Midday with Dan Rodricks

Where in the brain is our sense of self located? How can you pinpoint what makes us who we are and what do you do when that knowledge is lost? Science journalist Anil Anathaswamy followed individuals with complex neurological disorders - from Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia to a rare disorder that causes the delusional belief that one is dead -- and wrote about their experiences in his book, “The Man Who Wasn’t There.” In this hour, we find out what he discovered about the human sense of self.

Midday is joined this hour by Hodding Carter III -- author, journalist, and former spokesman for the Department of State under the Carter administration, most notably during the Iran hostage crisis. We’ll get his perspective on the role of the press in the post-Snowden era.

Plus at the top of the hour, updates from the pre-trial of the Freddie Gray case. 

A Conversation with Susan Lowe

Sep 9, 2015

Actress Susan Lowe appeared in more than ten of director John Waters’ films, including classics such as Desperate Living, Hairspray, and Cry-Baby. We’ll hear her behind-the-scenes stories about what it’s like to work with Baltimore’s favorite off-beat filmmaker and learn about her career as a painter.

Open phones for listener comment about the top news of Baltimore and our region, including the vote by Baltimore's Board of Estimates to pay the family of Freddie Gray 6.4 million dollars. 


New York Times national security reporter Scott Shane has written a new book, “Objective Troy.” It tells the story of the transformation of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen residing in Yemen, from a moderate imam, to a militant one, to an assassination target of United States. Shane explores President Obama’s strategy in the war on terror, the rise of drone technology, and whether killing Anwar al-Awlaki actually made him a bigger threat to American security.