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August 14, 2020

Day at the Beach

It’s the last few weeks of summer, so we’re going to the beach! This week, stories from the surf and sand.

Roy J. Lester at the Sun and Surf Beach Club in Atlantic Beach on Long Island.

GEORGE ETHEREDGE/The New York ​Times/Redux

Grapes of Wrath

Producer Dana Chivvis explores the case of a 66-year-old working lifeguard who is suing New York State for age discrimination after refusing to wear a Speedo on the job. (15 minutes)

Song:

“Speedo” by The Cadillacs

Beach Doctor

Alex Blumberg talks to Shane Dubow about a time decades ago, when Shane went sea kayaking and camping with his friends on the beach in Baja California, Mexico. When Shane’s neck stiffens up on him, he finds himself looking for an unlikely chiropractor, in the middle of nowhere. (11 minutes)

Song:

“Johnny” by AB and the Sea

The Beachcomber

This clip is from what Ira calls “the beachiest show” public radio ever made. It’s a segment from NPR’s 1970’s show, Ocean Hour. In it we hear from a man who lives on the beach, literally. He explains how it provides him everything he needs to survive. You can hear the original hour of radio, which included The Beachcomber, courtesy of Nation Public Radio, Inc. (3 minutes)

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Now We Are Five

David Sedaris comes from a big family, who for many years growing up, took annual vacations to the same beach house. In this story, David tells us about losing a sister, and how her death prompted a family reunion back at the beach. David is the author of many books, including Calypso. (27 minutes)

Song:

“Day at the Beach” by Atlantic Thrills