Familiar Voices and New Introductions: A Special Around the Horn on ASPN

Update from New Orleans and We Welcome Two New Shows to ASPN

This week, Peter and Tyler gather the ASPN forces to check in with Jacques Hebert and Simon Maloz about the latest from New Orleans and to welcome two new shows and two new hosts to the ASPN family, Brian Yurasits and Bill O'Beirne.  Brian's show -- Shaped by the Sea -- will focus on the "characters on the coast," the real folks who live, play, and work on the American shoreline. It's a show about the often overlooked insight and wisdom to be found outside of the halls of government and universities. A great addition coming to ASPN from Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Long Island, NY.   Bill O'Bierne is a longtime coastal management insider, having spent 25+ years in NOAA and the Office for Coastal Management.  He know the ropes, as they say, when it comes to the implementation of federal coastal policy.  Bill's show comes to us from Virginia and focuses on the coming "intensification of coastal issues" as climate change forces ever-more complex tradeoffs among coastal stakeholder groups.  Plus, he plays a mean guitar, a decent mandolin, and is an all-round great guy.  Both Brian and Bill bring to ASPN "good vibes," as Tyler likes to say.  We're jazzed to be expanding ASPN and bringing new talent and new stories to our listeners.  Check it out today.  ASPN:  The Voice of the Coastal Community!

Peter Ravella & Tyler Buckingham

Peter and Tyler joined forces in 2015 and from the first meeting began discussing a project that would become Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network. At the time, Peter and Tyler were coastal consultants for Pete’s firm, PAR Consulting, LLC. In that role, they worked with coastal communities in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina, engaged in grant writing, coastal project development, shoreline erosion and land use planning, permitting, and financial planning for communities undertaking big beach restoration projects. Between and among their consulting tasks, they kept talking and kept building the idea of CNT & ASPN. In almost every arena they worked, public engagement played a central role. They spent thousands of hours talking with coastal stakeholders, like business owners, hotel operators, condo managers, watermen, property owners, enviros, surfers, and fishermen. They dived deep into the value, meaning, and responsibility for the American shoreline, segment-by-segment. Common threads emerged, themes were revealed, differences uncovered. There was a big conversation going on along the American shoreline! But, no place to have it. That's where CNT and ASPN were born.