Radio Talking Book – January 2024

Program changes and new books Radio Talking Book is making a program change this month. Snippets, 6 a.m. Sun, will […]

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Program changes and new books

Radio Talking Book is making a program change this month. Snippets, 6 a.m. Sun, will be replaced by the Curious Mind—science and esoterica from Scientific American and other sources. The Curious Mind’s current slot, 1 p.m. Sun, will be replaced by a new program, Rolling Stone—featuring readings from Rolling Stone magazine. 
2024 starts with 22 new books premiering in January. Anyone wishing to comment about programming or ask about books can call 651-539-2316 or contact [email protected]

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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, 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 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 


Monday – Friday 6 a.m. 
Screaming On the Inside, nonfiction by Jessica Grose, 2022. A New York Times opinion writer dismantles 200 years of unrealistic parenting expectations and empowers today’s mothers to make choices that actually serve themselves, their children, and their communities. Read by Pat Muir. Eight broadcasts; begins Tue, Jan. 23.


Monday – Friday 12 p.m. 
Olav Audunssøn 3 Crossroads, fiction by Sigrid Undset, 2022. The third volume in the Nobel Prize–winning author’s tumultuous, epic story of medieval Norway—the first new English translation in nearly a century. Read by Don Lee. 10 broadcasts; begins Thu, Jan. 11. 

Harold, fiction by Steven Wright, 2023. A uniquely humorous and deeply profound novel from a legendary stand-up comedian that follows the thoughts of a 1960s third grader during a single day at school. Read by Stuart Holland. Seven broadcasts; begins Thu, Jan 25

The Writer’s Voice* 

Monday – Friday 1 p.m. 
Surrender, nonfiction by Bono, 2022. A memoir from Bono, lead singer of U2, about the remarkable life he’s lived, the challenges he’s faced, and the friends and family who have shaped and sustained him. Read by Robb Empson. 21 broadcasts; begins Tue, Jan. 2. 

Journey to Japan, nonfiction by Sarah Deschamps, 2023. A young Minnesotan family moves to Tokyo dreaming of adventure, only to face the challenges of their infant’s rare disease. Read by Jack Rossmann. 11 broadcasts; begins Wed, Jan. 31.

Afternoon Report* 

Monday – Friday 4 p.m. 
The Fight of His Life, nonfiction by Chris Whipple, 2023. A revelatory, news making look at how President Joe Biden and his seasoned team have battled to achieve their agenda during two years of crises at home and abroad. Read by Jan Anderson. 11 broadcasts; begins Mon, Jan. 15. 

The Tragic Mind, nonfiction by Robert D. Kaplan, 2023. A moving meditation on recent geopolitical crises, viewed through the lens of ancient and modern tragedy. Read by MaryBeth Redmond. Four broadcasts; begins Tue, Jan. 30.

Night Journey* 

Monday – Friday 7 p.m. 
Moscow Exile, fiction by John Lawton, 2023. A spy thriller, moving from post-WWII Washington, D.C. to a KGB prison near Moscow’s Kremlin in the late 1960s. Read by Stuart Holland. 16 broadcasts; begins Wed, Jan. 3. – L  

The Zero Night, fiction by Brian Freeman, 2022. A woman has been kidnapped. Now Jonathan Stride must decide if her husband wants her back…dead or alive. Read by Mike Tierney. 12 broadcasts; begins Thu, Jan. 25. – L

Off the Shelf* 

Monday – Friday 8 p.m. 
Small Mercies, fiction by Dennis Lehane, 2023. An all-consuming tale of revenge, family love, festering hate, and insidious power, set against one of the most tumultuous episodes in Boston’s history. Read by Lynn Middleton-Koller. 11 broadcasts; begins Mon, Jan. 8. – L, R 

Nights of Plague, fiction by Orhan Pamuk, 2022. Part detective story, part historical epic—a bold and brilliant novel that imagines a plague ravaging a fictional island in the Ottoman Empire. Read by Carl Voss. 31 broadcasts; begins Mon, Jan. 23. 


Monday – Friday 9 p.m. 
Winters in the World, nonfiction by Eleanor Parker, 2022. Interweaving literature, history, and religion, an exquisite meditation on the turning of the seasons in medieval England. Read by Michelle Juntunen. 9 broadcasts; begins Thu, Jan. 4. 

On Decline, nonfiction by Andrew Potter, 2021. Essays surveying the current problems and likely future of Western civilization. Read by Stevie Ray. Four broadcasts; begins Wed, Jan. 17. 

Abominations, nonfiction by Lionel Shriver, 2022. A striking collection of provocative essays from a prize-winning, New York Times bestselling author. Read by Eileen Barratt. 12 broadcasts; begins Tue, Jan. 23. 

Good Night Owl* 

Monday – Friday 10 p.m. 
How to Sell a Haunted House, fiction by Grady Hendrix, 2023. A thrilling novel that explores the way the past—and one’s family—can haunt a person like nothing else. Read by Cintra Godfrey. 15 broadcasts; begins Mon, Jan. 8. – L, V 

The Ferryman, fiction by Justin Cronin, 2023. A riveting standalone novel about a group of survivors on a hidden island utopia—where the truth isn’t what it seems. Read by Jim Gregorich. 18 broadcasts; begins Mon, Jan. 29. – L

RTB After Hours* 

Monday – Friday 11 p.m. 
An Island Wedding, fiction by Jenny Colgan, 2022. A delightful summer novel that will sweep listeners away to the remote Scottish island of Mure, where two very different weddings are about to take place. Read by Karen Ray. 12 broadcasts; begins Mon, Jan 1. – L  

Hotel of Secrets, fiction by Diana Biller, 2023. A romance set a Viennese Victorian-era hotel that is equal parts screwball comedy, epic love story, and thrilling mystery. Read by Michele Potts. 12 broadcasts; begins Wed, Jan. 17. – L, S, V

Weekend Program Books 

Your Personal World, 1 p.m. Sat, a rebroadcast of Toxic Positivity by Whitney Goodman, read by Beverly Burchett. 

For the Younger Set, 11 a.m. Sun, presents The Rat Queen by Pete Hautman, read by Parichay Rudina. 

Poetic Reflections, noon Sun, presents A Film in Which I Play Everyone by Mary Jo Bang, read by Mary Knatterud; followed by Vote Coyote! by Loren Niemi, read by Jim Ahrens; followed by All Souls by Saskia Hamilton, read by Jim Ahrens. 

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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