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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Cinema and space for this edition of Midday on Film. From the Star Wars and Alien franchises to the opening of this weekend's The Martian, space has been the setting for action-adventure flicks, horror films, and dramas.

A busy Midday Friday for you -- we’ll hear about the upcoming Madonnari Arts Festival in Little Italy and Historic Chestertown, Maryland's transformation into the magical world of Harry Potter. We’ll talk sports - did you see the Ravens win yesterday? And Kevin Plank - Baltimore’s Bruce Wayne or 21st Century de Medici?

Midday on Culture

Oct 1, 2015
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Pope Francis came the United States as polls indicate more and more Americans have moved away from Christianity in favor of atheism, agnosticism, or some other religion. Yet, Francis appeared to awaken, if not the sudden urge to attend church, at least some sense of spirituality among Americans, who seemed captivated by his presence and words. That prompts thoughts about how an increasingly secular society identifies and practices its values when the Pope's not around. Culture commentator Sheri Parks thinks the pageant of professional football has a lot to to with it.

Gaming in Maryland

Oct 1, 2015
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This summer, revenues from the state’s five casinos neared the $100 million per month mark. State gaming officials say this is a milestone that signals that new casinos have taken root. Meanwhile, workers in Prince George’s County are readying a $1.3 billion MGM National Harbor casino to open in mid-2016. And a $150 million expansion to Maryland Live! Casino at Arundel Mills was approved last month. Today on Midday, we take a look at the explosion of activity at some of the state’s casinos.

Could you be a fair and impartial juror if selected for one of the trials for the police officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray? Listeners discuss possible questions that may arise in the jury selection process - voir dire - for the trials.