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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From the Hindenburg disaster to FDR’s fireside chats, from Mae West to Dragnet, the 1930s, 40s, and 50s were considered the "Golden Age of Radio," a time when the medium exploded in popularity. In this hour of Midday, we listen back to notable moments from the golden age, hear some of the history of radio, and examine its influence on American society. Today, even with the rise of podcasts and online streaming, more than 90% of Americans still listen to a radio at some point, but radio stations face big challenges.

Midday Friday

Sep 18, 2015

The Anne Arundel County executive wants to prohibit medical marijuana in his county in the face of a state law that would allow it. We hear from Delegate Dan Morhaim, a doctor and legislator who pushed for the legalization of medical marijuana. And, a prominent Baltimore preacher says he’s running for the Congressional seat held by Elijah Cummings. But will Rev. Jamal Bryant challenge Cummings if he runs for re-election? WYPR Senior News Analyst C. Fraser Smith helps us sort that story out.

From police body cameras and racial profiling to "felonious running" and Baltimore City's $6.4 million settlement with Gray's family, we discuss the fallout from the Freddie Gray case with two professors of law. Our guests: J. Amy Dillard, associate professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law and David Harris, professor at the University of Pittsburg School of Law. 

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz

Sep 17, 2015

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Police Chief Jim Johnson talk about a $7 million plan to equip Baltimore County police officers with body cameras. Also, Kamenetz talks about a prediction that there could be up to 20,000 new jobs at Sparrows Point over the next decade, restoring the Point to its heyday. And we discuss the latest in plans for massive redevelopment in Towson, growing social and economic disparities in the Baltimore metropolitan region, and a Plan “B” for the nixed Red Line.

Midday on Media

Sep 16, 2015

David Zurawik, media critic for The Baltimore Sun, joins Midday for his take on recent events in news and television, including Stephen Colbert's new late night gig, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake's image, and the impending CNN GOP Debate.