Following Up: Tarballs on Beaches and Cheerleading as a Sport?

Friday, July 23, 2010

It's not just Friday, it's Follow-Up-Friday! Lisa Maatz, director of public policy and government relations at AAUW (formerly known as the American Association of University Women), follows up on the ruling by a judge that Cheerleading does not fulfill Quinnipiac University's Title IX obligations. Then, Thomas Shirley, Endowed Chair of Biodiversity and Conservation Science at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, follows up on some comments we received about tar balls on beaches around the gulf and elsewhere.


Lisa Maatz and Thomas Shirley
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Comments [4]

alexis from nyc

are wnyc hosts now counting on television shows like "glee" to give them insight into real life?

Jul. 26 2010 04:06 PM
tim from tribeca

you can probably thank Natzi Uboats for the tarballs the listener remembers on local beaches in the 40s and 50s. they sunk dozens of oil tankers and other ships nearby, starting well before we declared war. see Homer Hickam's excellent book on the subject. this was kept secret, even though the flames were seen at night, due to the isolationist politics of the time.

Jul. 24 2010 12:25 PM

Atlantic City! Tarballs there, too!

Jul. 23 2010 11:57 AM

I grew up in Southern California and yes, certain beaches were known for tar. Carpenteria in particular. You would always get a drip or two on your feet or suit. It was mostly just a pain. I suspect the huge amount of tar in the gulf may not be the same sort of thing in terms of quantity.

Jul. 23 2010 11:45 AM

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