Radio Talking Book – May 2023

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

Readers are needed 

Volunteer readers are needed at Minnesota’s Radio Talking Book, to record books and periodicals for broadcast. Please contact Roberta Kitlinski at 651-539-1423 or [email protected] to learn more. 

All about Radio Talking Book 

The sampling published monthly in Access Press doesn’t represent the full array of programming on Radio Talking Book (RTB). 

RTB is not just for listeners with visual disabilities. Anyone with difficulty reading or turning pages can enjoy the service. Enjoy programming on a mobile device, for either iOS or Android. Visit the Apple App Store or Google Play, and download the Minnesota Radio Talking Book app. 

Listen to RTB’s live or archived programs online at www.mnssb.org/rtb 
Books broadcast are available for loan through the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library in Faribault. The catalog is at www.mnbtbl.org, 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.  

For updates, go to the Facebook site Minnesota Radio Talking Book. 

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 www.nfb.org/programs-services/nfb-newsline 

Donate to the State Services for the Blind at mn.gov/deed/ssbdonate

If listeners have ideas or feedback about books or programs broadcast, contact the staff. For newspapers and programs, contact Tony Lopez at [email protected] or 651-642-0880. For books, contact Joseph Papke at j[email protected] or 651-539-2316. Callers from Greater Minnesota please call 1-800-652-9000 and ask for Lopez or Papke. 

Chautauqua* 
Monday – Friday 6 a.m. 

The Anxious Investor, nonfiction by Scott Nations, 2022. A guide to becoming a smarter investor and reaching your financial goals. Read by Greg Olson. Nine broadcasts; begins Mon, May 15. – L  

The Socratic Method, nonfiction by Ward Farnsworth, 2021. A thinking person’s guide to a better life that explains what the Socratic method is, how it works and why it matters more than ever in our time. Read by Stevie Ray. 11 broadcasts; begins Mon, May 29.  

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

The Earth is All That Lasts, nonfiction by Mark Lee Gardner, 2022. A new history of the fierce final chapter of the “Indian Wars” as told through the lives of the two most legendary and consequential American Indian leaders. Read by Eric Watkins. 15 broadcasts; begins Mon, May 1.  

The Ruin of All Witches, nonfiction by Malcolm Gaskill, 2021. A gripping story of a family tragedy brought about by witch-hunting in Puritan New England that combines history, anthropology, sociology, politics, theology and psychology. Read by Dan Sadoff. 12 broadcasts; begins Mon, May 22. – V  

Bookworm* 
Monday – Friday 12 p.m. 

Olav Audunssøn 2: Providence, fiction by Sigrid Undset, 2020. The second volume in the Nobel Prize–winning author’s tumultuous, epic story of medieval Norway. Read by Don Lee. 12 broadcasts; begins Wed, May 3.  

Waterfall, fiction by Mary Casanova, 2021. A compelling story of an inspired, ambitious, and soulful young woman’s fight to find her way in 1920s northern Minnesota. Read by Brenda Powell. 10 broadcasts; begins Mon, May 22. – S  

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

She’s Nice Though, nonfiction by Mia Mercado, 2022. Essays offering a mind-bending glimpse into the illusions and delusions of contemporary life. Read by Yelva Lynfield. 12 broadcasts; begins Wed, May 10.  

The Fighting Soul, nonfiction by Ari Rabin-Havt, 2022. An unparalleled and intimate account of Bernie Sanders from one of his most trusted confidants. Read by Jim Tarbox. 12 broadcasts; begins Wed, May 24.  

Choice Reading* 
Monday – Friday 2 p.m. 

The Lawless Land, fiction by Boyd and Beth Morrison, 2022. A fast-paced medieval adventure about a young knight reclaiming his family’s land and reputation. Read by Yelva Lynfield. 19 broadcasts; begins Mon, May 1.  

Dr. No, fiction by Percival Everett, 2022. A sly, madcap novel about supervillains and nothing, really. Read by Andrea Bell. Eight broadcasts; begins Monday, May 29. – L  

Afternoon Report* 
Monday – Friday 4 p.m. 

The Four Ages of American Foreign Policy, nonfiction by Michael Mandelbaum, 2022. A new and unique framework for understanding the history of the foreign policy of the United States. Read by Jim Gregorich. 21 broadcasts; begins Tue, May 23. 

Night Journey* 
Monday – Friday 7 p.m. 

No One Left To Come Looking For You, fiction by Sam Lipsyte, 2022. A darkly comic mystery set in the vibrant music scene of early 1990s New York City. Read by Tom Speich. Six broadcasts; begins Wed, May 10. – L  

Cougar Claw, fiction by Cary J. Griffith, 2022. An outdoors mystery where special agent Sam Rivers investigates the unexplained cougar attack that killed a wealthy business owner. Read by John Gunter. 11 broadcasts; begins Thu, May 18. 

Off the Shelf* 
Monday – Friday 8 p.m. 

Sugar Street, fiction by Jonathan Dee, 2022. A risky, engrossing, and surprisingly visceral story about a man trying to escape his own troubling footprint and start his life over. Read by Roger Sheldon. Seven broadcasts; begins Wed, May 3. – L, S  

Cyclorama, fiction by Adam Langer, 2022. A deeply moving, propulsive story of ten teenagers brought together by a high school production of The Diary of Anne Frank that will shape and influence the rest of their lives. Read by Holly Sylvester. 14 broadcasts; begins Mon, May 15. – L, S 

Potpourri* 
Monday – Friday 9 p.m. 

Zabar’s, nonfiction by Lori Zabar, 2022. A fascinating, mouthwatering story of the immigrant family that created a New York gastronomic legend. Read by Philip Lowry. Seven broadcasts; begins Thu, May 4.  

Meet Me by the Fountain, nonfiction by Alexandra Lange, 2022. A highly entertaining and evocative promenade through the mall’s story of rise, fall, and ongoing reinvention. Read by Pat Kovel-Jarboe. 12 broadcasts; begins Mon, May 15. 

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

And There He Kept Her, fiction by Joshua Moehling, 2022. When two teenagers break into a house on a remote lake in search of prescription drugs, what starts as a simple burglary turns into a nightmare for all involved. Read by Eileen Barratt. 11 broadcasts; begins Tue, May 2. – L, V, G  

The Crocodile Bride, fiction by Ashleigh Bell Pedersen, 2022. A heartbreakingly tender coming-of-age tale set in 1982 Louisiana. Read by Carol McPherson. 12 broadcasts; begins Wed, May 17. – S, V 

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

The Bookseller’s Boyfriend (rebroadcast), fiction by Heidi Cullinan, 2021. A bookshop owner can’t believe his longtime celebrity crush is moving to his small town. But you should never meet your heroes. And you definitely shouldn’t pretend to be their boyfriend. Read by Eileen Barratt. 10 broadcasts; begins Tue, May 2. – S  

The Dead Romantics, fiction by Ashley Poston, 2022. A disillusioned millennial ghostwriter who, quite literally, has some ghosts of her own, has to find her way back home. Read by Pat Muir. 12 broadcasts; begins Tue, May 16. – L, S 

Weekend Program Books 

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

For the Younger Set, 11 a.m. Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen, read by Pat Muir. 

Poetic Reflections, noon Sun, presents Reenactments by Hai-Dang Phan, read by Mary Knatterud; followed by Turn Up the Ocean by Tony Hoagland, read by Mary Knatterud.

The Great North, 4 p.m. Sun, presents A Private Wilderness by  Sigurd F. Olson, read by Judith Johannessen. 

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