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. April 17, 1-2 pm
9:40 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Art Deco in Washington and Baltimore

The Hutzler Building in Baltimore.

The white-collar New Deal capital and the blue-collar industrial port city are 40 miles apart but are rich with examples of the bold and distinctive art deco style in architecture and ornamentation.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. April 17 12-1 pm
9:28 am
Thu April 17, 2014

The Sixth Extinction

"The Sixth Extinction" by Elizabeth Kolbert tells the story of how mankind's influence on the planet will lead to a mass extinction.

Since its formation more than 4.5 billion years ago, Earth has gone through five waves of extinction, the latest being the extinction of the dinosaurs, which scientists believe was caused by an asteroid. In "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History," the New Yorker's Elizabeth Kolbert warns of what some scientists are defining as the "Sixth Extinction," which she says is happening now at the hands of mankind.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. April 16 1-2 p.m.
10:59 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Midday on Media

Funnyman Stephen Colbert is set to take over the "Late Show" in 2015 when David Letterman retires.

The Baltimore Sun's television critic David Zurawik makes his monthly visit to Midday. Among the stories we'll discuss this hour is  David Letterman's retirement from late night television, and Stephen Colbert's takeover of his show.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. April 16 12-1 p.m.
10:45 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Maryland's New Farmers

The entrance to Moon Valley Farm in Cockeysville. Farmer Emma Jagoz started her farm out of her parent's suburban backyard.
James Daley

The local food movement has led to changes in the demographics of farmers in Maryland. Some 70 percent of today's beginning farmers did not grow up on a farm. We'll speak with two Maryland farmers whose desire to support the local food movement evolved into a career. And we'll hear from Greg Bowen, president of Maryland FarmLINK, which provides resources and support to farmers.

With production help from Midday Intern James Daley.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. April 15, 1-2 pm
9:25 am
Tue April 15, 2014

American Maroons

The so-called "maroons" of the American South were feared by some, and celebrated by others.
Credit nyupress.org

  In "Slavery's Exiles: The Story of the American Maroons," Sylviane A. Diouf chronicles the overlooked stories of the men, women and children who escaped from slavery to make the swamps and caves of the Southern wilderness their home. Diouf is a curator at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. April 15, 12-1 pm
9:19 am
Tue April 15, 2014

1954

The cover of Bill Madden's 1954 is a photo of a game-changing catch made by Willie Mays.
Credit newyorkgiants.com

Today marks the 60th anniversary of the first-ever game played by the Orioles in Baltimore. On that day, the team drew a capacity crowd of 46,354 to brand-new Memorial Stadium. As we mark 60 years of Major League Baseball in Baltimore, our guest is Bill Madden, veteran sportswriter for the New York Daily News and author of "1954: The Year Willie Mays and the First Generation of Black Superstars Changed Major League Baseball."

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Midday with Dan Rodricks Mon. April 14, 12-1 p.m.
12:11 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Adults and Nature Deficit Disorder

According to writer Richard Louv, both adults and children are vulnerable to "nature deficit disorder."

Richard Louv, founder of the Children & Nature Network, made an international call-to-action with his writing on reconnecting kids to nature. He also introduced the term "nature deficit-disorder" to describe problems that result from spending so little time outdoors. In "The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature Deficit Disorder," Louv focuses on re-connecting adults to the natural world in the digital age. Original air date 03/18/14

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. April 11, 1-2 p.m.
10:06 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Midday Eats Leftovers with Hong and Shields

Challenge our resident food nerds by calling in and listing the leftovers in your fridge!
Credit Wikipedia.org

Henry Hong and John  Shields join us again for Midday Eats, this time for our Midday Leftovers Challenge: WYPR listeners phone in four leftovers from their refrigerators and Henry and John come up with "adaptive reuse" for a fresh and exciting meal.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. April 11, 12-1 p.m.
10:01 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Midday Weekly Review

Pierre Bensusan joins us live in studio today.
Credit kadmusarts.com

We welcome French guitarist Pierre Bensusan to Studio A.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. April 10, 12-1 pm
2:07 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Development News

A host of new development projects are in the works for downtown Baltimore.
Credit The Clarion Group

Baltimore Business Journal reporter Kevin Litten and local architect Klaus Philipsen of ArchPlan, Inc. scope out Baltimore's busy commercial and residential development scene.

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