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: Thurs. Dec. 4, 12-1 P.M.
9:38 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Midday on Religion

We tackle three religion-related stories this hour. First, Donald Kraybill, an expert on Amish culture, examines the spate of violent attacks that took place in Ohio in 2011 that involved nine Amish victims in, "Renegade Amish: Beard Cutting, Hate Crimes, and the Trial of the Bergolz Barbers." Then, we hear from Craig Harline about his experiences as a Mormon missionary. And religious commentator Lerone A. Martin explains the importance of the phonograph in shaping modern African-American religion in, "Preaching on Wax." 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Nov. 24, 12-1 P.M.
9:47 am
Mon November 24, 2014

NFL Turmoil

From the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson domestic violence cases to growing concerns about player disabilities from concussions, the National Football League seems embattled even as professional football reigns as the nation's most popular and profitable sport. A conversation about the management of the NFL, football's violent nature and looming litigation with former Baltimore Colts teammates Joe Ehrmann, founder of the "Coach for America," and Bruce Laird, an advocate for retired players.


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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. Nov. 21, 1-2 p.m.
9:26 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Had JFK Lived

Using plausibility as his cornerstone, Emmy Award-winning political analyst Jeff Greenfield, a former political speech writer and Time magazine columnist, crafts an alternate version of history about the remainder of the 1960’s had President John F. Kennedy not been assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. 

With production help from former Midday intern Connor Graham

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. Nov. 20, 12-1 PM
10:11 am
Thu November 20, 2014

City Hall Update

Baltimore City Hall

WYPR’s P. Kenneth Burns and The Baltimore Sun’s Luke Broadwater join us to discuss recent news from City Hall, such as the ban on plastic bags and legislation to provide for police body cameras, both of which Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake promises to veto.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. Nov. 14, 1-2 p.m.
9:27 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Midday Eats with Hong & Shields: Roasting

Just in time for Thanksgiving, James Beard Award-winning author Michael Ruhlman joins Midday foodies John Shields of Gertrude's and Henry Hong of Thames Street Oyster House to discuss roasting techniques.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. Nov. 13, 1-2 p.m.
10:04 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Essays: In Recovery

Within the last year, the Baltimore-based drug treatment center Man Alive launched its "Imagination Lab," a combination of art, theater and writing workshops meant to help addicts work through their recoveries. We'll hear 10 essays, composed by Man Alive writers, about what it's like to struggle with addiction. Our guests: writing coach Don Riesett, and addiction counselor Karen Reese, Man Alive's CEO. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. Nov. 11, 1-2 p.m.
9:32 am
Tue November 11, 2014

The Making of Musical Icons

Bruce Springsteen is one of seven musical acts Carnegie Mellon University professor examines in his new book, "Rock Star."

"All stars are celebrities, but not all celebrities are stars," writes David Shumway in his new book, "The Making of Musical Icons: From Elvis to Springsteen." Shumway, an English professor and American culture critic at Carnegie Mellon, explains the longevity and success of some of the most popular and prolific rock stars. 

With production help from Midday intern Connor Graham

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. Nov. 4, 1-2 p.m.
10:26 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Consumer Debt Collection

The Federal Trade Commission has ranked "debt collection" as its second biggest source of consumer complaints. Meanwhile, tens of millions of Americans have reported being hounded by consumer debt collectors. Journalist and radio producer Jake Halpern digs into the secretive, dark world of consumer debt collection in, "Bad Paper: Chasing Debt From Wall Street to the Underworld." 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Nov. 3, 1-2 p.m.
11:14 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Midday on Health

Dr. John Cmar, an infectious disease specialist at Sinai Hospital, continues our coverage of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa with a look at the history and controversy surrounding quarantines. We'll also look at other infectious diseases on the horizon, like the Enterovirus, Chikungunya and Dengue. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. Oct. 29, 1-2 p.m.
10:38 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Traffic Fatalities

Baseball star Oscar Taveras died recently in an automobile accident in the Dominican Republic.

According to researchers at the Johns Hopkins University, traffic accidents will become the seventh leading cause of death globally by 2030 unless action is taken to improve road safety worldwide. We'll look at the most common causes of traffic fatalities and whether new technology, like self-driving cars, presents an answer. Our guests: Dr. Adnan Hyder, director of the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit, and Dr. Kent Stevens, a trauma surgeon and an associate director of the unit.  

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