Midday with Dan Rodricks

Structural Racism & Waking Up White

Sep 22, 2015

Debby Irving is a white woman, born into privilege, who as middle age approached embarked on a personal journey to understand race and racism. She’ll tell us what she learned about herself and about American society as we take this hour of Midday for another important discussion about race and racism affects our lives, in ways visible and invisible. Up front, we hear from Diane Bell-McKoy, president and CEO of Associated Black Charities of Maryland, and the Rev. Douglas Miles, bishop of Koinonia Baptist Church in Baltimore; they signed their names to newspaper ads call for honest discussion, economic opportunities and policy changes to end structural racism they see at the root of the city’s problems.

In a startling new book called Dreamland, journalist, Sam Quinones, traces America’s heroin business back its roots in the deceptive marketing of prescription painkillers in the 1990's. Quinones says the epidemic has devastated entire middle American communities but, he looks at both sides of the operation, including the wealth it has brought to a dismally poor region of Mexico.

Tech For Good

Sep 21, 2015

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.”

From the Hindenburg disaster to FDR’s fireside chats, from Mae West to Dragnet, the 1930s, 40s, and 50s were considered the "Golden Age of Radio," a time when the medium exploded in popularity. In this hour of Midday, we listen back to notable moments from the golden age, hear some of the history of radio, and examine its influence on American society. Today, even with the rise of podcasts and online streaming, more than 90% of Americans still listen to a radio at some point, but radio stations face big challenges.

Midday Friday

Sep 18, 2015

The Anne Arundel County executive wants to prohibit medical marijuana in his county in the face of a state law that would allow it. We hear from Delegate Dan Morhaim, a doctor and legislator who pushed for the legalization of medical marijuana. And, a prominent Baltimore preacher says he’s running for the Congressional seat held by Elijah Cummings. But will Rev. Jamal Bryant challenge Cummings if he runs for re-election? WYPR Senior News Analyst C. Fraser Smith helps us sort that story out.

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