Radio Talking Book – November 2012

  Digital Conversion Almost Complete In October, the metropolitan areas of Rochester and Mankato, MN, were converted to a digital […]

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Digital Conversion Almost Complete

In October, the metropolitan areas of Rochester and Mankato, MN, were converted to a digital signal. The residents of those areas received letters explaining the conversion and the need for a new radio that would pick up the digital signal. If you live in those areas and, for some reason, missed the letter, your old radio is no longer working. You can get your new radio by calling our office and asking for the Radio Equipment Desk. Call 800-652-9000. We will send your new radio as soon as we hear from you.

Weekend Program Books 

Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Idea-Links, by Jim Link; For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing 172 Hours on the Moon, by Johan Harstad; Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing That Said, by Jane Shore; The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing The Assassination of Hole-in-the-Day, by Anton Treuer and A Boundary Waters History, by Stephen Wilbers.

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.

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Tuesday – Saturday 4 a.m

French Kids Eat Everything, Nonfiction by Karen Le Billon, 2012. When Karen Le Billon moved her young family to her husband’s northern France town, she was surprised by the amount of food education she received. But the real challenge came when they moved back to America. Read by Judith Johannessen. 11 broadcasts. Began November 6.

Games Primates Play, Nonfiction by Dario Maestripieri, 2012. Primatologist Dario Maestripieri has devoted his life to studying the rules that govern primate societies. He locates counterparts for much of our behavior in the habits of our closest living relatives. L -Read by John Hagman. 12 broadcasts. Begins November 21.


Past is Prologue
Monday – Friday 9 a.m.

Twelve Desperate Miles, Nonfiction by Tim Brady, 2012. The key for the 1942 invasion of Northwestern Africa was finding a boat that could wind up twelve miles of a shallow river in Morocco. That boat was the banana boat, The Contessa. Read by Bonnie Smith-Yackel. 12 broadcasts. Began November 8.

Prague Winter, Nonfiction by Madeleine Albright, 2012. Before Madeleine Albright turned twelve, her life was shaken by the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia – the country where she was born, the Battle of Britain, the near-total destruction of European Jewry, the Allied victory in World War II, the rise of communism, and the onset of the Cold War. Read by Michele Potts. 15 broadcasts. Begins November 26.


Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

The Land of Painted Caves, Fiction by Jean M. Auel, 2011. During the last Ice Age, Ayla, Jondalar, and their daughter live with the Zelandonii. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and is training to become a spiritual leader. As Ayla spends more time on her spiritual studies, Jondalar drifts away from her. Read by Connie Jamison. 37 Br. Began November 1.


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

The Letter, Nonfiction by Marie Tillman, 2012. In 2003, Pat Tillman wrote a “just in case” letter to his wife while he was serving in the U.S. army. In April 2004, Marie got the news that Pat had been killed in Afghanistan and it was that letter that kept her going. Read by Karen Wertz. 7 Br. Began November 1.

Juliette Gordon Low, Nonfiction by Stacy A. Cordery, 2012. Growing up in post-Civil War Georgia, Daisy (as she was known) married Willy Low but the marriage failed. She found purpose in Baden-Powell’s Boy Scouts and decided to create the equivalent for girls. Read by Yelva Lynfield. 16 Br. Begins November 12.


Choice Reading
Monday – Friday 4 p.m.

Shine Shine Shine, Fiction by Lydia Netzer, 2012. Sunny has constructed a perfect life for herself and her family. Even her husband, Maxon, an astronaut on his way to the moon, passes as normal. But when a minor auto accident sends her wig flying, her secret is exposed. Read by Nancy Felknor. 11 broadcasts. Begins November 12.

The Roots of the Olive Tree, Fiction by Courtney Miller Santo, 2012. Five generations of first-born women live together in the same house. Anna, the matriarch, is 112. Now a geneticist wishes to study the family believing they hold the key to breakthroughs on aging. But Anna is not interested in unlocking secrets – there are truths that need to stay hidden. Read by Judy Woodward. 10 broadcasts. Begins November 27.


PM Report
Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

The Last Great Senate, Nonfiction by Ira Shapiro, 2012. Our Senate allows a minority to use filibuster and rules to place a stranglehold on action, but it has not always been so. Read by Art Nyhus. 19 broadcasts. Began October 16.

The Good News Club, Nonfiction by Katherine Stewart, 2012. Katherine Stewart discovered the Good News Club that came to her children’s school was trying to indoctrinate elementary age children in fundamentalist Christianity and then get the children to proselytize to their peers. Read by Scott Brush. 11 broadcasts. Begins November 12.

What it Is Like to Go to War, Nonfiction by Karl Marlantes, 2011. In the past, warriors were prepared for battle by ritual, religion, and literature, which also helped bring them home. Warriors today are poorly prepared for the journey. L – Read by Denny Laufenburger. 9 broadcasts. Begins November 27.


Night Journey
Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

The Retribution, Fiction by Val McDermid, 2011. After ten years in prison, Jacko has broken out and he has sworn revenge on the two that put him away. They don’t know when or where he’ll strike. V,L,S – Read by Diane Ladenson. 12 broadcasts. Began October 23.

Death Comes to Pemberley, Fiction by P.D. James, 2011. Life at Pemberley seems wonderful. Preparations are underway for a ball when Elizabeth’s disgraced sister, Lydia, arrives, and calls out that her husband, Wickham, has been murdered.  Read by Amy Morris. 10 broadcasts. Begins November 8.

The Risk Agent, Fiction by Ridley Pearson, 2012. A Chinese man working for an American company is kidnaped off the streets of Shanghai and Rutherford Risk steps in. But private investigation is illegal in China. V,L – Read by Dan Sadoff. 14 broadcasts. Begins November 22.


Off the Shelf
Monday – Friday 10 p.m.

Zone One, Fiction by Colson Whitehead, 2012. A pandemic has devastated the planet, sorting humanity into the uninfected and the infected. Mark Spitz is a member of a civilian sweeper unit clearing Manhattan. L – Read by John Schmidt. 10 Br. Begins Nov. 12.

Running the Rift, Fiction by Naomi Benaron, 2012. Jean Patrick dreams of becoming Rwanda’s first Olympic medal winner in track. But he is a Tutsi in a world that has become restrictive and violent for his people. V – Read by Isla Hejny. 15 broadcasts. Begins November 26.


Monday – Friday 11 p.m.

The Heart and the Fist, Nonfiction by Eric Greitens, 2011. Wanting to make a difference, Greitens traveled to the world’s trouble spots but all he could do was ease the suffering. So he joined the Navy SEALS. L – Read by Don Gerlach. 14 broadcasts. Began November 7.

Henry’s Demons, Nonfiction by Patrick and Henry Cockburn, 2011. After Henry was diagnosed with schizophrenia, his journalist father decided to write about what they went through. Read by Hugh Jones. 9 Br. Begins November 27.


Good Night Owl
MondayFriday midnight

A Walk Across the Sun, Fiction by Corban Addison, 2012. Ahalya and Sita are swept into the sex trade in Mumbai. Attorney Thomas Clarke, on a sabbatical in India, makes it his personal mission to rescue them. V,L – Read by Esmé Evans. 13 broadcasts. Begins November 5.     

The Messenger, Fiction by Stephen Miller, 2012. Daria’s and Sam’s lives will intersect and make each question what it means to have something worth dying for. L – Read by John Marsicano. 12 Br. Begins November 22.

After Midnight
Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

The Innocents, Fiction by Francesca Segal, 2012. Adam is to marry Rachel. Everyone is happy about this. Then Rachel’s cousin Ellie moves back and Adam questions everything.  L,S – Read by Kristi Sullivan. 11 broadcasts. Begins November 6.

The Lost Angel, Fiction by Javier Sierra, 2011. Convinced that they are the descendants of angels, terrorists plan to destroy the world but first plan to kidnap a scientist. L – Read by John Mandeville. 14 broadcasts. Begins November 21.




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

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