Radio Talking Book – June 2024

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The State Services for the Blind website has some updates. The Radio Talking Book Radio News is posted online each month, with links to the audio promotions for each book. Find the updated pages here: Radio Talking Book 

Staff welcomes any feedback or suggestions, and comments about current books listeners would like to hear. Contact Joseph Papke at 651-539-2316 or [email protected] 

For June, 20 new books will premiere. 

Radio Talking Book is not just for listeners with visual disabilities. Anyone with difficulty reading or turning pages can enjoy the service.  Hear programming on a hand-held mobile device, for either iOS or Android. Visit the Apple App Store for iOS, or Google Play for Android, and download the Minnesota Radio Talking Book app. 

The sampling published monthly in Access Press doesn’t represent the full array of programming. Listen to RTB’s live or archived programs online at Listen to Radio Talking Book, and learn more about programs. 

Missed a book broadcast? Access it for one week following its original broadcast in the online weekly program archive. 

For help accessing the archive, contact Ronnie Washington at 651-539-1424 or [email protected]

If the book’s broadcast is no longer available in the archive, contact staff librarian Molly McGilp at 651.539.1422 or [email protected]  Books broadcast on the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network are available for loan through the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library in Faribault. The catalog is at Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library Catalog. Click on the link Search the Library Catalog. Call the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library at 800-722-0550, Mon-Fri, 9 am – 4 pm CST.  For updates, go to the Facebook site Minnesota Radio Talking Book. 

Audio information about the daily book listings is on the National Federation for the Blind (NFB) Newsline. Register for NFB Newsline by calling 651-539-1424. The NFB-NEWSLINE service provides access to more than 500 magazines and newspapers. To learn more, visit NFB-Newsline; 612-5627803 


Monday – Friday 6 a.m. 
Womb, nonfiction by Leah Hazard, 2023. A groundbreaking, triumphant investigation of the uterus—from birth to death, in sickness and in health, throughout history and into our possible future. Read by Carol McPherson. 14 broadcasts; begins Mon, June 17. 

Past is Prologue* 

Monday – Friday 11 a.m. 
Armada, nonfiction by Colin Martin & Geoffrey Parker, 2023. The definitive history of the Spanish Armada’s attempted 1588 conquest of England. Read by Charles Gould. 25 broadcasts; begins Wed, June 12. 


Monday – Friday 12 p.m. 
The Romantic, fiction by William Boyd, 2023. A beguiling romp of a novel, at once intimate and panoramic, about the adventures and misadventures of a nineteenth-century everyman. Read by Stuart Holland. 20 broadcasts; begins Mon, June 3. 

The Writer’s  Voice* 

Monday – Friday 1 p.m. 
At the Lake, nonfiction by Jim Landwehr, 2023. A memoir filled with humor, warmth, and reverence for life up North. Read by Jill Wolf. Seven broadcasts; begins Tue, June 11. 

The Country of the Blind, nonfiction by Andrew Leland, 2023. A witty, winning, and revelatory personal narrative of the author’s transition from sightedness to blindness and his quest to learn about blindness as a rich culture all its own. Read by Holly Sylvester. 12 broadcasts; begins Thu, June 20. – L 

Choice Reading* 

Monday – Friday 2 p.m. 
The Caretaker, fiction by Ron Rash, 2023. A breathtaking love story told against the backdrop of the Korean War as a small Appalachian town sends its sons to battle. Read by Brenda Powell. Eight broadcasts; begins Thu, June 13. 

Day, fiction by Michael Cunningham, 2023. An exquisite exploration of the struggles and limitations of a Brooklyn family over three years—and how people all must learn to live together and apart. Read by Holly Sylvester. Eight broadcasts; begins Tue, June 25. – L, S 

Afternoon Report* 

Monday – Friday 4 p.m. 
Homegrown (rebroadcast), nonfiction by Jeffrey Toobin, 2023. The definitive account of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and the enduring legacy of Timothy McVeigh, leading to the January 6 insurrection. Read by John Potts. 14 broadcasts; begins Mon, June 3. 

 The Conspiracy to End America, nonfiction by Stuart Stevens, 2023. A former chief Republican strategist offers an ominous warning that the GOP is dragging the country toward autocracy—and if people don’t wake up to the crisis in the system, 2024 may well be the last free and fair election. Read by Don Lee. Six broadcasts; begins Mon, June 24. – L   

Night Journey* 

Monday – Friday 7 p.m. 
Skeletons in the Closet, fiction by Jean-Patrick Manchette, 2023. A brisk and brutal French detective thriller full of unexpected comedy and feeling from 1976, now translated into English. Read by John Schmidt. Five broadcasts; begins Mon, June 10. – L, V 

The Eden Test, fiction by Adam Sternbergh, 2023. An electrifying domestic suspense novel about a couple who are forced to the ultimate extremes to save their marriage―and themselves. Read by Cintra Godfrey. 11 broadcasts; begins Mon, June 17. – L, V 

Off the Shelf* 

Monday – Friday 8 p.m. 
Birnam Wood, fiction by Eleanor Catton, 2023. A gripping psychological thriller of high drama and kaleidoscopic insight into what drives us to survive. Read by Jack Rossmann. 16 broadcasts; begins Mon, June 3. – L 

The East Indian, fiction by Brinda Charry, 2023. An exhilarating debut novel about the first native of the Indian subcontinent to arrive in Colonial America, inspired by a historical figure. Read by Michele Potts. 11 broadcasts; begins Tue, June 25. – L, S 


Monday – Friday 9 p.m. 
Acting Naturally, nonfiction by David Thomson, 2023. A fascinating look at some of the cinema’s finest actors and how they approach their craft. Read by Andrea Bell. 10 broadcasts; begins Wed, June 5. – L 

Shelter, nonfiction by Lawrence Jackson, 2022. A stirring consideration of homeownership, fatherhood, race, faith and the history of Baltimore. Read by Nathan Hunter. 12 broadcasts; begins Wed, June 19.   

Good Night Owl* 

Monday – Friday 10 p.m. 
The Hollow Kind (rebroadcast), fiction by Andy Davidson, 2022. An epic horror novel about the spectacular decline of the Redfern family, haunted by an ancient evil. Read by John Holden. 16 broadcasts; begins Mon, June 3. – L 

The Devil’s Playground, fiction by Craig Russell, 2023. A riveting 1920s Hollywood thriller about the making of the most terrifying silent film ever made, and a deadly search for the single copy rumored still to exist. Read by Holland Richner. 16 broadcasts; begins Tue, June 25. – L, S. 

RTB After Hours* 

Monday – Friday 11 p.m. 
The Romance Recipe (rebroadcast), fiction by Ruby Barrett, 2022. An irreverent LGBTQ+ rom-com about a restaurant owner and a reality-tv star. Read by Holly Sylvester. 10 broadcasts; begins Mon, June 3. – L, S 

Do Your Worst, fiction by Rosie Danan, 2023. Sparks fly when an occult expert and a disgraced archeologist become enemies-with-benefits in this steamy romance. Read by Pat Muir. 11 broadcasts; begins Mon, June 17. – L, S 

Weekend Program Books 

Your Personal World, 1 p.m. Sat, presents Life is Hard by Kieran Setiya, read by Parichay Rudina. For the Younger Set, 11 a.m. Sun, presents First-Year Orientation, edited by Lauren Gibaldi and Eric Smith, read by MaryBeth Redmond. – L.  Poetic Reflections, noon Sun, presents Modern Poetry by Diane Seuss, read by Mary Knatterud – L, S; followed by Raised by Wolves: Fifty Poets on Fifty Poems, a Graywolf Anthology, read by Jim Ahrens.  The Great North, 4 p.m. Sun, presents Confluence: A History of Fort Snelling by Hampton Smith, read by Yelva Lynfield followed by The Lincoln Dell Cookbook by Wendi Zelkin Rosenstein and Kit Naylor, read by Jill Wolf. 

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