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: Thur, March 5, 1-2 P.M.
5:37 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Midday on Culture

Culture commentator Sheri Parks makes her monthly visit to Midday, this time to talk about lying. News anchors Brian Williams and Bill O’Reilly have both recently come under fire for less-than-accurate reporting. Have the standards changed for today’s journalists?

Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thur, March 5, 12-1 P.M.
5:34 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Midday on Health

Dr. John Cmar, infectious disease specialist at Sinai Hospital, returns for another edition of Midday on Health.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed, March 4, 1-2 P.M.
5:46 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Knife Fights

John Nagl is a retired Army lieutenant colonel, a graduate of West Point and Oxford, and a Rhodes Scholar. In a new memoir, "Knife Fights," he recounts his experiences fighting in Iraq and shares his views on modern warfare. Original air date: 01/14/15.

Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed, March 4, 12-1 P.M.
5:42 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Combatting Maryland’s Heroin Crisis

Gov. Larry Hogan appointed Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford to lead the administration's efforts to fight heroin overdose deaths in Maryland.
Credit Christopher Connelly

Gov. Hogan last week established a 10-member task force to examine the state’s heroin crisis. We explore that problem from several angles including the personal toll as well as law enforcement, legislative and treatment aspects.


Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues, March 3, 1-2 P.M.
2:39 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Inside North Korea

In "Without You, There is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite," journalist Suki Kim provides a chilling account of everyday life inside the hermetic North Korean regime. In 2011, Kim spent six months teaching at a North Korean university. Her last day at the school was the same day former dictator Kim Jong-Il died.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues, March 3, 12-1 P.M.
2:35 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Selma Anniversary

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King lead a march in Selma, Alabama.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the voting rights marches of Selma, Alabama. We examine this crucial period of the Civil Rights Movement with Charles Blackburn, a retired minister and former organizer for the ACLU, and Unitarian Universalist minister Mark Morrison-Reed, whose book, "The Selma Awakening," examines the interracial and interfaith nature of the marches.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon, March 2, 1-2 P.M.
1:16 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Mikulski To Retire

The longest serving woman in Congress in U.S. history, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D - MD) announced today that she will not seek a sixth term.

Barbara Mikulski, Maryland’s senior Democratic senator, announced her retirement this morning in Baltimore. Mikulski, a social worker and community activist, first went to Congress in the 1970s; she was elected to the Senate in 1987 and became the longest-serving woman in the history of Congress in 2012. In this hour of Midday, more on the Mikulski announcement from WYPR’s senior news analyst Fraser Smith and from Washington College political scientist Melissa Deckman. What does her announcement mean for Maryland Democrats, including former Gov. Martin O’Malley, who aspire to higher office?

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon, March 2, 12-1 P.M.
1:13 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Taking Politics Out of Parole

Walter Lomax, who served almost 40 years for a wrongful conviction, founded the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative in order to work for parole reform.

Maryland is one of the only states in the county that permits a governor to reject or veto a parole commission’s recommendations.  We take another look at parole reform in this hour with Tessa Hill-Aston, president of Baltimore’s NAACP, and Walter Lomax, of the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative (MRJI), who served 39 years in prison for a wrongful conviction. Here is a link to the report, "Still Blocking the Exit," written by the ACLU of Maryland and the MRJI.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. Feb. 27, 1-2 P.M.
4:04 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Great Influences: Lafayette, Beccaria, and Einstein

Einstein's scientific contributions often overshadow his work in the Civil Rights Movement.

How three men of Europe shaped America’s founding -- and its laws, science and conscience.

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Midday with Dan Rodrick
3:48 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Midday Friday

Storm water remediation aims to reduce the adverse impacts of runoff from streets, roofs, and other impervious surfaces.

Following up on interesting stories, people and ideas from the Baltimore region and throughout the state. Plus, we host a debate on Gov. Hogan's effort to repeal the state law establishing storm-water management fees in Baltimore and nine counties.

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