Radio Talking Book – July 2010

20th Anniversary of the ADA     The White House launched the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities […]

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20th Anniversary of the ADA    

The White House launched the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act at the VSA International Festival at the Kennedy Center on June 6. Senior Advisor to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett spoke of President Obama’s commitment to “honoring and enforcing the rights of all people with disabilities. Disability rights are human rights, and to be recognized and promoted from here at home and certainly around the world, we should lead by example. That’s why the President was so proud to add America to the list of 140 countries that signed onto the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities… the first new human rights treaty of the 21st Century. It’s also why President Obama lifted the ban on stem cell research. It’s why he provided more than $12 billion in funding in the Recovery Act for individuals with disabilities education act. It’s why he signed into law the Christopher and Dana Reeves Paralysis Act, and launched the Year of Community Living, to affirm the fundamental right of people with disabilities to live with dignity and respect wherever they choose.” About the ADA, she said, “The ADA was a landmark civil rights legislation, a bill of rights for persons with disabilities, a formal acknowledgement that Americans with disabilities are Americans first and that they’re entitled to the same rights and freedoms as everybody else. The ADA’s 20th Anniversary (is) an opportunity to recommit ourselves to making sure that we see those with disabilities for what they can do rather than for what they cannot. And that everyone has the right to pursue the American dream, everyone, just like everyone else.”


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Tuesday – Saturday 4 a.m.

Hope For the Animals and Their World, Nonfiction by Jane Goodall, 2009.  Goodall reveals survival stories about formerly endangered species whose populations are now recovering, largely due to heroic efforts of dedicated field biologists. Read by Michele Potts. 13 Br. Begins July 1.

Rediscovering Values, Nonfiction by Jim Wallace, 2010.   When we start with the wrong question, it won’t give us the results we want. Instead of asking “When will this economic crisis be over,” the right question is “How will this crisis change us?” Read by Wally Vavrosky. 8 broadcasts. Begins July 20.

Cheap, Nonfiction by Ellen Ruppel Shell, 2009.   America has been transformed by its fixation on low price. This obsession is the most powerful and devastating market force of our time. Read by Sally Browne. 14 broadcasts. Begins July 30.


Past is Prologue
Monday – Friday 9 a.m.

The Great Gamble, Nonfiction by Gregory Feifer, 2009.   During the Cold War, the Soviets sent elite troops to fight an enemy who defeated their superior numbers with unconventional tactics, a demoralizing defeat. L – Read by Wally Vavrosky. 12 Br. Began June 28.

Darwin’s Sacred Cause, Nonfiction by Adrian Desmond and James Moore, 2009.  Darwin’s abolitionism had deep roots but was reinforced by his voyage on the Beagle and by events in America. His hatred of slavery propelled him to his shattering theories about human origins. Read by Andrea Bell. 20 Br. Begins July 14.


Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built, Fiction by Alexander McCall Smith, 2009.  Mma Ramotswe and her agency are enlisted to help determine why the local football team is losing games. Mma Ramotswe knows nothing about football, and her assistant is distracted with concerns about her fiancé.  Read by Licia Swanson.  8 broadcasts. Begins June 24.

The Choice, Fiction by Suzanne Woods Fisher, 2010.   One moment, Carrie Weaver was looking forward to running away with Solomon Riehl, and leaving the Amish community where they grew up. The next moment, she was staring into a future as broken as her heart. Read by Jan Anderson. 8 broadcasts. Begins July 6.

Love and Summer. Fiction by AlexaWilliam Trevor, 2009.   Ellie is a shy orphan girl, married to a man whose life has been blighted by a tragedy. She lives a quiet life until she meets Florian Kilderry, a young photographer preparing to leave Ireland. Their meeting leaves Ellie with an impossible choice. Read by John Gunter. 6 broadcasts. Begins July 19. 

True Confections. Fiction by Katherine Weber, 2009.   Zip Candies is now in crisis, and nobody is more devoted to the business than Alice Tatnall Ziplinsky, whose marriage into the family was not universally celebrated. Zip Candies is much more to her than a candy factory. Read by Jenny O’Brien. 9 broadcasts. Begins July 27.


Writer’s Voice
Monday – Friday 2 p.m.

Strength in What Remains, Nonfiction by Tracy Kidder, 2009.  Deo came from Burundi in search of a new life. Having survived civil war and genocide, he starts his life in the U.S. with $200, no English, and no contacts. But he ends up at medical school with a life devoted to healing.  Read by Malcolm McLean.  13 broadcasts. Begins June 28.

Manhood for Amateurs, Nonfiction by Michael Chabon, 2009.   What does it mean to be a man today? Chabon invokes, interprets, and struggles to reinvent for us the personal and family history that haunts him. L,S – Read by Scott Ford. 10 broadcasts. Begins July 12.

Perfect Rigor, Nonfiction by Masha Gessen, 2009.  What does it mean to be a man today? Chabon invokes, interprets, and struggles to reinvent for us the personal and family history that haunts him. L,S – Read by Scott Ford. 10 broadcasts. Begins July 12.


Choice Reading
Monday – Friday 4 p.m.

If Rains Don’t Cleanse, Fiction by Ben Patrick Johnson, 2009.   Eva went to Africa as a missionary. But the world she is now in is entirely unlike her own. Circumstances make her question the faith she came to spread. Read by Pat Kovel-Jarboe. 15 broadcasts. Begins June 21.

Girl in a Blue Dress, Fiction by Gaynor Arnold, 2009.   Dorothea was doomed to live in the shadow of her husband, the most celebrated author in the Victorian world. But too many children sapped her vitality and she was chased out of his life. Read by Eileen Barratt. 16 broadcasts.  Begins July 12.


PM Report
Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

Anticancer, Nonfiction by David Servan-Schreiber, MD, 2009. When Dr. Servan-Schreiber was diagnosed with brain cancer, his life changed dramatically. But with education and life changes, he restored his health. Read by John Mandeville. 13 Br. Begins July 5.

The Unlikely Disciple, Nonfiction by Kevin Roose, 2009.  Students often spend a semester studying elsewhere to broaden their education. Quaker Kevin Roose enrolled in Jerry Falwell’s evangelical Liberty University. Read by John Beal. 14 broadcasts. Begins July 22.


Night Journey
Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

The Lacuna, Fiction by Barbara Kingsolver, 2009.  Born in the United States but reared in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd feels no sense of home. But then he connects with the world of Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and Lev Trotsky. His life will become significant. L – Read by Marylyn Burridge. 19 broadcasts. Begins June 15.

Heaven’s Keep, Fiction by William Kent Krueger, 2009.  A plane carrying Cork O’Connor’s wife goes missing. Later evidence shows the pilot was not who he claimed to be. Cork travels to Wyoming where he battles local law enforcement and Natives. L – Read by Charlie Boone. 10 Br. Begins July 12.

American Legends, Fiction by William L. Bauer, 2009.  When Cal Berg’s private jet disappears over the Arctic, his brother believes that Cal survived. Detective Matt Grieve follows the trail of lies left for him. V,L – Read by Nancy Felknor. 11 broadcasts. Begins July 26.


Off the Shelf
Monday – Friday 10 p.m.

Little Bird of Heaven, Fiction by Joyce Carol Oates, 2009.   When Zoe Kruller is murdered, the two suspects are her estranged husband Delray and her lover, Eddy Diehl. The children of each believe the other’s father is the guilty one. L – Read by Maria Rubinstein.  16 broadcasts. Begins June 30.

The Scarecrow, Fiction by Michael Connelly, 2009.   Crime reporter Jack McEvoy is being laid off and decides to write the crime story of his career. But he finds the killer he’s following may be innocent and his investigation begins to be dangerous. L – Read by Dennis Laufenburger.  12 broadcasts. Begins July 22.


Monday – Friday 11 p.m.

Last Words, Nonfiction by George Carlin and Tony Hendra, 2009. George Carlin’s life began in New York in the 1940s, where class and culture wars planted seeds for some of his best known material. Over the next fifty years, he became one of America’s preeminent comedic voices. L – Read by Arlan Dohrenburg. 13 broadcasts. Begins July 5.

The Last Goodnights,  Nonfiction by John West, 2009. John West’s parents were both medical professionals. When they realized how ill they were, they asked their son to help end their lives. It was the ultimate act of love. Read by Dan Kuechenmeister. 8 broadcasts. Begins July 22

Fiction by Pat Conroy, 2009.

Leopold grew up in South Carolina, an area divided by racism and class. Lonely and isolated after his brother’s suicide, he turned to his circle of friends to sustain him. V,L,S – Read by Bill Joyce. 23 Br. Begins July 7.          


Good Night Owl
Monday – Friday midnight

Every Boat Turns South, Fiction by J.P. White, 2009.   Matt Younger is a boat delivery captain who returns to Florida from the Dominican Republic to make a confession to his dying father. He and two companions followed a dream that was paid for in lust, betrayal, and violence. V,L,S – Read by Bob Malos. 11 broadcasts. Begins June 22

South of Broad,  Fiction by Pat Conroy, 2009.  Leopold grew up in South Carolina, an area divided by racism and class. Lonely and isolated after his brother’s suicide, he turned to his circle of friends to sustain him. V,L,S – Read by Bill Joyce. 23 Br. Begins July 7.          


After Midnight
Tuesday– Saturday 1 a.m.

The Gates, Fiction by John Connolly, 2009. Samuel is trick-or-treating three days before Halloween when he sees strange things at 666 Crowley Road. The Abernathys have inadvertently opened the gates to Hell. Read by Scott Ford. 9 broadcasts. Begins July 1.

The Vast Fields of Ordinary,  Fiction by Nick Burd, 2009. Dade is having a horrible last summer before college. Then Alex appears and things change. L,S – Read by Scott Brush. 10 broadcasts. Begins July 14.

Heist Society, Fiction by Ally Carter, 2010. Katarina grew up in a family of thieves. Now she has tried to leave that life, but it seems her father has stolen a very valuable art collection and he needs her help. Read by Kara Greshwalk. 7 Br. Begins July 28.

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