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: Fri. Dec. 12, 1-2 P.M.
9:24 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Midday Eats with Hong & Shields

Just in time for the holiday festivities, it's open phones with Midday foodies John Shields of Gertrude's in the Baltimore Museum of Art and Henry Hong of the Thames Street Oyster House. Listeners are invited to call-in or email us with cooking-related questions or observations.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. Dec. 12, 12-1 P.M.
9:20 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Tim Shriver

In a new memoir, Tim Shriver, chairman of the Special Olympics, opens up about the Kennedy family's struggle with Rosemary Kennedy's intellectual disabilities and about his family's commitment to improve the lives of Americans with special needs. Shriver's memoir is "Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most."

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. Dec. 11, 1-2 p.m.
10:00 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Bill Heavey

Field and Stream editor-at-large Bill Heavey, who lives in Maryland, shares wisdom and humor from his new collection of essays, “You’re Not Lost if You Can Still See the Truck: The Further Adventures of America's Everyman Outdoorsman.” 

 With production help from Midday Intern Kerry DeSantis. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. Dec. 11, 12-1 p.m
9:56 am
Thu December 11, 2014

The Army-Navy Game

Ahead of the weekend's annual game between rivals Army and Navy, we speak with journalist Nick Mills about Army's 1964 upset of Navy and his book about the lives of players who went from West Point into the Vietnam War. Mills is the author of "Every Army Man is With You: The Cadets Who Won the 1964 Army-Navy Game, Fought in Vietnam, and Came Home Forever Changed."

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. Dec. 10, 1-2 p.m.
1:52 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Navy Seals

Author William Doyle talks about SEAL Team 6's recent rescue mission in southern Yemen and about other operations undertaken by the most highly-trained band of warriors in the U.S. military.  Doyle is the co-author of “Navy SEALs: Their Untold Story."  

With production help from Midday Intern David Richmond 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. Dec. 10, 12-1 p.m.
1:50 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Grit in Schools

Kipp Baltimore Principal Natalia Walter with one of her students.
Credit Kipp Baltimore

Are students successful because of their brains or because of their grit? Or is it some combination of the two? We speak with Elaine Tuttle Hansen, executive director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, about the concept of grit in learning; KIPP Baltimore school principal Natalia Walter about grading students on grit, and Dale Bittinger, assistant vice-provost at UMBC, about the university's recently launched "House of Grit" campaign to attract new students. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. Dec. 9, 1-2 p.m.
11:19 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Police Training

The death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, MI has raised questions about the training of police.

Concerns about police training and the use of deadly force have grown louder following the high-profile deaths of several African-American men and boys during confrontations with police. Joining Midday to shed light on how police are trained in the use of force are two former Baltimore City police commissioners -- Leonard Hamm, who served from 2004 to 2007, and Frederick Bealefeld, who served from 2007 to 2012.  

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. Dec. 9, 12-1 p.m.
11:15 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Gray Divorce

The 2010 separation of Al and Tipper Gore, who had been married for 40 years, came as a shock to many people.

The divorce rate for Americans over 50 has doubled within the last decade and has more than doubled for those over 65. In the meantime, the overall divorce rate in the United States is on the decline. Our guests: Washington Post reporter Brigid Schulte and Brad Sachs, a Columbia-based marriage and family therapist. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Dec. 8, 1-2 p.m.
10:04 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Mining for Big Data

Internet-age entrepreneurs make millions collecting and re-selling data about us, much of it from personal information we post online or give up in exchange for airline miles or hotel perks. Journalist Adam Tanner traces data mining to Caesar’s Entertainment and its Total Rewards program, which tracks every detail of players’ time in its casinos. Tanner is the author of "What Stays in Vegas: The World of Personal Data -- Lifeblood of Big Business -- and the End of Privacy as We Know It." 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Dec. 8, 12-1 p.m.
10:01 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Maryland Food Hubs

A food hub is coming to Baltimore and another has been proposed for the Eastern Shore. We take a look at two projects aimed at increasing access to locally-grown food and creating new jobs and businesses for Marylanders. Our guests: Cleo Braver of Cottingham Farm in Talbot County, who proposes a food hub for Easton; and Greg Heller, CEO of American Communities Trust, the non-profit behind the proposed Baltimore Food Hub. 

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