Midday with Dan Rodricks

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Midday is WYPR's daily public affairs program heard from noon-2pm, Monday-Friday.  Hosted by longtime Baltimore Sun columnist Dan Rodricks, topics range from the latest news, to local and national politics, to social, medical and cultural trends, featuring the best new books and most engaging authors, newsmakers and guests.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. July 28, 1-2 PM
11:47 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Teen Pregnancy and Long-Acting Contraception

Intrauterine devices are a type of long-acting removable contraception, which public health officials are promoting for use by teens.

Colorado saw its teen pregnancy rate drop 40 percent from 2009 to 2013. The rate of teen abortions fell 42 percent. Behind those impressive decreases was an experiment in long-acting contraception, implantable devices that last for years, and are considered the most effective forms of birth control. In this hour, we take a look at how Colorado increased access to long-term birth control, and how that experiment has affected the life outcomes of many young, low-income woman. What can Maryland learn from the Colorado experience?

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues, July 28, 12-1 PM
11:28 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Midday Politics

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visited Tanzania as part of the White House's official trip to Africa.

In this edition of Midday Politics, we we take a look at national headlines. From Donald Trump's remarks about immigrants and the crowded Republican presidential field (can you name all 16 formally announced candidates?), to President Obama's trip to Africa and the Iran nuclear deal. Our guests: political scientists Melissa Deckman of Washington College, and Morgan State University's Max Hilare.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Jul. 27, 1-2 PM
1:44 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

The World Beyond Your Head

Walk through an airport today and you’ll see hundreds of noses buried in laptops, tablets or smartphones. If you’re not online, you’ll be endlessly assaulted by commercial images and messages from flashing signs, hidden speakers, TV screens and other gadgets. They’re all out for a slice of what limited attention we have left. ToMatthew Crawford, a philosopher, writer, master motorcycle mechanic and author of "The World Beyond Your Head," these are all manifestations of an existence in which we “increasingly encounter the world through representations.” Matthew Crawford talks about how to reclaim and discover your identity in this "age of distraction."

Originally broadcast on July 1, 2015.

Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Jul. 27, 12-1 PM
1:31 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Representative Dutch Ruppersberger

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger voted to strip federal funding for so called sanctuary cities. He joins Midday to discuss his decision.


Last week, the House of Representatives voted to strip federal funding for so-called “sanctuary cities,” such as Baltimore, that shield undocumented immigrants from authorities. In this hour, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, of Maryland’s 2nd Congressional district, explains why he voted against the bill. We’ll also hear what he has to say about President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran, and the hack of the US Office of Personnel Management, which is said to have compromised the privacy of more than 20 million Americans. Also on the agenda: genetically modified foods, Baltimore’s recovery, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s decision to kill the Red Line, and the 2016 presidential race.


Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. July 24, 1-2 PM
2:04 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Senator Ben Cardin

We sit down with U.S. Senator Ben Cardin to discuss President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, the hacking of the federal Office of Personnel Management, and Baltimore's recovery since the unrest in April.

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