Radio Talking Book – April 2015

New toll-free number for Dial-In News Minnesota’s Dial-In News began in the 1980s, as a way for people to access […]

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New toll-free number for Dial-In News

Minnesota’s Dial-In News began in the 1980s, as a way for people to access the local newspapers any time of the day via a touch-tone telephone. Initially, Dial-In News included just the Star Tribune and the Saint Paul Pioneer Press. Gradually, more items were added to it, such as City Pages. This has always been available through calling 651-643-3500. This last year, we added the Brainerd Dispatch to Dial-In News, which led to us thinking about adding a toll-free number. That number, if you are outside of the Twin Cities, is 1-844-496-3346. To register for Dial-In News, which is a free service of the Communication Center, call the Equipment Desk at 651-539-2363. Outside of the Twin Cities, call 1-800-652-9000 and ask for the Equipment Desk.


Weekend Program Books

Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Rewire by Richard O’Connor, PhD.; For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing The Peculiar, by Stephan Bachmann; Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing The Overhaul, by Kathleen Jamie, and Station Zed, by Tom Sleigh; The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing On Stage with Kevin Kling, by Kevin Kling, andMinneapolis Madams, by Penny A. Petersen.


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 9 a.m. to 4 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 Search the Library Catalog. If you live outside of Minnesota, you may obtain copies of our books via an inter-library loan 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 Call the staff at the Radio for your password to the site.  


Chautauqua Tuesday,  Tuesday – Saturday 4 a.m

The Lost Way, Nonfiction by Stephen J. Patterson, 2014. 8 Br. Began April 3. The church has long advocated the Pauline view of Jesus as deity and martyr, emphasizing his death and resurrection. But an earlier tradition portrayed Jesus as a teacher of wisdom. Read by June Prange.

The Most Dangerous Book, Nonfiction by Kevin Birmingham, 2014. 19 Br. Begins April 15. James Joyce’s book,Ulysses, ushered in the modernist era and changed the novel for all time. But for more than a decade, the book literary critics call the most important novel in English was illegal to own, sell, advertise, or purchase in the United States. L – Read by Nancy Bader.



Past is Prologue, Monday –  Friday 9 a.m

Empire of Sin, Nonfiction by Gary Krist, 2014. 13 Br. Began April 6. In early twentieth-century New Orleans, a long battle was fought between the elite and the underworld. It was a wild and wicked city unlike any other in the world. The battle centered on one man, Tom Anderson, the czar of the city’s Storyville vice district. Read by Lannois Neely.

Nature’s GodNonfiction by Matthew Stewart, 2014. 22 Br. Begins April 23. Derided as infidels and atheists at the time, the radicals who founded America set their sights on a revolution of the mind. They wanted to liberate us not just from one king, but from the tyranny of supernatural religion. The ideas that inspired them were neither British nor Christian, but largely ancient, pagan, and continental. Read by Stevie Ray.


Bookworm, Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

Evergreen, Fiction by Rebecca Rasmussen, 2014. 10 Br. Began April 7. Five American women travel to France to visit the graves of their soldier sons buried in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery near Verdun. It is a pilgrimage that will change their lives in unforeseeable and indelible ways. L – Read by Mary Hall.

Butternut Summer, Fiction by Mary McNear, 2014. 11 Br. Begins April 21. When Caroline’s ex, Jack, comes to town, her life is turned upside down. He seems changed and determined to make amends. But can she trust that? Or is he the same charming but irresponsible man of eighteen years before? Read by Carol Lewis.


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

Brando’s Smile, Nonfiction by Susan L. Mizruchi, 2014. 14 Br. Began April 7. When people think of Marlon Brando, they think of the movie star, the hunk, the scandals. They miss the man who collected four thousand books, the man who rewrote scripts, the man who used his body and objects around him to create believable characters, the man who loved Emily Dickinson’s poetry. Read by Art Nyhus.

Where Nobody Knows Your Name, Nonfiction by John Feinstein, 2014. 12 Br. Begins April 27. Baseball’s minor leagues are both a launching pad for careers, and a crash-pad for stars who have fallen. It is a gritty, no-frills, high-stakes world that is the proving ground of America’s national pastime. Read by Phil Rosenbaum.


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

Lisette’s List, Fiction by Susan Vreeland, 2014. 13 Br. Began April 1. Lisette’s journey begins with a move to Provence in 1937 to care for her husband’s grandfather Pascal. Her dream was to become a Parisian gallery owner, but Pascal begins to tutor her in art and life. Inspired by Pascal, Lisette begins a list of vows to herself. Read by Esmé Evans.

A God in Every Stone, Fiction by Kamila Shamsie, 2014. 12 Br. Begins April 20. In the summer of 1914, Vivian Rose Spencer joins a dig in Turkey and falls in love with archaeologist Tahsin Bey. The outbreak of war brings her adventure to an end and turns her friends into her nation’s enemies, and begins a new adventure for her lasting many years.  Read by Kathy Stults.


PM Report, Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

The Secretary, Nonfiction by Kim Ghattas, 2014. 15 Br. Began April 5. In 2008, Hillary Clinton agreed to work for her former rival as his secretary of state, setting out to repair America’s image, and her own. Ghattas draws on extensive interviews to paint an intimate and candid portrait of one of the most powerful global politicians. Read by John Demma.

Silent Revolution, Nonfiction by Barry Rubin, 2014. 12 Br. Begins April 27. Over the past fifty years, an ideological revolution created a brand of radical leftism that now dominates the liberal movement in the U.S. It culminated in 2008, when Americans elected the most radical left-wing government in the nation’s history. Read by John Gunter.


Night Journey, Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

The Old Deep and Dark, Fiction by Ellen Hart, 2014. 9 Br. Began April 2. Cordelia and her sister buy an historic theater with the intent of restoring it. In the process, Cordelia discovers a recently dead body buried in a basement wall, which leads her to call her best friend, P.I. Jane Lawless. Read by Lynda Kayser.

Stone Cold, Fiction by C.J. Box, 2014. 13 Br. Begins April 15. Everything about the man is a mystery: the massive ranch in the remote Black Hills that nobody ever visits, the women who live with him, the secret philanthropies, the private airstrip, the sudden disappearances. And especially the rumors that the man’s wealth comes from killing people. L – Read by Neil Bright.


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

Bitter Greens, Fiction by Kate Forsyth, 2014. 21 Br. Began April 6. Once upon a time, there was a seventeenth century noblewoman forced to spend her life in a convent. While there, she wrote a tale of an innocent girl sold by her parents for a handful of bitter greens and locked away in a tower by a beautiful witch. L,S – Read by Judith Johannessen.


Potpourri, Monday – Friday 11 p.m.    

Being Mortal, Nonfiction by Atul Gawande, 2014. 9 Br. Began April 1. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Read by Diane Ladenson.    

Twenty Poems That Could Save America, Nonfiction by Tony Hoagland, 2014. 7 Br. Begins April 14. One of the country’s most provocative poets, Tony Hoagland’s essays always unravel fresh dimensions of the craft of poetry. In Twenty Poems That Could Save America, he presses for a serious conversation about the role of poetry in contemporary culture. Read by June Prange.

The Tolerance Trap, Nonfiction by Suzanna Danuta Walters, 2014. 15 Br. Begins April 23. From Glee to gay marriage, from lesbian senators to out gay Marines, we have experienced a seismic shift in attitudes about gays in American politics and culture. But in most of our country, tolerance has not resulted in the full integration of gay people into American life. L -Read by Scott Brush.


Good Night Owl, Monday – Friday midnight

The Colour of Memory, Fiction by Geoff Dyer, 2014. 8 Br. Began April 1. Six friends plot a nomadic course through their mid-twenties as they scratch out an existence in near-destitute conditions in Brixton, south London, in the 1980s. They while away their days as if they were employed only by the lives they chose. L – Read by John Holden. 

GloriousFiction by Jeff Guinn, 2014. 15 Br. Begins April 13. When tragedy destroys Cash’s options for financial security, he leaves St. Louis, ending up in a mining town named Glorious. There he discovers a new way of life at the edge of the frontier. But he can’t outrun his past forever. L,S – Read by Jack Rossmann.


After Midnight, Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

Beltane, Fiction by Christine Malec, 2014. 29 Br. Began March 11In 1558, Margarete and her servant leave France for Scotland to fulfill a bargain made by others. Caught in the schemes of others, Margarete is forced to look for the sources of her own power. S – Read by Arlan Dohrenburg.

The Secrets of Life and Death, Fiction by Rebecca Alexander, 2014. 12 Br. Begins April 21Jackdaw Hammond would be dead if it weren’t for the symbols on her skin. Now someone is hunting her, determined to get that ancient magic. But the answer is in a diary that is hundreds of years old. Read by Michele Potts.


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

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