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. April 4, 1-2 p.m.
9:49 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Midday on Film

The film star Barbara Stanwyck

Critics Linda DeLibero and Christopher Llewellyn Reed join us to discuss the life and career of one of Hollywood’s original “it girls,” Barbara Stanwyck. We’ll also be joined by Stanwyck biographer Victoria Wilson, author of "A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel-True 1907-1940." 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. April 4, 12-1 p.m.
9:45 am
Fri April 4, 2014

The Midday Weekly Review

Jonathan Pollard was sentenced to life in prison nearly three decades ago for spying for Israel.
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A look at the region's news stories with the reporters and editors who covered them. This hour: Should President Obama grant clemency to Jonathan Pollard, who was sentenced to life nearly three decades ago for spying for Israel? The Pollard case has connections to Maryland and Baltimore. It surfaces from time to time, and this week it became part of Secretary of State John Kerry's efforts to keep alive the fraying Israel-Palestine peace negotiations. Today we’ll speak to University of Baltimore law professor Kenneth Lasson about Jonathan Pollard.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks, Thur. April 3 1-2 p.m.
4:28 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Energy Bill Shock

Maryland's public service commission received numerous complaints about rate increases during the long winter.
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  The long, frigid winter resulted in unusually high utility bills for Marylanders. But for customers with variable-rate contracts, bills are especially steep, leaving some to wonder if the increases were from price gouging. 

Paula Carmody, head of the state's Office of People's Counsel and the citizens representative before the Maryland Public Service Commission, joins us to explain gas-and-electric bills and pricing and to answer listener questions and concerns.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. April 3, 12-1 pm
4:13 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Doug Gansler

Environmental and consumer protection were among Gansler's top priories as Maryland Attorney General.
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  A conversation with two-term Maryland attorney general Doug Gansler, a Democratic candidate for governor in the June 24 primary.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks, Wed. April 2 1-2 p.m.
10:21 am
Wed April 2, 2014

American Fun

Beckman's book is a pop-academic exploration of 'joyous revolt' throughout American History.
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From the Sons of Liberty and the Boston Tea Party to Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters and the hip-hop B-Boys of the South Bronx, a romp through the nation's cultural and political history with the anti-establishment fun-lovers who, John Beckman says, have always been part of the American story. Beckman is an English professor at the U.S. Naval Academy and the author of  "American Fun: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt."

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

The Clark Rockefeller Con

Walter Kirn's Blood WIll Out is an exploration of American class dynamics.
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Writer Walter Kirn found himself part of a real-life plot twist when he realized that one of his longtime friends was playing him, and everyone else, as part of an elaborate con. In "Blood Will Out: The True Story of A Murder, A Mystery and A Masquerade," Kirn tells the chilling story of his friendship with Christian Gerhartsreiter, aka Clark Rockefeller, who duped Kirn for years by pretending to be part of the Rockefeller dynasty.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. April 1, 1-2 p.m.
9:47 am
Tue April 1, 2014

De-Extinction Science: Coming To A Future Near You

Scientists are trying to bring back the passenger pigeon, which went extinct in the early part of the last century.

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. Original air date 03/13/14

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. April 1, 12-1 p.m.
9:43 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Politics and Baseball

The Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox on opening day Monday.

Political analyst Herb Smith joins Dan to talk about Maryland national politics, and baseball pundit Paul Sullivan sizes up the Orioles, who opened up their 2014 season with a win yesterday at Camden Yards.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. March 31, 1-2 p.m.
1:56 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

The Monkey's Voyage

Continental drift is the most commonly held scientific belief about the movement of Earth's species over time. But evolutionary biologist Alan de Queiroz challenges that notion by positing that certain species, from monkeys to baobab trees, were not merely victims of their continental fate but masters of their geographic destiny. Queiroz is the author of "The Monkey's Voyage: How Improbable Journeys Shaped the History of Life." Original air date 2/25/14

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. March 31, 12-1 p.m.
1:50 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

The Future of Print Media

The Tribune Co., which owns The Baltimore Sun, announced at the end of last year that it would lay off 700 staffers, another sign of contraction of American print media.

News of bankruptcy last week for the parent company of The Daily Record, published in Baltimore for 125 years, came on the heels of the acquisition of the City Paper, the alternative weekly, by the Baltimore Sun Media Group.

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