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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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While polls show a majority of Delawareans support legalization, many remain opposed, and some organizations have concerns legal weed could only bring more crime and danger to the state.


Delaware Public Media’s Roman Battaglia talks to those putting up roadblocks approving recreational cannabis in the First State.

Cleaning up water in the First State is on lawmakers’ minds this session.

Delaware is close to creating trust fund to help increase spending on water infrastructure in Delaware

And late last month, a bill was introduced looking to set specific state limits on PFAS chemicals in drinking water.

Contributor Jon Hurdle takes a closer look at that bill and how it compares to similar efforts elsewhere.

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Dover’s April 20th municipal election has a single contested race with three candidates vying for the Dover City Council's at-large council seat. 


And Delaware Public Media’s Roman Battaglia talked to all three of those candidates.

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Two new exhibitions are up and running at The Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover.

In this week’s Arts Playlist, Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele chats with Biggs curator Ryan Grover


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This month, Delawareans can visit some the finest kitchens in the area.

But unlike years past, The Junior League of Wilmington’s Kitchen Tour fundraiser will be completely virtual.

The event’s chair Tara Wheeler recently chatted with Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele about how this reimagined version of the tour was devised to provide an experience similar to what was previously offered in-person.

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Antarctica is half a world away from Delaware. But the way its ice melts due to climate change will affect how much sea levels rise all over the world, including the east coast of the U.S.

One University of Delaware researcher is trying to better understand how this melting happens. He sets off to Antarctica next January to do just that.

In this week’s Enlighten Me, Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt talks with coastal physical oceanographer and UD assistant professor Carlos Moffat about his plans for the five-year research and education grant he received from the National Science Foundation.

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Flood risk is increasing in low-lying, coastal Delaware due to climate change.

But nationwide, flood insurance rates aren’t high enough to cover the growing risk, or even the risk right now. 

Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt examines the cost of flood insurance in the First State.

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Bayhealth recently announced new medical residency program’s inaugural class.

The program’s goal is to add more physicians in Southern and Central Delaware, where there’s a lack of primary care physicians for growing and aging population.

Delaware Public Media’s Nick Ciolino recently spoke with Bayhealth’s Internal Medicine Residency Program Director Dr. Joseph Deutsch about the program and its mission.  

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The fate of another historic property is up in the air – this time in Wilmington’s Browntown neighborhood.

Residents and preservation advocates are fighting an effort to demolish the Brown House - which dates back to around 1820.

Contributor Larry Nagengast dives into this controversy and where things stand right now.

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There’s a lot that’s known about the Dr. John A. Brown House and its owners, and there may be pieces of history about the house and its surroundings yet to be discovered.

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One of the most comprehensive industrial film company collections now lives in Delaware.


And in this week’s Arts Playlist, Hagley curator Kevin Martin joins Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele discuss the Cinecraft Productions collection.


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A year ago, just before the COVID pandemic lockdown began, the housing market in Delaware was heating up.  Sellers in early 2020 often had their choice of offers.

One year later, despite the pandemic, the story remains the same. And contributor Eileen Dallabrida reports, if anything, the market is even hotter.

A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, we are starting to see how some efforts to help people hit hard economically are faring.

One example is Forward Delaware, a broad training program to help people laid off during the pandemic pivot to a new career.

It wraps up this month and contributor Larry Nagengast looks at what it‘s accomplished since rolling out in August

Staff members at the Historic Odessa Foundation are providing a peek at their personal art collections.



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The year-old COVID-19 pandemic turned more Delawareans into pet owners, or in some cases repeat pet owners.

Pet adoptions are increasing as more people spend time at home.

And in this week’s Enlighten Me, Delaware Public Media contributor Mark Fowser reports the interest in adopting a shelter pet is growing at a good time.

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President Biden’s signed the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill Thursday, after the House passed the final version Wednesday.

And Delaware’s junior senator says the First State will benefit in a variety of ways.

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Delaware’s senior senator is also busy on Capitol Hill.

And Delaware Public Media’s Roman Battaglia met up Sen Tom Carper this week get his thoughts on issues such as a federal minimum wage increase and his push for Washington D.C. statehood.

A new exhibition called opens this weekend at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington.


Collecting and Connecting: Recent Acquisitions, 2010-2020 samples the last 10 years’ worth of  additions to the museum’s collection while offering a behind-the-scenes look of how it builds that collection.



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Salt marshes, which line much of Delaware’s coast, are often thought of as “sinks” for global warming-causing carbon. But researchers at the University of Delaware are challenging this understanding.

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Johnson & Johnson’s recently approved vaccine is a one-dose regimen, and can be stored in a normal refrigerator for months.

Delaware received an initial shipment of 8,000 doses Tuesday and expects to use 5,000 this weekend.

Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt talks with Jennifer Horney, the founding director of UD’s Epidemiology Program, about what having a third vaccine means for the state.


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Late last week, the Delaware River Basin Commission voted to ban fracking in the region, ending a long-running battle over use of the controversial method of extracting natural gas.

Contributor Jon Hurdle covered the DRBC vote last week and surveyed reactions to it.

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended education in so many ways.

And one we’re just learning more about is its impact on college applications, and specifically applications for financial aid

Contributor Larry Nagengast reports financial aid applications have slowed, and examines some of the new challenges students and their families face that are fueling that trend.

The Delaware FAFSA Tracking Initiative is an interactive dashboard created by the Delaware Data Innovation Lab (DDIL) in collaboration with the TeenSHARP advocacy group.

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The Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington is turning to a familiar face to lead it.

The museum’s Board of Trustees recently named Molly Giordano its executive director.

Giordano has served as interim director for just over a year, and in this week’s Arts Playlist, she joins Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele to lay out where she sees the museum going.