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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.
Coastal crisis deep dive with Xia.
November 16, 2023
Moving to Higher Ground (Again)
September 14, 2023
Nature meets humanity: Tales from the deep
August 17, 2023
From drift whales to island riches
August 1, 2023
From athlete to renegade: Michael's tale
June 22, 2023
Deep-sea mining: ImpactS and ecological considerations
May 19, 2023
Discover the surprising secrets of sand!
April 20, 2023
Get inspired by Eben Schwartz's dedication to our oceans.
March 16, 2023
A classic episode of Shorewords! from 2019!
February 16, 2023
Retreat or rebuild? Navigating the changing coast
January 20, 2023
Come along to learn what Gaelin's newest book is about!
December 16, 2022
Get to know one of the seminal WW2 Era Oceanographers!
September 15, 2022
No guarantee one won't get stuck in your head!
August 19, 2022
How might Martha's Vineyard chart its path into the future?
July 14, 2022
I think we're gunna need a bigger pod!
June 14, 2022
A closer look at the process of writing for coastal kids!
May 25, 2022
The challenges and triumphs of bringing back a true classic
April 14, 2022
FIBs, HABs, SAV, MP, OA, NNBFs and More!
March 17, 2022
Start down the path of becoming trancilient!
February 17, 2022
Meet Ann Notthoff: a Legend on the California Coast!
January 20, 2022
A conversation with the author of the Chris Black series
December 16, 2021
Welcoming back a coastal legend to ASPN!
November 18, 2021
Welcoming two legends to the Network!
October 14, 2021
Another look behind the scenes of a Shore & Beach article.
September 16, 2021
A great book talk about our relationship with rising seas.
August 21, 2021
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