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Being a Delawarean is more than just a geographical coincidence: it’s a state of mind. For honest and open-minded reporting of the issues and events that affect Delawareans, The Green encourages a fuller, more robust discovery of Delaware, enabling Delawareans to learn about and see their state from new perspectives.

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  • Incumbent Georgetown Mayor Bill West narrowly won reelection to a sixth term, eking out a 34-vote victory over former Third Ward councilwoman Angela Townsend.But the dust has yet to fully settle in Georgetown, a community struggling to navigate Delaware’s homelessness crisis and housing shortage squarely in the public eye.This week, contributor Paul Kiefer examines how debate during the Georgetown mayoral election offers insight into the town’s approach toward homelessness.
  • Delaware has one of the oldest populations in the country, with nearly a quarter of Delawareans now at least 65-years-old, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.Although people are aware of the physical challenges of aging, what about our mental health?Delaware Public Media’s Kyle McKinnon sits down this week with Geriatric Psychiatrist Dr. James Ellison – President of the Psychiatric Society of Delaware and consultant to Beebe Healthcare – to learn more about the unique mental health issues that older adults grapple with.
  • A historic building in New Castle County is about to come back to life with a new purpose.After years of fits and starts, the Jester Farmhouse in Brandywine Hundred is poised to become home to a community art program. It’s the culmination of decades-long efforts to find a use for the building and the land around it.Contributor Larry Nagengast reports on the effort to bring the Jester Farmhouse back to life and its new purpose.
  • The First State National Historical Park has an official Visitors Center.Since its creation a decade ago, the Park has been without any kind of welcome center, which can help visitors orient themselves and provide a sense of place.For this edition of History Matters, Delaware Public Media’s Tom Byrne stopped by the visitors center inside Historic New Castle Sheriff's House and spoke with Park Superintendent Joshua Boles about the new center and ongoing development and interpretation of Delaware’s unique multi-site National Park.
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  • If you’ve applied for a job lately, you may have been asked to check a box about whether you have a criminal record or a felony. For many, that’s not a problem, but for thousands of returning citizens in Delaware, it is.To help with workforce reentry, the nonprofit Delaware Center for Horticulture’s ‘Branches to Chances’ program introduces the formerly incarcerated, homeless, or unemployed to horticulture while working towards job placement and building work-life skills.This week, Delaware Public Media’s Kyle McKinnon is joined by Branches to Chances Coordinators Robert Harris and Bonnie Swan to learn more about the Center’s reentry program and this year’s graduation class.
  • People of color have historically been excluded from artistic spaces but it’s particularly glaring at mainstream art museums where diverse representation is still lacking.For this edition of Arts Playlist, Delaware Public Media’s Kyle McKinnon sits down with Elizabeth Humphrey – a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at the University of Delaware and creator of the traveling exhibit ‘There Is a Woman in Every Color’ – to talk about underrepresentation in art and how it's being addressed.
  • This week, The Green brings you the latest episode of Delaware Humanities’ podcast A More Just Delaware. The podcast examines pivotal moments and legislation related to hate, prejudice, and the fight for equal rights in Delaware.In this third episode, State Sen. Darius Brown discusses the genesis and current state of the ‘Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act,’ or the CROWN Act, passed and signed in Delaware in 2021 banning discrimination based on natural hairstyles.
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  • One of the key races in the 2024 Elections in Delaware is the race for Governor.Incumbent Democrat John Carney is term-limited, leaving the office up for grabs. On the Democratic side, two-term New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer was the first to jump into the race in June, followed by Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long in September, and then National Wildlife Federation CEO and former DNREC Secretary Collin O'Mara in March.This week, Delaware Public Media’s Tom Byrne sat down with O’Mara to discuss his decision to run and some key issues in the race.