Radio Talking Book – December 2009

Holiday Programming Radio Talking Book will air special holiday programming instead of the normal books and periodical programs from Thu […]

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Holiday Programming

Radio Talking Book will air special holiday programming instead of the normal books and periodical programs from Thu Dec. 24  to Sat Dec. 26. This will include many classic Christmas stories that our volunteers have recorded over the last 40 years. Whether your tradition includes Hanukkah, Christmas, or Kwanzaa, Radio Talking Book wishes listeners a very happy holiday season.


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 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 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. If you live outside of Minnesota, you may obtain copies of books 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 for your password to the site.

Tuesday – Saturday 4 a.m.

The Little Book that Saves Your Assets, Nonfiction by David M. Darst, 2008. When others are struggling, the affluent seem to do just fine. How? Two words: asset allocation. Read by Sally Browne. Seven broadcasts. Begins Dec. 31.

Past is Prologue
Monday – Friday 9 a.m.

Levittown, Nonfiction by David Kushner, 2008. After World War II, the Levitt family helped thousands buy a home of their own. But owners had to be white. In 1957, one family helped another buy into the neighborhood. Read by Fred Lyon. 11 broadcasts. Begins Dec. 10.

Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

The School of Essential Ingredients, Fiction by Erica Bauermeister, 2009. Students gather monthly for a class at Lillian’s restaurant. Over time, their paths mingle and the essence of the cooking expands into their lives. Read by Bernadette Flynn. Seven broadcasts. Begins Dec. 28.

Monday – Friday 2 p.m.

Crazy Good, Nonfiction by Charles Leerhsen, 2008. A hundred years ago, the most famous athlete in America was a horse, Dan Patch. But he was also a cultural icon, an unattractive, small, slightly deformed horse who just happened to be a winner. The nation’s infatuation with Dan Patch faded with the development of the automobile. Read by Ray Christensen. 14 broadcasts. Began Dec. 8.

Choice Reading
Monday – Friday 4 p.m.

English, Fiction by Wang Gang, 2009. Twelve-year-old Love Liu wonders what life is like outside of Xinjiang, where everyone is similar, and non-conformity makes one suspect. Then a new teacher arrives from Shanghai to teach English and life changes. Read by Ray Christensen. 10 broadcasts. Begins Dec. 22.

PM Report
Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

Mad, Bad and Sad, Nonfiction by Lisa Appignanesi, 2008. Extreme states of mind, uncontrollable emotions, and thinking oblivious to the real world are part of the human condition. But do women suffer more from such ills? Read by Diane Ladenson. 21 broadcasts. Began Dec. 9.

Night Journey
Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

Death Swatch, Fiction by Laura Childs, 2008. Carmela is invited to a Mardi Gras party at which a float designer is found strangled. The theories are wild, but Carmela doesn’t believe them. Read by Nancy Felknor. Nine broadcasts. Began Dec. 8.

Off the Shelf
Monday – Friday 10 p.m.

Shadow and Light, Fiction by Jonathan Rabb, 2009. In 1927, an investigation into a suicide leads to Berlin’s sex and drug trade, the rise of Hitler, and monarchy restoration. L – Read by Arlan Dohrenburg. 16 broadcasts. Begins Dec. 16.

Evening Odyssey
Monday – Friday 11 p.m.

The Way through Doors, Fiction by Jesse Ball, 2009. Selah Morse rushes an accident victim to the hospital. She’s lost her memory and ID. Told by the doctor to keep her awake, he tells her stories. Read by Peter Danbury. Seven broadcasts. Begins Dec. 28.

Good Night Owl 
Monday – Friday midnight

City of Refuge, Fiction by Tom Piazza, 2008. Katrina affected the Williams and Donaldson families, but they have different options. One family is black, the other white. L – Read by John Marsicano. 13 broadcasts. Began Dec. 7.

After Midnight
Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

Swallowing Darkness, Fiction by Laurell K. Hamilton, 2008. Meredith is a princess of faerie and pregnant. She’s next in line for the throne and has many enemies. She’ll do anything to protect what is hers. L,S – Read by Pat Kovel-Jarboe. 13 broadcasts. Begins Dec. 14.

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