Radio Talking Book – March 2023

Weigh in with ideas  If listeners to Minnesota Radio Talking Book have ideas or feedback about books or programs broadcast, […]

Find out what we're reading this month on the Radio Talking Bok

Weigh in with ideas 

If listeners to Minnesota Radio Talking Book have ideas or feedback about books or programs broadcast, the staff would like to hear from them 

For newspapers and programs, contact Tony Lopez at [email protected] or 651.642.0880. 

For books, contact Joseph Papke at [email protected] or 651.539.2316. 

Callers from Greater Minnesota can reach staff by calling 1-800-652-9000 and ask for Lopez or Papke. They welcome contact from listeners. 

Missed a book broadcast? 

Missed a book broadcast? Listeners can access a broadcast for one following the original broadcast in the Radio Talking Book only 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 Dan Gausman  for assistance, at 651-539-1422 or [email protected] 

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The sampling published monthly in Access Press doesn’t represent the full array of programming. 

Chautauqua*Monday – Friday 6 a.m. 

The Secret Life of Secrets, nonfiction by Michael Slepian, 2022. Engaging stories and compelling science about why we keep secrets and what motivates us to spill them. Read by Stevie Ray. Seven broadcasts; begins Wed, March 15. 

Watershed, nonfiction by Ranae Lenor Hanson, 2021. A meditation on the intimate connections between the health of the body and the health of our ecosystem. Read by Parichay Rudina. Six broadcasts; begins Mon, March 27. 

Past is Prologue–Monday – Friday 11 a.m. 

The Crossroads of Civilization, – Nonfiction by Angus Robertson, 2022. A rich and illuminating history of Vienna, the world capital that has transformed art, culture, and politics. Read by Yelva Lynfield. 21 broadcasts; begins Wed, March 8. 

Bookworm*Monday – Friday 12 p.m. 

When Women Were Dragons, fiction by Kelly Barnhill, 2022. A rollicking feminist tale set in 1950s America where thousands of women have spontaneously transformed into dragons. Read by Karen Ray. 14 broadcasts; begins Tue, March 14. 

The Writer’s Voice*Monday – Friday 1 p.m. 

Good Medicine, Hard Times, nonfiction by Edward P. Horvath, 2022. A moving memoir of one of the most senior-ranking combat physicians to have served on the battlefields of the second Iraq war. Read by Stevie Ray. 11 broadcasts; begins Mon, March 20. 

Choice Reading*Monday – Friday 2 p.m. 

Properties of Thirst, fiction by Marianne Wiggins, 2022. A sweeping masterwork set during World War II about the meaning of family and the limitations of  the American Dream. Read by Pat Muir. 22 broadcasts; begins Mon, March 1. – L 

Afternoon Report*Monday – Friday 4 p.m. 

Cheap Speech (rebroadcast), nonfiction by Richard L. Hasen, 2021. A practical road map for controlling disinformation, embracing free speech, saving American elections, and protecting democracy. Read by Dan Sadoff. Seven broadcasts; begins Wed, March 1. 

Perversion of Justice (rebroadcast), nonfiction by Julie K. Brown, 2021. A dauntless journalist recounts her uncompromising and risky investigation of Jeffrey Epstein’s underage sex trafficking operation. Read by Jim Tarbox. 15 broadcasts; begins Mon, March 13. – S 

Night Journey*Monday – Friday 7 p.m. 

Murder at the Porte de Versailles, fiction by Cara Black, 2022. Parisian private investigator Aimée Leduc is entangled in a dangerous web of international spycraft and terrorist threats in Paris’s 15th arrondissement. Read by Carol McPherson. 11 broadcasts; begins Mon, March 13.  

An Honest Living, fiction by Dwyer Murphy, 2022. In New York at the tail end of the analog era, an unwitting private eye gets caught up in a crime of obsession between a reclusive literary superstar and her bookseller husband. Read by Jim Gregorich. Eight broadcasts; begins Tue, March 28. – L 

Off the Shelf*Monday – Friday 8 p.m. 

Search, fiction by Michelle Huneven, 2022. A sharp and funny novel of a congregational search committee, told as a memoir with recipes. Read by Cintra Godfrey. 12 broadcasts; begins Mon, March 20. 

Potpourri*Monday – Friday 9 p.m. 

The Baseball 100, nonfiction by Joe Posnanski, 2021. The entire story of baseball is told through a countdown of the 100 greatest players in history. Read by Robb Empson. 34 broadcasts; begins Thu, March 2. 

Good Night Owl*Monday – Friday 10 p.m. 

Echo (rebroadcast), fiction by Thomas Olde Heuvelt, 2022. A thrilling descent into madness and obsession as one man confronts nature―and something even more ancient and evil answers back. Read by Tom Speich. 18 broadcasts; begins Tue, March 7. – L 

RTB After Hours*Monday – Friday 11 p.m. 

The Ballot Boy, fiction by Larry Mellman, 2021. A coming-of-age story in period dress that follows a young street urchin’s coming to terms with his sexuality—and the danger that it may bring him. Read by Dan Sadoff. 12 broadcasts; begins Tue, March 14. – L, S, V, G 

Weekend Program Books 

Your Personal World, 1 p.m. Sat, presents Inspired by Matt Richtel, read by Beverly Burchett; followed by This Is How Your Marriage Ends by Matthew Fray, read by Beverly Burchett. – L 

For the Younger Set, 11 a.m. Sum, presents The Night When No One Had Sex by Kalena Miller, read by Pat Kovel-Jarboe. – L, S; followed by Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen, read by Pat Muir. 

Poetic Reflections, noon Sun, presents Love and I by Fanny Howe, read by Mary Knatterud; followed by Still Living in Town by Kevin FitzPatrick, read by Mary Knatterud. 

The Great North, 4 p.m. Sun, presents The Pride of Minnesota by Thom Henninger, read by Jim Gregorich.  

All times listed are Central Standard Time. 

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