Radio Talking Book – May 2012

Volunteer makes a customer happy The Minnesota RTB signal is heard by others across the country via local services that […]

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Volunteer makes a customer happy

The Minnesota RTB signal is heard by others across the country via local services that rebroadcast our programming. One place that happens is Los Angeles. A short while ago, I heard from the station manager there that one of her blind volunteers had been hit by a truck, and was awaiting surgeries in the hospital. When asked if there was anything he wanted, he said he’d love to hear from his favorite reader – who just happened to be one of our volunteers.  

I contacted the volunteer, gave her the gentleman’s phone number, and she called him and spoke to him a couple of times. He was thrilled. And the volunteer was pleased to have been able to offer him a helpful distraction from his discomfort. It is a reminder to us that the recordings we do in a small booth in Saint Paul have an effect on people thousands of miles away. – Stuart Holland, RTB Manager


Weekend Program Books 

Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Healing at the Speed of Sound, by Don Campbell and Alex Doman; For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing Tyger Tyger, by Kersten Hamilton, and Ghost Knight, by Cornelia Funke; Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing The Book of Ten, by Susan Wood; The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing North Country, by Mary Lethert Wingerd.


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. 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, either live or archived programs from the last week, on the Internet at Call the staff at the Radio for your password to the site.

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Tuesday – Saturday 4 a.m

Curtains, Nonfiction by Tom Jokinen, 2010. Jokinen worked as an apprentice in a funeral home. He did it partly because he is Finnish and a Finn’s greatest pleasure is imagining who might come to his funeral. L – Read by William Stout. 10 broadcasts. Began May 4.

Raceball, Nonfiction by Rob Ruck, 2011. Integration of baseball cost black and Caribbean societies control over their own sporting lives, changing the meaning of the sport, but not always for the better. Read by Denny Laufenburger. 11 Br. Begins May 18.


Past is Prologue
Monday – Friday 9 a.m.

Love and Capital, Nonfiction by Mary Gabriel, 2011. Karl Marx was a student without wealth or future when Jenny von Westphalen, daughter of a Prussian baron, fell in love with him. Together they journeyed through Europe, on the run from those alarmed by Marx’s revolutionary ideas. Read by Lannois Neely. 31 broadcasts. Began April 30


Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

Falling Together, Fiction by Marisa de los Santos, 2011. Marisa de los Santos creates a portrait of people growing and learning to live their lives with joy. “Falling Together” is an uplifting and powerful story of friendship, finding love, and looking at the world each day with the idea of living the moment for its beauty. L – Read by Sherri Afryl. 15 broadcasts. Began April 25.

The Luminist, Fiction by David Rocklin, 2011. When photography was new, the excitement of it swept up Victorian England. Catherine Colebrook, proper wife of a fading diplomat, is one of these. Read by Ann Hoedeman. 9 broadcasts. Begins May 16.

The Odds, Fiction by Stewart O’Nan, 2012. With finances and their marriage rocky, Marion and Art take their savings and book a second honeymoon. By day, they sightsee; by night, they gamble to rescue home, finances, and marriage. L – Read by Kristi O’Sullivan. 5 broadcasts. Begins May 29.


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

All In, Nonfiction by Jerry Yang, 2011. Jerry Yang was watching TV one night in 2005 when he saw the World Series of Poker. Having never seen or played it, he was hooked. Two years later, he won $8.2 million at the WSOP final table. Read by Charles Torrey. 11 Br. Began May 2.

Fire Season, Nonfiction by Philip Connors, 2011. For a decade, Connors has spent half of each year in a 7’x7’ fire lookout tower, ten thousand feet up in a remote corner of New Mexico. The landscape he watches is one of the most fire-prone with more than thirty-thousand strikes per year. L – Read by John Ward. 9 broadcasts. Begins May 17.

A Song at Twilight, Nonfiction by Nancy Paddock, 2011. Poet Nancy Paddock’s parents had Alzheimer’s which forced her and her sisters to face challenges and choices while confronting this disease. She searched for meaning in photographs and memories.  Read by Carol Lewis. 8 Br. Begins May 30.


Choice Reading
Monday – Friday 4 p.m.

The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb, Fiction by Melanie Benjamin, 2011. She was two-foot eight-inches tall, but her legend persists more than a century later. Lavinia “Vinnie” Bump reached out to the impresario P. T. Barnum, married the tiny superstar General Tom Thumb in the wedding of the century, and transformed into the world’s most unexpected celebrity. Read by Maria Rubinstein. 12 Br. Began April 30.

State of Wonder, Fiction by Ann Patchett, 2011. Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who has disappeared in the Amazon while working on a potentially valuable drug. When she is found, Dr. Swenson is as ruthless and uncompromising as ever. L – Read by Holly Sylvester. 13 broadcasts. Begins May 16.


PM Report
Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

That Used to Be Us, Nonfiction by Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum, 2011. America faces four major challenges on which our future depends: globalization, the revolution in information technology, chronic deficits, and excessive energy consumption. Read by John Demma. 16 Br. Began April 23.

American Wasteland, Nonfiction by Jonathan Bloom, 2011. As a nation, we waste a staggering amount of food – as much as 40 percent of what we produce. But it is possible to make a difference starting in our own kitchens, reducing waste and saving money. Read by Jeanne Burns. 14 Br. Begins May 15


Night Journey
Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

Two for Sorrow, Fiction by Nicola Upson, 2011. Josephine Tey decides to write a mystery based on murderers of the past. Her research will entangle her in the desperate search for a modern-day killer. Read by Isla Hejny. 15 broadcasts. Began April 23.

Heartstone, Fiction by C.J. Sansom, 2011. In 1545, as a French armada is preparing to attack England, Matthew Shardlake takes on a legal case involving the king’s Court of Wards. He travels to Portsmouth, in spite of pending attacks. Read by Myrna Smith. 21 broadcasts. Begins May 14.


Off the Shelf
Monday – Friday 10 p.m.

Vermilion Drift, Fiction by William Kent Krueger, 2011. Cork is hired as security consultant but his focus quickly changes to investigating a series of murders that happened half a century before. L – Read by Charlie Boone. 10 broadcasts. Began May 7.

Touch and Go, Fiction by Thad Nodine, 2011. A blind, recovering addict gets into a station wagon with his sponsors for a drive from California to Florida to deliver a casket to a dying grandfather. L – Read by John Marsicano. 11 broadcasts. Begins May 21.


Monday – Friday 11 p.m.

The Icarus Syndrome, Nonfiction by Peter Beinart, 2010. On the eves of World War I, Vietnam, and Iraq, American leaders decided they could remake the world in their image. Each time, leading intellectuals declared that history was over and the spread of democracy was inevitable. L – Read by John Potts. 20 broadcasts. Began April 19.

Sybil Exposed, Nonfiction by Debbie Nathan, 2011. Though the story of Sybil revolutionized psychotherapy, papers, records, photos, and tapes reveal that much of what happened was fabricated. Her psychiatrist exhibited over-the-top behavior, galloping ambition, and irresponsible therapy. L – Read by Esmé Evans. 10 broadcasts. Begins May 17.

Role Models, Nonfiction by John Waters, 2011. John Waters talks about the lives of some of the extreme figures who have helped him form his own brand of neurotic happiness. Famous, unknown, or criminal, they have helped form a unique and one of the most perverse and hilarious artistic minds of our time.  L, S – Read by Stuart Holland. 10 broadcasts. Begins May 31


Good Night Owl
MondayFriday midnight

The Second Son, Fiction by Jonathan Rabb, 2011. Nikolai Hoffner, a half-Jew, has been forced out of his job so his attention turns to saving his son. His older one, Sasha, is now lost to the Nazi regime, but his younger, Georg, is in Spain for the civil war. But Georg is not what he appears to be. L – Read by Dan Sadoff. 14 broadcasts. Began May 8.

The Devil’s Light, Fiction by Richard North Patterson, 2011. Amer Al Zaroor, an Al Qaeda operative, has stolen a nuclear bomb from Pakistan and the goal is to trigger it on the anniversary of 9/11. Brooke Chandler, sidelined from the CIA for various reasons, believes he knows how to locate the weapon. L – Read by Don Lee. 13 broadcasts. Begins May 28.


After Midnight
Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

Shadowfever, Fiction by Karen Marie Moning, 2011. When MacKayla Lane, an ordinary young woman, travels to Ireland to track down her sister’s murderer, she is sucked into an extraordinary world filled with ancient secrets, vampires, assorted Fae nasties and other tough-to-kill beings. Read by Natasha DeVoe. 19 broadcasts. Begins May 1.

By His Majesty’s Grace, Fiction by Jennifer Blake, 2011. Lady Isabel Milton never expected to love her husband, Earl Rand Braesford. But when he is imprisoned in the Tower, she finds herself unconvinced of his guilt and commits to discover the truth about him. S – Read by Jenny O’Brien. 10 broadcasts. Begins May 29.



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

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