Mike Himowitz

Associate Producer, Midday

Mike Himowitz joined WYPR after a 40-year career in print journalism, first with the Providence Journal and then for more than three decades with the Sunpapers (as he'll always think of them).  As a reporter, he covered a variety of beats, including education, transportation, the State House and Capitol Hill.  Long addicted to computers, he was an early and avid practitioner of computer-assisted journalism.  Over the years he served as State News Editor, Baltimore County Bureau Chief, Electronic News Editor, and Medical and Science Editor, producing the weekly Plugged In and Health and Science sections.  He wrote a computer column for The Sun for 20 years and was a technology contributor to Fortune magazine.

After retiring from The Sun, he worked as deputy managing editor at MedPageToday.com, a medical news site designed for doctors and hypochondriacs.  In 2010 he joined WYPR as an associate producer for Midday with Dan Rodricks.

Himowitz lives in Pikesville with the love of his life.  The couple has two sons and one incredibly handsome and talented grandson.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. Aug. 26, 1-2 p.m.
9:42 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Football Sportscaster Gerry Sandusky

WBAL Sports Director Gerry Sandusky

The WBAL sports director and radio play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Ravens talks about his relationship with his late father, John Sandusky, an NFL player and long-time coach of the Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins. Gerry Sandusky's memoir about his family's life in professional football -- and about the problems his name caused him during the unrelated Penn State child sexual abuse scandal three years ago -- is "Forgotten Sundays: A Son's Story of Life, Loss, and Love from the Sidelines of the NFL." 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Aug. 25, 1-2 p.m.
10:42 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Early American Healthcare

What was health care like in early America, before and after the revolution? Elaine Breslaw, retired professor of history at Morgan State University, provides a fascinating and skin-crawling chronicle of the 18th Century -- the practitioners and their practices, from purging to pain relief, and the whole realm of alternatives to the infection-fighting medicine that was being developed in Europe. Breslaw, a visiting scholar at the University of Tennessee, is the author of “Lotions, Potions, Pills, and Magic: Health Care in Early America." Original air date 11/13/12 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Aug. 25, 12-1 p.m.
10:39 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Politics of the Surgeon General

Mike Stobbe, national medical correspondent for The Associated Press, examines the mixed-up business of politics and the U.S. Surgeon General's office in, "Surgeon General's Warning: How Politics Crippled the Nation's Doctor." Original air date 7/29/14 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. Aug. 21, 12-1 p.m
10:39 am
Thu August 21, 2014

The Struggle For Affordable Childcare

A deep look at the lack of affordable child care in the United States, particularly in an era of single-parent households and families that require two wage earners. Corey Shdaimah, an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, says that unlike most developed countries, the U.S. has never established a system of government-funded child care -- a problem that reflects the country's conflicts about working and parenting. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. Aug. 19, 12-1 p.m.
9:08 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Corruption in College Sports

In "The Athletic Trap," sociologist Howard Nixon looks at how big money influences college sports.

Towson University professor Howard Nixon, a sociologist who studies sports, talks about what he calls the Athletic Trap -- the endless efforts by college presidents to squeeze gold out of so-called money sports, such as football and basketball, while eliminating non-revenue sports to make budgets. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. 18, 12-1 p.m.
9:30 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Commercial Contagion

The ice bucket challenge is the latest viral video sensation.

If you’ve been on social media these past few weeks, you’ve probably seen videos of the ice bucket challenge.  It's grown so popular, that even celebrities are doing it. Other online sensations over the years include Korean rapper Psy’s “Gangnam Style” music video, and The Harlem Shake. But why do some Internet videos go viral, when others flounder? Wharton marketing researcher Jonah Berger is the author of “Contagious: Why Things Catch On.” Original air date 04/10/14 

  

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. Aug. 14, 1-2 p.m.
9:41 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Being Clara Barton

Responding to natural disasters, war and refugee crises, the Red Cross continues to play a huge role in relief efforts around the world and across the U.S. A look at the early history of the American organization with Marian Moser Jones, assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Health and author of "The American Red Cross: From Clara Barton to the New Deal." Original air date 9/24/13

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. Aug. 14, 12-1 p.m
9:38 am
Thu August 14, 2014

The Good Spy

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Kai Bird chronicles the story of legendary CIA officer and Middle East specialist Robert Ames in, "The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames." Original air date 7/25/14 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. Aug. 13, 1-2 p.m.
9:41 am
Wed August 13, 2014

The Sixth 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. Original air date 4/17/14 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Aug. 11, 12-1 p.m.
9:29 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Blue-Eyed Boy: A Vietnam Memoir

Author Robert Timberg

Just days before his tour of duty in Vietnam was scheduled to end, Marine Lt. Robert Timberg's vehicle struck a Viet Cong land mine. The explosion resulted in third-degree burns to Timberg's face and much of his body. Timberg, who later became a reporter and White House correspondent for The Baltimore Evening Sun and The Sun, recounts his fraught journey toward reclaiming his life in a new memoir, "Blue-Eyed Boy."

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