The Sea vs. California: A Coastal Conversation with Rosanna Xia | Shorewords!

November 16, 2023

Coastal crisis deep dive with Xia.

Join Lesley Ewing on Shorewords! for a riveting conversation with Rosanna Xia, acclaimed author of "California Against the Sea." This episode delves into the urgent issues facing California's coastline, including erosion, flooding, and the challenges posed by rising sea levels. Rosanna brings her journalistic expertise and unique approach of immersive reporting to discuss the real-life impacts on communities at the edge of climate change. Plus, get an insider look at some of the innovative projects aimed at restoring and enhancing our coasts.

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Lesley Ewing

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.