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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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. 

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A memorial service was held for Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center who died this month after succuming to liver cancer at the age of 67. Delmarva Today presents exerpts from that memorial.

Wilson’s guest on Delmarva Today is Captain Scott Slater. Slater pilots a Boeing 777 on the global route for FedEx. He flies to most of the major cities of the world: Paris, Cologne, Frankfort, Hong Kong, Dubai, Singapore, and Shanghai, to name a few.  Scott is a former fighter pilot and graduate of the Naval Academy. He was a Top Gun pilot and flew the FA-18 from aircraft carriers on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. In addition, Scott participated in an exchange program with the French patrolling the no-fly zone over Bosnia-Herzegovina.

My guest for Friday's Delmarva Today is  Luisa A. Igloria the newly appointed Poet Laureate of Virginia. I'll interview her tomorrow  morning on Zoom.  Luisa is the author of 14 books of poetry and 4 chapbooks. Originally from Baguio City in the Philippines, she now makes her home with her family in Virginia where she is Professor of Creative Writing and English at Old Dominion University. From 2009-2015, Luisa was also Director of the MFA Creative Writing Program .

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Don Rush speaks with Greg Bassett of the Salisbury Independent about the passing of Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver.

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The battle over a Confederate statue in Easton known as the Talbot Boys is just the latest skirmish in efforts to remove such monuments around the country. Delmarva Pubic Media's Don Rush spoke with Kathryn Barrett-Gaines, associate professor at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, about these monuments and the current efforts to remove them.

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The Battle of the Bogside drew the British army onto the streets of Northern Ireland on August 14 [1969]; they would remain for more than thirty years.  Margo Shea in Derry City.


Wilson’s guests are Nancy Sakaduski, founder and owner of Cat and Mouse Press in Rehoboth, Delaware, and short story writer Nancy Sherman. Nancy Sakaduski discusses The Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest, which she manages, and her new book, How to Write Winning Short Stories. Cat and Mouse Press focuses its publishing on stories that feature beach life in the Delmarva Region, and on providing resources and opportunities for writers.

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It's time that many are flocking to the Ocean City even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Kristin Helf has co-authored a book with Brandon Seidl entitled, "Ocean City Oddities". Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talks with Helf about what one might see as they visit the resort.

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As COVID-19 cases spike across the country— more than 58,000 a day now to a total of over three million and over 135,000 deaths as of July 14—Universities are scrambling to decide their strategy for opening this fall. Harvard University, for example, has announced that all course instruction will be delivered online, even for those students invited back to the campus. The Ivy League has announced the cancellation of all athletics and the University of California will offer most of its classes online.

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Wilson’s guest this week on Delmarva Today is Doctor Michael Murphy.  Dr. Murphy is an emergency medical physician affiliated with the Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, MD. Dr. Murphy discusses the status of the pandemic in Maryland and the Salisbury area. He also talks about how our knowledge of the virus has grown over the last five months and how treatment has changed as well. In addition he discusses how the virus itself has changed or mutated and how that has affected treatment. In terms of the issue of children going back to school this fall, Dr.

Wilson’s guest on Delmarva Today is Ashley Sweeney, here to talk about her new book Answer Creek, the story of the Donner Party. The great Missouri-based trails: the Oregon, Mormon, and California, used in the westward expansion between 1829 and 1870 saw approximately 500,000 emigrants making the journey to the west beyond the Great Plains.

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Wilson’s guest is Karen Huston Karydes. Karydes discusses her new book, complete but not yet published, about the life and work of three pioneer women writers of the 1940’s and 50’s: Shirley Jackson, Margaret Millar (the wife of Ross Macdonald), and Patricia Highsmith. The working  title of the book is When Witches Wrote Novels. All three of these women were prolific writers. Jackson wrote 6 novels and many short stories, Highsmith, 22 novels, and Millar wrote 27 novels.

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Sheriff Mike Lewis decided to withdraw his resolution for to declare Wicomico County a second amendment sanctuary. Meanwhile, County Executive Bob Culver took down the plaque for the notorious Confederate General John Winder from its location in downtown Salisbury. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Council member Josh Hastings and Greg Bassett with the Salisbury Independent about these developments. 

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Wilson’s guest is Poet Laureate of the City of Salisbury, Nancy Mitchell. She discusses the poetry in her latest book, The Out-of-Body Shop. Mitchell has published extensively and is a 2012 Pushcart Prize winner. She is Associate Editor of Special Features for Plume, an online poetry magazine and is a professor at Salisbury University. Many of the poems in The Out-of-Body Shop address the way the mind and body react to trauma and how reintegration is achieved. 

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In part one of Delmarva Today we look at the protests surrounding the death of George Floyd, an African American man, at the hands of a white police officer and the political impact of recent events. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talks with Amber Green, co-chair of the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Salisbury University Political Science Professor Michal O'Loughlin.

In part two of Delmarva Today Salisbury Mayor Jake Day has left to spend 10 months with his Maryland National Guard unit in Africa. But before he left we spent time talking about the issues of the day from the death of George Floyd to the impact of the coronavirus.

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The coronavirus has been especially hard on the eldlerly with nursing homes being one of the prime targets. Delmarva Today's Don Rush talks with Pattie Tingle, executive director of MAC center, and Leslie Hughes who has been self-isolating during the pandemic about the impact of the virus on seniors.

In honor of Memorial Day this week, Hal Wilson’s guest on Delmarva Today is Retired Navy Commander Dr. Charles Slater. Slater talks primarily about his work as a psychologist in the Navy Medical Corps. In this capacity he counseled Navy families, and worked on the reintegration of sailors into family and community life after long deployments. In addition, he did a tour as a professor of psychology at the Naval Academy.

Shortlisted” tells the overlooked stories of nine extraordinary women--a cohort large enough to seat the entire Supreme Court--who appeared on presidential lists dating back to the 1930s. Host Don Rush talks with co-author Hannah Johnson about the history of these women and their impact.

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Because of the coronavirus pandemic, almost all, if not all, educational institutions in the US have closed their campuses and moved to online learning. This includes Salisbury University. Online classes involve faculty using the computer to connect with students online while the students sit at their computers at home or other isolated locations and receive instruction and respond to it online or other ways. Most universities will decide in June or July at the latest if they will open for in-person classes in the fall.

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Host Hal Wilson checks in with Dr. Mike Murphy, an emergency room physician, on how the Peninsula Regional Medical is coping with the coronavirus pandemic.

Host Don Rush talks with Christine Ibbotson, a financial and estate planner about her new book “Don’t Panic: How to Manager Your Finances—and Financial Anxieties—During and After Coronavirus.

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The coronavirus has hit the Delmarva poultry grower with nearly 2 million chickens slated to be slaughtered due to staffing shortages at the processing plants. Delmarva Today host Don Rush talks with Virgil Shockley, a Worcester County farmer and chicken grower as well as a former county commissioner about the impact on the industry.