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.


Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Dec. 8, 1-2 p.m.
10:04 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Mining for Big Data

Internet-age entrepreneurs make millions collecting and re-selling data about us, much of it from personal information we post online or give up in exchange for airline miles or hotel perks. Journalist Adam Tanner traces data mining to Caesar’s Entertainment and its Total Rewards program, which tracks every detail of players’ time in its casinos. Tanner is the author of "What Stays in Vegas: The World of Personal Data -- Lifeblood of Big Business -- and the End of Privacy as We Know It." 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Dec 1, 1-2 P.M.
9:10 am
Mon December 1, 2014

American Catch

The Eastern oyster has vanished from the American plate.

Despite the fact that we're surrounded by water, an astounding 90 percent of the seafood Americans eat is imported. But it hasn't always been this way. In his new book, "American Catch: the Fight for Our Local Seafood," best-selling author and conservationist Paul Greenberg chronicles the outsourcing of the United States seafood industry through the stories of three seafood staples that are now all but gone from our plates: the Eastern oyster, the Sockeye salmon and the Louisiana Brown Shrimp. Original air date 9/10/14

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. Nov. 28, 12-1 P.M.
9:30 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Walt Whitman 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 site 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. Original air date 10/15/14

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. Nov. 28, 1-2 P.M.Wh
9:10 am
Fri November 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." Original air date 10/28/14 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Nov. 24, 1-2 P.M
9:54 am
Mon November 24, 2014

To The North Pole

Swept up by the so-called "arctic fever" of the late 19th Century, the Jeannette set sail in 1879 from San Francisco on an exploratory mission to reach the North Pole. But somewhere en route, the ship, carrying 32 men, became trapped in ice and sank. Hampton Sides, Outside editor and best-selling author, recounts the harrowing tale in, "In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette."

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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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