Radio Talking Book – March 2024

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All about Radio Talking Book 

Radio Talking Book is not just for listeners with visual disabilities. Anyone with difficulty reading or turning pages can enjoy the service.  

The service has 22 new books on this month, with no rebroadcast. This is the first time that has happened since prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Hear programming on a hand-held mobile device, for either iOS or Android. Visit the Apple App Store for iOS, or Google Play for Android, and download the Minnesota Radio Talking Book app. 

The sampling published monthly in Access Press doesn’t represent the full array of programming. Listen to RTB’s live or archived programs online at Listen to Radio Talking Book, and learn more about programs. 

Missed a book broadcast? Access it for one week following its original broadcast in the online 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 at 651-539-1422 or [email protected]

Books broadcast on the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network are available for loan through the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library in Faribault. The catalog is at Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library Catalog. Click on the link Search the Library Catalog. Call the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library at 800-722-0550, Mon-Fri, 9 am-4 pm CST.  

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Audio information about the daily book listings is on the National Federation for the Blind (NFB) Newsline. Register for NFB Newsline by calling 651-539-1424. The NFB-NEWSLINE service provides access to more than 500 magazines and newspapers. To learn more, visit NFB-Newsline or call 612-562-7803 


Monday – Friday 6 a.m. 
Blight, nonfiction by Emily Monosson, 2023. A prescient warning about the mysterious and deadly world of fungi―and how to avert further loss across species, including our own. Read by Dan Sadoff. Eight broadcasts; begins Tue, March 5. 

The Overlooked Americans, nonfiction by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, 2023. How small-town America’s surprising success reshapes our understanding of the nation’s urban-rural divide. Read by Stevie Ray. 13 broadcasts; begins Mon, March 18. 

Past is Prologue* 

Monday – Friday 11 a.m. 
Half American – Nonfiction by Matthew F. Delmont, 2022. The definitive history of World War II from the African American perspective. Read by Holly Sylvester. 12 broadcasts; begins Wed, March 13. – V, R 


Monday – Friday 12 p.m. 
Mrs. Plansky’s Revenge, fiction by Spencer Quinn, 2023. A widow in her seventies refuses to be the victim of scammers and goes on an adventurous bid for justice. Read by Yelva Lynfield. 13 broadcasts; begins Tue, March 12. 

The Writer’s Voice* 

Monday – Friday 1 p.m. 
Leading Lady, nonfiction by Charles Busch, 2023. A poignant, deliciously anecdotal account of a talented artist’s Oz-like journey in the worlds of Off-Broadway, Broadway and Hollywood. Read by Stuart Holland. 12 broadcasts; begins Mon, March 11. – L 

Roald Dahl: Teller of the Unexpected, nonfiction by Matthew Dennison, 2023. A brilliant biography of the much-loved author and creator of countless iconic literary characters. Read by Robb Empson. Six broadcasts; begins Wed, March 27. 

Choice Reading* 

Monday – Friday 2 p.m. 
The Big Sugar, fiction by Mary Logue, 2023. A grisly death near her new homestead draws Brigid Reardon into a complicated mystery soon after her arrival in Cheyenne, Wyoming, in 1881. Read by Greg Olson. Six broadcasts; begins Thu, March 14. 
Be Mine, fiction by Richard Ford, 2023. A man in the twilight of life faces down mortality while caring for his son with ALS. Read by Don Lee. 13 broadcasts; begins Wed, March 21. – L 

Afternoon Report* 

Monday – Friday 4 p.m. 
Literature and the New Culture Wars, nonfiction by Deborah Appleman, 2022. An engaging examination of why educators must continue to teach troubling but worthwhile texts. Read by Philip Lowry. Four broadcasts; begins Tue, March 19. 

The New Puritans, nonfiction by Andrew Doyle, 2022. A sober but devastating skewering of cancel culture and the moral certainties it shares with religious fundamentalism, and an urgent appeal to return to a truly liberal society. Read by Joseph Papke. 13 broadcasts; begins Mon, March 25. – L 

Night Journey* 

Monday – Friday 7 p.m. 
Bad Summer People, fiction by Emma Rosenblum, 2023. A whip-smart, propulsive debut novel about infidelity, backstabbing, and murderous intrigue, set against an exclusive summer haven on Fire Island. Read by Pat Muir. 11 broadcasts; begins Mon, March 18. – L, S. 

Off the Shelf* 

Monday – Friday 8 p.m. 
The River We Remember, fiction by William Kent Krueger, 2023. A dazzling novel set in 1958, where a small Minnesota town is rocked by a shocking murder, pouring fresh fuel on old grievances. Read by Tom Speich. 14 broadcasts; begins Wed, March 6. 

My Husband, fiction by Maud Ventura, 2023. A suspenseful and darkly funny debut novel about a sophisticated French woman who spends her life obsessing over her perfect husband—can their marriage survive her passionate love? Read by MaryBeth Redmond. Six broadcasts; begins Tue, March 26. 


Monday – Friday 9 p.m. 
Culture, nonfiction by Martin Puchner, 2022. An acclaimed professor and public intellectual takes us on a breakneck tour through pivotal moments in world history, providing a global introduction to the arts and humanities in one engaging volume. Read by Brenda Powell. 15 broadcasts; begins Thursday, March 14.  

Good Night Owl* 

Monday – Friday 10 p.m. 
Hell Bent, fiction by Leigh Bardugo, 2023. Wealth, power, murder, and magic: the Ivy League is going straight to hell. Read by Holland Richner. 20 broadcasts; begins Wed, March 6. – L 

RTB After Hours* 

Monday – Friday 11 p.m. 
Happy Place, fiction by Emily Henry, 2023. A novel about a couple who broke up months ago pretending to still be together for their annual weeklong vacation with their best friends. Read by Pat Kovel-Jarboe. 12 broadcasts; begins Mon, March 11. – L, S 

I’m a Fan, fiction by Sheena Patel, 2022. A debut novel about a young British woman, power, intimacy, and the internet. Read by Cintra Godfrey. Seven broadcasts; begins Wed, March 27. – L, S, V 

Weekend Program Books 

Your Personal World, 1 p.m. Sat, presents Breaking the Age Code by Becca Levy, read by Jan Anderson. 

For the Younger Set, 11 a.m. Sun, presents The Rat Queen by Pete Hautman, read by Parichay Rudina; followed by Fearless by Kristin F. Johnson, read by Mary Beth Redmond 

Poetic Reflections, noon Sun, presents Low by Nick Flynn, read by Mary Knatterud; followed by Civil Service by Claire Schwartz, read by Mary Knatterud; followed by Musical Tables by Billy Collins, read by Joseph Papke; followed by From From by Monica Youn, read by Mary Knatterud.  

The Great North, 4 p.m. Sun, presents Confluence: A History of Fort Snelling by Hampton Smith, read by Yelva Lynfield. 

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