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The sampling published monthly in Access Press doesn’t represent the full array of programming. More programs and books are available.
Chautauqua*Monday – Friday 6 a.m.
A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century, nonfiction by Heather Heying and Bret Weinstein, 2021. A bold, provocative history of our species finds the roots of civilization’s success and failure in evolutionary biology. Read by Jan Anderson. 12 broadcasts; begins Thu, Nov. 10.
Empire of the Scalpel, nonfiction by Ira Rutkow, 2022. From an eminent surgeon and historian comes the story of surgery’s development—from the Stone Age to the present day—blending meticulous medical research with vivid storytelling. Read by Dan Sadoff. 14 broadcasts; begins Mon, Nov. 28. – G
Past is Prologue*Monday – Friday 11 a.m.
Mutinous Women, nonfiction by Joan DeJean, 2022. The secret history of the rebellious Frenchwomen who were exiled to colonial Louisiana and found power in the Mississippi Valley. Read by Brenda Powell. 17 broadcasts; begins Thu, Nov. 10.
Bookworm*Monday – Friday 12 p.m.
House of Gold (rebroadcast), fiction by Natasha Solomons, 2018. The Goldbaum family had wealth and power across Europe, but that would change with the shifting times. Read by Pat Muir. 17 broadcasts; begins Tue, Nov. 8.
The Writer’s Voice*Monday – Friday 1 p.m.
Chasing History, nonfiction by Carl Bernstein, 2022. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist recalls his beginnings as an audacious teenage newspaper reporter in the nation’s capital―a winning tale of scrapes, gumshoeing, and American bedlam. Read by Roger Sheldon. 17 broadcasts; begins Wed, Nov. 2.
Foreverland, nonfiction by Heather Havrilesky, 2022. An illuminating, poignant, and savagely funny examination of modern marriage. Read by Diane Dahm. Nine broadcasts; begins Mon, Nov. 28. –L
Choice Reading*Monday – Friday 2 p.m.
News of the World (rebroadcast), Fiction by Paulette Jiles, 2016. After the Civil War, ten-year-old Johanna travels across Texas to her aunt and uncle’s home after living with Native American warriors who killed her parents. Read by Pat Muir. Seven broadcasts; begins Mon, Nov. 7.
Girl In Ice, fiction by Erica Ferencik, 2022. A harrowing thriller about a brilliant linguist struggling to communicate with a young girl who has been thawed from the arctic ice alive. Read by Eileen Barratt. 11 broadcasts; begins Wed, Nov. 16. – L
Afternoon Report*Monday – Friday 4 p.m.
Fortress America (rebroadcast), nonfiction by Elaine Tyler May, 2017. Though safer than ever, Americans continue to protect themselves and their families against crime and terrorism. Read by Glenn Miller. Eight broadcasts; begins Tue, Nov. 8.
Revolt, nonfiction by Nadav Eyal, 2021. An eye-opening examination of nationalism’s spread around the world as the promise of globalism wanes. Read by John Potts. 13 broadcasts; begins Mon, Nov. 21.
Night Journey*Monday – Friday 7 p.m.
The Lost Dragon Murder, fiction by Michael Allan Mallory, 2021. Detective Henry Lau’s investigative ability and kung fu skills are pushed to the limit when the murder of an art expert propels him into the nebulous world of ancient antiquities. Read by Tom Speich. Nine broadcasts; begins Mon, Nov. 7. – L
The Oxford Brotherhood, fiction by Guillermo Martínez, 2022. A literary thriller set at Oxford University that puts a talented mathematics student at the center of a murder mystery sparked by the discovery of hidden secrets in the life of famed author Lewis Carroll. Read by Jack Rossmann. 10 broadcasts; begins Mon, Nov. 21. – L
Off the Shelf*Monday – Friday 8 p.m.
The Swank Hotel (rebroadcast) Fiction by Lucy Corin, 2021. A stunningly ambitious, prescient novel about madness, generational trauma, and cultural breakdown. Read by Laura Young. 15 broadcasts; begins Wed, Nov. 2. – L, S
Mouth To Mouth, fiction by Antoine Wilson, 2022. A successful art dealer confesses the story of his meteoric rise in this sly, suspenseful novel. Read by John Schmidt. Six broadcasts; begins Wed, Nov. 23.
Potpourri*Monday – Friday 9 p.m.
How to Disappear (rebroadcast), nonfiction by Akiko Busch, 2019. A reflection on how people seek to be unseen in a world that craves attention. Read by Pat Muir. Eight broadcasts; begins Wed, Nov. 9.
Long Train Runnin’, nonfiction by Tom Johnston & Pat Simmons, 2022. The incredible true story of the legendary band, the Doobie Brothers, written by two founding members. Read by Jim Tarbox. 10 broadcasts; begins Mon, Nov. 21. – L
Good Night Owl*Monday – Friday 10 p.m.
The Morning Star (rebroadcast), fiction by Karl Ove Knausgaard, 2021. An astonishing, ambitious, and rich novel about what we don’t understand, and our attempts to make sense of our world, nonetheless. Read by Don Lee. 24 broadcasts; begins Wed, Nov. 2. – L
RTB After Hours*Monday – Friday 11 p.m.
Life’s Too Short (rebroadcast), fiction by Abby Jimenez, 2021. A brilliant and touching romantic comedy about two polar opposites, one adorable dog, and living every day to its fullest. Read by Michele Potts. Nine broadcasts; begins Tue, Nov. 1. – S, L
Book Lovers, fiction by Emily Henry, 2022. Sparks (eventually) fly between two literary agents out of their big-city element. Read by Carol McPherson. 13 broadcasts; begins Mon, Nov. 14. – S,
Weekend Program Books
Your Personal World, 1 p.m. Sat, presents How To Not Die Alone by Logan Ury, read by Beverly Burchett.
For the Younger Set, 11 a.m. Sun, presents The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill, read by Pat Muir.
Poetic Reflections, noon Sun, presents The King’s Touch by Tom Sleigh, read by Jim Ahrens; followed by Wade in the Water by Tracy K. Smith, read by Mary Knatterud.
The Great North. 4 p.m. Sun, presents Diesel Heart by Melvin Whitfield Carter Jr., read by John Mandeville – L, V, S, R; followed by The View from Split Rock by Lee Radzak, read by Karen Ray.