October 2011 Radio Talking Book

For the Younger Set Radio Talking Book’s volunteer Arlene Cardozo has retired. For the last twenty years, Arlene has recorded […]

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For the Younger Set

Radio Talking Book’s volunteer Arlene Cardozo has retired. For the last twenty years, Arlene has recorded our children’s program, Once Upon A Time.  During that time, she has done research on new books for children and become a great resource. We are changing the format of the program with her departure. The program will now be called For the Younger Set and it will feature books written for ages eight through mid-teens. Following the precedent set by our programs Your Personal World, Poetic Reflections, and The U.S. and Us, the books will be heard in their entirety but with only one broadcast per week. As with all their books, they are available in complete form from the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library.


Weekend Program Books 

Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing The Mindfulness Code, by Donald Altman and Surviving Your Serengeti, by Stefan Swanepoel; For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing The Big Crunch, by Pete Hautman; Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing 10 Mississippi, by Steve Healey and On Days Like This, by Patricia Connor; The U.S. and Us (Sunday 4 p.m.) is airing The Nearly Departed, by Michael Norman.


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, http://education.state.mn.us, and then clicking on the link. If you live outside of Minnesota, you may obtain copies of our 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 www.mnssb.org/rtb. Call the staff at the Radio for your password to the site.

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Tuesday – Saturday, 4 a.m.

Physics of the Future, Nonfiction by Michio Kako, 2011. Revolutionary developments are taking place in medicine, computers, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, energy production and astronautics. Michio Kaku has interviewed top scientists to give us a glimpse of the future. Read by Lannois Neely. 18 broadcasts. Began September 22.

Quirk,  Nonfiction by Hannah Holmes, 2011. Our personalities are endlessly fascinating to ourselves as well as to our families and friends. As a social species, humans need to navigate among a wide variety of personalities, but how did these differences come about? Read by Jeanne Burns. 12 broadcasts. Begins October 18.


Past is Prologue
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m.

The Dangerous Otto Katz, Nonfiction by Jonathan Miles, 2010. The FBI’s file on Soviet agent Otto Katz called him “an extremely dangerous man.” He seemed to be involved in one world changing event after another. But who was this debonair, double-dealing man with a taste for the finer things in life? Read by John Potts. 14 broadcasts. Began September 27.

Fifty-nine in ‘84, Nonfiction by Edward Achorn, 2010. In 1884, Providence Grays pitcher Charles “Old Hoss” Radbourn won an astounding 59 games, more than anyone in major-league history ever had before, or has since. He then went on to win all three games of baseball’s first World Series. Read by Phil Rosenbaum. 12 broadcasts. Begins October 17.


Monday – Friday, 11 a.m.

Merit Badges, Fiction by Kevin Fenton, 2011. In the town of Minnisapa, MN, four friends move from school to middle management. Each discovers that things don’t always work out as planned or hoped. L – Read by Laura Rohlik. 7 broadcasts. Began October 4. 

Molly Fox’s Birthday, Fiction by Deirdre Madden, 2010. The actor Molly Fox has loaned her house to a friend while Molly is performing in New York. The friend wonders if they ever really knew each other. L – Read by Jenny O’Brien. 7 broadcasts. Begins October 13.

The Travels of Increase Joseph, Historical Fiction by Jerry Apps, 2010. Increase Joseph Link becomes a preacher when he hears a voice telling him to rise and speak. Read by Jan Anderson. 7 broadcasts. Begins October 24.


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

Amelia Earhart, Nonfiction by Kathleen C. Winters, 2010. When Earhart vanished, she was at the height of her fame, much of which had been manipulated by her and her husband. She was a gifted pilot, but reckless and a poor navigator. Read by Diane Ladenson. 9 broadcasts. Began October 5.        

Endgame, Nonfiction by Frank Brady, 2011. Bobby Fischer, raised in poverty, with an IQ of 181, had incredible concentration which allowed him to memorize hundreds of chess books. An international chess master, he ended his life as a notorious recluse. Read by Dan Sadoff. 15 Br. Begins October 18.


Choice Reading
Monday – Friday, 4 p.m.

West of Here, Fiction by Jonathan Evison, 2011. The Klallam Indians have depended on the Elwha River for their survival. Now a new town has sprung up at the foot of the Elwha and the residents see the damming of the Elwha as the key to their prosperity. L – Read by Don Lee. 18 broadcasts. Began October 5.       

Perfect Reader, Fiction by Maggie Pouncey, 2010. Flora Dempsey is the only child of Lewis Dempsey, beloved college president and famous literary critic. When Lewis dies, she is appointed his literary executor and she discovers many love poems written to a woman Flora doesn’t know. L –   Read by Elan Perry. 10 broadcasts. Begins October 31.


PM Report
Monday – Friday, 8 p.m.

Disintegration, Nonfiction by Eugene Robinson, 2010. The African American population in the U.S. has always been seen as a single entity: a “black America” with unified interests and needs. Over decades of desegregation and immigration, the concept of black America has shattered. Read by James Randall. 10 broadcasts. Begins October 10.

Griftopia, Nonfiction by Matt Taibbi, 2010. The grifter class has been growing in power for a generation, transferring wealth upward through increasingly complex financial mechanisms and political maneuvers. The financial crisis that exploded in 2008 isn’t past but prologue. L – Read by June Prange. 10 broadcasts. Begins October 24


Night Journey
Monday – Friday, 9 p.m.

The Burying Place, Fiction by Brian Freeman, 2010. In Grand Rapids, Minnesota, a baby is missing. Was she abducted or is her father hiding a secret? On the same night, a policewoman stumbles onto a horrific crime. Now a killer wants her to play his game. Lieutenant Stride needs to save a child and prevent a killing spree. V,L,S – Read by Neil Bright. 14 broadcasts. Begins October 11.

The Wilding, Fiction by Benjamin Percy, 2010. Justin has a complicated relationship with his father. When his father, Paul, suggests a hunting trip, Justin accepts hoping to put things right, and he brings his son along. But as the weekend progresses, Justin is pushed to his limit by his father and the terrain. L – Read by Scott Ford. 12 broadcasts. Begins October 31.


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

One Day, Fiction by David Nicholls, 2010. It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have just met. But after one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. Over twenty years, snapshots of the relationship are revealed on that same day of the year. L – Read by Stevie Ray. 16 broadcasts. Begins October 10.


Monday – Friday, 11 p.m.

The Philosophical Breakfast Club, Nonfiction by Laura J. Snyder, 2011. Having met at university and sharing a love of science, four men began to meet Sunday mornings to talk of the state of science in Britain. They plotted to bring about a new scientific revolution. Read by Leila Poullada. 18 broadcasts. Began September 19.

Fraser’s Penguins, Nonfiction by Fen Montaigne, 2010. Scientist Bill Fraser has spent thirty years studying the Adélie penguin, the classic tuxedoed penguin. Fen Montaigne spent five months with him witnessing their poignant cycle of life and death in this area that is warming faster than any other place on earth. Read by Al Apple. 13 broadcasts. Begins October 13.


Good Night Owl
Monday – Friday, Midnight

Our Kind of Traitor, Fiction by John le Carre, 2010. A British couple takes a vacation in Antigua while Britain is on the brink of economic ruin. Without realizing it, the couple becomes pawns in a game of nations.  L – Read by Jenny O’Brien. 11 Br. Began October 3.   

The Empty Family, Fiction by Colm Tóibín, 2011. Tóibín’s characters are difficult, compelled to disguise their vulnerability and longings. He offers us a set of stories that remind us of the fragility of human life. L,S – Read by John Mandeville. 9 Br. Begins October 18.   

Off We Go into the Wild Blue YonderFiction by Travis Nichols, 2010. With only an address and his grandfather’s memories, a young man and his girlfriend try to reunite his grandfather with the woman who saved him during World War II. Read by Jack Rossman. 10 Br. Begins October 31.


After Midnight
Tuesday– Saturday, 1 a.m.

The Search, Fiction by Nora Roberts, 2010. Fiona has an idyllic life. But she has gotten to this point by surviving a nightmare, being the only survivor of a serial killer. V,L,S – Read by C. Matz. 17 Br. Began Sept. 30.

City of Cannibals, Fiction by Ricki Thompson, 2010. Dell has been told the city is full of cannibals but she needs to go there anyway. The city is full of dangers, but none Dell suspected.  Read by Pat Lelich. 7 broadcasts. Begins October 25.



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

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