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. Aug. 18, 1-2 PM
10:14 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Katrina - 10 Years Later

Urbanist Roberta Brandes Gratz’s new book, “We’re Still Here Ya Bastards,” explores the challenges faced by New Orleans in the decade since Hurricane Katrina and celebrates the city’s enduring spirit in the face of tragedy.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. Aug. 18, 12-1 PM
10:10 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon

Former mayor and current candidate for the office, Sheila Dixon, joins Midday in Studio A to discuss her political comeback. Can she overcome the shroud of scandal under which she left office? What is she hearing from citizens as she campaigns in Baltimore, post-Freddie Gray? Will residents dissatisfied with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake turn to Dixon? Plus, we find out her thoughts on development, crime, and bringing jobs to the city.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Aug 18, 12-1 PM
1:05 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Midday Special on Religion: The Handy Islam Answer Book

We take a look at the roots and practices of Islam, the world’s second largest religion, with Islam scholar John Renard, professor of theology at Saint Louis University. At a time when many Americans fear rather than understand Islam, we explore the faith’s traditions, as well as its overlaps with Christianity and Judaism. Original air date: July 13th.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Aug. 18, 1-2 PM
2:03 am
Mon August 17, 2015

Midday Special on Religion: One Nation, Under Gods

The spiritual history of the United States is much more complex, and less uniformly Christian, than many realize. Annapolis-based historian and journalist Peter Manseau joins Midday to discuss his book, “One Nation, Under Gods,” an exploration of the role of religious minorities in shaping Maryland and American history. Original air date: July 13th.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. Aug. 14, 1-2 PM
10:14 am
Fri August 14, 2015

Midday Eats: Memorable Meals

Midday foodies John Shields of Gertrude’s and Henry Hong of Thames Street Oyster House share stories with Midday listeners about meals that hold a special place in their culinary memories. Original air date: 09/13/13.

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