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Best of Blue Dot: California Against the Sea: a conversation with Rosanna Xia

California coast.
Dave Schlom
California coast.

Host Dave Schlom is joined by Rosanna Xia, environmental journalist for the Los Angeles Times to discuss her new book, California Against The Sea: Visions for Our Vanishing Coastline. 

While California's beaches and coastline, all 1,200 miles of it, are iconic and part of the state's identity, they are also increasingly under threat from coastal erosion exacerbated by sea level rise and increasing wave strength due to climate change.

Xia, a Pulitzer finalist, has reported extensively on the issues confronting coastal communities from Imperial Beach in San Diego County to the rugged north coast and has translated her work into an excellent book on the issues, barriers, and possible solutions to preserving our Pacific Ocean interface.

Xia notes that it isn't just about hope, it's about taking responsibility. Find out about the places that are succeeding as well as those not yet meeting the challenges of the relentless pounding of the waves.

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.