Looking Back on Superstorm Sandy One Year Later


Guests: Justin Auciello, MaryAnn Spoto, and Orrin Pilkey

One year after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the Jersey Shore and other parts of Mid-Atlantic, some towns and residents have been able to rebuild, while many others are still struggling to reconstruct their homes and businesses. In this hour of Radio Times, we’ll explore the reason for this discrepancy in experiences, reflect on lessons learned from the storm, check in on how the Jersey Shore is shaping up one year out, and examine the diverse and profound impacts the storm had on the residents of New Jersey. Starting off the conversation is JUSTIN AUCIELLO, the founder of the Jersey Shore Hurricane News and author of the Down the Shore blog on NewsWorks.org. Auciello utilized social media to elicit reactions to the storm and continues to monitor the state and its citizens as they rebuild. Then we’ll turn to MARYANN SPOTO, who covers the rebuilding of the Jersey Shore after Superstorm Sandy for The Star-Ledger. She’ll explain the maze of relief funding as well as the practical and political implications of the storm. Then we’ll wrap things up with ORRIN PILKEY, Professor Emeritus of Earth and Ocean Sciences at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, and Founder and Director Emeritus of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, who will shed light on what the region can expect in terms of future storms and how states can prepare for them.

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