Radio Talking Book – March 2018

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Volunteer Readers Sought

Volunteers at Radio Talking Book broadcast local news and information to blind and print-impaired listeners from sites in Duluth, Fergus Falls, Grand Rapids, Mankato, Rochester, St. Cloud, and St. Paul. We provide timely information to listeners throughout Minnesota and across the nation. If you know someone who may be interested in becoming a volunteer, we’d like to hear from him or her. Please contact Roberta Kitlinski at 651-539-1423 to learn more.


Handiham Program

The Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute’s Handiham Progran connects people with vision loss or physical disability with the challenging, exciting, and rewarding world of ham radio. To learn more call 866-426-3442, or go online to


Weekend Program Books

Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) “The Wisdom of Sundays” by Oprah Winfrey; followed by “How Healing Works” by Wayne Jonas, both read by Beverly Burchett. For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) presents by “Running Full Tilt” by Michael Currinder, read by Don Gerlach. Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) presents “The Hudson Review Winter Poetry 2018,” read by Jess Banks; followed by “Your Father Walks Like A Crab” by Tolu Akinemi, read by Scott McKinney. The Great North (Sunday at 4 p.m.) presents “The Women of Mayo Clinic” by Virginia M. Wright-Peterson, read by Mitzi Lewellen; followed by “Homemade” by Beatrice Ojakangas, read by Esmé Evans.


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.

Donate to the State Services for the Blind at


Chautauqua Tuesday,  Tuesday – Saturday 4 a.m

W T F? What’s the Future, and Why It’s Up to Us. Nonfiction by Tim O’Reilly, 2017. Big changes are ahead as technology shapes our world economy and our lives. Read by Mike Piscitelli. 19 broadcasts, begins Thursday, March 2.

A Big Bang in a Little Room. Nonfiction by Zeeya Merali, 2017. How was the universe created? Could we create our own? Modern science may hold the answers. Read by Arlan Dohrenburg. 13 broadcasts, begins Thursday, March 29


Past is Prologue, Monday –  Friday 9 a.m

Churchill’s Ministry of Ungen-tlemanly Warfare. Nonfiction by Giles Morton, 2016. In 1939, a top-secret organization plotted Hitler’s demise through ingenious acts of sabotage. Read by John Mandeville. 16 broadcasts, begins Thursday, March 15. – L


Bookworm, Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

The Baker’s Secret. Fiction by Stephen P. Kiernan, 2017. On the eve of the Normandy invasion in World War II Emma, an apprentice baker, thwarts the enemy and helps her neighbors remain hopeful. Read by Carol McPherson.10 broadcasts, begins Monday, March 12.

Across the China Sea. Fiction by Gaute Heivoll, translated by Nadia Christensen, 2017. In the waning days of World War II a family moves to a small Norwegian town, where they develop a unique community. Read by Therese Murray. 7 broadcasts, begins Monday, March 26.


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

Reading With Patrick. Nonfiction by Michelle Kuo, 2017. A teacher moves to Arkansas and helps a young man learn to read. Years later she returns to find him in jail for murder. Read by Michelle Juntunen. 11 broadcasts, begins Tuesday, March 13.

On My Own. Nonfiction by Diane Rehm, 2016. NPR host Diane Rehm recounts her husband’s struggle with Parkinson’s disease and her challenges without him. Read by Therese Murray. 6 broadcasts, begins Wednesday, March 28. – V, L, S


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

Notes of a Crocodile. Fiction by Qiu Miaojin, translated by Bonnie Huie, 2017. In 1980s Taiwan, a student becomes attracted to an older woman and turns to her circle of friends for support. Read by Laura Young. 7 broadcasts, begins Monday, March 12.

London and the South-East.  Fiction by David Szalay, 2008. An out-of-work salesman begins an unskilled job, befriends people he never would have, and transforms his life. Read by Neil Bright. 14 broadcasts, begins Wednesday, March 21.


PM Report, Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

A Colony in a Nation. Nonfiction by Chris Hayes, 2017. America believes that it is a post-racial nation, but every empirical measure reveals that inequality has barely improved. Read by Marylyn Burridge. 7 broadcasts, begins Monday, March 12. – L

Strangers in Their Own Land. Nonfiction by Arlie Russell Hochschild, 2016. A sociologist travels to Louisiana and uncovers powerful feelings of fear, resentment, and betrayal among its people. Read by Judy Woodward. 11 broadcasts, begins Monday, March 19. – V, L, S


Night Journey, Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

Since We Fell. Fiction by Dennis LeHane, 2017. A journalist living as a shut-in gets pulled into a conspiracy of deception, violence, and madness. Read by John Marsicano. 14 broadcasts, began Tuesday, March 6.

The Inca Code. Fiction by Colin T. Nelson, 2017. An investigator learns that his friend leads a double life, which includes South American authorities and Chinese gangsters. Read by Yelva Lynfield. 12 broadcasts, begins Monday, March 26.


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

We Were Eight Years In Power. Nonfiction by Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2017. The experiences of black politicians in the Reconstruction South echo in our own time, impacted by the return of white supremacy. Read by Rachael Freed. 16 broadcasts, began Monday, March 5.

Shining City. Fiction by Tom Rosenstiel, 2017. An investigative team assigned to “vet” a Supreme Court nominee races the clock to protect him from a murder threat. Read by John Holden. 11 broadcasts, begins Tuesday, March 27.


Potpourri, Monday – Friday 11 p.m.    

Why We Sleep. Nonfiction by Matthew Walker, M.D., 2017. Sleep is an important aspect of our lives, and we can harness its power. Read by Yelva Lynfield. 19 broadcasts, begins Wednesday, March 14.


Good Night Owl, Monday – Friday midnight

Saratoga Payback. Fiction by Stephen Dobyns, 2017. Retired detective Charlie Bradshaw wakes up one morning to find a corpse on his doorstep, and toes the line between private citizen and reluctant sleuth. Read by Holly Sylvester. 10 broadcasts, begins Wednesday, March 14.

The Wages of Sin. Fiction by Kaite Walsh, 2017. A medical student in Victorian Edinburgh discovers the corpse of one of her patients, and is determined to find the killer. Read by Michele Potts. 9 broadcasts, begins Wednesday, March 28. – V, L, G


After Midnight, Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

Lotus. Fiction by Lijia Zhang, 2017. Lotus is a streetwalker in China’s City of Sins, torn between past traditions and modern desires as she carves out a life for herself. Read by Jodi Lindskog. 14 broadcasts, begins Tuesday, March 13. – L, S



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

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