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New AIRSLA Telephone Listening Program!

AIRSLA has a new telephone listening program! It is designed so that those who do not have internet access can listen to a variety of podcasts for free on their home or mobile phone at their convenience!

  • It's FREE - There is no membership fee and no advertisements!
  • Listen to a variety of podcasts from AIRSLA, The Braille Institute, Time Magazine, LA Magazine, The Atlantic and Nature
  • You will also get access to a list of other podcasts you might enjoy!
  • Programs are updated regularly
  • To access the telephone podcasts, simply call (773) 572-6319
  • To contact us or to provide feedback, press the # key and leave a voicemail

A message from the president of AIRSLA

Hello AIRSLA Listeners,

First and foremost we hope that you are all doing well and staying safe and healthy.

Just like you, we have been carefully monitoring the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation. There is nothing more important than the health and safety of our listeners families and the community at large.

During this time as we all follow the "stay at home" mandated by the State of California, we want you to know that we are here and will continue to provide you up to date content as much as possible. We are all looking for ways to keep ourselves busy and entertained during these times and we hope that our Podcasts will help.

Please continue to visit our website for all of our recorded seminars, magazine and newspaper readings and our podcasts.

Thank you for your continued support of AIRSLA. We are here for you in these uncertain times and look forward coming through this stronger. We are stronger together, as a community!

Dick Burden, President of AIRSLA

New Podcasts From The Week Ending 6/12/2021

ProjectTitlePodcast Description
Alt Latino MusicLoss, Love And Resilience Across LatinidadWe introduce you to an artist you might not know, hang out with Cuban drummers, meet teachers on the hunt for vaccines, and give a sneak peek...
AppleVisApple's WWDC 21 KeynoteDave Nason, Thomas Domville, and Tyler Stephen discuss some of the highlights from Apple's WWDC 21 keynote presentation.
BBC FutureBBC Future - Jun 2021The ancient fabric that no one knows how to make. Dhaka muslin was the most valuable fabric on the planet. By Zaria Gorvett
Better Homes and GardensSix Short Articles - Jun 2021Missed Connections. Ten Years of Style Makers. Role Model. Color Star Power (2 parts). The Stay-at-home Gardener.
The Bill Simmons Podcast6/11/21Mitchell Magic, Bucks-Nets, Rodgers Trades + Loki With Wosny Lambre, Peter Schrager and Mallory Rubin...
The Bill Simmons Podcast6/9/21Chuck Klosterman on Brooklyn?s Dominance, Fandom, Sports Fixes, and UFOs...
The Bill Simmons Podcast6/7/21Part 2: Logan Paul Survives, Milwaukee Advice, and Dame's Future in Portland with Ryen Russillo.
The Bill Simmons Podcast6/7/21Part 1: Kawhi's Smackdown, Luka's Next Move, and Trae Torches Philly With Ryen Russillo.
Braille Institute PodcastsRetinopathy of PrematurityDr. Bill discusses retinopathy of prematurity with Dr. Khaled Tawansy
Daily AIRSFriday 06/11/2021Health: Why Taking Breaks Is So Important for Learning New Skills Deep Shukla, Medical News
Daily AIRSThursday 06/10/2021The Onion: A non-amusing Accident. An Imploding Infrastructure. LA Mayor Motivates His Kids to Leave. Driverless Car Invades Home
Daily AIRSWednesday 06/09/2021Business & Finance: That good score slipped? It's OK! By Bev O'Shea with Nerd Wallet from the Dallas Morning News.
Daily AIRSTuesday 06/08/2021Style & Substance: Every Day Miracles - With Open Arms At Last. By Tom Hallman from The Oregonian.
Daily AIRSMonday 06/07/2021Artificial Intelligence: AI & Australia's NSW Police
The Davison FilesSizeSize beyond comprehension. The universe is incredibly big.
The Davison FilesPrecipitationForms of precipitation in the Ozarks of Missouri.
Discover MagazineQuotes From Einstein - Jun 202120 Brilliant Quotes from Albert Einstein. Decades after his death, his legacy carries on. By Donna Sarkar.
The EconomistThe Economist - Jun, 2021The world economy: The new geopolitics of global business; China shifts from a two-child to a three-child policy; India plans to remake Lakshadweep for tourism
FilmSpottingFilmSpotting #829A review of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony-winning musical IN THE HEIGHTS. And we wrap up our '76?Best-Year-Ever series with cult comedy CAR WASH...
Fresh AirCatching Up With Stephen ColbertHe begins taping the The Late Show in front of a live audience again on Monday. We hear his interview with Terry about doing the show from home...
Fresh AirInside The Ransomware IndustryMichael Schwirtz gained access to the dashboard of DarkSide, a ransomware operation that's pulled in more than $90 million since it began last August
Fresh AirThe Space Race & Dangerous Early Days Of NASAIn Cape Canaveral on the morning of Feb. 20, 1962 there was real fear that astronaut John Glenn wouldn't survive the day...
Fresh AirRace, Sexuality & The Deadly 'Kissing Bug'When Daisy Hernandez was 5, her aunt had a mysterious illness that caused her large intestine to swell. Hernandez details her aunt's story
Fresh AirRita MorenoShe says her 'West Side Story' role is "the only part I ever remember where I represented Hispanics in a dignified and positive way."
FSCastJun 10 2021Best way to fast forward YouTube videos, remote control of a PC, JAWS problem with email and recognizing Braille displays...
Marketplace Money6/11/21Do confidence in the economy and rising prices change how people spend their money? Also a look at how consumer demand changes when products are scarce
Marketplace Money6/10/21What makes inflation so worrying. Why 5 million Americans still receive extended unemployment benefits. Challenges of wind energy production...
Marketplace Money6/9/21What's next for U.S. - EU tariffs. Senate allocates $250 billion to technology R&D. Work requirements for SNAP benefits don't lead to more people working
Marketplace Money6/8/21How the gap between appraisals contributes to racial inequality. The Biden strategy to strengthen supply chains. Labor & supply shortages...
Marketplace Money6/7/21What it would take to get to a global minimum tax. Why some states have a tax revenue surplus. Bringing foreign investors back to U.S.
The MothJun 11 2021Two not-so-simple stories of coming out. Hosted by Dame Wilburn. Storytellers: Sejal, Michael Buonocore...
The MothJun 8 2021PTSD, a trans teen, college, eBay, prison, eye contact and the emergency room. Hosted by Jenifer Hixson, Moth Senior Director
National Geographic KidsNational Geographic Kids - May 2021Eighteen ways to save the ocean, by Bethany Augliere. Guinness World Records, by Liz Lane.
NatureJun 11 2021How public health experts are analyzing Covid using metrics such as disability adjusted life years & quality adjusted life years...
NatureJun 9 2021An AI that designs computer chips in hours, and zooming in on DNA's complex 3D structures...
SmithsonianEarthly Delights Part 1 - Jun 2021These truffles were harvested in North Carolina in a breakthrough experiment that has food-lovers and farmers ravenous for more.
Southern LivingJun, 2021Breathing Room-Every inch works in designer home in Austin, Texas; It needed color and life...reviving Baltimore home; Just Peachy-easier than pie
This American Life74: ConventionsIn past conventions folks with common interests gathered in big, well lit halls. Some drive each other crazy, some fall in love...
The Wall Street Journal06/08/2021Diary of a Serene House Husband. A Nuisance Is an Attractive Investment. My Father the Car Radio. At 18 I Wasn't Mature Enough to Vote.
We The PeopleThe Home Stretch For This TermWe recap recent decisions and detail why they're important, as well as what to look out for in the rest of the outstanding cases still left...

New Stuff

Listen to Merrick Schneider read a special article from The Wall Street Journal on how scientists are using Optogenetic tools to restore some vision to the blind. It's written by Amy Dockser Marcus.

Long-time writer, photographer and broadcaster Doug Davison explores a variety of subjects and anything and everything is in the realm of possibility. Listen to his delightful take on life - The Davison Files.

Peter Felix selects and reads articles about recipes, chefs, wines, cocktails, restaurants, travel, home and designs from Food and Wine Magazine.

Mark Ferrari reads you his article selections from the prestigious journal of the Smithsonian Institution.

Tim 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.

We The People is a weekly balanced conversation with leading scholars of all viewpoints on contemporary and historical topics about the United States Constitution. We The People, hosted by National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen will spark your interest in, and knowledge of, the laws that make our country great!

Guide Dog Selection. This LA Times article will explain what it takes to be a great guide dog and how to spot one. Written by Melissa Healey and read by Max Flehinger.

Stem Cell Research! Listen to Dr. Jonathan Thomas, of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), discuss the current status of stem cell research and its implications for treatment of vision. It was recorded in collaboration with the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

AIRSLA Smart Phone Apps! Enjoy the full range of AIRS programming from your iPhone or Android phone. They are FREE from the Apple App Store and Google Play (search for airsla), respectively. Here is a short tutorial on how to use the AIRSLA apps on your iPhone, by Julian Vargas

New Series on Smart Phones Dr. Bill Takeshita and Julian Vargas have initiated a new series on Smart Phone selection, usage, and accessibility.

Once Blind and Now They See! An exciting account of research on blind children in India by Dr. Pawan Sinha of M.I.T. has two goals: to help blind children regain their sight and to observe their recovery and learn how the brain processes visual information.

Blind Pole Vaulters Listen to Max read an inspiring story of blind athletes on the road to success!

Stories of personal experiences with eyes and seeing from Sun Magazine, read by Dan Woren. Enjoy this and other podcasts from Dan's selection of letters from The Sun's readers in their "Readers Write" series.

Audio Description Available For Vision Impaired. Did you know that many of the programs you watch on TV are designed to help those in the vision impaired community SEE what is being presented? Many people don't know how widely available audio description is to those who need it, including those who need it most. Hear from Herb Merriweather as he shares some of what he has learned by working with Audio Eyes, LLC. The Case For Accessible Media, read to you by Jason Wineinger.

AppleVis Podcast We are pleased to link you to this fantastic source of guidance on the use of Apple's VoiceOver technology on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Their experts will really give you a flood of good advice, not only on the standard iDevice functions, but on popular applications and games as well. Try it!

Darkness Visible, and Palpable. In the land of the blind - as you learn in the exhibition "Dialog in the Dark" - the one-eyed man hasnít a chance. This recording describes a participatory experience that, for an hour or so, takes the fully-sighted through the fascinating process of adapting to total lack of sight.

More News

CCLVI Lectures on Low Vision These podcast lectures, sponsored by The Council of Citizens With Low Vision International, let you listen to a variety of topics that are specially designed for people who are partially sighted. Dr. Bill Takeshita presents these lectures each month and topics will include low vision and driving, signs and symptoms of emergency vision problems, what's new in low vision aids, and more.

Unable to Read the Newspaper? NFB-NEWSLINE is a free electronic service that gives any blind, visually impaired or print disabled person access to newspapers, magazines, and TV listings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using a Touch-Tone telephone. To hear more information, including samples and how you can sign up, go to NFB NewsLine Information.

Financial Support for AIRSLA

You can support us either by donating via PayPal or by shopping through iGive

To donate through PayPal, just click on the button at the left and fill out a short form. You can use any popular credit card and PayPal will send you a receipt for tax purposes - your donation to AIRSLA is fully deductible.

Our Audience

Our audience can get the news from several broadcast media, but not directly from newspapers, magazines, and other primary sources. Through the magic of streaming audio and podcasting, we provide word-for-word readings of print material and other news and entertainment, focused on and designed for our visually-impaired listeners.

AIRS is incorporated in the state of California and has received a 501(c)(3) tax free non-profit status designation from the Internal Revenue Service. This means your donations are tax-deductible!

AIRS can't do it alone. We need your help and we are pleased and grateful to receive donations in any amount. CONTACT US either via email or by calling 818-860-2806 if you can help. Thank you.

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