Radio Talking Book – June 2023 

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Still seeking volunteer readers 

Minnesota Radio Talking Book continues to seek volunteers to record books and periodicals for broadcast. Prospective volunteers should contact Roberta Kitlinski at 651-539-1423 or [email protected] 

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The sampling published monthly in Access Press doesn’t represent the full array of programming on Radio Talking Book (RTB) 

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If listeners have ideas or feedback about books or programs broadcast, contact the staff. For newspapers and programs, contact Tony Lopez at [email protected] or 651-642-0880. For books, contact Joseph Papke at [email protected] or 651-539-2316. 

Callers from Greater Minnesota can reach staff by calling 1-800-652-9000 and ask for Lopez or Papke. 

Monday – Friday 6 a.m. 

Beyond Order, nonfiction by Jordan B. Peterson, 2021. A clinical psychologist offers further guidance on chaos and order along the perilous path of modern life. Read by Carol McPherson. 18 broadcasts; begins Tue, June 13.  

Past is Prologue 
Monday – Friday 11 a.m. 

Prince Albert: The Man Who Saved the Monarchy (rebroadcast), nonfiction by A. N. Wilson, 2019. Queen Victoria’s husband exerted a major influence on the modernization of British society and restoration of the crown’s prestige. Read by Jeffrey Weihe. 18 broadcasts; begins Wed, June 7.  

Monday – Friday 12 p.m. 

One Night Two Souls Went Walking, fiction by Ellen Cooney, 2020. A poetic story of wandering souls, filled with the beauty of human encounters and the sorrows of departure. Read by Don Lee. Seven broadcasts; begins Mon, June 5. 

All the Horses of Iceland, fiction by Sarah Tolmie, 2022. A hypnotic historical fantasy told in gorgeous and unusual literary prose about Iceland’s unusual horses. Read by John Gunter. Three broadcasts; begins Wed, June 14. 

Black Cloud Rising, fiction by David Wright Faladé, 2022. A compelling historical novel that takes us back to an extraordinary moment when enslaved men and women were shedding their bonds and embracing freedom. Read by Lisa Bromer. 10 broadcasts; begins Mon, June 19. – R 

The Writer’s Voice* 
Monday – Friday 1 p.m. 

Aurelia, Aurélia, nonfiction by Kathryn Davis, 2022. An eerily dreamlike memoir about the way imagination shapes life, and how life shapes imagination. Read by John Schmidt. Three broadcasts; begins Mon, June 12. 

The Crane Wife, nonfiction by C. J. Hauser, 2022. A memoir in essays that takes a frank and funny look at love, intimacy and self in the twenty-first century. Read by Pat Kovel-Jarboe. Nine broadcasts; begins Thu, June 15. – L 

Newsroom Confidential, nonfiction by Margaret Sullivan, 2022. A trusted champion and critic of American journalism delivers the story of her lifetime. Read by Bonnie Swenby. 10 broadcasts; begins Wed, June 28. 

Choice Reading* 
Monday – Friday 2 p.m. 

Outlawed (rebroadcast), fiction by Anna North, 2021. A riveting adventure story of a fugitive girl, a mysterious gang of robbers and their dangerous mission to transform the Wild West. Read by Jodi Lindskog. 10 broadcasts; begins Thu, June 8. 

The Streel, fiction by Mary Logue, 2021. A young Irish immigrant gets caught up in a deadly plot in nineteenth-century Deadwood, South Dakota. Read by Greg Olson. Seven broadcasts; begins Thu, June 22. 

Afternoon Report* 
Monday – Friday 4 p.m. 

Poverty, by America, nonfiction by Matthew Desmond, 2023. A provocative and compelling argument about why poverty persists in America: because the rest of us benefit from it. Read by Yelva Lynfield. Nine broadcasts; begins Wed, June 21. 

Night Journey* 
Monday – Friday 7 p.m. 

Paperback Jack, fiction by Loren D. Estleman, 2022. A 1940s pulp writer gets targeted by Hollywood, Congress, and the mob for his authenticity. Read by Mike Tierney. Nine broadcasts; begins Mon, June 5. 

Death Is a Real Killer, fiction by Randall J. Funk, 2021. A Twin Cities humor blogger teams up with an attractive contract killer to save her from being arrested for a crime she didn’t commit. Read by Joshua Carlyle. 10 broadcasts; begins Thu, June 15. – L 

A World of Curiosities, fiction by Louise Penny, 2022. The latest Chief Inspector Gamache mystery tackles a haunting case from the inspector’s past and the puzzles of a bricked up secret room. Read by Therese Murray. 14 broadcasts; begins Thu, June 29. – L 

Off the Shelf* 
Monday – Friday 8 p.m. 

Vladimir, fiction by Julia May Jonas, 2022. A beloved English professor whose professor husband is facing a slew of accusations from former students, develops an obsession of her own. Read by John Schmidt. Nine broadcasts; begins Mon, June 5. – L 

Flight, fiction by Lynn Steger Strong, 2022. A novel about the systemic failings that are haunting Americans, but also to the ways in which family, friends, and strangers can support each other through the gaps.  Read by Tom Speich. Seven broadcasts; begins Mon, June 19. – L 

The Catch, fiction by Alison Fairbrother, 2022. A young journalist is left reeling and looking for answers after her father’s sudden death. Read by John Schmidt. Eight broadcasts; begins Wed, June 28. – L 

Monday – Friday 9 p.m. 

Sweat (rebroadcast), nonfiction by Bill Hayes, 2022. Exercise is our modern obsession and was an ancient obsession, too. Read by John Gunter. Nine broadcasts; begins Mon, June 5. 

Slaying the Dragon, nonfiction by Ben Riggs, 2022. The legendary tale of the rise and fall of the company that created the role-playing game world. Read by Carl Voss. 13 broadcasts; begins Mon, June 19. 

Good Night Owl* 
Monday – Friday 10 p.m. 

The Twilight Zone, fiction by Nona Fernández, 2022. An engrossing, incantatory novel about the legacy of historical crimes in Chile. Read by John Potts. Six broadcasts; begins Monday, June 5. – V 

Sex with Presidents (rebroadcast), nonfiction by Eleanor Herman, 2020. A popular history that uncovers the bedroom secrets of American presidents and explores the surprising ways voters have reacted to their leaders’ sex scandals. Read by Diane Dahm. 14 broadcasts; begins Tue, June 13. – S  

RTB After Hours* 
Monday – Friday 11 p.m. 

Book Lovers (rebroadcast), fiction by Emily Henry, 2022. Sparks fly between two literary agents out of their big-city element. Read by Carol McPherson. 13 broadcasts; begins Thu, June 1. – S, L 

A Caribbean Heiress in Paris, fiction by Adriana Herrera, 2022. A historical romance about an heiress to a rum empire and her Scottish beau. Read by Mary Knatterud. 11 broadcasts; begins Tue, June 20. – S, L 

Weekend Program Books 

Your Personal World, 1 p.m. Sat, presents This Is How Your Marriage Ends by Matthew Fray, read by Beverly Burchett – L; followed by Toxic Positivity by Whitney Goodman, read by Beverly Burchett. 

For the Younger Set, 11 a.m. Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen, read by Pat Muir; followed by Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley, read by Jan Anderson – L. 
Poetic Reflections, noon Sun, presents Turn Up the Ocean by Tony Hoagland, read by Mary Knatterud; followed by Cinderbiter by Martin Shaw and Tony Hoagland, read by Mary Knatterud. 

The Great North, 4 p.m. Sun, presents A Private Wilderness by  Sigurd F. Olson, read by Judith Johannessen. 

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