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.

Ways To Connect

Interim Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis joins Midday to talk about crime and reform, and to answer listener questions.

Maryland author Jerome Tuccille tells the story of the black soldiers who helped Teddy Roosevelt win the decisive battle of the Spanish-American War -- some overlooked American history in the second hour of Midday.

Midday Politics

Sep 29, 2015
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Whether he was inspired by Pope Francis, or backed into a corner by the Tea Party, House speaker John Boehner’s last day will be October 30th. While a threatened government shutdown over funding for Planned Parenthood might be avoided, what does Boehner’s exit mean for Washington and how the nation is governed? What does it mean for the GOP in 2016? In Midday’s first hour, we’ll survey the Republican landscape, including the rising popularity of presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and the controversial views of Dr. Ben Carson, who keeps rising in the polls.  WYPR's own Fraser Smith, Melissa Deckman of Washington College and Barry Rascovar of the Maryland Reporter join us. 

$2.00 A Day

Sep 28, 2015

An estimated 1.5 million American households - including three million children - somehow get by on less than $2.00 a day per person. Kathryn Edin, professor of public health and sociology at Johns Hopkins, tells us about her experiences examining the lives of those living without cash in extreme poverty.


Sean Gallagher, Baltimore-based editor of Ars Technica, talks about those white defense blimps that can be seen in Baltimore's eastern sky -- why they are there and what defense analysts say about their effectiveness at detecting attacks on the nation's capital. Plus, the Volkswagen emissions scandal, the new “Black Phone” designed with encryption for privacy and a plan by the Air Force to install laser weapons on fighter jets.