Radio Talking Book – September 2012

Did You Know? If you are a resident of northwestern Minnesota and you can pick up Paul Bunyan cable on […]

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Did You Know?

If you are a resident of northwestern Minnesota and you can pick up Paul Bunyan cable on your television, then you have access to the Minnesota Radio Talking Book on channel 988. The signal is added to all Paul Bunyan cable TV packages at no extra charge. That includes the towns of Red Lake, Kelliher, Blackduck, Turtle River, Bemidji, Cass Lake, Walker, Squaw Lake, and Deer River, as well as all the areas in between. If you know people who can use our service and they live in those areas, they will appreciate you telling them about Paul Bunyan Communications.


Weekend Program Books 

Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing The Prosperous Heart, by Julia Cameron; For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing Wolf Storm, by Dee Garretson; Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Double Truth, by Chard deNiord, and That Said, by Jane Shore; The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Keeping Watch, by Kathryn A. Sletto, and The Assassination of Hole-in-the-Day, by Anton Treuer. 


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.

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

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Tuesday – Saturday 4 a.m

Subliminal, Nonfiction by Leonard Mlodinow, 2012. Our judgments and perceptions reflect the workings of our mind on two levels: the conscious, of which we are aware, and the unconscious, which is hidden from us. Read by Nancy Bader. 11 broadcasts. Began September 4 

The Power of Habit, Nonfiction by Charles Duhigg, 2012. Reporter Duhigg shares discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Habits can earn billions and mean the difference between failure and success, life and death.  Read by June Prange. 10 broadcasts. Begins September 19.


Past is Prologue
Monday – Friday 9 a.m.

Destiny of the Republic, Nonfiction by Candace Millard, 2011. President Garfield brought a new dimension to American politics, but he had his enemies. Among them was the unhinged office seeker named Charles Guiteau who shot Garfield. Read by Lannois Neely. 11 broadcasts. Began September 10.

1493, Nonfiction by Charles C. Mann, 2011. When Columbus landed in the Americas, he set off an ecological convulsion as European vessels carried thousands of species across the oceans. Read by Malcolm McLean. 19 broadcasts. Begins September 25


Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

The Language of Flowers, Fiction by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, 2011. After a childhood in the foster-care system, Victoria Jones is unable to get close to anyone. Her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. She sleeps in a public park and plants a small garden of her own. Read by Michele Potts. 10 broadcasts. Began September 3.

The Lost Saints of Tennessee, Fiction by Amy Franklin-Willis, 2012. When Zeke Cooper loses his twin brother in a drowning and his wife to divorce, he skips town to escape his grief. He leaves behind two adolescent daughters and his estranged mother. Read by Alletta Jervey. 10 broadcasts. Begins September 17.


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

Life Itself, Nonfiction by Roger Ebert, 2011. The first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize, Roger Ebert has been reviewing films for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967. He left TV because of thyroid-cancer treatment and became an even more prolific writer. Read by Bob Rees. 17 Br. Began August 27

Hot Cripple,  Nonfiction by Hogan Gorman, 2012. Ex-model Hogan Gorman lived the typical New York working actor’s life, auditions and classes at day, waitressing at night, until she was hit by a car at 40 miles per hour. With no insurance and with debilitating injuries, she was forced to deal with the system. L,S – Read by Lynda Kayser. 9 broadcasts. Begins September 19.


Choice Reading
Monday – Friday 4 p.m.

An Unexpected Guest, Fiction by Anne Korkeakivi, 2012. As Clare Moorhouse, American wife of a high-ranking diplomat in Paris, prepares for an official dinner, she sees an unnerving face in the crowd. It’s from a darker era of her life. But it can’t be him; he’s been dead for twenty years. Read by Jenny O’Brien. 8 broadcasts. Begins September 12

The Golden Hour, Fiction by Margaret Wurtele, 2011. Giovanna has just turned seventeen. The Second World War bears down on her village as the Italians sign a peace with the Allies. When her brother joins the Resistance, he asks Giovanna to hide a wounded fighter who is Jewish. Read by Anne Obst. 11 broadcasts. Begins September 24.


PM Report
Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

The Time of Our Lives, Nonfiction by Tom Brokaw, 2011. Having grown up in a more economic era, Tom Brokaw asks, “What happened to the America I thought I knew?” He has thoughts for our journey into the heart of a new century, and he’s found stories of Americans who are making a difference. Read by Art Nyhus. 9 broadcasts. Begins September 12

Don’t Shoot, Nonfiction by David M. Kennedy, 2011. Gang and drug related inner-city violence is the defining crime problem in our country. But self-taught criminologist David Kennedy engineered the “Boston Miracle” in the 1990s and pointed toward a solution. Read by Hugh Jones. 15 broadcasts. Begins September 25.


Night Journey
Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

The Impossible Dead, Fiction by Ian Rankin, 2011. Fox and his team are investigating accusations against a detective whose own uncle led the charge against him. Off their own turf, Fox’s team finds mistrust, resistance, and complications by intimations of conspiracy and corruption… and then a murder. L – Read by Dan Sadoff. 14 broadcasts. Began September 4.

The Lost Women of Lost Lake, Fiction by Ellen Hart, 2011. Jane’s friend Tess is being harangued by a man claiming to be a journalist who keeps asking questions about events decades ago. Tess’s friends are being very protective. Jane decides that the best way to protect her friends from secrets is to uncover the truth before anyone else can. Read by Constance Crane. 10 broadcasts. Begins September 24. 


Off the Shelf
Monday – Friday 10 p.m.

As Though She Were Sleeping, Fiction by Elia Khoury, 2012. Milia’s response to her new husband Mansour and to the Middle East of 1947 is to close her eyes and drift into parallel worlds where identities shift, where she can converse with the dead and foresee the future. Read by Jim Gregorich. 14 broadcasts. Begins September 11.


Monday – Friday 11 p.m.

The Perfect Gentleman, Nonfiction by Imran Ahmad, 2012. Imran Ahmad was born in Pakistan, but his parents moved to London when he was a boy. Growing up as a Muslim in London was very confusing for him. He was completely confused about most things, including religion. Read by Bill Studer 14 broadcasts. Begins September 11.


Good Night Owl
MondayFriday midnight

Grace, Fiction by T. Greenwood, 2012. Trevor Kennedy has been bullied as long as he can remember. Only Crystal, a store clerk, sees the deep fissures in the Kennedy family – in the haunting photographs Trevor brings to be developed. L,S – Read by Nancy Felknor. 16 broadcasts. Began September 5.

Red Plenty, Fiction by Francis Spufford, 2012. The USSR was founded on twentieth-century magic called “the planned economy” which was going to have an abundance of good things that capitalism could never match. For a little while, in the 1950s, the magic seemed to be working. Read by Bob Malos. 15 broadcasts. Begins September 25.


After Midnight
Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

Wild ThingFiction by Josh Bazell, 2012. Dr. Pietro Brnwa has left the Mob and has a new job, protecting a sexy paleontologist while she looks for a monster in Minnesota’s woods. It should be an easy job – aside from the murder, corruption, insanity, drug smuggling, and the lake monster. L – Read by Dan Sadoff. 10 broadcasts. Begins September 4.

The Marriage Plot, Fiction by Jeffrey Eugenides, 2012. Madeleine cannot understand why other students think reading literature about love is so passé. And then she becomes involved in a love triangle the effects of which carry on beyond graduation. S – Read by Arlan Dohrenburg. 21 broadcasts. Begins Sept. 18. 




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

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