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Blue Dot: Water Always Wins: a conversation with Erica Gies

Host Dave Schlom visits with environmental journalist Erica Gies about her new book, Water Always Wins: Thriving in an Age of Drought and Deluge. The San Francisco Bay area native chronicles the stories of "water detectives," scientific investigators trying to piece together how natural hydrologic systems functioned before human engineering disrupted them through damming, channeling, and otherwise trying to control water.

From ancient streams beneath city streets to places in the Central Valley where groundwater recharge could be more effectively practiced during times of atmospheric river events, it's a tour de force of the "slow water" movement. From stream restoration in Seattle to projects around the world, slow water means giving the water its natural flow back while involving local communities in the project. It's a must-read and listen for everyone concerned about water!

Dave Schlom is the longtime host and creator of Blue Dot. From surfing to Voyager in interstellar space, rock guitar to orcas in our imperiled oceans, the topics on Blue Dot are as varied as the host’s interests and connections -- which are pretty limitless! An internationally respected space history journalist, Dave is also deeply fascinated by all aspects of the grand workings of nature’s awesome machinery on scales ranging from galactic to subatomic. And topics take in all aspects of the arts and sciences.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.