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 18, 1-2 p.m.
10:05 am
Fri April 18, 2014

In The Garden

Snow peas, from the latest post from Nancy Taylor Robson's Grow It, Eat It blog.
Credit groweat.blogspot.com

Because of the wild swings in winter weather and its duration, spring gardening presents plenty of challenges. Nancy Taylor Robson, a master gardener and Grow It, Eat It blogger, and Baltimore Sun columnist Susan Reimer offer tips for getting the best results. We'll also be joined by Donna Crivello of Donna's

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. April 18, 12-1 p.m.
9:58 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Midday Friday

Parts and Labor, a new butcher shop and restaurant from Spike Gjerde, had it's soft opening yesterday.
Credit Jon Ehrens

This week on Midday Friday: Ingrid Lofgren from the Homeless Persons Representation Project discusses homelessness in Baltimore, we talk campaign finance with Jennifer Bevan-Dangel from Common Cause and Bruce Robinson from the state commission on campaign finance.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. April 17, 1-2 pm
9:40 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Art Deco in Washington and Baltimore

The Hutzler Building in Baltimore.

The white-collar New Deal capital and the blue-collar industrial port city are 40 miles apart but are rich with examples of the bold and distinctive art deco style in architecture and ornamentation.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. April 17 12-1 pm
9:28 am
Thu April 17, 2014

The Sixth Extinction

"The Sixth Extinction" by Elizabeth Kolbert tells the story of how mankind's influence on the planet will lead to a mass extinction.

Since its formation more than 4.5 billion years ago, Earth has gone through five waves of extinction, the latest being the extinction of the dinosaurs, which scientists believe was caused by an asteroid. In "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History," the New Yorker's Elizabeth Kolbert warns of what some scientists are defining as the "Sixth Extinction," which she says is happening now at the hands of mankind.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. April 16 1-2 p.m.
10:59 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Midday on Media

Funnyman Stephen Colbert is set to take over the "Late Show" in 2015 when David Letterman retires.

The Baltimore Sun's television critic David Zurawik makes his monthly visit to Midday. Among the stories we'll discuss this hour is  David Letterman's retirement from late night television, and Stephen Colbert's takeover of his show.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. April 16 12-1 p.m.
10:45 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Maryland's New Farmers

The entrance to Moon Valley Farm in Cockeysville. Farmer Emma Jagoz started her farm out of her parent's suburban backyard.
James Daley

The local food movement has led to changes in the demographics of farmers in Maryland. Some 70 percent of today's beginning farmers did not grow up on a farm. We'll speak with two Maryland farmers whose desire to support the local food movement evolved into a career. And we'll hear from Greg Bowen, president of Maryland FarmLINK, which provides resources and support to farmers.

With production help from Midday Intern James Daley.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. April 15, 1-2 pm
9:25 am
Tue April 15, 2014

American Maroons

The so-called "maroons" of the American South were feared by some, and celebrated by others.
Credit nyupress.org

  In "Slavery's Exiles: The Story of the American Maroons," Sylviane A. Diouf chronicles the overlooked stories of the men, women and children who escaped from slavery to make the swamps and caves of the Southern wilderness their home. Diouf is a curator at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. April 15, 12-1 pm
9:19 am
Tue April 15, 2014


The cover of Bill Madden's 1954 is a photo of a game-changing catch made by Willie Mays.
Credit newyorkgiants.com

Today marks the 60th anniversary of the first-ever game played by the Orioles in Baltimore. On that day, the team drew a capacity crowd of 46,354 to brand-new Memorial Stadium. As we mark 60 years of Major League Baseball in Baltimore, our guest is Bill Madden, veteran sportswriter for the New York Daily News and author of "1954: The Year Willie Mays and the First Generation of Black Superstars Changed Major League Baseball."

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. April 14, 1-2 p.m.
12:16 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Midday on Science

Renown astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts the new FOX documentary series "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey."

John "Mad4Science" Monahan is back for another hour on science news, including the latest report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the buzz surrounding the new FOX and National Geographic television documentary series "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," hosted by renown astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Guest host Nikki Gamer

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Midday with Dan Rodricks Mon. April 14, 12-1 p.m.
12:11 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Adults and Nature Deficit Disorder

According to writer Richard Louv, both adults and children are vulnerable to "nature deficit disorder."

Richard Louv, founder of the Children & Nature Network, made an international call-to-action with his writing on reconnecting kids to nature. He also introduced the term "nature deficit-disorder" to describe problems that result from spending so little time outdoors. In "The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature Deficit Disorder," Louv focuses on re-connecting adults to the natural world in the digital age. Original air date 03/18/14

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