Radio Talking Book – September 2016

Change of Program Name and Focus We recognize that the news and entertainment we consume comes to us in a […]

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Change of Program Name and Focus

We recognize that the news and entertainment we consume comes to us in a variety of ways. Television, the internet, podcasts, and smartphones give us a wealth of information that can be challenging to wade through. What’s good? What’s not? And who is responsible for it? In an effort to broaden the scope of TV-Ality from merely highlighting what’s on TV, we want this program to be more substantive. Therefore, we will also be incorporating media criticism and how news and entertainment are produced. To reflect this broader range the new name of this program will be changed from TV-Ality to Mediality. We hope you appreciate the change.

Weekend Program Books

Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Wake Up Happy, by Michael Strahan, and The Quarter-Life Break-Through, by Adam Smiley Poswolsky; For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing Run, by Glenn Haggerty; Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing May Day, by Gretchen Marquette, and Window Left Open, by Jennifer Grotz; The Great North (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Portage, by Sue Leaf, and In Winter’s Kitchen, by Beth Dooley.

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 Search the Library Catalog. 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.  

Audio information about the daily book listings is also on NFB Newsline. Register for NFB Newsline by calling 651-539-1424.


Chautauqua Tuesday,  Tuesday – Saturday 4 a.m

The Art of the Con, Nonfiction by Anthony M. Amore, 2015. 10 Br. Began August 23. Art scams are so common today that many experts are shying away from the business of authentication.  The cons by unscrupulous art dealers are becoming more elaborate. Read by Myrna Smith.

The Smartest Places on Earth, Nonfiction by Antoine van Agtmael and Fred Bakekr, 2016. 9 Br. Begins September 16. Rustbelt cities are becoming the hotspots of global innovation. Sharing brainpower and making things smarter is turning globalization on its head. Read by Pat Muir.

The Death of Cancer, Nonfiction by Vincent T. DeVita, M.D., and Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn, 2015. 15 Br. Begins September 29. Doctor DeVita says the war on cancer is winnable, but there are things we need to change to get there. Read by Carol McPherson.


Past is Prologue, Monday –  Friday 9 a.m

The Witches, Nonfiction by Stacy Schiff, 2015. 21 Br. Began August 24. The Salem witch trials represent one of the few moments when women played the central role in American history. It began in the midst of a raw winter and ended less than a year later, but not before twenty people had been killed.  Read by Rachael Freed.

The War on Alcohol, Nonfiction by Lisa McGirr, 2016. 14 Br. Begins September 22. Prohibition has been portrayed as a noble experiment that failed. But it was the seedbed for a pivotal expansion of our federal government, the genesis of our contemporary penal state. Read by Bonnie Smith-Yackel.


Bookworm, Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach, Fiction by Pam Jenoff, 2015. 13 Br. Began September 8. Adelia escapes Fascist Italy and spends the rest of the summer next door to a boisterous Irish-Catholic family. L,S – Read by Janelle Mattson.

Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse, Fiction by Faith Sullivan, 2015. 11 Br. Begins September 27. Nell is a penniless, widowed mother of a baby – who finds strength in friendships and a rich inner life from the novels she reads. Read by Judy Woodward.


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

Boy Erased, Nonfiction by Garrard Conley, 2016. 11 Br. Begins September 12. The son of a pastor, Garrard was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality. Outed to his parents, he was forced into conversion therapy. L,S – Read by Michael Piscitelli.

Model Woman, Nonfiction by Robert Lacey, 2015. 14 Br. Begins September 27. Eileen Ford and her husband created the 20th century’s largest and most successful modeling agency, turning modeling into a glamourous career. Read by Nancy Bader.


Choice Reading, Monday, Monday – Friday 4 p.m.

The Forbidden Orchid, Fiction by Sharon Biggs Waller, 2016. 12 Br. Began September 8. When Elodie Buchanan agrees to accompany her father to China, in search for a rare orchid, she never expects that she will adapt so well to life on the ocean. And how can she go back to being the staid Elodie that people know after she has seen China? Read by Lynda Kayser.

The Truth and Other Lies, Fiction by Sascha Arango, 2015. 10 Br. Began September 26. Best-selling author Henry Hayden seems like someone to admire or have as a friend. A loving husband, a generous and considerate neighbor. Only he and his wife know that she is the actual author of the books that made him famous. When his hidden-in-plain-sight mistress becomes pregnant, it seems his façade is about to crumble. L – Read by Scott Brush.


PM Report, Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

The Way of the Gun, Nonfiction by Iain Overton, 2016. 13 Br. BeganAugust 31. More than 4.5 million Americans became victims of gun crime between 2004 and 2013. With the highest global rate of gun ownership, imports, and exports, America is the focus of a growing gun debate. V,L – Read by Chris Colestock.

Winter Is Coming, Nonfiction by Garry Kasparov, 2015. 14 Br. Begins September 19. The ascension of Vladimir Putin to the presidency of Russia in 1999 was a strong signal that the country was headed away from democracy. Putin is at the center of a worldwide assault on political liberty and the modern world order. Read by John Mandeville.


Night Journey, Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

Splinter the Silence, Fiction by Val McDermid, 2015. 12 Br. Begins September 12. Several women have died who were the victims of cyberbullying, but is it violence if it is virtual? The outspoken women targeted by increasingly cruel Internet bullies would say so. For some, the threats prove too much and they have begun to silence themselves by suicide. Or did they?  L – Read by Isla Hejny.

Speakers of the Dead, Fiction by J. Aaron Sanders, 2016. 7 Br. Begins September 29. In 1843, Walt Whitman’s friend Lena Stowe is hanged for the murder of her husband, Abraham. Walt vows to exonerate her. When Walt’s estranged boyfriend, Henry, returns to New York, the two of them uncover a link between body snatching and Abraham’s murder. Read by Laura Young.


Off the Shelf, Monday – Friday 10 p.m.

Along the Infinite Sea, Fiction by Beatriz Williams, 2015. 15 Br. Begins September 12. Each of the Schuyler sisters has her own world-class problems, but Pepper Schuyler’s problems are in a class of their own. Pregnant by a well-known, married politician, she finds a way to take care of herself by fixing up a rare vintage Mercedes. Read by Pat Lelich.


Potpourri, Monday – Friday 11 p.m.    

Fortunate Son, Nonfiction by John Fogarty, 2015. 15 Br. Begins September 15. Stories of hardship in music are common, but few have risen from the ashes of personal struggle like John Fogerty. Early success was followed by disputes and betrayals and leaving the music industry. Read by John Marsicano.


Good Night Owl, Monday – Friday midnight

Tightrope, Fiction by Simon Mawer, 2015. 14 Br. Began August 30. When special agent Marian Sutro is released from the Nazi concentration camp and returned to England, she struggles to find grounding for her life. Everything has changed. Then she finds a way to make amends for the past and find a new identity. Read by Tom Speich.

Blackass, Fiction by A. Igoni Barrett, 2016. 10 Br. Begins September 19. Furo Wariboko wakes on the morning of a job interview to discover he’s turned into a white man with red hair, green eyes, and pale skin. In this condition, he plunges into the bustle of Lagos to make his fortune. L,S – Read by Dan Sadoff.


After Midnight, Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

Aurora, Fiction by Kim Stanley Robinson, 2015. 15 Br. Begins September 13. The first voyage of humans leaving Earth to find a new home began generations ago. Now, they are approaching that new home. But the new planet will be unlike the ship and unlike Earth in many ways. Read by Greg Olson.



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



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