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AIRS Commentary PodCasts

These Podcasts all involve political or social commentary or editorial opinions. The opinions expressed are those of the writers and do not reflect the views of AIRS-LA.

The table below has a row for each Podcast series. The link in the left column takes you to the web page for the Series.

AIRS Commentary Podcast Series
Series TitleSeries Description
Accessible Book ReviewsEach week Ann-Marie Lariccia reads you reviews of selected books available from The National Library Service For The Blind and Physically Handicapped.
American History MagazineAmerican History magazine is a publication that brings American history to life. Published to educate and entertain, the magazine presents American history in an authoritative, informative, thought-provoking, and entertaining style. Mary Lou Flesh reads you her selections.
The American SpectatorThe American Spectator is a conservative U.S. monthly magazine covering news and politics, edited by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. and published by the non-profit American Spectator Foundation. Henry Harrison reads you his selections.
The AtlanticCarrie Gibson selects and reads articles from The Atlantic, America's foremost source of information on business, politics, culture, technology, food, national and international affairs.
BBC FutureTerry Ryan selects articles from BBC Future, a home for the insatiably curious, dedicated to making you smarter every day.
Brain Pickings PodcastsBrain Pickings, at brainpickings.org, is a human-powered discovery engine for interestingness, a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why, bringing you things you didn't know you were interested in - until you are. Larry Oliver reads his special selections.
Daily AIRSThere's something new every day on AIRSLA! Each day of the week our volunteers bring you the topic-of-the day; from foreign news to inspirational messages to tech talk. Tune in every day for these short, topical podcasts.
Disunion, Civil War SeriesOne-hundred-and-fifty years ago, Americans went to war with themselves. Disunion revisits and reconsiders America's most perilous period - using contemporary accounts, diaries, images and historical assessments to follow the Civil War as it unfolded. Listen to Anne LaVoie bring it to life.
The EconomistAsha Gopalkrishnan reads feature articles from The Economist, an authoritative weekly focusing on world news, international politics, economics and business news and opinion.
LA Times EditorialsGrant Burton puts the spotlight on local and national issues with his selection of editorial pieces and popular columns from the Southland's premier newspaper, the Los Angeles Times.
EsquireTim Simek reads selections from Esquire Magazine, a men's magazine that takes its content beyond fashion. Topics run a wide range - from beautiful women and interesting men - to sex, new music,and fascinating in-depth pieces on items of national interest.
FilmSpottingThis weekly podcast from Chicago features reviews, interviews, top 5 lists and insightful film talk. It's produced by Telegraph Road Productions, Inc. and stars Adam Kempenaar and Matty Robinson. Find out more at http://www.filmspotting.net/
ForbesEnjoy articles from Forbes, a leading source for reliable business news, financial information, politics, and economics. Your host: Alyssa Carlson.
FortunePeggy Fitzgerald-Hobbs reads articles from Fortune Magazine, an authoritative source of financial detail ever since its founding in February 1930, four months after the Wall Street Crash of 1929 that marked the onset of the (first) Great Depression.
Fresh AirAIRSLA is pleased to link you to Fresh Air from WHYY, the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues. It's one of public radio's most popular programs. Hosted by Terry Gross, it features intimate conversations with today's biggest luminaries.
History MagazineHistory Magazine opens a window on the past, providing compelling stories about how our world came to be what it is today. Read to you by Sascha Rose.
Humanist HourThe Humanist Hour (HH) Audio Podcast is a monthly one-hour talk show produced by the American Humanist Association. Every episode of the HH Audio Podcast explores a different area of humanist thought, from politics to pop culture. AIRSLA provides these links as part of its promise to provide a broad and unbiased spectrum of spiritual and religious thought.
LA MagazineExperience all that the City of Angels has to offer as Laraine Herman reads you her selections from Los Angeles Magazine.
Second VisionSecond Vision host, Kristin Macdonald, spent many years working in production for the legendary Aaron Spelling and E. Duke Vincent of Spelling Television. She is partially sighted as a result of retinitis pigmentosa, but manages to interview scores of people who have found amazing ways to overcome personal injuries and conditions, as well as leaders in medicine and scientific research, actors and inspirational speakers. Tune in as she applies her unique perspective to her guests' life-experiences.
Marketplace MoneyAIRSLA is pleased to link you to podcasts of Marketplace Money from American Public Media, a weekly hour-long program hosted by Tess Vigeland on the topics of personal finance, money, retirement, and health care.
Money MagazineLaraine Herman selects and reads articles from current issues of Money, a Time Inc. personal finance magazine. Since 1972, its articles have covered the gamut of personal finance topics from investing, saving, retirement and taxes to family finance issues like paying for college, credit, career and home improvement.
Mobituaries With Mo RoccaMo Rocca's long love of obituaries has him led to create Mobituaries, an irreverent but deeply researched appreciation of the people (and things) of the past who have long intrigued him - from an unsung Founding Father to the first Chinese-American superstar, from Neanderthals to the station wagon.
Mother JonesListen to Trudi Knoedler read articles selected from Mother Jones, an American magazine featuring investigative and breaking news reporting on politics, the environment, human rights, and culture.
Monster TalkPresented by SKEPTIC magazine, MonsterTalk is a free audio podcast that critically examines the science behind cryptozoological (and legendary) creatures, such as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and werewolves. Evidence is examined according to strict scientific principles.
The MothAIRSLA is pleased to link you to The Moth to hear people telling true, engaging, funny, touching and eye-opening stories from their lives. Hailed as "New York's hottest and hippest literary ticket" by the Wall Street Journal, The Moth has been storytelling for over ten years.
The NationDaniila Georgieva reads you her selections from 'The Nation,' a weekly journal of opinion, featuring analysis on politics and culture. It was founded in 1865.
National Wildlife MagazineTrudi Knoedler reads her selections from current issues of the National Wildlife Magazine. Compelling stories of the wonders of nature from the National Wildlife Federation.
The New YorkerJoin Julia Tossetti as she reads you articles from "The Big Apple's" cultural icon each week. Let her know if you have preferences for its amazing feature articles.
NewsweekJudy Rubino selects and reads feature articles from one of the world's foremost weekly international news magazines, Newsweek.
NPR BooksThis podcast, published by National Public Radio, consists of book reviews, news and author interviews - for people who love to read...
PlayboyStephanie Veverka selects and reads some of the fantastic articles featured in Playboy. Unfortunately, she won't read the pictures!
Reason MagazineReason is a libertarian monthly magazine covering politics, culture, and ideas through a provocative mix of news, analysis, commentary, and reviews. Jim Hull reads you his selections.
Reminisce MagazineSharon Blumberg reads you her selections from the nation's premier nostalgia magazine. Reminisce celebrates what we loved then and how it shapes our lives now.
Rolling StoneRolling Stone Magazine features music, album and artist news, movie reviews, political, economic and pop culture commentary, videos, photos, and more. David Brower reads you his article selections.
Scouting MagazineScouting magazine offers editorial content that is a mixture of information, instruction, and inspiration, designed to strengthen readers' abilities to better perform their leadership roles and to assist them as parents in strengthening families. It's proudly read to you by Jody Olson.
Sunset MagazineFor the latest in travel, garden, home, food and wine, listen to Cyndee Maxwell's selections from your guide to living in the West - Sunset Magazine.
Theater Audio DescriptionsThis podcast series is a listing of theater productions in the Los Angeles area which feature audio descriptions for those having low or no vision. The content is updated whenever new material becomes available.
The Week MagazineMax Flehinger reads you his selections from the best weekly news summary magazine in the USA.
This American LifeAIRSLA provides these links to NPR's award-winning weekly radio series "This American Life" with Ira Glass.
Time MagazineNancy Porter reads you her selections from Time Magazine, spiced up occasionally with current news items. Time is the first (and best) news weekly in America.
Time For KidsMary Lord reads kids her selections from Time For Kids Magazine, a news magazine geared toward students in grades K-6, offering them age-appropriate news stories and features about children's books, movies, the environment, science, world cultures and other high-interest topics.
US News/World ReportAIRSLA provides readings of selected articles from US News, a recognized leader in college, grad school, hospital, mutual fund, and car rankings. Listen to Ernie Goyette read selections that will let you track elected officials, research health conditions, and find news you can use in politics, business, health, and education.
Vanity FairLet Carol Green lead you through Hollywood, politics, royals, Wall Street, international news, fashion, society, scandal, and real estate - filtered through the exclusive prism of Vanity Fair.
Vision: Coping With LossThis podcast series is intended to provide a support system for those learning to cope with their vision-impairment by presenting success stories and helpful hints. Each podcast either describes a success or includes tips for fighting your demons.
The Wall Street JournalMerrick Schneider reads you his selections from America's Most Trusted Source for News, The Wall Street Journal.
We The PeopleA weekly balanced conversation with leading scholars of all viewpoints on contemporary and historical topics about the United States Constitution.
WestwaysKathy Jacinto reads you selections from the Automobile Club of Southern California's magazine, Westways.
Wired MagazineMichael Sessums reads you selected articles from Wired Magazine about how new and developing technology affects culture, the economy, and politics.
YouthCastA podcast featuring the next generation of sound from the Public Radio Exchange, a project of prx.org to support, connect and distribute youth-produced radio. Listen to youthful radio-aware personalities give their views on current topics.

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