Delmarva Today

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The Delmarva Peninsula is a rapidly changing place. Development is booming, we are becoming more diverse, and our arts scene is gaining recognition. Delmarva Today explores the issues and people who make living on the Peninsula such a unique place.

Your host, Don Rush, seeks out guests and issues that impact the daily lives of our listeners. How will possible wind power impact your wallet and the environment? Are local bloggers helping or hurting public discourse? Is there a way to balance the desire to preserve our small towns' heritage and encourage economic development?

From Dover to Wallops Island, from the Bridge to the Beaches and everywhere in between, Delmarva Today explores what's happening today and tomorrow in Delmarva.

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Salisbury celebrated Poetry Week featuring awarding Chris Salerno. Host Don Rush talks with him about his upcoming collection of poems entitled "The Man Grave" which focuses on the world of masculinity.

In the second part Rush talks with Julie DiCaro, about her new book, "Sidelined: Sports, Culture and Being a Woman in America" which explores not only the difficulties for women in the field but some of the vicious harassment they face.

Hal Wilson's guest on this week's Delmarva Today is Ashleigh Bryant Phillips, author of Sleepovers. Sleepovers is Phillips first book. It is a compendium of short stories and won the C.Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize. Stories from it have appeared in The Paris Review and The Oxford American.

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With the harsh sentences handed down over the years there are an estimated three million children whose parents are now in prison. Amy Friedman and her husband began a program for them called, "Pain of the Prison System" to help these children cope. She has co-edited a new anthology of their stories in a book entitled, "Dream Catchers". Host Don Rush spoke with her about the book, the program and the children.

Wilson’s guest on Delmarva Today is Jean Holloway, Delaware and Maryland State Manager for the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project (SERCAP). SERCAP is a nonprofit organization that helps upgrade water and wastewater systems in small, rural towns across the Delmarva. They provide a variety of services from directly constructing infrastructure, to providing financing and loan options, and offering technical training.

This is the second in Delmarva Today's three-part series on the humanities and their contribution to culture in the United States.  The first session reviewed the history and nature of the humanities, how they became institutionalized, and how they helped define the identity of our country. This Friday's Delmarva Today reviews  the crisis in the humanities at the university level and in our national identity.

Harold Wilson’sguest  is Professor Margo Shea. Dr. Shea is a professor of history at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts. Dr. Shea, author of Derry City: Memory and Political Struggle in Northern Ireland. discusses the work she is doing on the parallels she finds between the Troubles in Northern Ireland in the 1960’s and the cultural and political unrest we are experiencing here in the US today evidenced recently by the  siege of our nation’s capital on January six, 2021.

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It was some fifty years ago the body of Sister Cathy was found near Baltimore. She taught at a local Catholic High School where allegations surfaced of sexual abuse. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Gemma Hoskins, who spearheaded her own investigation into her former teacher's death as recounted in a Netflix documentary. Hoskins has written an autobiography, "Keeping On: How I Came to Know Why I Was Born" about her life and the influence of Sister Cathy.

Friday's Delmarva Today is the first of  our special hour-long programs on the humanities.

Adam Wood is a professor in the English Department of Salisbury University. Marten Pereoom is a professor of history and Dean of the Fulton  School of Liberal Arts at the University. In Friday's program we discuss the  nature and history of the humanities and the role they play in the  development of our personal  and national identity.

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With the country in the midst of a great debate about social media and the implications of former president Donald Trump's attacks on the press, a great debate has begun over what is meant by freedom of speech and the press. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Ian Rosenberg, author of a new book entitled, "The Fight for Free Speech: Ten Cases that Define our First Amendment Freedoms,” about how these concepts have evolved over time.

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The storming of the nation's Capitol Building has brought the issue of white supremacy front and center in the national dialogue. Host Don Rush talked with associate history professor Kathryn Barrett-Gaines at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore about the origins and impact of white supremacy in the United States.

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February marks Black History Month. And, Delmarva Today begins with a look at two books. Host Don Rush talks with Rio Cortez co-author of the children's book "The ABC's of Black History" and then explores a new novel by Robert Jones Junior, "The Prophets" about a plantation in the antebellum South.

Harold Wilson's guest is Nancy Mitchell, Salisbury's poet laureate.  They  talk about her plans as poet laureate in the coming year. and discuss some of her recently published poetry.

Nancy is the Poet Laureate of the City of Salisbury, Maryland. She has published extensively, is a 2012 Pushcart Prize winner, and is Associate Editor of Special Features for Plume, an online poetry magazine.

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With an aging population dementia and Alzheimer's has become of increasing concern. Officially, there is no cure or prevention for the condition. But, Dr. Timothy Smith has written a new took entitled, "Reversing Alzheimer's: How to Prevent Dementia and Revitalize the Brain". Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talks with Smith about what people can do to prevent the disease.

Hal Wilson's  guest on Delmarva Today this week is Lance George, Research Director for The Housing Assistance Council (HAC) in Washington, DC. The duscuss the  lack of plumbing and adequate water in homes and communities in the US that create Third-World conditions for many families. Data indicates that at least 460,000 homes across the country do not have a functioning bathroom or lack an adequate water supply. The Delmarva does a little better but not by much. Data indicates that 1,765 homes here on the Eastern Shore lack plumbing.

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One the first half of today's program, we review the inauguration of President Joe Biden. Host Don Rush talks with former John Bartkovich, former chair of the Wicomico Republican Central Committee and Salisbury University political science professor Michael O'Loughlin.

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On the first half of today's program, we get insight into the recents events at our nation's Capitol with host Don Rush and guests Dr. Michael O'Loughlin, Salisbury University Political Science Professor and Frank Figliuzzi   author of The FBI Way: Inside the Breau's Code of Excellence 

My guest on Delmarva Today is Dr. Karl Maier, a member of the psychology department at Salisbury University in Salisbury. Maryland. This is the third in our series of discussions on the psychological impact of COVID-19 on the general population.

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Today's guest  is Dr. Michael  Murphy, emergency medical physician at the Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. Dr. Murphy will update us  on the current  surge in the pandemic in Wicomico and surrounding counties and discuss the pressure the increase is having on the hospital. He will  also discuss  his own personal struggle with Covid-19  and update us on the distribution of the vaccine in the area.

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With the new year comes an assessment of what 2020 has brought to the nation's body politic. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talks with Salisbury University political science professor Michael O'Loughlin about the impact of Trump's loss and the future of American politics.


The Wicomico County Branch of the NAACP has a new president. Host Don Rush talks with Brante Dashiell about the challenges the organization faces in the future.

My guest for Friday's Delmarva Today is Lance George. Lance is the research director for The Housing Assistance Council, a national nonprofit housing and rural development  organization in DC. We're talking about rural poverty and why it has remained about three percent above urban poverty since the 1970s. George  will discuss the characteristics of rural poverty and how it differs from urban  poverty. He will  also talk about the problems  of resource distribution in rural areas, as well as problems associated with distributing the Coronavirus vaccine.


The homeless not only face with the cold weather, but also the coronavirus. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Bee Miller, executive director of Diakonia, about the impact of the virus on their efforts to provide assistance and shelter to this population.

My guest Friday is Dr, Karl Maier, a professor in the Psychology Department at Salisbury University. This is part two of a three part series on the psychological impact of Covid-19 on the general public and particularly on front-line workers. Dr. Maier will discuss what has been called "pandemic fatigue" and  the role of  misinformation / disinformation in decision making.

Hal Wilson's guest is Thomas Hollyday. They discuss his new River Sunday Romance Mystery Novel titled Enemy in which climate change unleashes a deadly global enemy. How to  survive is not only the challenge the Eastern Shore town of River Sunday, Maryland faces but the planet  itself.

Friday, November 28, is Native American Heritage Day. Harold Wilson’s guest on Delmarva Today is Julie Moss to help us honor the heritage of Native Americans. Ms. Moss is a member of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians headquartered in Tahlequah Oklahoma. Over the years, Ms. Moss has developed an expertise in writing federal grant applications from her work with Indian tribes. Her work has also included serving as elected treasurer for the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee, as Deputy Director and Planning Director for the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

This Friday “Delmarva Today” with host Harold Wilson features a discussion of the recently published volume 13 of the Delmarva Review. Wilson’s  guests are Executive Editor of the Review Wilson Wyatt, Poetry Editor Anne Colwell, and Co-Fiction Editor Lee Slater. Volume thirteen of the Review includes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction by 64 authors chosen from among thousands of submissions. Three authors are featured and interviewed in the Review about their work. Sue Ellen Thompson is recognized for creative nonfiction, Luisa A.

With the number of new cases in the US averaging more than 100,000 per day another surge of coronavirus infections has now firmly taken hold across much of the country. As dire as this third surge may be however, there is some good news.  The pharmaceutical company Pfizer released a promising 

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Birds of prey can often bring solace to those with PTSD -- especially U.S. military personnel who recently have endured numerous tours in war zones abroad. Delmarva Today host Don Rush talked with Dava Guerin who has coauthored with Terry Bivens a new book entitled, "The Eagle on My Arm: How the Wilderness and Birds of Prey Saved a Veteran's Life." It details the journey of one Vietnam veteran who found comfort and stability from those birds.


Voters are going to the polls in Wicomico County to decide who will fill the District 2 seat on the County Council. Incumbent Republican Nicole Acle is being challenged by Alexander Scott on the Democratic side. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with the two candidates about the controversies and issues.