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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. April 17, 1-2 pm
9:40 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Art Deco in Washington and Baltimore

The Hutzler Building in Baltimore.

The white-collar New Deal capital and the blue-collar industrial port city are 40 miles apart but are rich with examples of the bold and distinctive art deco style in architecture and ornamentation.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. April 17 12-1 pm
9:28 am
Thu April 17, 2014

The Sixth Extinction

"The Sixth Extinction" by Elizabeth Kolbert tells the story of how mankind's influence on the planet will lead to a mass extinction.

Since its formation more than 4.5 billion years ago, Earth has gone through five waves of extinction, the latest being the extinction of the dinosaurs, which scientists believe was caused by an asteroid. In "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History," the New Yorker's Elizabeth Kolbert warns of what some scientists are defining as the "Sixth Extinction," which she says is happening now at the hands of mankind.

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Headlines
9:14 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Chilly Temperatures, Campaign Finance, Harbor Point, & Franchot Calls For Wind Farm Bill Veto

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot.
Credit Howard County Library System via flickr

A look at how the recent frosts could affect Maryland fruit crops.

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Baltimore's Future
8:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Baltimore's Future: DHR Secretary Ted Dallas

Ted Dallas, Annapolis, March 2010.
Credit Jay L. Baker, courtesy Governor's Press Office

David Warnock speaks with Ted Dallas, Secretary for the Department of Human Resources.

On today’s Baltimore’s Future, David Warnock speaks with Ted Dallas, Secretary of the Department of Human Resources. They discuss the Department’s evolution in its approach to collect child support. 

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The Morning Economic Report
5:30 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Population Growth - 4/17/14

Economists do not have a great reputation for forecasting accuracy.  Arguably, among the worst records is that of Thomas Malthus, the pessimistic Englishman who two centuries ago wrote, “The power of population is so superior to the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man that premature death must in some shape or other visit the human race." 

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The Signal
4:30 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Three Generations of Griots

Baba Baile McKnight, Cheick Hamala Diabate, and Amadou Kouyate (photo credit: Shane Carpenter)

The legacy of the griot in America, through the lenses of three generations...

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. April 16 1-2 p.m.
10:59 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Midday on Media

Funnyman Stephen Colbert is set to take over the "Late Show" in 2015 when David Letterman retires.

The Baltimore Sun's television critic David Zurawik makes his monthly visit to Midday. Among the stories we'll discuss this hour is  David Letterman's retirement from late night television, and Stephen Colbert's takeover of his show.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. April 16 12-1 p.m.
10:45 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Maryland's New Farmers

The entrance to Moon Valley Farm in Cockeysville. Farmer Emma Jagoz started her farm out of her parent's suburban backyard.
James Daley

The local food movement has led to changes in the demographics of farmers in Maryland. Some 70 percent of today's beginning farmers did not grow up on a farm. We'll speak with two Maryland farmers whose desire to support the local food movement evolved into a career. And we'll hear from Greg Bowen, president of Maryland FarmLINK, which provides resources and support to farmers.

With production help from Midday Intern James Daley.

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Programs
9:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Research, Resources and Portrayals

Conor Wade and Alisa Rock.
Credit Rachel Rock Photography.

In our show on Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sheilah Kast first talks with writer and parent Alisa Rock, whose son Conor has autism. She also talks about research and resources with Dr. Rebecca Landa and Dr. Li-Ching Lee. Then, Tom Hall talks with Anthony Baker, English professor at Tennessee Technological University, about portrayals of autism in the media.

1 in 68 U.S. children have an Autism Spectrum Disorder. In Maryland, 1 in 60 children are on the Spectrum.

These statistics were released last month in a report conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  In the second part of this interview, we’ll hear from Dr. Li-Ching Lee, the School’s principal investigator for that report and Dr. Rebecca Landa, of Kennedy Krieger.  But first, we want to get a picture of what it’s like for one family who has a child with ASD, an Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

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