Radio Talking Book – April 2024

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All about Radio Talking Book

Radio Talking Book is not just for listeners with visual disabilities. Anyone with difficulty reading or turning pages can enjoy the service.  The service has 23 new books on this month, with no rebroadcasts. 

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The sampling published monthly in Access Press doesn’t represent the full array of programming. Listen to live or archived programs online at Listen to Radio Talking Book, and learn more about programs. 

Missed a book broadcast? Access it for one week following its original broadcast in the online weekly program archive. 

For help accessing the archive, contact Ronnie Washington at 651-539-1424 or [email protected]

If the book’s broadcast is no longer available in the archive, contact staff librarian Dan Gausman at 651-539-1422 or [email protected]

Books broadcast on the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network are available for loan through the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library in Faribault. The catalog is at Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library Catalog. Click on the link Search the Library Catalog. Call the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library at 800-722-0550, Mon-Fri, 9 am-4 pm CST.  For updates, go to the Facebook site Minnesota Radio Talking Book. 

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Comments about current books that could be broadcast or other programming issues? Contact Joseph Papke at 651-539-2316 or [email protected] 


Monday – Friday 6 a.m. 
Rules, nonfiction by Lorraine Daston, 2022. A panoramic history of rules in the Western world from ancient to modern times. Read by Lynn Middleton-Koller. 11 broadcasts; begins Thu, April 4. 

Ultra-Processed People, nonfiction by Chris Van Tulleken, 2023. A manifesto to change how people eat and think about the human body. Read by Carol McPherson. 15 broadcasts; begins Mon, April 22. 

Past is Prologue* 

Monday – Friday 11 a.m. 
The Wager, nonfiction by David Grann, 2023. A page-turning story of shipwreck, survival and savagery, culminating in a court martial that reveals a shocking truth. Read by Jim Tarbox. 10 broadcasts; begins Monday, April 1. 

Catholicism, nonfiction by John T. McGreevy, 2022. A magisterial history of the centuries-long conflict between “progress” and “tradition” in the world’s largest international institution. Read by Carol Lewis. 19 broadcasts; begins Mon, April 15. 


Monday – Friday 12 p.m. 
Homestead, fiction by Melinda Moustakis, 2023. A novel set in 1956, pre-statehood Alaska, about the turbulent marriage of two unlikely homesteaders. Read by John Schmidt. 10 broadcasts; begins Mon, April 8. 

Tom Lake, fiction by Ann Patchett, 2023. A beautiful and moving novel about youthful love, married love, and the lives parents have led before their children were born. Read by Yelva Lynfield. 14 broadcasts; begins Mon, April 22. 

The Writer’s  Voice*

Monday – Friday 1 p.m. 
Touch the Future, nonfiction by John Lee Clark, 2023. A revelatory collection of essays on the DeafBlind experience and the untapped potential of a new tactile language. Read by Yelva Lynfield. Eight broadcasts; begins Thu, April 4. 

Empress of the Nile, nonfiction by Lynne Olson, 2023. The remarkable story of the intrepid French archaeologist who led the international effort to save ancient Egyptian temples from the floodwaters of the Aswan Dam. Read by Michelle Juntunen. 17 broadcasts; begins Tue, April 16. 

Choice Reading* 

Monday – Friday 2 p.m. 
The Sun Walks Down, fiction by Fiona McFarlane, 2023. A many-voiced, many-sided story of a 6-year-old boy lost in 1883 colonial Australia. Read by Holly Sylvester. 14 broadcasts; begins Thu, April 11. – L 

Night Journey* 

Monday – Friday 7 p.m. 
In a Hard Wind, fiction by David Housewright, 2023. When asked to investigate a murder in a seemingly idyllic Minnesota town, Rushmore McKenzie finds that all the evidence points directly at his client. Read by Robb Empson. Nine broadcasts; begins Tue, April 2. 

Gangland, fiction by Chuck Hogan, 2022. A masterly epic thriller about the secret righthand man of one of the most infamous unprosecuted mob bosses in American history. Read by John Holden. 12 broadcasts; begins Mon, April 15. – L 

Off the Shelf* 

Monday – Friday 8 p.m. 
The Incredible Events in Women’s Cell Number 3, fiction by Kira Yarmysh, 2023. A startling, vivid novel following a woman who is arrested at an anti-corruption rally in Moscow and sentenced to 10 days in a special detention center, where she shares a cell with five other women from all walks of life. Read by Therese Murray. 14 broadcasts; begins Wed, April 3. – L 

Big Swiss, fiction by Jen Beagin, 2023. A love story about a sex therapist’s transcriptionist having an affair with one of the patients, as well as a deft examination of infidelity, mental health and sexual stereotypes. Read by Jodi Lindskog. 14 broadcasts; begins Tue, April 23. – L, S, V 


Monday – Friday 9 p.m. 
Hollywood: The Oral History, nonfiction by Jeanine Basinger & Sam Wasson, 2022. The real story of Hollywood as told by such luminaries from the American Film Institute’s treasure trove of interviews, reveals a fresh history of the American movie industry from its beginnings to today. Read by John Gunter. 35 broadcasts; begins Thu, April 4. 

Good Night Owl* 

Monday – Friday 10 p.m. 
Ascension, fiction by Nicholas Binge, 2023. A mind-bending speculative thriller in which the sudden appearance of a mountain in the middle of the Pacific Ocean leads a group of scientists to a series of revelations that challenge the notion of what it means to be human. Read by Laura Young. 13 broadcasts; begins Wed, April 3. – L 

Critical Mass, fiction by Daniel Suarez, 2023. A space-tech thriller where a group of pioneering astropreneurs must overcome never-before-attempted engineering challenges to rescue colleagues stranded at a distant asteroid. Read by Stuart Holland. 21 broadcasts; begins Mon, April 22. 

RTB After Hours* 

Monday – Friday 11 p.m. 
Wild Things, fiction by Laura Kay, 2023. A warmhearted, hilarious queer rom-com about what happens when a group of friends are actually brave enough to live the dream and give up their dreary city apartments to buy a house in the country together. Read by Dan Sadoff. 11 broadcasts; begins Mon, April 8. – L, S 

The Duchess Takes a Husband, fiction by Harper St. George, 2023. A scandalous arrangement between a London rogue and an American duchess leads to lavish stakes in this period romance. Read by Holly Sylvester. 11 broadcasts; begins Tue, April 23. – L, S

Weekend Program Books 

Your Personal World. 1 p.m. Sat, presents Breaking the Age Code by Becca Levy, read by Jan Anderson; followed by Life is Hard by Kieran Setiya, read by Parichay Rudina.  For the Younger Set, 11 a.m. Sun, presents Fearless by Kristin F. Johnson, read by MaryBeth Redmond; followed by The Complicated Calculus (and Cows) of Carl Paulsen by Gary Eldon Peter, read by Lynn Middleton-Koller. Poetic Reflections, noon Sun, presents From From by Monica Youn, read by Mary Knatterud – L, S, R; followed by The Best American Poetry 2023 edited by David Lehman and Elaine Equi, read by Jim Ahrens. The Great North, 4 p.m. Sun, presents Confluence: A History of Fort Snelling by Hampton Smith, read by Yelva Lynfield. 

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