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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Greg Bassett / Salisbury Independent

A historical marker for Confederate General John Henry Winder in downtown Salisbury has sparked petitions over whether it should be removed from country property.


James Yamakawa, with Showing Up for Racial Justice Delmarva

Jonathan Taylor, with the Lower Eastern Shore News blog

In the second half, the Wicomico County Executive is embroiled in controversy.

Angela Byrd

he June edition of Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition features a discussion of dystopian literature as an imaginative reaction to repressive societies or the potential of authoritarian governments. It includes a discussion of The Handmaid’s Tale and how Republics devolve into autocratic states. My guests are Don Rush, News Director for Delmarva Public Radio, Dr. Adam Wood, Department Chair and Associate Professor of English at Salisbury University and Dr. T. Ross Leasure, Associate Professor of English at Salisbury University.

In 2018, the City of Salisbury, MD will be hosting the National Folk Festival. We talk about the Festival's rich history and what it means for our area. In the second half, a rebroadcast of our discussion regarding immigration.

Guests:  Julia Olin, Executive Director of the National Council for the Traditional Arts

Lora Bottinelli, executive director of Salisbury University’s Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art

June is LGBT Pride month. We get some local perspective on  what the world looks like for the LGBT community. In the second half, Allison Galbraith steps forth as a potential challenger to Maryland Congressman Andy Harris.

Guests: Dr. Michele Schlehofer- Associate Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department at Salisbury University

Dr. Diane Illig, Chair of the Sociology Department at Salisbury University

Steve Elkins- Executive Director of Camp Rehoboth

How does the United State's withdrawal from the Paris Agreement affect the health of the Chesapeake Bay? In the second half, our political panel reacts to the recent events in Washington regarding James Comey.


Michael O'Loughlin, Political Science Professor at Salisbury University

Dr. John Bartkovich,  former chair of the Wicomico County Republican Central Committee

Mike Pretl- with the Wicomico County Democratic Club

Maryland Democratic Party

Mike Pullen, a career lawyer in Talbot Country, could be a new potential challenger to Maryland Congressman Andy Harris. In the second half, Greg Bassett discusses new tax rates in Salisbury.

Guests: Mike Pullen, with Talbot Rising

Greg Bassett, Editor of the Salisbury Independent

Angela Byrd

The May edition of Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition features a discussion of literature produced in authoritarian societies. Hal Wilson's guests are Don Rush, news director for Delmarva Public Radio; Dr. Adam Wood, Department Chair and Associate Professor of English at Salisbury University; Dr. James King, Associate Professor of English at Salisbury University; and my daughter, Dr. Lee Slater, Senior Lecturer of World Cultural Studies at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.

With the Delmarvalous Festival coming May 20th 2017 , we look at the history of decoy carving on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

In the second half, Mary Angela Baker stops by to talk about Salisbury University's Center for Extended and Lifelong Learning.

Guests: Lora Bottinelli, Executive Director of the Ward Museum of Waterfowl Art

David Bennet Scott and Rich Smoker, waterfowl carvers

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Our continuing series looking at local politics in the age of President Trump.

Guests- Shawn Bradley- President of the Wicomico County Republican Club

Michelle Bradley- with the Wicomico Women Republican Club

Mike Pretl- with the Wicomico County Democratic Club

Michael O'Loughlin, Salisbury University Political Science Club.

On the first half of today's program, we look at recent protest against the Trump Administration's stance on immigration.

In the second half, we look  at the state of Progressive politics.


Pastor Gregg Knepp, St. Peter's Lutheran Church

Leila Borrero Krouse , CATA

Tim Dunn, professor of Sociology, Salisbury University

Veronica Martinez, former student