Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. Dec. 17th, 12-1 P.M
9:29 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Baltimore Development 2014

Reporter Kevin Litten of the Baltimore Business Journal and architect and urban designer Klaus Philipsen review the year's most interesting real estate development proposals, population trends in downtown Baltimore, prospects for the Red Line and the future of the $1.5 billion State Center project.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Outgoing Baltimore City State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein On His Time In Office

Gregg Bernstein
Credit State of Maryland

In two weeks, Gregg Bernstein will leave his post as Baltimore City State’s Attorney. During his nearly four year tenure, he’s reorganized prosecutors into geographic units and targeted violent criminals. But, perhaps his most high-profile decisions in office were around things he decided not to do: charge police officers in the deaths of Tyrone West and Anthony Anderson, both unarmed black men who died in police custody.

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Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Why A Black Man Reaches Out To The Klan

Credit Daryl Davis

You might be surprised to hear that a man from Maryland with a collection of Ku Klux Klan memorabilia - medallions, t-shirts, robes, hoods - is black. His name is Daryl Davis. For decades, he has arranged to meet face-to-face with Klan members and to attend Klan rallies across the country. His quest, he says, is to get them to answer one question: “How can you hate me if you don’t even know me?”  

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Cellar Notes
8:50 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Holiday Gift List - 12/17/14

• Unoaked Chardonnay:  Chamisal Chardonnay, Central Coast '12  $17

• Chardonnay:  Jordan Chardonnay, Russian River Valley '11  $31

• Bargain Cab Sauv:  Sean Minor Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa '11   $20

• Splurge Cab Sauv:  Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon '11  $50

• Bargain Pinot Noir:  Meiomi Pinot Noir, Sonoma '12  $19

• Splurge Pinot Noir:  Belle Glos, Monterey '12   $46

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Maryland Morning
8:46 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Simple Poems About Complex Topics

Credit Turning Point Books

In a new collection of poems called "They", Sue Ellen Thompson reflects on her relationship with her mother, her aging father and her transgender child, and the ways in which that child’s identity animates and informs complex questions and steadfast love.  A mainstay at the Breadloaf Writers Conference for many years, Sue Ellen Thompson’s work has been heard on the Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor, and featured in the syndicated column of the U.S. Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser.  She joins Tom to talk about her book.

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The Nature of Things
2:48 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Cottontail Rabbits

A light dusting of snow is an optimum time to look for signs of our native cottontail rabbits.  When hopping, rabbits' long hind feet come down in front of the smaller front feet – making them incredibly easy for kids and adults to spot.

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The Environment In Focus
2:43 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

The Bedbug Boom and Unnatural Selection

After disappearing from the U.S., bedbugs have made a dramatic comeback in the last decade.  Some conservatives have blamed environmentalists for the return of the bloodsucking pests – and in particular, Rachel Carson, author of “Silent Spring.”

A website called “Rachel Was Wrong,” for example, argues that the pesticide DDT was effective in eliminating bedbugs from the United States in the 1950's.  But then the Environmental Protection Agency banned DDT in 1972, inspired in part by Carson's book and the environmental movement she sparked.  Bedbugs came roaring back, the argument goes, because we had chemically disarmed ourselves.


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Leonard Nimoy
Leonard Nimoy

Airs Wednesday, December 17, 9 pm.  Narrated by Leonard Nimoy and sung by the acclaimed vocal sextet The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble, "Chanukah in Story and Song" is a unique holiday program created especially for public radio listeners.

Airs Tuesday, December 16, 9:00 pm.  A perennial NPR favorite with brand new Hanukkah stories written by acclaimed authors Debra Ginsberg, Anne Burt, Simone Zelitch, Andrew Borowitz, and Theodore Bikel.

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