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: Wed. Nov. 19, 12-1 p.m.
9:28 am
Wed November 19, 2014

The Teacher Wars

With a look back at the history of public school teaching, journalist Dana Goldstein gets a handle on the ongoing controversies in public schools today, from teaching to the test to Common Core. Her book is, "The Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession." 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Nov. 17, 1-2 p.m.
9:43 am
Mon November 17, 2014

The Tragic Life of Robert Peace

Yale alumnus Robert Peace, a talented African-American man from a poor family in New Jersey, was murdered in a drug dispute in a Newark basement at the age of 30. Novelist Jeff Hobbs, the victim’s college roommate and friend, tells his story in, "The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League." 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. Nov. 11, 12-1 p.m.
9:29 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Veterans Day: Soldier Girls

Reporter Helen Thorpe chronicles the lives of three women who enlist in the U.S. military and how they cope with discrimination, homesickness and life in the combat zones of Iraq and Afghanistan. Thorpe is the author of "Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War." Original air date 9/23/14 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. Nov. 5, 1-2 p.m.
9:31 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Measuring Measurement Systems

Why do we buy soda in liters, but milk in quarts? Why do we use yards at football games but meters at track meets? Author John Bemelmans Marciano explores America’s stormy flirtation with the metric system in, "Whatever Happened to the Metric System?: How America Kept its Feet." 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. Oct. 30, 1-2 p.m.
10:24 am
Thu October 30, 2014

The Anthropocene

In "The Human Age: The World Shaped By Us," naturalist Diane Ackerman examines the arrival of the Anthropocene epoch, with humans as a dominant force of nature, and how human ingenuity might be able to engineer the planet out of impending crisis related to climate change and other environmental problems. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. Oct. 28, 1-2 p.m.
10:43 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco

When he was selected as poet for President Obama's second inauguration, Richard Blanco became the youngest, first Latino, first immigrant, and first openly gay writer to attain the title. His new memoir is, "The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood." 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Oct. 27, 1-2 p.m.
9:40 am
Mon October 27, 2014

The Underground Girls of Kabul

In Afghan culture, there is a hidden practice called "bacha posh," in which parents raise their daughters as sons to afford them the freedom denied to them as females and to protect family status. Award-winning journalist Jenny Nordberg chronicles the phenomenon in, "The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan." 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. Oct. 24, 1-2 p.m.
10:47 am
Fri October 24, 2014

The Big Rachet

MacArthur Genius Award-winner Ruth DeFries, an expert in the study of the human impact on our environment, counter's the idea of humanity's eventual demise and collapse by offering a positive examination of human capability. Her book is, "The Big Rachet: How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural Crisis." 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. Oct. 15, 12-1 p.m.
9:43 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Walt and the New Bohemians

Walt Whitman's world in Manhattan before the Civil War is the setting for author Justin Martin's latest book on an American icon. Long before he became known as the Good Gray Poet, Whitman was a denizen of dingy Pfaff's basement saloon, noted as the cite of the country's first bohemian culture, a hangout for rebel artists and other eccentrics. Martin is the author of "Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America's First Bohemians." Bonus: Kwame Kwei-Armah, artistic director at Center Stage, recites two Whitman poems. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Oct. 13, 1-2 p.m.
10:21 am
Mon October 13, 2014

A Libertarian's View

Johns Hopkins Professor Benjamin Ginsberg asserts that war can bring progress to humanity, despite its destruction.

While war brings death and destruction, history shows that it has been a great driver of human progress. So argues libertarian political scientist Benjamin Ginsberg. His new book, "The Worth of War," details what he sees as the benefits civilizations have derived from armed conflict. Ginsberg is the David Bernstein Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. 

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