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This month will be the second time Muslims observe Ramadan during the coronavirus pandemic. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Muqtedar Khan, professor and founder of the Islamic Studies Program at the Unversity of Delaware, about this time of spiritual reflection as the nation moves ahead with its vaccination program.

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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 theĀ  pandemic.

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The stimulus checks will be arriving for Marylanders from the state's COVID Relief Act. Comptroller Peter Franchot told Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush that they are already going out. But, he adds, this is not nearly enough in the face of the economic downturn.

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The poultry industry and its workers have been hit hard as they struggle with the coronavirus pandemic. And, while they hope to begin to see better days with the vaccine, the virus could have shaken out some of the smaller producers. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Cathy Bassett, director of communications and community relations for Mountaire, about the impact of COVID 19. (Part 2)

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Efforts to get immigrants state stimulus money has been struggling in Annapolis. The provision was dropped from the $1.9 billion pandemic relief package, but Democrats say they will take up the issue in a separate measure. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Kim Proteak, advocacy director for Casa de Maryland, an immigrant rights group about the need for such assistance.

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The Biden administration and Democrats are pushing to get approval for their $1.9 billion pandemic relief package. And, that is a top priority for the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Diane Randall, the organization's General Secretary, about the measure and the Republican response. (Part 1)

Essay: Isolation

Feb 5, 2021
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With a long winter and the coronavirus pandemic an edginess fills the air. Delmarva Public Public Media Essayist George Merrill ponders the isolation as he watches the snow fall to the ground.

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The coronvirus has left many without jobs. For those over the age of 50 it will take twice as long to find a new position than younger workers. AARP notes that the Bureau of Labor Statistics found around 45% of job seekers over the age of 55 have been looking for work for six months or longer. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with AARP financial specialist Susan Weinstock about about the impact of the pandemic on older workers.

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It is the holiday season. But, this year it is chastened by the losses left behind by the coronavirus pandemic. Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill writes it is often a season that mixes joy with sadness.

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The chaotic year of 2020 is coming to a close. It saw a divisive presidential campaign amidst a pandemic with a rising death toll. Delmarva Public Media Essayist George Merrill writes that he still sees hope as this year passes into history.

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With coronavirus cases surging Pfizer has announced it has a vaccine that may be effective in the fight against the pandemic. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Robert Cain, president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, about the pandemic and their efforts to train medical students in the fight against the virus.

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A survey conducted on behalf of AARP found that more than half of the nation's care givers are spending more time taking care of family and children. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Jean Chatzky, a financial expert with the organization, about the impact of the change during the pandemic.

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As the nation prepares to enter the winter months with the coronavirus still raging, the nation will still be suffering from another -- the opioid crisis. Sandy Brown, executive director of Mid-Shore Pro Bono which privides free legal services, says these two have made the situation much worse. In addition, Brown tells Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush that she expects a homeless crisis to follow as the nation moves into months more of the virus pandemic. (Part 2)

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The coronavirus has left many families mourning the loss of loved ones and a yearning for a return to life as they knew once it. But Delmarva Public Radio's George Merrill writes unlike other pandemics uncertainty clouds what will become the new normal.

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The economy has been in shutdown mode for months with the outbreak of the coronavrius pandemic. And, many businesses have turned to consultants to fill the gap. Brent Messenger is Vice President of Public Policy Community at Fiverr, a global free lancing company. He tells Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush he has seen companies rethinking how they operate as a result of the pandemic.

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The coronavirus pandemic may have disappeared from television screens in the wake of death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, but the death toll continues rise at now over a 100,000 in the United States. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talks with two nurses about what they expect to see in the coming months.

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While much of the attention during coronavirus restrictions has been placed on restaurants and other small businesses, the real estate industry has also seen a downturn. Lee Ann Wilkinson is CEO of Lee Ann Wilkinson Group, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty. She tells Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush that there was a decline as the pandemic hit earlier this year. Fadwa Webster provided production assistance for this series.

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With the partial reopening of the Delmarva beaches many local businesses are hoping for a decent tourist season in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Jeff Gosnear, vice president of Grotto Pizza, told Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush that last weekend's partial reopening looks promising. Production assistance from Fadwa Webster.