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'California on the Edge'

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 (Courtesy UC Press)

In the early 1970s, acclaimed environmental historian Philip Fradkin traveled around the state with his six-year-old son Alex to research his first book, “California, the Golden Coast.” More than 40 years later, they revisited many of those locations for a new collaboration, “The Left Coast: California on the Edge.”

It’s a book which mixes history with geography, personal experiences and Alex’s photographs. The father-son duo joins us in the studio.


Philip L. Fradkin, environmental historian, consultant to UC Berkeley's Bancroft Library and lecturer in history at Stanford University and Williams College

Alex Fradkin, photographer whose work regularly appears in publications around the world, including, Architect Magazine, Metropolis, and New York Times Magazine. He is currently finishing a 12-year project photographing the ruins of war, titled "Bunkers: Ruins of War in a New American Landscape"


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