Aired: August 24, 2018

Free the Beaches

Image: Members of Ned Coll’s Revitalization Corps march for open beaches in the town of Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Photo © Bob Adelman, used with permission. Bob Adelman via Yale University Press.

  • Free the Beaches (13 min.)

    With: Andrew Kahrl (University of Virginia)

    The story of activist Ned Coll and his campaign to open New England’s shoreline to African Americans, as northern white families fought to preserve their segregated beaches.

  • To Stay or Go (7 min.)

    With: Joshua Behr (Old Dominion University)

    Evacuations in advance of hurricanes are part of life in coastal areas. But what happens to those who stay behind to ride out the storm and why do they stay?

  • Nola Diaspora (8 min.)

    With: Merry Byrd (Virginia State University)

    As Katrina was bearing down on New Orleans in 2005, Merry Byrd debated whether she should really once again load her pets and belongings into her car and head north. She lost everything in the storm and is now editor of the online literary journal “Nola Diaspora” which publishes each year on the anniversary of Katrina, August 29.

  • The Disappearing Lake (7 min.)

    With: Skip Watts and George Stephenson (Radford University)

    There’s a scene in the 1987 film Dirty Dancing where a dance instructor lifts his young student in a beautiful lake at sunset. Today, that lake is disappearing.

  • Planning for Sea Rise (5 min.)

    With: Ray Toll (Old Dominion University)

    Virginia’s shoreline is expecting a sea level rise of as much as three feet or more by 2060. A comprehensive local response to the flooding will be used as a model for the rest of the nation.

  • Behind the Big Game Reserves (12 min.)

    With: Stephen Macekura (Indiana University)

    The earliest environmentalists weren’t tree-huggers; they were hunters and colonialists. Historian Stephen Macekura traces how African conservation has been closely tied with colonialism and development.



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