Radio Talking Book – February 2017

Aging Eyes Initiative Seniors faced with vision loss are often riddled with anxiety and stress. A few years ago, SSB […]

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Aging Eyes Initiative

Seniors faced with vision loss are often riddled with anxiety and stress. A few years ago, SSB started The Aging Eyes Initiative to meet the growing need to provide services to seniors losing vision.  This program trains people currently working with seniors to provide a first level of support to seniors in the early stages of vision loss; these might be professionals they already know as they are introduced to adaptive devices and the rehabilitation process. To find which local group in your area is part of this free resource and service, please contact SSB employee Cindy Kaufmann at 651-539-2276, or toll-free 1-800-652-9000.   


Weekend Program Books

Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing The Way of Rest, by Jeff Foster; For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing House of Secrets – Battle of the Beasts, by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini; Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing There Now, by Eamon Grennan, and Standoff, by David Rivard; The Great North (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Pothole Confidential, by R.T. Rybak.


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.  

Audio information about the daily book listings is also on NFB Newsline. Register for NFB Newsline by calling 651-539-1424.


Chautauqua Tuesday,  Tuesday – Saturday 4 a.m

Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs, Nonfiction by Lisa Randall, 2015. 16 Br. Begins February 14. Theoretical physicist Professor Lisa Randall proposes that it might have been dark matter that killed the dinosaurs. Our planet is clearly connected to the makeup of the Universe, but our place in the Universe is also quite fragile. Read by Lannois Neely.


Past is Prologue, Monday –  Friday 9 a.m

Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens, Nonfiction by Steve Olson, 2016. 9 Br. Begins February 2. In early 1980, scientists, journalists, sightseers, and residents listened to rumblings in Mount St. Helens. Still, no one was prepared when an immense eruption took off the top of the mountain.  Read by Alvin Apple.

Northern Armageddon, Nonfiction by Peter MacLeod, 2016. 13 Br. Begins February 15. The Battle of the Plains of Abraham was a culmination of the Seven Years’ War, from 1754 to 1763, and led directly to the colonial War of Independence and the creation of Canada. Churchill called it the first world war. Read by John Potts.


Bookworm, Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

Us, Fiction by David Nicholls, 2015. 15 Br. Began February 9. Douglas has been married to Connie for almost three decades, and then, as they prepare for a month-long European tour, she announces that she wants a divorce. Douglas is hoping that this trip will rekindle the romance in their marriage and might help him to bond with their moody seventeen-year-old son, Albie. But the tour brings a powerful awakening of his own. Read by Jack Rossmann.


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


Cursed Legacy, Nonfiction by Frederic Spotts, 2016. 17 Br. Began January 30. Novelist, playwright, essayist, and journalist, Klaus Mann, son of novelist Thomas Mann, was one of the most provocative German writers of the last century. Even before Hitler came to power, Klaus fought the Nazis through his writing. L – Read by Dan Sadoff.

My Own Words, Nonfiction by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 2016. 14 Br. Begins February 22. As a Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had a powerful and enduring influence on law, women’s rights, and popular culture. She is one of America’s most influential women. Read by Patricia Muir.


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

Lazaretto, Fiction by Diane McKinney-Whetstone, 2016. 12 Br. Begins February 14. In post-Civil War Philadelphia, a young black woman gives birth to a child fathered by her wealthy white employer. It sets off a chain of events that culminate at the Lazaretto, the country’s first quarantine hospital, a crucible of life and death. V,S – Read by Pat Lelich.


PM Report, Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

Passing on the Right, Nonfiction by Jon A. Shields and Joshua M. Dunn, Sr., 2016. 12 Br. Begins February 14. Should conservatives become professors? The Left fears infiltration; the Right lampoons the leftism of the academy. But most conservative professors experience the university as a far more tolerant place than critics imagine. Read by Brenda Powell.


Night Journey, Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

Dead Too Long, Fiction by Ron Handberg, 2016. 13 Br. Began February 9. Reporter Gabby Gooding’s unexpected arrival at Channel 7 is met with suspicion and resentment. Her first assignment involves the discovery of a long-dead body in the basement of a Minneapolis home and it pits her against the rest of the staff. L – Read by John Marsicano.

The Considerate Killer, Fiction by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis, 2016. 9 Br. Begins February 28. Nina’s trip to the Philippines is a prelude to an attempt on her life and a dangerous friendship between three men. Time and circumstance have forced them to make impossible choices that have cost human lives. How far will they go to save themselves? V,L,S – Read by Pat Kovel-Jarboe.


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

Heat & Light, Fiction by Jennifer Haigh, 2016. 17 Br. Began February 6. When Rich Devlin leases his mineral rights to finance his dream of farming, he doesn’t count on the traffic and noise. Or the opposition from his brother, his wife, and their neighbors.  Read by Connie Jamison.


Potpourri, Monday – Friday 11 p.m.    

Francis Bacon in Your Blood: A Memoir, Nonfiction by Michael Peppiatt, 2016. 19 Br. Began February 2. Michael Peppiatt met the artist Francis Bacon in June 1963 to request an interview for a student magazine he was editing. Bacon invited him to lunch and they began a friendship and a no-holds-barred conversation that would continue until Bacon’s death thirty years later. Despite the chaos Bacon created around himself, Peppiatt managed to record scores of conversations, of life and art, love and death, the hilarious and the tragic. L,S – Read by Arlan Dohrenburg.


Good Night Owl, Monday – Friday midnight

Only Love Can Break Your Heart, Fiction by Ed Tarkington, 2016. 10 Br. Began February 8. Eight-year-old Rocky worships his teenage brother Paul –full of rebel cool, smoking cigarettes while cruising in his Chevy Nova blasting Neil Young –  until the day Paul picks him up from school and nearly abandons him in the woods. Then Paul disappears. Years later, a mysterious double murder sets the town on edge forcing now-teenage Rocky and his family to finally reckon with the past.  S – Read by John Marsicano.

The Dressmaker’s War, Fiction by Mary Chamberlain, 2016. 11 Br. Began January 24. London, 1939, and Ada Vaughan, a young working-class woman with a skill for dressmaking, meets Stanislaus von Lieben, a Hungarian aristocrat. A new, better life seems to beckon. He sweeps her off her feet and brings her to Paris. But when war breaks out, Stanislaus vanishes. Ada is alone and trapped. Taken prisoner by the Germans, Ada does everything she can to survive. L – Read by Mary Hall. 


After Midnight, Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

Iron Cast, Fiction by Destiny Soria, 2016. 13 Br. Began February 3. Ada Navarra is the daughter of immigrants, and Corinne Wells is an heiress. They make an unlikely pair, but on stage at the Cast Iron nightclub, they create illusions together through art and magic. By day, they use these same skills to con the city’s elite to keep the club afloat. When a job goes awry and Ada is imprisoned, she realized they’re on the precipice of danger and only Corinne can break her out of the asylum. L – Read by Jess Banks.

The Secret Language of Stones, Fiction by M.J. Rose, 2016. 12 Br. Begins February 22. Opaline spends her days making watches for soldiers at the front and mourning jewelry for the mothers, wives, and lovers of those who have fallen. She has a rare gift that allows her to translate the energy from stones, enabling her to receive messages from beyond.   S – Read by Judith Johannessen.


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


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