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Monday – Friday 6 a.m.
Platonic, nonfiction by Marisa G. Franco, 2022. Is understanding the science of attachment the key to building lasting friendships and finding “your people” in an ever-more-fragmented world? Read by Brenda Powell. 13 broadcasts; begins Mon, Nov. 20.
Past is Prologue*
Monday – Friday 11 a.m.
The Story of Russia, nonfiction by American Midnight, nonfiction by Adam Hochschild, 2022. A reassessment of the overlooked period between World War I and the Roaring Twenties, when the foundations of American democracy were threatened by war, pandemic and violence fueled by battles over race, immigration and the rights of labor. Read by Jim Gregorich. 15 broadcasts; begins Wed, Nov. 1.
Persians: The Age of Great Kings, nonfiction by Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, 2022. A stunning portrait of the magnificent splendor and enduring legacy of ancient Persia. Read by Parichay Rudina. 20 broadcasts; begins Wed, Nov. 22.
Monday – Friday 12 p.m.
Gods and Mortals, fiction by Sarah Iles Johnston, 2023. An entrancing new telling of ancient Greek myths. Read by Yelva Lynfield. 23 broadcasts; begins Wed, Nov. 1.n Lee. Nine broadcasts; begins Thu, Oct. 19.
Monday – Friday 2 p.m.
The Lawless Land (rebroadcast), fiction by Boyd & 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 Wed, Nov. 1.
The Crane Husband, fiction by Kelly Barnhill, 2023. A brilliant and subversive reimagining of a familiar fairy tale The Crane Wife, where a fiercely pragmatic teen will do whatever it takes to protect her family. Read by Peter Danbury. Four broadcasts; begins Tue, Nov. 28.
Monday – Friday 4 p.m.
True Story (rebroadcast), nonfiction by Danielle J. Lindemann, 2022. A sociological study of reality TV that explores its rise as a culture-dominating medium―and what the genre reveals about our attitudes toward race, gender, class, and sexuality. Read by Michele Potts. Nine broadcasts; begins Mon, Nov. 13.
The Bill of Obligations, nonfiction by Richard Haass, 2023. A provocative guide to how we must re-envisi-on citizenship if American democracy is to survive. Read by Michele Potts. Four broadcasts; begins Mon, Nov. 27.
Monday – Friday 7 p.m.
Godspeed (rebroadcast), fiction by Nickolas Butler, 2021. Three troubled construction workers get entangled in a dangerous plan against an impossible deadline. Read by Jim Gregorich. 11 broadcasts; begins Mon, Nov. 13.
Dark Angel, fiction by John Sandford, 2023. Letty Davenport, the tough-as-nails adopted daughter of Lucas Davenport, takes on an undercover assignment that brings her across the country and into the crosshairs of a dangerous group of hackers. Read by Rick Seime. 11 broadcasts; begins Tue, Nov. 28. – L
Off the Shelf*
Monday – Friday 8 p.m.
The Strange Inheritance of Leah Fern, fiction by Rita Zoey Chin, 2022. A luminous coming of age story about a fiercely lonely young woman’s quest to uncover the truth behind her mother’s disappearance. Read by Tom Taintor. 11 broadcasts; begins Tue, Nov. 7. – L
The Thing in the Snow, fiction by Sean Adams, 2023. A thought-provoking and wryly funny novel—equal parts satire and psychological thriller—that holds a funhouse mirror to the isolated workplace and an age of endless distraction. Read by Therese Murray. Eight broadcasts; begins Wed, Nov. 22.
Monday – Friday 9 p.m.
The Wondering Mind, nonfiction by Jamie Kreiner, 2023. A revelatory account of how Christian monks identified distraction as a fundamental challenge―and how their efforts to defeat it can inform ours, more than a millennium later. Read by Jim Ahrens. Six broadcasts; begins Wed, Nov. 8.
The Socratic Method (rebroadcast), 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 Thu, Nov. 16.
Good Night Owl*
Monday – Friday 10 p.m.
Bad Cree, fiction by Jessica Johns, 2023. A young Cree woman’s dreams lead her on a perilous journey of self-discovery that ultimately forces her to confront the toll of a legacy of violence on her family, her community, and the land they call home. Read by Carol McPherson. 10 broadcasts; begins Mon, Nov. 6. – L
Bad Sex, nonfiction by Nona Willis Aronowitz, 2022. A blend of memoir, social history, and cultural criticism that probes the meaning of desire and sexual freedom today. Read by Tamara Pratt. 11 broadcasts; begins Mon, Nov. 20. – L, S
RTB After Hours*
Monday – Friday 11 p.m.
Maggie Moves On, fiction by Lucy Score, 2022. A house-flipping YouTube star and laid-back contractor—Can these opposites turn up the heat . . . without burning down the house? Read by Michelle Juntunen. 15 broadcasts; begins Mon, Nov. 20. – L, S
Weekend Program Books
Your Personal World, 1 p.m. Sat, presents The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama, read by Beverly Burchett.
For the Younger Set, 11 a.m. Sun, presents Windswept by Margi Preus, read by Laura Young; followed by Controlled Burn by Erin Soderberg Downing, read by Laura Young.
Poetic Reflections, noon Sun, presents Homes by Moheb Soliman, read by Mary Knatterud.
The Great North, 4 p.m. Sun. presents Born of Lakes and Plains by Anne F. Hyde, read by Tony Lopez.