Radio Talking Book – February 2020

Books available through library services Books broadcast on the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network are available through the Minnesota Braille […]

Find out what we're reading this month on the Radio Talking Bok

Books available through library services

Books broadcast on the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network are available through the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library in Faribault. The catalog is online at Minnesota DEED’s website; click on the links to find Publications Available and the Programming Schedule. Persons living outside of Minnesota may obtain copies of books via an inter-library loan by contacting their home state’s Network Library for the National Library Service. 

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The sampling published monthly in Access Press doesn’t represent the full array of programming. Many more programs and books are available.

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Monday – Friday 6 a.m. 

I Know What I Saw, nonfiction by Linda S. Godfrey, 2019. Journalist Linda S. Godfrey presents a collection of crypto-zoological creatures and fantastical folklore from across North America. Read by Kristi Fuller. 10 broadcasts; begins Mon, Feb. 17. 

Past is Prologue* 
Monday – Friday 11 a.m. 

Spies of No Country, nonfiction by Matti Friedman, 2019. Journalist Matti Friedman tells of Arab Jews from the Islamic world who helped create the Arab Section, part of Israel’s underground army. Read by Read by John Holden. Eight broadcasts; begins Mon, Feb. 24. 

Choice Reading* 
Monday – Friday 2 p.m. 

Refuge, nonfiction by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier, 2017. There are now more than 65 million refugees and displaced persons worldwide. A workable system to provide sanctuary is needed. Read by Greg Olson. 10 broadcasts; begins Tue, Feb. 25. 

Afternoon Report* 
Monday – Friday 4 p.m. 

Voices From Slavery, nonfiction by Norman R. Yetman, 2010. Vivid, first-person accounts of what it was like to be a slave in the South, recounted in simple and often poignant language. Read by Jan Anderson. 22 broadcasts; begins Tue, Feb. 11. 

Off the Shelf* 
Monday – Friday 8 p.m. 

Courting Mr. Lincoln, fiction by Louis Bayard, 2019. Mary Todd moves to Springfield, Illinois and meets the awkward but principled young lawyer Abe Lincoln. His urbane friend Joshua Speed grooms and guides Lincoln on the path to romance. Read by Carol McPherson. 16 broadcasts; begins Thu, Feb. 13. 

Monday – Friday 9 p.m. 

Farsighted, nonfiction by Steven Johnson, 2019. Science journalist Steven Johnson describes techniques for making decisions and stresses the importance of planning. Read by Robb Empson. Eight broadcasts; begins Mon, Feb. 17. – L 

Hijinx and Hearsay, nonfiction by Martin Keller, 2019. Minnesota journalist Martin Keller looks at the Twin Cities’ music scene over the past forty years. Read by Jim Tarbox. Eight broadcasts; begins Thu, Feb. 27. – L 

Good Night Owl* 
Monday – Friday 10 p.m. 

Beartown, fiction by Frederik Backman, 2016. A Swedish junior hockey team competes in a national tournament. Their town’s hopes and dreams rest on their shoulders. Read by Don Gerlach. 17 broadcasts; begins Tue, Feb. 11. – L, S 

RTB After Hours* 
Monday – Friday 11 p.m. 

How to Kill Friends and Implicate People, fiction by Jan Stringer, 2016. Sam Ireland and her brother Phil are full-time bike messengers and part-time detectives. Fergus Fletcher is a hitman who has returned home to Glasgow. Sam signs onto an online dating site – not realizing that hitmen also get lonely. Read by Mike Casper. Eight broadcasts; begins Mon, Feb. 24. – L, V, S 

Weekend Program Books 

Your Personal World, 1 p.m. Sat, presents More than Enough by Elaine Welteroth (L); followed by Renia’s Diary: A Holocaust Journal by Renia Spiegel and Elizabeth Bellak; both read by Beverly Burchett. 

For the Younger Set, 11 a.m. Sun, presents One Person, No Vote by Carol Anderson and Tonya Bolden, read by Pat Kovel-Jarboe. 

Poetic Reflections, noon Sun, presents The Idea of the Garden by Michael S. Moos, read by Tom Speich. 

The Great North, 4 p.m. Sun, presents Packinghouse Daughter by Cheri Register, read by Susan Niefeld. 

All times listed are Central Standard Time. 


V – violent content, RE – racial epithets, L – strong language, G – gory descriptions, S – sexual situations 

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