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: Wed. Jun. 17, 1-2 PM
9:10 am
Wed June 17, 2015


In Midday’s second hour, we travel 50 years into the past to 1965, the height of the civil rights movement. We’ll speak to Julian Zelizer, author of “The Fierce Urgency of Now,” on the political savvy of President Johnson and the fight over the Great Society. And we hear Jim Achmutey’s account of the integration of a high school in rural Georgia -- how a white student's defense of his African-American classmates left a lasting impression on his peers. Original air date: 04/23/15.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. Jun. 17, 12-1 PM
9:05 am
Wed June 17, 2015


Remember the search engine Alta Vista or the browser Netscape? Where were you when you heard the verdict in the O.J. Simpson trial? W. Joseph Campbell, American University professor of communications, argues that 1995 was not only the breakout year for the Internet, but a pivotal year in American politics and culture. Original air date: 04/23/15.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. June 16, 1-2 PM
9:41 am
Tue June 16, 2015

The Life and Science of Albert Einstein

The life and science of Albert Einstein, with Steven Gimbel, Baltimore native and chair of the philosophy department at Gettysburg College, author of “Einstein: His Space and Times,” and “Einstein’s Jewish Science: Physics at the Intersection of Politics and Religion.” Original air date: 04/21/15.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. June 16, 12-1 PM
9:37 am
Tue June 16, 2015

Whither College?

In her new book, “American Higher Education in Crisis?” Goldie Blumenstyk, senior writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education, argues that our system of two- and four-year colleges, public and private, is at a tipping point. Demographics are changing, costs are rising and distance-learning poses a threat to the traditional model. A look at the future of higher ed. Original air date: 04/15/2015. Production assistance from former Midday intern Kerry DeSantis.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon, June 15, 1-2 PM
9:45 am
Mon June 15, 2015

Our Sense of Touch

Why does mint cool your tongue while chili peppers burn it? How long does it take for the pain of a stubbed toe to reach your brain? David Linden, Johns Hopkins neuroscientist and New York Times bestselling author, explores these mysteries in “Touch: The Science of the Hand, Heart and Mind.” Original air date: 03/10/15.

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