Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. Jan. 8, 12-1 p.m.
9:45 am
Thu January 8, 2015

The Three-Parent Child

The mitochondria, the organelles at the heart of the new technology, power a cell like batteries. Mitochondrial disease affects between 4-6,000 people in the United States.

A new procedure designed to eliminate some hereditary diseases results in children with DNA from a mother, father and a third donor -- the so-called "three-parent child." While some scientists laud the advance for its ability to prevent certain disorders, others caution that that it might pave the way for ethically dubious forms of genetic manipulation. Our guests: Dr.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. Jan. 7, 1-2 p.m.
9:24 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Baltimore Bike Safety

The recent death of bike enthusiast Thomas Palermo in Baltimore city has galvanized activists to push for better bike safety laws.

The death in north Baltimore of bicycle enthusiast Thomas Palermo galvanized the local cycling community into pushing for more safety measures. Our guests: Greg Hinchliffe, executive director of Bikemore; Nate Evans, executive director of Bike Maryland, and City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke (14th District).


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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed. Jan. 7, 12-1 p.m.
9:21 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Obamacare Maryland, Year II

Maryland Health Connection Head Carolyn Quattrocki

Carolyn Quattrocki, executive director of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, answers questions about second-year insurance enrollment under the Affordable Care Act and how the exchange is faring following its disastrous launch in 2013. Plus, a look at the latest Supreme Court challenge to the ACA with reporter Jay Hancock of Kaiser Health News. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. Jan. 6, 1-2 p.m.
9:31 am
Tue January 6, 2015


Chief executives of the largest US corporations receive multi-million-dollar salaries with stock options and bonuses tied to company performance. In “Indispensable and Other Myths: Why the CEO Pay Experiment Failed and How to Fix It,” corporate law professor Michael Dorff debunks the justifications behind enormous compensation packages, saying there is no evidence that performance pay motivates CEOs and that they have far less influence on corporate results than is commonly thought.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. Jan. 6, 12-1 p.m.
9:29 am
Tue January 6, 2015

17 Million & Counting

Nature writer Tom Horton questions whether the Chesapeake Bay can sustain uninhibited population growth.

With 17 million people, the population of the Chesapeake Bay watershed has more than doubled since the 1950s. And it's expected to triple within the next several decades. Tom Horton, longtime environmental reporter, speaks with authority about the consequences of growth on the region's quality of life and its sustainability. The author of six books about the Chesapeake, Horton is an environmental studies professor at Salisbury University. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Jan. 5, 1-2 P.M.
3:22 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Poverty Capitalism: The Cost of Being Poor, Part II

Tipped-wage workers are being left behind in the fight to increase the minimum wage.

We continue our discussion about poverty capitalism with a look at workers and consumers in Maryland. ​Susan Francis, deputy director of the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, talks about the new Abell Report that explains Baltimore's tax sales policy, and how it adversely affects the city's poorest homeowners. Marceline White, executive director for the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, explains how rent-to-own stores and payday loans are risky bets for people who have difficulty getting credit.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Jan. 5, 12-1 P.M.
9:33 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Poverty Capitalism: The Cost of Being Poor, Part I

Offenders paying for their own ankle bracelets is one example of how the criminal justice system adversely affects the poor.

Contact with the criminal justice system has become increasingly expensive. Many states charge fees for services, such as public defenders, that used to be free, and more crimes are being punished by fines as an alternative to jail time. Offenders who can’t afford to pay often face many obstacles, including fines for their inability to pay, and increased time on probation or in jail. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. Dec. 22, 1-2 p.m.
9:28 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Midday Open Phones

On Sunday, Baltimore area resident Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot and killed two New York City Police Officers before turning the gun on himself.

Dan takes listener phone calls and emails related to the news of the day. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. Dec. 22, 12-1 p.m.
9:23 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Midday Politics: Year in Review

Maryland Governor-elect Larry Hogan

Melissa Deckman, chair of the political science department at Washington College, and Don Norris, professor of public policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, discuss the year’s most significant state and national political stories. 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Dec. 22, 1-2 P.M.
9:24 am
Mon December 22, 2014

A History of the GOP

Boston College history professor Heather Cox Richardson traces the evolution of the GOP from its founding by President Abraham Lincoln to its modern day incarnation in, "To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party."

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