Books available through library services
Books broadcast on the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network are available through the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library in Faribault. The catalog is online at Minnesota DEED’s website; click on the links to find Publications Available and the Programming Schedule. Persons living outside of Minnesota may obtain copies of books via an inter-library loan by contacting their home state’s Network Library for the National Library Service.
Listen to the Minnesota Radio Talking Book, either live or archived programs, on the Internet at https://apps.deed.state.mn.us/ssb/rtb/ or on handheld devices via the SERO app (iOS or Android).
Call the Talking Book Library for a password to the site. To find more information about Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network events go to the Facebook site, Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network. Call 1-800-722-0550, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon through Fri, with questions.
Access Press is featured on It Makes a Difference, 9 p.m. Sun.
The sampling published monthly in Access Press doesn’t represent the full array of programming. Many more programs and books are available.
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Monday – Friday 6 a.m.
The Breakthrough, nonfiction by Charles Graeber, 2018. Imagine a vaccine that can cure cancer; journalist Charles Graeber believes it may not be far off. Read by Yelva Lynfield. 11 broadcasts; begins Mon, March 30.
Monday – Friday noon
The Beantown Girls, fiction by Jane Healey, 2019. Fiona, Dottie, and Viv volunteer as World War II Red Cross “Clubmobile Girls.” They soon discover courage they didn’t know they had, and the importance of friendship. Read by Pat Muir. 14 broadcasts; begins Mon, March 16.
The Writer’s Voice*
Monday – Friday 1 p.m.
The Age of Eisenhower, nonfiction by William I. Hitchcock, 2018. After commanding Allied forces in World War II, President Dwight D. Eisenhower used his influence to advance the lives of all Americans. Read by Dan Sadoff. 28 broadcasts; begins Thu, March 26.
Monday – Friday 2 p.m.
Sold on a Monday, fiction by Kristina McMorris, 2018. During the Great Depression a writer takes a photo of two children with a sign that says, “Two Children for Sale.” Read by Tom Speich. 11 broadcasts; begins Mon, March 16.
The House of Brides, fiction by Jane Cockram, 2019. A woman returns to her family’s estate and poses as the new nanny, as she pieces together the family’s history. Read by Carol McPherson. 13 broadcasts; begins Tue, March 31.
Monday – Friday 4 p.m.
The World As It Is, nonfiction by Ben Rhodes, 2018. Presidential aide Ben Rhodes offers an account of life in the Obama White House. Read by Scott Brush. 20 broadcasts; begins Thursday, March 12.
Monday – Friday 7 p.m.
The Current, fiction by Tim Johnston, 2019. Two Iowa college friends set out for a trip to Minnesota on a winter night. After a dangerous encounter at a gas station, their car goes off the road and into a river. Read by Gary Rodgers. 15 broadcasts; begins Wed, March 11. – V
Off the Shelf*
Monday – Friday 8 p.m.
This Could Hurt, fiction by Jillian Medoff, 2018. Five coworkers in the corporate world support each other while hoping to keep their jobs in a changing economy. Read by Carol McPherson. 15 broadcasts; begins Tue, March 24.
Monday – Friday 9 p.m.
The War on Science, nonfiction by Shawn Otto, 2016. Minnesota author Otto describes a decades-old attack on science, threatening societies around the world. Read by Jack Rossmann. 23 broadcasts; begins Mon, March 23.
Good Night Owl*
Monday – Friday 10 p.m.
Sting-Ray Afternoons, nonfiction by Steve Rushin, 2017. Sports writer and Minnesota native Steve Rushin tells of growing up in a Minneapolis suburb in the 1970s. Read by Glenn Miller. 10 broadcasts; begins Tue, March 31.
RTB After Hours*
Monday – Friday 11 p.m.
Small Secrets, fiction by Joan Jacobson, 2017. A wayward Minnesota farm girl redeems her life through the kindness of strangers. Read by Judith Johannessen. 10 broadcasts; begins Wed, March 25. – L, S
Weekend Program Books
Your Personal World, 1 p.m. Sat, presents Renia’s Diary: A Holocaust Journal by Renia Spiegel and Elizabeth Bellak, read by Beverly Burchett (L).
Rated R, 11 p.m. Sat, presents What We Did in Bed by Brian Fagan and Nadia Durrani, read by Scott McKinney (L, S).
For the Younger Set, 11 a.m. Sun, presents Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian, read by Connie Jamison.
Poetic Reflections, noon Sun, presents Scared Violent like Horses by John McCarthy, read by Jack Rossmann.
The Great North, 4 p.m. Sun, presents Packinghouse Daughter by Cheri Register, read by Susan Niefeld; followed by In Winter’s Kitchen by Beth Dooley, read by Michelle Juntunen.
V – Violent content, R – Racial epithets, L – Strong language, S – Sexual situations, G – Gory descriptions