Dan Rodricks

Host, Midday

Dan Rodricks has been an award-winning columnist for the Baltimore Sun since 1979, and speaks of his adopted hometown as both its champion and its scold. He has observed local, state and national political trends for three decades.

His "Dear Drug Dealers" series in The Sun, a public call for an end to criminal violence in Baltimore bolstered by his one-man campaign to provide jobs or job training for ex-offenders, won the 2006 Excellence in Urban Journalism Award from the Freedom Forum and the Enterprise Foundation. His series, which exposed the obstacles that paroled felons face in finding jobs, was cited on national television and radio, and the Columbia Journalism Review. It won the 2005 Public Service award from the Chesapeake Associated Press. In 2006, he was named Public Citizen of the Year by the Maryland chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

From 1989 until 1993, Dan hosted a nightly talk show locally, as well as a five-hour Saturday morning show that ran until 1995. More than interviews and conversations with listeners, Dan's shows involved unique undertakings. His radio documentaries won acclaim, as well as the Silver Medal in an international broadcast competition in 1993. Listeners will recall some of Dan's popular radio features, including "Along The River," an outdoors travelogue and natural history, "Country Life Farm," a visit to a Maryland thoroughbred farm, "900 E. 33rd St.," a radio elegy to Memorial Stadium, "A Western Maryland Winter," and "The Greatest Game Never Played," a Chuck Thompson-Rex Barney play-by-play of a fictional game between the greatest Yankees and greatest Orioles.

A collection of Dan's columns, "Mencken Doesn't Live Here Anymore," was published in 1989, and in 1998 he authored, "Baltimore: Charm City," a celebration of Baltimore featuring the work of several accomplished photographers.

Dan also has performed in semi-professional theater in Baltimore.  His stage credits include: Young Victorian Theater Co., Samuel, The Pirates of Penzance, 1986; Monterrarat, Iolanthe, 1986; Shadbolt, The Yeoman of the Guard, 1987; Koko, The Mikado, 1988; Sir Joseph Porter, HMS Pinafore, 2001; and for Action Theater: Charlie, Death of a Salesman, 1999.  His performance in Pinafore was voted one of the Top Ten of the year by the City Paper.

Dan has lived in the Baltimore area since 1976, in the city since 1987.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. Sept. 3, 1-2 PM
3:37 pm
Thu September 3, 2015

Midday on Culture

Activist DeRay McKesson and University of Maryland's Sheri Parks join Dan to talk about today's civil rights activism and the ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ movement.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. Sept. 3, 12-1 PM
3:27 pm
Thu September 3, 2015

First Hearing in #FreddieGraySix Case

The judge declined to recuse Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby from the case.

We discuss yesterday's rulings in the case of the ‪#‎FreddieGraySix‬. Our guests:  J. Amy Dillard of University of Baltimore School of Law and P. Kenneth Burns of the WYPR reporting staff.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tue. Sep. 1, 1-2 PM
11:00 am
Tue September 1, 2015

How Companies Capitalize on Lead-Paint Victims in Baltimore

Over the course of two decades, Maryland’s Department of the Environment has identified more than 93,000 children poisoned by lead paint. During that time, Baltimore has made measurable strides forward in abating lead paint in city homes, and as recently as last week was awarded a 4 million dollar grant to rid close to 230 more homes of lead. This good news comes coupled with a sad story, published by the Washington Post, outlining how companies have turned buying lead paint settlements from poor, black lead paint poisoned victims into a multi-billion dollar industry. In this hour of Midday, we’ll discuss the progress made on ending this public health issue, and the call for a federal reform to end exploitation. Our guests: Washington Post Reporter, Terrence McCoy; President and CEO of the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, Ruth Ann Norton; and a Baltimore lawyer would has represented thousands of children poisoned by lead paint, Saul Kerpelman

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tue. Sep. 1, 12-1 PM
10:05 am
Tue September 1, 2015

Medical Marijuana -- Weeding Through the Regulations

Maryland is gearing up in September to open the application process for medical marijuana growers and dispensaries. The rules for the application process have been nailed down. We hear from Hannah Byron, executive director of the state’s medical marijuana commission, and commission member Deborah Miran. We’ll also get the perspective of prospective medical marijuana entrepreneurs who want to open businesses in Maryland.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Aug 31, 12-2 PM
11:14 am
Mon August 31, 2015

Religion in America - Got Faith?

Credit Brian Lynch via flickr Creative Commons

In this two-hour special we take a look at what some polls show is a growing trend of religious disaffiliation in America. At noon, we’ll hear from Geoffrey Layman, a professor at the University of Notre Dame who studies religion and politics and Daniel Cox, research director at the Public Religion Research Institute in Washington, about why fewer Americans report that they are attending church these days. 

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