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MICHAEL JACKSON INCORPORATED: THE RISE, FALL AND REBIRTH OF A BILLION-DOLLAR EMPIRE
by Zack O'Malley - read by Renee Ford Clark (10 episodes - 10/2/17-10/13/17)
The surprising rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-riches story of how Michael Jackson grew a billion-dollar business. Michael Jackson is known by many as the greatest entertainer of all time, but he was also a revolutionary when it came to business. In addition to famously buying the Beatles' publishing catalogue, Jackson was one of the first pop stars to launch his own clothing line, record label, sneakers, and video games -- creating a fundamental shift in the monetization of fame and paving the way for entertainer-entrepreneurs like Jay Z and Diddy. All told, Jackson earned more than $1.1 billion in his solo career, and the assets he built in life have earned more than $700 million in the five years since his death -- more than any other solo music act over that time.
IN THIS GRAVE HOUR
by Jacqueline Winspear - read by Marty Kwatinetz (10 episodes - 10/16/17-10/309/17)
Sunday September 3rd 1939. At the moment Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain broadcasts to the nation Britain's declaration of war with Germany, a senior Secret Service agent breaks into Maisie Dobbs' flat to await her return. Dr. Francesca Thomas has an urgent assignment for Maisie: to find the killer of a man who escaped occupied Belgium as a boy, some twenty-three years earlier during the Great War.
THE MORNING BOOK @ 10:00 AM (Mon-Fri)
ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW SMART ANIMALS ARE?
by Frans De Waal - read by Jacquee Minor (14 episodes - 10/2/17-10/19/17)
What separates your mind from an animal's? Maybe you think it's your ability to design tools, your sense of self, or your grasp of past and future -- all traits that have helped us define ourselves as the planet's preeminent species. But in recent decades, these claims have eroded, or even been disproven outright, by a revolution in the study of animal cognition. Take the way octopuses use coconut shells as tools; elephants that classify humans by age, gender, and language; or Ayumu, the young male chimpanzee at Kyoto University whose flash memory puts that of humans to shame. Based on research involving crows, dolphins, parrots, sheep, wasps, bats, whales, and of course chimpanzees and bonobos, Frans de Waal explores both the scope and the depth of animal intelligence. He offers a firsthand account of how science has stood traditional behaviorism on its head by revealing how smart animals really are, and how we've underestimated their abilities for too long.
WORDS ON THE MOVE: WHY ENGLISH WON'T - AND CAN'T - SIT STILL (LIKE, LITERALLY)
by John McWhorter - read by Parichay Rudina of the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network (9 episodes - 10/20/17-11/1/17)
Language is always changing -- but we tend not to like it. We understand that new words must be created for new things, but the way English is spoken today rubs many of us the wrong way. Whether it's the use of literally to mean "figuratively" rather than "by the letter," or the way young people use LOL and like, or business jargon like What's the ask? -- it often seems as if the language is deteriorating before our eyes. But the truth is different and a lot less scary, as John McWhorter shows in this delightful and eye-opening exploration of how English has always been in motion and continues to evolve today.
PUBLISHERS BEST BOOK - 10:00 PM (Mon-Sat)
PIT BULL: THE BATTLE OVER AN AMERICAN ICON
by Bronwen Dickey - read by Christine Brazill (14 episodes - 10/2/17-10/17/17)
The hugely illuminating story of how a popular breed of dog became the most demonized and supposedly the most dangerous of dogs -- and what role humans have played in the transformation. When Bronwen Dickey brought her new dog home, she saw no traces of the infamous viciousness in her affectionate, timid pit bull. Which made her wonder: How had the breed -- beloved by Teddy Roosevelt, Helen Keller, and Hollywood's "Little Rascals" -- come to be known as a brutal fighter? Her search for answers takes her from nineteenth-century New York City dogfighting pits -- the cruelty of which drew the attention of the recently formed ASPCA -- to early twentieth-century movie sets, where pit bulls cavorted with Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton; from the battlefields of Gettysburg and the Marne, where pit bulls earned presidential recognition, to desolate urban neighborhoods where the dogs were loved, prized -- and sometimes brutalized.
THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY
by Hannah Tiuti - read by Bob Brier (16 episodes - 10/18/17-11/4/17)
After years spent living on the run, Samuel Hawley moves with his teenage daughter, Loo, to Olympus, Massachusetts. There, in his late wife's hometown, Hawley finds work as a fisherman, while Loo struggles to fit in at school and grows curious about her mother's mysterious death. Haunting them both are twelve scars Hawley carries on his body, from twelve bullets in his criminal past; a past that eventually spills over into his daughter's present, until together they must face a reckoning yet to come. This father-daughter epic weaves back and forth through time and across America, from Alaska to the Adirondacks.
FOR LATE LISTENERS - 11:00 PM (Mon-Sat)
SEX, LIES AND SERIOUS MONEY
by Stuart Woods - read by Ed Falso (7 episodes - (7 episodes, 9/27/17-10/4/17)
Fresh off the runway at Teterboro, Stone Barrington arrives home to find an unexpected new client on his doorstep, anxiously soliciting his help. But everything is not as it seems, when the client reveals the true nature - and value - of his recent turn of fortune. From luxury New York high-rises to the sprawling New Mexico desert, his client is pursued from all angles . . . and Stone quickly learns that easy money isn't always so easy.
by Carl Weber - read by Roy Harris (11 episodes - 10/5/17-10/17/17)
In his typical jaw-dropping fashion, Carl Weber returns with part two of his New York Times bestselling Family Business series. He's brought along a friend in bestselling author Treasure Hernandez, and together they've added more drama and new family members to the mix. Welcome to the world of Duncans. By day they are upstanding citizens running one of New York's most respected car dealerships; but by night, they're criminals who control most of the East Coast drug traffic. No matter whether they're on their day or night jobs, one thing is true about the Duncans: there is never a dull moment to be found.
RIGHT BEHIND YOU
by Lisa Gardner - read by Lauren May (13 episodes, 10/18/17-11/1/17)
Eight years ago, Sharlah May Nash's older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. Now thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on. About to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his partner, Rainie Conner, Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: They are all experts on monsters.
FOR NIGHT OWLS - 12:00 AM (Tues-Sun)
by Anna Snoestra - read by Janell Matson of the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network (8 episodes - 9/26/17-10/4/17)
In 2003, sixteen-year-old Rebecca Winter disappeared. She'd been enjoying her teenage summer break: working at a fast-food restaurant, crushing on an older boy and shoplifting with her best friend. Mysteriously ominous things began to happen -- blood in the bed, periods of blackouts, a feeling of being watched -- though Bec remained oblivious of what was to come. Eleven years later she is replaced. A young woman, desperate after being arrested, claims to be the decade-missing Bec.
AL FRANKEN: GIANT OF THE SENATE
by Al Franken - read by Matt Robbins (14 episodes - 10/5/17-10/20/17)
From Senator Al Franken - #1 bestselling author and beloved SNL alum - comes the story of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that. This is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it. It's a book about our deeply polarized, frequently depressing, occasionally inspiring political culture, written from inside the belly of the beast.
KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON: THE OSAGE MURDERS AND THE BIRTH OF THE FBI
by David Grann - read by Tom Jowers (9 episodes - 10/21/17- 10/31/17)
In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, they began to be killed off. One Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, watched as her family was murdered. Her older sister was shot. Her mother was then slowly poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more Osage began to die under mysterious circumstances. In this last remnant of the Wild Wes -- where oilmen like J. P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes such as Al Spencer, "the Phantom Terror," roamed - virtually anyone who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll surpassed more than twenty-four Osage, the newly created F.B.I. took up the case, in what became one of the organization's first major homicide investigations.
OVERNIGHT BOOK - 2:00 AM (Tues-Sun)
I'M HAVING SO MUCH FUN HERE WITHOUT YOU
by Courtney Maum - read by Greg Olsen of the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network (6 episodes, 9/24/17-10/4/17)
Despite the success of his first solo show in Paris and the support of his brilliant French wife and young daughter, thirty-four-year-old British artist Richard Haddon is too busy mourning the loss of his American mistress to a famous cutlery designer to appreciate his fortune.
But after Richard discovers that a painting he originally made for his wife, Anne - when they were first married and deeply in love - has sold, it shocks him back to reality and he resolves to reinvest wholeheartedly in his family life . . . just in time for his wife to learn the extent of his affair. Rudderless and remorseful, Richard embarks on a series of misguided attempts to win Anne back while focusing his creative energy on a provocative art piece to prove that he's still the man she once loved.
A STRANGENESS IN MY MIND
by Orhan Pamuk - read by Don Lee of the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network (23 episodes, 10/5/17-10/31/17)
It is the story of boza seller Mevlut, the woman to whom he wrote three years' worth of love letters, and their life in Istanbul. In the four decades between 1969 and 2012, Mevlut works a number of different jobs on the streets of Istanbul, from selling yoghurt and cooked rice, to guarding a car park. He observes many different kinds of people thronging the streets, he watches most of the city get demolished and re-built, and he sees migrants from Anatolia making a fortune; at the same time, he witnesses all of the transformative moments, political clashes, and military coups that shape the country. He always wonders what it is that separates him from everyone else - the source of that strangeness in his mind. But he never stops selling boza during winter evenings and trying to understand who his beloved really is.
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THE FORGED COUPON
by Leo Tolstoy - read by Renee Fork Clark (4 episodes - 9/30/17-10/4/17)
Tolstoy's final novella, The Forged Coupon is an ingenious study of the destructive powers of evil set against a brilliant depiction of Russian life. Inescapably in thrall to the power his crimes bring him, Stepan goes further and further down the path of evil, relentlessly seeking new opportunities to murder and maim. When, however, one of his victims refuses to surrender to him, instead dying with pity on her lips, he finds himself haunted by her image. Suddenly, he is faced with the choice of continuing a life of crime, or facing up to his actions and their certain consequences. Leo Tolstoy, author of War and Peace and Anna Karenina, is one of Russia's greatest novelists.
THE MAN WHO CORRUPTED HADLEYSBURG
by American author Mark Twain - read by Sean Mattie (2 episodes - 10/14/17-10/15/17)
A stranger is offended when passing through the town, overly proud of an incorruptible reputation. He vows revenge using letters that promise a fortune to trap the most sanctimonious residents.
THE TURN OF THE SCREW
by American author Henry James - read by Jim Beattie (6 episodes - 10/21/17-11/5/17)
A very young woman's first job: governess for two weirdly beautiful, strangely distant, oddly silent children, Miles and Flora, at a forlorn estate...An estate haunted by a beckoning evil. Half-seen figures who glare from dark towers and dusty windows- silent, foul phantoms who, day by day, night by night, come closer, ever closer. With growing horror, the helpless governess realizes the fiendish creatures want the children, seeking to corrupt their bodies, possess their minds, own their souls… But worse-much worse - the governess discovers that Miles and Flora have no terror of the lurking evil. For they want the walking dead as badly as the dead want them.