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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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. 

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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.