Abbreviations: V - violence, L – offensive language, S - sexual situations.
Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Talk Like TED, by Carmine Gallo
For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing Sometimes never, sometimes always, by Elissa Janine Hoole
Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing Aimless Love, by Billy Collins
The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Vikings Across the Atlantic, by Daron W. Olson
The Cure in the Code, Nonfiction by Peter W. Huber, 2013. 15 Br. Began July 24. The biochemical and digital revolutions have given us great potential to save and prolong human life. But Washington stands in the way, clinging to outdated drug-approval protocols developed decades ago during medicine’s long battle with infectious epidemics of the past. Read by Yelva Lynfield.
The Parthenon Enigma, Nonfiction by Joan Breton Connelly, 2014. 18 Br. Begins August 14. Built in the fifth century B.C., the Parthenon has been venerated for two millennia as the ultimate paragon of beauty and proportion. But how much do the values of those who built the Parthenon truly correspond with our own? Read by Arlan Dohrenburg.
The Aviators, Nonfiction by Winston Groom, 2014. 20 Br. Began July 14. In the early twentieth century, three men became legends in aviation: Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, and Charles Lindbergh. They were more than pilots; they were daredevils, visionaries, and heroes. Read by John Potts.
The Time Traveler’s Guide to Elizabethan England, Nonfiction by Ian Mortimer, 2013. 21 Br. Begins August 11. In the popular imagination, Elizabethan England was awash with discovery, military victories, and literary masterpieces. But it was also a time of profound uncertainty, religious conflict, and famine, where life expectancy barely reached the thirties. Read by Charles Torrey.
Stillwater, Fiction by Nicole Lea Helget, 2014. 12 Br. Begins August 5. At the time of the Civil War, Stillwater is a town of pioneers, nuns, fur trappers, loggers, runaway slaves and freedmen, outlaws and people of conscience. In that town, Clement and Angel, separated at birth, get to know different types of the residents. L - Read by Nancy Felknor.
The Deepest Secret, Fiction by Carla Buckley, 2014. 12 Br. Begins August 21. Eve Lattimore’s family seems very normal, but life revolves around keeping her son Tyler safe. He has a rare medical condition that makes him fatally sensitive to light, so he never leaves the house except at night. And then one night… L -
Read by Mary Hall.
The Worlds of Sholem Aleichem, Nonfiction by Jeremy Dauber, 2014. 17 Br. Begins August 4. Novelist, playwright, journalist, essayist, and editor, Sholem Aleichem was one of the founding giants of modern Yiddish literature. But just as compelling as the characters he created was Sholem Aleichem’s own life story. Read by Dan Sadoff.
The Idealist, Nonfiction by Nina Munk, 2013. 8 Br. Begins August 27. Matthew 26:11 says “The poor you will always have with you,” but economist Jeffrey Sachs disagrees. In his view, poverty is a problem that can be solved and he has attempted to put his theories into practice in Africa. Read by John Hagman.
Mrs. Poe, Fiction by Lynn Cullen, 2013. 11 Br. Begins August 4. Frances Osgood is struggling to support her children as a poet so she jumps at the opportunity to meet Mr. Poe, if only to help her career. His The Raven is the literary rage. But she finds he admires her work, and that is followed by a flirtation, seduction, and a love affair. But when Poe’s wife, Virginia, insists on befriending Frances as well, the relationship becomes dark and deceiving. Read by Karen Wertz.
The Book of Jonah Fiction by Joshua Max Feldman, 2014. 15 Br. Begins August 19. Jonah is a successful young lawyer with everything going for him - healthy and handsome, with two beautiful women ready to spend their lives with him. He’s celebrating a deal that will make him a partner at his firm when he has a bizarre vision at a party. It is only the first one, and before long his life is unrecognizable. L - Read by John Holden.
The Rise of the Warrior Cop, Nonfiction by Radley Balko, 2014. 14 Br. Began July 22. In early America, we understood that soldiers in the streets bring conflict and tyranny. So our country has worked to keep the military out of law enforcement. But in recent years, America’s cops have come to resemble ground troops. The consequences have been dire: home is no longer a place of sanctuary, the Fourth Amendment has been gutted, and police have been conditioned to see citizens as the enemy. Read by John Demma.
My Country, ‘Tis of Thee, Nonfiction by Keith Ellison, 2014. 10 Br. Begins August 11. Keith Ellison was the first Muslim elected to Congress and, in fact, the first nonwhite that Minnesota elected to Congress. But he ran because he wanted to make a difference, to contribute to the future of his children, his community, and his country. In his own family, he sees an illustration of what makes America great, going in three generations from slavery to professionals, including people of different ancestries and religions. Read by Tom Price.
However Long the Night, Nonfiction by Aimee Molloy, 2013. 8 Br. Begins August 25. Molly Melching founded Tostan, an organization dedicated to empowering African communities by using democracy and human-rights based education. She forever changed her life and the lives of those touched by Tostan. Read by June Prange.
The Lincoln Deception, Fiction by David O. Stewart, 2013. 9 Br. Begins August 5. Dr. Jamie Fraser is at the deathbed of a former Congressman, John Bingham, in 1900. Bingham prosecuted eight members of John Wilkes Booth’s plot to kill Lincoln. But during the 1865 trial, a conspirator divulged a secret so explosive it could shatter the republic. Read by Stevie Ray.
Critical Mass, Fiction by Sara Paretsky, 2013. 17 Br. Begins August 18. V.I. Warshawksi’s friend, Lotty Herschel, escaped Nazi Austria on the Kindertransport with her childhood playmate Kitty. When Kitty’s daughter finds her life is in danger, she calls Lotty, who calls V.I. for help. L - Read by Bonita Sindelir.
Stoker’s Manuscript, Fiction by Royce Prouty, 2013. 11 Br. Began July 28. Hired to authenticate the original draft and notes for Dracula, Joseph Barkeley finds himself a prisoner of the son of Vlad Dracul in Bran Castle. To earn his freedom, he must reveal the burial sites of Dracul family members. L - Read by Mike Piscitelli.
The Mountain of Light, Fiction by Indu Sundaresan, 2013. 14 Br. Begins August 12. The diamond, Mountain of Light, was left to Prince Dalip Singh, a six-year-old child. During that time, the colonization of India was taking root and the diamond was secreted out of India. As a sixteen-year-old, Prince Dalip realized all that Britain gave him could not make up for the loss of his lands and the diamond. Read by Kristi Sullivan.
The Empathy Exams, Nonfiction by Leslie Jamison, 2014. 9 Br. Begins August 5. Beginning with her experience as a medical actor, paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams asks essential questions about our basic understanding of others. L - Read by Jan Anderson.
One Summer, Nonfiction by Bill Bryson, 2014. 18 Br. Begins August 18. The summer of 1927 began with Charles Lindbergh becoming the first man to cross the Atlantic by plane nonstop. But the summer also saw Babe Ruth climbing to the home run record, Al Jolson recording the first talking picture, and Al Capone releasing a reign of terror to control the illegal booze business. Read by Diane Ladenson.
In Times of Fading Light, Fiction by Eugen Ruge, 2013. 16 Br. Begins August 4. In snapshots, we see Wilhelm and Charlotte and their family in East Germany from 1952 to 1989. It is a country that has vanished into memory and history. L – Read by Sam Johnson.
Z: a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, Fiction by Therese Anne Fowler, 2013. 14 Br. Begins August 26. When southern belle Zelda Sayre met F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1918, she was seventeen and he was a young army lieutenant. She fell for him and when he sold his first novel, she boarded a train to New York, to marry him and take the rest as it comes. L - Read by Alletta Jervey.
The Twistrose Key, Fiction by Tone Almhjell, 2013. 10 Br. Began July 30. Something is wrong in the house that Lin’s family has rented; she’s sure of it. When a secret key marked “Twistrose” arrives for Lin, she finds a crack in the cellar, a gate to the world of Sylver, which is the home of every dead animal that ever loved a child. Read by Don Gerlach.
Burn, Fiction by Julianna Baggott, 2013. 15 Br. Begins August 13. As Pures battle Wretches, Partridge has taken his father’s place as leader of the Pures. His intent was to bring down the Dome from the inside; but now, things don’t seem quite as clear. Perhaps his father was right, that the world needs the Dome and Partridge to rule it. L - Read by Mitzi Lewellen.
Your Personal World (Saturday at 1 p.m.) is airing Talk Like TED, by Carmine Gallo, and Recover to Live, by Christopher Kennedy Lawford
For the Younger Set (Sunday at 11 a.m.) is airing Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets, by Evan Roskos, and Goblin Secrets, by William Alexander
Poetic Reflections (Sunday at noon) is airing This Day, by Wendell Berry
The U.S. and Us (Sunday at 4 p.m.) is airing Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow, by Andy Sturdevant
The Parthenon Enigma, Nonfiction by Joan Breton Connelly, 2014. 18 Br. Began August 14. The Parthenon has been venerated for two millennia as the ultimate paragon of beauty and proportion. But how much do the values of those who built the Parthenon truly correspond with our own? Read by Arlan Dohrenburg.
The Gap, Nonfiction by Thomas Suddendorf, 2013. 15 Br. Begins September 9. The gap between the minds of humans and our closest relatives is huge and the gap is growing wider. But what exactly is the difference between our minds and theirs? Read by Stevie Ray.
Wish You Happy Forever, Nonfiction by Jenny Bowen, 2014. 9 Br. Begins September 30. When Jenny Bowen saw how much her adopted daughter had blossomed since leaving her Chinese orphanage, Jenny was inspired to form Half the Sky. Through her work with Half the Sky, she has helped more than one hundred thousand children. Read by June Prange.
The Time Traveler’s Guide to Elizabethan England, Nonfiction by Ian Mortimer, 2013. 21 Br. Began August 11. In the popular imagination, Elizabethan England was awash with discovery, military victories, and literary masterpieces. But it was also a time of profound uncertainty, religious conflict, and famine, where life expectancy barely reached the thirties. Read by Charles Torrey.
The Nazi and the Psychiatrist, Nonfiction by Jack El-Hai, 2013. 10 Br. Begins September 9. When Captain Douglas M. Kelley was supervising the mental well-being of the Nazi high command after the war, he began to appreciate and understand them. Read by Kathy Stults.
Ready for a Brand New Beat, Nonfiction by Mark Kurlansky, 2013. 10 Br. Begins September 23. When Marvin Gaye wrote “Dancing in the Street” in 1964, it was supposed to be an upbeat dance recording about the joyousness of dance. But the song became one of the anthems of American pop culture. Read by Lannois Neely.
The Deepest Secret, Fiction by Carla Buckley, 2014. 12 Br. Began August 21. Eve Lattimore’s life revolves around keeping her son Tyler safe. His rare medical condition makes him fatally sensitive to light, so he never leaves the house except at night. And then one night… L - Read by Mary Hall.
Up at Butternut Lake, Fiction by Mary McNear, 2014. 12 Br. Begins September 8. After her husband dies, Allie returns with her young son to her family’s cabin by Butternut Lake. They are embraced by the townsfolk, but she has doubts about whether she’s done the right thing for her son. Read by Michelle Juntunen.
The Invention of Wings, Fiction by Sue Monk Kidd, 2013. 13 Br. Begins September 24. When Sarah, from a rich Charleston family, turns eleven, she is given her own slave, Hetty, to be her handmaid. Hetty, also known as “Handful,” yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls of her life. Read by Sue McDonald.
The Idealist, Nonfiction by Nina Munk, 2013. 8 Br. Began August 27. In the view of economist Jeffrey Sachs, poverty is a problem that can be solved and he has attempted to put his theories into practice in Africa. Read by John Hagman.
The Burglary, Nonfiction by Betty Medsger, 2014. 27 Br. Begins September 8. The 1971 break-in of the FBI offices in Media, Pennsylvania, confirmed what some had long suspected: J. Edgar Hoover was operating his own shadow Bureau of Investigation. L - Read by Tom Speich.
The Book of Jonah, Fiction by Joshua Max Feldman, 2014. 15 Br. Began August 19. Jonah is a successful young lawyer with everything going for him when he has a bizarre vision at a party. It is only the first one, and before long his life is unrecognizable. L - Read by John Holden.
Wake, Fiction by Anna Hope, 2013. 12 Br. Begins September 9. Two years after the Armistice and the end of the Great War, many in London are still haunted by it. Some are missing, but others are extremely changed from their experiences. The lives of three of the women are braided together by the war. L,S - Read by Judith Johannessen.
Vacationland, Fiction by Sara Stonich, 2013. 13 Br. Begins September 25. In northern Minnesota at Naledi Lodge, many people cross paths, many memories exist of former days. Meg, who was there as a girl, is now an artist painting images reflected across the mirrors of memory and water. L - Read by Nancy Felknor.
Environmental Debt, Nonfiction by Amy Larkin, 2013. 7 Br. Begins September 4. For decades, politicians and business leaders told the American public that environmental protection could be left to future generations. Yesterday’s carefree attitude has become a fiscal crisis of epic proportions. Read by John Demma.
Big Tent, Nonfiction edited by Mallory Factor, 2014. 13 Br. Begins September 15. As a survey of the Conservative movement over three centuries, the writers in Big Tent focus on conservative figures and ideas. Read by Art Nyhus.
Critical Mass, Fiction by Sara Paretsky, 2013. 17 Br. Began August 18. V.I.’s friend, Lotty, escaped Nazi Austria on the Kindertransport with her childhood playmate Kitty. When Kitty’s daughter finds her life is in danger, she calls Lotty, who calls V.I. for help. L - Read by Bonita Sindelir.
The Last Winter of Dani Lancing, Fiction by P.D. Viner, 2013. 13 Br. Begins September 10. When Dani was murdered, no killer was found. The murder destroyed her parents’ marriage, and her old boyfriend, Tom, became a detective. Now Tom has found a lead on the case. L,S – Read by Bill Studer.
Destroyer Angel, Fiction by Nevada Barr, 2014. 12 Br. Begins September 29. On vacation, Anna Pigeon is in Upper Michigan with friends. As she nears camp after a solo canoe ride on their second day, she hears voices – and they aren’t her friends’ voices. L - Read by Isla Hejny.
Maya’s Notebook, Fiction by Isabel Allende, 2013. 15 Br. Begins September 1. When her grandfather, Popo, dies, Maya, who had been raised by her grandparents, turns to drugs, alcohol, and petty crime. Her one chance for survival is her grandmother who helps her escape to Chile. L - Read by Andrea Bell.
Claire of the Sea Light, Fiction by Edwidge Danticat, 2013. 7 Br. Begins September 22. Claire is born into love and tragedy in Haiti. On the night of Claire’s seventh birthday, when her father has decided to give her away to give her a better life, she disappears. Read by Esmé Evans.
One Summer, Nonfiction by Bill Bryson, 2014. 18 Br. Began August 18. The summer of 1927 began with Lindbergh crossing the Atlantic. But the summer also saw Babe Ruth’s home run record, Al Jolson’s first talking picture, and Al Capone’s reign of terror. Read by Diane Ladenson.
The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld, Nonfiction by Justin Hocking, 2014. 8 Br. Begins September 11. When Justin moves to New York, he discovers a thriving surf culture at Rockaway Beach. Soon, he’ll embark on his own night sea journey. L - Read by Ari Hoptman.
The Family, Nonfiction by David Laskin, 2014. 14 Br. Begins September 23. A century and a half ago, a Torah scribe and his wife raised their children at the edge of the Russian empire, expecting them to carry family traditions into future generations. L - Read by Chris Colestock.
Z: a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, Fiction by Therese Anne Fowler, 2013. 14 Br. Began August 26. When southern belle Zelda Sayre met F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1918, she was seventeen and he was a young army lieutenant. She fell for him and when he sold his first novel, she boarded a train to New York, to marry him and take the rest as it comes. L - Read by Alletta Jervey.
Carthage, Fiction by Joyce Carol Oates, 2014. 21 Br. Begins September 15. Zeno Mayfield’s daughter has disappeared into the wilds of the Adirondacks. When the community of Carthage joins in its search for her, they discover an unlikely suspect, a decorated veteran with close ties to the Mayfield family. L - Read by Rachael Freed.
Betwixt and Between, Fiction by Jessica Stilling, 2013. 17 Br. Begins September 3. After eating a poisoned cookie, ten-year-old Preston awakens in Neverland, a place to go before heading on to “the after.” He is taken under the wing of a boy named Peter, who flies and watches over the other boys. Read by Nancy Bader.
The Pagan Lord, Fiction by Bernard Cornwell, 2014. 13 Br. Begins September 26. At the beginning of the tenth century, Edward is king of Wessex and it survives for the time. But Cnut Longsword and his Vikings are ready to invade. Eventually each Saxon kingdom will be drawn into bloody battle with the Danes. V,L - Read by John Mandeville.