First for June 29, 2018

Economic rebirth
After a decade of dormancy, the former GM vehicle assembly plant near Newport is about to get a multi-million dollar overhaul designed to create more than 2,000 jobs. This week’s First Look explores those plans and looks back at the history of this economic engine in the heart of New Castle County.

First Person
One of the big topics in education circles is how to boost college enrollment numbers of low income students who want to get into elite schools. Another issue is dealing with students who aren’t academically performing well. Cris Barrish recently discussed these issues with Tatiana Poladko, who runs the TeenSharp program that assists high-achieving kids from poor families.

Glass Painting
Deborah Johnson is not your typical artist.She works with clay, fiber, painting and glass. It was her glass paintings that grabbed our attention. Deborah uses tiny beaded glass to “paint” an image onto another piece of glass before sending it into the kiln. That’s where it all bakes together into one piece of art.

TRC Movement
Slight changes in your diet, along with daily exercise can help reduce and in some cases reverse the risk of sickness and disease. So if it’s that simple, why isn’t everyone doing it? For some, access to fitness is a barrier. Borrowing from the concept “if we build it they will come,” a Wilmington church has brought fitness to their church and community.

First Experience: Dover Symphony turns 50
For 50 years the Dover Symphony Orchestra has been delighting crowds in Dover and all over Delaware. All of the musicians in the orchestra volunteer their time to come together for the love of music. They recently wrapped up their 50th season and First Experience stopped by a rehearsal and their season ending pops concert to meet some of the people that help this orchestra hit all the right notes.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.