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: Mon. Dec. 15, 12-1 P.M.
9:25 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Technology Trends

Damaging details continue to emerge about the behind-the-scenes workings of Sony Pictures Entertainment following a major data breach that investigators think is linked to the government of North Korea. Sean Gallagher, the IT editor for the technology site Ars Technica, fills us in on the implications of the hack; we'll also discuss President Obama's support of net neutrality, and gadgetry in the run up to the holidays.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. Dec. 12, 12-1 P.M.
9:20 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Tim Shriver

In a new memoir, Tim Shriver, chairman of the Special Olympics, opens up about the Kennedy family's struggle with Rosemary Kennedy's intellectual disabilities and about his family's commitment to improve the lives of Americans with special needs. Shriver's memoir is "Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most."

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. Dec. 10, 12-1 p.m.
1:50 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Grit in Schools

Kipp Baltimore Principal Natalia Walter with one of her students.
Credit Kipp Baltimore

Are students successful because of their brains or because of their grit? Or is it some combination of the two? We speak with Elaine Tuttle Hansen, executive director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, about the concept of grit in learning; KIPP Baltimore school principal Natalia Walter about grading students on grit, and Dale Bittinger, assistant vice-provost at UMBC, about the university's recently launched "House of Grit" campaign to attract new students. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. Dec. 9, 12-1 p.m.
11:15 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Gray Divorce

The 2010 separation of Al and Tipper Gore, who had been married for 40 years, came as a shock to many people.

The divorce rate for Americans over 50 has doubled within the last decade and has more than doubled for those over 65. In the meantime, the overall divorce rate in the United States is on the decline. Our guests: Washington Post reporter Brigid Schulte and Brad Sachs, a Columbia-based marriage and family therapist. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. Dec. 5, 12-1 p.m.
10:53 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz

Kevin Kamenetz, who started his second term as Baltimore County executive this week, talks about the state of the county and the state of the Democratic Party following the mid-term elections and the election of Republican Larry Hogan as Maryland’s next governor.

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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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