Jonathan Ehrens

Producer, Director Midday

Jon Ehrens is Producer and Director of Midday with Dan Rodricks.  He has been with WYPR in a variety of capacities since 2004.  Ehrens is a graduate of Goucher College, with a B.S. in American Studies and Communications.  He is a musician, producer and songwriter, associated with many Baltimore-based acts.


Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. July 11, 1-2 p.m.
9:52 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Midday on Film

Critics Linda DeLibero and Christopher Llewellyn Reed join us to discuss the life and career of one of Hollywood’s original “it girls,” Barbara Stanwyck. We’ll also be joined by Stanwyck biographer Victoria Wilson, author of "A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel-True 1907-1940." Original air date 4/4/14

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. July 10, 12-1 p.m
9:35 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Raising Children Godless

We take a look at the unique challenges that parents face when trying to raise ethical and moral children in a non-religious household. Our guests: Deborah Mitchell, a North Texas mother of two, whose first book, "Growing Up Godless: A Parenting Guide to Raising Kids Without Religion," talks about what it's like raising children as an atheist, and Dale McGowan, a writer and atheist who was named the 2008 Harvard Humanist of the Year for his work in nonreligious parenting. Original air date 6/3/14

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. July 2, 1-2 p.m.
10:28 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Hipster Food

The popularity of coconut water is a more recent example of a foodie craze.

Remember when pork bellies were considered a subpar cut of meat? When coconut water was relegated to the “international foods” section of the supermarket? Or when cupcakes were exclusive to childrens' birthday parties? In recent years, these foods have managed to break out and become the face of consumer hipness. A look at food trends with David Sax, author of "The Tastemakers: Why We’re Crazy for Cupcakes and Fed Up With Fondue."

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. July 1, 12-1 pm
10:56 am
Tue July 1, 2014

SCOTUS Wrap-Up / Education Controversies

Baltimore City school teachers protest the new teacher-evaluation system.

We cover two topics today on Midday:  First, we're joined by University of Baltimore School of Law Professor, Mike Meyerson, as well as Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate, to discuss the most recent term of the Supreme Court.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. June 25, 1-2 p.m.
10:39 am
Wed June 25, 2014

A Lifetime of Film

The 1913 French film Fantomas ranks as one of Turan's favorite movies of all time.

Kenneth Turan, film critic for the Los Angeles Times and a frequent contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition, talks about his favorite movies.

With production help from Midday intern Tyler Downey.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. June 24, 1-2 p.m.
9:36 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader

In his new book "Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State," the legendary consumer and political activist continues his crusade against major corporations and their friends in Washington. Nader believes that the growing libertarian movement can partner with the ultra-left to break the cycle of the two-party system, which, he argues, increasingly serves the interests of the wealthy.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. June 20, 1-2 p.m.
10:23 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Midday Candidates' Week: Gansler

Attorney General Doug Gansler is one of three Democrats seeking his party’s nomination in Tuesday’s primary. Prior to serving eight years as Maryland’s top legal official, Gansler was the states attorney for Montgomery County. His gubernatorial priorities include streamlining government spending, cutting taxes, and diminishing the achievement-gap in Maryland schools. Guest host Nathan Sterner

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. June 19, 1-2 p.m.
11:31 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Midday Candidates' Week: Hogan

Larry Hogan

GOP front runner Larry Hogan, an Annapolis businessman, was the last to throw his hat into the ring, announcing his bid for the governorship in January.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. June 26, 12-1 p.m
11:06 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Midday Candidates' Week: Brown

Lt. Governor Anthony Brown is the clear front runner in the Democratic race for Maryland governor. Ahead of next week’s gubernatorial primary, polls show him leading his nearest rival by a margin of 2 to 1. Brown’s resume includes eight years in the governor’s office, a tour of duty in Iraq as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, and eight years in the Maryland General Assembly representing Prince George’s County.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. June 18, 12-2 p.m.
9:21 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Midday Candidates' Week: Attorney General Race

State House Del. Aisha Braveboy, State Sen. Brian Frosh, and State Del. Jon Cardin are vying for the Democratic nomination for Attorney General.

As the Republican and Libertarian candidates are running unopposed in the June 24th primary, we’ll talk with the three contenders vying for the Democratic nomination to become Maryland’s top legal officer; State House Del. Aisha Braveboy of Prince George’s County, Del. Jon Cardin of Baltimore County, and State Senator Brian Frosh of Montgomery County. 

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