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: Tues. Sept. 2, 1-2 p.m.
9:19 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Boxing's Golden Age

During the 1970s at a time of national turmoil over Vietnam and Watergate, Americans turned to boxing as an escape. And three larger-than-life personalities emerged to capture the American imagination: Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, and George Foreman. In his new book, "Bouts of Mania: Ali, Frazier, Foreman and an America on the Ropes," veteran sports journalist Richard Hoffer chronicles the golden age of American boxing. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. Sept. 2, 12-1 p.m.
9:16 am
Tue September 2, 2014

The Black Panther Party

J. Edgar Hoover called it “the greatest threat to the internal security of the country.” A look back to the 60s and the radical Black Panther Party – how and why it formed, where it flourished, and why so many young people from across the country risked their lives to be a part of the Panther’s socialist revolution. Joshua Bloom is co-author of "Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party." Original air date 8/14/13 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Sept. 1, 1-2 p.m.
3:44 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

On Being Italian

Joseph Luzzi, an Italian-American writer and Italian scholar at Bard College, tells his family's story and reflects on the culture's split personality -- the Italy of Dante and Michelangelo, and the one of corruption, Mafia and old-world ways. Luzzi is the author of "My Two Italies." Original air date 7/31/14 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Sept. 1, 12-1 p.m.
3:41 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Freeman Hrabowski and the Graduation Gap

Students from lower income families have a more difficult time graduating from college than their well-off counterparts.

Americans from poor families are far less likely to graduate from college than their better-off counterparts, a fact with major implications for society. We'll talk about the college graduation gap with Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County; and David Laude, University of Texas at Austin senior vice provost for enrollment and graduation management, who created a successful program that improved graduation rates. Original air date 7/30/14 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. Aug. 29, 12-2 p.m.
3:37 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Midday BBQ Special

Local BBQ competitor George Hensler with some of his BBQ spareribs.
Credit Nikki Gamer, WYPR

Two hours on backyard barbecuing. In the first hour,  legendary Orioles first baseman Boog Powell, a king of barbecue, talks about his life before, during and after his Major League career. Powell is the subject of a new biography co-written with former Baltimore Sun columnist Rob Kasper, "Baltimore Baseball and Barbecue with "Boog Powell: Stories from the Orioles' Smokey Slugger," published this month by American Palate.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. Aug. 28, 1-2 p.m.
10:16 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Midday Money: College Value

Money Magazine ranks The University of Maryland at College Park 68 out of 665 schools in terms of overall value.

Ivy League schools are typically at the top of most college rankings. But do they provide the best value for the money? Kim Clark, a senior writer for Money magazine, joins us to talk about the "Best Colleges" list, the publication's new ranking system that evaluates schools on a variety of factors, including cost and the average salary of graduates. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. Aug. 28, 12-1 p.m
10:13 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Doctors and Medical Testing

The "Choosing Wisely" campaign encourages doctors to weigh the pros and cons of medical tests like CT scans with their patients before having these types of tests performed.

In an effort to reduce the number of unnecessary tests and treatments that inflate health-care costs nationwide, some prestigious medical groups have joined the "Choosing Wisely" campaign, which recommends that American doctors weigh the costs, not just the effectiveness, of treatments for their patients. Our guest: Dr. Barry Meisenberg, an oncologist and leader in quality-of-care innovations at Anne Arundel Medical Center; he says patients are not served by adding expense for the expectation of little clinical benefit. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. Aug. 27, 1-2 p.m.
9:31 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Confessions of a Sociopath

Characteristics of a sociopath include ruthlessness, cunning, confidence and the ability to manipulate others; the term is often synonymous with murderers and other criminals. But M.E. Thomas claims there are more sociopaths in our society than we think, and not all of them are killers. In fact, she’s one herself. Thomas, (a pen name) is the author of "Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight." Original air date 07/22/13 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. Aug. 27, 12-1 p.m.
9:28 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Salt, Sugar, Fat

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Michael Moss surveys the giant processed foods industry and its complicity in the U.S. obesity epidemic, now effecting one in three adults and one in five children. Moss is the author of "Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us." Original air date 3/25/13  

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. Aug. 26, 1-2 p.m.
9:42 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Football Sportscaster Gerry Sandusky

WBAL Sports Director Gerry Sandusky

The WBAL sports director and radio play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Ravens talks about his relationship with his late father, John Sandusky, an NFL player and long-time coach of the Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins. Gerry Sandusky's memoir about his family's life in professional football -- and about the problems his name caused him during the unrelated Penn State child sexual abuse scandal three years ago -- is "Forgotten Sundays: A Son's Story of Life, Loss, and Love from the Sidelines of the NFL." 

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