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Mayor Jake Day told an audience during his State of the City address last night that Salisbury had achieved much in the past year despite the coronavirus pandemic. The Mayor also announced that a street will be named after the outgoing President of Salisbury University Charles Wight. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with the Mayor after his address about the pandemic's impact on the city.

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Much of the nation has been consumed with the coronavirus pandemic and the struggles over getting enough people vaccinated. This has diverted attention from other vaccines. Karen Jones, President and CEO of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, is urging African Americans to get one of the two new vaccines that are being developed for pneumonia. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with her about the new development and vaccine hesitancy in the African American community.

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The issues of race, gender and class have become more prominent in the United States as demographic changes have stirred up a great deal of anxiety. Host Don Rush talks with Minal Bopaiah, author of her new book, "Equity: How to Design Organizations Where Everyone Thrives", about the conflicts we are now seeing in American society.


Globalization has seen many corporations move their operations overseas to avoid tax liabilities. But, Salisbury University Professor Emeritus Michael O'Loughlin notes the nations of the world are beginning to take action.

Wilson’s guest is poet David Salner. They are discussing is his poetry featured in the online poetry journal Innisfree.   Salner appeared on Delmarva Today, July 16, 2021, to discuss his novel A Place to Hide. Salner is an accomplished poet, however. He has published four poetry collections and his work has appeared in a number of literary journals including three editions of The Delmarva Review. He has received numerous poetry prizes and awards and his work has been read by Garrison Keillor on Writer’s Almanac.

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With schools boards beseiged by parents who object to their children wearing masks, a new study by the ECRI Institute has found that cloth masks can be effective against COVID 19 in school settings. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with the organization's President and CEO Dr. Marcus Schabacker who says that in conjunction with other efforts such as social distancing the masks can reduce the spread of the virus.

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Harriet Tubman has become a national symbol of the Underground Railroad which funnelled many slaves out of the South before the Civil War. Dr. Kate Clifford Larson is author of Bounded for the Promised Land: Portrait of an American Hero." Delmarva Public Media's Peter Solomon talked with her about what we know about her life and some of the misconceptions about her efforts.

Dr. Larson will be the keynote speaker at the annual Beach to Bay Heritage Area conference on Oct. 28th at the Henson Center on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

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Sea level rise is threatening the coast of Delaware and on Monday a conference was held in Lewes with local and European officials on the impact of climate change. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush caught up with Lewes Mayor Ted Becker to talk about what his city is doing to combat the rising waters.

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The Seaford City Council recently tabled a measure that would have required the remains from abortion to be either buried or cremated. The legislation comes just as Planned Parenthood is opening a facility. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Mike Brickner, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware, which sent a letter to the city council expressing legal concerns about the measure.

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Even before these politically divided times Robbie Bach began writing his new novel, "The Wilkes Insurrection: A Contemporary Thriller", about domestic terrorism. Host Don Rush talks with him about the novel and the times inwhich we live.

Wilson’s guest is Lewes, Delaware author Jack Clemons.  Clemons is an aerospace engineer and was a member of the NASA team for the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs. His memoir Safely to Earth: The Men and Women Who Brought the Astronauts Home is an award-winning book that Clemons discussed on Delmarva Today in 2019. His new novel, The Outliers lays open the raw, rough and tumble nature of Lewes at the turn of the century seen through the eyes of a Nanticoke Indian. In style, the book takes on the character of the early wild west novels.

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The Maryland Coastal Bays Program gave the region a C+ in its latest envrionmental report. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Roman Jesien, science coordinator for the program, who said that there was a slight decline in some areas but largely remained the same overall.

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Across the country thousands celebrated National Coming Out Day with even President Joe Biden marking LGBTQ event. The Salisbury PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) held their event at the Ward Museum last night. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with the organization's executive director Mark DeLancey about the change in public opinion over the years.   

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With the coming of COVID 19 vaccines the cruise ship industry is coming back to life with Baltimore being one of the major ports on the East Coast. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Tom McAlpin, President & CEO of Virgin Voyages, about what is being done to ensure passenger safety and the outlook for the coming year.

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A deal has been cut to temporarily lift the debt ceiling through December. The nation has seen this kind of showdown before that could have forced the U.S.into default. Michael O'Loughlin, professor emeritus at Salisbury University, examines what these kinds of standoffs mean.

What happens when a society embraces ideological beliefs or models of the world that share little or no sense of reality? Does a dystopian world follow?


After the announcement that State Senator Ernie Lopez intends to retire, Delaware's 6th District could very well turn blue. Jack Bucchioni has become the first Democrat to announce his intention to succeed the Republican. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with him about his prospects and the issues in the district.


The U.S. and U.S. Women's Chess Championships are taking place in St. Louis this week. And, among those doing commentary is Maurice Ashley, the first African American Grandmaster of the game. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with him about what he sees as the growing interest in the game within the African American community.

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Guests are Michael Wilbon, an Emmy winning co-host of ESPN's Pardon the Interruption and a former sports columnist for the Washington Post, and Caron Butler, a retired all-star in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played for the Washington Wizards, Miami Heat, and Los Angeles Lakers. He won a world championship in 2011 with the Dallas Mavericks. He currently hosts a series on NBA TV.

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Thousands of women marched on Saturday in towns across the country. This time their focus was on the Texas law that effectively bans abortion in the state. Around a hundred gathered in front of the government building in downtown Salisbury. Delmarva Public Media's Bailey Morris was there and filed this report.