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. April 24, 1-2 PM
1:36 pm
Fri April 24, 2015


The monarch butterfly

Three stories about human impact on the natural world -- the emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle from Asia that is killing ash trees in Maryland; the monarch butterfly, whose population is threatened by herbicides; and the osprey, whose population in the Chesapeake is on an upswing. Our guests: Mike Raupp, an entomologist from the University of Maryland; Joel Dunn of the Chesapeake Conservancy; and Paul Spitzer, ornithologist and naturalist.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks:
1:31 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Midday Friday

Crowds gathered at Thursday's protest at the Western District Police Station.
Credit Mary Rose Madden / WYPR

We round up the week’s top news story -- the death of Freddie Gray from injuries while in police custody, with Mary Rose Madden of the WYPR news staff and Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby; plus, a followup on the Ray Rice case and intimate partner violence with Dr. Diana Cheng of the state health department; and the weekly business report from Kevin Litten of the Baltimore Business Journal.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. April 23, 1-2 PM
10:57 am
Thu April 23, 2015


In Midday’s second hour, we travel 50 years into the past to 1965, the height of the civil rights movement. We’ll speak to Julian Zelizer, author of “The Fierce Urgency of Now,” on the political savvy of President Johnson and the fight over the Great Society. And we hear Jim Achmutey’s account of the integration of a high school in rural Georgia -- how a white student's defense of his African-American classmates left a lasting impression on his peers.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. April 23, 12-1 PM
10:52 am
Thu April 23, 2015


Remember the search engine Alta Vista or the browser Netscape? Where were you when you heard the verdict in the O.J. Simpson trial? W. Joseph Campbell, American University professor of communications, argues that 1995 was not only the breakout year for the Internet, but a pivotal year in American politics and culture.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. April 22, 1-2 PM
10:46 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Earth Day

The Inner Harbor Water Wheel

This Earth Day, Midday looks at the problem of trash in and around Baltimore.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. April 21, 12-1 PM
10:41 am
Wed April 22, 2015

JHU Litigation

In the suit, Orioles' outfielder Nolan Reimold alleges that his Hopkins surgeon cleared him to play before he was fully healed, resulting in the need for additional surgery.

Lawsuits filed against Johns Hopkins Medicine have made headlines and sparked debates. A look at three cases: A suit brought by the Orioles' minor-league outfielder Nolan Reimold against Johns Hopkins Hospital for negligent medical care; a $1 billion damage suit for Hopkins' involvement in medical experiments on human subjects in Guatemala in the 1940s and 1950s; and the $190 million settlement between Johns Hopkins Medicine and patients of Dr. Nikita Levy, the gynecologist who secretly photographed women during exams.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks Tue. Apr.21, 2015 1-2 PM
9:14 am
Tue April 21, 2015

The Life and Science of Albert Einstein

The life and science of Albert Einstein, with Steven Gimbel, Baltimore native and chair of the philosophy department at Gettysburg College, author of “Einstein: His Space and Times,” and “Einstein’s Jewish Science: Physics at the Intersection of Politics and Religion.”

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Midday with Dan Rodricks Tue. Apr.21, 2015 12-1PM
9:09 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Bad Science & Criminal Justice

The FBI now acknowledges that, for more than two decades, it provided flawed forensic evidence against criminal defendants, some of whom were sentenced to death. A look at that disturbing finding and at the case of a Baltimore County man whose conviction was based on bad science.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks Mon. Apr.20, 2015 1-2 PM
8:50 am
Mon April 20, 2015

The "G-Word"

A conversation on the  “G-word” - gentrification -- with Baltimore architect Klaus Philipsen and D. Watkins, author of a recent Salon article about changes in city neighborhoods. What does gentrification mean? Can the mayor attract 10,000 families without altering the city's character? And can racial division be bridged through redevelopment?

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Midday with Dan Rodricks Mon. Apr.20, 2015 12-1 PM
8:45 am
Mon April 20, 2015

The Death Of Freddie Gray

Protesters march along Wilkens Ave. in West Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray on Sunday.

Dan speaks with Gray family attorney William Murphy and other guests about the 25-year-old Baltimore man who died Sunday, a week after being arrested by police in West Baltimore and suffering a broken vertebra. His death sparked a weekend of protests and has become a national news story.

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