Midday with Dan Rodricks

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Midday with Dan Rodricks as the host aired on WYPR until October 2, 2015.

Archive prior to February 25, 2014

Midday Eats: The Vegan Edition

Sep 11, 2015

Put down that Bacon. Throw away those eggs, and forget about milk and cheese. In this hour of Midday, we’ll step into the plant-based kitchen of Isa Chandra Moskowitz, author of "Vegan with a Vengence." She’ll tell us how to vegan-ize some of our favorite carnivorous dinners and desserts: like tofu BBQ ribs and almond milk lemon poppy-seed muffins. Our regular Midday Eats guests, Henry Hong of Thames Street Oyster House, and John Shields of Gertrude’s, join us as well, to discuss some of their favorite vegan recipes, including "I Can’t Believe It’s Not Crab" "crab" cakes. Not a fan of vegan dining? Maybe it’s time to take a chance on tofu and tempeh.

This morning, in a stunning announcement, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake said she will not seek re-election. The mayor’s image has been battered by the events of the past five months with the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, followed by rioting in the city that prompted a curfew and the send-in of the National Guard. Six police officers were charged in Gray’s death -- their trials are set to begin this fall. This week, the mayor pushed through a $6.4 million wrongful death payout at the city’s Board of Estimates to the family of Freddie Gray. Today in the first hour of Midday, we will discuss the mayor’s decision and we invite your calls and emails.

The Man Who Wasn't There

Sep 10, 2015

Where in the brain is our sense of self located? How can you pinpoint what makes us who we are and what do you do when that knowledge is lost? Science journalist Anil Anathaswamy followed individuals with complex neurological disorders - from Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia to a rare disorder that causes the delusional belief that one is dead -- and wrote about their experiences in his book, “The Man Who Wasn’t There.” In this hour, we find out what he discovered about the human sense of self.

Midday is joined this hour by Hodding Carter III -- author, journalist, and former spokesman for the Department of State under the Carter administration, most notably during the Iran hostage crisis. We’ll get his perspective on the role of the press in the post-Snowden era.

Plus at the top of the hour, updates from the pre-trial of the Freddie Gray case. 

A Conversation with Susan Lowe

Sep 9, 2015

Actress Susan Lowe appeared in more than ten of director John Waters’ films, including classics such as Desperate Living, Hairspray, and Cry-Baby. We’ll hear her behind-the-scenes stories about what it’s like to work with Baltimore’s favorite off-beat filmmaker and learn about her career as a painter.

Open Phones: The Payout To Freddie Gray's Family

Sep 9, 2015

Open phones for listener comment about the top news of Baltimore and our region, including the vote by Baltimore's Board of Estimates to pay the family of Freddie Gray 6.4 million dollars. 


New York Times national security reporter Scott Shane has written a new book, “Objective Troy.” It tells the story of the transformation of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen residing in Yemen, from a moderate imam, to a militant one, to an assassination target of United States. Shane explores President Obama’s strategy in the war on terror, the rise of drone technology, and whether killing Anwar al-Awlaki actually made him a bigger threat to American security.

Midday Politics

Sep 8, 2015

In today’s first hour, a wide-ranging discussion on politics and current events. Congress faced big decisions and tight deadlines- the vote for the Iran nuclear deal could happen as early as this week. Despite increasing opposition to the deal - including from top ranking Democrat, Senator Ben Cardin, President Obama is likely to retain his ability to veto a vote of disapproval. Also, as Europe faces one of its darkest moments since World War II, we’ll discuss why the United States hasn’t gotten involved in the global migrant crisis.

Midday on Film: WWII and the Pacific Theater

Sep 4, 2015

The second hour is Midday on Film, with Linda DeLibero and Christopher Llewellyn Reed. Noting the anniversary of the end of World War II, 70 years ago this week, Linda and Chris survey some of the great motion pictures set in the war's Pacific theater.

Midday Friday

Sep 4, 2015
Gwendolyn Glenn

Ex-Police Commissioner, Anthony Batts, broke his silence this week at a panel discussion at Mount Saint Mary's in Emmitsburg. Colin Campbell of the Baltimore Sun joins us to discuss the controversy surrounding Batts' assertion that officers "took a knee" after the unrest in April. Also, we hear about the start of the school year from Amanda Rice, principal of Waverly Elementary/Middle School, and Sun reporter Erica Green. Then, a preview of Everyman Theater’s upcoming season and our weekly business report from Joanna Sullivan of the Baltimore Business Journal. Aaron Henkin guests host this edition of Midday Friday.