The Golden State’s nearly 1000 miles of coastal terrain is perhaps its most defining feature. Not only has the California coastline shaped the state geographically, it has fundamentally influenced Californians and Americans in terms of economics, politics, social values and more. Award-winning journalist and environmental conservationist David Helvarg comprehensively examines the California coast’s heritage and impact on the United States in his new book, “The Golden Shore: California’s Love Affair with the Sea.”
In preparation for the book, Helvarg interviewed commercial fisherman, scientists and U.S. Navy officials among others. He also observed and reports on underwater exploratory science vessels, marine container ships, the San Diego Coast Guard’s nightly migrant patrol to scan for smugglers and other endeavors.
Additionally, Helvarg provides authoritative commentary on environmental concerns including ocean conservation, preservation, climate change, and an assessment of rising sea levels. Listen in as Larry is joined by Helvarg to discuss California’s love affair with the sea and more.
David Helvarg, author of “The Golden Shore: California’s Love Affair with the Sea”