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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 10/30/2021

ProjectTitlePodcast Description
Alt Latino MusicIt's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders: Pop music's Latin ExplosionWe feature a special episode from our friends at 'It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders'. It takes a look at the Latin Explosion around the year 2000
AppleVisRecovery Assistance on iOSAn account recovery contact can help make sure that you always have access to your account, even if you forgot your Apple ID password or device passcode.
AppleVisLeaving an AirTag or Apple Device BehindThomas Domville shows how to get notified if you leave an AirTag or Apple Device behind on iOS, using the Find My app...
The AtlanticDemocrats: Count Up, Not Down! - mmm, 2021President Biden's infrastructure "framework" can be seen in one of two ways. By Ronald Brownstein.
The Bill Simmons Podcast10/29/21Cavaliers are for real, LaMelo Ball's recklessness, Brady's MVP Run, rookie Jalen Suggs's struggles, and Pats-Chargers With J. Kyle Mann and Peter Schrager
The Bill Simmons Podcast10/27/21The NBA 75th Anniversary Team, Jokic vs. Walton, Tatum Advice, Ja's Leap, The surprisingly exciting Cavaliers and NBA 75 Regrets With Bob Ryan and Justin Termine.
The Bill Simmons Podcast10/25/21A day full of lopsided victories. Are the Chiefs Dead? Plus: Unicorn Derrick Henry, the "Genius" Shanahan, and Guess the Lines With Cousin Sal.
Brain Pickings PodcastsOct, 2021The Spirituality of Imperfection: If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly. By Maria Popova.
Car Talk#2148: Whoop Whoop Whoop Goes the PickupWhoop Whoop Whoop is what Gail's truck sounds like. The boys also try their hand with Dan's quieter pickup (won't start), Libby's Dodge Dart and ...
Car Talk#2147: Diogenes Auto RepairJeff, who has just moved to Pittsburgh, has a problem with his Toyota and we want him to use the opportunity to test the honesty of the local mechanics.
Daily AIRSFriday 10/29/2021Health: Three (or more) spooky ways to trick your brain this Halloween. By Maria Cohut, from Medical News
Daily AIRSThursday 10/28/2021National Geographic History: Did a 'Werewolf' Really Terrorize France in the 1700s? By Juan Jose Sanchez Arreseigor.
Daily AIRSWednesday 10/27/2021Business & Finance: Are higher taxes a path to more civilized society? By Scott Burns from the Dallas Morning News.
Daily AIRSTuesday 10/26/2021Style & Substance: Thirteen Things - Keep Current with Facts About Electric Cars. By Emily Goodman from Readers Digest.
Daily AIRSMonday 10/25/2021This Day In History: Important events that happened each day from October 25 to October 31.
FilmSpottingFilmSpotting #847Wes Anderson's latest, THE FRENCH DISPATCH, the densest, most intricate, and maybe most melancholy of his career. A revisit of our Sacred Cow review of RUSHMORE.
Fresh AirRicky Jay & Remembering Peter ScolariWe're revisiting portions of our interviews with Ricky Jay. Also, we remember comic actor Peter Scolari, who died last week at the age of 66...
Fresh AirCapitol Insurrection & Why Our Democracy Is In PerilRobert Costa's book, written with Bob Woodward, goes inside Trump's war room on the eve of Jan. 6 to report Trump's actions.
Fresh AirInside The Attica Prison UprisingA new documentary goes behind the walls of the deadly 1971 uprising. More than a thousand prisoners organized to overtake the notorious prison, hold guards hostage, and...
Fresh AirKatie CouricThe former Today Show anchor spoke with Terry Gross about her early career in news, the allegations against her former co-anchor Matt Lauer, and why she's done trying to appeal to everyone
Fresh AirActor Jonathan MajorsMajors was nominated for an Emmy this year for his role in the HBO series, LOVECRAFT COUNTRY. He talks of being raised by a single mother who was a preacher...
FSCastOct 27 2021McDonald's has partnered with Freedom Scientific and TPGI to develop accessible self-order kiosks. We'll have a demo and discuss how the project came together.
Marketplace Money10/25/21Will New Mexico chiles survive labor shortage and climate change? Housing advocates seek reconciliation. Ethical ESG investments. Sign writer crafts pandemic side hustle
The MothOct 26 2021Stories of nerves, anxiety, fear! And the courage and support that allow us to overcome. A phone call, a taxi ride, and a stranger's generosity of spirit...
National Geographic KidsNational Geographic Kids - Oct 2021Ghosts of the Sea. How two captive beluga whales got a brand-new home in the ocean. By Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh.
NatureOct 29 2021China's COVID vaccines have been crucial in many countries, but they do not appear to have the same level of antibodies as vaccins based on mRNA...
NatureOct 27 2021The origins of the mysterious Tarim Basin mummies. Researchers have used modern genomics to shed new light on this mystery and reveal that migration was not the mummies' origin.
NatureOct 25 2021People that recovered from COVID are seeing stronger immune responses after vaccination than those that never contracted the virus. What's behind this hybrid immunity?
SmithsonianIn Their Element - Oct 2021A photographer takes the plunge into forbidding waters off Norway for an extraordinary encounter with orcas. By Pete McBride.
This American Life751: Audience of OneIn a world where a virus spreads across the country and most people are not going to movie theaters, we bring the movies to you.
The Wall Street Journal10/26/2021Don't Say 'Deal'. Web-Based Bullying. Lessons From Classic Rock. San Francisco: Shoplifter's Paradise. How Many Strawberries In a Pop-Tart?
We The PeopleIs NY's Concealed Carry Law Constitutional?The Court will hear oral arguments in a case challenging the practice of only giving concealed carry permits to those who can show a special need to defend themselves

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

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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!

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