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.

To call in during the show, dial 410-662-8780 locally, or call toll-free at 1-866-661-9309.  Email Midday.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tue. Jul. 7, 12-1 PM
11:21 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Baltimore City Police & April's Riot

Deputy Baltimore police commissioner Kevin Davis -- on police reforms, recent arrests and efforts to arrest those involved in April's riot following Freddie Gray's funeral.

Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. July 6, 1-2 PM
1:44 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

This is What You Just Put in Your Mouth?

Exploring the strange-sounding ingredients of processed foods, science writer and former Wired columnist Patrick Di Justo pondered questions such as this: "If I Can't Believe It's Not Butter isn't butter, what is it?" His efforts to know the answer to that question and many others resulted in an interesting and humorous book: “This Is What You Just Put in Your Mouth?: From Eggnog to Beef Jerky, the Surprising Secrets of What's Inside Everyday Products.” Original air date: 03/20/15.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. July 6, 12-1 PM
12:27 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Black Sacred Music

We listen to -- and talk about -- black sacred music, from the Civil War to the civil rights movement with music historian Robert Darden. The former Gospel editor of Billboard details how sacred music has served for centuries as a catalyst for change. Robert Darden is the author of "Nothing But Love in God's Water."

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. July 3, 1-2 PM
1:22 pm
Fri July 3, 2015

Great Influences: Lafayette, Beccaria, and Einstein

How three men of Europe shaped America’s founding -- and its laws, science and conscience. Laura Auricchio, author of “The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered,” explains why Lafayette’s bronze statue stands high in Baltimore's Mount Vernon Place and in other American cities and towns; John Bessler, author of “The Birth of American Law: An Italian Philosopher and the American Revolution,” explains Cesare Beccaria’s influence on the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution; and Steven Gimbel joins Midday to talk about his book, “Einste

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. July 3, 12-1 PM
12:22 pm
Fri July 3, 2015

Inside North Korea

In "Without You, There is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite," journalist Suki Kim provides a chilling account of everyday life inside the hermetic North Korean regime. In 2011, Kim spent six months teaching at a North Korean university. Her last day at the school was the same day former dictator Kim Jong-Il died. Original air date: 03/03/15.

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