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. April 18, 1-2 p.m.
10:05 am
Fri April 18, 2014

In The Garden

Snow peas, from the latest post from Nancy Taylor Robson's Grow It, Eat It blog.

Because of the wild swings in winter weather and its duration, spring gardening presents plenty of challenges. Nancy Taylor Robson, a master gardener and Grow It, Eat It blogger, and Baltimore Sun columnist Susan Reimer offer tips for getting the best results. We'll also be joined by Donna Crivello of Donna's

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. April 16 12-1 p.m.
10:45 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Maryland's New Farmers

The entrance to Moon Valley Farm in Cockeysville. Farmer Emma Jagoz started her farm out of her parent's suburban backyard.
James Daley

The local food movement has led to changes in the demographics of farmers in Maryland. Some 70 percent of today's beginning farmers did not grow up on a farm. We'll speak with two Maryland farmers whose desire to support the local food movement evolved into a career. And we'll hear from Greg Bowen, president of Maryland FarmLINK, which provides resources and support to farmers.

With production help from Midday Intern James Daley.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. April 14, 1-2 p.m.
12:16 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Midday on Science

Renown astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts the new FOX documentary series "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey."

John "Mad4Science" Monahan is back for another hour on science news, including the latest report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the buzz surrounding the new FOX and National Geographic television documentary series "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," hosted by renown astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Guest host Nikki Gamer

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Midday with Dan Rodricks Mon. April 14, 12-1 p.m.
12:11 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Adults and Nature Deficit Disorder

According to writer Richard Louv, both adults and children are vulnerable to "nature deficit disorder."

Richard Louv, founder of the Children & Nature Network, made an international call-to-action with his writing on reconnecting kids to nature. He also introduced the term "nature deficit-disorder" to describe problems that result from spending so little time outdoors. In "The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature Deficit Disorder," Louv focuses on re-connecting adults to the natural world in the digital age. Original air date 03/18/14

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. April 11, 1-2 p.m.
10:06 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Midday Eats Leftovers with Hong and Shields

Challenge our resident food nerds by calling in and listing the leftovers in your fridge!

Henry Hong and John  Shields join us again for Midday Eats, this time for our Midday Leftovers Challenge: WYPR listeners phone in four leftovers from their refrigerators and Henry and John come up with "adaptive reuse" for a fresh and exciting meal.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. April 10, 12-1 pm
11:44 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Baltimore Development News

Klaus Philipsen and Kevin Litten discuss Baltimore development news.

Baltimore Business Journal reporter Kevin Litten, and Baltimore architect Klaus Philipsen,  scope out Baltimore's busy commercial and residential development scene.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. April 7, 12-1 p.m.
10:19 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Last Best Cure

Author Donna Jackson Nakazawa

Stricken with an autoimmune disease that sent her into years of physical therapy and doctors’ visits, Donna Jackson Nakazawa's life boiled down to basic survival. But things turned around when she met a Johns Hopkins doctor who introduced her to mind-body therapies. She chronicles her journey to better health in "The Last Best Cure: My Quest to Awaken the Healing Parts of My Brain and Get Back My Body, My Joy and My Life." Original air date 02/28/14

With production help from Midday Intern Choo Choo Hu .

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Midday with Dan Rodricks, Thur. April 3 1-2 p.m.
4:28 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Energy Bill Shock

Maryland's public service commission received numerous complaints about rate increases during the long winter.

  The long, frigid winter resulted in unusually high utility bills for Marylanders. But for customers with variable-rate contracts, bills are especially steep, leaving some to wonder if the increases were from price gouging. 

Paula Carmody, head of the state's Office of People's Counsel and the citizens representative before the Maryland Public Service Commission, joins us to explain gas-and-electric bills and pricing and to answer listener questions and concerns.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks, Wed. April 2 12-1 p.m.
10:12 am
Wed April 2, 2014

The Clark Rockefeller Con

Walter Kirn's Blood WIll Out is an exploration of American class dynamics.

Writer Walter Kirn found himself part of a real-life plot twist when he realized that one of his longtime friends was playing him, and everyone else, as part of an elaborate con. In "Blood Will Out: The True Story of A Murder, A Mystery and A Masquerade," Kirn tells the chilling story of his friendship with Christian Gerhartsreiter, aka Clark Rockefeller, who duped Kirn for years by pretending to be part of the Rockefeller dynasty.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. April 1, 1-2 p.m.
9:47 am
Tue April 1, 2014

De-Extinction Science: Coming To A Future Near You

Scientists are trying to bring back the passenger pigeon, which went extinct in the early part of the last century.

A growing number of scientists worldwide are working on projects to bring back to life animals like the wooly mammoth and the passenger pigeon.

But is the revival of extinct species a good thing for humanity? Or for the planet? We get into the science and the controversy of de-extinction with Nathaniel Rich, the writer behind The New York Times Magazine's cover story, The Mammoth Cometh. Original air date 03/13/14

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