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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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.


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Angela Byrd

This is the second program in Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition series on truth.  Harold Wilson’s guests are Don Rush and Adam Wood.  Don Rush is Associate Program Director- Sr. Producer News and Public Affairs at Delmarva Public Radio, and Adam Wood is Chairman of the Department of English at Salisbury University, and chair of the Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure.

On today's program, we take a look at two books by authors.

First, Paul Brigg's book,  " Altered Seasons" - a look at what may lie ahead if climate change remains unchecked.

Then, Ross Jones talks about his book, Elzabeth Gillman, Crusader for Justice.

Poet Jane Satterfeld and the Salisbury University Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.

Local reaction the the Muller Report and the fight to have it released.

Harold Wilson speaks with local author Neal Jackson about his book, Market- Portraits from the World's Meeting Place.

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We take a look at the expanding role of women in politics and the upcoming Presidential elections.

In the second half, the next four performers at the National Folk Festival are revealed.

In light of recent events, we get a primer on the history of blackface in the first half of this program. In the second half, we look at the history of slavery on the Easten Shore.

Guests: Dr. Joshua K Wright, Associate  Professor  at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and host of UMES 30 on WESM 91.3

Jaqueline Simmons Hedburg, author of "Plantations, Slavery and Freedom on Maryland's Eastern Shore".

In the first half of today's program, we take a look at the first five artists annouced to perform at the upcoming 2019 National Folk Festival. In the second half, we get a preview of the upcoming Ocean City Film Festival

Truth and its traveling companion lying, appear to be very much on the nation’s mind these days. The nature of the country’s  current acerbic political dialogue, for example, fueled by the daily bombardment of ideas and opinions from ubiquitous social media platforms has not only served to harden our political divisions but has sewn general confusion about  not only what is true but about the very nature of truth itself.

In the first half of today's program, author David Blight discusses his book, Fredrick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom.  In the second half, Richard Blackett discusses his book The Captives Quest for Freedom: Fugitive Slaves, the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law and the Politics of Slavery.

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Our Political Rountable reacts to the State of the Union speech and to the political turmoil in Virginia.

Guests: Michael O'Loughlin, Professor of Political Science at Salisbury University

John Bartkovich, former chair of the Wicomico Republic Central Committee

Barrie Tilghman, former mayor of Salisbury, MD

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In the first half of today's program, Salisbury University Professor Michael O'Loughlin stops by to discuss the recent Federal Goverment shutdown and other recent events.

In the second half, Salisbury Mayor Jake Day shares his vision and updated on the ongoing Salisbury downtown revitalization.

This summer, July 20, 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the day Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to land on the moon while Command Module Pilot Mike Collins orbited overhead.  Jack Clemons’ recent book Safely To Earth: The Men and Women Who Brought the Astronauts Home reminds us of the special character, commitment, and intelligence of the men and women who worked to achieve Kennedy’s ten year goal of putting a man on the moon, and bringing him and his two mates home

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Delmarva said good-bye to Mike Pretl this last Sunday with a memorial service where over a hundred showed up to remember him.

In the first half to day's program, we look at the rise of women in politics. In the second half, we explore a new program beging developed to help people deal with the shock of cancer.


Barrie Tilghman, former mayor of Salisbury, MD

Dr. Kerry Forrestal with Peninsula Ragional Medical Center.