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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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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.


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Previous efforts to legalize recreational marijuana in Delaware failed to gain traction. But with nearby states moving toward legalization, the First State is feeling some pressure to move on it now.

 

Delaware Public Media’s Roman Battaglia reports a bill to legalize recreational cannabis is coming to the legislature - and this time could actually pass.

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COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to trend down and the state is trying to ramp up vaccine distribution – that combined with loosening pandemic restrictions on businesses, restaurants and indoor gatherings offers hope that there is a light at the end of the COVID tunnel.

And that hope seems to be reflected in summer beach rentals.

Contributor Eileen Dallabrida offers a look at the vacation rental market in her latest piece available at delawarepublic.org.  And she joined me earlier this week to talk about what she learned about how things are shaping up for those looking to get away after a year of largely hunkering down.

Delaware State University joins a list of Historically Black Colleges and Universities joining IBM in a quantum education and research initiative.

Delaware Public Media’s Nick Ciolino recently spoke DSU Professor of Physics and Engineering Gour Pati about this partnetship anmd how this connects with what's already happening at the university.


The president of Kent County Code Purple is reviving his musical career - at least part time - for now.


We’ve been spending time on The Green recently highlighting work from student journalists at both the high school and college level.

Delaware Public Media partners with McKean and Mount Pleasant High Schools in the Red Clay and Brandywine school districts to expose students there to radio journalism. Delaware Public Media reporter and youth media producer Sophia Schmidt leads that collaboration for us.

And in this week’s Enlighten Me, we return to the radio career pathway at Mount Pleasant and WMPH to hear stories from a trio of students  about life during the pandemic.

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It’s been just two years since girls were allowed into Scouts BSA — formerly known as Boy Scouts.

But in that time one Delaware girl has worked all the way through the scouting ranks, to the top rank of Eagle Scout.

Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt has her story.


A Delaware native’s new book on Saudi Arabia is out.

 

Retired diplomat David Rundell, joins Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele to discuss Vision or Mirage: Saudi Arabia at the Crossroads

 

 


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 Google with the University of Arizona's Alexander Halavais .


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As one might expect, digital doctor visits exploded over the past year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Delaware Public Media’s Nick Ciolino recently spoke to Highmark Senior Medical Director Dr. Timothy Law about why, in some respects, this is a good thing, and what it may mean for the medical industry going forward.


Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are trending down in Delaware and Gov. Carney recently loosened restrictions on businesses, restaurants and indoor gatherings, allowing up to 50 percent of capacity.

But plenty of work remains to rebuild many sectors of the state’s economy shattered by the pandemic.

The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce and the Delaware Business Roundtable are weighing in on how they believe the state should put the pieces back together.

Contributor Jon Hurdle looks at their recommendations and the state’s response.


Changes are coming to the John Dickinson Plantation in Dover as it starts implementing its master plan.

 

Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs’ historic site team manager Dan Citron recently spoke to Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele about the changes and how they will help offer a more complete picture of the site’s history.

 


In recent weeks, The Green has taken time to highlight work created by student journalists at the high school and college levels.

This week, we return to the University of Delaware where, despite the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, students continue to do their work telling stories about issues and topics they find interesting and important.

In this week’s Enlighten Me, we highlight pieces produced by UD Communications students covering the pandemic from a student perspective.


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Healthcare payers and providers in First State recently launched a regional partnership to find out if there is a link between the COVID-19 pandemic and a decrease in preterm births.

A $300,000 grant from Highmark Delaware and other health care payers is funding research at Nemours Children’s Health System, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Yale and Northwestern Universities.

Delaware Public Media’s Nick Ciolino recently spoke with Nemours neonatologist Dr. Jay Greenspan about the collaboration.

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New Castle County started analyzing its sewer water for COVID-19 last spring.

Late last year, it moved that analysis to the University of Delaware’s Center for Environmental and Wastewater-based Epidemiological Research (CEWER).

Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt talks with CEWER director Kali Kniel about this work.

Vancouver-based TidalWave Comics has profiled politicians in comic book form for over a decade - and now, it’s featuring President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in its “Political Power” series.

“Political Power: President Joe Biden” and “Political Power: Madam Vice President Kamala Harris” were released on Inauguration Day.

Michael Frizell wrote both and in this week’s Arts Playlist chats with Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele about these comic books.

 


From time to time on The Green, we like to highlight work from student journalists at both the high school and college level.

Delaware Public Media partners with McKean and Mount Pleasant High Schools in the Red Clay and Brandywine school districts to expose students there to radio journalism. Delaware Public Media reporter and youth media producer Sophia Schmidt leads that collaboration for us.

And in this week’s Enlighten Me, we bring you two stories from students in the radio career pathway at Mount Pleasant about ways life has changed during the pandemic.

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Larry Nagengast / Delaware Public Media

Last week, contributor Larry Nagengast highlighted a historic preservation victory in New Castle County – the Jester Farmhouse while highlighting some of the issues keeping the state, and specifically New Castle County, from seeing more success stories.

But there are other success stories. This week, Larry looks at another one, the Weldin House, detailing how it was saved and what its future holds.


Larry Nagengast / Delaware Public Media

It will probably need a two-year gestation, but the historic Weldin House is expected to enjoy a rebirth that residents of the Penny Hill and Fox Point areas north of Wilmington will appreciate, this time as a meeting place for community organizations.

 

A new exhibit is coming to The Sold Firm Art Gallery in Wilmington, featuring the work of an artist currrently incarcerated at Vaughn Correctional Center (JTVCC) in Smyrna.

In this week’s Arts Playlist, Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele speaks with that artist, Sakana Walls, and Sold Firm founder Nataki Oliver about the exhibit.

 


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