RFK Jr. to interview Rob Young on national radio show Saturday

Nationally known hurricane impact researcher Rob Young, associate professor of geosciences at Western Carolina University and director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, will be featured Saturday, Jan. 13, on the Air America radio network program “Ring of Fire.”

The nationally syndicated show is scheduled to feature Young and program host Robert F. Kennedy Jr. discussing the scientific community’s objections to U.S. Army Corp of Engineers plans to rebuild especially vulnerable sections of the Gulf Coast destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

Young and other coastal scientists organized by the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines contend that federal plans to use large seawalls, tidal gates and other structures to attempt to protect storm-prone sections of the coast will ultimately fail, costing billions of taxpayer dollars and creating additional environment damage.

In North Carolina, his interview on “Ring of Fire” can be heard Saturday from 5 until 7 p.m. on Asheville radio station WPEK (880 AM), with a rebroadcast Sunday from 3 until 5 p.m.; Chapel Hill radio station WCHL (1360 AM); or online at www.airamerica.com. The show will be posted on iTunes the following week, and clips from the show will be available on the program Web site (www.ringoffireradio.com) Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Young’s appearance on the national radio network comes as he takes over the reins of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines. Founded in 1986 by Young’s mentor at Duke University, Orrin H. Pilkey, the PSDS relocated to WCU in the fall from its longtime headquarters at Duke. An open house and reception commemorating the move is set for Friday, Jan. 19, in Cullowhee.

For more information about the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, call (828) 227-3822.