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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.

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.

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?

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Host Don Rush explores the issue of race with Michael Coffino, author of a new novel “Truth is in the House” which chronicles an African American from the South and a white Irish immigrant in New York as their lives intertwine over the decades.

Harold Wilson’s guests are The Community Players of Salisbury Producer and Director Matt Brogdan,, and actors Mike Murphy and Pete Cuesta.  They are discussing the latest production of  the Community Players, “Edgar Allen Poe: The Dark Side.” The production is a live, memorized, word-for-word recitation of the darker works of Poe. Featured works include “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Raven,” “ The Cask of Amontillado” and others. The production will open outdoors at the Kylan Barn in Delmar on October 22.

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Join us September 10th-12 for special live broadcasts from the National Folk Festival in Salisbury, Md. You can listen on WSCL, 89.5- WSDL 90.7- WESM 91.3 or listen from anywhere in the world via streaming at 

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The 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the US coincides with the end of the US land war in Afghanistan.  Yet, it doesn’t end the US political relationship to Afghanistan now in the hands of the Taliban.

In the wake of these events, perhaps we should reconsider the relationship between war and politics and diplomacy?  Is one just the extension of the other or quite different?

Michael O’Loughlin, professor emeritus at Salisbury University, reflects on these questions.

The 20th anniversary of the attack on 911 comes just as the United States ends its long war in Afghanistan. Host Michael O’Loughlin talks with retired New York Fire Chief Joseph Pfeifer, who was the first highest ranking officer to arrive and enter on the scene, about his new book entitled, “Ordinary Heroes: A Memoir of 9/11”.

Then, host Don Rush talks with Zakiya Dalila Harris, author of a new novel entitled, “The Other Black Girl” which explores the subtleties of race and compromise.

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Harold Wilson has a personal conversation with Tyler Abell, stepson of the famous columnist Drew Pearson. Abell discusses the personal side of life with the hard-working notable columnist whose working life covered seven presidential administrations. During this period he wrote a newspaper column every day, a weekly newsletter, gave lectures all over the country, and when they became available, hosted a radio and television program. Yet Pearson was a devoted family man.

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September 6-12, 2021

Welcome to Salisbury University’s Cultural Calendar Highlights for the week of September 6.

The Balla Kouyaté Ensemble helps welcome the National Folk Festival back to Salisbury with a concert on campus Thursday, September 9. Kouyaté is a world-renowned balafon player, part of a family lineage of 800 years that continues to uphold West African traditions.

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August 30-September 5, 2021

Welcome to Salisbury University’s Cultural Calendar Highlights for the week of August 30.

SU Art Galleries Downtown hosts the exhibit “Flow” from August 30-November 6. Works in the exhibit celebrate art evolving from a sentient experience rather than a conscious thought.

“How Beliefs Change” is the second in our special three-part program series on beliefs. In the first program we discussed what beliefs are, how they are formed, and the role they play in our thinking and our actions. This morning Delmarva Today looks at how beliefs change, and the role rationality plays in prompting and supporting change. Host, Harold Wilson’s guests, back for this second program, are Dr. Adam Wood, Department Head and Professor of English at Valdosta State University; Dr. Grant Wilson, Professor and Graduate Program Director Dept.

Wilson’s guest  is Rustin Larson and they’re discussing his new book of short stories, Red Wing. Larson has published extensively in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and in The Delmarva Review. 

Harold Wilson's guests are Scott Whitaker, Fiction Editor and Managing Editor of the literary journal the Broadkill Review, Kari Ann Ebert, the poetry editor, and poet Liz Holland. Liz Holland reads and discusses her poetry. In addition to The Broadkill Review, she has published at Marias at Sampaguitas, in The Kraken’s Spire, the Remington Review and the Little Patuxent Review. In addition to the work published by the Review, they also discuss the Review's relationship with the Dogfish Head Poetry Prize

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Harold Wilson’s guest is emergency medical physician Dr. Michael Murphy. Dr. Murphy discusses the recent spike in Covid 19 cases in Maryland and other parts of the country as well as the role the delta variant is playing in the resurgence. He outlines the importance of getting the vaccine and counters a number of the common excuses people offer for not getting vaccinated.

Why do we believe what we believe?

Chamber Music by the Sea is returning for another season on August 3rd. With the ongoing pandemic and festival organizer Elena Urioste currently spending time in Great Britain, this year's festival will once again be a virtual affair. Elena Urioste speaks about this year's lineup, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, and how this pandemic has changed classical music.

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Hal Wilson's guest is Donald Ritchie and they're discussing Ritchie's book The Columnist about the life and work of the famous columnist Drew Pearson. Ritchie is the Historian Emeritus of the US Senate. He conducted an oral history program at the Senate and edited for publication the transcripts of the previously closed hearings of Senator Joseph McCarthy. Don Ritchie is the author of more than 30 books.

My guest for Friday's Delmarva Today is David Salner and we're talking about his novel A Place To Hide. David Salner is an accomplished poet with four poetry collections and poetry published in a number of  literary journals including three editions of The Delmarva Review.