Radio Talking Book – February 2015

BARD has accepted its first RTB book Last month, we announced that BARD (Braille Audio Reading Download) was considering adding […]

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BARD has accepted its first RTB book

Last month, we announced that BARD (Braille Audio Reading Download) was considering adding books recorded for the Radio Talking Book (RTB). We are pleased to announce that BARD has accepted its first RTB book, Sky Tinged Red: A Chronicle of Two and a Half Years in Auschwitz, written by Isaia Eiger, and translated by his daughter, Dora Eiger Zaidenweber. We will begin posting other books on BARD that we’ve recorded that are otherwise not available. BARD is a function of the National Library Service and is available for digital download 24 hours per day. We will announce other RTB titles as they become available.

Weekend Program Books

Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing The Confidence Code, by Katty Kay and Claire Shipmen; 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 Underground, by Jim Moore; The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing The Lure of the North Woods, by Aaron Shapiro.

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

Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, Nonfiction by Arianna Huffington, 2014. 8 Br. Begins February 17. To outward appearances, Arianna Huffington was successful. Cofounder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, she was celebrated as one of the world’s most influential women. But when she was going through medical tests after a fall, she wondered if that was what success feels like. Our relentless pursuit of money and power has led to an epidemic of burnout and stress-related illness. Read by June Prange.

The Glass Cage: Automation and UsNonfiction by Nicholas Carr, 2014. 9 Br. Begins February 27. Technology should be used to expand life’s possibilities rather than narrow them. Author Nicholas Carr makes a compelling case that the dominant Silicon Valley ethic is sapping our skills and narrowing our horizons. This is the hidden cost of allowing software to take charge of our jobs and our lives. Read by Chris Colestock.

Past is Prologue, Monday –  Friday 9 a.m

Lincoln’s Bishop, Nonfiction by Gustav Niebuhr, 2014. 7 Br. Began  February 2. In 1862, when the Sioux slaughtered hundreds of pioneer families, citizens demanded mass executions. But Episcopalian Bishop Henry Whipple had warned of the corruption in those managing Indian affairs. He appealed directly to President Lincoln. Read by Esmé Evans.

Dear Abigail, Nonfiction by Diane Jacobs, 2014. 18 Br. Begins February 11. Much has been written of the marriage of President John Adams and his wife Abigail. But few people know of the strong bond Abigail shared with her sisters, Mary Cranch and Elizabeth Shaw Peabody.  Read by Bonita Sindelir.

Bookworm, Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

Moonrise, Fiction by Cassandra King, 2013. 14 Br. Began January 29. Helen marries Emmet Justice, a newly widowed television journalist and their marriage causes a rift between Emmet and his oldest friends who resent her presence. Hoping to mend fences, they join the group for a summer at his late wife’s home, Moonrise. Read by Beth Marie Hansen.

Lucky UsFiction by Amy Bloom, 2014. 8 Br. Begins February 18. Disappointed by their families, Iris and Eva journey through 1940’s America in search of fame and fortune. With friends in high and low places, they stumble and shine through big dreams, scandals, betrayals, and war. Read by Joy Fogarty.

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

The Footloose American, Nonfiction by Brian Kevin, 2014. 15 Br. Began February 2. In 1963, Hunter S. Thompson completed a yearlong journey across South America, filing dispatches for a paper called the National Observer. He reflected on topics that continue to make headlines: leftist populism, resource extraction, the marginalization of indigenous peoples. L – Read by Scott Brush.

Blackboard, Nonfiction by Lewis Buzbee, 2014. 6 Br. Begins February 23. Lewis Buzbee, teacher, writer, and lifelong learner, reflects on his education and the schools of his formative years. He contrasts his own schools with those of his daughter’s experiences. The classroom itself becomes a mirror for the expectations we place on young students. Read by John Beal.

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

Fingal O’Reilly, Irish Doctor, Fiction by Patrick Taylor, 2013. 16 Br. Began February 9. Respected village doctor Fingal O’Reilly has taken on both married life and a female assistant. Life is very different from the challenges Fingal faced thirty years earlier when he was fresh out of medical school. Read by Trish Barry.

PM Report, Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

Sons of Wichita, Nonfiction by Daniel Schulman, 2014. 14 Br. Began February 10. The four Koch brothers were left a large amount of money by their father, which started their legal battles – first against each other. Since then, two of the brothers have spent decades trying to remake the American political landscape. Read by Leila Poullada.

Night Journey, Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

The Arnifour Affair, Fiction by Gregory Harris, 2014. 9 Br. Began February 4. When a carriage bearing the Arnifour family crest arrives at the Kensington home of Colin Pendragon, it is an ominous beginning to a perplexing new case. Lady Arnifour’s husband has been beaten to death and her niece left in a coma. L – Read by Bill Studer.

The Directive, Fiction by Matthew Quirk, 2014. 12 Br. Begins February 17. Mike Ford is a cunning, courageous ex-con with a big heart. When his brother is in a conspiracy to steal a secret worth billions of dollars, Mike wants to help. But he ends up trapped and forced to call on the skills of his past to escape. L – Read by Neil Bright.

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

The Museum of Extraordinary Things, Fiction by Alice Hoffman, 2014. 14 Br. Begins February 10. Coralie Sardie plays a mermaid in her father’s Coney Island freak show. When she sees photographer Eddie Cohen taking pictures by the Hudson, and later, of the New York streets after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, she falls in love. L,S – Read by Nancy Felknor.

Potpourri, Monday – Friday 11 p.m.    

The Book of Men, Nonfiction curated by Colum McCann, 2013. 5 Br. Began February 4. To help launch the literary nonprofit Narrative 4, Esquire asked eighty of the world’s greatest writers to write on “How to Be a Man.” Not just exploring what it is to be a man, they ultimately write about what it is to be a human. Read by Jim Gregorich.

The Keillor Reader, Nonfiction by Garrison Keillor, 2014. 16 Br. Begins February 11. The founder and host of A Prairie Home companion, Garrison Keillor gives us a retrospective of his life as satirist, columnist, singer, storyteller, novelist, poet, and screenwriter. Nearing the age of seventy-two, he has no plans for retirement. L – Read by Don Lee.


Good Night Owl, Monday – Friday midnight

Sworn Virgin, Fiction by Elvira Dones, 2014. 8 Br. Began February 9. When Hana’s uncle asks her to marry a local boy to run the household, she is resolved to remain independent. She must vow  – with Albanian tradition – to live the rest of her life in chastity as a man. L,S – Read by Kristi Sullivan.

The Secret Wisdom of the Earth, Fiction by Christopher Scotton, 2015. 14 Br. Begins February 19. Kevin and his friend, Buzzy, become involved in a mountaintop removal dispute in Medgar, Kentucky. It tests them to their limits in a struggle for survival in the mountains. L – Read by Tom Speich.

After Midnight, Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

MaddAddam, Fiction by Margaret Atwood, 2013. 12 Br. Began February 3Most of humanity has been destroyed. Toby and Ren have rescued their friend Amanda from the Painballers, and they have regrouped at the MaddAddamite Cobb house, accompanied by the Crakers. L – Read by Jenny O’Brien.

Thorn Jack, Fiction by Katherine Harbour, 2014. 14 Br. Begins February 19Finn and her father move to a town full of possibilities – and dark enigmas. Read by Lynda Kayser.

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


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