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: Fri. May 22, 1-2 PM
12:33 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Trekking the C&O Canal

Frank Lenz showing off his new "safety bicycle" next to the Paw Paw Tunnel in Western Maryland. The Paw Paw Tunnel is over 3000 feet long, allowing Canal Boats to float underneath a portion of the Allegheny Mountains.

In the 1850s, men and mules teamed up to pull boats of coal along the C&O canal. From the mountains of Cumberland, Maryland to the tidal waters of Washington D.C, laborers took the 185-mile journey to deliver resources to the bay. Today, adventurers make this same journey - on foot, on bike, or by kayak. In this hour, we trek the C&O Canal with author and historian Mike High.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. May 22, 12-1 PM
12:30 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Midday Friday

All six officers involved in the police custody death of Freddie Gray have been indicted by a grand jury.

Yesterday, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced that a grand jury has indicted all six officers involved in the police custody death of Freddie Gray. In this hour, we’ll hear from University of Maryland law professor David Gray on how the charges have changed and how the case is expected to proceed. We’ll also talk about how the city’s small businesses community is recovering from last month’s unrest with Joanna Sullivan of the Baltimore Business Journal. And Rev.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. May 21, 1-2 PM
11:52 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Midday on the Bay

Benjamin H. Grumbles, Maryland Secretary of the Environment

Today on Midday on the Bay: Urban Environmentalism and the Forgotten Baltimore. How green space can improve your mood, and Highways to Nowhere can take a community backwards. Plus, Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles joins us to talk about his vision for the land and water of Maryland under new governor Larry Hogan. Our guest: Rona Kobell of the Chesapeake Bay Journal

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. May 21, 2015
11:49 am
Thu May 21, 2015

The Moving to Opportunity Experiment

Children from low-income families living in neighborhoods with high concentrations of poverty face potential negative economic and health consequences.

We take a look at the Moving to Opportunity experiment of the 1990s, where participating low-income families received housing vouchers to move out of housing projects. Is moving poor kids out of Baltimore the answer? We'll hear from Harvard economist Raj Chetty on the economic outcomes for children who participated in Moving to Opportunity. Plus pediatrician and assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Rachel Johnson Thornton, speaks about the health outcomes for children living in communities of concentrated poverty.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. May 20, 1-2 PM
11:46 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Midday on Media

AMC's drama "Mad Men" came to an end this past Sunday, after running for seven seasons.

Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik talks about the finale of David Letterman's Late Night show on CBS, and the series finale of Mad Men, which aired Sunday night. And we'll hear his thoughts on ethical questions regarding television journalists.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. May 20, 12-1 PM
11:22 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Baltimore By The Numbers

Rowhomes - some vacant, some occupied - in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood.

Jennifer Vey, fellow of the metropolitan policy program at the Brookings Institution, breaks down Baltimore by the numbers -- how the city and region stacks up against others in terms of education and income. Plus, Barbara Samuels, the veteran fair-housing attorney for the ACLU of Maryland joins us with a look at look at efforts to break up Baltimore's concentrated inner-city poverty with more affordable housing choices for low-income families.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tue. May 19, 1-2 PM
10:50 am
Tue May 19, 2015

The Patient Experience

In 2004, at age 18, Brian Boyle was severely injured in a near-fatal car accident, spending almost two-months in a medically-induced coma. He shares what he learned during his recovery, in his new book titled, “The Patient Experience: The Importance of Care, Communication, and Compassion in the Hospital Room.”

With production help from Midday intern Kailie Saudek.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tue. May 19, 12-1 PM
10:40 am
Tue May 19, 2015

The Fraternal Order Of Police

For Baltimore City Police, re-gaining the trust of citizens has been a hot topic of conversation since the death of 25-year old Freddie last month.  In this hour of Midday, Sergeant Robert Cherry, former president of Baltimore City’s police union, and Officer Elliot Cohen join Dan for a discussion of police practices, union policies, and how the city can improve police-community relations.

With production help from Midday intern Alia Satterfield. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. May 15, 1-2 PM
11:23 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Midday on Film

Mad Max: Fury Road, the first film in the series in thirty years, opens this weekend.

Film critic Christopher Llewellyn Reed on how digital streaming has started to transform movie-making.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. May 15, 12-1 PM
11:09 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Midday Friday

American Pharoah is the favorite to win the Preakness on May 16.

A conversation with Don Fry, president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, and Edwin Brake, managing partner of the Ellin & Tucker accounting firm, on how the business community should respond to issues raised by the recent unrest in the city. Plus, a news update from Rick Seltzer of the Baltimore Business Journal, and a preview of the 2015 Preakness.

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