Radio Talking Book – January 2021

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

Donate to the State Services for the Blind online. 

Monday – Friday 6 a.m. 

War Doctor, nonfiction by David Nott, 2019. British surgeon David Nott heard stories from colleagues who provided care in war-torn nations. After finishing his training, Nott proceeded to do the same. Read by Marylyn Burridge. 13 broadcasts; begins Mon, Jan. 11. 

The Body: A Guide for Occupants, nonfiction by Bill Bryson, 2019. Writer and researcher turns his inquisitive and humorous mind to the wonders of the human body. Read by Yelva Lynfield. 21 broadcasts; begins Thu, Jan. 28. 

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

Code Girls, nonfiction by Liza Mundy, 2017. The story of 10,000 young American women who cracked enemy codes in World War II, securing Allied victory and revolutionizing the field of cryptanalysis. Read by Holly Sylvester. 15 broadcasts; begins Mon, Jan. 25. 

Monday – Friday noon 

The Price of Time, fiction by Tim Tigner, 2019. Would finding the Fountain of Youth be a blessing or a curse? Executives keep the discovery hidden, but detective Zachary Chase threatens their secret. Read by Peter Danbury. 11 broadcasts; begins Mon, Jan. 18. – V, L, S 

The Writer’s Voice* 
Monday – Friday 1 p.m. 

Year of the Monkey, nonfiction by Patti Smith, 2019. The musician and author tells of her life in 2016, the “year of the monkey,” when she hitchhiked across the US. Read by Edy Elliott. Five broadcasts; begins Tue, Jan. 12. 

Good Things Happen to People You Hate, nonfiction by Rebecca Fishbein, 2019. Humorist Rebecca Fishbein shares her recovery and life challenges, and displays her resilience. Read by Karen Ray. Six broadcasts; begins Tue, Jan. 19. – L 

Choice Reading* 
Monday – Friday 2 p.m. 

Shelter in Place, fiction by Nora Roberts, 2018. A mass shooting in Portland, Maine transforms the lives of everyone in its wake. Years later, many of the survivors and their rescuers are being found dead. Read by Patricia Kovel-Jarboe. 15 broadcasts; begins Tue, Jan. 26. – L, S, V 

Afternoon Report* 
Monday – Friday 4 p.m. 

The Global Age, nonfiction by Ian Kershaw, 2018. After World War II Europe faced the nuclear era, with provincial attitudes that required decades to address. Read by John Potts. 33 broadcasts; begins Mon, Jan. 18. 

Night Journey* 
Monday – Friday 7 p.m. 

The Benefit of Hindsight, fiction by Susan Hill, 2019. After losing his arm and adapting to a prosthetic limb, detective Simon Serrailler must focus on two robberies and a murder. Read by Greg Olson. Nine broadcasts; begins Tue, Jan. 12. – V, L 

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

The Right Way, fiction by Skyler Anderson, 2018. A man who grew up in the US sees his life change when authorities discover he’s not an American citizen. Read by Don Lee. 10 broadcasts; begins Wed, Jan. 13. 

Monday – Friday 9 p.m. 

American Cuisine, nonfiction by Paul Freedman, 2019. Historian Paul Freedman offers a cultural history of America through our food habits and practices. Read by David Zierott. 13 broadcasts; begins Wed, Jan. 20. 

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

We Were the Lucky Ones, fiction by Georgia Hunter, 2017. The Kurcs, a Jewish family in Poland, relocate across the globe during World War II with historic and personal consequences. Read by Jodi Lindskog. 17 broadcasts; begins Thu, Jan. 28. 

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

The Flight Attendant, fiction by Chris Bohjalian, 2018. Airline attendant Cassandra Bowden wakes up in a hotel bed next to a dead man. Could she have killed him? And if not, who did? Read by Laura Young. 11 broadcasts; begins Wed, Jan. 13. – L, S 

Nothing Good Can Come from This, nonfiction by Kristi Coulter, 2019. Writer Kristi Coulter reveals a portrait of her life and newfound sobriety. Read by Laura Young. Six broadcasts; begins Thu, Jan. 28. – L, S 

Weekend Program Books 

Your Personal World, 1 p.m. Sat, presents There I Am by Ruthie Lindsey (L); followed by All the Wild Hungers by Karen Babine, both read by Beverly Burchett. 

Rated R, 11 p.m. Sat, presents The Kids Are Gonna Ask by Gretchen Anthony (L); followed by Lamb by Christopher Moore (L), both read by Scott McKinney. 

For the Younger Set. 11 a.m. Sun, presents The Nowhere Emporium by Ross Mackenzie, read by Mike Piscitelli; followed by The Queen Bee and Me by Gillian McDunn, read by Pat Muir. 

Poetic Reflections, noon Sun, presents The Road by Heart by Greg Watson and Richard Broderick, read by Dan Sadoff; followed by The Idea of the Garden by Michael S. Moos, read by Tom Speich. 

The Great North, 4 p.m. Sun, presents Tucker Lake Chronicle by Joan Crosby, read by Therese Murray. 

All times listed are Central Standard Time. 

Abbreviations: V – violent content, R – racial epithets, L – strong language, G – gory descriptions, S – sexual situation 

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