Midday with Dan Rodricks

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.

Jaclyn Borowski/ Baltimore Business Journal

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.

Midday Eats: The Vegan Edition

Sep 11, 2015

Put down that Bacon. Throw away those eggs, and forget about milk and cheese. In this hour of Midday, we’ll step into the plant-based kitchen of Isa Chandra Moskowitz, author of "Vegan with a Vengence." She’ll tell us how to vegan-ize some of our favorite carnivorous dinners and desserts: like tofu BBQ ribs and almond milk lemon poppy-seed muffins. Our regular Midday Eats guests, Henry Hong of Thames Street Oyster House, and John Shields of Gertrude’s, join us as well, to discuss some of their favorite vegan recipes, including "I Can’t Believe It’s Not Crab" "crab" cakes. Not a fan of vegan dining? Maybe it’s time to take a chance on tofu and tempeh.

This morning, in a stunning announcement, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake said she will not seek re-election. The mayor’s image has been battered by the events of the past five months with the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, followed by rioting in the city that prompted a curfew and the send-in of the National Guard. Six police officers were charged in Gray’s death -- their trials are set to begin this fall. This week, the mayor pushed through a $6.4 million wrongful death payout at the city’s Board of Estimates to the family of Freddie Gray. Today in the first hour of Midday, we will discuss the mayor’s decision and we invite your calls and emails.