Radio Talking Book – February 2014

Brainerd Newspaper Added to Dial-in-News SSB began offering newspapers via the telephone in 1990. Called Dial-In News, the initial offerings […]

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Brainerd Newspaper Added to Dial-in-News

SSB began offering newspapers via the telephone in 1990. Called Dial-In News, the initial offerings were the Star Tribune, the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, and City Pages. This last month, we have added the Brainerd Dispatch to Dial-In News. Dial-In News is a free service in which people can access all the articles of the newspaper via a touch-tone telephone. You can register for Dial-In News by calling either 651-642-0885 or 651-539-1424. Many other local newspapers are offered in local broadcasts of the Radio Talking Book in Fergus Falls, Saint Cloud, Rochester, Duluth, Mankato, and Grand Rapids.


Weekend Program Books

Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing The Slow Fix, by Carl Honore; For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing Shadow on the Mountain, by Margi Preus; Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Scratching the Ghost, by Dexter L. Booth, and The Earth Avails, by Mark Wunderlich; The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Black White Blue, by William Swanson.


Books Available Through Faribault

Books broadcast on the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network are available through the Minnesota  Braille and Talking Book Library in Faribault, MN. Their phone is 1-800-722-0550 and hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Their catalog is also online, and you can access it by going to the main website,, and then clicking on the link Search the Library Catalog. If you live outside of Minnesota, you may obtain copies of our books via an inter-library loan by contacting your own state’s Network Library for the National Library Service.

Listen to the Minnesota Radio Talking Book, either live or archived programs from the last week, on the Internet at Call the staff at the Radio for your password to the site.



Chautauqua Tuesday – Saturday 4 a.m

Deadly Outbreaks, Nonfiction by Alexandra M. Levitt, Ph.D., 2013. 10 Br. Begins February 4. Despite advances in health care, infectious microbes continue to be a formidable adversary to scientists and doctors. Vaccines and antibiotics have not been able to conquer infectious microbes because of their ability to adapt, evolve, and spread to new places.  Read by Yelva Lynfield.

Your Legacy Matters, Nonfiction by Rachael Freed, 2013. 12 Br. Begins February 18. Blessings can be made manifest in words and action. We need to focus on what really matters in our lives, as well as in those we serve and those we love. Your Legacy Matters gives us the tools to do that.  Read by Rachael Freed.



Past is Prologue Monday – Friday 9 a.m.

The Girls of Atomic City, Nonfiction by Denise Kiernan, 2013. 14 Br. Begins February 12. At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, had 75,000 residents and used more electricity than New York City but to most of the world, it did not exist. Thousands of civilians were recruited to this secret city, enticed by solid wages and the promise of war-ending work.  Read by Marylyn Burridge.

Bookworm Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

The Gravity of Birds, Fiction by Tracy Guzeman, 2013. 12 Br. Began January 30. Many years after Thomas Bayber first met Alice and Natalie Kessler, he unveils a never-before-seen work which depicts the young Thomas, Alice and Natalie. He asks a couple of people to sell the painting. But he asks that first they locate Alice and Natalie, who seem to have disappeared. L – Read by Mary Hall.

Duplex, Fiction by Kathryn Davis, 2013. 7 Br. Begins February 17. In an ordinary suburb, a sorcerer’s car speeds down the street, and past and future fold into each other. The eternal present that is a young girl’s childhood will close forever and beyond is adulthood, full of robots and sorcerers, slaves and masters. Read by Beth Marie Hansen.

The Ambassador’s Daughter, Fiction by Pam Jenoff, 2013. 9 Br. Begins February 26. It is Paris, 1919, and the world’s leaders have gathered to rebuild from the ashes of the Great War. But for one woman, the City of Light harbors dark secrets and dangerous liaisons, for which many could pay dearly. Read by Maria Rubinstein.



The Writer’s Voice, Monday – Friday 2 p.m.

The Shape of the Eye, Nonfiction by George Estreich, 2013. 13 Br. Began January 27. When Laura was born, the family was puzzled about the shape of her eyes, which might indicate Down syndrome or a Japanese grandmother. As she aged, she took her place in the Estreich family as a unique child. Read by Yelva Lynfield.

The Force of Things, Nonfiction by Alexander Stille, 2013. 17 Br. Begins February 13. The marriage of Alexander Stille’s parents was a microstory of the moment of cross-pollination that reshaped much of American culture and society. Their differences were a key to their bond yet a source of constant strife. Read by John Potts.



Choice Reading, Monday – Friday 4 p.m.

The Burgess Boys, Fiction by Elizabeth Strout, 2013. 12 Br. Began February 6. Jim and Bob escaped to New York as soon as they could. Jim has belittled his brother their whole lives; Bob, who idolizes Jim, has always taken it in stride. When their sister Susan calls them back to their home town, the long-buried tensions begin to surface. Read by Bonita Sindelir.

Snapper, Fiction by Brian Kimberling, 2013. 7 Br. Begins February 24. Nathan Lochmueller studies birds earning just enough money to live on as life goes on around him. Nathan is love with Lola, a free-spirited woman who can break a man’s heart with a sigh or a shrug. Around them both is a swirl of characters in their own Indiana backwater, as Nathan creeps through the forest to observe the birds he loves. Read by Bill Studer.



PM Report, Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

Rumsfeld’s Rules, Nonfiction by Donald Rumsfeld, 2013. 9 Br. Begins February 4. Donald Rumsfeld had a career as one of the nation’s most recognized and controversial executives. For more than half a century, Rumsfeld has compiled hundreds of pithy, compelling, often humorous observations about life and leadership.  Read by Dan Kuechenmeister.

Fighting for Common Ground, Nonfiction by Olympia Snowe, 2013. 11 Br. Begins February 17. About our Congress, Senator Snowe asks: How did we get here? How did the world’s greatest deliberative body devolve into partisanship and inaction? And what can we do about it? Read by Jan Anderson.



Night Journey, Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

Crime of Privilege, Fiction by Walter Walker, 2013. 17 Br. Began January 28. When George is cornered by the father of a young woman slain years before, and asked why certain leads were never explored, he agrees to look into it. This murder and a rape in Palm Beach have nothing in common but the presence of an American family of privilege. L – Read by Neil Bright.

If You Find Me, Fiction by Emily Murdoch, 2013. 7 Br. Begins February 20. Fifteen-year-old Carey and her sister live in a camper in a national forest with her younger sister. Their mentally ill mother comes and goes. One day, their mother disappears forever, the girls are found by their father, who is a stranger to them, and they re-enter “normal” life.  L – Read by Diane Ladenson.



Off the Shelf, Monday – Friday 10 p.m.

The Bookman’s Tale, Fiction by Charlie Lovett, 2013. 12 Br. Began February 3. After the death of his wife, Amanda, antiquarian bookseller Peter Byerly moves from the U.S. to a Welsh town. On opening an eighteenth-century book, a portrait of her falls out of its pages. Read by Mike Piscitelli.

The Son, Fiction by Philipp Meyer, 2013. 23 Br. Begins February 19. When Eli is captured by the Comanches, he adapts and lives as they do. But when the tribe is decimated, he finds himself alone without an identity. V,L,S – Read by Jack Rossmann.



Potpourri, Monday – Friday 11 p.m.   

Sky Tinged Red, Nonfiction by Isaia Eiger, 2013. 16 Br. Began February 3. Eiger spent two-and-a-half years as a prisoner at Birkenau. His record of those he met documents the extremes of human behavior, both courage to be human, and brutality.  V – Read by Chris Colestock.     

Worldly Philosopher, Nonfiction by Jeremy Adelman, 2013. 29 Br. Begins February 25. Born in 1915, Hirschman was one of the twentieth century’s most original and provocative thinkers. Read by Leila Poullada



Good Night Owl, Monday – Friday midnight

Bad Monkey, Fiction by Carl Hiaasen, 2013. 14 Br. Began February 6. Andrew Yancy has a human arm in his freezer and he’s trying to prove that the owner was murdered. If he is successful, he might be returned to his job at the sheriff’s office and be able to leave his grisly Health Inspector gig. L – Read by Don Gerlach.

The Suitors, Fiction by Cécile David-Weill, 2013. 9 Br. Begins February 26. After two sisters, Laure and Marie, learn of their parents’ plan to sell the family’s summer retreat, L’Agapanthe, they devise a scheme for attracting a wealthy suitor who can afford to purchase the estate. L – Read by Sue McDonald.



After Midnight, Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

Carnival, Fiction by Rawi Hage, 2013. 9 Br. Begins February 6. Fly is a taxi driver, the son of a trapeze artist and a flying-carpet man. He sees all of the city’s carnivalesque beauty and ugliness as he roves through its dizzying streets in his taxi. L,S –Read by John Holden.

The Comfort of Lies, Fiction by Randy Susan Meyers, 2013. 12 Br. Begins February 24. Five years ago, though he was married to Juliette, Nathan had an affair with Tia. She became pregnant, he disappeared, and the baby was adopted. By Caroline. Now Juliette intercepts a letter to her husband with pictures of a child with a deep resemblance to her husband. L – Read by Cintra Godfrey.


Abbreviations: V – violence, L – offensive language, S – sexual situations

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