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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. May 29, 12-1 p.m.
11:37 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Vehicles for Change

Alfred Johnson spent 27 years in prison for second-degree homicide. He was only 17-years-old at the time of his arrest. Now, at the age of 45, he's a working mechanic for Vehicles for Change.
Courtesy of Vehicles for Change

A radio profile of the nonprofit through the stories of three ex-offenders who took part in VOC's Center for Automotive Careers. The program trains unemployed and underemployed adults for jobs in automotive services. Our guests: Alfred Johnson, Edward Ray, and Tavon Williams

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Midday with Dan Rodricks, Wed. May 28 1-2 p.m.
9:41 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Inside The Teen Brain

Daniel Siegel says for teens, "Life is on fire."
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Psychiatrist and author Daniel Siegel talks about the teenage brain, how it develops, how it works -- and how parents and their children can make the most of an important period of growth, change and experimentation. Siegel is the best-selling author of "Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain."

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Midday with Dan Rodricks, Wed. May 128 12-1 p.m.
9:34 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Midday Politics

Lt. Governor Anthony Brown opted out of last night's gubernatorial debate on WBFF.
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Analysis of the second televised debate of Maryland's Democratic gubernatorial candidates, with Melissa Deckman, chair and professor of political science at Washington College, and Barry Rascovar of politicalmaryland.org

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. May 27, 1-2 p.m.
11:14 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Shy Guy to Self-Styled Freedom Fighter

Matthew VanDyke
Credit Courtesy of Matthew VanDyke

The documentary film "Point and Shoot" tells the story of our guest: Matthew Van Dyke, a shy young Baltimorean who went to Libya to join the rebels as they took up arms against the Gaddafi regime in 2011. Van Dyke was captured and spent six months in solitary confinement before escaping and returning to the front lines. Van Dyke is a filmmaker who also spent time among the rebel fighters in the Syrian Civil War.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Tues. May 27, 12-1 p.m.
11:08 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Making Streets Complete

Main Street in Annapolis is Dover's favorite street in Maryland. "It's a well-preserved, well-cared-for classic; feels like the heart of town."
Victor Dover

Walk to work, bike to work -- more and more civic groups in American cities, including Baltimore, are encouraging people to commute on foot or by bicycle. It’s cheap, healthy, environmentally impeccable. But is it safe? After decades of designing streets for the motorist, how can American cities make sufficient room for the pedestrian or pedalist? What makes a 21st Century street complete? And what effect could self-driving cars have on future urban planning?

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. May 26, 1-2 pm
2:48 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

The Ivy League and Vietnam

This collection of essays compiles a variety of different experiences that the class of 1964 had with the Vietnam War.
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Loopholes in the draft helped many young, well-educated men dodge the Vietnam War. But not all Ivy Leaguers chose to do so. We hear the stories of Phil Schaefer, Alan McKee and Bill Riggs, three Dartmouth College graduates with connections to Maryland, who each spent time in combat. Each contributed to a new book of essays, “Dartmouth Veterans—Vietnam Perspectives.”

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Mon. May 26, 12-1 pm
2:42 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

The Income Gap

Credit salon.com

From President Obama to Pope Francis, income inequality -- the widening gap between rich and poor -- is a recurring theme in public discourse in the U.S. and around the world. But what does it really mean? How bad is it and what are its long-term consequences for U.S. economy and the emerging generation of American workers?

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Fri. May 23, 12-2 p.m.
2:21 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Midday Friday

Baltimore harbor is home to the country's first "trash-sucking" water wheel.
Credit Water Wheel Factory

Following up on interesting stories, people and ideas, from the Baltimore region and throughout Maryland.

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. May 22, 1-2 p.m.
9:42 am
Wed May 21, 2014

American Maroons

In "Slavery's Exiles: The Story of the American Maroons," Sylviane A. Diouf chronicles the overlooked stories of the men, women and children who escaped from slavery to make the swamps and caves of the Southern wilderness their home. Diouf is a curator at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library. Original air date 4/15/14

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Midday with Dan Rodricks: Thurs. May 22, 12-1 p.m
9:38 am
Wed May 21, 2014

The Sixth Extinction

Since its formation more than 4.5 billion years ago, Earth has gone through five waves of extinction, the latest being the extinction of the dinosaurs, which scientists believe was caused by an asteroid. In "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History," the New Yorker's Elizabeth Kolbert warns of what some scientists are defining as the "Sixth Extinction," which she says is happening now at the hands of mankind. Original air date 4/17/14

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