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Inside Dr. Beach’s best beach list and why so many beaches don’t make the cut

May 30, 2018
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This undated photo provided by the Hawaii Tourism Authority shows a view of the Kapalua coastline in Maui, Hawaii. Kapalua Bay Beach is No. 1 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2018 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University. (Tor Johnson/Hawaii Tourism Authority via AP)

Every year, a few days before Memorial Day, a coastal scientist known as Dr. Beach releases a list of what he considers the 10 best beaches in the U.S. Who is Dr. Beach, anyway? And how does he come up with this list?

In this week’s episode of “Get Outta Here,” we interview Dr. Beach, aka Professor Stephen Leatherman, to find out who he is, how the list began, what his criteria and goals are in creating the list, and why so many beaches don’t make the cut.

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New episodes of “Get Outta Here!” are published every Wednesday. Host Beth J. Harpaz is travel editor for The Associated Press, a volunteer Big Apple Greeter and a licensed tour guide in her native New York City. She recently completed a quest to visit all 50 states.

Before becoming travel editor, where most of the news -- thank goodness -- is about happy people going on nice vacations, Beth covered politics, disasters and all manner of mayhem for the AP. And not to reveal her age, but she also worked for several newspapers way back in the 20th century and even wrote three books.

She does not own wheeled luggage but instead carries her belongings around the world in an ancient backpack and various tote bags.

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