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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There is a new documentary out called "The Sign" about a controversial historical marker in Salisbury, Maryland. The film will be shown at the upcoming Ocean City Film Festival.

Guests: Dan O'Hare, Executive Producer of he film

Torrez Wise, Director

In the first half to today's program, we get a taste of some of the performers coming to the National Folk Festival here in Salisbury September 7-9, 2018.

In the second half, a new office is being opened by Mid-Shore Pro-Bono, which provides legal services for those who cannot afford a high priced lawyer.

Guests:

Caroline O'Hare, local manager of the National Folk Festival

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Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition is on the road at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA this month to talk to Dr. Michael Allen and Mary-Carson Saunders Stiff. Dr. Allen is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and Geography at the university and is a noted expert on climate change. Mary-Carson Saunders Stiff works for Wetlands Watch in Norfolk, VA as its Director of Policy. Ms. Stiff is an expert on sea-level rise. Our discussion focuses on methods to ameliorate the impact of climate change on human settlements.

Delmarva Today celebrates Black History Month this episode. Dr. Clara Small, Salisbury University history professor emeritus, discusses African American  troops from Delmarva and their role in the Civil War.

In the second half, we take a look at a new children's book, "Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History", by author Vashti Harrison, who hails from Accomack County in Virginia.

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On today's program, we get local reaction to President Trump's first State of the Union Address.

Guests: Mike Pretl- with the Wicomico County Democratic Club

Michael O'Loughlin, Salisbury University Political Science Professor

Mark McIver, Chairman, Wicomico County Republican Central Committee

Freedom of speech is one of the defining characteristics of any democracy. However, we have recently seen serious challengers to free speech on college campuses that has raised the First Amendment and our general understanding of free speech to a new level of debate.

The Trump Administration has decided that Haitians will no longer be eligible  for the H-2A and H-2b guest worker programs. We get local reaction.

In the second half, we gauge opposition to the Trump Administration plans to open up coastal waters to offshore drilling.

Guests: Habacuc Petion, General Manager of WRBY-LP 100.5FM , a lpfm radio station broadcasting in creole

Matt Heim, with the Assateague Coastal Trust

In the first half of today's program, we look at how the new tax cuts will affects Maryland taxpayers. In the second half, we look at how oyster gardening may revitalize the Chesapeake Bay area waterways.

Guests:

Benjamin Orr, Executive Director of the Maryland Center on Economic Policy

Bob Collins, Program Manager with the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays

Ab Ream, volunteer at the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays

The program is in two parts The first segment is a discussion of The Eastern Shore Writer’s Association and their premier event The Bay to Ocean Writer’s Conference, known popularly as the BTO with guests Ron Sauder, President of the Association and Loriann Oberlin, Chairperson of the BTO Planning Committee.

The second segment of the program is an encore presentation of the Christmas drama, “The Princess of the Garonne.” The play is set in the South of France, and features actors from the Community Players of Salisbury.

In the first half, Michelle Hughes of the Life Crisis Center speakers about the recent rash of sexual harassment cases against public figures.  In the second half, Wendy Clarke tell us about her new novel, Still Water Bending.

Guests: Michelle Hughes with the Life Crisis Center

Wendy Clarke, author of Still Water Bending

Local columnist Brice Stump has a new book, Working Skipjacks of Deal Island.  In the second half, the battle over pharmaceutical drug pricing has come to Maryland.

Guests: Brice Stump, author of Working Skipjacks of Deal Island

Maryland State Senator Jim Mathias

Vincent DeMarco, President of Maryland Citizen's Health Initiative

Tammy Bresnahan with the AARP

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A look back at President Trump's first year in office.

Guests:

Mike Pretl- with the Wicomico County Democratic Club

Mark Edney with the Wicomico Republican Central Committee

The tenth edition of the Delmarva Review was published in early November and Hal Wilson’s guests on Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition are Wilson Wyatt, the chairman of the Review and Anne Colwell, the Review’s poetry editor. The program is in two parts. In the first segment Hal talk about the Delmarva Review with his guests and in the second segment they present a dramatic adaptation of the short story “The Church” by Philip Barbara.

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Salisbury City Council President Jack Heath is running for Wicomico County Executive, challenging Bob Culver.  In the second half, Pastor James Barnes  with the Christian Shelter in Salisbury reminds us what it is like to be homeless during the holidays.

Guests: Jack Heath, Salisbury City Council President

Pastor James Barnes  with the Christian Shelter in Salisbury

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The first crop of medical marijuana on the Lower Shore is coming soon and a blue wave has hit the Republican Party in Virginia.

Guests: Tim McGivern, a partner with Shore Natural RX

Dr. Mitchell Gittelman, who has been certified to write recommendations for his patients to use medical marijuana.

Stephan Farnsworth, Professor at the University of Mary Washington.

Michael O'Loughlin, Salisbury University Political Science Professor

A recent survey of 2,200 part-time and full-time female employees between the ages of 18 and 34 found that 1 out of 3 said she had been sexually harassed at work.  We get local reaction the the problem.

In the second half, we sort out the latest developments with the Trump administration.

Guests: Dee Copland with the Life Crisis Center of the Eastern Shore

Michael O'Loughlin, Salisbury University Political Science Professor

Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition is on the road  at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Harold Wilson is talking about climate change with guest Dr. Michael Allen assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and Geography at ODU. His research explores the intersection of weather and climate on human health as it relates to extreme temperatures, climate variability and change.  Dr.

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Kirkland Hall has been a prominent activist and former president of the NAACP in Somerset County. Now, he has decided to challenge two term incumbent Republican Charles Otto of the 38A District seat in Maryland's House of Delegates.

In the second half, we discusses to meaning and implications of "fake news"

Guests: Kirkland Hall, candidate for 38A District seat in Maryland's House of Delegates

Jeremy Cox, reporter with the Salisbury Daily Times

The September edition of Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition features a discussion of The Broadkill Review, one of the significant ​literary journals published in the Mid-Atlantic Region.  In addition to its normal non-fiction, poetry, fiction and book review offerings, this issue explores a fiction genre called “speculative fiction.” If this is a new literary term for you, as it was for us, listen in and hear the Review’s Managing Editor Scott Whitaker talk about the broad nature of this genre.

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In the first half of today's program, Maryland State Senator Jim Matthias visits to talk about  hurricane relief efforts, health care and energy policy.

In second half, we bring you audio from the recent Shore Craft Beer Summit.

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Sixteen years since the attacks on 911, we look back on that day to explore what we have learned and how the nation has changed.

Michael O'Loughlin, Political Science Professor at Salisbury University

Muqtedar Khan, Professor at the University of Delaware

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced this week that the administration would be phasing out the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals over the next six months. We get local reaction in today's program.

In the second half, we welcome the return of the Berlin Fiddlers' Convention in Berlin, MD.

Guests: Tim Dunn, Professor of Sociology at Salisbury University

Nate Clendenen, organizer of the 2017 Berlin Fiddler's Convention

On this week’s Delmarva Today, architecture…perhaps one of the most visible and yet unheralded professions in America, if not the world. Dana Whitehair speaks with four award-winning architects from the American Institute of Architecture’s Delaware chapter about the profession, its importance in society, it’s development, and its future.

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This week, Hal Wilson sits down with Joni Foster, author of "When Normal Blew Up".

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On this week's program, we get local reaction to the events in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Guests: Dr. Clara Small- Professor Emeritus at Salisbury University

Dai-Sha Berry-  local civil rights activist

Rev. Christopher Bullock - Canaan Baptist Church in Wilmington, DE

Peter Montgomery, Senior Fellow with People for the American Way

It's the 150th Anniversary of Wicomico County. We take a look at its origins and history.  Next, the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art opens its  nature photo festival this weekend.

Guests: Jay Flemming, Award winning photographer

Shaina Atkins- Director of Special Events, Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art

Creston Long, Director of the Edward H. Nabb Center for Delmarva History and Culture

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On todays program, we get local reaction to the week's political news.

Guests:

Michael O'Loughlin, Political Science Professor at Salisbury University

Shawn Bradley, with the Republican Party in Wicomico County

Mike Pretl- with the Wicomico County Democratic Club

Julie Brewington, with the Republican Central Committee in Wicomico County

Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition is in two parts this month. The first segment features a discussion of the book Beach Nights, the latest in the Rehoboth Beach Reads Series.

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With a popular sitting Republican Governor, particularly here on the Eastern Shore , what are the prospects for  Maryland Democrats? Kathleen Matthews, the current chair of the Maryland Democratic Party, gives us answers.

In the second half, Vincent DeMarco with Maryland Health Care For All to discuss the latest developments with the Affordable Care Act. 

Guests: Kathleen Matthews, the current chair of the Maryland Democratic Party

Vincent DeMarco with Maryland Health Care For All

Greg Bassett / Salisbury Independent

A historical marker for Confederate General John Henry Winder in downtown Salisbury has sparked petitions over whether it should be removed from country property.

Guests:

James Yamakawa, with Showing Up for Racial Justice Delmarva

Jonathan Taylor, with the Lower Eastern Shore News blog

In the second half, the Wicomico County Executive is embroiled in controversy.

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