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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Beach reads is the subject of today’s program and focuses on the Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest sponsored by Browseabout Books. Harold Wilson’s guests in the first segment of the program are Nancy Sakaduski and Tim Linehan.  Nancy Sakaduski is, founder of Cat and Mouse Press in Lewes, DE and editor of Beach Days, the third publication in the Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest.

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Jun 17, 2016

On today's program, we explore the growing recognition of transgender people on the Delmarva Peninsula and get some reactions to the shooting in Orlando at a gay night club.

In the second half, we get some local Muslim perspective on the events in Orlando.


Andrea Conner and Jamie Marine, transgendered individulas

Sal Seeley, with Camp Rehoboth

Muqtatder Khan Professor at the University of Delaware specializing in Islamic Studies

Hillary Clinton has become the presumptive Democratic nominee for President. We get reaction from local Democrats on today's program.

Guests: Barrie Tilghman, former Mayor of Salisbury

Michael O'Loughlin, Salisbury University Professor

Joshua Nordstrom, Chair of the Worcester County Democratic Central Committee

Harriet Beatis, with the Worcester County Democratic Party

The program will discuss the slaves who served in the Union Army during the Civil War and particularly those who went to serve from the Delmarva Peninsula. Why did many of these former slaves return to the Delmarva after the war? Harold Wilson’s guests are retired Salisbury University history professor Clara Small and genealogist Teresa Neild. Because of his knowledge and particular interest in black history Delmarva Public Radio News Director Don Rush will join our discussion as well.

The Never Trump movement appears to be fading but with some prominent Republicans still refusing to back him. Trump's campaign has been seen as a rebellion against the establishment.  So, what are we to make of his campaign and the Grand Old Party?


John Bartkovich, former chair of the Wicomico Republic Central Committee

Shawn Bradley and Dave Parker, local Republicans

Patty Miller with the  College Republicans on the campus of Salisbury University

In the first half of today's program, we explore an ongoing 15 year Salisbury University program that sends students and faculty to the Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover, Maryland  to discuss philosophy with the inmates. How does philosophy give prisoners a changing sense of self and how they relate to society at large?

Should the Delmarva Peninsula break off into its own state? Author Phillip LeBel  examines this question in historical context in  his new book, "A Brief Relation of the State of Delmarva".

In the second half, we get an update on the Zika virus and how Delmarva is preparing for it.

Guests: Phillip Lebel, author of A Brief Relation of the State of Delmarva: Accounting for the Singularity, Insularity and Other Irregularities of a Population in Economic and Cultural Evolution.

Dennis A. DiCintio, director of environmental health for Wicomico County

Harold Wilson’s guest is senior fellow and director of the Brookings Intelligence Project, Bruce Riedel. Wilson discusses Riedel’s new book: JFK’s Forgotten Crisis Tibet, The CIA, and the Sino-Indian WarBruce has served as senior adviser to the last four U.S.

In the first half of today's program, we look at developments in the Presidential Primary races.  In the second half, wevisit with Ray Thompson, retiring Director of the Edward H. Nabb Center for Delmarva History and Culture.

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In the first half of today's program, Barry Johansson, Executive Director of the Wicomico Environmental Trust discusses the serious concerns some residents have about proposed new chicken houses.

In the second half, Congressman Chris Van Hollen, U.S. Representative for Maryland's 8th congressional district, to discuss his Senate run to replace Barbara Mikulski.

On todays edition, we take a look back at this year's Bay to Ocean Writer's Conference.

On today's program, we look at the life and legend of Patty Cannon. In the second half, a look at the recent surge in gun sales.

Guests: Mindy Burgoyne, author of Haunted Eastern Shore

Michael Morgan, author of Delmarva's Patty Cannon- The Devil of the Natnticoke

The youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner is a woman from Pakistan named Malala Yousafzai. When she was 15, the Taliban targeted her for her work in advocating girls’ education, leading to a violent attack on her and her father’s lives.  She amazingly survived and became a world leader in  global girls’ education. As part of Women's History month, Salisbury University screed a documentary about the life and Malala and hosted a roundtable discussion of the impact of the education of  women in a global context.


In Easton, efforts to remove the Confederate monument known as the "Talbot Boys" have failed. The controversy continues, however, with the Talbot Branch of the NAACP and the ACLU of Maryland filing a complaint with the Open Meetings Compliance Board because minutes of a closed door session were not released.

In the second half, we look back at the history of racial tension  in Baltimore with Baltimore Sun Reporter Antero Pietila, author of, "Not in my Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City".

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On Today's program, Hal Wilson speaks with Reverend George Williamson. We discuss George’s participation in the North Carolina sit-ins in 1960 and how that experience changed his life.

In the second half,  former Salisbury University professor Clara Small, a member of the Maryland Governor’s Commission to Study the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland, discusses the Harlem Renaissance and particularly the controversial author Zora Neale Hurston.

In Delaware, nearly sixty percent of prisoners are African American. Delaware Chief Justice Leo Strine, Jr. has empanelled a task force to study the issue.

In the second half, we look at the life and works of early 20th century  African American author Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins.


Dr. Donald Morton, Executive Director of Complexities of Color Coalition

Paulette Rappa, Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice

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On today's program. Salisbury City Mayor Jake Day discusses "Envision Salisbury" and his 20 years plans for the revitalization of downtown Salisbury, MD.

Next, Jeremy Cox with the Salisbury Daily Times elaborates on his recent article, "Backyard Backlash", highlighting the ongoing tensions between large poultry house construction and homeowners and environmentalists. 

In the first half of today's program, we look at ways to avoid scams and fraud. In the second half, we sit down with former Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton to discuss his run for Maryland's 1st Congressional District.

Guests: Sabrina K. Bleech, Vice President of M&T Bank

Roxane L Gabrielson, CPA and Certified Valuation Analyst.

Leslie A. Michalik, CPA and Certified Fraud Examiner

and Jim Ireton, Candidate for Maryland's 1st Congressional District.

On today's edition, we explore the changing role of sex in literature. What does the pervasiveness and explicit nature of some literature say about our culture and society and how did we get here? 

Guests: Susan McCarty, assistant professor of English at Salisbury University and author of Anatomies, a book of short stories.

Adam Wood, Chair of the English Department at Salisbury University

In the first half to day's program, we get reaction to the latest State of he Union Address. In the second half, with the Iowa Caucuses just around the corner, we look at the battles between Trump and Cruz on the right and Clinton and Sanders on the left.

In the first half of today's program, we explore the tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran.  In the second half,  Mindie Burgoyne drops by to share some stories of Delmarva's haunted places.

Guests: Keyvan Aarabi- who has taught history at Wor-ic Community College and UMES.

Muqtedar Kahn, professor at the University of Deleware.

Mindie Burgoyne- Author of Haunted Eastern Shore

A special Christmas and Holiday edition of Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition

The experience of African American students on  Salisbury University's campus and the plight of homeless children on Delmarva. 


Matthew Jackson, senior at Salisbury University, member of the Black Student Union

Randy Redard, homeless liaison for the Cape Henlopen School District

Gretchen Hanson, owner of Hobos Restaurant

Alexandra Atsisdis, senior at Cape Henlopen High School

Alyssa Titus, Development Director for the Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation

The first half-hour of the broadcast celebrates the new edition of The Delmarva Review (Vol. 8). Harold O. Wilson’s guests are Wilson Wyatt, executive editor of the Review, poet Wendy Mitman Clark, fiction writer Jamie Brown and nonfiction editor of the review George Merrill.

We explore three challenging issues on today's program. First, we get local reaction and commentary on the House of Representative's  vote to suspend allowing Syrian and Iraqi refugees into the country. Next, we talk to some Salisbury University students to get their perspective on the events at America's college campuses. Finally, we look at how Delmarva's homeless population deals with the coming holiday season.


Dr. Michael O'Loughlin, Political Science Professor at Salisbury University

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In the first half of today's program, we look back thirty years to the origins  of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and the future of Classical Music.

In the second half, we sit down with Salisbury Mayor-Elect Jake Day to discuss his hopes for the new Salisbury City Council and the future of Salisbury, Maryland.

Guests: Dr. Thomas Elliot, former Chairman of Salisbury University's Music Dept.

Dr. Jeffery Schoyen, Cellist and conductor of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra

Jake Day- Mayor-Elect of Salisbury, Maryland.

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The elections results are in and the political landscape  has changed. We'll explore what it means for the future of Salisbury, Maryland.

In the second half, as Confederate flags and symbols begin to disappear, we look at the history of the flag and what it means in culture today.

Guests: Greg Bassett, General Manager and Editor of the Salisbury Independent.

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Our guests this week  will be two very popular authors and writing instructors  Lynn Auld Schwartz and Laura Oliver. Both are instructors at the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference and both are mentors and writing workshop instructors at St. John’s College in Annapolis. They will offer essential tips for major elements of the writing craft.

Don Rush

November's Salisbury City Council elections will, for the first time, feature five individual districts. Today, we look at the District 2 Race.

In the first half of today's program, we preview the 2015 Rehoboth Beach Film Festival, which runs November 7-15th.


Joe Bilancio, RB Film Festival Program Director

Marvin Ames, Salisbury City Council District 2 Candidate

Keyvan Aarabi, Salisbury City Council District 2 Incumbent Candidate