is WYPR's daily public affairs program, airing from noon to 2 pm Mondays through Thursdays, and from 1 to 2 pm Fridays. Hosted by longtime Baltimore Sun columnist Dan Rodricks, the program covers a wide range of provocative topics -- from the latest news, to local and national politics, to social, medical and cultural trends, featuring the best new books and most engaging authors, newsmakers and guests.
Dan Rodricks has won numerous regional and national journalism awards, and he has frequently been cited as Baltimore's favorite columnist by Baltimore magazine and the City Paper. Previously, Dan was a commentator on WBAL-TV, host of a talk show on WBAL-AM, host of documentaries on Maryland Public Television and, from 1995 to 2000, host of the popular Rodricks For Breakfast show on WMAR-TV. He is the author of two books about Baltimore and lives in the city.
To join in our conversations, you can call during the show at 410-662-8780 in Maryland, or toll-free nationwide at 866-661-9309. Here are our Tips for Callers. You can also email us anytime at email@example.com.
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Midday January 31 to February 4
Monday, January 31 Noon to 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Former Baltimore health commissioner Joshua Sharfstein spent two years in the Obama administration as deputy commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. Now he's back as Maryland's health secretary--just to time to deal with with the tough problems of tightening regulations on mental health providers and setting up insurance exchanges required by the federal health care law. Dr.Sharfstein joins us in Studio A. 1:00 - 2:00 pm What is the value of a liberal arts education? Are students getting value and career prep while studying the humanities at costly liberal arts colleges? We'll talk with Kim Clark, senior writer and college finance specialist for U.S. News & World Report, Charles Blaich, director of inquiries at the Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts at Wabash College and Josipa Roksa, co-author of Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses.
Tuesday February 1 Noon - 1:00 p.m. The first baby boomer turned 65 this year, and that milestone highlights a phenomenon underway all over the globe -- the graying of the planet. The well-traveled journalist Ted Fishman visited luxury retirement communities in Florida; a rust-belt city in Illinois, villages in Spain and a city in China, and he found a skyrocketing population over 65 with attendant problems: soaring medical costs, overwhelmed caretakers and government pension systems, and oldsters who feel sad and neglected. Fishman is the author of Shock of Gray: The Aging of the World's population and How it Pits Young Against Old, Child Against Parent, Worker Against Boss, Company Against Rival, and Nation Against Nation.
1:00 - 2:00 pm With the Super Bowl approaching, Midday takes a look at the flow of African-Americans from the playing to the coaching ranks in the National Football League. Dan's guests: Milton Kent, WYPR sports commentator and AOL FanHouse writer, and Jeremy Duru, author of Advancing the Ball: Race, Reformation, and the Quest for Equal Coaching Opportunity in the NFL. Duru tells the story of the campaign to enact the "Rooney Rule," which stipulates that every team must interview at least one minority candidate when searching for a new head coach. The rule spurred a movement that would substantially impact the NFL and, potentially, the nation.
Wednesday, February 2 Noon - 1:00 p.m. What's the hot new car? Is Detroit coming back? We'll ask our guest, John Davis, who has been the driving force behind Maryland Public Television's MotorWeek for 30 years. He's just back from the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. John joins us in Studio A to let us know what we can expect to see in auto dealers' showrooms. 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. From gallium to thallium to ruthenium, Science magazine reporter Sam Kean takes us for a fascinating anthropological journey through the development of the periodic table. His book is The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements.
Thursday February 3 Noon to 1:00 p.m. In his State of the Union address last week, President Obama spoke of the federal government investing in research and development and other enterprises to spark a new era of economic expansion and to "win the future." Vowing to cut the federal budget, Republicans snap back that "investment" means more spending the nation cannot afford. Richard Striner, historian and professor at Washington College, takes a look at these antagonistic concepts of American government and compares the Obama approach to that of other presidents. He is the author of Lincoln's Way: How Six Great Presidents Created American Power.
1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Swedish intellectual Craig Dilworth, in Baltimore to lecture at the Johns Hopkins University Population Center, says his long studies of human experience reveal that we've been too advanced for our own good and face doom because of our failure to limit the use of scarce resources. He urges population control along with greater environmental protection and lectures on the need to get the human species into "ecological equilibrium."
Friday February 4 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Midday News Review: Dan and guests take a look at the top Maryland news stories of the week, including Gov. Martin O'Malley's State of the State address.
Midday January 24 - January 28
Monday, January 24 Noon - 1:00 p.m. How do you recognize someone with mental health problems before violence occurs? Then, what do you do about it? We'll ask our guests Lawrence Wissow, a child psychologist and professor at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Lee Ann Browning McNee, coordinator of the Mental Health First Aid program of the Mental Health Association of Maryland, and Alison Malmon, founder and executive director of Active Mind, whose older brother developed schizophrenia.
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Americans don't understand Osama Bin Laden, and thus routinely underestimate him and his movement, says author Michael Scheuer. A former CIA official under President Clinton, Scheuer was in charge of the Osama watch in the mid- to late-90s and is quite critical of US policy regarding the elusive al-Qaeda leader. He talks with Dan about his provocative and highly-detailed book, Osama Bin Laden. Tuesday, January 25 Noon - 1 p.m. Mario, the 24year-old Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, actor and one-time Dancing With the Stars competitor, stops by Studio A as he prepares for a benefit concert at Hippodrome Theater in his hometown of Baltimore. 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Midday goes to the movies on the day that Academy Award nominations are announced with Linda DeLibero, associate director of film and media studies and an instructor in film criticism and history at the Johns Hopkins University. Her book, Marlon Brando: American Artist, is under contract with Yale University Press for 2011. Also joining us: Michael Duffy, an adjunct faculty member in film and media studies at Towson University; and Tom Clocker, film critic for Examiner.com. Wednesday, January 26 Noon - 1:00 p.m. The discredited doctor who published a 1998 study connecting childhood vaccines with autism may have been motivated by money, according to the second in a three-part investigative series in the British Medical Journal by reporter Brian Deer, one of our guests in this hour of the show. Also joining us to talk about Dr. Andrew Wakefield and the effects of his since-retracted Lancet report on autism and childhood vaccinations are: Adil E. Shamoo, the editor-in-chief of the journal Accountability in Research and a professor at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine; Bonnie Bricker, a special education teacher in Howard County; and and Dr. Neal Halsey, a professor in the division of pediatric iinfectious diseases, as well as professor in international health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Halsey's primary research and teaching effort is directed toward the prevention of infectious diseases with the safest vaccines possible.. 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. We'll get reaction to last night's State of the Union address with Karen Hosler, WYPR news contributor, Fraser Smith, WYPR senior news analyst and Michael Reisch, Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor of Social Justice at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.
Thursday, January 27 Noon - 1:00 p.m. Last night's snow storm was a commuter's nightmare resulting in some people abandoning their cars. We'll talk with Sun transportation columnist Mike Dresser and hear from listener's about how they're weathering the storm.
1:00 to 2:00 p.m. We begin the hour following up on listener's questions about vaccinations with Dr. Neal Halsey, a professor in the division of pediatric iinfectious diseases, as well as professor in international health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
We'll also talk with Mencken scholar Marion Rodgers, acclaimed author of Mencken: The American Iconoclast; joins us with the story of H. L. Mencken and Albert C. Ritchie (1876-1936), the 49th governor of Maryland. With Mencken, Gov. Ritchie was a leading opponent of Prohibition, and Baltimore was a center of resistance to temperance.
Friday, January 28 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. The long snapper is professional football's ultimate unsung hero: no one knows your name unless you screw up, and then they never forget it. Former Baltimore Raven Brian Kinchen was thirty-eight when he was called out of retirement to help the New England Patriots in their quest to reach the Super Bowl. The challenges and triumphs of his story are chronicled in the new book The Long Snapper: A Second Chance, A Super Bowl, A Lesson for Life, written by our guest, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jeffrey Marx.Originally broadcast 9-3-09
Midday January 17 - January 21
Monday, January 17 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Noon - 1:00 pm An appreciation of Walt Whitman, American bard of liberation, with guests C.K. Williams, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and recent author of On Whitman; Michael Robertson, professor of English at the College of New Jersey and author of Worshipping Walt, and Hollis Robbins, poet, professor of humanities at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and co-editor with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. of The Annotated Uncle Tom's Cabin.
1:00 - 2:00 pm The great migration of African Americans from the South for northern and western cities lasted decades and changed the United States. This sweeping story has been told elegantly by Pulitizer-Prize winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson in The Warmth of Other Suns, a book nearly two decades in the making. (It made several top-ten lists for 2010.) Ms. Wilkerson interviewed more than 1,200 people and tells the story of three of them, each of whom left home during a different decade of the great migration.
Tuesday, January 18 Noon - 1:00 pm A view of the 112th Congress with U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Maryland. Republicans have their biggest House of Representatives majority since the late 1940s. They've pledged to slash spending and repeal the 2010 health care law. Democrats, however, will still control the White House and the Senate. "The House is going to pass a lot of bills that will die in the Senate,'' Sen. Cardin told McClatchey News Service. Midday listeners will have a chance to call in and ask Sen. Cardin questions.
1:00-2:00 pm At the memorial service in Tucson last week, President Obama told Congressional intern Daniel Hernandez that, despite his protests, he was, indeed, a hero for rendering aide to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords after she was shot. Who are our heroes and what to do they mean to us? Authors Scott Allison and George Goethals are professors of psychology and leadership studies at the University of Richmond. They have published numerous articles and books on heroes, leadership, presidents, underdogs, and dead legends. In Heroes: What They Do and Why We Need Them, they list the Great Eight traits of heroes and outline how people become heroes, from the underdog who defies great odds to those who redeem themselves or who overcome adversity.
Wednesday, January 19 Noon - 1:00 pm Midday on the Bay: Bay Journal staffers Rona Kobell and Karl Blankenship tell us about federal efforts to put the states of the Chesapeake Bay watershed on a "pollution diet," and we hear from both sides of the discussion. The central question: Is this overreach by the EPA or necessary in the wake of the failure of states to protect the bay? Our guests include Don Parrish, a water quality specialist with the American Farm Bureau Federation, which filed suit to stop the EPA on Jan. 8, and Doug Siglin, federal affairs director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
1:00 to 2:00 pm For parents of school children in Baltimore and other American cities, the question looms large -- where and how to educate their children. In a private school or the neighborhood public school? How about organizing a charter school? How about just moving to the suburbs? In How to Walk to School, author Jacquelyn Edelberg relates the tale of how she and other Chicago parents sparked a makeover of their local public school, providing a blueprint for how it might be done elsewhere.
Thursday, January 20 Noon - 1:00 pm A look back at the first half of the Obama presidency. And how does the second half look? We'll get observations from Melissa Deckman, an assistant professor of political science at Washington College, Jean Marbella, columnist and political editor of the Baltimore Sun and Sheri Parks, associate professor of pop culture at the University of Maryland.
1:00 - 2:00 pm Fifty years ago, John F. Kennedy delivered a presidential inauguration speech that is widely considered the best of the 20th century -- and among the best ever delivered. How was it written, and how do President Obama's oratorical skills compare to JFK's? Thurston Clark, author of Ask Not: The Inauguration of John F. Kennedy and The Speech That Changed America, shares his perspectives.
Friday, January 21 1:00 to 2:00 pm Midday News Review -- a look, with Baltimore Sun reporters Justin Fenton and Peter Hermann, at the fatal shooting of a plainclothes Baltimore police officer, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's call for an independent inquiry into what happened, and the increasingly strained relationship between rank-and-file cops and City Hall. Plus, the state of the state and the latest on the 2011 Maryland General Assembly.
Midday January 10 - January 14
Monday, January 10 Noon-1:00 pm We'll look at the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords over the weekend in Tucson, Arizona with Michael Greenberger, director of the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security and Forensic Psychologist James McGee. We'll also talk with Rep. John Sarbanes, Sen.Ben Cardin and Rep. Chris Van Hollen.
1:00 - 2:00 pm Maryland heart doctors try to repair damage to their image caused by the cardiac stent scandal at St. Joseph's Medical Center. Guests: Baltimore County Del. Dan Morhaim, the General Assembly's only physician, and MarkTurco, interventional cardiologist at the Washington Adventist Center in Takoma Park and incoming president of the Maryland Chapter of the American College of Cardiologists.
Tuesday, January 11 Noon - 1:00 pm A preview of the General Assembly session that begins this week, with Julie Bykowicz of the Baltimore Sun, Joel McCord of WYPR and Gazette columnist Barry Rascovar.
1:00 to 2:00 pm The Haiti earthquake one year later. A report from the scene by Luke King of the Catholic Relief Services. Then, Dr. Rodrigue Mortel, a retired cancer surgeon who grew up desperately poor in Haiti, returns to Midday to talk about his personal efforts to help children in his earthquake-ravaged homeland.
Wednesday, January 12 Noon - 1:00 pm Marylanders endure some of the worst commutes in the nation, yet prospects for shortening the ride look dim. What can be done? We'll hear from Michael Dresser, of the Baltimore Sun;Michele Whelley of the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance, and Jenny Levin, of Maryland PIRG.
1:00 - 2:00 pm This hour we present another program in our series on remaking Baltimore. This time we'll look at revitalizing Baltimore's West Side. Our guests include Klaus Philipsen, President Arch Plan, Inc. Philipsen Arhcitects and Ed Gunts, architecture critic for the Baltimore Sun.
Thursday, January 13 Noon - 1:00 pm Midday teams up with Foreign Policy Magazine to get the latest on the global front, including the Wikileaksdisclosures. Our guests are Elizabeth Dickenson, Assistant Managing Editor and Joshua Keating, Associate Editor of Foreign Policy Magazine.
1:00 - 2:00 pm We take another look at the last weekend's tragedy in Tucson, Arizona and get reaction to last night's memorial where President Obama called for more civil discussion. Our guests are C. Fraser Smith, WYPR Senior News Analyst and Eric Boehlert, Senior Fellow at Media Matters.
Friday January 14 1:00 - 2:00 pm Paul Solotaroff entered college as a skinny freshman weighing a mere 147 pounds. By the end of the school year, he had put on 50 pounds of muscle. Solotaroff chronicles his path to bulk in The Body Shop: Parties, Pills, and Pumping Iron or My Life in the Age of Muscle.
Midday January 3 - January 7
Monday, January 3 Noon-1:00 Fifty years ago, there were 940,000 people in Baltimore. Will there ever be again? What economic and social conditions would reverse that long trend and make city life more appealing to the middle class? Joining us to look at this issue are Don Norris, chair of the department of public policy at UMBC, Sheri Parks, associate professor in American studies at the University of Maryland, and Alan Berube of the Brookings Institution Metro Program. (The Future of Baltimore series on Midday, originally broadcast 5-17-10)
1:00-2:00 We continue our discussion of what economic and social conditions would make city life more appealing to the middle class with Don Norris and Sheri Parks, as well as Karen Stokes, executive director of the Greater Homewood Community Corporation. (The Future of Baltimore series on Midday, originally broadcast 5-17-10)
Tuesday, January 4 Noon-1:00 pm Baltimore's homicide rate is at a three-decade low. City Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld returns to Studio A to talk about the strides the city is making in reducing violence.
1:00-2:00 pm. Ever thought of being a mentor to a child in Baltimore? The Baltimore City Mentoring Initiative is a public-private effort by the mayor's office, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Maryland and the Maryland Mentoring Partnership. They have a waiting list of 235 children. Leon Henry of BBBS Maryland joins mentors Demitri McDaniel and Margaret Brogden, along with "little brother" Malik, to share their story and tell us how you can get involved.
Wednesday, January 5 Noon-1:00 pm Denise Whiting, owner of Cafe Hon in Baltimore's Hampden neighborhood, claims that she has trademarked the word, "Hon." The community was outraged at the audacity of such a move to "own" a Baltimore regionalism. Can it hold up legally? We'll speak with a couple of experts this hour: Jim Astrachan, an intellectual property expert with the firm of Astrachan Gunst Thomas Rubin in Baltimore, and author of "The Law of Advertising and Mass Communication." We're also joined by Eliot Wagonheim, business consultant and managing partner at Wagonheim & Associates, LLC, in Hunt Valley.
1:00-2:00 pm More on the future of Baltimore: We continue our discussion about the urban subculture and the creative class with Lester Spence, assistant professor of political science and Africana studies at the Johns Hopkins University and author of the forthcoming book, "Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip hop and Black Politics."
Thursday, January 6 Noon-12:25 pm Dan speaks with Giovanni Peri, an economist whose extensive studies show that immigrants do not displace Americans from the workforce, as is commonly claimed.
12:30-2:00 pm More on the future of Baltimore: Can the city's highest-in-Maryland property tax rate ever be lowered to a level that would make a difference in the city's attractiveness as a place to live and work? Hear and debate the views of our guests: Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes, Jody Landers, of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors, and Louis Miserendino, co-author of "How To Make Baltimore A Superstar City," a blueprint published by the Maryland Public Policy Institute for reducing Baltimore's property tax rates and expanding commercial and residential tax bases. of the Calvert Hall Academy.
Friday, January 7 1:00-2:00 pm Is it possible to have too much of a good thing? Americans today enjoy myriad choices, from technology to food. In his new book We Have Met the Enemy: Self-Control in an Age of Excess, journalist Daniel Akst explores the problem of moderation in this age of excess.
Midday December 27 - December 31
Monday, December 27 Noon-1:00 In "Twelve by Twelve, A One Room Cabin Off The Grid & Beyond the American Dream," author William Powers chronicles his time spent living in a 12-foot-square cabin in remote North Carolina. (Originally broadcast 7-8-10.)
1:00 - 2:00 pm BBC World Service presenter and correspondent Lyse Doucet visits with Dan and talks about the rewards and challenges of a career reporting from war zones and interviewing world leaders. (Originally broadcast 10-7-10.)
Tuesday, December 28 Noon-1:00 pm
Join "The Future of Islam" author and Georgetown University professor John L. Esposito as he explains the history of Islam, how Muslims immigrants assimilate (or don't) in Western societies, and how Islam's most important figures, both established and rising, are leading the world's second-largest religion. (Originally broadcast 6-29-10.)
1:00 - 2:00 pm One out of 10 Americans suffers from chronic pain. Melanie Thernstrom is one of them, and her suffering led her to research the origins of pain, the history of medicine's attempts to treat it and the devastating damage it can do. Her "Pain Chronicles" combines personal narrative with reports from the realms of science, history, religion and art. (Originally broadcast 10-5-10)
Wednesday, December 29 Noon - 1:00 pm Every year, malaria infects 500 million people and kills nearly one million, despite our ability to prevent and cure the disease. Maryland-based author and journalist Sonia Shah talks about the effect of malaria on humankind, and the international community's struggle -- and failure -- to contain it. (Originally broadcast 8-31-10.) 1:00 - 2:00 pm How Al Capone rose to power, and how the US government eventually brought him to justice. Author Jonathan Eig with the tale of Scarface, the subject of "Get Capone, The Secret Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster." (Originally broadcast 6 -15-10.)
Thursday, December 30 Noon-1:00 pm Prohibition didn't just mean empty cocktail glasses: It led to search and seizure laws, Caribbean tourism, and the first national crime syndicates. In one of the best books of 2010, "Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition," author Daniel Okrent chronicles life in America -- and in Baltimore -- before, during, and after the 18th Amendment. (Originally broadcast 6 -24-10.)
1:00 - 2:00 pm Burned out from rigorous and stressful jobs, Carol Eron Rizzoli and Hugo Rizzoli decided to make a major life change. They found an old home near St. Michaels, on Maryland's Eastern Shore, restored it and turned it into a bed and breakfast. The Rizzolis recount their adventures in restoration and inn-keeping. (Originally broadcast 9-15-10)
Friday, December 31 1:00-2:00
Christopher Corbett, author and journalism professor at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, anchors the tale of Chinese immigration to the Old West on the story of a concubine named Polly, "the Poker Bride" who was smuggled to San Francisco, then wagered -- and lost -- in a poker game. (Originally broadcast 2 -1-10.)
Midday December 20 - December 25
Monday December 20 Noon to 1:00 pm His Food Network show may be ending, but our guest, Duff Goldman, says his TV days aren't over. In addition to his baking line, being sold at Party City, we'll find out what's next for the Ace of Cakes.
1:00 to 2:00 Charles Dickens wrote lots of other Christmas stories besides "A Christmas Carol." Loyola professor Brian Murray, author of The Bedside, Bathtub and Armchair Companion to Dickens, shares some of them with Midday listeners.
Tuesday December 21 Noon to 1:00 pm A new class of fellows sponsored by the Open Society Institute--Baltimore tell Dan about their ground-breaking community service projects.
1:00 to 2:00 pm In 1991, our guests, Mark Osteen and his wife, Leslie Gilden were struggling to understand why their son, Cameron, was so different from other kids. They discovered he had severe autism. How they dealt with the challenges of raising their son is detailed in Mark Osteen's book, One of Us: A Family?s Life with Autism.
Wednesday, December 22 Noon to 1:00 "Secrets of Happiness" author Dan Buettner takes us to the Blue Zones.
1:00 to 2:00 Baltimore Sun restaurant critic Richard Gorelick offers tips for holiday dining and lists the Top Ten restaurants of 2010.
December 23 Noon to 1:00 pm Many homes are illuminate by 100-watt incandescent light bulbs. However these illumination sources are scheduled to be banned in 2012. In her book, Brilliant: the Evolution of Artificial Light our guest Jane Brox chronicles the history of artificial light and how it has transformed our lives. Originally broadcast 9-21-10
1:00 to 2:00 pm Washington Post Spirits columnist Jason Wilson talks about obscure, rare and retro cocktails, in his new book, Boozehound, On the Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated in Spirits. Originally broadcast 9-23-10
Friday, December 24 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Special holiday programming from NPR.
Midday December 13 - December 17
Monday December 13 Noon-1:00 pm Saving Maryland endangered landmarks. We hear from Tyler Gearhart, executive director of Preservation Maryland about efforts to preserve, restore and save some fascinating historic sites around the state. 1:00-2:00 Favorite books of 2010, and where to donate them so others can share the pleasure. Our panel includes columnist Marta Mossberg, Midday producers Vanessa Eskridge and Mike Himowitz, and Glennor Shirley, who coordinates prison libraries for the Maryland Department of Education. To donate books to Maryland prison libraries: Glennor Shirley, Correctional Education Libraries, 1100 N. Eutaw St. Room 116, Baltimore MD 21201.
Tuesday December 14 Noon-1:00 pm The tendency of academics, politicians and pundits to cite cooked-up numbers to make an argument, as well as the tendency of the public to believe them, is the subject of Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception by Charles Seife. 1:00-2:00 pm Gloom still hangs over the housing market throughout the Baltimore metropolitan region, where up to one-third of the home sales are distressed. What can be done? We'll ask Jody Landers of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors, Melody Simmons, reporter for the Maryland Daily Record, and Roy Miller, a housing counselor with the Belair-Edison Neighborhoods, Inc.
Wednesday December 15 Noon-1:00 Will a one-year extention of unemployment benefits be enough? We'll hear from Terry Cavanah, executive director of the Service Employees International Union, DC-Maryland Council.
1:00-2:00 "Breaking Night" author Liz Murray talks about how she made the journey from homelessness to Harvard.
Thursday December 16 Noon-1:00 pm Chewing over the lame duck: what's going on in Congress? David Lightman, Congressional reporter for McClatchey newspapers, Melissa Deckman, associate professor of political science at Washington College, and Mathew Crenson, political science professor at the Johns Hopkins University. 1:00 to 2:00 pm An hour of holiday music with Helicon and the Baltimore City College choir, plus the debut of a new Baltimore Christmas song by the Grammy-nominated kiddie rock group Milkshake. Friday December 17 1:00 to 2:00 pm An Iraq veteran is kicked out of the Community College of Baltimore County after writing an essay describing how killing became like an addictive drug to him. Charles Whittington tells Dan of his campaign to get back in school.
December 6 - December 10
Monday December 6 Noon-2:00 pm All about the Anabaptists: Midday presents a special two-hour program on the Amish, Brethren, Hutterites, and Mennonites. Many of us are well aware of the Amish and Mennonites and have a keen curiosity about their religious and social customs. Less is known about the Brethren and the Hutterites. We have two experts to guide us through the Anabaptist world, Don Kraybill and Rod Janzen, both of whom have written books on the subject for Johns Hopkins University Press. Tuesday December 7 Noon-1:00 pm Is Maryland horse racing headed for the final furlongs? Guests include Cynthia McGinnes, a Chestertown horsebreeder; Steuart Pittman, president of the Maryland Horse Council; Louis Ulman, chairman of the Maryland Racing Commission; and Baltimore developer David Cordish.
1:00-2:00 pm Darin Strauss, an acclaimed young novelist and author of Half a Life, a memoir about how his role in a fatal car accident changed his life. Wednesday December 8 Noon-1:00 pm R. Barker Bausell, a professor at University of Maryland and an educational researcher, says there's a "too simple to fail" answer to getting better results from American schools--admit that classroom teaching, as we know it, is obsolete and increase tutoring and instructional time for children. 1:00-2:00 pm Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik talks aboutthe world of television during his monthly visit. Thursday December 9 Noon-2:00 pm A special two-hour program on The Future of Baltimore, pre-recorded at Bolton Street Synagogue. Our guests: Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake; Lester Spence, assistant professor of political science and Africana studies at the Johns Hopkins University and author of the forthcoming book, "Stare in the Darkness: TheLimits of Hip hop and Black Politics"; Madison Smartt Bell, English professor at Goucher College and author of 13 novels as well as "Charm City: A Walk Through Baltimore"; Freeman Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and author of "Beating The Odds"; Joe Ehrmann, former Baltimore Colts player, president of Coach For America, co-founder of Building Men and Women For Others, co-founder of The Door ministry in Baltimore; Janet Marie Smith, architect and urban planner, vice president of planning & development for The Baltimore Orioles. Friday December 10 1:00-2:00 pm Why do female animals select certain mates? Erika Lorraine Milam, Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, and author of Looking for a Few Good Males, explores the fascinating patterns of scientific experiment and interpretation since Darwin and those that emerged as researchers studied sexual selection and female choice. Originally broadcast 5-26-10
November 29 - December 3
Monday November 29 Noon-1:00 pm Three men who were once homeless and addicted to drugs - Chris Garside, Thomas Hill and Andrew Falkenstein -- tell Dan their stories of recovery while residents of Carrington House in West Baltimore. Originally broadcast 9-20-10
1:00-2:00 pm The revolution will not be televised, because everyone's online, looking at YouTube. Clay Shirky, author of Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age, joins us to explain why people are giving up television for online digital activities that pool their intellect, energy and time--and why that's for the better. Baltimore technology and web entrepreneur Tracey Halvorsen joins the discussion. Originally broadcast 6-16-10 Tuesday November 30 Noon-1 pm A special two-hour Midday: With the help of Baltimore-based Agora Financial, publisher of The Daily Reckoning and other financial news and commentary, Midday presents a look at the post-recession global economy, with emphasis on the U.S. role. One of the big questions: How, burdened with so much debt, are we going to make it attractive to people to reinvent the economy and encourage growth on the magnitude we saw during the late 90s? 1:00-2:00 pm Hour two of this special program looks at the American economy, going forward and what the world is going to look like to the American worker?
Wednesday December 1
Noon-1 pm The great Thanksgiving opt-out didn't really happen, but the protests raised questions about how much privacy should be sacrificed for security.The latest on airport screening methods and other measures from Michael Greenberger, director of the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security. 1:00-2:00 pm Finders-keepers: Tales of archaeological plunder and obsession, with author and adventurer Craig Childs.
Thursday December 2 Noon-1 pm Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Paul Graziano, the city's housing commissioner, discuss a new initiative to deal with thousands of abandoned rowhouses.
1:00-2:00 pm Midday on The Bay: Bay Journal Reporter Rona Kobell with the latest on efforts to restore the Chesapeake's oyster population and encourage oyster farming.
Friday December 3
In his remarkable Insectopedia, author Hugh Raffles takes readers on a journey across the globe, from Europe to Africa to Asia, studying how human beings and insects interact, going cricket fighting in Shanghai and studying mutated leaf bugs near European nuclear power plants. He joins us today to talk about his amazing journeys, ideas, and discoveries. Originally broadcast 6-8-10.
Monday November 22 A discussion of if, when and how to stop costly and futile treatments on terminal patients.Guests include Diane Hoffman, associate dean for academic programs at the University of Maryland School of Law, Anita Tarzian; associate professor in the UM School of Nursing and coordinator of Maryland Health Care Ethics Committee Network, and Michael Gloth, director of outpatient services for the division of geriatric medicine and gerontology at HopkinsBayviewMedicalCenter. For more information about upcoming seminar
1:00-2:00 pm Is the threat of nuclear war becoming a relic of past? A bold prediction by historian Richard Rhodes from his new book "The Twilight of the Bombs." Tuesday November 23 Noon-1 pm A couple tea party activists and a labor leader search for common ground on issues worthy of outrage and action. Guests include Dave Schwartz, Maryland director of Americans for Prosperity, Trish Date, a small business owner in Towson and Terry Cavanagh, executive director of the Service Employees International Union Maryland/DC State Council. 1:00-2:00 pm Politicians, movie stars, other celebrities publicly stumble and fall in humiliation, and the viewing public just eats it up.So says our guest, Laura Kipnis, in her new book, "How to become a scandal: Adventures in Bad Behavior." Wednesday November 24 Noon-1 pm New research into some very old records across the pond offers a more complicated view of the first settlers in the New World than Thanksgiving celebrations often reflect. British author Nick Bunker shares his discoveries in "Making Haste from Babylon: The Mayflower Pilgrims and their world: A New History." Tasty tips for turkey day from Maryland foodies, Lucie Snodgrass and Henry Hong. British author Nick Bunker updates the record on the menu for that first Thanksgiving. Thursday November 25 Thanksgiving programing from NPR.
Friday November 26 1:00-2:00 pm All of us worry about old age claiming our treasured memories--but what about those rare people whose minds cannot forget? We're joined by Philip Easter, a Baltimore man with a near-photographic memory of everything he's ever done on most every day of his adult life. To explain a high-powered autobiographical memory condition known as hyperthymesia, neuropsychologist Dr. Elizabeth Parker discusses a groundbreaking paper she co-authored on the subject. Originally broadcast 8-16-10.
Midday November 15-November 19
Monday November 15 Noon-1 pm A look at new plans for a new downtown arena in Baltimore with Ed Gunts, Baltimore Sun reporter and architecture critic; Klaus Philipsen of ArchPlan Inc., Philipsen Architects, and Don Fry, CEO and president of the Greater Baltimore Committee.
1:00-2:00 pm Raising him alone and keeping him alive -- the challenges and struggles of single mothers raising boys. Among our guests: David Miller, co-founder of the Urban leadership Institute in Baltimore,Terrie Johnson, social worker and single mom and Janet Rice, mother of Ravens running back Ray Rice.
Tuesday Nov. 16 Noon-1 pm Everything you always wanted to know about eels -- and how they could make Maryland's rivers cleaner. Guests: James Prosek, author of Eels: An Exploration From New Zealand to the Sargasso of the World's Most Mysterious Fish; Steve Minkkinen, head of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Maryland Fisheries Resource Office and Molly McCluskey, American River's associate director of communications.
1:00-2:00 pm Richard Striner, professor of history at Washington College and author of Lincoln's Way: How Six Great Presidents Created American Power, presidential leadership in the long shadow of Abraham Lincoln.
Wednesday November 17 Noon-1 pm Information privacy in the Internet age: The Obama administration wants better Internet privacy protection and is looking for new laws and a new government office to help in that effort, according to The Wall Street Journal. Among our guests: Danielle Keats Citron, Professor of Law, University of Maryland School of Law, Bradley Shear, media law attorney and Amy Phillips, founder and chair of the Baltimore Social Media Club. 1:00-2:00 pm Simon Winchester, author of Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories.
Thursday Nov. 18 Noon-1 pm: With the assistance of Baltimore-based Catholic Relief Services, Midday looks at three international stories with live reports from the field: The upcoming referendum in Southern Sudan, the aftermath of the summer floods in Pakistan, and the continuing earthquake-recovery efforts in Haiti.
1:00-2:00 pm Discussion of the latest and most interesting Maryland news stories.
Friday Nov. 19 1:00-2:00 pm The Autobiography of Mark Twain, 100 years in the waiting, has finally been released by the University of California Press. Our guests: Robert Hirst, curator of the Mark Twain Papers and general editor of the Mark Twain Project at the UC-Berkeley, and Hollis Robbins, professor of humanities at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.
Midday November 8-November 12
Monday Nov. 8 Noon-1 pm:Kim Hammond, prominent Baltimore veterinarian, and Mike Cranfield, former top vet at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, talk about their mountain gorilla project in Congo and Rwanda. 1:00-2:00 pm Robot Hearts: True and twisted tales of the search for love on the Internet, with Shawna Kenney and Cara Bruce. Also taking part in the conversation is Slash Coleman, story teller, internet dating addict and contributor to the book.
Tuesday Nov. 9 Noon-1 pm Baltimore City Council President Bernard "Jack" Young. 1:00-2:00 pm When H.L. Mencken took on Boston's vice-fighting squad. Our guest: Banned In Boston author Neil Miller.
Wednesday Nov. 10 Noon-1 pm: What could be next for horse racing and breeding in Maryland now that voters in Anne Arundel County have approved zoning for slots at Arundel Mills Mall. 1:00-2:00 pm Our monthly visit with Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik.
Thursday Nov. 11 (Veterans' Day) Noon-1 pm: The Army Nurse Corps in the Vietnam War, with Kara Dixon Vuic, author of Officer, Nurse, Woman: the Army Nurse Corps in the Vietnam War from Johns Hopkins University Press. 1:00-2:00 pm Joe Keller strives for the American Dream, but two years after World War II's end, his family still suffers from the aftershocks. Arthur Miller's All My Sons opens Sunday at Everyman Theater. We talk with VinceLancisi, artistic director, and hear readings from the award-winning play by actors Carl Schurr and Clinton Brandhagen.
Friday Nov. 12 1:00 pm:Zippy The Pinhead creator Bill Griffith visits Studio A to talk about the Baltimore premier of the new musical based on his comic strip, with music and lyrics by Lorraine Whittlesey. Zippy commentary by JHU art instructor Craig Hankin.
November 1-November 5
Monday, November 1 Noon - 1:00 pm A pre-Election Day look at ballot questions facing Maryland voters -- whether to convene another Constitutional Convention to set term limits for its legislators and whether to require Orphans Court judges in Baltimore to have, of all things, law degrees. Guests: Jim Snider, president of iSolon.org and a con-con advocate, and State Sen. Lisa Gladden. Plus Midday intern Samantha Silver with a report from the Stewart-Colbert rally in D.C. 1:00-2:00 pm Arnold Fleischmann was a schoolboy in Germany when Hilter came to power. His family endured Nazi cruelties before fleeing to the United States and resettling in Baltimore. At 18, he joined the Army and returned to Europe to help defeat the regime that had destoyed life for Jewish families like his own. Arnold Fleischmann tells his story in Lights & Shadows, a new book published by the Jewish Museum of Maryland. Tuesday, November 2 Noon - 1:00 pm Our guests on Election Day: husband and wife, and both professors of communication at the University of Maryland, College Park, Trevor and Shawn Parry-Giles, assess the presidency of Barack Obama since his election victory two years ago. They are the co-authors of the 2006 book, The Prime-Time Presidency: The West Wing and U.S. Nationalism. 1:00 - 2:00 pm Maryland Courts have approved a sweeping review of potentially thousands of foreclosure cases to identify fraudulent documentation while the federal government investigates "robo-signing" on a national level. Our guests: Jamie Smith Hopkins, reporter for the Baltimore Sun, Liz Farmer, reporter for the Washington Examiner and Anthony Depastina, attorney for Civil Justice, Inc., and Alan Wilner,Chair of the Court of Appeals Rules Committee and retired judge. Wednesday, November 3 Noon - 1:00 pm The results are in. Our political panel analyses the Election Day returns for local Maryland races, with Bryan Sears, of Patch.com; Karen Hosler, WYPRcontributor, Barry Rascovar, Gazette columnist, City Paper political columnist Brian Wendall Morton, and Herb Smith, professor of political science at McDaniel College
1:00 - 2:00 pm NPR's live coverage of President Obama's press conference. Thursday, November 4 Noon - 1:00 pm In the wake of Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi's suicide, Midday examines anti-gay bullying on college campuses and the support, or lack thereof, available to LGBT students. With Dr. Charles LoPresto, LGBT moderator at Loyola University Maryland, and Maren Greathouse, Director of LGBT Student Development at Towson University.
1:00 - 2:00 pm A Walt Whitman appreciation, with guests C.K. Williams, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and recent author of On Whitman; Michael Robertson, professor of English at the College of New Jersey and author of Worshipping Walt, and Hollis Robbins, poet and professor of humanities at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Friday, November 5 1:00 - 2:00 pm In the fall of 1918, some 6,000 Baltimore soldiers, many of them young and green, took part in a massive offensive against German lines in World War I. They failed in their mission to capture a place called Montfaucon, or Falcon Mountain. In the remaining weeks of the war, some of these young men died to redeem their reputations -- one of them the war's final casualty, Henry Gunther of Baltimore. Our guest: Historian William Walker. Visit our podcast page and subscribe
Midday October 25-October 29
Monday, October 25 Noon - 1:00 pm The first installment of the Midday Abell Reports Hour: Screening for poor vision in Baltimore City Schools with Joan Jacobson, finding permanent homes for foster children with Martha Holleman, and Joann Ellison Rodgers on the correlation between vitamins and violence.
1:00 - 2:00 pm Part 1: The increase in campaign spending by corporations and "outside groups" post-Citizens United. With Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation, Paul West from the Baltimore Sun, Marta Mossberg of the Maryland Public Policy Institute and Johanna Neumann from Maryland PIRG.
Part 2: A look at NPR's firing of Juan Williams with David Zurawik from the Baltimore Sun, Marta Mossberg of the Maryland Public Policy Institute, Lester Spence, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University and Sheri Parks, Associate Professor in the American Studies department at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Tuesday, October 26 Noon - 1:00 pm The Arundel Mills slots debate continues with the voter referendum fast approaching. David Cordish, president of the Cordish Companies, and David Jones, chairman of the No Slots at the Mall organization, return to Midday to present both sides of the issue.
1:00 - 2:00 pm The great migration of African Americans from the South for northern and western cities changed the United States. An epic story recounted by Pulitizer-Prize winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson in her book The Warmth of Other Suns.
Wednesday, October 27 Noon - 1:00 pm The life of an FBI hostage negotiator, on Waco and standoffs, with our guest Gary Noesner, author of Stalling for Time.
1:00 - 2:00 pm Garry Wills, prolific Pulitzer Prize-winning author, journalist, historian and early protege of William F. Buckley, joins Midday to talk about his latest book, Outside Looking In: Adventures of an Observer.
Thursday, October 28 Noon - 1:00 pm Dan hosts a debate between the candidates for Baltimore County state's attorney -- incumbent Democrat Scott Shellenberger and Republican challenger Stephen Bailey.
1:00 - 2:00 pm The latest Baltimore Sun poll shows incumbent Democrat Frank Kratovil and challenger Republican Andy Harris dead even in their run for Maryland's 1st District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, a rematch from 2008. Representative Kratovil joins Dan in studio as our guest this hour. Friday, October 29 1:00 - 2:00 pm Midday Friday: The Glee Phenomenon. With Sheri Parks, Associate Professor of Popular Culture at the University of Maryland, College Park, Schuyler Velasco, editorial fellow at Salon.com, Lee Mergner, editor-in-chief of JazzTimes Magazine, Linda Holmes, editor of NPR's entertainment and pop-culture blog Monkey See and Emily Krich, director of Patapsco High School's show choir, Great Expectations.
Monday, October 18 Noon - 1:00 pm McDaniel College's new president, Dr. Roger Casey on "first generation students", obliterating the elite college academic stereotype, and the future of the college. 1:00 - 2:00 pm Super-model turned women's health advocate Christy Turlington Burns talks about her directing debut No Woman, No Cry, a documentary that highlights the alarming maternal mortality rate worldwide. With Jhpiego President and CEO Leslie Mancuso. Tuesday, October 19 Noon - 1:00 pm Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children that upends conventional wisdom about child rearing. With co-author Ashley Merryman. 1:00 - 2:00 pm Bridging the Military-Civilian Divide, the forth-coming book by Bruce Fleming, Professor of English at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Wednesday, October 20 Noon - 1:00 pm Geriatricians John R. Burton and William J. Hall on their decades of experience treating older patients and helping them navigate the health care system. 1:00 - 2:00 pm Alex Heard on his new book, The Eyes of Willie McGee, touted as a "real-life To Kill a Mockingbird", about a true story of race, rape, politics and punishment at the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement.
Thursday, October 21 Noon - 1:00 pm Will Bunch's take on the Tea Party in his new book The Backlash: Right-Wing Radicals, High Def Hucksters, and Paranoid Politics in the Age of Obama.
1:00 - 2:00 pm With the elections less than two weeks away, Midday assembles its panel of reporters and experts to examine the latest in politics.
Friday, October 22 1:00 - 2:00 pm Midday Friday: The tragic story of Karen Carpenter, as told by Randy Schmidt in his book Little Girl Blue.
Monday, October 11 Noon - 1:00 pm The growing poverty rate in Maryland and across the nation, and the widening disparity between rich and poor. With Michael Reisch, Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor of Social Justice at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, Barbara Morgan, senior lecturer in the Johns Hopkins University Department of Economics, and Austin Nichols from The Urban Institute.
1:00 - 2:00 pm The Bush-era tax cuts and whether they should be extended as the nation recovers from recession. With Michael Runnels, Professor of Law and Social Responsibility at Loyola University Sellinger School of Business and Management, Addison Wiggin, from Agora Financial and The Daily Reckoning, and Roberton Williams, senior fellow at the Tax Policy Center.
Tuesday, October 12 Noon - 1:00 pm Pulitizer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson on the social, economic and cultural splintering of the African-American population in the United States.
1:00 - 2:00 pm Human-wildlife interaction in cities: a growing concern for conservationists, urban planners and the public. With the editors of Urban Carnivores from Johns Hopkins University Press, Stanley Gehrt, Seth Riley and Brian Cypher.
Wednesday, October 13 Noon - 1:00 pm One of America's most esteemed political journalists, Jules Witcover, talks about his new biography of Vice-President Joe Biden and the upcoming elections.
1:00 - 2:00 pm A new study reignites the controversy over mammogram screenings. Our guests: St. Joseph Medical Center's Breast Center medical director, Dr. Michael Schultz, Frances Visco, President of The National Breast Cancer Coalition, and Ellen- Marie Whelan from The Center for American Progress.
Thursday, October 14 Noon - 1:00 pm We'll look at some of the ways urban designers and architects would like to give parts of Baltimore a makeover to attract more residents and businesses. Our panel includes Janet Marie Smith, vice president of planning and development for the Baltimore Orioles, Klaus Philipsen, President Arch Plan, Inc. Philipsen Arhcitects and Ed Gunts, architecture critic for the Baltimore Sun.
1:00 - 2:00 pm The Baltimore teachers have been voting on what is being hailed as one of the most progressive union contracts in the nation. We'll look at the story with Kalman ?Buzzy? Hettleman, former member of the Baltimore School Board, Marietta English, president of the Baltimore City Teacher's Union, Kate Walsh, president of the NCTQ and Robin Bingham, teacher who opposes the contract.
Local and delicious fall food with Lucie Snodgrass, author of Dishing Up Maryland.
Friday, October 15 1:00 - 2:00 pm Midday Friday Midday Friday: A debate between Baltimore County Executive candidates Republican Ken Holt and Democrat Kevin Kamenetz.
Monday, October 4 Noon - 1:00 pm Since his installation as the 14th President of Johns Hopkins University Ronald Daniels has made a number of bold moves. One of those moves is his insistence that the university shift its admission policy so that the Class of 2014 could be chosen without regard for the candidate's ability to pay tuition. We'll talk with President Daniels about his vision for one of the country's leading institutions of higher education. 1:00 - 2:00 pm Should citizens be allowed to videotape police officers in action? A Maryland judge last week ruled that a motorcyclist was within his rights to videotape his own arrest and post it on YouTube. Meanwhile, a Baltimore man has sued police for arresting him for using his cell phone to record them allegedly beating two handcuffed men. Dan and guests take your calls. Tuesday, October 5 Noon - 1:00 pm As the gubernatorial election heats up, and with recent polls favoring incumbent Martin O'Malley over challenger Robert Ehrlich, Midday gathers a panel of journalists including KarenHosler, WYPR contributor and Gazette columnist Barry Rascovarto dissect and discuss the latest political news. 1:00 - 2:00 pm One out of 10 Americans suffers from chronic pain. Melanie Thernstrom is one of them, and her suffering led her to research the origins of pain, the history of medicine's attempts to treat it and the devastating damage it can do. Her new book, The Pain Chronicles, combines her personal narrative with reports from the realms of science, history, religion and art. Join her on Midday. Wednesday, October 6 Noon - 1:00 pm Can a marriage die even when the loved one doesn't? That's the question asked by our guest, veteran CBS newsman Barry Petersen. In his book Jan's Story, he chronicles his wife's battle with early onset Alzheimer's disease. 1:00 - 2:00 pm Midday celebrates 50 years of hair with Baltimore's barber Cy Avara, who in 1960, opened the first Avara's Academy of Hair Design on Pratt Street. Avara joins us in studio to talk about teaching barbers and stylists for half a century in the "Hairspray" capitol of the world. We'll also ask him about his feisty mother Mary and her years on Maryland's censorship board. And maybe he'll even give Dan a haircut.
Thursday, October 7 Noon - 1:00 pm Furious police and fire unions, budget shortfalls, City Council battles: Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake returns to Studio A to talk about how she's guiding the city - and she'll take your calls. 1:00 - 2:00 pm BBC World Service presenter and correspondent Lyse Doucet visits with Dan and talks about the rewards and challenges of a career reporting from war zones and interviewing world leaders. Friday, October 8 1:00 - 2:00 pm Disney's Secretariat opens tonight, about the famous horse to win the Triple Crown in 1973. Maryland resident Thomas Foley - author, actor, jockey, and Thoroughbred horse trainer - joins Dan in Studio A to talk about his new book, The Simple Game: An Irish Jockey's Memoir, the sport of horse racing, and his role in the film as Jimmy Gaffney, Secretariat's excercise rider.
Monday, September 27 Noon - 1:00 pm Ed McNally, Executive Director of the Franciscan Center in Baltimore, believes in Food Dignity, the concept that everyone, regardless of socio-economic status, should have access to safe, nutritious and delicious meals. We talk about feeding the hungry responsibly (and with dignity) with McNally, Rev. Dred Scott from St. Matthew's United Methodist Church, Dr. Robert Lawrence, Director of Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future and food writer Kim O'Donnel.
1:00 - 2:00 pm Pulitzer Prize winning science writer Jonathan Weiner joins us this hour to discuss his latest book, Long For This World, in which he tackles the question of why and how we age, and ponders the science of immortality.
Tuesday, September 28 Noon - 1:00 pm Justin Vaisse, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, examines the history of, and force behind, neoconservatism. He joins Dan to talk about his comprehensive account of this complex movement that, he says, remains an influential force in today's politics. Originally broadcast 8-3-10.
1:00 - 2:00 pm Single black women with college degrees outnumber single black men with college degrees almost 3 to 1. Given those numbers, any economist would advise them to start looking elsewhere for mates -- as would our guest in this hour. We'll talk about interracial dating with Karyn Langhorne Folan, author of Don't Bring Home a White Boy, And Other Notions That Keep Black Women from Dating Out. Originally broadcast 4-8-10.
Wednesday, September 29 Noon - 1:00 pm An astounding percentage of African-American men are behind bars. In her book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, law professor and civil rights litigator Michelle Alexander argues that the imprisonment of black men allows the U.S. criminal justice system to function as a contemporary mechanism of racial control. Originally broadcast 4-1-10.
1:00 - 2:00 pm Legendary crooner Johnny Mathis joins Dan for an interview about his long and successful career as a singer and recording artist, his new Nashville album and his appearance at the Meyerhoff in Baltimore on Thursday night, which also happens to be his 75th birthday.
Thursday, September 30 Noon - 1:00 pm A look at President Obama's Irish heritage, with Steve MacDonogh, author of Pioneers: The Frontier Family of Barack Obama. Macdonogh traces the journey of the president's family from Baltimore to Ohio to Indiana to Kansas and explores why discussion of Obama's past and family rarely focuses on his mother and her roots in the Midwest.
1:00 - 2:00 pm Midday on the Bay looks at oyster aquaculture. Disease, excess pollution, and over-harvesting in the Chesapeake Bay have decimated its oyster population. Can Maryland take Virginia's lead by reaping the benefits of new oyster-growing technologies and return the bay to the great shellfish factory it once was? Chesapeake Bay Journal writer Rona Kobell again joins us in studio along with David Harp, the Bay Journal's staff photographer.
Friday, October 1 1:00 - 2:00 pm On Saturday, October 2nd, hundreds of thousands are expected to march on Washington, D.C. to demonstrate a re-commitment to change. In an answer to the Tea Party movement, the One Nation March will gather human and civil rights leaders, labor leaders, faith leaders, celebrities and sports figures, all marching together to "put American back to work" and "pull America back together." Participating organizations join Dan to talk about the significance of the march, just a month out from the mid-term elections.
Monday, September 20 Noon - 1:00 pm Three men who were once homeless and addicted to drugs -- Chris Garside, Thomas Hill and Andrew Falkenstein -- tell Dan their stories of recovery while residents of Carrington House in West Baltimore.
1:00 - 2:00 pm U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) visits Studio A to talk about the new health care benefits that go into effect this week, the upcoming mid-term elections, and take listener calls.
Tuesday, September 21 Noon - 1:00 pm It's been two years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the onset of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. A look back at the Lehman failure, the lessons learned, the reforms enacted, the new financial consumer advocate and whether they'll make a difference. Guests: Jay Hancock, financial columnist of the Baltimore Sun, and Paul Leiman, former federal regulator who teaches leadership ethics and Johns Hopkins University's Carey Business School.
1:00 - 2:00 pm Brilliant: the Evolution of Artificial Light, by our guest Jane Brox, chronicles the history of artificial light and how it has transformed our lives.
Wednesday, September 22 Noon - 1:00 pm Essayist and regular This American Life contributor David Rakoff joins Dan in studio to talk about, and read from, his new book Half Empty, a wise and poignant look at the positive side of pessimism.
1:00 - 2:00 pm Burnt out from rigorous and stressful jobs, Carol Eron Rizzoli and Hugo Rizzoli decided to make a major life change. They found an old home in St. Michaels on Maryland's Eastern Shore, restored it and turned it into a bed and breakfast. The Rizzolis recount their adventures in restoration and inn-keeping in The House at Royal Oak.
Thursday, September 23 Noon - 1:00 pm With two doctors in Maryland facing allegations of performing inappropriate stent procedures, we examine the issue of unnecessary surgeries nationwide and their added cost to health care delivery. Joining us are Dr. Rita Redberg, cardiologist from University of California San Francisco, Dr. Ellen- Marie Whelan from the Center for American Progress, and Maryland Health Secretary John Colmers.
1:00 - 2:00 pm Washington Post Spirits columnist Jason Wilson talks obscure, rare and retro cocktails, just in time for the debut of his new book, Boozehound, featured this weekend at the Baltimore Book Festival.
Friday, September 24 1:00 - 2:00 pm This week Midday Friday features the continuing adventures of Maryland food nerd Henry Hong. The subject: We'll look at the increase in usage and sales of spices in recent years. Our special guest: Deborah Stuiber, innovation marketing manager at McCormick Spice Co., Hunt Valley. Visit our podcast page and subscribe
Midday September 13 - September 17
Monday, September 13 Noon - 1:00 pm He's the man everyone looks to for the fight against crime in Baltimore. City Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld joins Dan to talk about high profile assaults, public perceptions, police conduct, criminal justice and answers your questions.
1:00 - 2:00 pm Is President Obama losing the powers of persuasion he showed in 2008? We'll look at how effective Obama's recent messages on war and the economy have been with Lester Spence, assistant professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University, Dedrick Muhammed, senior organizer and research associate at the Institute for Policy Studies, and Martha Joynt Kumar, professor of political science at Towson University and author of Managing the President's Message - The White House Communication Operation.
Tuesday, September 14 Noon - 1:00 pm Pulitzer Prize winner Daniel Golden contends that the admissions offices at top US colleges and universities do not practice meritocracy, but instead make selections according to a "preference of privilege," rewarding wealthy candidates rather than more deserving working- and middle-class students. We go inside the admission processes of top tier colleges with Golden and Kim Clark, senior writer for US News and World Report. 1:00 - 2:00 pm The recent foreclosure crisis in Florida gave author Paul Reyes a fascinating opportunity to see firsthand what happens when entire communities simple walk away from their homes; he joins Dan to talk about his new book, Exiles in Eden.
Wednesday, September 15 Noon - 1:00 pm Alan Berube, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, returns to the show to discuss Baltimore's demographic trajectory, the suburbanization of poverty, and the future of the greater Baltimore region.
1:00 - 2:00 pm We'll dig through the numbers and outcomes of Tuesday's primary election results with a panel of experts to find out who Baltimoreans and Marylanders have tapped to head to the November general election.
Thursday, September 16 Noon - 1:00 pm Concussions are one of the most serious of sports injuries; today, the NFL and researchers are taking new measures to prevent and deal with concussions. Joining Dan are Dr. Andrew Tucker, medical director of Union Memorial Sports Medicine, Darryl Conway, University of Maryland's Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Medicine and David Steele, senior writer for AOL Fanhouse sports website.
Friday, September 17 1:00 - 2:00 pm We review the course of events from Thursday's shooting at Johns Hopkins Hospital with Fraser Smith, WYPR's senior news analyst, and discuss the occurrences of work place violence and the dangerous hazards facing healthcare workers in particular, with Dr. Jane Lipscomb, Professor at University of Maryland Baltimore Schools of Nursing and Medicine and Director of the School of Nursing's Work and Health Research Center. Visit our podcast page and subscribe
Midday September 6 - September 10
Monday, September 6 Noon - 1:00 pm Bill Clegg lived the Manhattan dream: hot new literary agency, thriving social life, friends and parties and success. But his addictions and personality combined to hurl him from those heights into a lost world of confusion, anger, and pain, chronicled in his new memoir, Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man. He tells us how he rose, and fell, and lived to write about it. Originally broadcast 7/15/10
1:00 - 2:00 pm The American space program of the 1950s and 1960s celebrated the German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun as a national hero, completely ignoring his Nazi and SS past. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Johns Hopkins visiting professor Wayne Biddle explains the reality behind the man in his new book Dark Side of the Moon: Wernher von Braun, the Third Reich, and the Space Race.
Tuesday, September 7 Noon - 1:00 pm Baltimore City's new Health Commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, comes to Studio A to discuss how she will face the city's public health challenges, including substance abuse, infant mortality, obesity, and health care disparities.
1:00 - 2:00 pm Baltimore City police and firefighters have taken their pension battle with City Hall to federal court. We'll talk with Bob Cherry, president of the Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #3, and Bob Sledgeski, president of the Baltimore firefighters union, Local #734.
Wednesday, September 8 Noon - 1:00 pm After a fiery debate series (including a contentious one here on Midday), the race for Baltimore City State's Attorney has been drawing attention and raising temperatures across the city. To explain how he would change the way crimes are prosecuted in Baltimore, and his aggressive and controversial TV ads, we're joined by attorney and Democratic challenger for the office, Gregg Bernstein.
1:00 - 2:00 pm Maryland is only one of three states that allow its governor to deny parole to inmates over the recommendation of the parole board. Governor Martin O'Malley says no to all lifers, all the time, while his predecessor Robert Ehrlich commuted the sentences of six men serving life. A look at the politics of parole.
Thursday, September 9 Noon - 1:00 pm Jeffrey MacDonald, a minister in the United Church of Christ, says churchgoers want their pastors to soothe and entertain them when they should be challenged to serve their fellow man. Dan will speak to MacDonald -- and to City Councilman Carl Stokes, who has challenged congregations in East Baltimore to step into the crime fight and the renewal of their neighborhoods. 1:00 - 2:00 pm Acclaimed singer-songwriter Dar Williams joins us for an in-studio performance and to talk about her career and latest releases, Promised Land and Many Great Companions.
Friday, September 10 1:00 - 2:00 pm A look at the most hotly contested local races as we head into the last weekend before the Maryland primary, with Frasier Smith,WYPR senior news analyst, Bryan Sears, political editor for Patuxent Publishing's eight Baltimore County weekly newspapers, Doni Glover, founder and publisher of Bmore News, Sunni Khalid, WYPR's managing news editor and Marvin "Doc" Cheatham, president of the Baltimore branch of the NAACP. Visit our podcast page and subscribe
Midday August 30 - September 3
Monday, August 30 Noon - 1:00 pm The growing furor over the proposed Ground Zero Muslim community center, and a Florida pastor's plan to host a "Burn the Koran Day" on September 11, are the latest elements in a new surge of Islamophobia. Dr. Faheem Younus, president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community youth organization, and John Corrigan, chair of the Department of Religion at Florida State University, join us to talk about growing hostility towards the Islamic faith.
1:00 - 2:00 pm The economic recession and the housing collapse have hit Americans hard; how have they affected the African-American middle class in particular? Joining Dan are Jessica Gordon-Nembhard, associate professor of community justice and social economic development from John Jay College, City University of New York (CUNY) and Dedrick Muhammed, senior organizer and research associate at the Institute for Policy Studies. Tuesday, August 31 Noon - 1:00 pm From Glenn Beck's rally on the Mall in Washington, D.C. to gubernatorial hopeful Bob Ehrlich's pledge of "no new taxes" and local elections across the state, we're taking a look at the candidates and an intriguing electorate that's behaving in unexpected ways. Joining Dan in Studio A are Herb Smith, political science professor at McDaniel College; Fraser Smith, WYPR's senior news analyst; and Julie Bykowicz, political reporter for the Baltimore Sun.
1:00 - 2:00 pm Every year, malaria infects 500 million people, and kills nearly 1 million, despite our ability to prevent and cure the disease. Author and journalist Sonia Shah joins us to talk about her new book The Fever, the effect of malaria on humankind, and the international community's struggle -- and failure -- to contain it. Wednesday, September 1 Noon - 1:00 pm In late 2006, the Baltimore Sun published a series of articles about ground rent, a peculiar type of property holding that some landlords were abusing to seize homes. In 2007, Maryland enacted emergency legislation to change the rules of ground rent; now, a class action lawsuit filed by ground rent lease holders is heading for a November courtroom showdown. We're joined by Fred Schulte, former Baltimore Sun reporter who worked on the ground rent series; Delegate Maggie McIntosh, a lead sponsor of the legislation to change the laws regarding ground rent; and Edward Meehan, attorney for the ground rent lease holders.
1:00 - 2:00 pm The U.S. continues to wage a war on cocaine, spending millions of dollars annually in what seems to be a lost conflict. Tom Feiling, author of Cocaine Nation, examines the history of the drug's popularity, efforts to legalize cocaine in other countries, and how America's crusade against it might actually be increasing demand.
Thursday, September 2 Noon - 1:00 pm Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck says America needs to turn back to God but, whose God is he talking about? We'll look at religion and politics with Rabbi Steven Fink of Temple Oheb Shalom and Father James Salmon, professor in the departments of chemistry and theology at Loyola University of Maryland.
1:00 - 2:00 pm Midday on the Bay takes a look at one of the Chesapeake Bay's most-prevalent and least-pleasant pollutants: animal waste. We're joined as always by Chesapeake Bay Journal writer Rona Kobell, who'll give us the scoop on poop from chickens, pigs, and cows; also with us are Mark Dubin, faculty member of the University of Maryland?s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources as well as the agriculture technical coordinator for the EPA?s Chesapeake Bay Program, and Bill Satterfield, executive director of the Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc.
Friday, September 3 1:00 - 2:00 pm Midday's Weekly News Review. Join host Karen Hosler and a panel of journalists and news analysts for a review of the week's top news stories, including the indictment of state Senator Ulysses Currie, early voting and furloughed state and city officials. This week's guests are Andy Rosen, metropolitan editor for the Baltimore Sun,David Schwartz, Maryland director of Americans for Prosperity, and Rion Dennis, executive director of Progressive Maryland. Visit our podcast page and subscribe
August 23 - August 27
Monday, August 23 Noon - 1:00 pm After faithfully spending years recycling our waste, we wondered: Is it working? Where's all the stuff going? Are we helping the planet? Join us for a special two-hour look at recycling in the Baltimore region; learn the good and the bad; and find out how some innovators are going way beyond "cans, bottles and paper." Guests include: Tonya Simmons, recycling coordinator, Baltimore City Department of Public Works; Bob Ernst, recycling program manager, Harford County Department of Public Works; Charlie Reighart, recycling & waste prevention manager, Baltimore County Dept. of Public Works; Alan Wilcom, chief, recycling division, Howard County Department of Public Works.
1:00 - 2:00pm Our special two-hour look at recycling continues with: Leana Houser, Johns Hopkins University sustainability coordinator (RECYCLEMANIA); Tom Szaky, founder and CEO of TerraCycle; and John Shepley, co-founder of Baltimore Biodiesel and co-owner of Emory Knoll Farms.
Tuesday, August 24 Noon - 1:00 pm It's a race that's already cost almost $1.5 million dollars, and it's not even September. Democratic Baltimore County Executive hopefuls Joseph Bartenfelder and Kevin Kamenetzcome to Studio A to explain their visions for the future of Baltimore County. Both explain why they're the best choice for the job in a debate moderated by Dan -- and the candidates will take your questions.
1:00 - 2:00 pm He's a fantastic and celebrated Italian chef; host of his own PBS series; author of 10 bestselling cookbooks; and a favorite of fans across the globe. He's Giuliano Bugialli, and he's joining Dan in Studio A to talk about cooking, Italy, and life.
Wednesday, August 25 Noon - 1:00 pm The economic recession has forced politicians and citizens to take a hard look at growth and development in America -- what's healthy, what's sustainable, and what's possible. In this special two-hour show, we look at how increasing population numbers affect the Chesapeake Bay, and examine if we as a nation need to re-think -- and perhaps change -- the American way of growth. We're joined by Tom Horton, author and Chesapeake Bay environmentalist; Andy Ratner, director of communications and education for the Maryland Department of Planning; and John Kortekamp, executive vice president of the Home Builders Association of Maryland.
1:00 - 2:00 pm Our special two-hour look at growth continues with economic forecaster Addison Wiggin, executive publisher of Agora Financial LLC, and Nicole Gelinas, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.
Thursday, August 26 Noon - 1:00 pm Five years ago, at the end of this month, Hurricane Katrina subjected New Orleans and the entire Gulf Coast to its relentless and destructive fury. One town hit hard was Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, and the story of its destruction and survival has spawned two new books by a current and a former resident. We're joined by Ellis Anderson, winner of the Eudora Welty Prize and author of Under Surge, Under Seige; and Kathleen Koch, former CNN correspondent and author of Rising from Katrina.
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Two men from Baltimore with the same name leading different lives. One Wes Moore is serving a life sentence in prison. Our guest is the other Wes Moore, the first African American Rhodes Scholar from JohnsHopkinsUniversity who chronicles their lives in the book The Other Wes Moore: One Name Two Fates.Originally broadcast 5-18-10
Friday, August 27 1:00 - 2:00 pm Midday's Weekly News Review. Join host Karen Hosler and a panel of journalists for a review of the week's top news stories. This week's panel includes: Michael Cross-Barnet, deputy editorial page editor of the Sun, Erin Cox, reporter for the Annapolis Capital and Josh Kurtz, columnist for the political website Center Maryland and editor of Environment and Energy Daily on Capitol Hill. Visit our podcast page and subscribe
Midday August 16 - August 20
Monday, August 16 Noon - 1:00 pm All of us worry about old age claiming our treasured memories -- but what about those rare people whose minds cannot forget? We're joined by Philip Easter, a Baltimore man with a near-photographic memory of everything he's ever done on most every day of his adult life. To explain a powerful autobiographical memory condition known as hyperthymesia, neuropsychologist Dr. Elizabeth Parker discusses a groundbreaking paper she co-authored on the subject.
1:00 - 2:00 pm During last winter's blizzards, many snowbound federal workers in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area stayed on the job from their home computers -- saving our government tens of millions of dollars in potentially lost labor costs. That paved the way for the Telework Improvements Act of 2010, and the bill's co-sponsor, Congressman John Sarbanes, joins us in Studio A, along with Michelle Heelan, alternative work specialist with the Telecommuting Advantage Group, to talk about telecommuting.
Tuesday, August 17 Noon - 1:00 pm As Maryland's 2010 election season continues to heat up, who's surging, who's fading, and who's the darkhorse? Charles Robinson, reporter for Maryland Public Television, and David Schwartz, director of the Maryland state chapter of Americans for Prosperity, join Dan to discuss the races for governor, Baltimore County executive, Baltimore City State's Attorney, and some of the state's other hotly-contested seats.
1:00 - 2:00 pm From crab cakes and corn fritters to fried chicken and Smith Island Cake, food writer Lucie Snodgrass joins us to talk about how she unraveled the back stories and best ways to prepare some of Marylanders' favorite foods in her new book Dishing Up Maryland.
Wednesday, August 18 Noon - 1:00 pm The ongoing saga of the Arundel Mills slot machine complex development -- approved by voters, then thrown out by courts, and now the subject of TV ads, myriad legal machinations, and a new referendum -- continues on Midday. David Cordish, president of the Cordish Companies (which won the Anne Arundel County slots license) and David Jones, chairman of the No Slots at the Mall organization, join Dan to debate their cases for, and against, the contentious project.
1:00 - 2:00 pm Award-winning writer and lifelong fisherman Paul Greenberg explores the history of the quartet of fish that have come to dominate our menus in his new book Four Fish. Greenberg examines the stories of how salmon, sea bass, cod, and tuna became so popular, and how the demand for them has created very specific and efficient (perhaps too much so) industries. He joins us in Studio A to talk about how we can fight for sustainable seafood.
Thursday, August 19 Noon - 1:00 pm With the start of school less than two weeks away, and with performance and personnel issues drawing scrutiny, we're joined by Baltimore City Public Schools' CEO Dr. Andres Alonso. He'll talk about the progress made by -- and the challenges still facing -- the state's fourth-largest school district, and he'll take your calls.
1:00 - 2:00 pm Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik sits down with Dan for a look at the latest media headlines -- from hate and bigotry masquerading as politics and psychology, President Obama on The View, the upcoming gubernatorial debates, and this month's latest media-created hero (a certain JetBlue steward with a flair for dramatic exits).
Friday, August 20 1:00 - 2:00 pm Midday's Weekly News Review. Join host Karen Hosler and a panel of journalists for a review of the week's top news stories. This week's guests include: Paul West, Washington correspondent for the Baltimore Sun, Joel McCord, State house bureau chief for WYPR and John Wagner, Maryland politics reporter for the Washington Post.
Midday August 9 - August 13
Monday, August 9 Noon - 1:00 pm Last week's ruling that California's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional will have repercussions across the nation. To talk about how it could affect Maryland, we're joined by guests including Mark Scurti, gay rights activist and attorney and adjunct professor at the University of Maryland School of Law; and Kevin Naff, editor of the Washington Blade.
1:00 - 2:00 pm Do you spend more time online than you do with your friends and family? How do we strike a balance between our face-to-face relationships and the constant connectivity that the Internet offers? William Powers, author of Hamlet's Blackberry, joins us to talk about how he called upon the wisdom of ancient philosophers to help him unplug and return to a quieter life.
Tuesday, August 10 Noon - 1:00 pm A new study shows that, despite its wealth, Maryland ranks near the bottom of the nation in child and infant mortality -- and the statistics for Baltimore City are even worse. "B'More for Healthy Babies," a new program developed by Baltimore City's Health Department, may finally have a major impact in the reduction of preventable infant deaths. We'll hear from Frances Phillips, Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Rebecca Dineen, bureau chief of maternal and infant care, Baltimore City Health Department; Gena O'Keefe, director of healthy communities initiatives, The Family League; and Dearea Mathews, who lost a child to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and is now part of the city's campaign.
1:00 - 2:00 pm The entrepreneurial achievements of immigrants have given rise to some of America's most successful modern companies, from Google to Intel to Sun Microsystems. Richard Herman, author of Immigrant Inc., joins us to explain why he thinks immigrant power is the economic stimulus this country needs.
Wednesday, August 11 Noon - 1:00 pm In his July 4 opinion piece in the Baltimore Sun, University of Maryland School of Medicine associate professor Faheem Younus called for Muslims in America to try to better integrate themselves into American society -- to become "Muslimericans." As we begin the month of Ramadan, Dr. Younus explains his ideas, and his dreams, for Muslims in America.
1:00 - 2:00 pm The recent merger of TicketMaster and Live Nation needed approval from the Department of Justice -- and it still has music promoters, bands, and venue owners worried about the power of the new company. We're joined by Congressman Bill Pascrell (D, NJ); Los Angeles Times entertainment reporter Todd Martens; and Seth Hurwitz, owner of IMP productions and Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club.
Thursday, August 12 Noon - 1:00 pm This year's race for Baltimore City State's Attorney has become a hot-button and contentious political battle. Join Midday as we host what promises to be a dynamic debate between the office's two Democratic hopefuls: Incumbent Patricia Jessamy and challenger Gregg Bernstein.
1:00 - 2:00 pm Midday on the Bay returns with a look at some of the extraordinary people who serve as Riverkeepers, protecting the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Joining Dan are Rona Kobell, writer for the Chesapeake Bay Journal; Fred Kelly, the Severn Riverkeeper; and Fred Tutman, the Patuxent Riverkeeper.
Friday, August 13 1:00 - 2:00 pm Midday's Weekly News Review. Join host Karen Hosler and a panel of journalists for a review of the week's top news stories. This week's guests are Sunni Khalid, managing news editor for WYPR, Marta Mossberger, columnist and fellow at the Maryland Public Policy Insititute, and Jean Marbella, columnist for the Baltimore Sun.
Midday August 2 - August 6
Monday, August 2 Noon-1:00 p.m. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Baltimore Harbor Riverkeeper have filed suit against the current and past owners of the Sparrows Point steel mill, trying the get the plant to meet federal clean-up orders over a decade old. We're joined by the CBF's Dr. Beth McGee, Baltimore Harbor Riverkeeper Eliza Steinmeier, and Baltimore Sun environmental reporter Timothy Wheeler.
1:00-2:00 p.m. Two years ago, a report warned that Maryland's state parks were in "crisis" due to lack of funding and manpower. This summer, people are visiting the parks in record numbers. Nationally, the slumping economy has led people to low-cost vacation options like camping and park use. We'll talk with Baltimore Sun outdoor columnist Candus Thomson and Maryland Park Service superintendent Nita Settina about the state of Maryland's parks; we're also joined by David Barna from the National Parks Service..
Tuesday, August 3 Noon-1:00 p.m. It's getting harder to sleep tight these days: recently, bed bug populations in the U.S. have increased by 500 percent. And now, they're here in Baltimore. Madeleine Shea, Assistant Commissioner for the Healthy Homes and Communities Division of the Baltimore City Public Health Department; Mike Boeck, the city's resident bed bug expert; and Michael Potter, one of the leading authorities on bed bugs in the country, join us to talk about bed bug fact, fiction, and what we can do to ward off these creepy pests.
1:00-2:00 p.m. Justin Vaisse, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, examines the history of, and force behind, neoconservative in his new book, Neoconservatism: the Biography of a Movement. He joins Dan to talk about his comprehensive account of this complex movement that remains an influential force in today's politics.
Wednesday, August 4 Noon-1:00 p.m. Nicholas Carr created a stir with his 2007 Atlantic Monthly article, "Is Google making us stupid?" In his new book The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brain, he looks at the consequences of surfing the internet and making ourselves available to the constant distraction of messages, and asks if we've lost the ability to focus our concentration.
1:00-2:00 p.m. On May 22, 1856, in the U.S. Capitol, Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner was attacked and beaten with a cane by Preston Brooks, nephew of South Carolina Senator Andrew Butler, the man whom Sumner had castigated in a pre-Civil War speech against slavery. We're joined by Williamjames Hull Hoffer, author of The Caning of Charles Sumner: Honor, Idealism, and the Origins of the Civil War.
Thursday, August 5 Noon-1:00 p.m. In a recent speech, President Obama called on Americans to talk about race, a topic he himself has rarely addressed since taking office. Joining us in Studio A to do just that -- and to talk about Obama -- are Sheri Parks, associate professor of American studies at the University of Maryland, and Lester Spence, associate professor of political science and Africana studies at Johns Hopkins University.
1:00-2:00 p.m. It's the next installment in our series Maryland County of the Month. Today: Founded in 1650, this county is almost 30 percent water and has been home to Maryland's capital for centuries. From Eastport to Glen Burnie, from Fort Meade to Annapolis, we're heading to Anne Arundel County.
Friday, August 6 1:00-2:00 p.m. Midday's Weekly News Review. Join host Karen Hosler and a panel of journalists for a review of the week's top news stories. This week's guests are Liam Farrell, political reporter for the Annapolis Capital; Joel McCord, State House bureau chief for WYPR; and Tim Wheeler, environmental reporter for Baltimore Sun
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