Radio Talking Book – March 2017

Connect 700 The State of Minnesota aspires to be a leader in employing people with disabilities. For some, interviewing, assessment, […]

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Connect 700

The State of Minnesota aspires to be a leader in employing people with disabilities. For some, interviewing, assessment, selection, and testing methods may not accurately measure their skills and abilities to perform the job. Connect 700 provides another path to a state job for people with certain disabilities. It allows eligible individuals with disabilities the opportunity to demonstrate their ability in a specific position for up to 700 hours on the job. You are eligible if you meet the minimum qualifications, have a disability that makes you unable to demonstrate your skills and abilities in the interview process, and have a Proof of Eligibility Certificate. For information contact Johnnie Burns at [email protected], or 651-259-3760.   


Weekend Program Books

Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing The Way of Rest, by Jeff Foster, and Power Your Happy, by Lisa Sugar; For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing The Keepers, by Ted Sanders; Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Standoff, by David Rivard, and My Feelings, by Nick Flynn; The Great North (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Pothole Confidential, by R.T. Rybak.


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.   

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Chautauqua Tuesday,  Tuesday – Saturday 4 a.m

Homo Deus, Nonfiction by Yuval Noah Harari, 2016. 20 Br. Began March 8. Over the past century, humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war.  What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human agenda? Read by Don Gerlach.


Past is Prologue, Monday –  Friday 9 a.m

Harry & Arthur, Nonfiction by Lawrence J. Haas, 2016. 13 Br. Began March 6. With Roosevelt’s death in 1945, Vice President Truman and Sen. Arthur Vandenberg inherited a world in turmoil. Working in bipartisan fashion, they crafted a new foreign policy for the U.S. to step boldly onto the world stage. Read by John Mandeville.

Cake: A Slice of History, Nonfiction by Alysa Levene, 2016. 10 Br. Begins March 23. One of the earliest mentions of cake was in the year 878 A.D. when Alfred, King of the Anglo-Saxons, was asked by a woman to watch his cake while she hid him from the marauding Danes. (It burned.) Since then, cakes have often been a primary food for celebration. Read by Michele Potts.


Bookworm, Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

Good Morning, Midnight, Fiction by Lily Brooks-Dalton, 2016. 8 Br. Begins March 15. On the return from a long voyage, an astronaut finds Mission Control communications have gone dark. At the same time, a scientist defies an evacuation order and hunkers down at his remote Arctic research outpost. Read by Toni McNaron.

Citizens of Campbell, Fiction by Ann Reed, 2016. 5 Br. Begins March 27. Earl and Nearly have been friends since they were boys in the small town of Campbell, Iowa. Now Nearly is in the Veterans Home. As his health fails, he has only one regret.  Read by Ann Reed.


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

Moscow Nights, Nonfiction by Nigel Cliff, 2016. 15 Br. Begins March 14. In 1958, Van Cliburn entered and won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition. The Soviet judges had chosen their winner before the competition began but the public insisted that Cliburn won, thus beginning the end of the Cold War. Read by Don Lee.


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

The Ballroom, Fiction by Anna Hope, 2016. 12 Br. Began March 2. Friday nights are when the men and women at Sharston Asylum may mingle to dance in the ballroom. That’s where John and Ella first meet and, despite their grim circumstances, they strike up a tenuous courtship. Read by Laura Rohlik.

The Tea Planter’s Wife, Fiction by Dinah Jeffries, 2016. 16 Br. Begins March 20. When Gwen marries the owner of a vast tea empire, she has great hope for their life together in Ceylon. But life in Ceylon is not what she expected. Most troubling are the unanswered questions around Laurence’s first marriage. Read by Lynda Kayser.


PM Report, Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

Oracle of Oil, Nonfiction by Mason Inman, 2016. 12 Br. Began March 2. In 1956, geologist and Shell Oil researcher Marion King Hubbert gave a speech that has shaped world energy debates ever since. Even amid our 21st century fracking boom, his logic holds true while remaining a source of debate and controversy. Read by John Demma.

Lost Champions, Nonfiction by Gretchen Atwood, 2016. 11 Br. Begins March 20. In the aftermath of World War II, black Americans fought discrimination and faced violence in all quarters. In 1946, four men dared to break pro football’s color line, with the Los Angeles Rams and the Cleveland Browns. Read by Robb Empson.


Night Journey, Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

Manitou Canyon, Fiction by William Kent Krueger, 2016. 13 Br. Begins March 13. Cork O’Connor is searching for a missing man in the Boundary Waters but he doesn’t return when expected. Searchers find Cork’s campsite and they find lots of blood, but no Cork. L – Read by Neil Bright.

Another One Goes Tonight, Fiction by Peter Lovesey, 2016. 13 Br. Begins March 30. A police car accident kills an officer but a civilian on a motorized tricycle was saved. A private inquiry leads to deaths that may have been caused by the civilian. L – Read by Bonita Sindelir.


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

Septimania, Fiction by Jonathan Levi, 2016. 14 Br. Began March 1. Malory loses his virginity to a math genius named Louiza. She disappears and he follows her to Rome, getting sidetracked when he discovers he is the heir to the Kingdom of Septimania. L – Read by John Holden.

Breaking Light, Fiction by Karin Altenberg, 2016. 12 Br. Begins March 21. Gabriel returns to the village where he grew up and attempts to come to terms with what he lost as a boy so long ago. The mysteries hidden in the community begin to slowly unravel. V,L,S – Read by Ilze Mueller.


Potpourri, Monday – Friday 11 p.m.    

Trouble Boys, Nonfiction by Bob Mehr, 2016. 21 Br. Begins March 14. The Replacements was one of the last great rock ‘n’ roll bands of the twentieth century. It was also one of the most brilliant and notoriously self-destructive groups of all time. L – Read by Peter Danbury.


Good Night Owl, Monday – Friday midnight

The Hourglass Factory, Fiction by Lucy Ribchester, 2016. 14 Br. Began March 9. London, 1912, and Inspector Frederick Primrose is hunting a murderer. Across town, reporter Francesca “Frankie” George is trying to interview trapeze artist Ebony Diamond. Then Ebony disappears. Read by Tom Speich.

The Dig, Fiction by John Preston, 2016. 8 Br. Begins March 29. In the long, hot summer of 1939, Britain is preparing for war, but on a farm in Suffolk, there is excitement of another kind. Mrs. Pretty, widowed owner of the farm, has had her hunch confirmed that the mounds on her land hold buried treasure. Read by Jack Rossmann. 


After Midnight, Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

Breath of Earth, Fiction by Beth Cato, 2016. 13 Br. Begins March 10. Ingrid Carmichael does not know she is the only woman to possess the geomancy magic. She may be the fulcrum on which the balance of world power rests. Read by Janelle Mattson.

Playboy Pilot, Fiction by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland, 2016. 9 Br. Begins March 29. Kendall meets the man of her dreams in an airport lounge. It turns out that he’s an airline pilot and a very sexy one, too. A plane trip to Rio turns into a major romance.   S – Read by Pat Muir.


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


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