talk about crime and reform, and to answer listener questions.

The Roughest Riders

Sep 29, 2015

Maryland author Jerome Tuccille tells the story of the black soldiers who helped Teddy Roosevelt win the decisive battle of the Spanish-American War -- some overlooked American history in the second hour of Midday.

Midday Politics

Sep 29, 2015
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Whether he was inspired by Pope Francis, or backed into a corner by the Tea Party, House speaker John Boehner’s last day will be October 30th. While a threatened government shutdown over funding for Planned Parenthood might be avoided, what does Boehner’s exit mean for Washington and how the nation is governed? What does it mean for the GOP in 2016? In Midday’s first hour, we’ll survey the Republican landscape, including the rising popularity of presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and the controversial views of Dr. Ben Carson, who keeps rising in the polls.  WYPR's own Fraser Smith, Melissa Deckman of Washington College and Barry Rascovar of the Maryland Reporter join us. 

$2.00 A Day

Sep 28, 2015

An estimated 1.5 million American households - including three million children - somehow get by on less than $2.00 a day per person. Kathryn Edin, professor of public health and sociology at Johns Hopkins, tells us about her experiences examining the lives of those living without cash in extreme poverty.

Midday on Tech: The Volkswagen Scandal And JLENS Blimps

Sep 28, 2015

Sean Gallagher, Baltimore-based editor of Ars Technica, talks about those white defense blimps that can be seen in Baltimore's eastern sky -- why they are there and what defense analysts say about their effectiveness at detecting attacks on the nation's capital. Plus, the Volkswagen emissions scandal, the new “Black Phone” designed with encryption for privacy and a plan by the Air Force to install laser weapons on fighter jets.

The Art of the Tattoo

Sep 25, 2015

Do you have a tattoo? When did you get it and why? Does it still hold the same meaning that it did back then? Do you have any regrets? Or are you one who stands on the sidewalk as an extravagantly tattooed man or woman walks by, wondering why?

Midday Friday

Sep 25, 2015

In this edition of Midday Friday: Jay Hancock of Kaiser Health News tells us why out-of-pocket medical costs for American workers keep rising and John Davis, host of MotorWeek gets us up to speed on the Volkswagen emissions scandal. Plus we have our weekly business report from Joanna Sullivan of the Baltimore Business Journal and Del. Mary Washington tells about an upcoming census of homeless youth in Baltimore and the five surrounding counties.

True Style

Sep 24, 2015

Is it a fashion violation to mix blue and black? What works best and why -- a two-button or three-button suit jacket? And how do you navigate the trouser-sock-shoe nexus? Men’s fashion is fraught with pitfalls, but Bruce Boyer, former menswear editor at Town and Country, has some simple advice for beginners -- if you like it, wear it.

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We get an update on Pope Francis' visit to Congress and his message on climate change. Then gastroenterologist and nutritionist Dr. Gerry Mullin joins us for a discussion of fad diets and fermented foods.

A Government For The Rich, By The Rich?

Sep 23, 2015

Is the United States less a democracy than a plutocracy now, governed by the wealthy elite? Have we become a nation, by the rich and for the rich? Or do capital gains fuel economic growth, creating jobs and bolstering business, increasing social mobility for all? In this hour of Midday, a hard look at the income inequality that has drawn public denunciations from Pope Francis and President Obama, and which stands at the center of arguments that the U.S. has been transformed into a plutocracy. Historian Ronald Formisano argues that point in the hour head, and we’ll hear a challenge to Formisano’s view from Thaya Brook Knight, a financial regulation expert with the libertarian CATO Institute.

Grading The Obama Administration's College Scorecard

Sep 23, 2015

The White House released its new College Scorecard this month to the delight of some, but to the chagrin of many. While students can now handily access information about college costs, student loans and average earnings of graduates, many college presidents say the criteria ignores other important factors such as student-to-faculty ratio and a college’s mission. In this hour of Midday we’ll hear from two college presidents, Patricia McGuire, of Trinity Washington University and Sandra Kurtinitis, of the Community College of Baltimore County. Are their institutions ranked fairly or accurately? What changes need to be made to the scorecard’s metrics? Kim Clark, college finance expert from Money Magazine, joins us. 

Midday on the Bay

Sep 22, 2015

There are some ambitious plans for the redevelopment of parts of Towson, MD. But some community leaders and environmentalists say that the plans need more green space, trees, parks and sports fields, and that the developers should pay for them. Also ahead, Rona Kobell describes some innovative practices designed to reduce polluted run off from farms on the Maryland Eastern Shore. She'll also tell us about a trip she took to areas of the Chesapeake region threatened by both natural phenomena and human behavior.

Structural Racism & Waking Up White

Sep 22, 2015

Debby Irving is a white woman, born into privilege, who as middle age approached embarked on a personal journey to understand race and racism. She’ll tell us what she learned about herself and about American society as we take this hour of Midday for another important discussion about race and racism affects our lives, in ways visible and invisible. Up front, we hear from Diane Bell-McKoy, president and CEO of Associated Black Charities of Maryland, and the Rev. Douglas Miles, bishop of Koinonia Baptist Church in Baltimore; they signed their names to newspaper ads call for honest discussion, economic opportunities and policy changes to end structural racism they see at the root of the city’s problems.

The History Of The American Heroin Business

Sep 21, 2015

In a startling new book called Dreamland, journalist, Sam Quinones, traces America’s heroin business back its roots in the deceptive marketing of prescription painkillers in the 1990's. Quinones says the epidemic has devastated entire middle American communities but, he looks at both sides of the operation, including the wealth it has brought to a dismally poor region of Mexico.

Tech For Good

Sep 21, 2015

We hear about three efforts to promote technology skills in Baltimore. Gretchen LeGrand, co-founder of Code in the Schools, tells how they are working provides computer science education to more than 2,500 students each year. Stephanie and Shawn Grimes from Digital Harbor Foundation, talk about the after-school programs, summer camps, workshops they provide for community members and educators. And Will Holman, of Baltimore Arts Realty Corp, talks about transforming properties throughout the city into so-called “maker spaces.”

Radio's Golden Age

Sep 18, 2015

From the Hindenburg disaster to FDR’s fireside chats, from Mae West to Dragnet, the 1930s, 40s, and 50s were considered the "Golden Age of Radio," a time when the medium exploded in popularity. In this hour of Midday, we listen back to notable moments from the golden age, hear some of the history of radio, and examine its influence on American society. Today, even with the rise of podcasts and online streaming, more than 90% of Americans still listen to a radio at some point, but radio stations face big challenges.

Midday Friday

Sep 18, 2015

The Anne Arundel County executive wants to prohibit medical marijuana in his county in the face of a state law that would allow it. We hear from Delegate Dan Morhaim, a doctor and legislator who pushed for the legalization of medical marijuana. And, a prominent Baltimore preacher says he’s running for the Congressional seat held by Elijah Cummings. But will Rev. Jamal Bryant challenge Cummings if he runs for re-election? WYPR Senior News Analyst C. Fraser Smith helps us sort that story out.

Freddie Gray Fallout - A Legal Perspective

Sep 17, 2015

From police body cameras and racial profiling to "felonious running" and Baltimore City's $6.4 million settlement with Gray's family, we discuss the fallout from the Freddie Gray case with two professors of law. Our guests: J. Amy Dillard, associate professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law and David Harris, professor at the University of Pittsburg School of Law. 

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz

Sep 17, 2015

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Police Chief Jim Johnson talk about a $7 million plan to equip Baltimore County police officers with body cameras. Also, Kamenetz talks about a prediction that there could be up to 20,000 new jobs at Sparrows Point over the next decade, restoring the Point to its heyday. And we discuss the latest in plans for massive redevelopment in Towson, growing social and economic disparities in the Baltimore metropolitan region, and a Plan “B” for the nixed Red Line.

Midday on Media

Sep 16, 2015

David Zurawik, media critic for The Baltimore Sun, joins Midday for his take on recent events in news and television, including Stephen Colbert's new late night gig, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake's image, and the impending CNN GOP Debate.

Response to Europe's Refugee Crisis

Sep 16, 2015
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The UN estimates that, over the past year, more than 380,000 men, women and children have fled war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa, traveling to Europe in search of a better life. The response to the crisis has been mixed. While Hungary has erected a fence to keep asylum seekers out, Germany may accept as many as 1 million refugees.

Dr. Mutter's Marvels

Sep 15, 2015

In the mid-19th century they were called “monsters,” men and women severely disfigured by disease, disaster, war, or accident, with very little quality of life. Dr. Thomas Mütter, a Philadelphia doctor, devote his career to making a difference in the lives of these outcasts. Author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz takes us back to the 1830's and the dawn of modern surgery in the book, “Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine.”

Pope Francis's Visit To The United States

Sep 15, 2015

Certainly one of the most captivating public figures on the planet: Pope Francis Tweets, he eschews opulence, he admonishes bishops to be more pastoral. He’s likely the first Pope anyone called cool. Liberal in actions and attitude, yet conservative in what he ultimately says about church teaching, Francis comes to the U.S. next week. He will be the first pope to address Congress; observers expect him to speaks about racial injustice and income inequality. Ahead of the papal visit, a talk about the Francis pontificate with British journalist Paul Vallely, who has written extensively about Pope Francis and sees his papacy as a struggle for the soul of Catholicism. Plus we speak to two professors of theology: David Cloutier of Mount St. Mary's University and Fritz Bauerschmidt of Loyola University.  

Midday On The Bay

Sep 14, 2015

Rona Kobell of the Chesapeake Bay Journal joins us for another edition of Midday on the Bay. We’ll hear the latest in environmental news, including a news of a $19 million sewage treatment plant for northern Caroline County, where towns have struggled with failing septic systems since the 1980's. And we hear the story of how it took 7 years for one Maryland man to get a permit to grow oysters.

Jaclyn Borowski/ Baltimore Business Journal

Open phones for listener reaction to the news that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake will not seek re-election. Will this decision make her a lame duck for the rest of her term? Will she be able to return to political life in the future? Join Dan as he talks with Kimberly Moffitt, associate professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Doug Donovan, reporter for the Baltimore Sun, about how this announcement will impact both potential and declared candidates for mayor.