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. March 12 12-1 p.m.
9:54 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Larry Hogan

Larry Hogan is currently the frontrunner in the GOP gubernatorial primary race.
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In the latest of our “meet the candidate” series, Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan joins us. 

  Hogan is an Anne Arundel County real estate broker who served as a cabinet secretary under former GOP Gov. Robert Ehrlich. Hogan is the founder of “Change Maryland,” a grassroots organization that lobbies for fiscal responsibility.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. March 11, 1-2 p.m.
8:52 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Cat Sense

WYPR Morning Announcer Nathan Sterner strikes a pose with one of his five cats Inanna (aka 'Nanners).
Courtesy of Nathan Sterner

British biologist John Bradshaw has spent the last 30 years studying animal behavior, specifically that of the cat. He is the author of "Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet."

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. March 11, 12-1 p.m
8:49 am
Tue March 11, 2014

The Divided Mind of the Black Church

Rev. Raphael Warnock
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A conversation about theology and social activism with the Rev. Raphael Warnock, senior pastor of Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church, spiritual home of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 


Rev. Warnock's op-ed for CNN criticizes Congress for failing to extend unemployment benefits.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. March 10, 1-2 p.m.
11:20 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Midday on Science

The Mars One project aims to send four people to the Red Planet by 2023.

According to a recent survey by the National Science Foundation, about 25 percent of Americans are unaware that the Earth orbits the sun. Why many Americans still lack basic scientific facts and information, with Midday on Science contributor John "Mad4Science" Monahan.


One in four Americans are unaware the Earth revolves around the sun.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. March 10, 12-1 p.m.
11:05 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Ronald Daniels

JHU President Ronald Daniels
Credit The Johns Hopkins University

A conversation with the president of the Johns Hopkins University on, among other topics, the troubling decline in federal funding for research by young scientists.


Ron Daniels on how to reverse the graying of scientific research.

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Midday on Film: Fri. March 7, 1-2 p.m.
10:11 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Midday on Film

Director Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is considered a Hollywood classic.

The late Stanley Kubrick was one of American cinema's most influential directors and screenwriters. On the 50th anniversary of Kubrick's celebrated Cold War satire "Dr. Strangelove," we take a look at the Kubrick canon with Midday on Film critics Linda DeLibero and Christopher Llewellyn Reed.


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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. March 7, 12-1 p.m.
9:57 am
Fri March 7, 2014

The Midday Weekly Review

Maryland Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings has his microphone cutoff mid-sentence by GOP Committee Chairman Darrell Issa.
Credit Politico

A look at the week's regional news stories with the reporters, political commentators, and editors who covered them. This hour: Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings had his microphone cut off in mid-sentence by a Republican committee chairman in Washington. It happened at the end of a contentious hearing on the Internal Revenue Service. The Congressional Black Caucus has called for the committee chairman’s resignation.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. March 6, 1-2 p.m.
9:27 am
Thu March 6, 2014

American Grotesque

HBO's new series True Detective gets into dark territory, dealing with murder, child sex abuse, drug abuse, and political corruption. But is the show too dark for its own good?

A look at the public's fascination with the dark side of life -- depravity, criminality and social dysfunction -- and with increasingly graphic depictions of sex and violence in television and film. Midday contributor and pop culture critic Sheri Parks leads our discussion.


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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. March 6, 12- p.m.
9:14 am
Thu March 6, 2014

The Improbability Principle

Statistician David Hand doesn't believe in miracles.

Statistician David Hand does not believe in miracles. Nor does he believe in chance. Using the laws of inevitability, Hand demonstrates that extraordinarily rare events and coincidences are anything but. Hand is the author of "The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day."

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. March 5, 1-2 p.m.
10:52 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Cutting Clutter

Household clutter can be both a cause and a symptom of emotional distress.

In 2010, Susan Vogt decided to give away at least one thing she owned each day for the 40 days of Lent, and then she continued the practice for a year. She found it spiritually rewarding and discovered some major practical and social benefits as well.

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