Don Rush

Assoc. Program Director- Sr. Producer News and Public Affairs

Don Rush is the News Director at Public Radio Delmarva (WSCL/WSDL) in Salisbury, Maryland on the campus of Salisbury University. He has spent the last 35 years in broadcast journalism specializing in national politics. Before coming to Salisbury he spent 12 years in Washington DC with the Pacifica Network News bureau. During the 1980’s he was News Director at KFPK in his home town of Los Angeles. He also worked for the Los Angeles based wire and audio news service CNS/RNW. Locally, he has become an award winning journalist covering everything from development and environmental issues to local politics.

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When we think of craft beer, it's often the image of old white guys brewing up a batch in the back, while customers talk about the ambience of the latest brew. But, there are a growing number of African American owned breweries. And the Brewers Association has begun an effort to diversify the industry. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush takes a look at one African American owned brewery in Charles County. (Part 1)

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Energy efficiency has become a watch word as the world begins to grapple with climate change. And, cities are at ground zero with efforts to make them more energy efficient. A recent survey  of 100 cities in the U.S. found that 20 are on track to reaching their goals. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with David Ribeiro, with the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and author of the survey, about what smaller cities can do to fight a global problem. (Part 2)

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A new report found that 20 cities out of a hundred are now on track to achieve their energy efficiency goals. That's according to a new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. In our region, Washington D.C. is on track but Baltimore still has a ways to go. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with David Ribeiro, director of Local Policy and author of the report about the impact of energy efficiency. (Part 1)

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Abraham Lincoln's presidency freed the slaves and ushered in a new political party. Host Don Rush talks with David S. Reynolds, author of a new biography "Abe: Abraham Lincoln in his Times," to explore the character of the man who changed America. Then, he continues the conversation with Salisbury University Political Science professor Michael O'Loughlin to look at what has become of the modern Republican Party since Goldwater.

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Turning Pepe the Frog into a meme of hate is symbolic of other extremist memes such as QAnon. Monday night PBS will broadcast a documentary on the transformation of the frog entitled Feels Good Man. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with director Arthur Jones and producer Giorgio Angelini about the development of such memes on the internet.  (Part 2)

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For human beings clothes are an obsession. And, Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill notes even our pets get into the act.

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Pepe the Frog began as a cartoon character in the comic Boy's Club, but has been transformed into an internet meme of hate and anti-Semitism. Monday night PBS will broadcast a documentary on the transformation entitled Feels Good Man. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with director Arthur Jones and producer Giorgio Angelini about this little character who has become popular on the extreme right. (Part 1)

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The resignation of Wicomico County Library executive Ashley Teagle has revealed questions about the functioning of county government. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Greg Bassett, edtior and general manager of the Salisbury Independent, about the factors involved in the conflicts that often arise. (Part 2)

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The sudden resignation of Ashley Teagle, executive director of the Wicomico County Library, took members of the County Council by suprise. Greg Bassett, editor and general manager of the Salisbury Independent, tells Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush that the resignation highlights the difficult relationship the library has had with county government. (Part 1)

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The conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq became not only the longest wars but with a volunteer army inwhich service personnel have seen numerous tours of duty. Meanwhile, for the public they are the almost forgotten conflicts with such a small percentage of the population serving in the military. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talks with Ashleigh Birnes, deputy communications director for Disabled American Veterans, about the impact of such wars amidst the current coronavirus pandemic. (Part 2)

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The long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have resulted in large numbers of disabled veterans, many of whom go unnoticed by the public at large. And, now the coronavirus has placed yet another burden on that vulnerable population. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Ashleigh Birnes, deputy national communications director for Disabled American Veterans, about their priorities as the nation begins voting in the national elections.

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Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush interviews Chasten Buttigieg, husband of Pete Buttigieg who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination. He talks with Chasten about his new book about his life, "I Have Something to Tell You: A Memoir".

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Rallies have been a hallmark of President Trump's campaign with many of the attendees not wearing masks. And, the president has said he is feeling well enough to resume the campaign trail. Delmarva Public Media' Don Rush talked with emergency room physician Mike Murphy about the those rallies and the prospect that his health could take a turn for the worse.

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President Trump says that he is ready to get back out on the campaign trail and has decided not to not to participate in the second presidential debate since the decision by the Commission on Presidential Debates that it be virtual. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with emergency room physician Mike Murphy about someone who has had coronavirus breaking quarantine so soon. (part 2)

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President Trump is now back in the White House after contracting the coronavirus. His physicians have given him a series of drugs including a sterioid to fight the disease. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush spoke with Mike Murphy, an emergency room physician, about what we can tell of the president's condition and treatment. (Part 1)

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Much attention was drawn to Pete Buttigieg an openly gay candidate running for the Democratic presidential nomination. His husband Chasten has written a new book entitled, "I Have Something to Tell You: A Memoir". It tells of his early life in rural America to the spouse of a presidential candidate. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush caught up with him before a virtual appearance at Browseabout Books in Delaware to talk about his life. This is an excerpt from that half hour interview which will be aired in full this Friday at 9 a.m. on WSDL 90.7 FM.

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There may be a slight bump in Maryland state revenues, but Comptroller Peter Franchot tells Delmarva Public Media' s Don Rush that he worries about what might happen to small businesses and others if additional financial assistance is not provided. (Part 2)

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Two-thirds of Americans scheduled for cancer screenings are skipping them due to the coronavirus. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talks with Dr. Richard Schilsky, chief medical officer and executive director of the American Society of Clinical Oncology about the latest survey condcuted by the organization.

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Maryland state revenues are up. But, Comptroller Peter Franchot urges caution as the governor and state lawmakers ponder what to do with the windfall. (Part 1)

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At any stage in life we may ask ourselves, "Who are we? Is it, who we imagine? Or is it someone else." Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill suggests that we may be both.

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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania have tested positive for the coronavirus. The White House now says that the president is experiencing mild symptoms. Delmarva Today host Don Rush talks with Salisbury University Political Science professor Michael O'Loughlin and longtime Wicomico County Republican John Bartkovich about the news and its political implications.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has tweeted that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Trump’s positive test comes just hours after the White House announced that senior aide Hope Hicks came down with the virus after traveling with the president several times this week.  

Trump is 74 years old, putting him at higher risk of serious complications from a virus that has now killed more than 205,000 people nationwide.

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President Donald Trump has relied on his brand during his life time slapping his name on buildings across the world. But, since his ascension to the White House it has taken a hit with a number of buildings removing his name. Forbes senior editor Dan Alexander is author of a new book, "White House Inc.: How Donald Trump Turned the Presidency into a Business." He tells Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush that after his term in office Trump's brand will have been sharply diminished in the United States. (Part 3)

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Another resupply mission for the International Space Station is set to launch tonight from the Wallops Flight Facility. Delmarva Public Media's Steve Plotkin has this look at the mission.

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The New York Times Trump tax revelations found that many of his proprties did not fair so well losing millions of dollars. Forbes senior editor Dan Alexander has written a new book,"White House Inc.: How Donald Trump Turned the Presidency into a Business". Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with him about why there were so many failures. (part 2)

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With the latest revelations by the New York Times that President Trump paid virtually no federal income taxes over the last 15 years and has a mound of debt Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Forbes senior editor Dan Alexander author of a new book entitled, "White House Inc.: How Donald Trump Turned the Presidency into a Business." (Part 1)

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The nomination of Appellate Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett has drawn sharp reaction from the civil rights community. Lena Zwarensteyn, director of the Fair Courts Campaign at the Leaderhsip Conference for Civil and Human Rights talks with Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush about what the nomination may mean to the high court.

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With the November election just around the corner, for immigrant communities issues back in their homelands may be fracturing their political allegiances. Muqtedar Khan is a political science professor and director of Islamic Studies Program at the University of Delaware. He tells Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush that while much of the American Muslim population is going blue, there are others that are voting red.

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With the coronavirus pandemic entering another month, local organizations have been organizing to help those in need. On the Maryland Lower Shore the Vulnerable Populations Task Force has been holding one-stop-shop events where groups come together to provide food, medical screenings and legal help. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush visited one of these events and files this report.

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The single indictment against a Louisville police officer in the death of Breonna Taylor has sparked yet another around of street protests. The decision also did not charge two other officers involved in her death. Charlotte King, chair of the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice, is involved with the state police acountability commission. She told Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush she worries about the impact of such decisions.

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