Midday with Dan Rodricks

The Red Line

Feb 2, 2015

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. 

The Black Box Society

Jan 29, 2015

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 

Paternity Leave

Jan 28, 2015

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.

Home from Prison

Jan 28, 2015

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.