Radio Talking Book – December 2023

Holiday Programming  Join Radio Talking Book for its traditional Holiday Programming broadcasts, beginning at 9 p.m. Sun, Dec. 24, with regular […]

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Holiday Programming 

Join Radio Talking Book for its traditional Holiday Programming broadcasts, beginning at 9 p.m. Sun, Dec. 24, with regular programming resuming at 6 a.m. Tue, Dec. 26. It’s a great way to relax and enjoy the holiday. 

All about Radio Talking Book 

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The sampling published monthly in Access Press doesn’t represent the full array of programming. Listen to RTB’s live or archived programs online at www.mnssb.org/rtb, and learn more about programs. 

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

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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 www.mnbtbl.org. 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.  

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Audio information about the daily book listings is on the National Federation for the Blind (NFB) Newsline. Register for NFB Newsline by calling 651-539-1424. The NFB-NEWSLINE service provides access to more than 500 magazines and newspapers. To learn more, visit www.nfb.org/programs-services/nfb-newsline 

Chautauqua* 

Monday – Friday 6 a.m. 
Mini Philosophy, nonfiction by Jonny Thomson, 2021. A diverse taster menu of ideas on life, the mind, and the world—bite-sized portions of philosophy that whet the appetite for more. Read by Jack Rossmann. Eight broadcasts; begins Thu, Dec. 7. 

Generations, nonfiction by Jean M. Twenge, 2023. A groundbreaking, revelatory portrait of the six generations that currently live in the United States and how they connect, conflict, and compete with one another. Read by Yelva Lynfield. 24 broadcasts; begins Tue, Dec. 19. 

Past is Prologue* 

Monday – Friday 11 a.m. 
Blood and Ruins, nonfiction by Richard Overy, 2021. A thought-provoking and original reassessment of World War II, from Britain’s leading military historian. Read by Stevie Ray. 59 broadcasts; begins Wed, Dec. 20. 

Bookworm* 

Monday – Friday 12 p.m. 
Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club, fiction by J. Ryan Stradal, 2023. A story of a couple from two very different restaurant families in rustic Minnesota, and the legacy of love and tragedy, of hardship and hope, that unites and divides them. Read by Lisa Bromer. 10 broadcasts; begins Mon, Dec. 4. 

Bryant & May: Peculiar London, fiction by Christopher Fowler, 2022. Thinking of a jaunt to England? Let Arthur Bryant and John May, London’s oldest police detectives, show you the oddities behind the city’s façades in this tongue-in-cheek travel guide. Read by Holly Sylvester. 17 broadcasts; begins Mon, Dec. 18. 

The Writer’s Voice* 

Monday – Friday 1 p.m. 
Travels in the Americas, nonfiction by Albert Camus, 2023. Lively journals from his eventful visits to the United States and South America in the 1940s. Read by Jim Ahrens. Four broadcasts; begins Tue, Dec. 12. 

Life’s Work, nonfiction by David Milch, 2022. The creator of Deadwood and NYPD Blue reflects on his tumultuous life, driven by a nearly insatiable creative energy and a matching penchant for self-destruction. Read by Dan Sadoff. 10 broadcasts; begins Mon, Dec. 18. – L 

Choice Reading* 

Monday – Friday 2 p.m. 
The Deluge, fiction by Stephen Markley, 2023. A masterful American epic, charting a near-future approaching collapse and a nascent but strengthening solidarity.  Read by Stuart Holland. 46 broadcasts; begins Mon, Dec. 4. – L 

Afternoon Report* 

Monday – Friday 4 p.m. 
Homegrown, nonfiction by Jeffrey Toobin, 2023. The definitive account of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and the enduring legacy of Timothy McVeigh, leading to the January 6 insurrection. Read by John Potts. 14 broadcasts; begins Mon, Dec. 4. 

It’s OK To Be Angry About Capitalism, nonfiction by Bernie Sanders, 2023. A progressive takedown of the uber-capitalist status quo that has enriched millionaires and billionaires at the expense of the working class, and a blueprint for what transformational change would actually look like. Read by Stevie Ray. 13 broadcasts; begins Tue, Dec. 26. 

Night Journey* 

Monday – Friday 7 p.m. 
The Blackhouse, fiction by Carole Johnstone, 2023. An atmospheric and thrilling gothic tale set on a remote Scottish island where the locals are hiding a deadly secret. Read by Holland Richner. 14 broadcasts; begins Wed, Dec. 13. – L, S 

Off the Shelf* 

Monday – Friday 8 p.m. 
The Trackers, fiction by Charles Frazier, 2023. A stunning new novel that paints a vivid portrait of life in the Great Depression from rural Wyoming to San Francisco nightclubs to the swamps of Florida. Read by Tom Speich. 10 broadcasts; begins Mon, Dec. 4. – L 

The Lost Wife, fiction by Susanna Moore, 2023. A searing tale of a settler caught up in the Sioux Uprising of 1862. Read by Pat Muir. Six broadcasts; begins Mon, Dec. 18. – S, V, G 

When We Were Sisters, fiction by Fatimah Asghar, 2022. A debut novel that wrestles with gender, siblinghood, family, and what it means to be Muslim in America—all through the lens of love. Read by Brenda Powell. Seven broadcasts; begins Wed, Dec. 27. – L, S 

Potpourri* 

Monday – Friday 9 p.m. 
Between Us, nonfiction by Batja Mesquita, 2022. A pioneer of cultural psychology argues that emotions are not innate, but made as we live our lives together. Read by Lannois Neely. 11 broadcasts; begins Mon, Dec. 4. 

Shakespearean, nonfiction by Robert McCrum, 2021. A superbly drawn portrait of one of the greatest writers who ever lived and the legacy of his works. Read by Joseph Papke. 11 broadcasts; begins Tue, Dec. 19. 

Good Night Owl* 

Monday – Friday 10 p.m. 
Grimmish, fiction by Michael Winkler, 2023. A wild, expansive, and genre-blending novel that moves between the present day and boxer Joe Grim’s 1908–09 tour of Australia. Read by John Schmidt. 7 broadcasts; begins Tue, Dec. 5. – L, G 

The Hollow Kind, fiction by Andy Davidson, 2022. An epic horror novel about the spectacular decline of the Redfern family, haunted by an ancient evil. Read by John Holden. 16 broadcasts; begins Thu, Dec. 14. – L

RTB After Hours* 

Monday – Friday 11 p.m. 
After Hours on Milagro Street – Fiction by Angelina M. Lopez, 2022. A professor and a bar owner in small town forced-proximity find sparks and more. Read by Jodi Lindskog. 13 broadcasts; begins Mon, Dec. 11. – L, S 

Weekend Program Books 

Your Personal World, 1 p.m. Sat, presents The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama, read by Beverly Burchett; followed by a rebroadcast of Toxic Positivity by Whitney Goodman, read by Beverly Burchett. 

For the Younger Set, 11 a.m. Sun, presents Controlled Burn by Erin Soderberg Downing, read by Laura Young.  

Poetic Reflections, noon Sun, presents A Film in Which I Play Everyone by Mary Jo Bang, read by Mary Knatterud; followed by How to Communicate by John Lee Clark, read by Mary Knatterud. 

The Great North, 4 p.m. Sun, presents Born of Lakes and Plains by Anne F. Hyde, read by Tony Lopez. 

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