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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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.

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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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.

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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Some have called this a Christian nation. And while the founders refrained from embedding that into the U.S. Constitution or the Bill of Rights, there is no doubt that Christian groups have dominated American scene. Host Don Rush talked with Khyati Joshi, about her new book, "White Christian Privilege: The Illusion of Religious Equality in America", about the nature of religion in the United States.

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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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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.

“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. 

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The announcements of the musical acts are now set. Volunteers are working furiously in the home stretch for the National Folk Festival in Salisbury this September. Host Don Rush talked with Lora Bottinelli, executive director of the National Council for the Traditional Arts, Blaine Waide, associate director and Caroline O'Hare, the local manager about what to expect this fall.

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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Coastal Hospice has new leadership with the retirement of Alane Capen who has served some 16 years as president of the organization. Monica Escalante will succeed her becoming the first Latina to head the group. Host Don Rush talked with the two about the change.

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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?

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Prohibition was supposed to be the Noble Experiment but it failed in the state of Delaware. Host Don Rush talked with Michael Morgan about his new book "Delaware Prohibition" and its impact on the First State.

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.