Radio Talking Book – July 2014

Program Change Beginning with July 3, two of our periodical programs will be trading times. Career Corner, which is designed for […]

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Program Change

Beginning with July 3, two of our periodical programs will be trading times. Career Corner, which is designed for people who are either looking for work or who are looking at employment issues, will be moving to Thursdays at 10:20 a.m. The program that has been in that time-slot is Design Today, a program that looks at all aspects of design. That will be moving into the time-slot that Career Corner use to occupy: Thursdays at 6:15 a.m. We hope you appreciate the change.

Career Corner has been the recorded source for most of the new podcasts being produced by the RTB for blind and visually impaired Minnesotans who are looking for work. They are on the website for State Services for the Blind, in the area entitled Employment and Career Services. You can access that site at


Weekend Program Books

Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Talk Like TED, by Carmine Gallo; For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing Travels with Louis, by Mick Carlon; Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Paragon Park, by Mark Doty, andAimless Love, by Billy Collins; The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Vikings Across the Atlantic, by Daron W. Olson.


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 Search the Library Catalog. 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 Call the staff at the Radio for your password to the site.   

Audio information about the daily book listings is also on NFB Newsline. Register for NFB Newsline by calling 651-539-1424.



Chautauqua Tuesday,  Tuesday – Saturday 4 a.m

Between Man and Beast, Nonfiction by Monte Reel, 2013. 11 Br. Began July 9. In 1856, Paul Du Chaillu ventured into the African jungle with the goal of finding a mythical beast, the gorilla. He didn’t know he’d be walking into a debate on evolution. Read by Marylyn Burridge.

The Cure in the Code, Nonfiction by Peter W. Huber, 2013. 16 Br. Begins July 24. The biochemical and digital revolutions have given us great potential to save and prolong human life. But Washington stands in the way. Read by Yelva Lynfield.




Past is Prologue, Monday –  Friday 9 a.m

The New York Times: Disunion, Nonfiction edited by Ted Widmer, 2013. 25 Br. Began June 9. Historian Ted Widmer has selected items written by scholars, journalists, historians, and Civil War buffs – originally appearing in a New York Times blog on the topic. They add considerably to our national discourse on the war. Read by Nancy Bader.

The Aviators, Nonfiction by Winston Groom, 2014. 20 Br. Begins July 14. In the early twentieth century, three men became legends in aviation: Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, and Charles Lindbergh. They were more than pilots; they were daredevils, visionaries, and heroes.  Read by John Potts.



Bookworm Monday, Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

The Pieces We Keep, Fiction by Kristina McMorris, 2013. 15 Br. Began July 2. When Audra moves with her son, Jack, to Philadelphia, Jack starts to exhibit an anxiety that consumes him. Audra seeks the help of a wounded Army veteran to help her with the problem. Read by Beth Marie Hansen.

The House on the Cliff, Fiction by Charlotte Williams, 2014. 9 Br. Begins July 23. Therapist Jessica Mayhew makes a house call when her client is suicidal and becomes ensnared in his family’s mystery. Read by Janelle Mattson.




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

Chaser, Nonfiction by John W. Pilley, with Hilary Hinzmann, 2013. 10 Br. Begins July 7. Chaser is a Border collie with an understanding of over a thousand words. Her owner has moved on to demonstrate her ability to understand sentences and grammar, and learning by imitation. Read by Tom Speich.

The Dark Path, Nonfiction by David Schickler, 2013. 9 Br. Begins July 21. Since childhood, Schickler has been torn between his desire to become a Catholic priest and his love of women. He first started conversing with God along “the dark path” through the woods behind his childhood home. Read by Tom Price.




Choice Reading, Monday, Monday – Friday 4 p.m.

The Orphan Train, Fiction by Christina Baker Kline, 2013. 10 Br. Began July 1. Vivian Daly was one of the girls on the orphan trains that ran between 1854 and 1929 connecting eastern cities to the farms in the Midwest. Later in life, she returns to live on the East Coast, and is being helped by a teen-aged girl whose life shares similarities with Vivian’s. Read by Nancy Felknor.

Swimming in the Moon, Fiction by Pamela Schoenewaldt, 2013. 13 Br. Begins July 15. Raised to be a servant in Naples, Lucia is still young when she and her mother immigrate to America. With a beautiful voice, her mother, Teresa, transforms herself to the Naples Nightingale on the vaudeville circuit. But that success isn’t long lasting Read by Isla Hejny.



PM Report, Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

Reagan at Reykjavik, Nonfiction by Ken Adelman, 2014. 13 Br. Began July 3. In October, 1986, Reagan and Gorbachev met for a meeting in Reykjavik. It was intended to be a short meeting to outline future talks but it quickly turned to major international issues. It turned out to be a weekend that would change the world. Read by Art Nyhus.

The Rise of the Warrior Cop, Nonfiction by Radley Balko, 2014. 14 Br. Begins July 22. In early America, we understood that soldiers in the streets bring conflict and tyranny. As a result, our country has generally worked to keep the military out of law enforcement. But over the last several decades, this has changed. Read by John Demma.



Night Journey, Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches, Fiction by Alan Bradley, 2014. 9 Br. Begins July 1. At the railway station, eleven-year-old Flavia is approached by a stranger who whispers in her ear. Moments later, he is pushed under a train and dies. What did his words mean? Read by Myrna Smith.

The Cairo Affair, Fiction by Olen Steinhauer, 2014. 16 Br. Begins July 14. Minutes after Sophie tells her diplomat husband that she has had an affair, he is assassinated. She calls Stan Bertolli, Cairo-based CIA agent, to ask why. She is the only woman he ever truly loved. L – Read by Neil Bright.




Off the Shelf, Monday – Friday 10 p.m.

The Flamethrowers, Fiction by Rachel Kushner, 2013. 15 Br. Began July 7. In 1975, Reno is fascinated with motorcycles and goes to New York to turn that fascination into art. She begins an affair with the artist Sandro Valera, and they visit his family in Italy. L,S – Read by Natasha DeVoe.

Stoker’s Manuscript, Fiction by Royce Prouty, 2013. 11 Br. Begins July 28. Hired to authenticate the original draft and notes for Dracula, Joseph Barkeley finds himself a prisoner of the son of Vlad Dracul in Bran Castle. L – Read by Mike Piscitelli.




Potpourri, Monday – Friday 11 p.m.    

Someone Could Get Hurt, Nonfiction by Drew Magary, 2013. 7 Br. Begins July 3. Magary reveals how American mothers and fathers cope with being in over their heads and he offers a heartfelt defense of American child rearing with an intimate look into the love and compassion that accompany the missteps and flawed logic. L – Read by Stevie Ray.

My Age of Anxiety, Nonfiction by Scott Stossell, 2014. 16 Br. Begins July 14. Thirty years ago, anxiety did not exist as a diagnostic category; today it’s the most common form of mental illness. Drawing on his lifelong battle with it, Stossel gives us an understanding of it from both the medical and experiential perspectives. Read by Denny Laufenburger.



Good Night Owl, Monday – Friday midnight

The Tulip Eaters, Fiction by Antoinette van Heugten, 2013. 10 Br. Began June 30. Nora de Jong returns from work to find her mother murdered, her infant daughter missing, and an unknown dead man on the living room floor. Piecing together clues from a family diary, she realizes the events may stem from her family’s history during World War II.  L – Read by Judy Woodward.

The Swan Gondola, Fiction by Timothy Schaffert, 2014. 15 Br. Begins July 14. Ventriloquist and con man Ferret Skerrit wonders what the 1898 Omaha World’s Fair will bring. But when he crosses paths with the beautiful and enigmatic Cecily, his whole purpose shifts and the fair becomes the backdrop for their love affair. L – Read by John Holden.




After Midnight, Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

Rocket City, Fiction by Cathryn Alpert, 2012. 15 Br. Began June 24Marilee journeys to New Mexico to surprise her fiancé, Larry, who has taken a job on the Alamogordo Air Force Base to gain, in a Zen experiment, an understanding of peace. L,S – Read by Laura Rohlik.

Deadlocked, Fiction by Charlaine Harris, 2012. 11 Br. Begins July 15Sookie knows some things that she’d rather not know. But she can’t pretend she hasn’t seen Eric feeding off another woman. Now this woman is dead and the vampire King of Louisiana is in town – and it seems the dead girl’s death has something to do with Sookie. V,L,S – Read by Pat Kovel-Jarboe.

The Twistrose Key, Fiction by Tone Almhjell, 2013. 10 Br. Begins July 30Something is wrong in the house that Lin’s family has rented; she’s sure of it. When a secret key marked “Twistrose” arrives for Lin, she finds a crack in the cellar, a gate to the world of Sylver, which is the home of every dead animal that ever loved a child. Read by Don Gerlach.



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


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