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National Wildlife Week

Apr 8, 2021
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This has been National Wildlife Week and many Americans are beginning to go out to enjoy the country's national parks. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with David Mizejewski, a naturalist at the National Wildlife Federation, about this rich resource as the nation continues to cope with the pandemic.

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With two wind farm projects moving forward off the Delmarva coastline, local residents have had concerns about how they will impact the local fishing industry. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Jeremy Firestone, professor and director of the Center for Research in Wind at the University of Delaware, about what to expect from these projects. (Part 2)

April 6th , 2021 is Salisbury University's Giving Day! For information on how to give, click here.

A day when alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends, once again flock together for an extraordinary 24 hours, celebrating and supporting the areas of Salisbury University’s campus that mean the most to us. There are matching gifts, challenges, raffle prizes, and more! Every gift – when combined with others – does make a difference!

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Plans for offshore wind farms has not settled well with some along the coastal communities of Maryland and Delaware. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talks with Jeremy Firestone, professor and director of the Center for Research in Wind at the University of Delaware, about the impact of such operations beginning with their aesthetics and effect on tourism. (Part 1)

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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.

Essay: Listening

Apr 2, 2021
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Is anyone listening? Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill ponders that question in a story about a flock of crows.

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The coronavirus pandemic has forced many people to limit their normal routines keeping many inside their homes. That is especially true for the elderly who often depend on others. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talks with Sarita Mohanty, president and CEO of the SCAN Foundation, about how people have coped with the isolation and the kind of public policies that are emerging from the  pandemic.

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The construction of a 3 million gallon storage tank for chicken waste known as soil amendment has angered nearby residents in Hebron. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush looks at the impact of the tank on the roadways and environment as well as the local government response. (Part 2)

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A 3 million gallon tank to store chicken waste known as soil amendment has Hebron residents up in arms. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talks with the neighbors - especially about the odors emanating from the tank. (Part 1)

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Governor Larry Hogan has signed a measure that would provide $577 million over a ten year period to Maryland's historically black colleges and universities. It's in response to a settlement of a 15 year long federal lawsuit for underfunding these institutions. One of those is the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Delmarva Public Media's Don  Rush talked with the University's president Heidi Anderson about what the funding would mean for UMES. (Part 1)

In the second part of our interview we talked about the uniqueness of these institutions.

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Jasmine Mans new book entitled, "Black Girl, Call Home" explores the experience of the African American community. In the final segment Delmarva Public Media' s Don Rush talks with the writer about women and sexual assault. (Part 3)

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Poet Jasmine Mans has published a new collection of her work entitled, "Black Girl, Call Home". Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talks with her about the men in her work. (Part 2)

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March is National Nutrition Month. This year it arrives on the heels of a year inwhich many have had to cope with the isolation of the coronvirus pandemic. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with John Troup, Dietary Supplement and Nutrition expert at the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, about the impact of the past year.

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The recent shooting in Atlanta has sparked protests against the increase in anti-Asian American hate incidents arising from the coronavirus pandemic. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush spoke with Elizabeth Chung, executive director of the Asian American Center of Frederick, who said there has been fear for a very long time.

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There's a new collection of poetry out entitled, "Black Girl, Call Home", by Jasmine Mans that explores the the African American experience. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Mans about the insipration for the work. (Part 1)

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The nation is caught in polarizing events. Delmarva Public Media's Essayist George Merrill suggests we look toward compassion to sooth these troubled times.

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The Wicomico Youth and Civic Center opened yesterday providing COVID 19 vaccinations as part of the distribution centers recently set up around the state of Maryland. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with some of those who finally received their first shot.

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Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is calling for an independent non-partisan panel of experts to audit the distribution of stimulus funds. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with the Comptroller who backs the program about his concerns. Franchot has announced his intention to run for governor.

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The Maryland General Assembly is moving to reform the oversight of police misconduct. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes (D) about those efforts as well as the state's vaccination efforts and reopening.

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TidalHealth Regional Peninsula has begun to allow designated visitors for patients. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Sarah Arnett, Chief Nursing Officer at the hospital, about the importance of these visits. (Part 2)

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has announced the reopening of restaurants, bars and other businesses as the vaccine rollout begins to take hold against the coronavirus. TidalHealth Peninsula Regional this week is easing its restrictions on visitors, allowing one designated visitor per patient. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Sarah Arnett, Chief Nursing Officer at the hospital about the change. (Part 1)

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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.

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With the anniversary of the onset of the coronavirus pandemic a number of states have begun to reopen. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced that restaurants, bars and other establishments will be able to open to full capacity. But, in public spaces social distancing and masks are still required. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Dr. Paul Spearman, a member of the Board of Directors for the Infectious Diseases Society of America and Director of Infectious Diseases at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital, about whether states are reopening too soon.

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talks with Reezwana Chowdhury, MD., assistant professor at Johns Hopkins, who notes that it is the third leading cause of cancer related deaths.

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A new public opinion poll finds there is little difference in vaccine hesitancy between African Americans and whites in Maryland. It found that 36% of black residents were hesitant as opposed to 31% of whites. The findings come on the heels of Governor Larry Hogan blaming lagging vaccination rates in the African American community on hesitancy. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Washington Post reporter  Ovette Wiggins about the what the survey found.

Breaking Up Big Tech?

Mar 9, 2021
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There are efforts underway to bring more regulation of and even to break up Big Tech companies. Much of this has been spurred by foreign interference in past presidential campaigns and the use of personal information by these companies. Big Tech argues that breaking them up is not the answer. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with the president and CEO of NetChoice Steve DelBiancoa and its General Counsel Carl Szabo about a recent poll examining the issue.

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Over the last century there has been a major shift in the relationship between men and women. Author Jane Ward explores that change in her new book "The Tragedy of Heterosexuality".

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Our minds are never really idle. Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill writes there is a magic to the thoughts that fill the void.

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Under the Recovering America's Wildlife Act Maryland would receive $11 million to preserve the state's species. That would be up from the $680,000 it currently receives. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with the Federation's president Colin O'Mara about efforts to get passage and what the money would mean for Delmarva.

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Sheriff Mike Lewis issued a proclamation this week declaring Wicomico County a Second Amendment Sanctuary instead of seeking a resolution from the Council. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Lori Haas, director of advocacy for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, who viewed these efforts as part of a fading movement.

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