Radio Talking Book – October 2009

Programming changes begin this fall Several program changes began this fall on Radio Talking Book. Consumer’s Advocate will air Tuesday […]

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Programming changes begin this fall

Several program changes began this fall on Radio Talking Book. Consumer’s Advocate will air Tuesday at 2 a.m., replacing a World Safari repeat. The overnight repeat of Feminine Viewpoint moves to Wednesday at 2 a.m. People in the News will no longer be repeated. The entire two-hour advocacy block of Sunday evening programming, which includes It Makes a Difference, now airs overnight Thursdays. At the conclusion of the current book in November, the Sunday 4 a.m. U.S. and Us will be replaced with a repeat of Multicultural Press from the previous week.

In addition to these changes, RTB is expanding the scope of the Teensight program, which airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. The new program is The T’s – Teens, Tweens, and Twenties. Dinner Bell, featuring restaurant reviews, is expanded to a full hour and will air on Saturdays at 5 a.m. For Addicts and Others will also expand, airing from 6:15 to the top of the hour Saturday mornings. RTB is moving Animal Watch from Saturday afternoon to Wednesday at 3 p.m., replacing World Safari. The vacated Saturday slot will host an expanded TV-Ality at 4 p.m. A new program, The Catalog Show, replaces TV-Ality Sundays at 12:30 p.m.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 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 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. If you live outside of Minnesota, you may obtain copies of books 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 for your password to the site.


Tuesday – Saturday 4 a.m.

Jacob’s Well. Nonfiction by Joseph A. Amato, 2008. Amato’s family was like that of many Americans: poor, struggling immigrants seeking happiness. With genealogical sources, local and regional history, and family tales, Amato unearthed the history of seven generations of his ancestors. Read by John Mandeville. 12 broadcasts. Began Oct. 5.

Animals Make Us Human. Nonfiction by Temple Grandin, 2009. Acclaimed animal scientist and autism advocate Temple Grandin has always had an ability to go inside the minds of animals. She says, “Autism made school and social life hard, but it made animals easy.” Read by June Prange. 10 broadcasts. Begins Oct. 21.


Past is Prologue
Monday – Friday 9 a.m.

Nothing to Fear. Nonfiction by Adam Cohen, 2009. In the first hundred days of FDR’s presidency, he and his inner circle swept away the old order and reinvented the role of federal government. By the time they were finished, government had assumed responsibility for citizens’ welfare. Read by Susan Niefeld. 14 broadcasts. Begins Oct. 14.


Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

The Miracle at Speedy Motors. Fiction by Alexander McCall Smith, 2008. Ramotswe is busy investigating the case of the woman looking for her family, when other issues arise. There is a new bed which causes sleepless nights, and a doctor who promises a miracle. Read by Bernadette Flynn. Nine broadcasts. Begins Oct. 21.


Monday – Friday 2 p.m.

Do You See What I See? Nonfiction by Russell Targ, 2008. Russell Targ grew up visually impaired in the world of books and authors, but became a physicist who pioneered research in lasers and optics and co-created the Cold War spy program that focused on “remote viewing.” Read by John Beal. 10 broadcasts. Began Oct. 5.


Choice Reading
Monday – Friday 4 p.m.

Handle with Care. Fiction by Jodi Picoult, 2009. Charlotte and Sean wanted a healthy baby, but Willow is not. She is smart and pretty, and they consider her perfect as she is. But then a series of events force the parents to consider what if she had not been born. Read by Diane Ladenson. 15 broadcasts. Begins Oct. 12.


PM Report
Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

Presidential Command. Nonfiction by Peter W. Rodman, 2009. Qualities of personal leadership determine a president’s ability to guide his staff. They also shape policy and determine how policy is implemented. Read by Art Nyhus.15 broadcasts. Begins Oct. 20.


Night Journey
Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

Judas Horse. Fiction by April Smith, 2008. FBI Agent Ana Grey takes on an assumed identity to infiltrate a group of hard-core anarchists in Oregon. Hiding behind the façade of an animal rights group, they are actually planning an act of terrorism they call “the Big One.” Read by Judy McGuigan. 13 broadcasts. Begins Oct. 19.


Off the Shelf
Monday – Friday 10 p.m.

A Person of Interest. Fiction by Susan Choi, 2008. Professor Lee is a suspect in a series of crimes. But a letter from someone out of his past leads him to believe the real criminal is an old nemesis seeking revenge. Determined to face his tormentor, Lee sets off on a life-changing journey. Read by Amy Morris. 18 broadcasts. Began Oct. 8.


Evening Odyssey
Monday – Friday 11 p.m.

American Rust. Fiction by Philipp Meyer, 2009. Left to care for his aging father in his industrial hometown, Isaac longs for a life elsewhere. When he finally leaves with his best friend, they are caught up in a terrible act of violence that changes their lives. Read by Ray Christensen. 13 broadcasts. Begins Oct. 19.


Good Night Owl
Monday – Friday midnight

Who Do You Think You Are? Nonfiction by Alyse Myers, 2008. After Myers’ mother’s death, she wants only one thing: a box that has always been forbidden her which might tell her why her parents were so unhappy. When her father died, Myers was still a girl, but her mother retreated to cigarettes and resentment. Read by Sue McDonald. Six broadcasts. Begins Oct. 26.


After Midnight 
Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

Cry Wolf. Fiction by Patricia Briggs, 2008. Anna never knew werewolves existed until she became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she has learned to mistrust dominant males, and then she meets Charles. Read by Alletta Jervey. 12 broadcasts. Begins Oct. 15.

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