Radio Talking Book – July 2016

Our Connections with the World The Minnesota Radio Talking Book (RTB) is part of a much larger association called the […]

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Our Connections with the World

The Minnesota Radio Talking Book (RTB) is part of a much larger association called the International Association of Audio Information Services, comprised of reading and information services similar to our own wherever they are in the world. For the last four years, RTB manager Stuart Holland has been president of this organization. The first weekend of June, he passed that baton to the next president, but he will be continuing fostering growth in the industry around the world as the International Outreach Coordinator. There are far reaching effects to what we do here in the State of Minnesota.

Weekend Program Books

Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing The Fear Cure, by Lissa Rankin, M.D.; For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing Lies Beneath, by Anne Greenwood Brown; Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Turning into Dwelling, by Christopher Gilbert; The Great North (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Portage, by Sue Leaf.

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 at 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

How the Internet Became Commercial, Nonfiction by Shane Greenstein, 2015. 21 Br. Begins July 12. In less than a decade, the Internet went from being a series of loosely connected networks used by universities and the military to the powerful commercial engine of today. There were many key innovations that made it possible, but they came from people outside the mainstream. Read by Michael Piscitelli.


Past is Prologue, Monday –  Friday 9 a.m

One Nation, Under Gods, Nonfiction by Peter Manseau, 2015. 24 Br. Began June 22. American history often evokes an image of Puritans and the shining city on the hill. The flip side of that image contains every other kind of person, of every color and belief. Peter Manseau looks into the heart of the nation’s broader history, using deep research to shed surprising light on a fascinating, often violent story. Read by Nancy Bader.

Eisenhower’s Armies, Nonfiction by Niall Barr, 2015. 21 Br. Begins July 26. Constant tensions and disagreements threatened the Anglo-American relationship during the Second World War. Two very different armies had to learn to live, work, and fight together even in the face of those disagreements. Read by John Potts.


Bookworm, Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

The Annele Trilogy, Fiction by Anna Brigadere, 2014. 38 Br. Began July 4. Annele lived Latvia when it was a province of czarist Russia in the 1860s and ’70s. The lack of land forced many farmers to seek work in cities. Read by Ilze Klavina Mueller.


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

Finding Fontainebleau, Nonfiction by Thad Carhart, 2016. 12 Br. Began June 27. For a young American boy in the 1950s, Fontainebleau was both strange and majestic, and home to a series of adventures. Thirty years later, Thad Carhart returned to France with his wife to raise their children. Read by Arlan Dohrenburg.

White Dresses, Nonfiction by Mary Pflum Peterson, 2015. 13 Br. Begins July 13. Mary Pflum Peterson’s childhood was complicated, as her brilliant but emotionally vulnerable mother deteriorated. But the one thing that always brought them together was their love of white dresses. S – Read by Natasha DeVoe.


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

Worlds of Ink and Shadow, Fiction by Lena Coakley, 2016. 9 Br. Began July 5. At nineteen, Charlotte Brontë knows her only option for the future is to become a governess for a wealthier family and her sisters share the same fate. The only escape is imagination. Read by Bonita Sindelir.

Orphan #8, Fiction by Kim van Alkemade, 2015. 12 Br. Begins July 18. When she was four years old, Rachel was experimented on by Dr. Mildred Solomon. Now 35 years later, Rachel is the hospice nurse for Dr. Solomon and free to experiment on the doctor – unless she forgives her. S,RE – Read by Susan Niefeld.



PM Report, Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

Weed the People, Nonfiction by Bruce Barcott, 2015. 12 Br. Began July 7. The long era of pot prohibition is quickly giving way to an American social and economic revolution. In 2012, Bruce Barcott, a pot skeptic and middle-aged father, reluctantly voted for legalization. He woke up the next morning and wondered: what have we done? To answer that question, he embarked on a journey into the strange new world of legal weed. L – Read by Chris Colestock.

Showdown, Nonfiction by Wil Haygood, 2015. 11 Br. Begins July 25. As the first African-American Supreme Court justice, Thurgood Marshall changed the racial politics of our nation. His was one of the most transformative legal minds of the past one hundred years. Read by Art Nyhus.



Night Journey, Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

The White Ghost, Fiction by James R. Benn, 2015. 14 Br. Began July 5. In 1943, in the midst of the brutal Solomon Islands campaign, Lieutenant Billy Boyle is sent by the powerful Kennedy family to investigate a murder in which Jack Kennedy has been implicated. Kennedy says he didn’t do it, but Billy knows he shouldn’t trust Jack. Read by Neil Bright.

One Man’s Flag, Fiction by David Downing, 2015. 13 Br. Begins July 25. In 1915, Jack McColl is stationed in India, while McColl’s ex-lover, Caitlin Hanley, is in England rebuilding her life after her IRA sympathizer brother’s execution. L – Read by John Gunter.



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

The Never-Open Diner, Fiction by James Anderson, 2016. 10 Br. Begins July 4. The desert is sometimes where people go to escape their past. Ben works as a trucker in a desolate region of Utah’s desert. But when he meets Claire, he is drawn into a love affair that has serious and life-threatening consequences. L – Read by John Marsicano.

The Insider Threat, Fiction by Brad Taylor, 2015. 16 Br. Begins July 18. The counterterrorist unit known as the Taskforce has averted countless attacks from terrorist groups. But now a more insidious evil is about to shatter the false sense of safety for civilized nations. L – Read by John Mandeville.


Potpourri, Monday – Friday 11 p.m.    

Bread, Wine, Chocolate, Nonfiction by Simran Sethi, 2015. 11 Br. Begins July 11. In the last century, we have lived through the most dramatic shifts ever experienced in food and agriculture. Food is beginning to look at taste the same. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Read by June Prange.

He Wanted the Moon, Nonfiction by Mimi Baird, 2015. 6 Br. Begins July 26. Harvard-educated Dr. Parry Baird was a researcher into manic depression. By the time his experiments were published, he had been institutionalized multiple times, his medical license revoked, and his wife and daughters estranged. Read by Barbara Lindgren.


Good Night Owl, Monday – Friday midnight

Mademoiselle Chanel, Fiction by C.W. Gortner, 2015. 17 Br. Began June 30. Born into rural poverty, Gabrielle Chanel was sent to a convent orphanage after her mother’s death. The nuns there nurtured her exceptional sewing skills, which would propel Gabrielle far from the drudgery of her childhood. Burning with ambition, Gabrielle transformed herself into Coco. But as her fame and fortune grew, Coco Chanel discovered that it would not keep her from heartbreak. L,S – Read by Julie Bolton.

Shame and the Captives, Fiction by Thomas Keneally, 2015. 15 Br. Begins July 25. Alice lives on her father-in-law’s Australian farm while her husband is held prisoner in Europe. When Giancarlo, an Italian prisoner-of-war, is assigned to work on the farm, she hopes that being kind to him will influence her husband’s treatment. Read by Michael Piscitelli.



After Midnight, Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

The One and Only, Fiction by Emily Giffin, 2014. 14 Br. Began July 6. Shea Rigsby has spent her life in Walker, Texas, a town that lives and dies by football, and she shares that passion. But when tragedy strikes her small community, Shea gives up her safety net and discovers unsettling truths about people she has always trusted. Read by Deborah Goschy.

The Heart Goes Last, Fiction by Margaret Atwood, 2015. 11 Br. Begins July 26. In an effort to stay afloat, Stan and Charmaine agree to be inmates in the Positron prison system six months out of the year. But eventually, the system looks less like a prayer answered than a chilling prophecy fulfilled. L – Read by Philip Habeeb.



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



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