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The sampling published monthly in Access Press doesn’t represent the full array of programming. 


Monday – Friday 6 a.m.  
The Song of the Cell, nonfiction by Siddhartha Mukherjee, 2022. An exploration of medicine and our radical new ability to manipulate cells. Read by Yelva Lynfield. 22 broadcasts; begins Mon, Feb. 13.  

Past is Prologue* 

Monday – Friday 11 a.m.  
The Turning Point: 1851, nonfiction by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, 2022. A close look at a formative year for one of the greatest literary personalities ever to have lived: Charles Dickens. Read by Charles Gould. 12 broadcasts; begins Mon, Feb. 6.  

A Woman’s War Too, nonfiction by Virginia M. Wright-Peterson, 2020. A history of Minnesota women contributing to the war effort of WWII. Read by Jan Anderson. 10 broadcasts; begins Wed, Feb. 22.  


Monday – Friday 12 p.m.  
Brood, fiction by Jackie Polzin, 2021. An insightful meditation on life and longing, centered on keeping a small brood of chickens in Minnesota. Read by Eileen Barratt. Six broadcasts; begins Mon, Feb. 13.  

Mouth To Mouth (rebroadcast), fiction by Antoine Wilson, 2022. A successful art dealer confesses the story of his meteoric rise in this sly, suspenseful novel. Read by John Schmidt. Six broadcasts; begins Tue, Feb. 21. 

The Writer’s Voice* 

Monday – Friday 1 p.m.  
Putting the Rabbit in the Hat, nonfiction by Brian Cox, 2021. The incredible rags-to-riches story of acclaimed actor Brian Cox, best known as Succession’s Logan Roy, from a troubled, working-class upbringing in Scotland to a prolific career across theatre, film and television. Read by Jim Ahrens. 10 broadcasts; begins Wed, Feb. 1. – L  

Fear and Loving in South Minneapolis, nonfiction by Jim Walsh, 2020. A veteran Twin Cities journalist and raconteur summons the life of the city after reporting and recording its stories for more than 30 years. Read by John Schmidt. 10 broadcasts; begins Wed, Feb. 15.  

Choice Reading* 

Monday – Friday 2 p.m.  
The Poet’s House, fiction by Jean Thompson, 2022. A warm and witty story of a young woman who gets swept up in the rivalries and love affairs of a dramatic group of writers. Read by Holly Sylvester. 10 broadcasts; begins Thu, Feb. 2. – L  

Wildcat (rebroadcast), fiction by Amelia Morris, 2022. An uproariously funny, surprisingly touching story of one woman’s journey through motherhood and female friendship, in a society that plays fast and loose with information. Read by Karen Ray. Nine broadcasts; begins Thu, Feb. 16.  

Afternoon Report* 

Monday – Friday 4 p.m.  
The Avoidable War, nonfiction by Kevin Rudd, 2022. The former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd offers insight, gloom, and counsel for America in navigating a future with China. Read by John Potts. 19 broadcasts; begins Thu, Feb. 12.  

Night Journey* 

Monday – Friday 7 p.m. 
Radium, fiction by John Enger, 2022. Two brothers from western Minnesota go on the run. Read by Tom Speich. 13 broadcasts; begins Mon, Feb. 6. – L  

Insurrection, fiction by Tom Combs, 2021. A story of domestic terror, critical care medicine, and everyday people facing unimaginable conflict. Read by Mike Tierney. 12 broadcasts; begins Thu, Feb. 23. – L, G  

Off the Shelf* 

Monday – Friday 8 p.m.  
The Lioness, fiction by Chris Bohjalian, 2022. A luxurious African safari turns deadly for a Hollywood starlet and her entourage in this riveting historical thriller. Read by Jack Rossmann. 11 broadcasts; begins Mon, Feb. 13.  

Good Night Owl* 

Monday – Friday 10 p.m.  
City On Fire, fiction by Don Winslow, 2022. A contemporary gangland masterpiece in the tradition of The Godfather, Casino and Goodfellas. Read by Jim Gregorich. 10 broadcasts; begins Mon, Feb. 6. – L  

The Temps, fiction by Andrew Young, 2022. They’re underemployed, underpaid and trying to survive the end of the world while trapped inside an office complex—an epic exploration of survival and human connection in the digital age. Read by John Gunter. 11 broadcasts; begins Mon, Feb. 20. – L  

RTB After Hours* 

Monday – Friday 11 p.m.  
How to Deceive a Duke, fiction by Samara Parish, 2022. A historical romance set in Regency England about a rebellious female chemist and her highborn lover, the Duke of Wildeforde. Read by Laura Young. 12 broadcasts; begins Wed, Feb. 8. – L, S 

After Francesco, fiction by Brian Malloy, 2021. A universal story of love and loss set in New York City and Minneapolis at the peak of the AIDS crisis. Read by Brenda Powell. 11 broadcasts; begins Mon, Feb. 27. – L, S 

Weekend Program Books 

Your Personal World, 1 p.m. Sat, presents Inspired by Matt Richtel, read by Beverly Burchett. 

For the Younger Set, 11 a.m. Sun,  presents The Night When No One Had Sex by Kalena Miller, read by Pat Kovel-Jarboe. – L, S 

Poetic Reflections, noon Sun, presents The Best Poems of Jane Kenyon by Jane Kenyon, read by Mary Knatterud; followed by Love and I by Fanny Howe, read by Mary Knatterud. 

The Great North, 4 p.m. Sun, presents The Pride of Minnesota by Thom Henninger, read by Jim Gregorich. 

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