Delmarva Today

Friday morning at 9AM

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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In the first half-hour of this Edition, Harold Wilson's guests are Lee D'Zmura and master gardener Denise Swayne. The topic is the importance of native plants to the ecosystem and the environment on the Eastern Shore and in other Mid-Atlantic states. In the second half-hour of the program, the guest is mystery writer John Reisinger who will be talking about his murder mysteries and particularly about his acclaimed non-fiction work, Master Detective.

A look at Georgetown, an African American community that once sat in the heart of Salisbury, MD.


Vance Elbert, with the Chipman Foundation

Aubrey Jackson Mathews

Gus White

Shanie Shields, Salisbury City Councilwoman

Earl Dotter

Who are the immigrants who work in our agricultural fields and chicken plants and build our homes?

This Thursday, Salisbury University's Downtown Art Gallery features an exhibit  of photographs by Earl Dotter titled  Work. Respect. Dignity.

Reception: Thursday, September 18, 6pm, light refreshments will be served.

Delmarva Public Radio

On today's program, Wicomico Country Executive Rick Pollitt  and challenger Bob Culver face off on a host of issues facing voters in the upcoming November election.

In the second half, Lucy Cochran drops by to play for us and discuss the upcoming Berlin Fiddlers Convention, September 19th through the 21 in Berlin, MD.

Angela Byrd

Exploring "life stories" with Lynn Schwartz, creative writing instructor.  In the second half , the life story writers with "Page to Stage" from the Compass Rose Theater in Annapolis, MD.

Compass Rose Theater

Writers Wordhouse

Page 2 Stage

family photo

Local reactions to the Ferguson, Missouri shooting and a look at the past and future of Salisbury's City Council.

Guests: Orville Penn, community activist

Michael O'Loughlin , Political Science Professor at Salisbury University

Greg Bassett, Editor and General Manager of the Salisbury Independent

The many resources available to Delmarva's Veterans.

Dina Karpf with Maryland's Commitment to Veterans

Jon Black with Maryland Army National Guard family programs

Allison Pulcher,  Military Spouse and Military Community advocate

Sam Webster with Delmarva Community Services

Shannon Hardester with Diakonia

Don Rush

NOTE: This is a re-broadcast

The Salisbury City Council looks at redistricting proposals with the potential to change political power on the Crosswords of Delmarva. 

Guests: Salisbury City Vice Council Laura Mitchell

Shanie Shields, who represents the majority-minority district created in the 1980's.

Guests: Terry Cohen and Tim Spies, Salisbury City Council Members

In the first half of today's program, Don Rush speaks with Donald and Jeannie Keister  about losing their son, Tyler,  to heroin addiction and their group, AtTAck Addiction.

In the second half, Sue Collins and Nancy Taylor Robson discuss their book, "OK, Now What: A Caregiver's Guide to What Matters."

AtTAck Addiction Website

OK Now What? website

Hal Wilson and Don Rush speak with Caryle Murphy, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and the author of several books including  "A Passion for Islam" and "A Kingdom's Future". 

Guest Host Dr. Michael O'Loughlin, Political Science Professor at Salisbury University, speaks with Neda Biggs, Victim Immigration Attorney  about  the growing refugee and immigration issue.

In the second half,  Mike Pretl and Dave Parker discuss how immigration may impact the upcoming midterm elections.

La Esperanza

Matthew Peters, Director of the The Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center

We speak with two local authors on today's program. Linda Duyer's work, "Round the Pond" explores the lost African-American community in Salisbury called "Georgetown".

Next, Jacque Baker stops by to talk about Gilbert Byron,  the "Chesapeake Thoreau"  and his book, "Gilbert Byron: A Life Worth Examining".

“Fair Warning,” a clever, film-noir-style drama set in contemporary Rehoboth Beach. The drama is an adaptation of a story of the same name written by Dennis Lawson and included in The Beach House, a collection of short stories set in and around the area.

The era of the old-fashioned radio drama will return on Delmarva Public Radio’s “Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition” on Friday, June 27th at 9 am featuring “Fair Warning,” a clever, film-noir-style drama set in contemporary Rehoboth Beach.

Plans for a new homeless shelter in Easton and a new way of thinking about downtown revitalization in Salisbury.

Guests: Jack Herrald, President of the Talbot County Interfaith Shelter

Julie Lowe, Executive Director of the Talbot County Interfaith Shelter

Dan Burden, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Walkable and Livable Communities Institute

Meet Salisbury's newest newspaper, the Salisbury Independent. In the second half, Wicomico County Health Officials tackle  a high STD rate.

Guests: Greg Bassett, Salisbury Independent General Manager and Editor

Dr. James Cockey Deputy Health Officer Wicomico County Health Department

Angela Byrd

This week, Hal Wilson chats with Dr. Mary Brinkmeyer with the Center for Deployment Psychology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.

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May 23, 2014

What does the future hold for the Class of 2014? Plus a look at Baseball played by 1864 rules in the Mid Atlantic Vintage Baseball League.

Guests: Dr. Rebecca Emery,Career Services Director at Salisbury University

SU student Austin Whitehead, a native of Salisbury who is interning at PricewaterhouseCooper in Baltimore

Chris Nicolo with the Arundel Excelsiors

Jim Oechsler with the Milford Excelsiors

Jeff Puglia with the Milford Excelsiors

Fred Fontz

Part two on our series looking at a controversial proposal for redistricting the City of Salisbury.

Guests: Terry Cohen and Tim Spies, Salisbury City Council Members

In the second half, a re-broadcast of an interview with Meredith Ramsey, author of "Community, Culture and Economic Development".

The Salisbury City Council looks at redistricting proposals with the  potential to change political power on the Crosswords of Delmarva. Also, we look at an effort to help seniors.

Guests: Salisbury City Vice Council Laura Mitchell

Shanie Shields, who represents the majority-minority district created in the 1980's.


Pam O'Brien with Partners in Care

Plans to turn a former Vlasic pickle factory into a chicken processing plant near Millsboro, DE could bring

700 jobs to the area, but it also brings controversy and opposition.

Next, the fate of the Great Bay Wind Project. A measure on MD Gov. O'Malley's desk might delay or even kill the project.


Cindy Wilton and Jay Meyer, with Protecting our Indian River

Rob Arlett, former chair of the Public Policy Committee for the Sussex County Association of Realtors

Hal Wilson speaks with poet Luisa A. Igloria, author of 13 books including Juan Luna's Revolver and The Saints of the Streets.

The 2014 Salisbury University Children's and Young Adult Literature Festival


Dr. Ernie Bond, Professor in the Seidel School of Education

Byran Collier, author and illustrator

Frane Lessac and Mark Greenwood, husband and wife publishing team

Poet Sue Ellen Thompson  and an original play- "Tea at Four"

The town of Berlin, MD has been named "America's Coolest Small Town" by Budget Travel. We speak with Gee Williams, Berlin's Mayor, to see what this town is doing right.

Next, Jeremy Cox stops by to highlight an upcoming series in the Salisbury Daily Times looking at the future  of Salisbury, MD.

Guests: Gee Williams, Mayor of Berlin, MD

Jeremy Cox, Salisbury City Reporter with the Daily Times.

Analysis on the recent allegations of CIA spying on the US Senate and a conversation with local author, Barbara Lockhart.

Guests: Salisbury University Professor Michael O'Loughlin

Barbara Lockhart, author of the novel, "Elizabeth's Field".

The book is also available at the News Center in Easton, The Arts Center in Cambridge, and Mystery Loves Company Bookstore in St. Michaels.

We sit down with Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton to discuss the long-term pans for revitalizing downtown.

In the second half, an interview with author Sonia Sanchez, who recently visited Salisbury University's Campus

Hal Wilson chats with Bruce Riedel, a senior fellow the with Brookings Institution  and Director of the Brookings Intelligence Project. He is also the author of several books, including Deadly Embrace: Pakistan, America, and the Future of the Global Jihad.

A look at America's Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the life and works of Author Zora Neal Hurston.

Guests: Dr. Anthony Jenkins, VP of Student Affairs and Enrollment with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Dr. Clara Small, Professor of History at Salisbury University