Midday

During a portion of the hour usually devoted to Midday, WYPR carried live special coverage of the police ambush in Dallas. Five police officers were killed and seven injured after a protest in an ambush by snipers. With the shooting in Dallas and the recent deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling at the hands of police, we opened the phones to your calls and emails for the remainder of the hour.  

Ahead of the Democratic and Republican conventions later this month, where presumptive nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are expected to announce their running mates, we discuss the pros and cons of rumored vice-presidential picks. Will Clinton make history by choosing a female or Latino running mate? Can Trump select an experienced politician without compromising his anti-establishment platform? Does it matter what part of the country a running mate hails from? Political scientists Melissa Deckman and Todd Eberly join us as we discuss the candidate’s V.P. shortlists, the importance of grassroots support, and how the unpopularity of both major party candidates may impact turnout this November. 

Buying a car can be a daunting proposition. Which make and model? New or used? What about certified pre-owned? How long is too long to be paying off a car? What about extended warranties and the other bells and whistles dealerships offer? And just what’s the cost of holding out for that red paint job? Today we’ll talk about what you can do to get a fair price for the vehicle you want. If you’re in the market for a car - and don’t want to get taken for a ride - tune in to hear tips of the trade from Jack Nerad, executive editorial director for automotive research company Kelley Blue Book. 

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Marriage rates are at historic lows. According to the Pew Research Center’s analysis of 2010 Census data, while in 1960 nearly three out of four of all adults were married, today just half are. Why are Americans delaying or even shunning the institution? What could this decline mean for their economic futures? Does marriage still matter? University of Maryland sociologist Philip Cohen explains what factors, from gender equality to educational attainment, have played a role in the decline of marriage rates.

It’s summer and the mosquitoes are here. But this year that familiar buzz has a menacing quality. The Zika virus is spreading. There are now over 900 confirmed cases in the United States, 31 in Maryland. So far, all of them are travel-related. But the mosquitoes that transmit Zika are found in this country as well. Experts expect the first case of Zika transmission within the United States any day now. How can municipalities slow the spread of this virus? What are scientists doing to combat mosquito-borne diseases like Zika? And what can we do ourselves? Our guests: Joseph Conlon, technical advisor for the American Mosquito Control Association and retired US Navy entomologist; George Dimopoulos, professor in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology and faculty member of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute.

Why Exercise?

Jun 30, 2016
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Recent headlines suggest that diet is more powerful in weight loss than is exercise -- but there are countless benefits from exercise beyond losing weight. Yet as a country, we drag our heels. Barely half of American adults meet recommended guidelines for aerobic exercise, far fewer than follow other health guidelines like not smoking and getting enough sleep. Today we look at a range of reasons to work out, from improving memory and sleep to warding off depression and extinguishing stress. We discuss the value of fitness trackers, and how to get back into a routine after an injury.

Hate crimes against Muslims have surged in the last year. And Muslims have been a popular target during the presidential campaign: Ben Carson said a Muslim could not become president; Ted Cruz called for police to patrol Muslim neighborhoods. And Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, proposed a temporary ban on Muslim immigrants, a position he’s recently softened. Some Muslims say they feel less safe than at any time in recent memory, even after 9-11. Scholars say a long-standing fear of Islam among Westerners is driving the current wave of hostility. What are the roots of this anxiety? And how do terrorist attacks by people claiming a Muslim identity play into our fears?

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According to industry experts, health care costs are expected to rise 6.5 percent in the coming year, driven up by the growing cost of medical care and drugs, as well as increasing consumption of services. As premiums, deductibles, and co-pays climb, we ask, are these increases a course correction or the new normal? And who’s being hit hardest? Margot Sanger Katz of the New York Times, and Dr. Peter Beilenson, CEO of Evergreen Health Cooperative, join us to discuss. Plus, we dissect why health care co-ops face such tough odds and look at an alternative to the Affordable Care Act proposed by House Republicans. 

Three of the six Baltimore police officers charged in Freddie Gray’s fatal injury have now been tried; none has been convicted. When officer Caesar Goodson was cleared last week, many people in his neighborhood said they were angry – but not surprised. Even before the officers were indicted 14 months ago, the rallying cry was, “Justice for Freddie Gray!” Where does the city stand in reaching that goal? Are convictions the way to measure justice for Freddie Gray? If not, where should we be looking? What questions should we be asking? We talk to Ronald Weich, dean of the University of Baltimore law school; Rev. S. Todd Yeary, senior pastor of Douglas Memorial Community Church; and Ray Kelly, outreach leader of the No Boundaries Coalition of Central West Baltimore.

Social security payments, disability benefits, inherited real estate. These are some of the assets that can be seized from foster care children. And instead of paying for their care, these sources of money may be funneled to a state’s general coffers. In his new book, “The Poverty Industry,” University of Baltimore law professor Daniel Hatcher argues that this practice allows states to put fiscal self interest ahead of their duty to serve vulnerable children, children who may be unaware they even qualify for federal benefits. Do states have a legal duty to set this money aside for foster children? How do we ensure money to help those in need actually reaches them? For upcoming author events, click here

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