December Radio Talking Book

  New this fall: Tanner’s Tech Den Keeping with our emphasis on disability advocacy programming on Sunday evenings, RTB is […]

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New this fall: Tanner’s Tech Den

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


Weekend Books – All listings are US Central Time

  • Your Personal World (Saturdays at 1 p.m.) presents “I’ll Have It My Way” by Hattie Bryant, followed by “Slow” by Brooke McAlary, both read by Beverly Burchett.
  • For the Younger Set (Sundays at 11 a.m.) presents “The Museum of Us” by Tara Wilson Redd, read by Esmé Evans.
  • Poetic Reflections (Sundays at noon) presents “American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Time” edited by Tracy K. Smith, read by Scott McKinney.
  • The Great North (Sundays at 4 p.m.) presents “Minnesota 1918” by Curt Brown, read by Don Lee; followed by “The Northern Gardener” by Mary Lahr Schier, read by Myrna Smith.


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.


Chautauqua Tuesday,  Tuesday – Saturday 4 a.m

Milk! – Nonfiction by Mark Kurlansky, 2018. The diverse history of milk from antiquity to the present, with a compelling and surprisingly global story to tell. Read by Yelva Lynfield. 16 broadcasts; began Tuesday, December 4.

Our Towns – Nonfiction by James and Deborah Fallows, 2018. Two writers traveled across America in a small airplane, visiting towns and cities and meeting the people. Read by Judy Woodward. 17 broadcasts; begins Friday, December 28.


Past is Prologue, Monday –  Friday 9 a.m        

Revolution on the Hudson – Nonfiction by George C. Daughan, 2016. During the American Revolution, no area was more contested than the Hudson River. Read by John Potts. 14 broadcasts; began Thursday, November 29. – V, L, S

The Flying Tigers – Nonfiction by Sam Kleiner, 2018. The story of a group of American men and women who crossed the Pacific to risk their lives defending China. Read by Jim Gregorich. 10 broadcasts; begins Wednesday, December 19.


Bookworm, Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

She Would Be King – Fiction by Wayetu Moore, 2018. The dramatic story of Liberia’s early years, as seen by three characters who share an uncommon bond. Read by Brenda Powell. 12 broadcasts; began Wednesday, November 28.

The Noel Diary – Fiction by Richard Paul Evans, 2017. A man returns to his late mother’s home at Christmastime, and finds a mysterious diary and a woman seeking her birth mother. Read by John Holden. 6 broadcasts; begins Monday, December 17.

When the Men Were Gone – Fiction by Marjorie Herrera Lewis, 2018. In the fall of 1944 the men of Brownsville, Texas are off to war. Could this mean a season with no high school football coach? Read by Michele Potts. 6 broadcasts; begins Wednesday, December 26.


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

There Are No Grown-Ups – Nonfiction by Pamela Druckerman, 2018. A woman in her 40s shares her humorous and witty quest for wisdom and self-knowledge. Read by Jodi Lindskog. 8 broadcasts; began Thursday, December 6.        

The 13th Gift – Nonfiction by Joanne Huist Smith, 2014. A family shattered by an unexpected death reclaims the holidays with their own traditions of kindness. Read by Pat Muir. 6 broadcasts; begins Tuesday, December 18.

The Road to Sleeping Dragon – Nonfiction by Michael Meyer, 2017. A young man enlists in the Peace Corps, and is assigned to a tiny Chinese town. Read by John Potts. 14 broadcasts; begins Wednesday, December 26.


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

Future Home of the Living God – Fiction by Louise Erdrich, 2017. A young Ojibwe woman, four months pregnant, seeks out her biological parents during a time when the world is changing. Read by Rachael Freed. 12 broadcasts; begins Tuesday, December 11.

The Man Who Came Uptown – Fiction by George Pelecanos, 2018. A young man in prison discovers the world of books. After his release, he sets out to resolve old scores. Read by Tom Speich. 7 broadcasts; begins Friday, December 28


PM Report, Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

Heart of the Machine – Nonfiction by Richard Yonck, 2017. Many believe that “artificial intelligence” may soon surpass human brainpower. Read by Dan Sadoff. 12 broadcasts; began Tuesday, December 4.

Data for the People – Nonfiction by Andreas Weigand, 2017. Each Internet visit creates data, collected and used to make decisions for businesses and government. Read by Phil Rosenbaum. 11 broadcasts; begins Thursday, December 20.


Night Journey, Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

The Good Son – Fiction by You-Jeong Jeong, 2018. A young Korean man awakens one morning covered in blood and without memory, and finds his mother dead. Read by Tom Speich. 9 broadcasts; began Wednesday, December 5. – V, G

Force of Nature – Fiction by Jane Harper, 2017. Five business colleagues are on a wilderness retreat, and only four return. The missing woman is a whistleblower in a court case against their company. Read by Myrna Smith. 11 broadcasts; begins Tuesday, December 18. – V


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

There There – Fiction by Tommy Orange, 2018. Twelve Native American travelers each has his or her own reason to attend the Big Oakland Powwow. Read by Bonita Sindelir. 9 broadcasts; begins Tuesday, December 11.

Vox – Fiction by Christine Dalcher, 2018. The government decrees that women may speak no more than 100 words a day. Read by Esmé Evans. 10 broadcasts; begins Wednesday, December 26.


Potpourri, Monday – Friday 11 p.m.    

The War on Science – Nonfiction by Shawn Otto, 2016. Minnesota author Otto describes a decades-old attack on science, threatening societies around the world. Read by Jack Rossmann. 22 broadcasts; began Thursday, November 15.

Anonymous Soldiers – Nonfiction by Bruce Hoffman, 2016. A landmark portrayal of three decades of international battles, leading to the creation of Israel. Read by Scott Brush. 31 broadcasts; begins Tuesday, December 18. – L


Good Night Owl, Monday – Friday midnight

The Deal of a Lifetime – Fiction by Frederik Backman, 2016. On the night before Christmas, a man has an unexpected chance to change the destiny of a little girl he hardly knows. Read by Mike Piscitelli. 1 broadcast; begins Monday, December 10.

Love and Ruin – Fiction by Paula McLain, 2018. Martha Gellhorn, in love with Ernest Hemingway, must choose between being a famous man’s wife and forging her own path as a writer. Read by Holly Sylvester. 12 broadcasts; begins Tuesday, December 11.

The Girl on the Train – Fiction by Paula Hawkins, 2015. Rachel, a commuter, pays attention to a man and woman she sees each day from the train window. One day the woman disappears, and Rachel is compelled to find out why. Read by Myrna Smith. 12 broadcasts; begins Monday, December 31.


After Midnight, Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

The Only Girl – Nonfiction by Robin Green, 2018. Robin Green was the only woman writer for Rolling Stone magazine in the early 70s, and she reveals what it was like to be a woman in the iconic “boys’ club.” Read by Jess Banks. 10 broadcasts; began Friday, December 7. – L, S

My Lucky Star – Fiction by Joe Keenan, 2006. Philip, Gilbert, and Claire are three writers who find themselves in Hollywood, caught up in a feud between a notorious celebrity and her down-and-out actress sister. Read by Laura Young. 13 broadcasts; begins Friday, December 21. – L, S



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




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