Nikki Gamer

Senior Producer, Midday

Nikki Gamer started off on the Midday staff as an intern and worked her way up to producer.  Before that, she was a newspaper reporter in New England, and also worked as a freelance writer for various news publications throughout Maryland.  She loves everything about working in public radio, especially because it brings together so many fascinating people.  Nikki Gamer is a graduate of Brown University and Northwestern University.  She loves her dog, and enjoys taking long hikes in the Maryland wilderness. 


Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. Feb. 13, 12-1 P.M.
9:34 am
Fri February 13, 2015

The "Serial" Case

"Tokyo Rose," tells the story of English-speaking radio announcers who used the airwaves to demoralize Allied Forces and broadcast Japanese propaganda during World War II.

A look at the state's case against Adnan Syed, the incarcerated subject of the popular podcast "Serial." Plus, a talk with Japanese actress Hinako Arao and Towson University history professor Steven Phillips about the play, "Zero Hour: Tokyo Rose's Last Tape." And three new books worth reading, recommended by Pikesville librarian Paula Gallagher.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. Feb. 12, 12-1 p.m
9:33 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Cancer & Bad Luck

According to the study, about two-thirds of certain cancer cases can be linked to bad luck versus environmental or hereditary factors.

Johns Hopkins University cancer researchers Christian Tomasetti and Dr. Bert Vogelstein explain their controversial paper, published by the journal Science, that examines the role of chance in the formation of cancer cells. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. Feb. 11, 12-1 p.m.
10:26 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

The Baltimore mayor joins us to discuss school budget cuts, and her efforts to address police brutality, to get grocers to locate to the city's food deserts, and to make the city more bicycle-friendly. We'll also discuss three City Council bills under review that would limit the mayor's power. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. Feb. 10, 12-1 p.m.
9:56 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Baltimore City Councilman Jim Kraft

Despite drawing overwhelming support from the Baltimore City Council, two high-profile bills, including a citywide ban on plastic shopping bags, were vetoed by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Kraft, the three-term councilman, talks about his push to limit the mayor's power, with three bills that would do just that. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Feb. 9, 1-2 p.m.
9:35 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Is the Ivy League Worth It?

The Yale University campus

Does the Ivy League teach the best and the brightest American students or merely cater to the elite and entitled? Former Yale professor William Deresiewicz says the Ivies perpetuate an unfair class system and do not teach students to be thoughtful leaders.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. Feb. 6, 12-1 P.M.
9:19 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Midday Friday

Prince George's County County Executive Rushern Baker has urged Governor Hogan to support construction of the Purple Line light rail project.

Following up on interesting stories, people and ideas from the Baltimore region and throughout Maryland. Plus, Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker visits Studio A to talk about state aid to education and county government.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. Feb. 5, 12-1 P.M.
9:24 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Pope Francis

Pope Francis recently announced that he will visit the United States this September.

The pontiff garners headlines – and pushback from traditionalists -- with his atypical public commentary, his calls for tolerance of marginalized groups and his challenges to capitalism. A conversation about the Pope with Fritz Bauerschmidt, chair of the department of theology at Loyola University Maryland; David Cloutier, associate professor of theology at Mount St. Mary’s University; and Jozef Goethals, author of "Holy White Smoke: The Second Vatican Council Under Siege."

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. Feb. 3, 12-1 p.m.
9:50 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Community Colleges

President Obama's proposal calls for $60 billion dollars over 10 years to help fund free tuition for students with good grades.

President Obama wants to make two years of college "as free and universal in America as high school today." He wants the federal government to pick up the tab for community college.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Feb. 2, 1-2 p.m.
11:37 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Midday on Health

Measles can be especially dangerous to infants.

Dr. John Cmar discusses the latest news related to the measles outbreak and public health policy regarding vaccinations for childhood diseases. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. Jan. 29, 12-1 p.m
10:22 am
Thu January 29, 2015

More Charter Schools for Maryland?

Should there be more charter schools in Maryland? Newly inaugurated Governor Larry Hogan would like to tweak the law to make it easier to open and operate charter schools in the state.

Expanding charter schools in Maryland is a top priority of Gov. Larry Hogan. But do charter schools improve public education or do they only benefit a select few while leaving some students worse off?

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