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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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Of the few Delaware bands tabbed to play Firefly Music Festival in the past, most received a phone call out of nowhere. The call, in most cases, came as a surprise, if not a shock, to learn they were fortunate enough to be selected.

Either someone on the local music scene had put in a good word with Red Frog, the Chicago-based event production company that organizes Firefly, or the Red Frog talent scouts did their own research.

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Dozens of dark shapes gliding through White Clay Creek would have been easily overlooked by nearby golfers unless they were aware of the historical, environmental, and cultural significance of what was passing by their greens.

The creatures were shad, a formerly abundant species of fish whose advance guard swam along a stretch of the creek near Delaware Park Racetrack on April 18 for the first time since 1777.

Photo courtesy: Carvetise

Ever hopeful of luring sun worshipers bound for the Jersey shore to the beaches of coastal Sussex, the Delaware Tourism Office is rolling out a fresh marketing tactic this year.

And “rolling out” really is the proper term, because the effort calls for using what amounts to mobile billboards  -- 20 cars neatly wrapped with a promotional message cruising highways in Montgomery and Chester counties in Pennsylvania from now until the end of July.

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The road to funding needed transportation projects in the First State has been filled with its share of potholes.  The state’s Transportation Trust Fund lacks needed cash and efforts to replenish it - such has Gov. Markell’s proposed gas tax increase a year ago – have fallen flat.  But as Delaware Public Media political reporter James Dawson tells us lawmakers are taking another stab at mapping out a new direction on the issue:

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Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Among the top ten causes of death in the United States, it’s the only cause that can’t be cured, slowed or prevented, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

But scientists now are making significant strides in figuring out what’s behind the disease.

This week on "The Green" from Delaware Public Media.

An update on Delaware's charter schools as a handful find themselves facing increased state scrutiny.

Science reporter Eli Chen examines a new study on health care services for inmates with HIV highlights new approaches used in Delaware’s correctional system.

Our Enlighten Me segment again spotlights Generation Voice - our youth media project that’s completing its first year in the Brandywine School District at Mount Pleasant High School and its radio station 91.7 WMPH. 

The work produced by students with help from our youth media producer Anne Hoffman and Mount Pleasant teacher Paul Wishengrad is showcased on our new Generation Voice website.

And again this week on The Green - we offer a sample of what you’ll find at that website.

Photo Credit: Matt Urban, Mobius New Media

The Delaware Theatre Company has a new hit show on their hands.  Ticket sales for “Because of Winn-Dixie,” have been so strong, the Wilmington playhouse  recently announced it’s extended the musical’s run.

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The State Board of Education assented Thursday to requests from Secretary of Education Mark Murphy to place four charter schools on “formal review” status.

Three of the schools, including two high schools scheduled to welcome their first students in August, are currently far short of their enrollment targets for the coming school year. The fourth, the Academy of Dover, is under investigation for issues related to financial management and oversight as well as academic performance.

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According to the most recent figures from the Bureau of Justice statistics, over 20,000 of 2.2 million inmates nationwide have HIV. Delaware usually has 81 to 90 inmates with HIV.

Christy Visher, director of the Center for Drug and Health Studies at University of Delaware, said HIV positive inmates will often go off their medication, especially after being released.