Chuckanut Radio Hour featuring Jonathan White, Tides: The Science & Spirit of the Ocean

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 6:30pm

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Whatcom Community College
Heiner Theater
Bellingham, WA 98225

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In Tides, writer, sailor, and surfer Jonathan White takes readers across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides. In the Arctic, White shimmies under the ice with an Inuit elder to hunt for mussels in the dark cavities left behind at low tide; in China, he races the Silver Dragon, a twenty-five-foot tidal bore that crashes eighty miles up the Qiantang River; in France, he interviews the monks that live in the tide-wrapped monastery of Mont Saint-Michel; in Chile and Scotland, he investigates the growth of tidal power generation; and in Panama and Venice, he delves into how the threat of sea level rise is changing human culture—the very old and very new. Tides combines lyrical prose, colorful adventure travel, and provocative scientific inquiry into the elemental, mysterious paradox that keeps our planet’s waters in constant motion. He will be interviewed by the director of the Salish Sea Studies Institute, Ginny Broadhurst, and accompanied by musical guest Hot Damn Scandal!

After nearly losing his 65’ wooden schooner in a large Alaskan tide, Jonathan White vowed to understand the tide. He knew the moon had something to do with it, but what exactly? He read a book, then two. Ten years later, he had read three hundred books and criss-crossed the seven seas to see the largest, fastest, scariest, and most amazing tides in the world. With photographs, stories, and short readings, Jonathan takes his audiences on an enthralling journey into the surprising and poetic workings of the tide. Jonathan may also briefly discuss his newest project, tracking the story of the recently discovered Western Flyer, the boat that carried John Steinbeck and Ed Rickets to the Sea of Cortez, and their journey as documented by Steinbeck in The Log of the Sea of Cortez.

Jonathan White has written for the Christian Science Monitor, Sierra, The Sun, Surfer’s Journal, Orion, and other publications. His first book, Talking on the Water (Sierra Club Books), is a collection of interviews exploring our relationship with nature. White is an active marine conservationist, holds an MFA in creative nonfiction, and lives with his wife and son on a small island in Washington State.


The Chuckanut Radio Hour, a recipient of Bellingham's prestigious Mayor's Arts Award, is a radio variety show that began in January 2007. Each Chuckanut Radio Hour includes guest authors, musicians, performance poet Kevin Murphy, and episodes of "As the Ham Turns" serial radio comedy, not to mention groaner jokes by hosts Paul Hanson, Kelly Evert, and announcer Rich Donnelly. The Chuckanut Radio Hour's first guest was Erik Larson and has since included Alexander McCall Smith, Elizabeth George, Cheryl Strayed, Sherman Alexie, Tom Robbins and Garrison Keillor, among many others. Tickets for the Chuckanut Radio Hour are $5 and are available at Village Books and BrownPaperTickets.com. Receive a free ticket with purchase of Tides. The Radio Hour airs every Friday at 7am, Saturday evening at 7pm and Sunday at 9pm on SPARK RADIO, KMRE 102.3FM.  Co-sponsored by the NW Straits Foundation, Whatcom Community College Community and Continuing Education, 12th Street Shoes, and Westside Pizza.  

Books: 

Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean Cover Image
By Jonathan White, Peter Matthiessen (Foreword by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781595348050
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Trinity University Press - January 31st, 2017

Talking on the Water: Conversations about Nature and Creativity Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781595347862
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Trinity University Press - October 11th, 2016

Nymphing - The New Way: French Leader Fishing for Trout Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781910723227
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Merlin Unwin Books - November 1st, 2016

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