Radio Talking Book – March 2012

Digital Radio Roll-out Additional areas of the state are still receiving digital radios. Recently, the Hibbing-Chisholm area began getting our […]

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Digital Radio Roll-out

Additional areas of the state are still receiving digital radios. Recently, the Hibbing-Chisholm area began getting our digital signal and Duluth is currently in process. The next area is Ely. This spring-summer, we will be converting the Twin Cities area to a digital signal – that is our area with the largest number of users. Stay tuned for more information!

Leisure Reading

There is a lull in textbook materials needed at this time and volunteers can record casual reading material for you. If you have a book you would like recorded, please contact Dan at 651-649-5903, or 800-652-9000 and ask for Dan.

Weekend Program Books 

Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Passages in Caregiving, by Gail Sheehy; For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing Across the Great Barrier, by Patricia C. Wrede, and Tyger Tyger, by Kersten Hamilton; Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Midnight Lantern, by Tess Gallagher; The U.S. and Us (Sunday 4 p.m.) is airing North Country, by Mary Lethert Wingerd.


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.

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Tuesday – Saturday 4 a.m

Quiet, Nonfiction by Susan Cain, 2012. At least one third of the people we know are introverts undervalued by our culture. The gifts of the introvert are reflectiveness, persistence, sensitivity, and revolutionary creative insight. Read by June Prange. 10 broadcasts. Began March 8.

The Social Animal, Nonfiction by David Brooks, 2011. The unconscious mind is most of the mind, the realm of emotions, intuitions, biases, longings, genetic predispositions, personality traits, and social norms. It is where our most important life decisions are made. L – Read by Sally Browne. 20 Br. Begins March 22.


Past is Prologue
Monday – Friday 9 a.m.

Alexander the Great, Nonfiction by Philip Freeman, 2011. Only a handful of people have influenced history as much. For two thousand years, people have studied his strategy. Read by Arlan Dohrenburg. 17 Br. Began Feb. 16.

The Warmth of Other Suns, Nonfiction by Isabel Wilkerson, 2010. From 1915 to 1970, the decades-long migration of black citizens fleeing the South for a better life changed the face of America. Read by Judy Woodward. 23 broadcasts. Begins March 12.


Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

Heartwood, Fiction by Belva Plain, 2011. Iris considers herself modern, but she still clings to old-fashioned sensibilities. She often finds these sensibilities called into question over the choices her three adult children have made. Read by Sue McDonald. 9 broadcasts. Begins March 1.

The Endless Forest, Fiction by Sara Donati, 2010. The spring of 1824 is challenging for Paradise, New York, when a flood devastates the village. But for Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bonner, it’s a time of reunion as their children return home. Another who arrives is their ward’s long-absent mother, bringing anger and secrets. Read by Jenny O’Brien. 21 broadcasts. Begins March 14.

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

A Widow’s Story, Nonfiction by Joyce Carol Oates, 2011. In 2008, Joyce’s husband entered a hospital with pneumonia. As Joyce was preparing for his discharge, he died of a hospital acquired infection and she was suddenly faced with widowhood. Read by Laura Rohlik. 16 broadcasts. Began February 27.

In the Neighborhood, Nonfiction by Peter Lovenheim, 2010. Having lived on the same street most of his life, Lovenheim thought he knew his neighbors. Then a brutal murder-suicide rocked the community and he realized no one really knew anyone else. Read by John Ward. 9 broadcasts. Begins March 20.


Choice Reading
Monday – Friday 4 p.m.

Mothers and Daughters, Fiction by Rae Meadows, 2011. Lost in the joys of new motherhood, Samantha still mourns the mother she lost a year before. When a box of her mother’s belongings arrives, it includes information about her grandmother who had been put on an Orphan Train in New York City. Read by Karen Wertz. 7 broadcasts. Began March 8.

Once upon a River, Fiction by Bonnie Jo Campbell, 2011. After her father dies a violent death, sixteen-year-old Margo Crane takes off in her grandfather’s rowboat in search of her mother. But the river is a dangerous place for a young woman traveling alone. She must be strong to survive. L,S – Read by Pat Lelich. 11 broadcasts. Begins March 19.


PM Report
Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Nonfiction by James Carroll, 2011. Jerusalem is an ancient city that ignites religious fervor unlike anywhere else on earth. That fervor animates American history as much as it does the Middle East, in the present as deeply as in the past. Read by Yelva Lynfield. 21 broadcasts. Begins March 6.


Night Journey
Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

The Attenbury Emeralds, Fiction by Jill Paton Walsh, 2011. In 1921, Lord Peter Wimsey recovered the Attenbury emeralds and had his first look at them. Thirty years later, the detective is approached by the new Lord Attenbury to help prove who owns the gigantic emerald. Read by Nancy Felknor. 10 broadcasts. Begins March 12.

Death of the Mantis, Fiction by Michael Stanley, 2011. In the southern Kalahari, a ranger named Monzo is found dying, surrounded by three Bushmen. Detective David “Kubu” Bengu is on the case. When a second and a third murder point to the Bushmen, Kubu must travel into the Kalahari. L,S – Read by John Mandeville. 13 broadcasts. Begins March 26.


Off the Shelf
Monday – Friday 10 p.m.

Altamont Augie, Fiction by Richard Barager, 2011. David and Jackie are on opposite sides about the Vietnam War. He fought there with the marines, and she has become the antiwar movement’s Radical Queen. But their opposing views cannot stifle their passion for each other. L – Read by Stevie Ray. 11 broadcasts. Began March 5.   

I Thought You Were Dead, Fiction by Pete Nelson, 2010. In Paul’s life, there are many obstacles; his life seems to be a minefield of mistakes. The one bright spot is his dog Stella, who listens with compassion to his complaints about the injustices of life. Read by Hugh Jones. 9 broadcasts. Begins March 20.


Monday – Friday 11 p.m.

Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin, Nonfiction by Calvin Trillin, 2011. For at least forty years, Calvin Trillin has written his comic pieces for The New Yorker, The Nation, in comic novels, and as newspaper columns. In this collection, he has organized it into topics like high finance, and literary life. Read by Malcolm McLean. 14 broadcasts. Began March 1.

Scorecasting, Nonfiction by Tobias J. Moskowitz and L. Jon Wertheim, 2011. Moskowitz and Wertheim overturn some of the most cherished truisms of sports and reveal the hidden forces that shape how basketball, baseball, football and hockey games are played, won, and lost. Read by Phil Rosenbaum. 10 broadcasts. Begins March 19.


Good Night Owl
MondayFriday midnight

The Lonely Polygamist, Fiction by Brady Udall, 2010. Golden Richards, husband to four wives, father to twenty-eight children, is having a major midlife crisis. Crippled by grief and the demands of work and family, he becomes entangled in an affair that may destroy his family’s future. L – Read by John Schmidt. 21 broadcasts. Began February 20.


The Sisters from Hardscrabble Bay, Fiction by Beverly Jensen, 2010. Idella and Avis live in chilly New Brunswick. Over the next seven decades, they go through trials, adventures, loves and losses. Read by Colleen Matz. 14 broadcasts. Begins March 20.


After Midnight
Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Fiction by Laini Taylor, 2011. Black handprints are scorched on doorways by winged strangers and in Prague, a student is about to be swept up in an otherworldly war. V – Read by Kristi Sullivan. 13 broadcasts. Begins March 9.

Dead in the Family, Fiction by Charlaine Harris, 2010. Sookie is reeling after the Fae War and the torture by her enemies. But she is in love with vampire Eric Northman. V,L,S – Read by Kara Greshwalk. 11 Br. Begins March 28.

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

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