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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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.

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After more than 30 years at the helm of Salisbury University's Business, Economic and Community Outreach Network (BEACON) Memo Diriker retired this past June. Host Don Rush talked with him about his experiences, the impact of the pandemic and the changes he has seen over the years.

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The race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Maryland is getting crowded. One of those making a second stab at the office is former state Attorney General Doug Gansler. Host Don Rush talked with him about this second effort and the issues facing the state.

Harold Wilson's guest is Jack Broderick, President of the Kent Island Heritage Society. Most people know Kent Island as a huge traffic headache since it hosts the only corridor, Rt. 50/301, across the Chesapeake Bay north of Norfolk Virginia. During the week it carries over 68,000 vehicles each day. This volume jumps to over 118,000 per day over the summer weekends. During these high-volume periods, long lines of traffic are familiar on the corridor east of Annapolis and certainly on Kent Island.

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June is Pride month and host Don Rush talks with author Timothy Lyle, co-author of a new book "Disrupting Dignity: Rethinking Power and Progress in LGBTQ Lives" which considers the progress and the limits of the community. Then, Rush takes a look at how Black women have been portrayed in American society with Moya Bailey, author of "Misogynoir Transformed: Black Women's Digital Resistance".

Harold Wilson’s guest is Arthur Magida, author of Code Name Madeleine: A Sufi Spy in Nazi Occupied Paris. Magida discusses his account of the life and work of British spy Noor Inayat Khan. Noor was raised by her father Inayat Khan, a Sufi teacher and lecturer whose central belief was “True religion is the sea of truth.” At the same time, lying was a spy’s stock and trade. Magida says that “Without deceit and guile, an agent was a dud.

Wilson’s guest is Karen Speakman, the Executive Director of NCALL a nonprofit community development organization based in Dover, Delaware. NCALL is dedicated to strengthening communities on the Delmarva through housing support and development assistance for local organizations, and lending services to bridge financial gaps for the community development sector. In addition, the organization offers finance and homeowner education for individuals in Delaware. Technical assistance services are also provided self-help housing organizations in the Northeast Region of the US.