Radio Talking Book – May 2015

New addition to NFB-Newsline Guideposts Magazine is now available on NFB-Newsline! Current customers of the Communication Center and the Minnesota […]

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New addition to NFB-Newsline

Guideposts Magazine is now available on NFB-Newsline! Current customers of the Communication Center and the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library should call 651-539-1424 or 1-800-652-9000 to subscribe.  Esther Dahl will be pleased to describe NFB-Newsline to you and assist you in signing up. If you know someone who is not yet a customer, please have them call us for more information.  We’ll be happy to send out an application for service. An application form can also be accessed on our website at From the main page, just click on the link for Braille, Radio, Talking Book, News. The link for the application is right there!  


Weekend Program Books

Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Rewire by Richard O’Connor, PhD.; For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing The Peculiar, by Stephan Bachmann and The Eye of Minds, by James Dashner; Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Station Zed, by Tom Sleigh and Gabriel, by Edward Hirsch; The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Minneapolis Madams, by Penny A. Petersen. 



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


Chautauqua Tuesday,  Tuesday – Saturday 4 a.m

Faster, Higher, Stronger, Nonfiction by Mark McLusky, 2014. 10 Br. Begins May 12. The world of high-performance athletics is changing forever. Not so long ago, you could compete at the top level with hard work and a good coach; but today, it’s impossible to separate athletes’ achievements from the scientists who support them. Nonfiction read by Jim Gregorich.

The Dylanologists, Nonfiction by David Kinney, 2014. 9 Br. Begins May 26. Bob Dylan has been writing songs for a half century and remains a cultural touchstone and the subject of endless fascination. Dylan is intensely private and has been frightened, annoyed, and perplexed by fanatical fans. But he does have a cult following. L- Nonfiction read by Natasha DeVoe.


Past is Prologue, Monday –  Friday 9 a.m

Nature’s GodNonfiction by Matthew Stewart, 2014. 22 Br. Begins April 23. Derided as infidels and atheists at the time, the radicals who founded America set their sights on a revolution of the mind. They wanted to liberate us not just from one king, but from the tyranny of supernatural religion. The ideas that inspired them were neither British nor Christian, but largely ancient, pagan, and continental. Read by Stevie Ray.

The Court-Martial of Paul Revere, Nonfiction by Michael Greenburg, 2014. 10 Br. Begins May 25. Paul Revere was a key figure in the debacle of the Penobscot Expedition. Though he was not formally condemned for his actions, rumors swirled and he spent the next several years actively pursuing a court-martial to restore his reputation. Nonfiction read by Jan Anderson.


Bookworm, Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

Lillian on Life, Fiction by Alison Jean Lester, 2015. 5 Br. Began May 6. Lillian takes stock of her life. Throughout, she grappled with parental disappointment and societal expectations, wins and losses in love, and developing her own brand of wisdom. Fiction read by Michelle Juntunen.

The Mapmaker’s Children, Fiction by Sarah McCoy, 2015. 12 Br. Begins May 13. Sarah Brown uses her artistic talent by making maps for the Underground Railroad. One hundred fifty years later, Eden discovers the head of a doll from the Underground Railroad with its history of secret messages, danger, and deliverance. Fiction read by Nancy Felknor.


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

Dangerous Odds, Nonfiction by Marisa Lankester, 2014. 13 Br. Begins May 13. Marisa Lankester stumbled into the backdoor of the largest illegal sports betting organization in the U.S., and as a thrill seeker, she stayed, becoming a trusted insider. But what began as fun, morphed into a nightmare. V, L, S – Nonfiction read by Anne Obst.


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

Her, Fiction by Harriet Lane, 2015. 9 Br. Began May 6. A self-assured and successful artist, Nina appears to lead a charmed life. Emma, on the other hand, has given up a career in television to become the struggling mother of a toddler with another baby on the way.  Why would Nina need to be in Emma’s life? L – Fiction read by Mitzi Lewellen.

Land of Dreams, Fiction by Kate Kerrigan, 2014. 10 Br. Begins May 19. Irish immigrant Ellie Hogan has achieved the American Dream, but her comfortable life is shattered when her son, Leo, runs away to Hollywood. Determined to keep the family intact, Ellie follows.  Fiction read by Holly Sylvester.


PM Report, Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

First SEALs, Nonfiction by Patrick K. O’Donnell, 2014. 9 Br. Begins May 13. In the summer of 1942, an extraordinary group of men united to form a unit that would be the Navy’s Sea, Air, and Land (SEAL) Teams. Known as the Maritime Unit, it comprised America’s first swimmer-commandos, a breed of warrior-spies, decades ahead of their time.  Nonfiction read by Mike Piscitelli.

Shadow Government, Nonfiction by Tom Engelhardt, 2015. 8 Br. Begins May 26. Engelhardt says we no longer live in a national security state, but a global security one, fighting secret wars that have turned our president into an assassin-in- chief. Nonfiction read by John Holden.


Night Journey, Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

Wolf, Fiction by Mo Hayder, 2014. 11 Br. Began May 4. When a vagrant, the Walking Man, finds a dog with a scrap of paper with the words “Help Us,” he is sure it is a plea for help. He calls on Detective Inspector Jack Caffery to investigate. Caffery is reluctant to get involved until the Walking Man promises information about the childhood disappearance of Caffery’s brother. V,L,S – Fiction read by Diane Ladenson.

A Second Helping of Murder and Recipes, Fiction by Jeanne Cooney, 2014. 9 Br. Begins May 19. Reporter Emerald Malloy is working on a feature on rural cooking. Margie, the owner of Hot Dish Heaven, surprises her with unusual recipes. With her focus divided by a romantic interest in the deputy, she’s not interested in looking into the murder of a local farmhand. Fiction read by Janelle Mattson.


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

I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, Fiction by Courtney Maum, 2014. 9 Br. Begins May 5. British artist Richard Haddon is mourning the loss of his American mistress. His French wife has been very supportive of his work but she finds out about his affair just as he resolves to reinvest in his family. L – Fiction read by Greg Olson.

Charleston, Fiction by Margaret Bradham Thornton, 2014. 10 Br. Begins May 18. When Eliza left Charleston for college, she never expected it would take ten years to return. Now a decade later, she is an art historian in London and runs into Henry, her childhood love. Fiction read by Alletta Jervey.


Potpourri, Monday – Friday 11 p.m.    

Ongoingness, Nonfiction by Sarah Manguso, 2015. 2 Br. Begins May 14. Sarah Manguso kept a meticulous diary for twenty-five years. The terror behind that was that she might forget something important. Then when she became pregnant, her relationship with her diary changed. Nonfiction read by Julie Bolton.

A Deadly Wandering, Nonfiction by Matt Richtel, 2014. 14 Br. Begins May 18. Reggie Shaw fatally struck two rocket scientists while texting and driving. The accident and the aftermath exemplify the challenge of technological distractions, which have led to a new science of attention. Nonfiction read by Chris Colestock.


Good Night Owl, Monday – Friday midnight

Point Doom, Fiction by Dan Fante, 2013. 10 Br. Began May 4. Former New York City P.I., JD Fiorella is trying to get his life back together in Malibu when a friend he’d met in his AA meetings is murdered. JD’s old habits kick in and he embarks on a mission of revenge. V,L,S -Fiction read by Dan Kuechenmeister.

Elizabeth Is Missing, Fiction by Emma Healey, 2014. 10 Br. Begins May 18. No one takes Maud’s anxiety about Elizabeth seriously because of Maud’s dementia. But she is convinced that Elizabeth needs her help and Maud will discover the truth no matter what it takes.  L – Fiction read by Pat Kovel-Jarboe.


After Midnight, Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

Dark Metropolis, Fiction by Jaclyn Dolamore, 2014. 8 Br. Began May 7. Sixteen-year-old Thea Holder works to support her mother who is cursed with a spell that’s driving her mad. Whenever they touch, Thea is chilled by the magic, too. But people in the city are disappearing. When Thea’s best friend, Nan, vanishes, Thea needs to find her.  Fiction read by Cintra Godfrey.

The Darkest Part of the Forest, Fiction by Holly Black, 2015. 11 Br. Begins May 19. Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the town of Fairfold, where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, before. L,S – Fiction read by Kristi Sullivan.


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

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