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A mid-century innovation for the U.S. Lifesaving Service

Ryan Shaffer
Public Radio East
A life car on display at the N.C. Maritime Museum at Beaufort.

Ben Wunderly, a curator at the N.C. Maritime Museum at Beaufort, shares the history of the U.S. Lifesaving Service and the iron life car used in the mid-1800s. The Lifesaving Service, the precursor to the U.S. Coast Guard, stationed men along North Carolina's shores to rescue sailors from shipwrecks.

Ryan is an Arkansas native and podcast junkie. He was first introduced to public radio during an internship with his hometown NPR station, KUAF. Ryan is a graduate of Tufts University in Somerville, Mass., where he studied political science and led the Tufts Daily, the nation’s smallest independent daily college newspaper. In his spare time, Ryan likes to embroider, attend musicals, and spend time with his fiancée and two cats.