Midday with Dan Rodricks

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Midday with Dan Rodricks as the host aired on WYPR until October 2, 2015.

Archive prior to February 25, 2014

Midday on Film

Oct 2, 2015

Cinema and space for this edition of Midday on Film. From the Star Wars and Alien franchises to the opening of this weekend's The Martian, space has been the setting for action-adventure flicks, horror films, and dramas.

Midday Friday

Oct 2, 2015

A busy Midday Friday for you -- we’ll hear about the upcoming Madonnari Arts Festival in Little Italy and Historic Chestertown, Maryland's transformation into the magical world of Harry Potter. We’ll talk sports - did you see the Ravens win yesterday? And Kevin Plank - Baltimore’s Bruce Wayne or 21st Century de Medici?

Midday on Culture

Oct 1, 2015
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Pope Francis came the United States as polls indicate more and more Americans have moved away from Christianity in favor of atheism, agnosticism, or some other religion. Yet, Francis appeared to awaken, if not the sudden urge to attend church, at least some sense of spirituality among Americans, who seemed captivated by his presence and words. That prompts thoughts about how an increasingly secular society identifies and practices its values when the Pope's not around. Culture commentator Sheri Parks thinks the pageant of professional football has a lot to to with it.

Gaming in Maryland

Oct 1, 2015
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This summer, revenues from the state’s five casinos neared the $100 million per month mark. State gaming officials say this is a milestone that signals that new casinos have taken root. Meanwhile, workers in Prince George’s County are readying a $1.3 billion MGM National Harbor casino to open in mid-2016. And a $150 million expansion to Maryland Live! Casino at Arundel Mills was approved last month. Today on Midday, we take a look at the explosion of activity at some of the state’s casinos.

Voir Dire and the Freddie Gray Trials

Sep 30, 2015

Could you be a fair and impartial juror if selected for one of the trials for the police officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray? Listeners discuss possible questions that may arise in the jury selection process - voir dire - for the trials.

Interim Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis

Sep 30, 2015

Interim Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis joins Midday to talk about crime and reform, and to answer listener questions.

The Roughest Riders

Sep 29, 2015

Maryland author Jerome Tuccille tells the story of the black soldiers who helped Teddy Roosevelt win the decisive battle of the Spanish-American War -- some overlooked American history in the second hour of Midday.

Midday Politics

Sep 29, 2015
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Whether he was inspired by Pope Francis, or backed into a corner by the Tea Party, House speaker John Boehner’s last day will be October 30th. While a threatened government shutdown over funding for Planned Parenthood might be avoided, what does Boehner’s exit mean for Washington and how the nation is governed? What does it mean for the GOP in 2016? In Midday’s first hour, we’ll survey the Republican landscape, including the rising popularity of presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and the controversial views of Dr. Ben Carson, who keeps rising in the polls.  WYPR's own Fraser Smith, Melissa Deckman of Washington College and Barry Rascovar of the Maryland Reporter join us. 

$2.00 A Day

Sep 28, 2015

An estimated 1.5 million American households - including three million children - somehow get by on less than $2.00 a day per person. Kathryn Edin, professor of public health and sociology at Johns Hopkins, tells us about her experiences examining the lives of those living without cash in extreme poverty.

Midday on Tech: The Volkswagen Scandal And JLENS Blimps

Sep 28, 2015

Sean Gallagher, Baltimore-based editor of Ars Technica, talks about those white defense blimps that can be seen in Baltimore's eastern sky -- why they are there and what defense analysts say about their effectiveness at detecting attacks on the nation's capital. Plus, the Volkswagen emissions scandal, the new “Black Phone” designed with encryption for privacy and a plan by the Air Force to install laser weapons on fighter jets.