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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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Autism Delaware holds one of its major fundraisers, the annual Walk for Autism, over the first two weekends in April.  There’s a walk in Lewes at Cape Henlopen State Park April 1st, then another a week later, April 8th, at Fox Point State Park in North Wilmington. The events are expected to draw 3,000 walkers and aim to raise $250,000 for Autism Delaware’s programs and services.

In between, Autism Delaware will be at Legislative Hall April 6th for is Smart Cookie Day, bringing families affected by autism to meet with lawmakers and advocate for legislation that can help support services to those families.

With all of that coming up, this week’s Enlighten Me focuses on Autism Delaware where we interview the organization’s public policy and community outreach director Alex Eldreth and Katina Demetriou, director of its Adult employment program, known as the POW&R program.


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Throughout his campaign last year - and here at the start of his term in office - Gov. John Carney emphasized the state’s Department of Education would look much different under his watch.  He's promised a shift from its regulatory role to a support role

What exactly that will look like is still a bit unclear, but we do know that the person in charge of making it happen is Carney’s choice for Education Secretary – former Indian River School District superintendent Susan Bunting.

Contributor Larry Nagengast spent time with Bunting recently to get some insight into what's next for DOE.


In the summer of 2016 the Dover Police Department teamed up with an addiction recovery center to divert opiate users into treatment and away from crime, jail or death.

 

Less than a year later, police departments around the First State are looking at Dover's ANGEL Program as a model they could adopt.  

 


AARP

AARP’s Vice President of State Advocacy Elaine Ryan visited Wilmington Friday to discuss family caregiving issues in Delaware following passage of the CARE Act last year to address some of those issues.

But this week AARP also joined the list of critics of the House GOP’s Obamacare replacement bill, the American Health Care Act - voicing concerns about planned changes to Medicaid and the age-rating provision it says will raise insurances costs for those between 50-64.

Delaware Public Media's Tom Byrne talked to Ryan about both topics.


Courtesy of the Hagley Museum and Library

Many people listen to the radio in their cars, or if they're a little old school maybe they listen to a tabletop radio at home. But how many people think about the layout of the radio dial or how the knobs and buttons feel in their fingers? 

In our latest Enlighten Me segment,  Delaware Public Media's Mark Arehart chats with author Danielle Shapiro.  They discuss Shapio's new book on industrial designer John Vassos, the man who made radio and television a pleasure to interact with and how the research library at the Hagley Museum in Wilmington helped unearth his work.


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The highly-anticipated special election for the State Senate’s 10th District seat is over.

Democrat Stephanie Hansen won last Saturday, scoring a resounding victory over Republican John Marino and Libertarian Joseph Lanzendorfer.  Hansen drew 58 percent support, beating Marino by over 2,200 votes. And turnout was 35 percent – unheard of in a special election.

Hansen’s win in a race that drew national attention and over a million dollars in fundraising allows Democrats to maintain their nearly 4 decades hold on the state Senate with an 11-10 margin.  And Democrats nationally are hailing Hansen’s decisive win as the first salvo in their battle against President Trump’s agenda and Republicans hold in the White House and Congress.

Delaware Public Media political report James Dawson tracked this race from start to finish and his joins us this week to break down what it means.

President Trump vowed last week to make Historically Black Colleges and Universities an “absolute priority” of his administration.

 

And now, HBCU leaders are calling on Trump to make funding for these schools a priority.

 


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State employees make Delaware run, doing jobs that run the gamut. But now we can add artist to that list.

In our latest Arts Playlist, Delaware Division of the Arts Deputy Director Kristin Pleasanton  takes our own Mark Arehart on a tour of the State Employee Art Exhibition.


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