History Of The Beach GUESTS: Lena Lencek Co-author, The Beach: The History of Paradise on Earth [Viking, 1998] Professor of Russian and the Humanities, Reed College David Nasaw Author, Going Out: The Rise and Fall of Public Amusements [Harvard University Press, 1998] Professor of History, City University of New York Graduate Center Picture the beach. What comes to mind? Boardwalks and piers, pristine water, cozy cottages, huge hotels, hot dogs, dunes, luaus, sunburns, sunscreen and seagulls. For some the beach is the site of annual reunions, a hangout for family and friends. But for many others it's just part of daily life. From St. Tropez to the Jersey Shore ... join Ray Suarez and guests for look at the history and customs and culture of the beach.