First for Friday, November 15, 2013

Common Core

The way kids learn in school these days is nothing like it was when today’s adults were in school. With the implementation of the new common core standards, a lot more is being asked of Delaware public school children to prepare them for the real world. In our First Look, we show you just how high the bar is being raised.


A non-descript building next to an auto glass repair shop in Newport is the home of an amazing artist. Dennis Beach has done work for executives at the Comcast Center in Philadelphia, and a new wing at Bellevue State Hospital in New York. WHYY’s Friday Arts program recently caught up with Beach, and he showed us how he does it.

The Tornoe Spin

It’s time once again to take a look at the news through the eyes of cartoonist Rob Tornoe. This week, a compare and contrast of two of Rob’s favorites to draw, UD alum and New Jersey Governor Chris Chrstie and former Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell. Also, in the NFL world, sort of a different take on sports betting at Eagles games.

Center of Hope

Under the administration of former Wilmington Mayor James Baker, a new kind of hope was born in the form of a resource center to reduce crime by focusing on men returning home from prison. It’s called the Wilmington Hope Commission. It started in 2006, and now is set to expand with a state of the art facility, providing a stronger base of outreach.

First Experience: Forged creations

There is an old saying “By Hammer and Hand All Arts Do Stand”, that saying refers to a blacksmith. Once upon a time a blacksmith created all the tools needed for craftsman to make their wares as well as items for everyday life. For this weeks First Experience we visit Forged Creations in Delaware City and the anvil of Kerry Rhoades. He takes the craft of metal work and bends it to his artful desires.

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