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February Radio Talking Book

by // February 9th, 2018

Volunteer Readers Sought

Volunteers are our most valuable resource at Radio Talking Book. Our volunteers broadcast local news and information programs to blind and print-impaired listeners from sites in Duluth, Fergus Falls, Grand Rapids, Mankato, Rochester, St. Cloud, and the Communication Center in St. Paul. Our goal is to provide accurate and timely information to our thousands of listeners throughout Minnesota and across the nation. If you know someone who may be interested in becoming a volunteer, we’d be delighted to hear from him or her. Please contact Roberta Kitlinski at 651-539-1423 to learn more.


Weekend Program Books

Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) presents “Hallelujah Anyway” by Anne Lamott, followed by “The Wisdom Of Sundays” by Oprah Winfrey, both read by Beverly Burchett. For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) presents “Flying” by Carrie Jones, read by Stevie Ray, followed by “Running Full Tilt” by Michael Currinder, read by Don Gerlach. Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) presents “Chasers of the Light” by Tyler Knott Gregson, read by Scott McKinney. The Great North (Sunday at 4 p.m.) presents “The Women of Mayo Clinic” by Virginia M. Wright-Peterson, read by Mitzi Lewellen.


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.    

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Chautauqua Tuesday,  Tuesday – Saturday 4 a.m

The Gene Machine. Nonfiction by Bonnie Rochman, 2017. The new frontier of gene technology is transforming both the science of reproduction and the factors that shape a family. Read by Pat Muir. 10 broadcasts, began Tuesday, February 6.

Healthcare Choices. Nonfiction by Archelle Georgiou, 2017. Healthcare decisions are hard, but options and well-informed choices have never mattered more. Read by Jan Anderson. 8 broadcasts, begins Tuesday, February 20.


Past is Prologue, Monday –  Friday 9 a.m

George Washington’s Secret Spy War. Nonfiction by John A. Nagy, 2016. George Washington’s spymaster skills helped defeat the fiercest army of its day, winning America’s independence. Read by John Marsicano. 11 broadcasts, began Wednesday, February 7.

Hero of the Empire. Nonfiction by Candice Millard, 2016. Winston Churchill was captured during the Boer Wars, then escaped and returned to free others. Read by Arlan Dohrenburg. 15 broadcasts, begins Thursday, February 22. – L, V, S.


Bookworm, Monday – Friday 11 a.m.

Things I’m Seeing Without You. Fiction by Peter Bognanni, 2017. A young woman’s boyfriend commits suicide, leading her to move in with her estranged father and encounter the boyfriend’s best friend. Read by Connie Jamison. 8 broadcasts, begins Monday, February 12.

In This Grave Hour. Fiction by Jacqueline Winspear, 2017. On the brink of World War Two Maisie Dobbs has a secret assignment: to find the killer of a man who escaped occupied Belgium twenty-three years before. Read by Bonita Sindelir. 11 broadcasts, begins Thursday, February 22.


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

We Carry Our Homes With Us. Nonfiction by Marisella Veiga, 2017. A family of Cuban settlers relies on grit and courage to thrive in their new Minnesota home. Read by Andrea Bell. 6 broadcasts, beganWednesday, February 7.

The Only Street in Paris. Nonfiction by Elaine Sciolino, 2016. The former Paris bureau chief for The New York Times writes of the Rue des Martyrs in Paris. Read by Judith Johannessen. 9 broadcasts, begins Wednesday, February 28. – V, L, S


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

Winter. Fiction by Christopher Nicholson, 2016. Revered poet Thomas Hardy becomes infatuated with a young actress. While this inspires his finest poems, it is also a source of anguish for his wife Florence. Read by Mary Hall. 9 broadcasts, begins Tuesday, February 13.

Dark at the Crossing. Fiction by Elliot Ackerman, 2017. An Arab-American attempts to cross the border into Syria, and join the fight against its regime. Read by Rachael Freed. 9 broadcasts, begins Monday, February 26.


PM Report, Monday – Friday 8 p.m.

Fire and Fury. Nonfiction by Michael Wolff, 2018. With extraordinary access to the Trump White House, reporter Michael Wolff tells the inside story of the most controversial Presidency of our time. Read by RTB staff. 14 broadcasts, begins Monday, February 19.


Night Journey, Monday – Friday 9 p.m.

The Night Bird. Fiction by Brian Freeman, 2017. An Internet suicide chat group for teenagers is led by an anonymous presence, who appears to goad the others. Read by Tom Speich. 11 broadcasts, began Thursday, February 1. – V, L

The Dime. Fiction by Kathleen Kent, 2017. Betty Rhyzak, a Brooklyn detective, encounters resistance and opposition when she relocates to Dallas. Read by Patricia Kovel-Jarboe. 11 broadcasts, begins Monday, February 19. – V, L


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

High Dive. Fiction by Jonathan Lee, 2016. In September 1984 a bomb was planted in Brighton’s Grand Hotel, set to explode the day Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet were staying there. Read by John Holden. 13 broadcasts, begins Tuesday, February 13. – V, L, S


Potpourri, Monday – Friday 11 p.m.    

Here We Are. Nonfiction edited by Kelly Jensen, 2017. Forty-four writers, dancers, actors, and artists share their perspectives on what it means to be a feminist in the twenty-first century. Read by Parichay Rudina. 10 broadcasts, begins Monday, February 12.

Shrinking Violets. Nonfiction by Joe Moran, 2017. Shyness is a pervasive human trait, though its cultural history has remained largely unwritten. Read by Scott Brush. 12 broadcasts, begins Monday, February 26.


Good Night Owl, Monday – Friday midnight

Crimes Against a Book Club. Fiction by Kathy Cooperman, 2017.  Two best friends are in need of cash. They concoct a plan to sell aging cream that uses “a special ingredient” – until the plan backfires. Read by Diane Ladenson. 10 broadcasts, began Monday, February. 5.

Dead Astern. Fiction by Jenifer LeClair, 2017. A late-season cruise for seven friends turns deadly in a storm, and the resulting investigation uncovers long-past crimes and escalates tensions. Read by Nan Felknor. 10 broadcasts, begins Monday, February. 19.


After Midnight, Tuesday – Saturday 1 a.m.

A Really Good Day. Nonfiction by Ayelet Waldman, 2017. After trying almost every available medication to treat her mood disorder, a woman uses therapeutic microdoses of LSD and chronicles the results. Read by June Prange. 8 broadcasts, began Thursday, February 1.

The Night Ocean. Fiction by Paul La Farge, 2017. A man becomes obsessed with horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, and recreates events from his life. When he suddenly disappears police call it a suicide, but his wife doesn’t believe them. Read by Laura Young. 13 broadcasts, begins Tuesday, February 13. – S, RE

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

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