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.

We listen to -- and talk about -- black sacred music, from the Civil War to the civil rights movement with music historian Robert Darden. The former Gospel editor of Billboard details how sacred music has served for centuries as a catalyst for change. Robert Darden is the author of "Nothing But Love in God's Water."

Walk through an airport today and you’ll see hundreds of noses buried in laptops, tablets or smartphones. If you’re not online, you’ll be endlessly assaulted by commercial images and messages from flashing signs, hidden speakers, TV screens and other gadgets. They’re all out for a slice of what limited attention we have left.

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." 

Originally aired on 10/24/14.


Jun 17, 2015

In Midday’s second hour, we travel 50 years into the past to 1965, the height of the civil rights movement. We’ll speak to Julian Zelizer, author of “The Fierce Urgency of Now,” on the political savvy of President Johnson and the fight over the Great Society. And we hear Jim Achmutey’s account of the integration of a high school in rural Georgia -- how a white student's defense of his African-American classmates left a lasting impression on his peers. Original air date: 04/23/15.


From the South Side of Chicago to Harvard Law School to the White House, veteran reporter Peter Slevin explores the life of Michelle Obama, who he calls “the most unlikely first lady in modern American history.” In this biography, Slevin weaves together interviews from dozens of friends, relatives and colleagues in order to paint a detailed portrait of the First Lady.