Radio Talking Book – September 2017

  Scott McKinney, Radio Supervisor Help us to welcome our new Radio Supervisor. Scott has a BA in psychology from […]

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Scott McKinney, Radio Supervisor

Help us to welcome our new Radio Supervisor. Scott has a BA in psychology from Augsburg College and comes to us with vast experience in broadcasting, journalism and community services. Scott has leadership experience as a station manager and as an agency planner. He is the current editor of the Braham Journal, a local newspaper, and writer of a blog. He has research and grant writing experience with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. He has a history of becoming involved in diverse communities and developing effective community relationships. Every year Scott travels to Cape Breton in Nova Scotia to participate as a site manager in a Celtic music festival called Celtic Colors.


Weekend Program Books

Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Living from the Center Within, by Michele Rae; For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing The Jumbies, by Tracey Baptiste; Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing When We Were Birds, by Joe Wilkins; The Great North (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Warrior Nation: A History of the Red Lake Ojibwe, 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 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, 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 651-539-2363.

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Chautauqua Tuesday,  Tuesday – Saturday 4 a.m

How Emotions Are Made, Nonfiction by Lisa Feldman Berrett, 2017. 17 Br. Begins September 12. Emotions feel automatic, like uncontrollable reactions to things we think and experience. But the science of emotion is in the midst of a revolution, and this paradigm shift has immense implications for us all. Read by Stevie Ray.


Past is Prologue, Monday –  Friday 9 a.m

Mission Failure, Nonfiction by Michael Mandelbaum, 2016. 18 Br. Began September 7. The end of the Cold War led to a dramatic and fundamental change in the foreign policy of the United States. From merely protecting our interests, we began to promote American values and American institutions throughout the world. Read by Glenn Miller.


Bookworm, Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan, Fiction by Ruth Gilligan, 2017. 11 Br. BeganSeptember 4. Early twentieth century, 1950s Dublin, and present-day London. Three stories, which span generations and intertwine in revelatory ways, come together to tell the haunting story of Ireland’s all-but-forgotten Jewish community. L –   Read by Laura Rohlik.

The Mare, Fiction by Mary Gaitskill, 2015. 16 Br. Begins September 19. Velveteen Vargas gets a glimpse of life outside of Brooklyn, but her host family upstate is far from perfect: Ginger, a failed artist and shakily recovered alcoholic, and her academic husband, Paul, who wonder what it will mean to make a difference in such a contrived situation. L – Read by Connie Jamison.


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

Eleanor and Hick, Nonfiction by Susan Quinn, 2016. 16 Br. Begins September 12. Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok could not have been more different. But their extraordinary relationship influenced some of the most consequential years in American history. Read by Scott Brush.


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

After the Parade, Fiction by Lori Ostlund, 2016. 15 Br. Began September 4. Aaron long ago escaped his hometown of 400 people but he still feels like an outcast. After twenty years of being taken care of by an older partner, he decides it is time to take control of his own life and he moves to San Francisco. But real freedom will only come when he’s made peace with his memories. L – Read by Bill Studer.

Do Not Find Me, Fiction by Kathleen Novak, 2016. 7 Br. Begins September 25. When Gigi Paulo first arrives in New York, he sees a girl he is drawn to. Two years later, he meets, learns her name is Corrine, and learns her secrets. He becomes obsessed with her. L,S – Read by Janelle Mattson.


PM Report, Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

A Very Expensive Poison, Nonfiction by Luke Harding, 2017. 13 Br. Began September 4. Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko’s assassination foreshadowed killings of other Kremlin critics, and these are tied to current misadventures in Ukraine and Syria. This is all part of Russia’s fracturing relationship with the West. Read by Tom Speich.

The Islamic Jesus, Nonfiction by Mustafa Akyol, 2017. 9 Br. Begins September 21. Not only is Jesus written of in the Qur’an, but the Islamic picture of him resonates with pre-existing Christian sources. There is a fascinating similarity between Islam and “Jewish Christianity,” a branch of the early church that was branded as heresy.  Read by Stuart Holland.


Night Journey, Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

What You Don’t Know, Fiction by JoAnn Chaney, 2017. 13 Br. Began September 4. Detective Hoskins and reporter Peterson lost credibility on a murder case. Jacky Seever went to prison, but seven years later, new bodies are discovered and connected to Seever. L – Read by Michelle Juntunen.

The Death of Kings, Fiction by Rennie Airth, 2017. 14 Br. Begins September 21. In 1938, a beautiful actress was murdered on the estate of a close friend of the Prince of Wales. The arrest of an ex-convict and his confession brought the case to a close. But was the executed man really the murderer? L – Read by Neil Bright.


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

Big Law, Fiction by Ron Liebman, 2017. 8 Br. Began September 7. Carney has always been given cases defending corporate scum. When he’s asked to represent plaintiffs in a class-action suit, he accepts thinking his firm is, perhaps, becoming more socially conscious. L,RE – Read by Don Lee.

Borders, Fiction by Roy Jacobsen, 2016. 15 Br. Begins September 19. In the Ardennes, Robert has grown up under his mother’s care. For guidance, he turns to his godfather, who has faked blindness since the war. Read by John Mandeville


Potpourri, Monday – Friday 11 p.m.    

Almost Perfect, Nonfiction by Joe Cox, 2017. 9 Br. Began September 5. From 1908 to today, 13 pitchers have begun Major League Baseball games by retiring the first 26 opposing batters, but then, one out from completing a perfect game, it didn’t happen. The perfect game seems possible but is consistently evasive. This is the history of the national pastime’s greatest “almosts.”   Read by Jim Gregorich.

I Live Inside, Nonfiction by Michelle Leon, 2016. 5 Br. Begins September 18. Michelle was a shy, awkward child from the Minneapolis suburbs but became a major player in the punk rock scene around the world. It started when she saw Lori Barbero and Kat Bjelland performing at a party. L – Read by Holly Sylvester.

Thrill Me, Nonfiction by Benjamin Percy, 2016. 6 Br. Begins September 25. Benjamin Percy is the author of three novels, and a teacher of writing. He says literary and genre fiction are not mutually exclusive. In his essays, he shows how contemporary writers engage plot, character, dialogue, and suspense. Read by Carolyn Light Bell.


Good Night Owl, Monday – Friday midnight

A Gentleman in Moscow, Fiction by Amor Towles, 2016. 18 Br. Begins September 6. Count Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a hotel across the street from the Kremlin. He must now live in an attic room while tumultuous events are unfolding outside the hotel doors. Read by John Holden.


After Midnight, Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

The Dire Earth, Fiction by Jason M. Hough, 2015. 5 Br. Begins September 15. In a future post-apocalyptic Earth in the 23rd Century, an empty space vessel arrives. It is a harbinger of additional arrivals from other worlds. Read by Peter Danbury.

The Portable Veblen, Fiction by Elizabeth McKenzie, 2016. 12 Br. Begins September 22. Veblen and Paul are trying to make it to their wedding day in one piece. In order to do that, they need to grapple with dysfunctional parents, a seductive heiress, and a charismatic squirrel. L – Read by Michele Potts.



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


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