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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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. Aug. 12, 1-2 PM
11:44 am
Wed August 12, 2015

Open Phones

Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn (R) met Monday with Baltimore's deletion to discuss alternative mass transit projects.

Open phones and listener emails in this one o’clock hour, as we follow-up on the conversation you just heard with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Baltimore hit the 200 homicide mark on Monday, after a shooting near Clifton Park. The homicide count did not reach 200 last year until December. How is the surge in violence affecting life in your neighborhood, and in your view of the city and its leadership? We’ll also welcome more reaction, pro and con, to the Hogan administration’s punt on mass transit projects in Baltimore.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. Aug. 12, 12-1 PM
11:35 am
Wed August 12, 2015

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake joins Midday to discuss the city’s violent crime streak, her relationship with Governor Hogan, and what alternatives are being considered since the cancelation of the Red Line light rail project.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. Aug. 11, 1-2 PM
11:46 am
Tue August 11, 2015

Tech For Good

Digital Harbor provides a place for kids to learn programming, coding, and game design after school.

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.”

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. Aug.
11:39 am
Tue August 11, 2015

How to Reinvent Bus Transit

Houston, Texas reboots its bus system this Sunday, with redesigned routes and a new schedule.

On Monday, the Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn met with state elected officials to discuss alternative mass transit solutions since Governor Hogan’s cancelling of the Red Line. One alternative in play -- improvements to the MTA bus system. We take a look at the city of Houston, Texas, which unveils its revamped system this weekend, and hear how city officials navigated responses from impacted communities. Plus, Baltimore architect Klaus Philipsen offers his ideas on how the city could harness the potential of bus transit.

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12:55 pm
Mon August 10, 2015

Baltimore County Chief Jim Johnson

Credit Reuters

2015 has been the deadliest year in Baltimore since the 1970’s, and other major cities are seeing increases in violence too. Last week, officials of police departments from across the country met in Washington to discuss the trend. The prevalence of guns, Synthetic drugs, retaliatory violence were identified as some of the common trends among Baltimore, New York, Milwaukee, Houston and Chicago. Our guest this hour is Baltimore County police chief Jim Johnson, a staunch advocate of tougher gun laws as one way to reduce violence in urban areas.

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