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Embracing the spirit of its name (The Green in Dover and the New Castle Green), The Green provides an open-air meeting place for Delawareans to discuss events, consider issues and share ideas. This radio and online magazine presents the highest quality Delaware news and information. Through informed reporting, nuanced storytelling and in-depth interviews, The Green reaches past stereotypes and knee-jerk reactions to encourage a fuller, more robust discovery of Delaware, today.

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Part of the state’s push to get COVID-19 vaccines out and into people’s arms involves trying to get more volunteers for the Delaware Medical Reserve Corps.

Officials say both medical and nonmedical volunteers have a role to play with vaccine distribution.

Delaware Public Media’s Nick Ciolino recently spoke with Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long - who is also a Principal Investigator with the Medical Reserve Corps - about the corps and its role.


The pandemic has upended how kids are learning as schools work in either hybrid or remote formats.  And that has raised questions about the impact on their mental health.

But the pandemic can also affect children’s physical health – especially this time of year when going outside to play may be less of an option.

Contributor Larry Nagengast looks how COVID is curtailing kids’ exercise. and what some are trying to do about that.

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Delaware has spent nearly a decade trying to get its aquaculture industry off the ground, but optimism remains that it will take off.

Contributor Jon Hurdle updates where the industry is now and where it’s headed.

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Award winning journalist and Magnolia resident Jennifer Antonik is taking a stab at writing for children.

Her first effort - The Music Man: Our Rootin’, Tootin’ Hero - was released last month.

She says the book is a biography of her late grandfather “Joe” Lear, Sr., following his path to a new passion as he founded the Milford Community Band 30 years ago.

Antonik joined Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele for this week’s Arts Playlist to discuss that book, and another one, Boops and Goobs Find A Home.



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The latest group tasked with addressing long-term educational inequities faced by Delaware’s neediest students is moving ahead with its efforts.

The Redding Consortium for Educational Equity offered its interim recommendations to Gov. John Carney last week. 

Contributor Larry Nagengast offers a look at what the group is suggesting.


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Martin Luther King Jr. day is celebrated on January 18th this year. Since 1994, the holiday has been transformed into a national day of service, encouraging Americans to get out into their communities and volunteer in honor of the civil rights leader.


There are many organizations here in Delaware that rely on the support of their volunteers to protect the environment, save lives and help those who need it.


And Delaware Public Media’s Roman Battaglia reports those groups seethe Martin Luther King Day of Service as more than just a day.


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Delaware’s arts community was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Museums, galleries and theaters remain shuttered or limited by the virus, leaving many artists, writers and dancers out of work.


Now, Connections Community Support Programs - a state nonprofit behavioral health services support provider - hopes to help that group with affordable housing.


The group's communications director Theresa Buchanan joined Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele on this week’s Arts Playlist to discuss the project.


Salt marshes are known as a “sink” for global warming-causing carbon.

That’s important for Delaware, since the small, coastal state has lots of these ecosystems.

But what scientists didn’t know is that they also hold another, even more potent greenhouse gas - methane. That’s the conclusion of research out of the University of Delaware.

In this week’s Enlighten Me, Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt talks UD researcher Rodrigo Vargas about how science missed this detail, and what it might mean for mitigating climate change.

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The highly anticipated REACH Riverside project appears ready to begin in earnest.

Contributor Larry Nagengast reports the project announced in late 2018 is set to start turning over dirt and making good on its promise of major revitalization in the northeast section of Wilmington.

Sussex Tech High School’s most recent teacher of the year is melding her graphic design skills with art therapy.

Kelli Gehrke teaches digital publishing and print design at Sussex Tech - a job that’s required some extra creativity since the COVID-19 pandemic started.

In Arts Playlist, Gehrke chats with Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele about using art in a therapeutic fashion to help student express themselves and cope with stress and anxiety.

In a world with Facebook, Twitter, 24/7 news channels, talk radio, citizen journalism, fake news, real news, audiences are drowning in an overwhelming overload of information.  Clearly a guidepost is needed to identify what is a trustworthy and a reliable source of news and information.

Delaware Humanities' podcast– A Matter of Facts – delves into this topic as part of its mission is to engage, educate, and inspire all Delawareans through cultural programming. In season 2 of the podcast, it examines more closely popular sources of news and information.

This week on The Green, we offer the latest episode of A Matter of Facts, featuring a conversation about fact-checking with the University of Delaware's Dannagal Young.

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The Delaware River Basin Commission Wednesday gave its final approval for a plan to build a dock at Gibbstown, NJ for the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The controversial project has generated a wave of opposition, including some in the First State.

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An effort to bring affordable housing for people with disabilities to Wilmington’s West Side – along with some new businesses – is moving forward.

Contributor Larry Nagengast tells us more about the project and the push to complete the vision of a local pastor who set it in motion.

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The Historic Odessa Foundation (HOF)  is breaking from its holiday tradition of presenting indoor holiday tours featuring yuletide vignettes inspired by classic children’s literature.

But the foundation is still celebrating the season outdoors.

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2020 has been a challenging year, especially for Delaware's visitor attractions.

One attraction fought through setbacks and ever-changing guidelines to pursue its expansion plans, while simultaneously protecting the health and safety of visitors and its animals, including those added as part of a new exhibit.

In this week’s Enlighten Me, Delaware Public Media contributor Mark Fowser takes us to the Brandywine Zoo.

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Relying so heavily on a hands-on experience, many children’s museums around the country have struggled or closed permanently during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Delaware Children’s Museum on the Wilmington’s Riverfront has stayed closed since March.

Delaware Public Media’s Roman Battaglia chats with the museum’s executive director Jen Bush about how it’s handling the pandemic and how COVID could change the way it operates once it reopens.

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An initiative to shine a light on neighborhoods in need and help them diminish crime while building a sense of community is making progress up and down the First State.

It’s called “Lights On” and comes from a group called the Delaware Help Initiative

Contributor Larry Nagengast takes a closer look at this group and what it’s doing.

Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library and the Choir School of Delaware are launching a new partnership.

The Choir School is Winterthur’s Artists-in-Residence for the winter 2020 and spring 2021 seasons.

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Wilmington Brew Works is coming out with a new beer to commemorate the first president of the United States ever to be elected from the state of Delaware.

In this week’s Enlighten Me - Delaware Public Media’s Nick Ciolino speaks with John Fusco, the Vice President and Creative and Brand Marketer at Wilmington Brew Works about the new  IPA and the adjustments the brewery has made during the pandemic.

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It appears the second prong of the two-prong lawsuit challenging Delaware’s education funding system will see a trial early next year.

A month after the portion focused on the state and its funding method was settled, a March trial date is set for the portion focused on the county and its property tax system.

That system was ruled unconstitutional earlier this year by Chancery Court Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster – but he deferred imposing a remedy. And that’s what will be at issue in the trial after no settlement was reached.

Contributor Larry Nagengast looks at what’s at stake in this trial.

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Thanksgiving is just days away, and with it the holiday shopping season.

But this is likely to be a holiday shopping season unlike any other as retailers and consumers try to navigate the coronavirus pandemic that has worsened in recent weeks.

Contributor Eileen Dallabrida give us a preview of what to expect from holiday shopping in 2020.

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Artists from The Artists Gallery in Chestertown, Maryland are featured in The Historic Odessa Foundation’s final exhibit of the year.

“Oneness in Spirit: Art from the Artists’ Gallery in Chestertown,” is on display through December 30, 2020 at the Foundation’s Visitors Center.

The Wilmington Riverfront has spent decades trying to find its identity and build its viability. 

Recently, it got an unlikely boost from Joe Biden. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Biden was forced to accept the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in the parking lot outside the Chase Center on the Riverfront.  Then just two weeks ago, he celebrated becoming President-elect in that same spot.

That helped put the Wilmington Riverfront, and specifically the Chase Center, on the national radar.  Contributor Jon Hurdle examines how much the attention could help them.

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