Radio Talking Book – July 2012

Manager of RTB now president of IAAIS There is a network of information services, like Minnesota’s Radio Talking Book, that […]

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Manager of RTB now president of IAAIS

There is a network of information services, like Minnesota’s Radio Talking Book, that are found throughout the United States and in various other places around the world. They are organized so that they can serve their customers better. The International Association of Audio Information Services (IAAIS) has been in existence since the early 1970s, though it was started with a different name. The first president of the organization was C. Stanley Potter, who was the Director of the State Services for the Blind in Minnesota when the Radio Talking Book began.

In Houston, Texas, in May 2012, the IAAIS installed Stuart Holland as the new president, the only other Minnesotan to hold that post.


Weekend Program Books 

Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing 10 Mindful Minutes, by Goldie Hawn; For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing Ghost Knight, by Cornelia Funke and How to Rock Braces and Glasses, by Meg Haston; Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Chronic, by D.A. Powell, and The Foot of the Rainbow, by Thomas R. Smith; The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing North Country, by Mary Lethert Wingerd, and Keeping Watch, by Kathryn A. Sletto.


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. 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.

See interesting information about current RTB events on the Facebook site for the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network. Register for Facebook at


Tuesday – Saturday 4 a.m

Thinking, Fast and Slow, Nonfiction by Daniel Kahneman, 2011. There are two concurrent systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, more logical. The two systems shape our judgments and decisions. Read by Leila Poullada. 19 broadcasts. Begins July 11.


Past is Prologue
Monday – Friday 9 a.m.

Holy War,  Nonfiction by Nigel Cliff, 2011. In 1498, Vasco da Gama sailed from Portugal, circumnavigated Africa, crossed the Indian Ocean, and discovered the sea route to the Indies and access to the wealth of the East. It was the longest voyage known to history. Read by John Potts. 17 broadcasts. Began July 2.

Midnight Rising,  Nonfiction by Tony Horwitz, 2011. Plotted in secret and launched in the dark, John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry ruptured the union between North and South. Yet few Americans know the true story of the militant idealists who invaded Virginia before the Civil War. Read by Marylyn Burridge. 13 broadcasts. Begins July 25


Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

White Truffles in Winter,  Fiction by N.M.Kelby, 2011. Chef Auguste Escoffier has retired and has returned to his wife, Delphine. Delphine requests that he produce a dish in her name as he has done for so many others.   Read by Pat Lelich. 11 broadcasts. Began July 2.         

The Age of Miracles, Fiction by Karen Thompson Walker, 2012. Julia and her family discover that the rotation of the earth has begun to slow. Days and nights grow longer, gravity is affected, and the environment is upset. L – Read by Connie Jamison. 9 Br. Begins July 17.


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

For Love of Lakes, Nonfiction by Darby Nelson, 2011. Despite striking popularity, more than 45 percent of surveyed lakes and 80 percent of urban lakes do not meet water quality standards. Read by Charlie Boone. 10 broadcasts. Begins July 9.

The Memory Palace, Nonfiction by Mira Bartok, 2011. Mira’s mother, Norma, was schizophrenic with difficult behavior. After one encounter, they had no choice but to change their names and sever contact with Norma. L – Read by Esmé Evans. 12 broadcasts. Begins July 23.


Choice Reading
Monday – Friday 4 p.m.

Gillespie and I, Fiction by Jane Harris, 2011. Elderly Harriet Baxter relates the story of her friendship with Ned Gillespie, a talented artist who took his own life decades before, never having achieved the fame Harriet thought he deserved. She had arrived in Glasgow in 1888 and befriended the Gillespie family. She became a fixture in their lives; but when tragedy struck in the form of a kidnapping and trial, the promise of her new world spiraled into mystery and deception. Read by Eileen Barratt. 18 broadcasts. Began June 25.

Tell the Wolves I’m Home, When June’s Uncle Finn dies, she loses the one person who understands her. But his death brings an unexpected friendship, someone who will help her heal and question all she thinks she knows. She’s not the only one who misses Finn. Read by Mary Hall. 12 broadcasts. Begins July 19.


PM Report
Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse, Nonfiction by Suraya Sadeed, 2011. From her first visit to Afghanistan in 1994, Suraya Sadeed has been delivering relief and hope to Afghan orphans and refugees, to women and girls in situations too dangerous for other aid workers or journalists. Read by Jan Anderson. 10 broadcasts. Begins June 25.

Merchants of Doubt, Nonfiction by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway, 2010. There is a loose-knit group of high-level scientists with deep connections in politics and industry who have run effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny scientific knowledge over four decades.   Read by June Prange. 13 broadcasts. Begins July 11. 

Muzzled, Nonfiction by Juan Williams, 2011. In today’s partisan world, each side, liberal and conservative, preaches to a choir that revels in expressions of anger, ideology, conspiracies, and demonized opponents. The result is an absence of truth-telling and honest debate. Read by John Demma. 10 broadcasts. Begins July 30.


Night Journey
Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

The Chalk Girl, Fiction by Carol O’Connell, 2011. The girl appeared in Central Park, dirty-faced but smiling widely. She looked perfect except for the blood on her shoulders. She was looking for her Uncle Red who had turned into a tree – and then they found the body in the tree. V,L – Read by Pat Kovel-Jarboe. 14 broadcasts. Begins July 12


Off the Shelf
Monday – Friday 10 p.m.

The Family Fang, Fiction by Kevin Wilson, 2011. Performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang dedicated themselves to making great art. But when an artist’s work lies in subverting normality, it can be difficult to raise well-adjusted children. L – Read by Jack Rossman. 13 broadcasts. Began July 4.

Field Gray, Fiction by Philip Kerr, 2011. Bernie is a tough-talking cop who spent eleven years as a homicide detective in Berlin. He became a private detective in 1933, then was forced into the SS in 1940.  But after the war, he became a marked man because he knew too much. L – Read by John Schmidt. 15 Br. Begins July 23.


Monday – Friday 11 p.m.

Not at All What One Is Used To, Nonfiction by Marian Janssen, 2010. Born to a wealthy New England family, Isabella Gardner was expected to become a proper society lady. Instead, she had a life infused with alcohol, romantic longings, and artistic impulses. She was named poet laureate of New York State shortly before her death. L – Read by Esmé Evans. 16 broadcasts. Began July 2.

Orange Is the New Black, Nonfiction by Piper Kerman, 2011. Piper Kerman was sentenced to a federal correctional facility for delivering a suitcase of drug money. She went from being a well-heeled Smith College alumna to being inmate #11187-424. L – Read by Ann Reed. 12 broadcasts. Begins July 24.


Good Night Owl
MondayFriday midnight

Doglands, Fiction by Tim Willocks, 2011. Born in a camp for racing greyhounds, Furgul escapes. Now he must confront the indifference, complexity, warmth, and ferocity of the greater world. V – Read by Michele Potts. 8 broadcasts. Began July 4.

Zero Day, Fiction by David Baldacci, 2011. Military investigator John Puller is called to a brutal crime scene in West Virginia coal country. But nothing in this small town, and no one in it, is what it seems. L – Read by Neil Bright. 16 broadcasts. Begins July 16.


After Midnight
Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

This Vacant Paradise, Fiction by Victoria Patterson, 2011. Esther lives with her grandmother who controls her family through her wealth. Esther begins a love affair with Charlie, leading her away from safe choices. L,S – Read by Anne Obst. 10 Br. Begins July 10.

Webs of Fate, Fiction by Darlene Quinn, 2011. Danielle is guilty of betrayal. As her mentor tries to uncover the truth, every step draws Danielle closer to a deadly trap set for her by her fiancé’s son. S – Read by Lynda Kayser. 17 broadcasts. Begins July 24.



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

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