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Hello. I’m Lesley Ewing, host of Shorewords!. This podcast combines two of my favorite things – the ocean and books. I learned to swim before I could walk and looked forward each summer to my family’s vacation at Ocean City, Maryland. As a student I was interested in science and engineering and became an environmental engineer before learning that there was something called coastal engineering. Both my 1 st and 2 nd mid-life crises resulted in me going back to school – first for a Masters of Engineering at UC Berkeley and later for a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. The first crisis also moved me from DC to the SF Bay. The second crisis reminded me how much I liked to read. Getting a Ph.D. while working a 40+-hour/week job meant that my only reading was work reports, text books and technical articles. They were all important and interesting books, but as soon as school ended, I replaced my academic text books with broader literature and realized that the coast was often a character in the fiction and non-fiction that I read. I am still fascinated by every visit to the ocean and remain in awe of what others write about the coast.
The never-ending effort to restore America's beaches
March 1, 2021
Part2 of Lesley, Karina and Melodie
October 30, 2020
Who knows where the sediment goes? Kristen Goodrich does
November 18, 2020
Learn how Gaelin found a life of ocean exploration...
June 10, 2020
In perfect time for Memorial Day Weekend!
May 22, 2020
The first installment in Lesley's coastal reading list
April 24, 2020
A sneak peak into the latest from Shore & Beach Magazine...
February 12, 2020
Author, journalist and adventurer -- Meet James Nestor
October 18, 2019