Midday with Dan Rodricks

Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. Feb. 4, 12-1 p.m.
9:20 am
Wed February 4, 2015

How the GOP Captured Congress

Despite losing four of the last six presidential elections, Republicans won control of both houses of Congress in last year's mid-terms. Thomas Schaller, a political science professor at University of Maryland Baltimore County and op-ed columnist for The Baltimore Sun, unpacks the current GOP in "The Stronghold: How Republicans Captured Congress But Surrendered the White House." We’ll also talk about the GOP’s 2016 presidential field. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. Feb. 3, 1-2 p.m.
9:53 am
Tue February 3, 2015

The Lonely War

Journalist Nazila Fathi fled her native Iran during the uprisings of 2009 after learning that her photo was circulating among regime snipers. In her memoir, "The Lonely War: One Woman’s Account of the Struggle for Modern Iran," Fathi recounts stories of growing up during the 1979 revolution and her career covering the country's political turbulence for The New York Times. 

With production help from Midday intern Kerry DeSantis

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. Feb. 3, 12-1 p.m.
9:50 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Community Colleges

President Obama's proposal calls for $60 billion dollars over 10 years to help fund free tuition for students with good grades.

President Obama wants to make two years of college "as free and universal in America as high school today." He wants the federal government to pick up the tab for community college.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Feb. 2, 12-1 p.m.
11:11 am
Mon February 2, 2015

The Red Line

Gov. Larry Hogan’s proposed budget sets aside $106.2 million for Baltimore’s Red Line, pending a review of the light rail project. The Red Line’s estimated overall price tag is $2.9 billion. James T. Smith, former Maryland transportation secretary, and Marty Taylor, president of The Right Rail Coalition, debate the project's pros and cons. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. Jan. 29, 1-2 p.m.
10:25 am
Thu January 29, 2015

The Black Box Society

University of Maryland law professor Frank Pasquale examines how powerful interests and big corporations are abusing our privacy for profit in, "The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms that Control Money and Information." Pasquale is an affiliate fellow at Yale Law School's Information Society Project, and a member of the Council for Big Data, Ethics, and Society.  Guest host Aaron Henkin 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. Jan. 28, 1-2 P.M.
2:27 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Paternity Leave

Michael Roston and his daughter, Ruby.

In his State of the Union address, President Obama argued that paid leave is not just a women's issue, but a family one. While some companies have started to offer paternity leave, societal stigma still prevents many new fathers from taking it.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. Jan. 28, 12-1 P.M.
2:23 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Home from Prison

What's it like to come home from prison? Are your relatives glad to see you? Community Mediation Maryland, a conflict resolution program, says one session of pre-release mediation between an inmate and relatives can reduce potential conflicts and increase the chance for a successful homecoming. Our guests: Lorig Charkoudian, the program's executive director, and two people who went through the mediation process.

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