Radio Talking Book – September 2023

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The sampling published monthly in Access Press doesn’t represent the full array of programming. 


Monday – Friday 6 a.m. 

Sacred Nature, nonfiction by Karen Armstrong, 2022. A profound exploration of the spiritual power of nature—and an urgent call to reclaim that power in everyday life. Read by John Holden. Six broadcasts; begins Mon, Sept. 4. 

A Hacker’s Mind, nonfiction by Bruce Schneier, 2023. A legendary cybersecurity expert reveals how using a hacker’s mindset can change how you think about your life and the world. Read by John Potts. Nine broadcasts; begins Tue Sept. 12. 

Disability Pride, nonfiction by Ben Mattlin, 2022. An eye-opening portrait of the diverse disability community as it is today, and how disability attitudes, activism, and representation have evolved since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Read by Jack Rossmann. 11 broadcasts; begins Tue, Sept. 25. 

Past is Prologue* 

Monday – Friday 11 a.m. 

Firepower, nonfiction by Paul Lockhart, 2021. A study of how military technology has transformed the world. Read by Charles Gould. 24 broadcasts; begins Mon, Sept. 4. 


Monday – Friday 12 p.m. 

Bicycling With Butterflies, fiction by Sara Dykman, 2021. Science, nature, and adventure come together in this riveting account of a solo bike trip along the migratory path of the monarch butterfly. Read by various readers, including the late Tony Lopez. 12 broadcasts; begins Mon, Sept. 4.  

Terra Nova, fiction by Henriette Lazaridis, 2022. A haunting story of love, art, and betrayal, set against the heart-pounding backdrop of a 1910 Antarctic exploration. Read by Jim Tarbox. 11 broadcasts; begins Wed, Sept. 20.  

The Writer’s Voice* 

Monday – Friday 1 p.m. 

The Hard Parts, nonfiction by Oksana Masters, 2023. In this story of triumph over adversity, the United States’ most decorated winter Paralympic athlete, tells her story of overcoming extraordinary physical challenges to create a life that, by example, challenges everyone to push through what is holding them back. Read by Carol McPherson. 13 broadcasts; begins Mon, Sept. 4. 

Putin, nonfiction by Philip Short, 2022. The first comprehensive, fully up-to-date biography of Vladimir Putin, woven into the tumultuous saga of Russia over the last sixty years. Read by Ginny Kraus. 37 broadcasts; begins Thu, Sept. 21. 

Choice Reading

Monday – Friday 2 p.m. 

The Measure, fiction by Nikki Erlick, 2022. If you had the choice, would you want to know how long you had to live? —An invigorating story about destiny that encourages us to live life to the fullest. Read by Eileen Barratt. 12 broadcasts; begins Mon, Sept. 4. – L 

Moth, fiction by Melody Razak, 2022. A saga of one Indian family’s trials through the tumultuous 1947 split of Pakistan from India, exploring its impact on women, what it means to be “othered” in one’s own society, and the redemptive power of family. Read by Carol McPherson. 13 broadcasts; begins Wed, Sept. 20. 

Afternoon Report* 

Monday – Friday 4 p.m. 

Nation of Victims, nonfiction by Vivek Ramaswamy, 2022. A 2024 presidential candidate makes the case that the essence of true American identity is to pursue excellence unapologetically and reject victimhood culture. Read by Yelva Lynfield. 12 broadcasts; begins Mon, Sept. 18. 

Night Journey* 

Monday – Friday 7 p.m. 

The Lost Kings, fiction by Tyrell Johnson, 2022. A stellar psychological thriller, bristling with surprises and packed with secrets, and an affecting exploration of love and the familial ties that bind us. Read by Cintra Godfrey. 11 broadcasts; begins Mon, Sept. 11. – L, S 

The Winter Guest, fiction by W. C. Ryan, 2022. A haunting, atmospheric mystery set against a divided Ireland in 1921. Read by Rick Seime. 10 broadcasts; begins Tue, Sept. 26. 

Off the Shelf* 

Monday – Friday 8 p.m. 

The Complicities, fiction by Stacey D’Erasmo, 2022. A haunting and emotionally fraught story of a woman dealing with the ripple effects of her husband’s financial fraud—and with what she knew, or pretended not to know, about it. Read by Pat Muir. 10 broadcasts; begins Wed, Sept. 6. – L 

Big Red, fiction by Jerome Charyn, 2022. A reimagining of the tragic career of Rita Hayworth and her indomitable husband, Orson Welles, narrated by a starry-eyed lesbian. Read by Greg Olson. Nine broadcasts; begins Wed, Sept. 20. – L 


Monday – Friday 9 p.m. 

Blood & Ink, nonfiction by Joe Pompeo, 2022. An investigation of the notorious 1922 double murder of a high-society minister and his secret mistress, a Jazz Age mega-crime that propelled tabloid news in the 20th century. Read by Jim Ahrens. Nine broadcasts; begins Mon, Sept. 4. 

City of Hustle: A Sioux Falls Anthology, nonfiction edited by Jon K. Lauck & Patrick Hicks, 2022. Essays offering a unique take on the South Dakota town residents call “the Best Little City in America.” Read by Phil Rosenbaum. 14 broadcasts; begins Mon, Sept. 18. – L, S 

Good Night Owl* 

Monday – Friday 10 p.m. 

The Lost Dragon Murder (rebroadcast), fiction by Michael Allan Mallory, 2021. Detective Henry Lau’s investigative ability and kung fu skills are pushed to the limit when the murder of an art expert propels him into the nebulous world of ancient antiquities. Read by Tom Speich. Nine broadcasts; begins Tue, Sept. 5. – L 

The Quarry Girls, fiction by Jess Lourey, 2022. A nerve-twisting, 1977 Minnesota-set thriller inspired by a shocking true crime. Read by Holly Sylvester. 10 broadcasts; begins Mon, Sept. 18. – L, S, V 

RTB After Hours* 

Monday – Friday 11 p.m. 

The Belle of Belgrave Square, fiction by Mimi Matthews, 2022. A London heiress rides out to the wilds of the English countryside to honor a marriage of convenience with a mysterious and reclusive stranger. Read by Brenda Powell. 16 broadcasts; begins Wed, Sept. 6. 

Weekend Program Books 

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

For the Younger Set, 11 a.m. Sun, presents Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley, read by Jan Anderson – L; followed by Windswept by Margi Preus, read by Laura Young. 
Poetic Reflections, noon Sun, presents Prognosis by Jim Moore, read by Mary Knatterud; followed by The Sky Watched by Linda LeGarde Grover, read by Mary Knatterud.  

The Great North, 4 p.m. Sun. presents When Minnehaha Flowed with Whiskey by Karen E. Cooper, read by Yelva Lynfield; followed by Dayton’s: A Twin Cities Institution by Kristal Leebrick, read by John Potts. 

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