Midday with Dan Rodricks

Midday Friday

Sep 25, 2015

In this edition of Midday Friday: Jay Hancock of Kaiser Health News tells us why out-of-pocket medical costs for American workers keep rising and John Davis, host of MotorWeek gets us up to speed on the Volkswagen emissions scandal. Plus we have our weekly business report from Joanna Sullivan of the Baltimore Business Journal and Del. Mary Washington tells about an upcoming census of homeless youth in Baltimore and the five surrounding counties.

True Style

Sep 24, 2015

Is it a fashion violation to mix blue and black? What works best and why -- a two-button or three-button suit jacket? And how do you navigate the trouser-sock-shoe nexus? Men’s fashion is fraught with pitfalls, but Bruce Boyer, former menswear editor at Town and Country, has some simple advice for beginners -- if you like it, wear it.

A Government For The Rich, By The Rich?

Sep 23, 2015

Is the United States less a democracy than a plutocracy now, governed by the wealthy elite? Have we become a nation, by the rich and for the rich? Or do capital gains fuel economic growth, creating jobs and bolstering business, increasing social mobility for all? In this hour of Midday, a hard look at the income inequality that has drawn public denunciations from Pope Francis and President Obama, and which stands at the center of arguments that the U.S. has been transformed into a plutocracy. Historian Ronald Formisano argues that point in the hour head, and we’ll hear a challenge to Formisano’s view from Thaya Brook Knight, a financial regulation expert with the libertarian CATO Institute.

The White House released its new College Scorecard this month to the delight of some, but to the chagrin of many. While students can now handily access information about college costs, student loans and average earnings of graduates, many college presidents say the criteria ignores other important factors such as student-to-faculty ratio and a college’s mission. In this hour of Midday we’ll hear from two college presidents, Patricia McGuire, of Trinity Washington University and Sandra Kurtinitis, of the Community College of Baltimore County. Are their institutions ranked fairly or accurately? What changes need to be made to the scorecard’s metrics? Kim Clark, college finance expert from Money Magazine, joins us. 

Midday on the Bay

Sep 22, 2015

There are some ambitious plans for the redevelopment of parts of Towson, MD. But some community leaders and environmentalists say that the plans need more green space, trees, parks and sports fields, and that the developers should pay for them. Also ahead, Rona Kobell describes some innovative practices designed to reduce polluted run off from farms on the Maryland Eastern Shore. She'll also tell us about a trip she took to areas of the Chesapeake region threatened by both natural phenomena and human behavior.