Midday with Dan Rodricks

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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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The White House released its new College Scorecard this month to the delight of some, but to the chagrin of many. While students can now handily access information about college costs, student loans and average earnings of graduates, many college presidents say the criteria ignores other important factors such as student-to-faculty ratio and a college’s mission. In this hour of Midday we’ll hear from two college presidents, Patricia McGuire, of Trinity Washington University and Sandra Kurtinitis, of the Community College of Baltimore County. Are their institutions ranked fairly or accurately? What changes need to be made to the scorecard’s metrics? Kim Clark, college finance expert from Money Magazine, joins us. 

Midday on the Bay

Sep 22, 2015

There are some ambitious plans for the redevelopment of parts of Towson, MD. But some community leaders and environmentalists say that the plans need more green space, trees, parks and sports fields, and that the developers should pay for them. Also ahead, Rona Kobell describes some innovative practices designed to reduce polluted run off from farms on the Maryland Eastern Shore. She'll also tell us about a trip she took to areas of the Chesapeake region threatened by both natural phenomena and human behavior.

Structural Racism & Waking Up White

Sep 22, 2015

Debby Irving is a white woman, born into privilege, who as middle age approached embarked on a personal journey to understand race and racism. She’ll tell us what she learned about herself and about American society as we take this hour of Midday for another important discussion about race and racism affects our lives, in ways visible and invisible. Up front, we hear from Diane Bell-McKoy, president and CEO of Associated Black Charities of Maryland, and the Rev. Douglas Miles, bishop of Koinonia Baptist Church in Baltimore; they signed their names to newspaper ads call for honest discussion, economic opportunities and policy changes to end structural racism they see at the root of the city’s problems.

In a startling new book called Dreamland, journalist, Sam Quinones, traces America’s heroin business back its roots in the deceptive marketing of prescription painkillers in the 1990's. Quinones says the epidemic has devastated entire middle American communities but, he looks at both sides of the operation, including the wealth it has brought to a dismally poor region of Mexico.

Tech For Good

Sep 21, 2015

We hear about three efforts to promote technology skills in Baltimore. Gretchen LeGrand, co-founder of Code in the Schools, tells how they are working provides computer science education to more than 2,500 students each year. Stephanie and Shawn Grimes from Digital Harbor Foundation, talk about the after-school programs, summer camps, workshops they provide for community members and educators. And Will Holman, of Baltimore Arts Realty Corp, talks about transforming properties throughout the city into so-called “maker spaces.”