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, Greg Basset of the Salisbury Independent stops by to talk about the numerous charter amendments on the Nov 8th election ballots in Wicomico County.

In the second half, we explore drug courts with Wicomico County Circuit Court Associate Judge Kathleen Beckstead.

Guests: Greg Basset of the Salisbury Independent

Hon. Kathleen Beckstead, Wicomico County Circuit Court Associate Judge

Angela Byrd

On todays program, we take a broader look at "trigger warnings" and "safe spaces" and the insecurity of the current age.


Dr. Adam Wood, Chair of the English Department at Salisbury University and chair of the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee

Yuki Okubo Assistant Professor of Clinical/Counseling Psychology at Salisbury University

Don Rush

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A look at the state of the Republican party and the 40th Anniversary of the Life Crisis Center.


Shawn Bradley, with the Republican Party in Wicomico County

Greg Basset, Editor and General Manager of the Salisbury Independent

Michelle Hughes, Executive Director of the Life Crisis Center

Local insight into the upcoming 2016 Presidential Election.

Guests: Dean Kotlowski, History Professor at Salisbury University

Barrie Tilghman, Democrat and former Mayor of Salisbury

Shawn Bradley, with the Republican Party in Wicomico County

also, Amanda Jackson and Kobi Azoulay, Salisbury University Students.

On today's program, we discuss the issue of "trigger warnings" in classroom discussions of  literature.


James King, Associate Professor of English at Salisbury University

Adam Wood, Department Chair and Associate Professor of English at Salisbury University

Rush Starr Rose / SU Exhibition

In the first half of today's program, we take a look at the upcoming anniversary of September 11 and get an assessment of where we are now. In the second half, we look at the life and works of painter Ruth Starr Rose, whose works featuring the live of African Americans are currently on exhibit at Salisbury University through October 29th.


David Mack, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.A.E. in the Reagan Administration

In the first half of today's program, we explore the rise of the Alt-Right.  In the second half, Photographer Doug Stevens discusses his two books, "Workin' with the Wind" and "Summer Harvest: Portrait of Commercial Crabbing on the Chesapeake Bay".


Brian Tashman- research analyst with People for the American Way

Michael O'Loughlin, Political Science Professor at Salisbury University

Doug Stevens, author of Summer Harvest: Portrait of Commercial Crabbing on the Chesapeake Bay

This week's guest is Anne Colwell, author of two books of poetry, Believing Their Shadows and Mothers Maiden Name.  She is also the author of a critical book, Inscrutable Houses: Metaphors of the Body in the Poems of Elizabeth Bishop.

Harold Wilson’s guest is Jack Shaum author of, Lost Chester River Steamboats, discussing the great steamboats that plied the Chesapeake Bay and particularly the Chester River. For over a hundred years, beginning in 1813 these ships worked the rivers of the bay carrying fruit, grains, crabs, and oysters. And for a dollar, passengers could cross the bay from Baltimore to the Eastern Shore on their way to the Atlantic beaches. The last steamer made its final passage in the 1950’s.

With the Democratic National Convention  over, we get local Democrat reaction as to how the convention went.


Mike Pretl

Barrie Pasons Tilgman, former Mayor of Salisbury

Micheal O'Loughlin, Salisbury University Professor

With the Republican National Convention over, we get local Republican reaction as to how the convention went.


Mark Edney, Vice Chair of the Wicomico County Republican Central Committee

David Goslee and Anne Brittingham Suthowski, also members of the Wicomico County Republican Central Committee

and Dr. John Bartkovich former chair of the Wicomico County Republican Central Committee

In the first half, we take another look at large chicken house operations. In a previous program, we spoke with residents who live near some of the operations. This morning, we turn to the industry side of the equation.

In the second half, we turn to local reaction the the recent events in Dallas, Texas.

Guests: Donald Morton, Executive Director of Complexities of Color

Mark Thompson, outreach Pastor for the Emmanuel Wesleyan Church in Salisbury Maryland

Perdue Farms has announced that it will begin to improve the lives of chickens. The nation's fourth-largest poultry producer has begun to move chickens out of windowless and often cramped quarters they have been housed in. In addition, there are also plans to study a move away from genetic modification that produces fast-growing birds.

Guests:- Bruce Stewart-Brown, Veterinarian and Senior Vice President for Perdue Farms

On Delmarva, there's a new trend in the poultry industry; the large chicken house operation. It has caught local residents and political leaders by surprise.

In the second half, Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot, in town  for the Maryland Municipal League Convention in Ocean City, discusses  the financial prospects of the Maryland State economy.


Beach reads is the subject of today’s program and focuses on the Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest sponsored by Browseabout Books. Harold Wilson’s guests in the first segment of the program are Nancy Sakaduski and Tim Linehan.  Nancy Sakaduski is, founder of Cat and Mouse Press in Lewes, DE and editor of Beach Days, the third publication in the Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest.

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On today's program, we explore the growing recognition of transgender people on the Delmarva Peninsula and get some reactions to the shooting in Orlando at a gay night club.

In the second half, we get some local Muslim perspective on the events in Orlando.


Andrea Conner and Jamie Marine, transgendered individulas

Sal Seeley, with Camp Rehoboth

Muqtatder Khan Professor at the University of Delaware specializing in Islamic Studies

Hillary Clinton has become the presumptive Democratic nominee for President. We get reaction from local Democrats on today's program.

Guests: Barrie Tilghman, former Mayor of Salisbury

Michael O'Loughlin, Salisbury University Professor

Joshua Nordstrom, Chair of the Worcester County Democratic Central Committee

Harriet Beatis, with the Worcester County Democratic Party

The program will discuss the slaves who served in the Union Army during the Civil War and particularly those who went to serve from the Delmarva Peninsula. Why did many of these former slaves return to the Delmarva after the war? Harold Wilson’s guests are retired Salisbury University history professor Clara Small and genealogist Teresa Neild. Because of his knowledge and particular interest in black history Delmarva Public Radio News Director Don Rush will join our discussion as well.

The Never Trump movement appears to be fading but with some prominent Republicans still refusing to back him. Trump's campaign has been seen as a rebellion against the establishment.  So, what are we to make of his campaign and the Grand Old Party?


John Bartkovich, former chair of the Wicomico Republic Central Committee

Shawn Bradley and Dave Parker, local Republicans

Patty Miller with the  College Republicans on the campus of Salisbury University

In the first half of today's program, we explore an ongoing 15 year Salisbury University program that sends students and faculty to the Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover, Maryland  to discuss philosophy with the inmates. How does philosophy give prisoners a changing sense of self and how they relate to society at large?

Should the Delmarva Peninsula break off into its own state? Author Phillip LeBel  examines this question in historical context in  his new book, "A Brief Relation of the State of Delmarva".

In the second half, we get an update on the Zika virus and how Delmarva is preparing for it.

Guests: Phillip Lebel, author of A Brief Relation of the State of Delmarva: Accounting for the Singularity, Insularity and Other Irregularities of a Population in Economic and Cultural Evolution.

Dennis A. DiCintio, director of environmental health for Wicomico County

Harold Wilson’s guest is senior fellow and director of the Brookings Intelligence Project, Bruce Riedel. Wilson discusses Riedel’s new book: JFK’s Forgotten Crisis Tibet, The CIA, and the Sino-Indian WarBruce has served as senior adviser to the last four U.S.

In the first half of today's program, we look at developments in the Presidential Primary races.  In the second half, wevisit with Ray Thompson, retiring Director of the Edward H. Nabb Center for Delmarva History and Culture.

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In the first half of today's program, Barry Johansson, Executive Director of the Wicomico Environmental Trust discusses the serious concerns some residents have about proposed new chicken houses.

In the second half, Congressman Chris Van Hollen, U.S. Representative for Maryland's 8th congressional district, to discuss his Senate run to replace Barbara Mikulski.

On todays edition, we take a look back at this year's Bay to Ocean Writer's Conference.

On today's program, we look at the life and legend of Patty Cannon. In the second half, a look at the recent surge in gun sales.

Guests: Mindy Burgoyne, author of Haunted Eastern Shore

Michael Morgan, author of Delmarva's Patty Cannon- The Devil of the Natnticoke