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Embracing the spirit of its name (The Green in Dover and the New Castle Green), The Green will provide an open-air meeting place for Delawareans to discuss events, consider issues and share ideas. This radio and online magazine will present 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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This month’s History Matters, produced in collaboration with the Delaware Historical Society, was inspired by University of Delaware Black Studies professor Tiffany Gill’s book - “Beauty Shop Politics: African American Women’s Activism in the Beauty Industry.”


Dr. Gill explores how self-employed African American beauticians played an often-underground role in the Civil Rights movement.  For example - having NAACP pamphlets and other similar mail sent secretly to their under-the-radar storefronts.

Gill’s primary focus is on beauty shops in the South, but we wondered if shops locally played a similar role.

To find out, Delaware Public Media’s Megan Pauly spoke with Wilmington residents and local historians about their recollections of – and research into - Delaware’s beauty shop industry.


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Gov. John Carney unveiled his first budget – a $4.1 billion spending plan for 2018 that evenly splits tax hikes and cuts to try to fill in a projected $386 million revenue shortfall.

Carney says “shared sacrifice” was one of his primary guiding principles, making the drafting of the plan “an exercise in making very tough decisions.”

Political reporter James Dawson covered the budget roll-out and the initial reaction and joins us to sort out the winners and losers, as well as what’s next .

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It’s been an eventful week in the nation’s capital.

The House GOP’s proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare was unable to find the votes needed to pass in the Republican controlled House and was pulled by GOP leadership without a vote.

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch faced marathon questioning from senators, including Sen. Chris Coons, at his conformation hearing.

And there’s been ongoing debate over President Trump’s proposed budget and the cuts it includes.

We sat down Friday morning with Sen. Tom Carper to discuss these issues.

(Note: this interview was conducted before the decision not to go forward with a House vote on American Health Care Act -AHCA)

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One Delaware state lawmaker is not giving up on his goal to make offshore wind farms a reality along the coast of Delaware.


State Rep. John Kowalko (D-Newark) has just returned from a trip to the United Kingdom, where he learned how that country became the world leader in wind energy.



The Delaware Theatre Company has announced its lineup for the 2017-2018 season.  

In our latest Arts Playlist, our own Mark Arehart talked with Andy Truscott, the company’s director of marketing and development, about what people can expect from the DTC in the coming year.

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As a state on the Atlantic seaboard with low elevation, Delaware is especially concerned with coastal issues, and those issues are the focal point of the Delaware Sea Grant program at the University of Delaware.


But Delaware Sea Grant and 32 other sea grant programs in the U.S. face an uncertain future under President Trump’s recent budget proposal.  That cuts $250 million in funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grants, including the entire sea grant program.


Delaware Public Media’s Katie Peikes explains what that would mean in the First State.



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With the state’s $350 million budget crunch putting in jeopardy approval of the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission’s plan to improve opportunities for low-income students and English-language learners, a nearly-complete study of the proposal’s fiscal impact muddies the financial waters even further.

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Lawmakers were back in Dover this week, restarting the session after a break for budget hearings.  And after a quiet start in January, things are starting to pick up.  A cabinet nominee was pulled out of limbo and some bills were  introduced.

But perhaps the most notable news this week was the latest moves made in the wake of the February prison hostage stand-off at Vaughn Correctional Facility that left one correctional officer dead.

Our political reporter James Dawson has been tracking it all and offers his perspective .