The Green: Where Delaware explores its common ground

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.

Controversial Richards sentencing highlights complexity of child abuse cases

The Green: Where Delaware explores its common groundOne of the most discussed stories in recent weeks has been the 2009 sentencing of wealthy DuPont heir Robert Richards IV to eight years probation for raping his daughter. The sentence became subject of debate recently after a civil lawsuit was filed against Richards by his ex-wife seeking damages for abuse of their daughter.

The sentence, and a note in the sentencing order that said Richards would not fare well in prison, has sparked a fierce backlash – including death threats against the judge involved, Jan Jurden.

The Attorney General’s office, and Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, have also taken heat for its decision to negotiate a plea deal that led to the sentencing.

Delaware Public Media contributor Jeff Mordock talked to a number of legal experts and members of the Delaware legal community about the sentence and the issues surrounding it and stooped by the Green to share what he learned. (More: Delaware Law Weekly / Delaware Public Media)

Pew report praises Delaware voter registration, questions voting machines

The Green: Where Delaware explores its common groundThe signup deadline for the Affordable Care Act is coming up fast. Like many states, Delaware has struggled to hit its enrollment targets. Earlier this month the number of Delawareans who had signed up using its health insurance marketplace was a little more than 7,000 — far less than the original goal of 35,000 but closer to a revised goal of 8,000.

But there’s also a geographic hurdle the state is making a push to overcome. Delaware Public Media’s Sean Carlson takes a look. (More)

First State food trucks finding ways to fill up hungry customers

The Green: Where Delaware explores its common groundIf you head out to various festivals and other events around the state – you might notice there’s a few more food trucks and they’re offering a variety of items — from cheesesteaks to espresso. They’re also popping up to serve breakfast or lunch outside office building around the state.

A 2013 report by the National League of Cities found food trucks generate about $650 million in revenue annually, and they’re projected to quadruple their revenue stream over the next five years to about $2.7 billion.

Delaware Public Media contributor Pam George of Small Wonder, Big Bites hit the road to meet those driving the growth of food trucks in the First State – and find out their appeal, as well as some of the challenges in running one. (More)

Arts Playlist: Tony award winning director brings Ain’t Misbehavin’ to First State

The Green: Where Delaware explores its common groundIn the spring of 1978, DJ’s in New York City were spinning disco hits at Studio 54 while punk rockers The Ramones held court at a club called CBGB’s on the lower east side.

But on Broadway – theatergoers were swinging to the sounds of a whole different era and now that music is playing here in the First State.

In Our Arts Playlist, Delaware Public Media’s Cathy Carter traveled to Wilmington to chat with Richard Maltby, the Tony award winning director of the musical Ain’t Misbehavin’, currently running at The Delaware Theatre Company. She also spoke with DTC’s Executive Director Bud Martin about the show and the theater’s upcoming new season. (More)

Enlighten Me: Tracking Delaware’s pollen count

The Green: Where Delaware explores its common groundMost things associated with Spring’s arrival are good – warm weather, blooming flowers, baseball. But there is one part of spring many people don’t look forward to: allergies.

Pollen is a big part of that problem and many experts suggest the harsh and longer winter may make for a pollen explosion this month, bringing with it a potentially nasty allergy season.

For this week’s Enlighten Me, we checked in earlier this week with the state’s resident pollen expert – Michael McDowell from DNREC’S Air Quality Management Division to see what First State residents can expect. (More)

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Previous Episodes of The Green:

April 2014:

April 4, 2014

March 2014:

March 28, 2014
March 21, 2014
March 14, 2014
March 7, 2014

February 2014:

February 28, 2014
February 21, 2014
February 14, 2014
February 7, 2014

January 2014:

January 31, 2014
January 24, 2014
January 17, 2014
January 10, 2014
January 3, 2014

December 2013:

December 27, 2013
December 20, 2013
December 13, 2013

November 2013:

November 29, 2013
November 22, 2013
November 15, 2013
November 8, 2013