Radio Talking Book – June 2017

News for Greater Minnesota On Saturday, June 3, a new program begins on the Radio Talking Book at 9 a.m. […]

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News for Greater Minnesota

On Saturday, June 3, a new program begins on the Radio Talking Book at 9 a.m. called 10,000 Tales and it will consist of regional stories from newspapers around Minnesota that are not typically covered in our other programming. The program Crosstime Café, which consists of science fiction short stories, will be moving to Fridays at 3 p.m. and the Friday World Safari will be combined with the Monday World Safari. We hope you enjoy the new regional news program.


Weekend Program Books

Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Hustle, by Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovits, and Jonas Koffler; For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing The Keepers, by Ted Sanders, and Serafina and the Black Cloak, by Robert Beatty; Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Whereas, by Layli Long Soldier, and Bestiary, by Donika Kelly; The Great North (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Everybody’s Heard about the Bird, by Rick Shefchik.


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, 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 651-539-2363.

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Chautauqua Tuesday,  Tuesday – Saturday 4 a.m

ADHD Nation, Nonfiction by Alan Schwarz, 2016. 12 Br. Began June 9. More than 1 in 7 American children get diagnosed with ADHD, three times what experts have said is appropriate. That means millions of kids are misdiagnosed and taking medications for a psychiatric condition they probably do not have. L – Read by Lannois Neely.

In a Different Key, Nonfiction by John Donvan and Caren Zucker, 2016. 21 Br. Begins June 27. Nearly seventy-five years ago, Donald Triplett of Forest, Mississippi, became the first child diagnosed with autism. Since that time, there have been many battles waged by the families of those who have it. Read by Diane Ladenson.


Past is Prologue, Monday –  Friday 9 a.m

The Games, Nonfiction by David Goldblatt, 2016. 20 Br. Began June 5. From their reinvention in 1896 to the present day, the Olympics have been called the biggest sporting event of all. Their history reflect the history of nations, their wars, and social attitudes. Read by Jim Gregorich.


Bookworm, Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

The Comet Seekers, Fiction by Helen Sedgwick, 2016. 10 Br. Began June 5. Róisín and François meet at a remote research base on the frozen ice sheets of Antarctica. They are connected by a devastating tragedy, the longing for a fresh start, and an unknown bond stretching back centuries. Read by Pat Muir.

Everyone We’ve Been, Fiction by Sarah Everett, 2016. 12 Br. Begins June 19. Addison Sullivan has been in an accident. In its aftermath, she has memory lapses and starts seeing a boy who keeps disappearing. She’s afraid she’s going crazy and the worried looks on others’ faces aren’t helping. L – Read by Nan Felknor.


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

Bandit, Nonfiction by Molly Brodak, 2016. 7 Br. Began June 5. Molly’s relationship with her father was complicated by his rages and his criminal behavior. At times, he seemed normal and like other dads. But he was mercurial, with rages and secrets. She learned to stay out of his way.  Read by Carol Lewis.

Family History of Fear, Nonfiction by Agata Tuszyńska, 2016. 14 Br. Begins June 14. Many Poles did not tell their children complete stories of their wartime exploits during World War II; many years had to pass before the stories of suffering and heroism could be told. Agata was nineteen when she found out that she was Jewish, and heard stories about her mother’s secret past. Read by Ilze Mueller.


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

Sleeping on Jupiter, Fiction by Anuradha Roy, 2016. 16 Br. Began June 7. On a train bound for the town of Jarmuli, three women in their sixties witness an assault on a young documentary filmmaker named Nomi. The women are disturbed, but shrug off the encounter. Read by Therese Murray.

Accession, Fiction by Livi Michael, 2016. 14 Br. Begins June 20. Margaret Beaufort and Margaret of Anjou have fought to the bitter end to see their sons get the throne. The sides are ever-changing. Read by Eileen Barratt.


PM Report, Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

The Angel, Nonfiction, by Uri Bar-Joseph, 2016. 15 Br. Began June 5. Ashraf Marwan was a spy for Israel in the inner government circles of Egypt. Because of his information, he staved off Israel’s defeat by Egypt and Syria in their 1973 attack. He was exposed and killed in 2007.
Read by Sally Browne.

The Dictator’s Dilemma, Nonfiction by Bruce J. Dickson, 2016. 12 Br. Begins June 26. Following the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989, most felt the days of the Chinese Communist Party were numbered. But the Party remains legitimate to the bulk of the public. Read by Chris Colestock.

Night Journey, Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

The Forgotten Girls, Fiction by Owen Laukkanen, 2016. 13 Br. Began June 5. She was a runaway, forgotten, found murdered on the High Line train route, and with little local interest, put into a dead file. But when Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere stumble upon the case, they discover a horror far greater than anyone expected. V,L,S – Read by Neil Bright.

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil, Fiction by Melina Marchetta, 2016. 12 Br. Begins June 22. Bish Ortley may have been suspended from active police work, but when his daughter is the survivor of a bombed bus, his detective instincts kick in. He needs to find the person responsible. L – Read by Robb Empson.


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

Still Here, Fiction by Lara Vapnyar, 2016. 13 Br. Began June 1. Vica, Vadik, Sergey, and Regina met in Russia in their school days. Now they are immigrants in New York City and grapple with love and tumult, the challenges of a new home, and the absurdities of the digital age. V,L,S – Read by Lynda Kayser.

The Mothers, Fiction by Brit Bennett, 2016. 9 Br. Begins June 20. Nadia has taken up with the pastor’s son and it has long-lasting consequences. As Nadia hides the truth from everyone, she and her friends are shadowed by the choices they made in their youth. What if they had chosen differently? L – Read by Therese Murray.


Potpourri, Monday – Friday 11 p.m.    

How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything, Nonfiction by Rosa Brooks, 2016. 15 Br. Began June 8. Few people realize all the military does today, from analyzing computer code to building Ebola isolation wards. As we pile new tasks onto the military, we make it increasingly ill-prepared for the threats America faces.  Read by John Demma.

Making Roots, Nonfiction by Matthew F. Delmont, 2016. 7 Br. Begins June 29. Alex Haley’s original, modest book proposal for Roots became a larger, more interesting, and much more complicated phenomenon. The book and television series was fifteen years in production. Read by Jim Gregorich.


Good Night Owl, Monday – Friday midnight

Freebird, Fiction by Jon Raymond, 2017. 14 Br. Began June 1. The Singer family is about to lose everything. Each, in his or her own way, is grappling with loss of their ideals, when Ben, a Navy SEAL struggling with PTSD, commits a radical act of violence, changing the course of the Singer family forever. V,L,S – Read by Mike Piscitelli.    

Fractured, Fiction by Catherine McKenzie, 2016. 10 Br. Begins June 21. Julie and her family move across the country, hoping to evade a stalker who’s been terrorizing them. When she meets her new neighbor, it brings hope for a new beginning. But a simple conversation could set her life spinning off course. V,L,S – Read by Pat Lelich.


After Midnight, Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

Fear the Drowning Deep, Fiction by Sarah Glenn Marsh, 2016. 9 Br. Began June 9. Bridey has loathed the sea ever since her granddad was lured off a cliff. She insists there is a creature out there; others just think her mad. Now a young woman’s body washes up on shore and she is convinced that her granddad’s killer has returned. Read by Pat Kovel-Jarboe.    

The Flame Bearer, Fiction by Bernard Cornwell, 2016. 13 Br. Begins June 22. Britain is in a state of uneasy peace, so Uhtred of Bebbanburg can return home to take it back from his traitorous uncle. New enemies enter into the fight for England’s kingdoms, but Uhtred is determined that nothing will keep him from his birthright. V – Read by Mike Piscitelli.


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


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