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: Wed. April 1, 12-1 PM
11:21 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Midday Politics

A new report by the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore examines trends in housing, office and retail space and park development within a one-mile radius of the city's central core.

Dan and Carl Cannon, Washington Bureau Chief for RealClearPolitics, talk about Martin O'Malley on the big stage, suggesting that Democrats avoid a Clinton coronation in 2016, and expected announcements from potential candidates for the Mikulski Senate seat. And an update on the state of downtown with Kirby Fowler, president of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks Tue. Mar. 31, 1-2 PM
10:41 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Yik Yak & Social Media Trends

Social media is full of hurtful, racist and sometimes threatening speech. We take a look at the hyper-localized and anonymous culture of social media apps and digital bullying. Our guests: Danielle Citron, a University of Maryland law professor and author of “Hate Crimes in Cyberspace,” and Issie Lapowsky, staff writer and tech trend reporter for Wired.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks Tue. Mar. 31, 12-1 PM
10:37 am
Tue March 31, 2015

President Obama & Foreign Policy

The battle against ISIS, the recent Israel election, nuclear talks with Iran and the U.S. military exit in Afghanistan -- President Obama has his hands full of high-stakes foreign policy issues as well as efforts by Congressional Republicans to publicly challenge some of his initiatives. A look at the struggle between Congress and the White House over foreign matters, the U.S. strategy on ISIS and the future of Israel-Palestine peace efforts.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Mar. 30, 1-2 PM
9:39 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Body of Truth

A decade ago, a Google search for “obesity” returned 217,000 hits. Now it’s 74 million. According to Harriet Brown, science writer and professor of journalism at Syracuse University, we’re more freaked out than ever about how much we weigh and how our bodies look though science tells us that, in many cases, our fears are unfounded. What if we could be satisfied with our bodies the way they are?

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Mar. 30, 12-1 PM
9:38 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Baltimore's Ticking Time Bomb?

Last month, AMP's Marketplace reported on Baltimore’s aging and leaking sewer system, calling the old pipes “time bombs buried under the streets.” This characterization in national media comes just as the city embarks on a $1.5 billion plan to replace decrepit pipes. Rudy Chow, director of the Department of Public Works, responds to the Marketplace report and explains how the city will fix its aging infrastructure.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. Mar. 27, 1-2 P.M.
11:53 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Baltimore's Food Scene

The Brass Elephant, both the space and the name, was bought earlier this year by Steven and Linda Rivelis.

Amy Langrehr, who writes the Charm City Cook blog, and Richard Gorelick, restaurant critic for The Sun, talk about the regional food scene.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. Mar. 27, 12-1 P.M.
11:42 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Midday Friday

Brenda Frese, head coach of the University of Maryland women's basketball team.

We take a look interesting stories, people and ideas from the Baltimore region and throughout the state. Journalist Joan Jacobson gives an update on legislation in the General Assembly aimed at correcting flaws in Baltimore’s tax sale system. Plus, the Midday business report from the Baltimore Business Journal and an update on the Lady Terps from Milton Kent, WYPR Sports at Large commentator.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks Thurs. Mar. 26, 1-2 P.M.
12:16 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

The Baltimore Saboteur

A respected Baltimore Businessman, Paul Hilken, was deeply and secretly involved in a World War-I German espionage-terrorism ring. With newly tapped archival information from Germany and the U.S., military historian, Dwight Messimer, tells the story in "The Baltimore Sabotage Cell: German Agents, American Traitors, and the U-boat Deutschland During World War I."

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. Mar. 26, 12-1 PM
11:50 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Midday Politics: O'Malley 2016?

Although, he hasn't made any announcements yet, former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley spent recent weeks traveling in Iowa and New Hampshire.

About a year out from the presidential primary in Maryland, we take a look at former Gov. Martin O'Malley's recent statements and appearances in early-primary states, Hillary Clinton’s anticipated announcement and recent problems, and the field of potential candidates on the Republican side. Our guests: Melissa Deckman, political science chair at Washington College, John Bullock, assistant political science professor at Towson University, and Boston Globe national political reporter Annie Linskey.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. Mar. 25, 1-2 P.M.
2:36 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Get Ready to Garden

Nancy Taylor Robson planted two shell pea varieties: Easy Peasy (pictured here) and Tall Telephone.

After a long, harsh winter, spring is finally here and trees are budding. Nancy Taylor Robson, Maryland master gardener and writer, joins us to talk native plants, how to keep your lawn healthy without using fertilizers and what to look for when purchasing plants. Plus, we check in with farmers around the state about the start of the growing season.

Production assistance from Midday intern Mary Troutman.

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