Wilson’s guest this week on Delmarva Today is Doctor Michael Murphy.  Dr. Murphy is an emergency medical physician affiliated with the Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, MD. Dr. Murphy discusses the status of the pandemic in Maryland and the Salisbury area. He also talks about how our knowledge of the virus has grown over the last five months and how treatment has changed as well. In addition he discusses how the virus itself has changed or mutated and how that has affected treatment. In terms of the issue of children going back to school this fall, Dr.

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After years of refusing to replace the name Washington Redskins a change appears to be in the offing. Indeed, the Cleveland Indians have also said they aim to replace their team's name. All of this comes as the Black Lives Matter protests filled the streets in the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer and a renewed effort to take down old Confederate monuments. Glenn Aparicio Parry is author of a new book entitled, "Original Politics: Making America Sacred Again" which looks at American democracy through the traditions of Native Americans.

Captain Harold “Stoney” Whitelock. Born and raised here on the Eastern Shore, Capt. Whitelock discusses his connection to skipjacks and the oyster industry, and the iconic boat’s connection to regional communities' heritage.

With the number of coronavirus cases now topping three million in the U.S with over 130,000 deaths, many states and local government officials are scrambling to keep up with the spreading pandemic. Delmarva Public Media Essayist Steve Plotkin writes it's time to be angry.

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As we move through this presidential election year a major shift is occurring as more and more of the post baby boomers move into the voting booth. Salisbury University political science professor Adam Hoffman tells Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush that may mean a change the battle over the role of government in the wake of the 2008 market crash and the coronavirus pandemic.

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With former vice president Joe Biden now the Democratic presumptive presidential nominee, progressives are showing some muscle in the aftermath of the Bernie Sanders campaigns. Salisbury University political science professor Adam Hoffman tells Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush the party leaders are now facing a major shift in the demographic and electoral map. (Part 2)

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The coronavirus has left many families mourning the loss of loved ones and a yearning for a return to life as they knew once it. But Delmarva Public Radio's George Merrill writes unlike other pandemics uncertainty clouds what will become the new normal.

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As the nation celebrates July 4th, it finds iteself in the midst of a political crisis, a polarization of the parties and country. Salisbury University political science professor Adam Hoffman told Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush that the fate of the Republican Party is uncertain since the rising of Trumpism. (Part 1)

The cororonavirus pandemic has disrupted many lives. For the Muslim community it struck just as many were preparing for Ramadan when many worshipers gather to mark month of fasting and religious prayer. Muqtader Khan is a professor in the political science department and founding director of Islamic Studies Program at the University of Delaware. He tells host Don Rush that the changes made to celebrate this year may have lasting positive effects.

Wilson’s guest on Delmarva Today is Ashley Sweeney, here to talk about her new book Answer Creek, the story of the Donner Party. The great Missouri-based trails: the Oregon, Mormon, and California, used in the westward expansion between 1829 and 1870 saw approximately 500,000 emigrants making the journey to the west beyond the Great Plains.

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As crowds gather for July 4th and Maryland begins lifting its restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic the economic after effects could see many businesses reconfigure their operating models while others are not expected to survive. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Memo Dirikir, director of Salisbury University's Business, Economic and Community Outreach Network, about the outlook for the region. (Part 2)

The Delmarva Peninsula (present day Delaware, and the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia), includes the traditional homelands of the Lenape, Nanticoke, Nause-Waiwash, Assateague, Pocomoke, and Accohannock peoples—all of whom continue to carry on their ancestors’ legacies today. To kick off this new series on Chesapeake traditions, we’re highlighting and paying homage to a community of the region’s first peoples.

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As tourists begin to flock to the Delmarva beaches fro July 4th the coronavirus pandemic has seen many business on the peninsula struggle to survive. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Memo Dirikir, director of Salisbury University's Business, Economic and Community Outreach Network, about the immediate and long term effects of the pandemic restrictions as Maryland begins to reopen. (Part 1) 

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Protests over the death of George Floyd have continued for weeks as many local jurisdictions begin to approve police reform measures. Delmarva Public Radio's Essayist Steve Plotkin observers these demonstrations are part of the American tradition.

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With more than 40 percent of the coronavirus deaths in Maryland occurring in nursing homes and long term care facilties, many are concerned about the safety of their loved ones. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush speaks with Tammy Bresnahan, director of advocacy for AARP Maryland, about what they should look for in a facility.(Part 2)

SALISBURY, MD—From features to editorials, stories told by Delmarva Public Radio (DPR) have earned praise from the Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association (CAPBA).

DPR (WSCL 89.5 FM and WSDL 90.7 FM) garnered eight 2020 CAPBA awards in the non-metro radio category.

The stations, which broadcast from the Salisbury University campus, have won more than 60 awards in the past decade.

News Director Don Rush earned seven of the honors for stories including:

Forty-three percent of all deaths from the coronavirus in Maryland have been nursing homes and long term facilities. Tammy Bresnahan, director of advocacy for AARP Maryland tells Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush that this has been a tragic outcome. (Part 1)

Wilson’s guest on Delmarva Today this week is Arthur Magida to discuss his Pulitzer Prize nominated book in the biography/memoir category Code Name Madeleine: A Sufi Spy in Nazi Occupied Paris.

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The Talbot County Council began consideration of resolutions that would remove the famed Confederate statue "The Talbot Boys" from its location in front of the county court house in Easton. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with Council President Corey Pack about his resolution and why he has changed his position on the issue.

SALISBURY, MD---For more than three decades, Salisbury University’s Delmarva Public Radio and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s WESM 91.3 FM have been allies in public broadcasting on the peninsula.

On Wednesday, July 1, they strengthen that bond with a new partnership to create Delmarva Public Media. The new organization will allow all three stations — including Delmarva Public Radio’s WSCL 89.5 FM and WSDL 90.7 FM — to share resources in an increasingly competitive market.

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A Black Lives Matter street sign has gone up in Salisbury as the city marked Juneteenth. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush reports on this moment that was emotional for many in the crowd as they celebrated the new sign at Broad Street and Poplar Hill Avenue.

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Wilson’s guest is Karen Huston Karydes. Karydes discusses her new book, complete but not yet published, about the life and work of three pioneer women writers of the 1940’s and 50’s: Shirley Jackson, Margaret Millar (the wife of Ross Macdonald), and Patricia Highsmith. The working  title of the book is When Witches Wrote Novels. All three of these women were prolific writers. Jackson wrote 6 novels and many short stories, Highsmith, 22 novels, and Millar wrote 27 novels.

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Sheriff Mike Lewis decided to withdraw his resolution for to declare Wicomico County a second amendment sanctuary. Meanwhile, County Executive Bob Culver took down the plaque for the notorious Confederate General John Winder from its location in downtown Salisbury. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Council member Josh Hastings and Greg Bassett with the Salisbury Independent about these developments. 

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The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has sparked protests across country that has led the nation to focus on racism in America. Delmarva Public Radio Essay George Merrill writes we may be seeing a turning point for the country.

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This past week saw two unexpected moves in Wicomico County. On Tuesday Sheriff Mike Lewis withdrew his resolution calling for making the county a second amendment sanctuary. Then, last Friday County Executive Bob Culver ordered the removal of a plaque for the notorious confederate general John Winder. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with county council member Josh Hastings about these major local events.

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The economy has been in shutdown mode for months with the outbreak of the coronavrius pandemic. And, many businesses have turned to consultants to fill the gap. Brent Messenger is Vice President of Public Policy Community at Fiverr, a global free lancing company. He tells Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush he has seen companies rethinking how they operate as a result of the pandemic.

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Sheriff Mike Lewis withdrew his Second Amendment Sanctuary resolution that was set to be heard by the Wicomico County Council on Tuesday. He told the council that given the current atmosphere with the widespread unrest over the death of African Americans at the hands of police this was not the time for such a resolution. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with Lewis after his appearance before the council.

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The Wicomico County Council was expected to hear a second amendment sanctuary resolution on Tuesday but it was suddenly pulled by Sheriff Mike Lewis. Nonetheless, many attended to meeting to express their support and opposition to the resolution. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Dr. Bronte Deshield with the Wicomico County Branch of the NAACP about her concerns.

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The plaque in downtown Salisbury marking the Confederate General John Winder is now history. It was abruptly taken down last Friday by Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver and had been the subject of efforts for its removal. Winder was in charge of confederate prison of war camps that saw thousands of union soldiers die under horrific conditions. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with Amber Green Co-Chair of the Salisbury City Lynching Memorial Task Force who has been pushing for the sign's removal.

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With the nation reeling from the ever present coronavrius and the protests surrounding the death of George Floyd how does one find joy amidst the turmoil? In the "Book of Joy" author and editor Douglas Abrams describes the conversation between two men who know adversity well the Dalai Lama who has been exiled from his native Tibel and Archbishop Desmond Tutu who fought apartheid in South Africa. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talked with Abrams about what he learned from those conversations.