Radio Talking Book – August 2014

RTB on Television On June 12, the Radio Talking Book and the Communication Center were pleased to have a visit […]

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RTB on Television

On June 12, the Radio Talking Book and the Communication Center were pleased to have a visit by television host Rana Kamal and staff from CW23 for the filming of a segment on their program Our Issues Twin Cities. That program aired on June 22, and is scheduled for rebroadcast again on August 3 at 9 a.m. We were fortunate that CW23 was interested in learning of the breadth of what is offered to people at SSB, including helping people with vision loss to learn adaptation techniques and to look for employment. CW23 filmed a few of the customers of SSB who had received assistance in these areas. Thank you, CW23.


Weekend Program Books

Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Talk Like TED, by Carmine Gallo; For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing Sometimes never, sometimes always, by Elissa Janine Hoole; Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Aimless Love, by Billy Collins; The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Vikings Across the Atlantic, by Daron W. Olson.


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 at Call the staff at the Radio for your password to the site.  

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Chautauqua Tuesday,  Tuesday – Saturday 4 a.m

The Parthenon Enigma, Nonfiction by Joan Breton Connelly, 2014. 18 Br. Begins August 14. Built in the fifth century B.C., the Parthenon has been venerated for two millennia as the ultimate paragon of beauty and proportion. But how much do the values of those who built the Parthenon truly correspond with our own? Read by Arlan Dohrenburg.




Past is Prologue, Monday –  Friday 9 a.m

The Time Traveler’s Guide to Elizabethan England, Nonfiction by Ian Mortimer, 2013. 21 Br. Begins August 11. In the popular imagination, Elizabethan England was awash with discovery, military victories, and literary masterpieces. But it was also a time of profound uncertainty, religious conflict, and famine, where life expectancy barely reached the thirties. Read by Charles Torrey.



Bookworm, Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

Stillwater, Fiction by Nicole Lea Helget, 2014. 12 Br. Began August 5. At the time of the Civil War, Stillwater is a town of pioneers, nuns, fur trappers, loggers, runaway slaves and freedmen, outlaws and people of conscience. In that town, Clement and Angel, separated at birth, get to know different types of the residents. L –   Read by Nancy Felknor.

The Deepest Secret, Fiction by Carla Buckley, 2014. 12 Br. Begins August 21. Eve Lattimore’s family seems very normal, but life revolves around keeping her son Tyler safe. He has a rare medical condition that makes him fatally sensitive to light, so he never leaves the house except at night. And then one night… L – Read by Mary Hall.




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

The Worlds of Sholem Aleichem, Nonfiction by Jeremy Dauber, 2014. 17 Br. Begins August 4. Novelist, playwright, journalist, essayist, and editor, Sholem Aleichem was one of the founding giants of modern Yiddish literature. But just as compelling as the characters he created was Sholem Aleichem’s own life story. Read by Dan Sadoff.

The Idealist,Nonfiction by Nina Munk, 2013. 8 Br. Begins August 27. Matthew 26:11 says “The poor you will always have with you,” but economist Jeffrey Sachs disagrees. In his view, poverty is a problem that can be solved and he has attempted to put his theories into practice in Africa. Read by John Hagman.



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

Mrs. Poe, Fiction by Lynn Cullen, 2013. 11 Br. Began August 4. Frances Osgood is struggling to support her children as a poet so she jumps at the opportunity to meet Mr. Poe, if only to help her career. His The Raven is the literary rage. But she finds he admires her work, and that is followed by a flirtation, seduction, and a love affair. But when Poe’s wife, Virginia, insists on befriending Frances as well, the relationship becomes dark and deceiving. Read by Karen Wertz.

The Book of Jonah,Fiction by Joshua Max Feldman, 2014. 15 Br. Begins August 19. Jonah is a successful young lawyer with everything going for him  – healthy and handsome, with two beautiful women ready to spend their lives with him. He’s celebrating a deal that will make him a partner at his firm when he has a bizarre vision at a party. It is only the first one, and before long his life is unrecognizable. L – Read by John Holden.



PM Report, Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

My Country, ‘Tis of Thee, Nonfiction by Keith Ellison, 2014. 10 Br. Began August 11. Keith Ellison was the first Muslim elected to Congress and, in fact, the first nonwhite that Minnesota elected to Congress. But he ran because he wanted to make a difference, to contribute to the future of his children, his community, and his country. In his own family, he sees an illustration of what makes America great, going in three generations from slavery to professionals, including people of different ancestries and religions. Read by Tom Price.

However Long the Night, Nonfiction by Aimee Molloy, 2013. 8 Br. Begins August 25. Molly Melching founded Tostan, an organization dedicated to empowering African communities by using democracy and human-rights based education. She forever changed her life and the lives of those touched by Tostan.  Read by June Prange.



Night Journey, Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

The Lincoln Deception, Fiction by David O. Stewart, 2013. 9 Br. Began August 5. Dr. Jamie Fraser is at the deathbed of a former Congressman, John Bingham, in 1900. Bingham prosecuted eight members of John Wilkes Booth’s plot to kill Lincoln. But during the 1865 trial, a conspirator divulged a secret so explosive it could shatter the republic. Read by Stevie Ray.

Critical Mass, Fiction by Sara Paretsky, 2013. 17 Br. Begins August 18. V.I. Warshawksi’s friend, Lotty Herschel, escaped Nazi Austria on the Kindertransport with her childhood playmate Kitty. When Kitty’s daughter finds her life is in danger, she calls Lotty, who calls V.I. for help. L – Read by Bonita Sindelir.



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

The Mountain of Light, Fiction by Indu Sundaresan, 2013. 14 Br. Began August 12. The diamond, Mountain of Light, was left to Prince Dalip Singh, a six-year-old child. During that time, the colonization of India was taking root and the diamond was secreted out of India. As a sixteen-year-old, Prince Dalip realized all that Britain gave him could not make up for the loss of his lands and the diamond. Read by Kristi Sullivan.



Potpourri, Monday – Friday 11 p.m.    

The Empathy Exams, Nonfiction by Leslie Jamison, 2014. 9 Br. Begins August 5. Beginning with her experience as a medical actor, paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams asks essential questions about our basic understanding of others. L – Read by Jan Anderson.

One Summer,Nonfiction by Bill Bryson, 2014. 18 Br. Begins August 18. The summer of 1927 began with Charles Lindbergh becoming the first man to cross the Atlantic by plane nonstop. But the summer also saw Babe Ruth climbing to the home run record, Al Jolson recording the first talking picture, and Al Capone releasing a reign of terror to control the illegal booze business. Read by Diane Ladenson.



Good Night Owl, Monday – Friday midnight

In Times of Fading Light, Fiction by Eugen Ruge, 2013. 16 Br. Began August 4. In snapshots, we see Wilhelm and Charlotte and their family in East Germany from 1952 to 1989. It is a country that has vanished into memory and history. L – Read by Sam Johnson.

Z: a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, Fiction by Therese Anne Fowler, 2013. 14 Br. Begins August 26. When southern belle Zelda Sayre met F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1918, she was seventeen and he was a young army lieutenant. She fell for him and when he sold his first novel, she boarded a train to New York, to marry him and take the rest as it comes. L – Read by Alletta Jervey.



After Midnight, Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

Burn, Fiction by Julianna Baggott, 2013. 15 Br. Begins August 13. As Pures battle Wretches, Partridge has taken his father’s place as leader of the Pures. His intent was to bring down the Dome from the inside; but now, things don’t seem quite as clear. Perhaps his father was right, that the world needs the Dome and Partridge to rule it. L – Read by Mitzi Lewellen.



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

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