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 UN estimates that, over the past year, more than 380,000 men, women and children have fled war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa, traveling to Europe in search of a better life. The response to the crisis has been mixed. While Hungary has erected a fence to keep asylum seekers out, Germany may accept as many as 1 million refugees.

Dr. Mutter's Marvels

Sep 15, 2015

In the mid-19th century they were called “monsters,” men and women severely disfigured by disease, disaster, war, or accident, with very little quality of life. Dr. Thomas Mütter, a Philadelphia doctor, devote his career to making a difference in the lives of these outcasts. Author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz takes us back to the 1830's and the dawn of modern surgery in the book, “Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine.”

Certainly one of the most captivating public figures on the planet: Pope Francis Tweets, he eschews opulence, he admonishes bishops to be more pastoral. He’s likely the first Pope anyone called cool. Liberal in actions and attitude, yet conservative in what he ultimately says about church teaching, Francis comes to the U.S. next week. He will be the first pope to address Congress; observers expect him to speaks about racial injustice and income inequality. Ahead of the papal visit, a talk about the Francis pontificate with British journalist Paul Vallely, who has written extensively about Pope Francis and sees his papacy as a struggle for the soul of Catholicism. Plus we speak to two professors of theology: David Cloutier of Mount St. Mary's University and Fritz Bauerschmidt of Loyola University.  

Midday On The Bay

Sep 14, 2015

Rona Kobell of the Chesapeake Bay Journal joins us for another edition of Midday on the Bay. We’ll hear the latest in environmental news, including a news of a $19 million sewage treatment plant for northern Caroline County, where towns have struggled with failing septic systems since the 1980's. And we hear the story of how it took 7 years for one Maryland man to get a permit to grow oysters.

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Open phones for listener reaction to the news that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake will not seek re-election. Will this decision make her a lame duck for the rest of her term? Will she be able to return to political life in the future? Join Dan as he talks with Kimberly Moffitt, associate professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Doug Donovan, reporter for the Baltimore Sun, about how this announcement will impact both potential and declared candidates for mayor.