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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Wilson’s guest is Karen Speakman, the Executive Director of NCALL a nonprofit community development organization based in Dover, Delaware. NCALL is dedicated to strengthening communities on the Delmarva through housing support and development assistance for local organizations, and lending services to bridge financial gaps for the community development sector. In addition, the organization offers finance and homeowner education for individuals in Delaware. Technical assistance services are also provided self-help housing organizations in the Northeast Region of the US.

Wilson’s guest on Delmarva Today is The New Yorker staff writer Casey Cep. They are discussing spiritualism in Cep’s article “Kindred Spirits” in the May 31st issue of The New Yorker. “Almost a third of Americans say they have communicated with someone who has died,” Casey Cep tells us, “and they collectively spend more than two-billion dollars a year for psychic services on platforms old and new. Instagram, Facebook, Tik-Tok, television, whatever the medium, there’s a medium.” Why this increased interest in spiritualism, and what need does it meet among the public today?

Wilson’s guests on Delmarva Today are editor Neal Gillen and author Fatimah Iqbal. They are discussing a new collection of short stories published in New Voices of the Potomac.  In addition, Fatimah Iqbal will read her story "Under the Chelsea Lights" from the collection.This anthology is a collection of stories written by five students at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland. All of the authors are female, and were either Juniors or Seniors at the time their work was published this year.

The National Folk Festival is returning to Salisbury, MD after being cancelled last year due to the pandemic.  Don Rush speaks with local manager Caroline O'Hare and Blaine Waide, highlighting the first round of announced performers.

It is clear that climate change poses many threats to our way of life on the planet. One of the most obvious is the devastation caused by drought, sea water rise, and severe weather events. Little discussed, however is the impact climate change is having on human rights. As necessary resources such as water become increasingly scarce for example, what does it mean that they are intentionally diverted from vulnerable populations?   In this last of Harold Wilson’s series of programs on climate change, Dr.

It's been around a hundred years since the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot that destroy a thriving African American community known as "Black Wall Street." Host Don Rush explores what happened and the search for justice with Scott Ellsworth, author of a new book entitled, "The Ground Breaking: An Amreican City and Its Search for Justice". A congressional subcommittee heard testimony from the last survivors of the race riot.

This week, Hal Wilson continues his discussion with Todd Miller, author of Build Bridges, Not Walls.

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Awared winning writer Brenda Grodzicki explores the growth of Prudy Hopkins as she struggles to find her place in the world after being raised in an orphanage in her new novel, "Take These Broken Wings and Learn to Fly."

Wilson continues his focus on climate change with guest Dr. Michael Allen, climate scientist and professor of geography in the Department of Political Science and Geography at Old Dominion University. Allen discusses climate change and weather and its impact on migration.

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With the January 6th storming of the nation's Capitol Building by Trump supporters around the claim that the presidential election was stolen, the question of political legitimacy has arisen. In Arizona, there is already a recount by a private firm which has sought the question the official state results. Host Don Rush talked with Phillip Lebel, Emeritus Professor of Economics at Montclair State University and author the new book "Risk and the State", about the political turbulance the nation is now experiencing.

My guest for Friday’s Delmarva Today is author Todd Miller. Todd is a journalist, researcher, and writer who focuses on immigration and border issues from both sides of the US – Mexico divide. We’ll discuss his book Storming the Walls and the relationship between climate change, migration, and homeland security.

This is the third in Delmarva Today’s discussion on the role of The Humanities in our culture. Wilson’s guests are Adam Wood, Maarten Pereboom, and Don Rush. Adam Wood is a professor in the English Department at Salisbury University. Maarten Pereboom is dean of the Fulton School of Liberal Arts and Professor of History. The area of twentieth-century international relations is one of his specialties. Don Rush is Associate Program director- Sr. Producer News and Public Affairs at Delmarva Public Media. .

Wilson’s guests on Delmarva Today are Nancy Sakaduski and Doug Harrell. Nancy Sakaduski is the owner of Cat & Mouse Press, the publisher of Rehoboth Beach Reads featuring the winning stories in the annual Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest sponsored by Browseabout Books. Doug Harrell is a retired engineer and currently a mystery writer. He reads an abridged version of “Hiawatha’s Smile,” winner of a Judge’s Award in the 2020 issue of Rehoboth Beach Reads.   

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While the nation has been picking up speed with the vaccination effort against COVID 19, there are some hurdles ahead. Host Don Rush talks with Dr. Mike Murphy, emergency room physician at TidalHealth Peninsula Regional, about reports of blood clots, vaccine hesitancy and other issues facing the rollout.

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With the surge in undocumented immigrants -- especially children coming to the U.S./Mexico border -- the nation has seen many images from those being detained. Warren Binford has compiled a book entitled, "Hear My Voice: The Testimonies of Children Detained at the Southern Border of the United States" for Project Amplify. Amidst colorful drawings Binford laces in what she and others have heard from the children. Host Don Rush talks with her about the book and her experience at the border.

May is water safety month and Wilson’s guest on Delmarva Today is Owen Long Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Sertified, a training company specializing in American Red Cross Lifeguarding, CPR, First Aid, AED, Babysitting, Emergency Medical Response, Basic Life Support classes, or generally any Instructor Trainings.

The program focuses on the training of lifeguards in the Delmarva Area. 

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Salisbury celebrated Poetry Week featuring awarding Chris Salerno. Host Don Rush talks with him about his upcoming collection of poems entitled "The Man Grave" which focuses on the world of masculinity.

In the second part Rush talks with Julie DiCaro, about her new book, "Sidelined: Sports, Culture and Being a Woman in America" which explores not only the difficulties for women in the field but some of the vicious harassment they face.

Hal Wilson's guest on this week's Delmarva Today is Ashleigh Bryant Phillips, author of Sleepovers. Sleepovers is Phillips first book. It is a compendium of short stories and won the C.Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize. Stories from it have appeared in The Paris Review and The Oxford American.

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With the harsh sentences handed down over the years there are an estimated three million children whose parents are now in prison. Amy Friedman and her husband began a program for them called, "Pain of the Prison System" to help these children cope. She has co-edited a new anthology of their stories in a book entitled, "Dream Catchers". Host Don Rush spoke with her about the book, the program and the children.

Wilson’s guest on Delmarva Today is Jean Holloway, Delaware and Maryland State Manager for the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project (SERCAP). SERCAP is a nonprofit organization that helps upgrade water and wastewater systems in small, rural towns across the Delmarva. They provide a variety of services from directly constructing infrastructure, to providing financing and loan options, and offering technical training.

This is the second in Delmarva Today's three-part series on the humanities and their contribution to culture in the United States.  The first session reviewed the history and nature of the humanities, how they became institutionalized, and how they helped define the identity of our country. This Friday's Delmarva Today reviews  the crisis in the humanities at the university level and in our national identity.

Harold Wilson’sguest  is Professor Margo Shea. Dr. Shea is a professor of history at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts. Dr. Shea, author of Derry City: Memory and Political Struggle in Northern Ireland. discusses the work she is doing on the parallels she finds between the Troubles in Northern Ireland in the 1960’s and the cultural and political unrest we are experiencing here in the US today evidenced recently by the  siege of our nation’s capital on January six, 2021.

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It was some fifty years ago the body of Sister Cathy was found near Baltimore. She taught at a local Catholic High School where allegations surfaced of sexual abuse. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Gemma Hoskins, who spearheaded her own investigation into her former teacher's death as recounted in a Netflix documentary. Hoskins has written an autobiography, "Keeping On: How I Came to Know Why I Was Born" about her life and the influence of Sister Cathy.

Friday's Delmarva Today is the first of  our special hour-long programs on the humanities.

Adam Wood is a professor in the English Department of Salisbury University. Marten Pereoom is a professor of history and Dean of the Fulton  School of Liberal Arts at the University. In Friday's program we discuss the  nature and history of the humanities and the role they play in the  development of our personal  and national identity.

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With the country in the midst of a great debate about social media and the implications of former president Donald Trump's attacks on the press, a great debate has begun over what is meant by freedom of speech and the press. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Ian Rosenberg, author of a new book entitled, "The Fight for Free Speech: Ten Cases that Define our First Amendment Freedoms,” about how these concepts have evolved over time.

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The storming of the nation's Capitol Building has brought the issue of white supremacy front and center in the national dialogue. Host Don Rush talked with associate history professor Kathryn Barrett-Gaines at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore about the origins and impact of white supremacy in the United States.

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February marks Black History Month. And, Delmarva Today begins with a look at two books. Host Don Rush talks with Rio Cortez co-author of the children's book "The ABC's of Black History" and then explores a new novel by Robert Jones Junior, "The Prophets" about a plantation in the antebellum South.

Harold Wilson's guest is Nancy Mitchell, Salisbury's poet laureate.  They  talk about her plans as poet laureate in the coming year. and discuss some of her recently published poetry.

Nancy is the Poet Laureate of the City of Salisbury, Maryland. She has published extensively, is a 2012 Pushcart Prize winner, and is Associate Editor of Special Features for Plume, an online poetry magazine.

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With an aging population dementia and Alzheimer's has become of increasing concern. Officially, there is no cure or prevention for the condition. But, Dr. Timothy Smith has written a new took entitled, "Reversing Alzheimer's: How to Prevent Dementia and Revitalize the Brain". Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talks with Smith about what people can do to prevent the disease.