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. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. Oct. 22, 12-1 p.m.
11:51 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

The Baltimore mayor joins us to talk about a number of local initiatives, including the city's plan to curb policy brutality in the wake of the Baltimore Sun investigation that revealed the city has paid out millions of dollars in civil suits since 2011. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. Oct. 21, 12-1 p.m.
9:17 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Maryland Power Hour

This spring, Gov. Martin O'Malley vetoed a bill that would have put a moratorium on a wind farm project in Southern Maryland.

A state advisory council wants Maryland coal-fired power plants to be outfitted with technology that better protects citizens from smog by 2020. Josh Tulkin, director of the Maryland Sierra Club, joins us to discuss those new measures, and Abigail Ross Hopper, head of the Maryland Energy Administration, reports on state efforts to meet its renewable energy goals. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. Oct. 17, 1-2 p.m.
3:44 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

The Power of Analogies

Most of us use analogies on a daily basis to communicate basic ideas without even realizing that we're using them. In his new book, “Shortcut: How Analogies Reveal Connections, Spark Innovation and Sell our Greatest Ideas,” John Pollack, a former speech writer for President Bill Clinton, explains the prevalence of analogies in our everyday communications, and how persuasive analogies can be at conveying a message. 

With production help from Midday intern Connor Graham

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. Oct. 17, 12-1 p.m.
3:38 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

The Life and Work of Maurice Sendak

In recognition of the 51st anniversary of the publication of "Where the Wild Things Are," we review the life and work of the late children's author. Our guests: Steven Brezzo, an author, critic and museum curator who created the first-ever exhibit of Sendak's work with collaborator Ted Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss); and Ellen Riordan, a librarian for the Enoch Pratt Free Library, and the president of the Association for Library Service to Children. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks:
10:48 am
Tue October 14, 2014

The Ebola Epidemic

We get the latest on Ebola preparedness in Maryland and assess the likelihood of a vaccine. Our guests: Dr. Laura Herrera, deputy secretary of public health services for Maryland; David Willman, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who has been covering the outbreak for the Los Angeles Times; and Holden Warren, a Baltimore resident who recently visited Liberia and wrote an essay for City Paper on what he witnessed there. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Oct. 13, 12-1 p.m.
10:18 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Rep. John Sarbanes

David Willman, who has been covering the Ebola outbreak for the Los Angeles Times, provides an update at the top of the hour. We also hear from Rep. John Sarbanes. The congressman from Maryland's Third District talks about his effort to get "small money" back into politics in the wake of the Supreme Court's Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions.  

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

Midday Eats with Hong & Shields

It's open phones with Midday foodies John Shields of Gertrude's at the Baltimore Museum of Art and Henry Hong of the Thames Street Oyster House. Listeners are invited to call-in or email us with cooking-related questions or observations. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. Oct. 9, 1-2 p.m.
10:37 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Female Spies of the Civil War

The charismatic Belle Boyd used her feminine wiles to gain Intel on enemy combatants during the American Civil War.

In "Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy," New York Times-bestselling author Karen Abbott tells the stories of Belle Boyd, Emma Edmonds, Rose O'Neal Greenhow and Elizabeth Van Lew, four indomitable women who operated as spies during the American Civil War for both the Union and the Confederacy. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. Oct. 7, 1-2 p.m.
11:21 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Inside Washington

As chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, Mark Leibovich has profiled many of Capitol Hill's most prominent policy makers and politicians. He's also written about the partisan stalemate in Congress and about national presidential and Congressional elections. A conversation with one of Washington's most insightful journalists as we approach the November midterms. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Oct. 6, 1-2 p.m.
9:35 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Sen. Ben Cardin

Maryland's junior senator discusses the latest from Washington, including legislative efforts to ban racial profiling by federal agencies, the U.S. response to the Ebola epidemic and President Obama's ISIS strategy. 

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