Delmarva Today

Friday morning at 9AM

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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Looking at the recent delevopments in Iran

Following Salisbury University's Women and Money Conference, we take a look at the wage gap and the challenges women face regarding money.


Jessica Eisenmann, financial advisor at Edward Jones

Annette Johnson, women’s leadership coach and author with Salisbury University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Mary Angela Baker, director of Salisbury University’s Center for Extended and Lifelong Learning

In the first half, we take a look at the new murals recently painted around Salisbury.

In the second half, we look at the possible ending to the Afghanistan war.

Guests: Salisbury Mayor Jake Day

Artists Brandon Bell and Desirea Martin

Anthony Cordesman, with the Center for Strategic and International Studies

Two stories read by actors from the Community Players of Salisbury


We talk about suicide prevention in the first half of today's program.  In the second half, we learn about the Christian Shelter and homelessness during this holiday season.

Donna Leffew with the  Life Crisis Center

Chef Gretchen Hanson

Robin Tomaselli  the Baked Dessert Cafe & Gallery

Ron Pilling with the Jesse Klump Memorial Fund

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Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition is on the road this  week at The University of Delaware in Georgetown, Delaware. Wilson’s guests are Wilson Wyatt, Executive Editor of the Delmarva Review and Anne Colwell, poetry editor as well as associate professor of English at the University. The program features discussion of the latest edition, volume 12, of the literary journal.

Anaylsis of two week testimony before the House Intelligence Committee in the formal impeachment inquiry of  President Trump.

Guests: Jeremy Venook with the Center for American Progress

Dr. John Bartkovitch

Dr. Adam Hoffman and Michael O'Loughlin, Professors of Politcal Science at Salisbury University. 

Dr. Susan Pickman is the Faculty Advisor and USCG Auxiliary Flotilla Staff Officer for the John Jay College Auxiliary University Program Detachment. Her career in education and the criminal justice system is broad and deep. On this occasion she has turned her skills toward history with her book, "Life on the Spanish-American Colonial Frontier", she contends that the beginning of slavery in what would become the United States of America began much earlier than 1619. Dr. Pickman joins Don Rush in this latest episode of Delmarva Today.

Cynthia Hammer stops by to talk about her new book, A Good Case.

Then, as Veteran's Day approaches, we look at those who have returned from our conflicts abroad.

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Salisbury voters go to the poll Novemember November 5th. In the first half of the program, Greg Bassett of the Salisbury Independent helps us sort out the issues and the candidates.

In the second half, an interview with Mayor Jake Day.

Wilson’s guest on Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition is Jerry Sweeney author of the seven book series The Columbiad . Today Sweeney discusses the fifth book in the series, Comes the Electric Circus, a fictional memoir that takes place in the 1950s. On the surface, the 1950s was felt to be a bland time, a tepid time even. A sleepy little era quickly forgotten under the explosive upheaval of the 1960s. But for those who came of age in that era, there was also a sense of unease that manifested itself in a number of ways.

On the one year anniversary of Mike Pretl's death, the Wicomico Environmental Trust has announced the new Mike Pretl Award for Environmental Advocacy  to be presented at  their upcoming annual dinner and awards event on October 25th.

In the second half of the program, Salisbury University is marking the history of slavery with the 1619-2019: 400 years of Resilience series of events.

On the first half of today's program, we look at a new device that helps people take much needed medications. In the second half, we look at the "Mighty Moms" of Walter Reed Hospital.

Joel Feldman, President of Terripin Pharmacy and Medherent, LLC.

Dimitri Cavalthas, CEO of Lower Shore Clinic

Lori Brewster, health officer for Wicomico and Somerset Counties

Dava Guerin- author of Rebuilding Sergeant Peck and Unbreakable Bonds

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Local reaction to the fast moving story of potential impeachment of President Trump.

Guests: John Bartkovitch, former head of the Wicomico Country Republican Central Committee

Michael O'Loughlin, political science professor at Salisbury University

Jeremy Venook, research analyst with the Moscow project at the Center for American Progress.

Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition is on the road this month at The Writer’s Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Harold Wilson’s guest is poet Holly Karapetkova.  Karapetkova’s writings are broad ranging and unveil the deep wounds left by our history of racism, slavery, and environmental destruction. In sad recognition of the 400 year anniversary last month of the introduction of slavery into the colonies with the offloading of 20 to 30 slaves in Jamestown, Virginia, Wilson’s discussion with Karapetkova focuses primarily on her poems on slavery.

Greg Bassett of the Salisbury Independent stops by in the first half otoday's program to discuss the controversy in Salisbury regarding the National Folk Festival's liquor license.

In the second half, John Chester of Apricot Lane Farms talk about his children's book, "The Biggest Little Farm- Saving Emma the Pig" and his misson of sustainable farming.

In the first half of today's program, we meet Salisbury Mayoral candidate Wayne King.

Next, we look at how the Somerset and Worcester County are tackling opioid addiction during September's "Going Purple Month" .


Wayne King for Mayor

Somerset Rains Purple

Worcester Goes Purple

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A vigil was held at the Asbury United Methodist Church to mark the mass shooting deaths in in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. Local religous leaders reflect on the meaning and impact of the shootings.

Guests: Tom Passmore, Seior Pastor atAsbury United Methodist Church.

John Wright, Pastor at the Unitarian Univeraslist Fellowship

Michael O'Loughlin, Political Science Professor at Salisbury University

On the first half of today's program, we speak with Kevin Hemstock, author of the recent book, Injustice on the Eastern Shore: Race and the Hill Murder Trial.

On the second half, we take a look and listen to the last round of performers to be announced to perform at the coming National Folk Festival.

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A local look at the hearings on Capitol Hill with Robert Mueller.

Guests:- John Bartkovich- former head of the local Republican Party

Michael O'Loughlin- Professor of Political Science at Salisbury University

Max Bergman, Senior Fellow with the Center for American Progress.

Angela Byrd

This is the third in Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition’s three part series on truth. In the first the nature of truth was discussed and what it might mean to live in a post-truth era. The second program focused on truth in civil society and how cultures develop when truth is denigrated.  In today’s program, the focus is on truth and its relation to politics. Wilson’s guests are Don Rush, Adam Wood, and Michael O’Loughlin.  Don Rush is Associate Program Director- Sr.

On the first half of today's program,  University of Delaware professor Muqtedar Khan speaks about his new book,  Islam and Good Governance: A Political Philosophy of Ihsan.

In the second half, we air an interview with violinist Elena Urioste about Chamber Music by the Sea and how yoga helps with performing classical music.

It’s the end of June on the Delmarva and the increasing week-end traffic heading east from Annapolis and further points west testifies to the call the sea and the beach have on us. Why is it that we flock to the beach or at least to the water’s edge each summer? Perhaps, and we can only speculate here, the pull of the sea is actually a call to return to the place of our beginnings. After all, we are created in water, a private sea in which we live and grow for nine months, give or take, and our bodies are between 70 to 60 percent water depending on our age.

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On today's program, we take a look back at the Stonewall Riot legacy  and how far we have come with LGBQ issues on Delmarva.

Guests: Michele Schlehofer- Assoc. Professor with the Psychology Dept. at Salisbury University

Mark DeLancy, President of Salisbury's PFLAG Chaper

Murry Archibald, Executive Director of Camp Rehoboth

In the first half of today's program,  we get opposing views on the gun control debate from Andrew Patrick with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and Phillip Van Cleave with the Virginia Citizen's Defense League.

In the second half, we hear from Jane Singer, author of "The War Criminal's Son: The Civil War Saga of William A. Winder"

Three distinguished local poets, Sue Ellen Thompson, Anne Colwell, and Adam Tavel are Harold Wilson’s guests today.  All have received wide recognition for their poetry. Sue Ellen Thompson, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and is winner of the 2010 Maryland Author Award. Her poems have been read a number of times on National Public Radio’s “The Writer’s Almanac.” Anne Colwell has received an Established Artist Award in Poetry and an Emerging and Established Artist Award in Fiction from the Delaware State Arts Council.

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In the first half, we  learn about a new baseball field coming to Wicomico County which would provide a place for those in Little League Challenger Division.

In the second half, we get a look and listen to the next round of artists scheduled to perform at the 2019 Salisbury Folk Festival

A new book, Chesapeake Bay Bridge, looks at the history of the construction and impact of the bay bridge on the Eastern Shore.

In the second half, Ellen Weiss, Vice President of the Scripps Company and former Executive Producer of All Things Considered, talk about the current and future state of the news media landscape.

In the first half, we look at the tense realtionship between Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver and the County Council

Then we join author Cynthia W. Hammer for a discussion about her novel, The Seven Rivers about teenagers growing up along the Severin River in Annapolis.

On the first half  of today's program, we take a look at two lynchings that took place on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

In the second half, we get a preview of the second round of musicians who will be appearing at the National Folk Festival.


James Yamakawa

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