MIDDAY WITH DAN RODRICKS              88.1 FM, WYPR, WYPO, WYPF  NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO

Wednesday, March 25
Noon-1:00 pm
Some critics found President Obama's press conference last night less than-electrifying, even passionless. After a week in which he made March Madness picks on ESPN and visited Jay Leno on the Tonight Show, the president was careful, almost professorial in his televised exchange with reporters last night. Today on the show, we'll talk about President Obama's first two months in office, where things stand with his costly economic proposals and a $3.6 trillion budget that has some moderate senators from his own party concerned about exploding federal deficits for years to come. Our guests are Brian Wendell Morton, the Baltimore City Paper columnist also known as Political Animal, and Paul West, who covers national politics for the Baltimore Sun. As always, WYPR listeners are invited to call and comment about the president and Washington's efforts to come up with a big fix for the nation's fiancial crisis. Join us for the discussion, or drop us an email at midday@wypr.org

1:00-2:00 pm: President Obama has been on television screens a lot in the last week. The comedian Craig Ferguson says the only way President Obama could get more TV time is if he had eight babies. But, in the midst of an economic crisis and his first budget rollout, with some members of his own party starting to sound alarms about spending and deficits, the president appears to be eager to sell his proposals directly to American television viewers. We'll look at that with Baltimore Sun television critic David Zurawik. The Z will also tells us about an upcoming TV program on another public figure -- the former Baltimore mayor and  Maryland governor, William Donald Schaefer.  . . Join us for the discussion, or drop us an email at midday@wypr.org

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