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: Mon. Aug 31, 12-2 PM
11:14 am
Mon August 31, 2015

Confidence in Religion at New Low, and Why That Is

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In this two-hour special we take a look at what some polls show is a growing trend of religious disaffiliation in America. At noon, we’ll hear from Geoffrey Layman, a professor at the University of Notre Dame who studies religion and politics and Daniel Cox, research director at the Public Religion Research Institute in Washington, about why fewer Americans report that they are attending church these days. Then at one, M. Dion Thompson, a former Baltimore Sun reporter now rector at the Church of the Holy Covenant in Baltimore, talks about the task of building and keeping faith in a congregation today. Joining him are two others who will bear witness about going to church on a regular basis -- or not.

Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. Aug 28, 12-2 PM
9:00 am
Fri August 28, 2015

Midday's Back To School Special

Sean McComb, an English teacher from Baltimore County, was named the 2014 National Teacher of the Year.

In this two-hour program we meet six highly motivated teachers, including an English teacher who became the 2014 National Teacher of the Year, an elementary school teacher who uses the wetlands to teach her students everything from science to civics, and an urban designer turned teacher at Carver Vocational Technical High School. We’ll find out what brought them to the profession and hear about the creative ways they are engaging their students.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thu. Aug. 27, 1-2 PM
11:05 am
Thu August 27, 2015

The History of the American Heroin Business

In a startling new book called “Dreamland,” journalist, Sam Quinones, traces America’s heroin business back its roots in the deceptive marketing of prescription painkillers in the 1990's. Quinones says the epidemic has devastated entire middle American communities but, he looks at both sides of the operation, including the wealth it has brought to a dismally poor region of Mexico.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thu. Aug. 27, 12-1 PM
11:00 am
Thu August 27, 2015

The American Legion Comes to Baltimore

The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Baltimore on Greene Street.

In this hour we take a look at issues impacting America’s veterans. We get an update from Baltimore Sun reporter, Yvonne Wenger, on progress lowering wait times at Baltimore’s Veterans Affairs office. Back in 2013 the office was found to be the slowest in the country at processing disability claims for servicemen and women. Then we speak to Lou Celli, director of the American Legion’s Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Division, and Joe Sharpe, director of the Legion’s Employment and Education Division, about the challenges that veterans face as they transition back to civilian life.


Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. Aug. 26, 1-2 PM
3:34 pm
Wed August 26, 2015

The Game Believes In You

In today’s age of computers, smart phones and tablets, kids are constantly navigating the digital world, especially the world of games. But do video games have a place in the classroom?

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