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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 8/1/2020

ProjectTitlePodcast Description
AppleVisYour Digital MommyApple Releases iOS 13.6 With Car Key, Toggle to Turn Off Automatic Update Downloads, Audio Apple News+ Stories and More
AppleVisUsing the Safari Download FeatureIn this podcast Thomas Domville shows us how to use the download feature in Safari on iOS.
AppleVisBright Guide messenger for iOSThomas Domville reviews the Bright Guide app, designed specifically for the blind, which makes using Telegram easier and simple.
The AtlanticWhen Karen Bass Wen to Work in Castro's Cuba - Jul, 2020In 1973, Bass, who's now a potential Biden VP pick, traveled to Cuba with the Veneceremos Brigade. But she knew they did not have the same freedoms she did.
The AtlanticCanada Got Better. The United States Got Trump. Jul, 2020Two North American nations seemed to be on the same path-and then they diverged. by David Frum
The Bill Simmons Podcast7/31/20The NBA restart, including Lakers-Clippers, Pelicans-Jazz, the NBA broadcast, NBA awards, and more. 10 Questions With Kyle Brandt
The Bill Simmons Podcast7/29/20MLB's Struggles, NBA Asterisks With CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco, and Jason Gay on Pandemic Parenting and Regis Philbin.
Car Talk#2031: Tickling the ElectronsDennis' friend said to charge your car battery is to turn on all accessories. Does this belong in the Wacko Theory Hall of Fame?
Daily AIRSFriday 07/31/2020Health: America's Progress Against Early Cardiovascular Death is Slowing, by Serena McNiff,
Daily AIRSThursday 07/30/2020Entertainment: Review of 'Retaliation', by Simon Abrams,
Daily AIRSWednesday 07/29/2020Business & Finance: "Get, keep economy going? Get virus under control", by Mitchell Schnurman, The Dallas Morning News
Daily AIRSTuesday 07/28/2020Style & Substance: Drama In Real Life-The Arrow That Saved My Life Twice, by Donna Barbour
Daily AIRSMonday 07/27/2020Artificial Intelligence: AI & Touchscreens
Discover MagazineGrass-Fed Beef - Jul, 2020What makes grass-fed beef different, and are you buying the real thing? The truth behind labeling requirements. By Megan Schmidt
FilmSpottingFilmSpotting #787We revisit Christopher Nolan's DUNKIRK, with masterful technique, a distillation of his obsessions with time, guilt, redemption...
Fresh AirRemembering Regis Philbin & Annie RossRegis, who died July 24, spoke with David Bianculli about his memoir, HOW I GOT THIS WAY. Annie was best-known for the song TWISTED...
Fresh AirWhite Supremacy In American ChristianityRobert P. Jones talks of white supremacy in American Christianity. His new book: WHITE TOO LONG. Maureen Corrigan reviews two novels.
Fresh AirTim Kurkjian On Baseball During COVIDChallenges facing Major League Baseball amid the pandemic. Kevin Whitehead reviews JUST COOLIN, by drummer Art Blakey
Fresh AirPoet Natasha TretheweyWhen she was 19, her abusive stepfather killed her mother. In her memoir, MEMORIAL DRIVE, she revives her mother's memory and shares stories...
Fresh AirMike Birbiglia & Jen SteinWhen they married, they agreed not to have kids. Then Jen changed her mind. In their book, Mike writes "painfully true" stories...
Good HousekeepingAvocados & Eggs - Jul 2020The health benefits of avocados, by Stefani Sassos & Caroline Walder. Nutritional experts share info on eggs, by Zee Krstic
GQ MagazineInside the Nightmare Voyage of the Diamond Princess pt 2 - Jul, 2020Come aboard the first cruise ship to feel the effects of the Coronavirus, by Dough Bock Clark
GQ MagazineInside the Nighmare Voyage of the Diamond Princess pt 1 - Jul, 2020Come aboard the first cruise ship to feel the effects of the Coronavirus, by Dough Bock Clark
Second VisionSecond Vision 07/26/2020An interview with Michael McAdams author of "When The Student Is Ready The Teacher Will Appear"
Marketplace Money7/31/20The U.S. and E.U. struck deals for Covid vaccines. We explore fears of vaccine nationalism, the economy and labor organizing in pandemics
Marketplace Money7/30/20What continuing unemployment claims means for the economy. The economics of the NBA's Florida bubble and Rebuilding Paradise
Marketplace Money7/29/20We discuss the grilling Apple, Google, Facebook & Amazon CEOs got from congress. Plus the latest from the Federal Reserve
Marketplace Money7/28/20The new COVID-19 relief package and its flaws. Plus: The behavioral economics of wearing a mask.
Marketplace Money7/27/20What a surge in gold price means for confidence in this economy. China's live-streaming marketplace and reopened box office.
The MothJul 31 2020Nina connects to her heritage through tradition. Hosted by Aleeza Kazmi. Storyteller: Nina McConigley
The MothJul 28 2020Stories from the past. A history lost to slavery, modern life clashing with religion, from party lifestyle to corporate gig
NatureJul 29 2020Skin's growth in response to stretching is finally explained, and how smallpox may be much older than previously thought.
Psychology TodayTogether Again - Aug 2020Kids homebound due to Covid make families face new pressures. To succeed, prioritize and offer understanding and hope. Part 2 of 4
Science SelectionsHand Out - Aug 2020 Scientific AmericanThe CoVid-19 pandemic has revealed that we don't need handshakes. By Steve Mirsky.
Science SelectionsFrom Wolf to Dog - Aug 2020 Scientific AmericanAn amicable disposiion governed evolution of an animal that turned into a favorite pet. By Brian Hare & Vanessa Woods.
SmithsonianThe Way of the Shogun - Jul, 2020Looking for the soul of modern Japan on an ancient road once traveled by poets and samurai. Part 1 of 2.
Southern LivingJul, 2020South Carolina native and Food Network star Kardea Brown honors Gullah cuisine; Celebrating the efforts of three Southerners jumping to action during the Covid Crisis.
This American Life443: Amusement ParkPre-coronavirus summer fun at amusement parks! At Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, where the young staff seem to love their jobs...
The Wall Street Journal07/28/2020Demand For Tuna Climbs. Shining a Light on Sunscreen Chemicals. Beauty, Thy Name Is Frugality. American Invention: Summer Camp
We The PeoplePortland, Federal Forces, & the First AmendmentThe First, Fourth, and Fifth Amendment rights of Portland's protestors & the president's power to deploy forces...

New Stuff

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.

The American Spectator is back in action and is being produced by Henry Harrison.

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!

Nancy 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 (she says)!

Merrick Schneider is reading articles from one of the best (and most objective) newspapers in the United States, The Wall Street Journal. He can be listened to on our Wall Street Journal Podcast. Get the latest and greatest news on a great range of topics - not just articles on finance!

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

The Intrepid Listen to this touching story of four visually impaired mothers and their dedicated guide dogs. A selection from Real Simple magazine read by Melissa Baird.

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!

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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