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.


Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. July 22, 12-1 p.m.
8:51 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Unrest Abroad

Remains of the Malaysian plane shot down in Ukraine.

The latest on the ongoing violence in Israel-Palestine and the U.S. response to it. Plus, we'll look at the geopolitics involving last week's plane disaster that resulted in the deaths of nearly 300 passengers. Our guests: Middle East expert Kimberly Katz, associate professor of history at Towson University; and Max Hilaire, chair of the political science department at Morgan State University.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. July 21, 1-2 p.m.
11:07 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Trending Food

Remember when pork bellies were considered a subpar cut of meat? When coconut water was relegated to the “international foods” section of the supermarket? Or when cupcakes were exclusive to children's' birthday parties? In recent years, these foods have managed to break out and become the epitome of consumer hipness. A look at food trends with David Sax, author of "The Tastemakers: Why We’re Crazy for Cupcakes and Fed Up With Fondue." Original air date 7/2/14

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. July 18, 1-2 p.m.
10:16 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Midday Eats BBQ

Local BBQ guru George Hensler with his home cooked ribs outside WYPR's Studio A.
Credit Nikki Gamer, WYPR

Local barbecue guru and food writer George Hensler joins Midday foodies John Shields of Gertrude's and Henry Hong of the Thames Street Oyster House to dish on the best recipes, sauces, and techniques for a summer at the grille. Also: A visit from gourmet popsicle maker Justin Daniel, co-owner of Baltimore-based Pop Couture, LLC.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. July 18, 12-1 p.m.
10:10 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Midday Friday: Boog Powell

Boog Powell

The legendary Orioles first baseman and king of barbecue talks about his life before, during and after his Major League career. Boog Powell is the subject of a new biography co-written with former Baltimore Sun columnist Rob Kasper, "Baltimore Baseball and Barbecue with "Boog Powell: Stories from the Orioles' Smokey Slugger," published this month by American Palate.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. July 17, 1-2 p.m.
9:35 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Midday on the Bay

Fresh peaches at the Baltimore Farmer's Market under the JFX.

A look at eco-friendly farming, farmers markets and healthy eating with Rona Kobell of the Chesapeake Bay Journal.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. July 17, 12-1 p.m
9:32 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Open Phones

Backlash to a proposed site in Carroll County.

Listeners are invited to call in with comments on news, including the Maryland response to the Obama administration's efforts to find shelter here for some of the thousands of immigrant children who have been coming across the U.S. border with Mexico.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. July 16, 1-2 p.m.
9:33 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Midday on Media

Sports reporter Pam Oliver

Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik returns for his monthly take on television and media. Topics: FOX Sports moves Pam Oliver off the NFL sidelines for Erin Andrews, whatever happened to the big-time TV anchor, news coverage of Obama and border crisis, and video-streaming in the wake of the Supreme Court's Aereo ruling in late June.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. July 16, 12-1 p.m.
9:31 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Midday on Health: Progress on Strokes

Fewer Americans are having strokes in recent years, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

Fewer Americans are having strokes and those who do are now less likely to die from them, according to a study by Johns Hopkins researchers and reported Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. July 15, 1-2 p.m.
9:35 am
Tue July 15, 2014

American Cesar

In "The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography," Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Miriam Pawel chronicles the life of the famous political and labor activist, from his days as a migrant worker to the dramatic rise of the United Farm Workers union. Original air date 6/23/14

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. July 15, 12-1 p.m.
9:28 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Carsick with Jon Waters

John Waters shares his stories of hitch-hiking and WYPR listeners tell theirs when the Baltimore filmmaker joins Dan in Studio A.

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