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.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. May 26, 12-1 PM
5:13 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Paul Reed Smith

Paul Reed Smith founded his Maryland-based guitar company in 1985.

Master guitar-maker Paul Reed Smith counts the great Carlos Santana among his loyal customers. As Smith's Maryland-based PRS Guitars celebrates its 30th anniversary, we hear the company's story from its founder.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. May 26, 1-2 PM
5:06 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Baltimore's Crime Surge

The 300 Men March rallied last week against Baltimore's recent uptick in violent crime.

With the spring bloodshed in Baltimore reaching totals not seen since the 1990s, we continue coverage and conversation about the city's violent surge and ask what police and political leaders are doing to curtail it. Guests include Munir Bahar, leader of the anti-violence 300 Men March.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. May 26, 1-2 PM
3:01 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

The Grand Old Psychiatrist

How do we live a meaningful life? How do we confront life’s unavoidable end? The famous existential psychiatrist Irvin Yalom, the "grand old man of psychiatry," has gone head-to-head with his patients over these issues, exploring their vulnerabilities and fears, and coming to terms with his own. The best-selling author's new book is “Creatures of a Day: And Other Tales of Psychotherapy.” Originally aired 04-01-15.


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Midday with Dan Rodricks:
2:32 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Green Rush

A new course at Anne Arundel Community College explores careers that could develop from legalized marijuana. We’ll hear from Shad Ewart, the business professor whose class has a wait-list for its second semester. We'll also talk to Corey Barnette, owner of District Growers, a licensed medical cannabis cultivation center in the District of Columbia, and Doug Fine, journalist and author of “Too High To Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution.” Original air date: 03/24/15

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. May 22, 1-2 PM
12:33 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Trekking the C&O Canal

Frank Lenz showing off his new "safety bicycle" next to the Paw Paw Tunnel in Western Maryland. The Paw Paw Tunnel is over 3000 feet long, allowing Canal Boats to float underneath a portion of the Allegheny Mountains.

In the 1850s, men and mules teamed up to pull boats of coal along the C&O canal. From the mountains of Cumberland, Maryland to the tidal waters of Washington D.C, laborers took the 185-mile journey to deliver resources to the bay. Today, adventurers make this same journey - on foot, on bike, or by kayak. In this hour, we trek the C&O Canal with author and historian Mike High.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. May 22, 12-1 PM
12:30 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Midday Friday

All six officers involved in the police custody death of Freddie Gray have been indicted by a grand jury.

Yesterday, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced that a grand jury has indicted all six officers involved in the police custody death of Freddie Gray. In this hour, we’ll hear from University of Maryland law professor David Gray on how the charges have changed and how the case is expected to proceed. We’ll also talk about how the city’s small businesses community is recovering from last month’s unrest with Joanna Sullivan of the Baltimore Business Journal. And Rev.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. May 21, 1-2 PM
11:52 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Midday on the Bay

Benjamin H. Grumbles, Maryland Secretary of the Environment

Today on Midday on the Bay: Urban Environmentalism and the Forgotten Baltimore. How green space can improve your mood, and Highways to Nowhere can take a community backwards. Plus, Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles joins us to talk about his vision for the land and water of Maryland under new governor Larry Hogan. Our guest: Rona Kobell of the Chesapeake Bay Journal

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. May 21, 2015
11:49 am
Thu May 21, 2015

The Moving to Opportunity Experiment

Children from low-income families living in neighborhoods with high concentrations of poverty face potential negative economic and health consequences.

We take a look at the Moving to Opportunity experiment of the 1990s, where participating low-income families received housing vouchers to move out of housing projects. Is moving poor kids out of Baltimore the answer? We'll hear from Harvard economist Raj Chetty on the economic outcomes for children who participated in Moving to Opportunity. Plus pediatrician and assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Rachel Johnson Thornton, speaks about the health outcomes for children living in communities of concentrated poverty.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. May 20, 1-2 PM
11:46 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Midday on Media

AMC's drama "Mad Men" came to an end this past Sunday, after running for seven seasons.

Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik talks about the finale of David Letterman's Late Night show on CBS, and the series finale of Mad Men, which aired Sunday night. And we'll hear his thoughts on ethical questions regarding television journalists.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. May 20, 12-1 PM
11:22 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Baltimore By The Numbers

Rowhomes - some vacant, some occupied - in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood.

Jennifer Vey, fellow of the metropolitan policy program at the Brookings Institution, breaks down Baltimore by the numbers -- how the city and region stacks up against others in terms of education and income. Plus, Barbara Samuels, the veteran fair-housing attorney for the ACLU of Maryland joins us with a look at look at efforts to break up Baltimore's concentrated inner-city poverty with more affordable housing choices for low-income families.

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