Roger Reid has a job that every kid and most adults would find fascinating. He works for the Alabama Museum of Natural History and travels all over Alabama as a writer and producer for the Emmy Award winning TV show, Discovering Alabama with Dr. Doug Phillips . He also shares his passion for natural history in a series of novels written for middle school age readers. I decided to interview him for Books and Ideas because I wanted to share these novels with my listeners. They combine mystery and science in an original way, but they also contain compelling characters that readers will care about.
Episode 46 of Books and Ideas is an unusual episode because we don't just talk about Reid's novels. We also explore some of the little known treasures of Alabama's natural history. I guarantee surprises, even for those of you who call Alabama home. But I also hope that listeners around the world will gain a new appreciation for the natural resources of Alabama.
Episode Transcript (Download PDF)
Books by Roger Reid:
- Longleaf (2006): set in the Conecuh National Forest
- Space (2008): set at the Swanson Observatory on Monte Sano in Huntsville, Alabama.
- Time (2011): set at the Stephen C Menkin Paleozoic Footprint Site, near Jasper, Alabama
References and Links:
- Roger Reid's Web site
- Encyclopedia of Alabama
- Alabama Museum of Natural History
- Discovering Alabama
- Conecuh National Forest
- Longleaf Alliance
- Swanson Observatory on Monte Sano (Huntsville, AL)
- Stephen C. Minkin Paleozoic Footprint Site
- See the episode transcript for additional links.