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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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.

Harold Wilson's  on this Friday's Delmarva Today is writer for The New Yorker Casey Cep. They discuss   her book Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee. Casey lives on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

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In 2011 the Salisbury community was shocked by the murder of Alice Davis by her husband. She had been an English at Parkside High and was the sister of former Mayor Barrie Tilghman. Stephanie Fowler was one of her students and decided to write about Alice's life so that she would be more than just a murder victim. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush sat down with Fowler to talk about what she found.

Harold Wilson's  for Friday's Delmarva Today is John Wenke. We'll discuss his new book of short stories The Critical List. Dr. Wenke is a professor of American Literature and writing at Salisbury University. He has also  published books on  Herman  Melvill and J. D. Salinger. Wenke's stories speak of the human struggle against separation, isolation, and  what he calls the invisible moving walls we all face.

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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.

We know that the coronavirus pandemic is pervasive, affecting every facet of our lives. We experience its impact on the economy every day, its effect on the society and our social interaction, education, and with over seven million confirmed cases and over 217,000 dead, we know  what it is doing to us physically. Even as it pervades our lives, however, there is little information on how it is affecting us psychologically? How has it challenged our mental health as individuals and as a society?

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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".

Delmarva Today host Harold Wilson speaks with emergency room physician Mike Murphy about recent delevopments with Covid -19

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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.

Joining Wilson on Delmarva Today is Dr. Michael McCarty, Assistant Professor of History at Salisbury University. Dr. McCarty’s specialty is East Asian History. Wilson and McCarty discuss Lisa See’s historical novel The Island of Sea Women as part of Maryland Humanities One Maryland Book Program. Maryland Humanities created the One Maryland One Book program to bring together people in communities across the state through the shared experience of reading the same book.  Delmarva Public Radio is pleased to participate in the program.

In these times of protest over police abuse and racial divide Eddie Glaude, chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton, says he felt compelled to look back at James Baldwin and his disillusionment with the death of Martin Luther King and the end of the civil rights movement. Host Don Rush explores with Glaude what he found in his new book. "Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons For Our Own".

Don Rush speaks with former White House photographer David Lienemann about his new book, "Biden:  The Obama Years and the Battle for the Soul of America".

My Guest on Delmarva Today this Friday is Darrin Lowery. Dr. Lowery is Director of the Chesapeake Watershed Archaeological Research Foundation. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Penn State University at the Mont Alto Campus in Mont Alto, PA as well as a Research Associate & Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History.

On the first half of today's program, Lora Bottinelli, executive director of National Council for the Traditonal Arts, updates on on the upcoming plans for the National Folk Festival Virtual Celebration.

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The New York Times reports on August 26, 2020   that as colleges and universities open for the fall, data in a survey conducted of more than 1,500 American colleges and universities has revealed at least 26,000 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began. The Times has counted more than 20,000 additional cases at colleges since late July.

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Hal Wilson’s guest on Delmarva Today is Doctor Michael Murphy, an emergency medical physician affiliated with the Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, MD. Dr. Murphy is a frequent guest on Delmarva Today and we’re pleased to welcome him back to update us on the pandemic in the Wicomico area, and to discuss the development of a vaccine as well as the efficacy of any recent treatments such as convalescent plasma.

Wilson’s guest on Delmarva Today is author Barbara Lockhart. They will discuss her historical novel Elizabeth’s Field. Lockhart’s novel recounts the struggles of the black population, free and slave, living on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in the 1850s. In the face of oppression, cruelty, and fear, it is the story of a people with astounding resilience and endurance whose only hope at that time was flight.