Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Dec. 1, 12-1 P.M.
9:05 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Crime & Punishment

A conversation with a distinguished law professor about criminal punishment in the era of mass incarceration -- what it means, what it gets us, what its consequences are for American society. Our guest is Robert A. Ferguson, professor of law at Columbia University and author of "Inferno: An Anatomy of American Punishment." Original air date 10/8/14

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. Nov. 28, 12-1 P.M.
9:30 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Walt Whitman and the New Bohemians

Walt Whitman's world in Manhattan before the Civil War is the setting for author Justin Martin's latest book on an American icon. Long before he became known as the Good Gray Poet, Whitman was a denizen of dingy Pfaff's basement saloon, noted as the site of the country's first bohemian culture, a hangout for rebel artists and other eccentrics. Martin is the author of "Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America's First Bohemians." Bonus: Kwame Kwei-Armah, artistic director at Center Stage, recites two Whitman poems. Original air date 10/15/14

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. Nov. 28, 1-2 P.M.Wh
9:10 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco

When he was selected as poet for President Obama's second inauguration, Richard Blanco became the youngest, first Latino, first immigrant, and first openly gay writer to attain the title. His new memoir is, "The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood." Original air date 10/28/14 

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed., Nov. 26, 1-2 P.M.
10:28 am
Wed November 26, 2014

The Future of the Harvest

On this day before Thanksgiving, as Americans travel to gather and give thanks, we’ll be talking about the food we eat – and why so little of it comes from nearby farms. Spike Gjerde, the prominent Baltimore chef and restaurateur, has a lot to say about the importance of building a sustainable food culture in the Chesapeake region. So do representatives of an alliance called Future Harvest.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Wed., Nov. 26, 12-1 P.M.
10:02 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Midday Open Phones

Students in Liberia are unable to attend school due to the Ebola outbreak.
Credit B. D. Colen

Open phones for listener comment about the news, including the aftermath of the Ferguson decision and, in Baltimore, the grim financials on the popular Circulator bus. Plus, Brigid McDonnell, program director at the International Book Bank, shares details about the shipment of 86,000 books from Maryland to children in Liberia.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. Nov. 25, 1-2 P.M.
11:45 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Ruppersberger on Benghazi

The final House Intelligence Committee report on the terrorist attack on the U.S. compound at Benghazi found no intelligence failure, as Republicans have alleged, and put to rest several rumors about the deaths of Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, and three others. The committee's ranking member, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Maryland), was co-author of the report. He visits Studio A to talk about Benghazi, President Obama's executive order on immigration and the state of the Democratic Party.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. Nov. 12-1 P.M.
11:39 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Ferguson Decision

St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch announced the grand jury's decision.

A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown. We discuss reaction to the announcement, including protests planned for Baltimore. Our guests: Baltimore City NAACP President Tessa Hill-Aston and Midday culture commentator and University of Maryland professor of American Studies Sheri Parks.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Nov. 24, 1-2 P.M
9:54 am
Mon November 24, 2014

To The North Pole

Swept up by the so-called "arctic fever" of the late 19th Century, the Jeannette set sail in 1879 from San Francisco on an exploratory mission to reach the North Pole. But somewhere en route, the ship, carrying 32 men, became trapped in ice and sank. Hampton Sides, Outside editor and best-selling author, recounts the harrowing tale in, "In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette."

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. Nov. 24, 12-1 P.M.
9:47 am
Mon November 24, 2014

NFL Turmoil

From the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson domestic violence cases to growing concerns about player disabilities from concussions, the National Football League seems embattled even as professional football reigns as the nation's most popular and profitable sport. A conversation about the management of the NFL, football's violent nature and looming litigation with former Baltimore Colts teammates Joe Ehrmann, founder of the "Coach for America," and Bruce Laird, an advocate for retired players.


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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. Nov. 21, 1-2 p.m.
9:26 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Had JFK Lived

Using plausibility as his cornerstone, Emmy Award-winning political analyst Jeff Greenfield, a former political speech writer and Time magazine columnist, crafts an alternate version of history about the remainder of the 1960’s had President John F. Kennedy not been assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. 

With production help from former Midday intern Connor Graham

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