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., Nov. 26, 1-2 P.M.
10:28 am
Wed November 26, 2014

The Future of the Harvest

On this day before Thanksgiving, as Americans travel to gather and give thanks, we’ll be talking about the food we eat – and why so little of it comes from nearby farms. Spike Gjerde, the prominent Baltimore chef and restaurateur, has a lot to say about the importance of building a sustainable food culture in the Chesapeake region. So do representatives of an alliance called Future Harvest.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed., Nov. 26, 12-1 P.M.
10:02 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Midday Open Phones

Students in Liberia are unable to attend school due to the Ebola outbreak.
Credit B. D. Colen

Open phones for listener comment about the news, including the aftermath of the Ferguson decision and, in Baltimore, the grim financials on the popular Circulator bus. Plus, Brigid McDonnell, program director at the International Book Bank, shares details about the shipment of 86,000 books from Maryland to children in Liberia.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. Nov. 25, 1-2 P.M.
11:45 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Ruppersberger on Benghazi

The final House Intelligence Committee report on the terrorist attack on the U.S. compound at Benghazi found no intelligence failure, as Republicans have alleged, and put to rest several rumors about the deaths of Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, and three others. The committee's ranking member, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Maryland), was co-author of the report. He visits Studio A to talk about Benghazi, President Obama's executive order on immigration and the state of the Democratic Party.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. Nov. 12-1 P.M.
11:39 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Ferguson Decision

St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch announced the grand jury's decision.

A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown. We discuss reaction to the announcement, including protests planned for Baltimore. Our guests: Baltimore City NAACP President Tessa Hill-Aston and Midday culture commentator and University of Maryland professor of American Studies Sheri Parks.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Nov. 24, 1-2 P.M
9:54 am
Mon November 24, 2014

To The North Pole

Swept up by the so-called "arctic fever" of the late 19th Century, the Jeannette set sail in 1879 from San Francisco on an exploratory mission to reach the North Pole. But somewhere en route, the ship, carrying 32 men, became trapped in ice and sank. Hampton Sides, Outside editor and best-selling author, recounts the harrowing tale in, "In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette."

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Nov. 24, 12-1 P.M.
9:47 am
Mon November 24, 2014

NFL Turmoil

From the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson domestic violence cases to growing concerns about player disabilities from concussions, the National Football League seems embattled even as professional football reigns as the nation's most popular and profitable sport. A conversation about the management of the NFL, football's violent nature and looming litigation with former Baltimore Colts teammates Joe Ehrmann, founder of the "Coach for America," and Bruce Laird, an advocate for retired players.


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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. Nov. 21, 1-2 p.m.
9:26 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Had JFK Lived

Using plausibility as his cornerstone, Emmy Award-winning political analyst Jeff Greenfield, a former political speech writer and Time magazine columnist, crafts an alternate version of history about the remainder of the 1960’s had President John F. Kennedy not been assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. 

With production help from former Midday intern Connor Graham

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. Nov. 21, 12-1 p.m.
9:24 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Maryland Attorney General Gansler

As he prepares to leave the office he's held since 2007, Doug Gansler joins Midday to talk about his accomplishments, plus his recent recommendation that the state vacate the sentences of its last four Death Row inmates.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. Nov. 20, 1-2 P.M.
10:19 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Midday on the Bay: Sea-Level Rise

In 2010, this century-old house on Holland Island was swept into the Chesapeake Bay by rising sea levels.
Credit David Harp

According to a joint report by the Chesapeake Bay Journal and Chesapeake Quarterly, sea levels in the region are rising twice as fast as the global average, something of prime concern for thousands of Marylanders who live on or near coastal areas. Midday on the Bay contributor Rona Kobell, a reporter for the Bay Journal, shares her findings.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. Nov. 20, 12-1 PM
10:11 am
Thu November 20, 2014

City Hall Update

Baltimore City Hall

WYPR’s P. Kenneth Burns and The Baltimore Sun’s Luke Broadwater join us to discuss recent news from City Hall, such as the ban on plastic bags and legislation to provide for police body cameras, both of which Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake promises to veto.

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