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: Mon. Aug. 11, 12-1 p.m.
9:29 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Blue-Eyed Boy: A Vietnam Memoir

Author Robert Timberg

Just days before his tour of duty in Vietnam was scheduled to end, Marine Lt. Robert Timberg's vehicle struck a Viet Cong land mine. The explosion resulted in third-degree burns to Timberg's face and much of his body. Timberg, who later became a reporter and White House correspondent for The Baltimore Evening Sun and The Sun, recounts his fraught journey toward reclaiming his life in a new memoir, "Blue-Eyed Boy."

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. Aug. 8, 1-2 p.m.
9:19 am
Fri August 8, 2014

In the Garden: Summer Edition

Beans, beats, tomatoes, basil, melons, peaches -- the time for bountiful fresh fruits and vegetables has arrived. Nancy Taylor Robson, master gardener and Grow It/Eat It blogger, and Baltimore Sun columnist Susan Reimer offer tips for growing backyard produce while warding off the bugs. Original air date 7/24/14 

  

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. Aug. 8, 12-1 p.m.
9:16 am
Fri August 8, 2014

American Panic

From the Salem witch trials to modern-day uproar over illegal immigrants, Americans have succumbed to the hype, intensity and propaganda that accompanies political panics. Best-selling writer Marc Stein surveys the phenomenon in “American Panic: A History of Who Scares Us and Why.” 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. Aug. 7, 1-2 p.m.
9:37 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Angry White Men

Sociologist Michael Kimmel tackles controversial territory as he tries to explain the emotional response of some of the country's white men (tea party and NRA, as examples) to the election of Barack Obama, changing political demographics, wage stagnation and downward mobility. Kimmel, professor of gender studies and sociology at Stony Brook, is the author of "Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of An Era." 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. Aug. 7 12-1 p.m.
9:33 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Maryland Casinos

Baltimore's Horseshoe Casino is set to open August 26.

Following two years of planning and construction, the $442 million Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore is set to open this month. We’ll survey the Maryland gambling landscape with James Karmel, an expert on gambling in the mid-Atlantic. We’ll also look the imminent closures of Atlantic City’s Showboat and Trump Plaza casinos and how that could affect Maryland’s revenues. Sean Sullivan, a reporter from nj.com, who has written about Atlantic City's industry, also joins us. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. Aug. 6, 1-2 p.m.
9:39 am
Wed August 6, 2014

The Annals of Unsolved Crime

Former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko died of polonium-210 poisoning. But was his death the result of foul play?

The assassination of President Lincoln, the suicide of Marilyn Monroe, and the crimes of Jack the Ripper -- veteran investigative journalist Edward Jay Epstein delves into history’s most notorious and controversial crimes and offers his analysis and theories of each.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. Aug. 6, 12-1 p.m.
9:35 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Midday Open Phones

The Ebola outbreak continues to threaten parts of West Africa.

Listeners are invited to call in with comments on the latest news of the day.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. Aug. 5, 1-2 p.m.
8:42 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Being Chinese and American

There are nearly 4 million people of Chinese ancestry living in the United States. Meanwhile, the treatment of Chinese-Americans often depends on the strength or weakness of China itself; the more powerful China becomes, the more Chinese-Americans are seen as vessels of that power. Eric Liu, a former speechwriter and policy advisor to President Clinton, talks about what shapes modern Chinese-American identity in, “A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream.”

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. Aug. 5, 12-1 p.m.
8:40 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Financial Advice for the Non-Rich

It’s easy to eschew the stock market if you don’t have a lot of money to invest. But Ron Lieber, the “Your Money” columnist for The New York Times, says there are a growing number of startups that have emerged in recent years that can help people of average or modest means invest in the stock market at a lower cost.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. July 4, 1-2 p.m.
9:42 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Studying Laughter

What makes us laugh? Cognitive neuroscientist and former University of Maryland research scientist Scott Weems delves into what makes things funny. Original air date 7/23/1 4

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