Radio Talking Book – September 2013

International Copyright Law for Blind People In June, international negotiators, meeting under the auspices of the World Intellectual Property Organization […]

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International Copyright Law for Blind People

In June, international negotiators, meeting under the auspices of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), adopted a landmark new treaty that boosts access to books for the benefit of hundreds of millions of people who are blind, visually impaired and print-disabled. The treaty, approved after more than a week of intense debate among negotiators gathered in Marrakesh, Morocco, is the culmination of years of work on improving access for the blind, visually impaired, and print disabled to published works in formats such as Braille, large print text and audio books. The treaty now needs to be ratified by 20 WIPO member nations, including the U.S. Senate, that agree to be bound by its provisions.


Weekend Program Books

Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Weight Loss for People Who Feel Too Much, by Colette Baron-Reid; For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing Strike Three You’re Dead, by Josh Berk, and The Opposite of Hallelujah, by Anna Jarzab; Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Incarnadine, by Mary Szybist, and Nostalgia, My Enemy, by Saadi Yousef; The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Thirty Rooms to Hide In, by Luke Longstreet Sullivan and The Orchid Murder, by Christine Hunt.



Chautauqua Tuesday – Saturday 4 a.m

An Epidemic of Absence, Nonfiction by Moises Velasques-Manoff, 2012. 18 Br. Began August 22. In the past 150 years, sanitation, water treatment, new vaccines and antibiotics have saved lives. But evidence suggests that what we’ve done has also eliminated organisms that kept our bodies in balance. Read by Lannois Neely.

The Philadelphia Chromosome, Nonfiction by Jessica Wapner, 2013. 14 Br. Begins September 17. As a result of discoveries, a once-deadly leukemia became a highly survivable disease, setting the stage for today’s pursuit of comparable therapies against an expanding array of cancers. Read by Yelva Lynfield.



Past is Prologue Monday – Friday 9 a.m.

The Great Divide, Nonfiction by Peter Watson, 2012. 30 Br. Began September 3. When the last Ice Age came to an end, the Americas were divided from Eurasia and two great populations developed, each unaware of the other. Only three major differences can account for how cultures in the Old World and New developed so differently. Read by Bonnie Smith-Yackel.



Bookworm Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

Telling the Bees, Fiction by Peggy Hesketh, 2013. 11 Br. Began September 2. Albert Honig’s companions have always been his bees; he knows less about the ways of people. When his friend Claire is killed, Albert is haunted by the loss and the secrets and silence that lay between them for so long. L – Read by Charles Torrey.

The Forgotten Affairs of Youth, Fiction by Alexander McCall Smith, 2011. 9 Br. Begins September 17. Jane Cooper was adopted at birth. She is trying to find her biological father but all she knows is that he was a student in Edinburgh years ago. She asks for Isabel’s help and Isabel obliges.  Read by Beth Marie Hansen.

Bella Fortuna, Fiction by Rosanna Chiofalo, 2012. 13 Br. Begins September 30. Valentina is marrying Michael in Venice. But when she thinks everything is falling into place, she is forced to re-examine her life to see what truly makes her happy. Read by Bonita Sindelir.



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

The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Nonfiction by Rod Dreher, 2013. 10 Br. Began September 2. When Rod’s sister was diagnosed with a virulent form of cancer, he was struck with the way her tiny community rallied around her. He wondered if the ordinary life she had led was a path to spiritual greatness. Read by Mike Piscitelli.

Fairyland, Nonfiction by Alysia Abbott, 2013. 10 Br. Begins September 16. After his wife dies, bisexual writer Steve Abbott moved his two-year-old daughter to San Francisco. At the time, it seemed magical to her, but as she got older, she wanted to fit in and she discovered the world is hostile to difference. L – Read by Esmé Evans.

Going Full Circle, Nonfiction by Mike Link and Kate Crowley, 2012. 17 Br. Begins September 30. Husband-wife team Mike and Kate set off on a 1,555-mile, shore-hugging journey around the world’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Superior. The five-month epic took them through three states and Ontario.  Read by Connie Jamison.

Choice Reading Monday – Friday 4 p.m.

The House of Velvet and Glass, Fiction by Katherine Howe, 2012. 15 Br. Began August 16. Living a life of desperation with a taciturn father and a scandal-plagued brother, Bostonian Sibyl Allston turns to a medium for solace. When her brother is turned out of Harvard, Sibyl turns to professor Benton Derby, and a spark flares to life. Read by Anne Obst.

The Midwife of Hope River, Fiction by Patricia Harman, 2012. 13 Br. Begins September 16. As a midwife in West Virginia during the Depression, Patience Murphy’s solace is her gift, escorting mothers through the challenges of childbirth. Just beginning in her profession, she takes on the jobs no one else wants, for those most in need and least likely to pay. Read by Alletta Jervey.


PM Report Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

Sticks and Stones, Nonfiction by Emily Bazelon, 2013. 13 Br. Began September 9. Being a teenager has never been easy, but with the rise of the Internet and social media, it has become exponentially more challenging. Emily Bazelon believes that to deal with the problem, we must first understand it. Read by Jeanne Burns.

Blind Devotion, Nonfiction by Sharlene Prinsen, 2012. 12 Br. Begins September 26. When Sharlene married Sean, he was handsome in his camouflage fatigues. A combat veteran, he was plagued, though, with addiction, rage, and depression born from PTSD. She had to protect her children. L – Read by Sue McDonald



Night Journey Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

Murder below Montparnasse, Fiction by Cara Black, 2013. 11 Br. Begins September 10. Aimée is hired by Yuri Volodya to protect a painting that may be a Modigliani. But then he is killed, and every time Aimée finds a new witness, the body count rises. What is so special about this painting that so many people are willing to kill or die for it? Read by Myrna Smith.

Hour of the Rat, Fiction by Lisa Brackmann, 2013. 11 Br. Begins September 25. Iraq-War vet Ellie McEnroe lives in Beijing and works as an art dealer for Chinese political artists. When the authorities want to interrogate her about a client, she takes a vacation. It’s the perfect time to look for the missing brother of a friend – but she’s not the only one looking. L – Read by Pat Kovel-Jarboe.



Off the Shelf Monday – Friday 10 p.m.

Trapeze, Fiction by Simon Mawer, 2012. 14 Br. Began August 27. World War II has turned Marian Sutro’s life upside down. Because she is bilingual, she is recruited by the Inter-Services Research Bureau and enrolled in espionage training to aid the resistance. What she learns is that her superiors have a riskier role for her in occupied Paris. L,S –Read by Charles Torrey.

Sacred Games, Fiction by Gary Corby, 2013. 12 Br. Begins September 16. In 460 B.C., Nico’s friend Timodemus is to compete in the pankration, the deadly martial art of ancient Greece. His only serious rival is Arakos from Sparta. When Arakos is found beaten to death, Timodemus is assumed to be the killer. V,S – Read by John Mandeville.



Potpourri Monday – Friday 11 p.m.

One for the Books, Nonfiction by Joe Queenan, 2012. 10 Br. Begins September 10. Since Gutenberg first developed movable type, the book has been subjected to many indignities. But in today’s world it may disappear altogether. Read by Don Gerlach.     

Where They Stand, Nonfiction by Robert W. Merry, 2012. 10 Br. Begins September 25. Robert W. Merry says there are several categories of presidents: Men of Destiny, Split-Decision Presidents, Near Greats, War Presidents, and failures. Read by Charlie Boone.


Good Night Owl MondayFriday midnight

The Andalucian Friend, Fiction by Alexander Sőderberg, 2013. 18 Br. Began August 26. When Sophie meets Hector, her life is uneventful and she likes him. But she soon realizes he is actually head of an international crime ring at war with a rival organization, and her life starts to come undone. She is at the center of a global turf war. V,L – Read by Dan Sadoff.

The Casual Vacancy, Fiction by R.K. Rowling, 2012. 19 Br. Begins September 19. When Barry Fairbrother dies, the town of Pagford is in shock. The empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has seen. L,S – Read by Eileen Barratt.



After Midnight Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

The Best of All Possible Worlds, Fiction by Karen Lord, 2013. 11 Br. Began September 4. A proud and isolated alien society finds their homeland destroyed and they must reach out to the rest of the galaxy for aid and understanding. The survivors strive to preserve their cherished way of life, but learn they may only be able to protect it by changing forever. Read by Marie Dick.

Velveteen, Fiction by Daniel Marks, 2012. 13 Br. Begins September 19. Velveteen is dead and has decided to haunt the man who killed her. In the City of the Dead, everyone has a job to do, and one of her coworkers is hot and completely off-limits. But Velveteen can’t help herself when it comes to breaking rules, or getting revenge. L – Read by Kara Greshwalk.




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

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