Ethan Watters

5:00pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Seismic Fallout: What comes after the next 'Big One'?

Amid the gray and blackened waste, great earthquake, San Francisco
Under CC license from Flickr user Boston Public Library. (https://www.flickr.com/photos/boston_public_library/13269647935) Kilburn, B. W. (Benjamin West), 1827-1909 (photographer)

The shift in landscape is inevitable, especially when you live on a fault-line, like many of us on the West Coast do. A recent report from the US Geological survey found that California’s earthquake map extends over a wider area than previously thought, raising hazard estimates for places like San Jose and Vallejo while reducing estimates in Oakland.

This raises questions about what life in the Bay Area would be like after a major earthquake, and how prepared we are to cope with it.

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3:52pm

Mon December 26, 2011
Arts & Culture

Urban Tribes: The family of the future?

Ethan Watters is the author of “Urban Tribes: A Generation Redefines Friendship, Family, and Commitment”

Recently, KALW’s Jon Atkinson headed out to Dolores Park to ask the resident young adults there about marriage. He mostly heard the words “outdated,” and “unnecessary” (save for the words of one hopeful park-goer). And those who follow marriage trends wouldn’t be surprised. People like local author Ethan Watters says young people are consciously prolonging the time between graduating from college and starting a family. In the meantime, they form networks of support that sustain them: groups of friends, neighbors, acquaintances, co-workers, and classmates who form a kind of family.

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