Excursions in Geography

Excursions in Geography...by Dr. James W. Lett
Test your geographic knowledge with Excursions in Geography by Dr. James W. Lett. Excursions in Geography is a full year of daily lessons in geographic literacy as heard on National Public Radio affiliate WQCS-FM, Classic 88.9, Fort Pierce, Florida. It includes the scripts for all of the segments of Excursions in Geography broadcast during the 2005-2006 academic year. The broadcast version of Excursions in Geography airs Monday through Friday at 7:28 a.m. during Morning Edition, and is often repeated at 6:00 p.m. during All Things Considered. The brief one-minute spots are intended to pique listener interest in fundamental geographic literacy. During the 2005-2006 academic year, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays were devoted to political geography, and featured brief quizzes asking listeners to identify a particular country based on clues that build from the obscure to the obvious. Tuesdays and Thursdays were devoted to physical geography, and featured brief descriptions of various bodies of water and land forms around the world.
This book addresses the limitations imposed by the radio medium. For each daily segment, the clues and introductions are presented on the first page, and you can wait as long as you like before turning to the second page to find the answer—you don't have to beat the one-minute time limit! In addition, every segment is illustrated with full color maps that allow you to form a precise visual image of each geographic location that is described. The various countries, capes, bays, islands, peninsulas, and so forth are arranged randomly, just as they were broadcast between September 2005 and August 2006—thus you'll never know from one day to the next whether you're going to be in Europe, Asia, Africa, or someplace else. However, there is an Index at the end of the book that lists the page numbers for every topic of every Excursion for each day of the year (every country, body of water, and land form that is mentioned in the book is listed in alphabetical order in the Index).
Excursions in Geography
268 pages
12"w x 9"h
Product Code: ISBN #978-0-9745098-6-0
Shipping Weight: 3.24 ounces
Dr. James W. Lett is a member of the Honors Faculty and Professor of Anthropology and Geography at Indian River Community College in Fort Pierce, Florida, where he served as Chair of the Department of Social Sciences from 1993 to 1998. He was educated at the College of William and Mary (B.A., 1977) and the University of Florida (M.A., 1980; Ph.D., 1983), and he has taught at several colleges and universities, including the University of Florida, Florida Atlantic University, the Florida Institute of Technology, and the University of Utah.
From 1983 to 1986, James Lett was a television newscaster at CBS affiliate WTVX-TV in Fort Pierce, Florida, where he worked as a reporter, producer, and anchor. Since 1998, he has written, produced, and hosted Excursions in Geography for NPR affiliate WQCS-FM located on the Main Campus of Indian River Community College.
In addition to his college textbook on world geography, Places of the World: A Study Guide for Achieving Fundamental Geographic Literacy (Thomson/Brooks-Cole, 2006, 5th edition), Lett is the author of two books on anthropological theory: Science, Reason, and Anthropology: The Principles of Rational Inquiry (Rowman and Littlefield, 1997) and The Human Enterprise: A Critical Introduction to Anthropological Theory (Westview Press, 1987).

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