Radio Talking Book – December 2014

Holiday Programming As we do every year, we will be giving a break to our volunteers at Christmas time. Special […]

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Holiday Programming

As we do every year, we will be giving a break to our volunteers at Christmas time. Special programming begins after the newspapers on December 24, at 8 p.m. and continues until the morning newspapers on December 26. We hope you enjoy listening to the holiday programming, some of which is told in the voices of volunteers from years past.

Weekend Program Books

Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Recover to Live, by Christopher Kennedy Lawford; For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing A Hero for Wondla, by Tony DiTerlizzi, and sometimes never, sometimes always, by Elissa Janine Hoole ; Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Aimless Love, by Billy Collins; The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Leaving Rollingstone, by Kevin Fenton, and the Lure of the North Woods, by Aaron Shapiro.

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.  

 Audio information about the daily book listings is also on NFB Newsline. Register for NFB Newsline by calling 651-539-1424.

Chautauqua Tuesday,  Tuesday – Saturday 4 a.m

The Discovery of Middle Earth, Nonfiction by Robb Graham, 2013. 11 Br. Began December 5. The cultural empire of the Celts stretched from the Black Sea to Ireland; today, little remains of this great civilization. Read by Esmé Evans.

Saving Sam, Nonfiction by Jay Cohn, M.D., 2014. 14 Br. Begins December 23. Dr. Cohn reveals the secrets of heart disease. He also tells the story of the development of the first drug approved for African Americans – politics and accusations of racism inhibited the widespread use of this life-saving therapy. Read by Yelva Lynfield.

Past is Prologue, Monday –  Friday 9 a.m

Like Dreamers, Nonfiction by Yossi Klein Halevi, 2013. 27 Br. Began December 8. In June 1967, Israel achieved a decisive victory against Egypt, Jordan, and Syria in the Six-Day-War. The most symbolic triumph was the reunification of Israeli West Jerusalem and Jordanian East Jerusalem. Read by Rachael Freed.

Bookworm, Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

A Triple Knot, Fiction by Emma Campion, 2014. 18 Br. Began November 24. Joan of Kent, niece of King Edward III and daughter of a traitor, gets secretly married to escape royal constraints, and hides it as she is married off to another man. When her first husband dies, she begins an affair with the heir to the throne, Prince Edward, and discovers that a royal life comes with potentially tragic costs. Read by Connie Jamison.

The Forgotten Seamstress, Fiction by Liz Trenow, 2014. 11 Br. Begins December 18. Maria knows she is lucky to have a sewing position in the royal household. Like any good servant, she keeps downstairs. Until the Prince summons her. Their chance meeting rips her life away from her. Searching for a way to understand what happened, Maria turns to what she knows best. Read by Joan Sanaker.

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

The Answer to the Riddle Is Me, Nonfiction by David Stuart MacLean, 2014.  8 Br. Begins December 10. On October 17, 2002, David MacLean woke up on a train platform in India with no idea who he was or why he was there – and no identity. It took a great deal of struggle to piece together the fragments of his former life. L –  Read by John Mandeville.

Not Fade Away, Nonfiction by Rebecca Alexander with Sascha Alper, 2014. 9 Br. Begins December 22. Rebecca Alexander is a psychotherapist, an athlete, almost completely blind, with significantly deteriorated hearing. But she refuses to let that stop her from living life with joy and enthusiasm. Read by Jan Anderson.

Choice Reading, Monday, Monday – Friday 4 p.m.

The Steady Running of the Hour, Fiction by Justin Go, 2014. 20 Br. Began November 17. Ashley Walsingham died on Mount Everest, leaving a fortune to his former lover who could not be found. Eighty years later, the solicitors find American Tristan Campbell, who could be her descendant.  Read by Arlan Dohrenburg.

Love and Lament, Fiction by John Milliken Thompson, 2013. 15 Br. Begins December 15. Mary Bet was born in the 1850s, the youngest of nine children, but was the one to hold the family together. She dealt with the deaths of her mother and siblings, a deaf and damaged older brother, and her father’s growing insanity and rejection of God. Read by Alletta Jervey.

PM Report, Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

The Secret Club that Runs the World, Nonfiction by Kate Kelly, 2014. 9 Br. Begins December 9. Commodity traders spend their days gambling with oil, gold, and corn contracts, the raw materials that make our economies hum. They’re highly educated world travelers with a penchant for risk, very wealthy, barely regulated, and can be a force for tremendous good – or ill.  Read by Art Nyhus.

The Snowden Files, Nonfiction by Luke Harding, 2014. 11 Br. Begins December 22. It began with one anonymous email: “I am a senior member of the intelligence community.” Edward Snowden was a 29-year-old computer genius working for the National Security Agency when he shocked the world by exposing the near-universal mass surveillance programs of the United States government.  Read by Myrna Smith.

Night Journey, Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

Prayer, Fiction by Philip Kerr, 2014. 16 Br. Begins December 10. When Gil Martins realizes he played a key role in wrongly condemning a man to death row, it shakes his faith and he offers up a prayer – a prayer to cope with his growing doubts. But his next cases have religious overtones. L –  Read by Neil Bright.

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

Long Man, Fiction by Amy Greene, 2014. 13 Br. Begins December 11. The government plans to dam the Long Man River, flooding the town of Yuneetah, to bring electricity and jobs to the region. Annie does not want to leave, but her husband wants to make a fresh start in Michigan. As the deadline to leave looms, they realize their daughter has disappeared. L –  Read by Nancy Bader.

Potpourri, Monday – Friday 11 p.m.    

But Enough About You, Nonfiction by Christopher Buckley, 2014. 16 Br. Began December 2. Christopher Buckley is a humorous storyteller, astute cultural critic, adventurous traveler, and irreverent historian. But Enough About You is his first book of essays since his 1997 bestseller, Wry Martinis. L – Read by John Demma.

On Immunity, Nonfiction by Eula Biss, 2014. 5 Br. Begins December 29. Eula Biss explores the metaphors surrounding immunity and addresses our fear of government, the medical establishment, and what may be in our children’s air, food, mattresses, medicines, and vaccines. We cannot immunize people against the world. Read by Diane Ladenson.

Good Night Owl, Monday – Friday midnight

On Sal Mal Lane, Fiction by Ru Freeman, 2013. 16 Br. Begins December 10. On the day the Harath family moves in, Sal Mal Lane is still a quiet street. But the tremors of civil war are mounting and the conflict threatens to engulf them all. V,L –
Read by Anne Obst.

After Midnight, Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

The Ghosted Bridge, Fiction by Kristy Abbott, 2013. 10 Br. Began December 2. Fed up with her life and desperate to know what the next chapter holds, Katherine turns to Madison, who works as a psychic. But when they meet, a mysterious ghost overtakes Madison’s life to save Katherine from a tragedy no one could predict. Read by Joy Fogarty.

Raising Steam, Fiction by Terry Pratchett, 2014. 16 Br. Begins December 16. Mister Simnel has produced a great clanging monster of a machine that harnesses the power of all the elements: earth, air, fire, and water. But no one is in charge of the new invention so Lord Vetinari appoints Moist von Lopwig. Read by Bob Malos.

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

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