Radio Talking Book – October 2018

Radio Talking Book 50th Anniversary In January 2019 Radio Talking Book celebrates its fiftieth anniversary on the air. We’re enthusiastically […]

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Radio Talking Book 50th Anniversary

In January 2019 Radio Talking Book celebrates its fiftieth anniversary on the air. We’re enthusiastically making plans to celebrate this milestone, and we’re eager to get feedback from listeners old and new. If you have reminiscences to share about listening to RTB, whether recently or in years past, we’d enjoy hearing from you. Please send an email to Scott McKinney, RTB Supervisor, at [email protected]. Thanks for helping us celebrate our 50th birthday!


New this fall: Tanner’s Tech Den

Keeping with our tradition of disability advocacy programming on Sunday evenings, RTB is proud to debut “Tanner’s Tech Den” with David Tanner on October 7. Dave invites you to an hour of news, reviews, and explorations of the latest in accessible technology. We hope you’ll join us at 8:00 pm on the first Sunday of each month for “Tanner’s Tech Den.”


Weekend Books – All listings are US Central Daylight Time 

  • Your Personal World (Saturdays at 1 p.m.) presents “I’ll Have It My Way” by Hattie Bryant, read by Beverly Burchett.
  • For the Younger Set (Sundays at 11 a.m.) presents “Love Songs and Other Lies” by Jessica Pennington, read by Brenda Powell.
  • Poetic Reflections (Sundays at noon) presents “Funny Men Cannot Be Trusted” by Tolu’ Akinyemi; followed by “The Future” by Neil Hilborn, both read by Scott McKinney.
  • The Great North (Sundays at 4 p.m.) presents “Minnesota 1918” by Curt Brown, read by Don Lee.


Books Available through our Library Services 

  • Books on RTB are available for loan. Call 800-722-0550, Monday-Friday, 9 am-4 pm for details. Outside of Minnesota, contact your state’s network library for the National Library Service (NLS).
  • You can listen to RTB’s live or archived programs online at, or on your handheld device via the SERO app (iOS or Android). Call us for your password to the site.

Information about RTB program listings can be heard on NFB-NEWSLINE. Call us to sign up.


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, 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 651-539-2363.

Donate to the State Services for the Blind at


Chautauqua Tuesday,  Tuesday – Saturday 4 a.m

The Human Advantage – Nonfiction by Jay W. Richards, 2018. A coming wave of automation leaves many Americans fearful that our best days are behind us. Read by Brenda Powell. 10 broadcasts; begins Tuesday, October 16.

The Family Gene – Nonfiction by Joselin Linder, 2017. A young woman discovers that she and fourteen relatives share a private genetic mutation. Read by Carol McPherson. 9 broadcasts; begins Tuesday, October 30.


Past is Prologue, Monday –  Friday 9 a.m

Israel – Nonfiction by Daniel Gordis, 2016. A thorough and eloquent history of the state of Israel, from its beginning to the present day. Read by Yelva Lynfield. 23 broadcasts; began Monday, October 8.


Bookworm, Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

Alternate Side – Fiction by Anna Quindlen, 2018. Tensions in a Manhattan neighborhood and a seemingly happy marriage are revealed by a sudden act of violence. Read by Diane Ladenson. 8 broadcasts; begins Thursday, October 4. – L, V

The Voiceover Artist – Fiction by Dave Reidy, 2015. After years of not speaking Simon Davies masters techniques to control his stuttering, and pursues his dream to become a voiceover artist. Read by Jeffrey Weihe. 12 broadcasts; begins Tuesday, October 16. – L, S


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

Where the Past Begins – Nonfiction by Amy Tan, 2017. Bestselling author Amy Tan reveals the personal history that underlies her remarkable fiction. Read by Rachael Freed. 15 broadcasts; began Tuesday, October 2.

My Mission to Walk – Nonfiction by Tonya Rabb with Lawrence Silveira, 2018. Author and entertainer Tonya Rabb seeks to help extraordinary people overcome everyday obstacles. Read by Carol McPherson. 7 broadcasts; begins Tuesday, October 23.


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

Shelter in Place – Fiction by Nora Roberts, 2018. A mass shooting in Portland, Maine transforms the lives of everyone in its wake. Years later, many of the survivors and their rescuers are being found dead. Read by Patricia Kovel-Jarboe. 15 broadcasts; began Monday, October 1. – L, S, V

The Last Cruise – Fiction by Kate Christenson, 2018. When the 1950s ocean liner Queen Isabella makes her final voyage, three passengers unite to prevent an onboard crisis. Read by Rachael Freed. 12 broadcasts; begins Monday, October 22


PM Report, Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

Fear – Nonfiction by Bob Woodward, 2018. Award-winning journalist Bob Woodward reveals in unparalleled detail the world inside President Donald J. Trump’s White House, and his decision-making process on foreign and domestic matters. Read by Scott McKinney. 18 broadcasts; began Wednesday, October 3. – L

American Radical – Nonfiction by Tamer Elnoury, 2017. Tamer Elnoury, a Muslim American, joined an elite counter-terrorism group after September 11 whose goal is to gain the trust of terrorists. Read by Don Lee. 10 broadcasts; begins Monday, October 29.


Night Journey, Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

Second Strike – Fiction by Peter Kirsanow, 2018. A former special-ops agent and his team must intercept a Russian assassin, with help of a high-ranking intelligence officer at the right hand of the President. Read by John Mandeville. 16 broadcasts; begins Monday, October 15 – V


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

One Goal – Nonfiction by Amy Bass, 2018. When thousands of refugee families resettled in a divided Maine town, the high school soccer coach integrated Somali kids onto his team. Read by John Gunter. 11 broadcasts; began Monday, October 1.

How to Stop Time – Fiction by Matt Haig, 2017. Tom Hazard may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but he’s been alive for centuries and now longs for an ordinary life. Read by Jim Tarbox. 10 broadcasts; begins Tuesday, October 16.

Our Little Secret – Fiction by Roz Nay, 2017. Angela Petitjean is interrogated by police because her ex’s wife Saskia is missing. But she hasn’t seen either her ex or his wife for years. Read by Laura Rohlik. 8 broadcasts; begins Tuesday, October 30.


Potpourri, Monday – Friday 11 p.m.    

The Cell – Nonfiction by Joshua Z. Rappoport, 2017. The complexity and dynamism inside the human cell are described by our fantastic advancements understanding the microscopic world. Read by Yelva Lynfield. 9 broadcasts; began Tuesday, October 2.

Not in My Family – Nonfiction by Roger Frie, 2017. Author and psychologist Roger Frie addresses an unspoken Nazi history in his German family, confronting issues of historical memory and inter-generational trauma. Read by Rachael Freed. 14 broadcasts; begins Monday, October 15.


Good Night Owl, Monday – Friday midnight

Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions – Fiction by Mario Giordano, 2018. A lovable and eccentric aunt retires to Sicily, but becomes involved in an investigation of her murdered handyman. Read by Cintra Godfrey. 11 broadcasts; began Tuesday, October 2. – L, S

The Magnificent Esme Wells – Fiction by Adrienne Sharp, 2018. Esme Silver, young and irrepressible, comes of age in the glamour days of Hollywood and the unlawful days of Las Vegas. Read by Michelle Juntunen. 13 broadcasts; begins Wednesday, October 17. – L, S


After Midnight, Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

The Book of M – Fiction by Peng Shepherd, 2018. An epidemic called The Forgetting emerges in India, and spreads across the world. People’s shadows disappear, and then so do all their memories. Read by Mike Piscitelli. 20 broadcasts; begins Friday, October 5. – L, V



V – violence
L – offensive language
S – sexual situations
RE – racial epithets
G – graphic descriptions




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