Radio Talking Book – September 2022

The morning news  Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network broadcasts the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press live every morning from 8 […]

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The morning news 

Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network broadcasts the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press live every morning from 8 -10 a.m. Listeners who make use of this service are asked to weigh in and make sure the programming is covering all of the contents listeners are interested in. Contact Joseph Papke, acting station manager, at 651-539-2316 or [email protected] with requests. 

New books coming 

Seventeen new books premiere this month and four rebroadcasts. The Radio Talking Book staff thank everyone for their patience, as a backlog buffer of all-new books is created. Listeners are urged to get in touch about current books they’d like to hear. 

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The sampling published monthly in Access Press doesn’t represent the full array of programming. More programs and books are available.

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Chautauqua*Monday – Friday 6 a.m. 

Being You, nonfiction by Anil Seth, 2021. A quest to understand the biological basis of conscious experience. Read by Stevie Ray. 12 broadcasts; begins Mon, Sept. 5. 

The End of Bias, nonfiction by Jessica Nordell, 2021. A transformative and groundbreaking exploration of how to eradicate unintentional bias and discrimination. Read by Jack Rossmann. 13 broadcasts; begins Mon, Sept. 21. – L 

Past is Prologue*Monday – Friday 11 a.m. 

Stalin’s Library, nonfiction by Geoffrey Roberts, 2022. This engaging life of the twentieth century’s most self-consciously learned dictator explores the books Stalin read, how he read them, and what they taught him. Read by Robb Empson. 12 broadcasts; begins Thu, Sept. 15. 

Bookworm*Monday – Friday 12 p.m. 

A Tip For the Hangman, fiction by Allison Epstein, 2021. An Elizabethan espionage thriller in which playwright Christopher Marlowe spies on Mary, Queen of Scots while navigating the perils of politics, theater, romance—and murder. Read by Joseph Papke. 13 broadcasts; begins Mon, Sept. 19. – L, S 

The Writer’s Voice*Monday – Friday 1 p.m. 

Shoot Like a Girl (rebroadcast), nonfiction by Mary Jennings Hegar, 2017. A decorated Air Force veteran fights the military policy that keeps women out of combat roles. Read by Andrea Bell. Nine broadcasts; begins Mon, Sept. 5.  

Go Back Where You Came From, nonfiction by Wajahat Ali, 2022. A deeply personal and keenly perceptive memoir of an American immigrant experience. Read by Brenda Powell. 11 broadcasts; begins Mon, Sept. 19. 

Choice Reading*Monday – Friday 2 p.m. 

Men in My Situation, fiction by Per Petterson, 2021. Arvid Jansen is in a tailspin, unable to process the grief of losing his parents and brothers in a tragic ferry accident. In this moment of faltering hope and despair, Arvid’s daughter has a crisis of her own. Read by Greg Olson. Eight broadcasts; begins Tue, Sept. 13. – L 

The Fell, fiction by Sarah Moss, 2021. A riveting novel of mutual responsibility, personal freedom, and the ever-nearness of disaster. Read by Parichay Rudina. Six broadcasts; begins Mon, Sept. 26.  

Afternoon Report*Monday – Friday 4 p.m. 

True Story, 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, Sept. 5. 

The Violence Project, nonfiction by Jillian Peterson & James Densley, 2021. An examination of the phenomenon of mass shootings in America and an urgent call to implement evidence-based strategies to stop these tragedies. Read by Stevie Ray. Nine broadcasts; begins Mon, Sept. 19. 

Night Journey*Monday – Friday 7 p.m. 

The Christie Affair, fiction by Nina de Gramont, 2022. A wonderfully clever take on Agatha Christie’s mysterious real-life disappearance in 1926. Read by Pat Kovel-Jarboe. 12 broadcasts; begins Mon, Sept. 5. 

Reckless Girls, fiction by Rachel Hawkins, 2021. Six 20-somethings follow on a dangerous spiral of discovery on a desolate spot in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Read by Pat Kovel-Jarboe. Eight broadcasts; begins Wed, Sept. 21. – L 

Off the Shelf*Monday – Friday 8 p.m. 

Liarmouth, fiction by John Waters, 2022. A hilariously filthy tale of sex, crime, and family dysfunction from the brilliantly twisted mind of legendary filmmaker, John Waters. Read by Dan Sadoff. Eight broadcasts; begins Mon, Sept. 19. – L, S, V, G 

Potpourri*Monday – Friday 9 p.m. 

The Nineties, nonfiction by Chuck Klosterman, 2022. A wise and funny reckoning with the decade that gave us slacker/grunge irony about the sin of trying too hard, during the greatest shift in human consciousness of any decade in American history. Read by Jack Rossmann. 14 broadcasts; begins Mon, Sept. 5. 

Out of Office, nonfiction by Charlie Warzel and Anne Helen Petersen, 2021. A deeply researched tour through America’s broken work landscape and a vision of what a better future might look like. Read by Holly Sylvester. 10 broadcasts; begins Mon, Sept. 26. 

Good Night Owl*Monday – Friday 10 p.m. 

Sex with Presidents, nonfiction by Eleanor Herman, 2020. A work of popular history that uncovers the bedroom secrets of American presidents and explores the surprising ways voters have reacted to their leaders’ sex scandals. Read by Diane Dahm. 14 broadcasts; begins Mon, Sept. 12. – S  

RTB After Hours*Monday – Friday 11 p.m. 

The Dating Playbook, fiction by Farrah Rochon, 2021. When a personal trainer agrees to fake date her client, all rules are out the window in this fun romantic comedy. Read by Pat Muir. 11 broadcasts; begins Tue, Sept. 6. – L, S 

Echo, fiction by Thomas Olde Heuvelt, 2022. A thrilling descent into madness and obsession as one man confronts nature―and something even more ancient and evil answers back. Read by Tom Speich. 18 broadcasts; begins Wed, Sept. 21. – L 

Weekend Program Books 

Your Personal World, 1 p.m. Sat, presents Good Anxiety by Dr. Wendy Suzuki, read by Beverly Burchett. 

For the Younger Set, 11 a.m. Sun, presents Pony by R. J. Palacio, read by John Schmidt. 

Poetic Reflections, noon Sun, presents frank: sonnets by Diane Seuss, read by Jim Ahrens, followed by Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz, read by Mary Knatterud. 

The Great North, 4 p.m. Sun, presents Minnesota’s Geologist by Sue Leaf, read by Tony Lopez, followed by Diesel Heart by Melvin Whitfield Carter Jr., read by John Mandeville – L, V, S, R. 

All times are Central Standard Time 

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