Midday with Dan Rodricks

Monday-Friday, Noon-2 pm

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: Fri. July 25, 1-2 p.m.
9:21 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Midday on Film: Summer Blockbusters

The documentary "Life Itself" captures longtime film critic Roger Ebert's last days.

Midday film critics Linda DeLibero and Christopher Llewellyn Reed review the summer's biggest and most interesting movies.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. July 25, 12-1 p.m.
9:19 am
Fri July 25, 2014

The Good Spy

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Kai Bird chronicles the story of legendary CIA officer and Middle East specialist Robert Ames in, "The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames."

Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. July 24, 1-2 p.m.
9:37 am
Thu July 24, 2014

In the Garden: Summer Edition

Beans, beats, tomatoes, basil, melons, peaches -- the time for bountiful fresh fruits and vegetables has arrived. Nancy Taylor Robson, master gardener and Grow It/Eat It blogger, and Baltimore Sun columnist Susan Reimer offer tips for growing backyard produce while warding off the bugs.

Click here for a link to the recipes talked about on today's show.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. July 24, 12-1 pm
9:35 am
Thu July 24, 2014

China Rising

New Yorker staff writer and former China correspondent Evan Osnos offers insights and observations about the world's most populous country in "Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China."

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. July 23, 1-2 p.m.
9:15 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Studying Laughter

What makes us laugh? In "Ha!: The Science of When We Laugh and Why," cognitive neuroscientist and former University of Maryland research scientist Scott Weems delves into what makes things funny.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. July 23, 12-1 p.m.
9:12 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Doctors Without Borders: A Profile

Doctors without Borders works in some of the most impoverished places on Earth.

One of the world's most admired organizations, Doctors Without Borders has delivered medical care to the world's most impoverished and imperiled places since its founding in 1971. It was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999. Renee Fox, a sociologist and medicine scholar, chronicles the history of the organization and its influence around the globe. Original air date 7/2/14

With production help from Midday intern James Daley

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. July 22, 1-2 p.m.
8:55 am
Tue July 22, 2014

The Lost Art of Dress

Linda Przybyszewski, author of "The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish," describes the fascinating history of American style, along with the do's and don'ts of modern wardrobe. Guest host Nikki Gamer

With production help from Midday intern Anna Muckerman

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. July 22, 12-1 p.m.
8:51 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Unrest Abroad

Remains of the Malaysian plane shot down in Ukraine.

The latest on the ongoing violence in Israel-Palestine and the U.S. response to it. Plus, we'll look at the geopolitics involving last week's plane disaster that resulted in the deaths of nearly 300 passengers. Our guests: Middle East expert Kimberly Katz, associate professor of history at Towson University; and Max Hilaire, chair of the political science department at Morgan State University.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. July 21, 1-2 p.m.
11:07 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Trending Food

Remember when pork bellies were considered a subpar cut of meat? When coconut water was relegated to the “international foods” section of the supermarket? Or when cupcakes were exclusive to children's' birthday parties? In recent years, these foods have managed to break out and become the epitome of consumer hipness. A look at food trends with David Sax, author of "The Tastemakers: Why We’re Crazy for Cupcakes and Fed Up With Fondue." Original air date 7/2/14

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. July 21, 12-1 p.m.
11:04 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Body Image and Weight Bias

Social consequences of obesity can include barriers to employment.
Credit The Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity

A conversation about weight bias, personal struggles with body image, and what it costs Americans in self-esteem and in dollars.

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