First for Friday, April 24, 2015

Gay Marriage Fight
On Tuesday, the US Supreme Court will spend two and a half hours listening to arguments that could determine how same sex marriages are viewed on a national stage. Kentucky, Tennessee, Michigan and Ohio don’t recognize same sex marriage. The Delaware connection to this high court challenge can be found in one of the Ohio cases, and that’s where we begin our First Look.

First Person: NCCo Executive Tom Gordon
Joining us in the First studios this week is New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon. The budget for the county was released last month; we discuss what the budget means for projects around the county as well as the state of the county’s economy. We also talk the state’s minimum wage and efforts to raise it.

Haley’s Voice
Two years ago on First, we met a 16-year old Smyrna girl, Haley Shiber, who uses an assistive device with a synthetic voice to communicate. Carolyn Beeler of WHYY’s Health and Science Desk and The Pulse was there as Haley became the first patient to get a new kind of personalized voice. This week on First, we visit Haley and Dr. Bunnell again to see how they’re doing, two years later.

Medical Price Check
One of the projects underway on The Pulse is something we call ‘The Medical Price Check’. It’s a very ambitious effort to understand what medical procedures cost. We need your help to do it and Maiken Scott, host of The Pulse, is here to explain.

First Experience: Harpsichord Heaven
Did you know Wilmington is home to one of the largest collections of antique and playable harpsichords in North America? They belong to the Flint Collection, and date from 1570 to 1779. First Experience heads to The Barn at Flintwoods to listen to this unique collection.

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