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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Salisbury University recently commemorated the 50th anniversary of what came to be known as the "Cambridge Uprising" on July 24th 1967.

Guests: Dr. Peter Levy- author of The Great Uprising: Race Riots in Urban America During the 1960s

Artura Jackson- Salisbury University Alumna, with the Maryland-National Capitol Park and Planning Commission

Lawrence MacMillan, Philadelphia Police Department Detective

There is a new documentary out called "The Sign" about a controversial historical marker in Salisbury, Maryland. The film will be shown at the upcoming Ocean City Film Festival.

Guests: Dan O'Hare, Executive Producer of he film

Torrez Wise, Director

In the first half to today's program, we get a taste of some of the performers coming to the National Folk Festival here in Salisbury September 7-9, 2018.

In the second half, a new office is being opened by Mid-Shore Pro-Bono, which provides legal services for those who cannot afford a high priced lawyer.


Caroline O'Hare, local manager of the National Folk Festival

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Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition is on the road at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA this month to talk to Dr. Michael Allen and Mary-Carson Saunders Stiff. Dr. Allen is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and Geography at the university and is a noted expert on climate change. Mary-Carson Saunders Stiff works for Wetlands Watch in Norfolk, VA as its Director of Policy. Ms. Stiff is an expert on sea-level rise. Our discussion focuses on methods to ameliorate the impact of climate change on human settlements.

Delmarva Today celebrates Black History Month this episode. Dr. Clara Small, Salisbury University history professor emeritus, discusses African American  troops from Delmarva and their role in the Civil War.

In the second half, we take a look at a new children's book, "Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History", by author Vashti Harrison, who hails from Accomack County in Virginia.

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On today's program, we get local reaction to President Trump's first State of the Union Address.

Guests: Mike Pretl- with the Wicomico County Democratic Club

Michael O'Loughlin, Salisbury University Political Science Professor

Mark McIver, Chairman, Wicomico County Republican Central Committee

Freedom of speech is one of the defining characteristics of any democracy. However, we have recently seen serious challengers to free speech on college campuses that has raised the First Amendment and our general understanding of free speech to a new level of debate.

The Trump Administration has decided that Haitians will no longer be eligible  for the H-2A and H-2b guest worker programs. We get local reaction.

In the second half, we gauge opposition to the Trump Administration plans to open up coastal waters to offshore drilling.

Guests: Habacuc Petion, General Manager of WRBY-LP 100.5FM , a lpfm radio station broadcasting in creole

Matt Heim, with the Assateague Coastal Trust

In the first half of today's program, we look at how the new tax cuts will affects Maryland taxpayers. In the second half, we look at how oyster gardening may revitalize the Chesapeake Bay area waterways.


Benjamin Orr, Executive Director of the Maryland Center on Economic Policy

Bob Collins, Program Manager with the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays

Ab Ream, volunteer at the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays

The program is in two parts The first segment is a discussion of The Eastern Shore Writer’s Association and their premier event The Bay to Ocean Writer’s Conference, known popularly as the BTO with guests Ron Sauder, President of the Association and Loriann Oberlin, Chairperson of the BTO Planning Committee.

The second segment of the program is an encore presentation of the Christmas drama, “The Princess of the Garonne.” The play is set in the South of France, and features actors from the Community Players of Salisbury.