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Coastal Connection is a weekly public affairs program on 88.3 Ocean City. It airs Fridays at noon. Reporter Bryan Russo will interview and profile a wide range of local advocates, elected officials, and artists and musicians who live and work on the Eastern Shore.
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Faith on the Coast: A Congregation Celebrates Easter Amid Grief / Three Centuries of Service for Oxford's Ferry

Fri, 2014-04-18 13:26
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The congregation of St. Paul's by the Sea Episcopal Church in Ocean City is getting ready for Easter, even as it continues to mourn the loss of its pastor in a fire last year.  We'll talk with the new minister of St. Paul's about how members are coping.  Then, we'll head to Oxford for the annual opening of a ferry that was established way back in 1683.

The Winners and Losers of Maryland's Legislative Session

Fri, 2014-04-18 13:25
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Maryland lawmakers have wrapped up their work in Annapolis and headed home.  So how will the laws they passed affect coastal residents?  We'll talk with WAMU's Matt Bush about the most significant legislation passed this session, including the state's new minimum wage law. 

A Love Story Gone Awry: The Couple Behind the Accomack Fires

Fri, 2014-04-18 13:16
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For five months in 2012 and 2013, residents on Virginia's Eastern Shore lived with constant anxiety as they watched more than 70 buildings in their communities go up in flames.  And in the year since then, many have wondered what led Charlie Smith and his fiancee, Tonya Bundick, to allegedly set those fires.  Now, Washington Post reporter Monica Hesse has uncovered new details about their lives and motivations.  Bryan Russo talks with her about her interview with Bundick and how people in the community feel about these crimes, one year later.

Jobs Versus the Environment in One Delaware Town

Fri, 2014-04-11 14:28
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We'll continue our look at the debate over plans to put a chicken processing plant in Millsboro, Del. Some residents say the proposal would bring further environmental risk to a community that's already struggling with ecological issues. But others say the plant would bring 700 much-needed jobs to the area. Bryan Russo looks at the struggle between the environment and the economy playing out in one coastal town.

Delaware Prisoners Find Peace in Art

Fri, 2014-04-11 14:24
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Reviving the Coast's Oyster Industry

Fri, 2014-04-11 14:22
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Oysters were once an important part of the coastal economy—and now two men are trying to bring back that once-thriving seafood industry. We'll head out on the water with the men behind the Bay Landing Shellfish Company, and then talk with an expert from the Oyster Recovery Partnership about the future of a species that's crucial to both the environment and the economy.