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. March 14, 12-1 p.m.
11:16 am
Fri March 14, 2014

The Midday Weekly Review

The Maryland General Assembly is considering a bill to legalize marijuana in its 2014 legislative session.

A look at the regions latest news stories with the reporters and editors who covered them. This hour: We'll dive into the results from the latest Goucher Poll about all things Maryland - how we feel about the direction of the state, our elected leaders and some provocative issues. The poll comes just three months before the Maryland primary election, and in the midst of a General Assembly session.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. March 13, 1-2 pm
11:51 am
Thu March 13, 2014

De-Extinction Science: Coming To a Future Near You

The passenger pigeon, once the most common bird in North America, became extinct in 1914. But a group of scientists is working on bringing the bird back to life through the latest in genome technology.

A growing number of scientists worldwide are working on projects to bring back to life animals like the wooly mammoth and the passenger pigeon. But is the revival of extinct species a good thing for humanity? Or for the planet? We get into the science and the controversy of de-extinction with Nathaniel Rich, the writer behind The New York Times Magazine's cover story, The Mammoth Cometh.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. March 13, 12-1 pm
11:31 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Selling Baltimore's Public Housing

Baltimore City plans to sell off 22 of its public housing buildings to private developers.
Credit The Baltimore Sun

Last week, Baltimore Housing Authority officials announced a plan to sell 22 of the agency's housing complexes – about 40 percent of the agency's remaining inventory -- to private developers. Officials claim tenants will be mostly unaffected by the sale. However, housing advocates are concerned that it will cause rents to rise and further disenfranchise Baltimore's poor in an already-tight market for affordable housing.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks, Wed. March 12 1-2 p.m.
10:00 am
Wed March 12, 2014

One Hour/Three Stories

American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty Copeland.
Credit joelminden.com

We spend the hour with three female memoirists. Sue Meck lost her memory at the age of 22 following a traumatic brain injury; she's since spent her life trying to make sense of who she once was and who she became after the accident. Meck is the co-author of "I Forgot to Remember: A Memoir of Amnesia." 

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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.
Credit bmorenews.com

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
Credit Black Christian News

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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