At the recent Alabama Associated Press Awards banquet, Alabama Public Radio's news department racked up four awards! Maggie Martin's story "The Battle for Fort Gaines" won for the Best Use of Sound. Pat Duggins won three awards: "Tornado Recovery" won for the Best Specialized Reporter, "Kiss that Fish!" won for Best Soft Feature and the 5 part series "Oil and Water" won for Best Public Affiars / Documentary.
His new book, "Trailblazing Mars," is a combination of history and prognostication. Duggins recounts our longtime powerful interest in the red planet, beginning with fictional treatments by writers such as Edgar Rice Burroughs, H.G. Wells and Ray Bradbury, gives a sketch of the history of scientific ventures in that direction, and then writes about the different theories on how we might explore Mars, if indeed we decide to go forward with that very controversial, exciting, dangerous and expensive project.