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.

1965

Apr 23, 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.

In physicist Chad Orzel’s book, “Eureka!” he describes how we use the scientific process in our everyday lives -- from baking to playing fantasy football -- and connects it to the work of science giants.

E-readers, tablets, and smart phones -- every day, millions of people read using their handheld devices. But how does this affect our critical thinking and our attention spans? In her book, “Words Onscreen,” Naomi Baron, professor of linguistics at American University, argues that the benefits of reading on-the-go are equally matched by the drawbacks. We’ll take a look at how our reading habits are changing and hear her predictions on the future of reading.

Body of Truth

Mar 30, 2015

A decade ago, a Google search for “obesity” returned 217,000 hits. Now it’s 74 million. According to Harriet Brown, science writer and professor of journalism at Syracuse University, we’re more freaked out than ever about how much we weigh and how our bodies look though science tells us that, in many cases, our fears are unfounded. What if we could be satisfied with our bodies the way they are?

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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