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Proposition 14 on the November ballot addresses Stem Cell Research including the eyes. You might want to familiarize yourself with this issue prior to your vote. Kristin MacDonald interviews Robert Klein on this subject in the October fourth podcast of Second Vision, which you can listen to here.

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 10/24/2020

ProjectTitlePodcast Description
Alt Latino MusicLatinidad In The NewsWe shine a light on recent stories by NPR hosts, reporters and producers who go beyond the obvious in their coverage of Latinx communities in the U.S.
AppleVisProminent Haptics on Watch OSAre the standard vibration patterns tough to notice on your Apple Watch? Thomas Domville shows us how to improve them.
AppleVisForce Quit Apple Watch AppsThomas Domville demonstrates how to force quit an app on Apple Watch to manage unresponsive apps, crashing or more general issues
The Bill Simmons Podcast10/23/20Bill & Howie Long discuss Tom Brady's Buccaneers finding their equilibrium, Dak Prescott's injury, top NFL defenses, the perplexing Packers...
The Bill Simmons Podcast10/21/20Beating the Lakers, Rondo's Revival, Atlanta's Sports Torture, and Trump's Last Stand With Jackie MacMullan, Rembert Browne, and JackO
The Bill Simmons Podcast10/19/20The Dodgers' win, Tampa Bay's 2020 Takeover, New Gambling Rules, the Hopeless Jets, and Mookie's Moment With Cousin Sal...
Car Talk#2043: ClickonomicsHow many thousands of dollars can one hour of lousy car advice pump into an ailing economy? We may be able to save a few bucks.
Catster MagazineWhy Do Cats Like Smelly Stuff? - Oct, 2020Cats sense of smell is acute, by Susan Logan-McCracken
Daily AIRSFriday 10/23/2020Health: Coffee Green Tea Might Extend Life for Folks with Type-2 Diabetes, by Serena Gordon,
Daily AIRSThursday 10/22/2020Entertainment: Review of 'David Byrne's American Utopia' by Bryan Tallerico,
Daily AIRSWednesday 10/21/2020"Gauging our net worth in barrels' by Scott Burns, The Dallas Morning News
Daily AIRSTuesday 10/20/2020Style & Substance: My School Desk-In a Bar, by Jeffrey Sabbag
Daily AIRSMonday 10/19/2020Artificial Intelligence: Fake Faces
Discover MagazineMental Health - Oct 2020Overuse of coffee, booze and over-the-counter meds can exacerbate anxiety, depression, and other conditions. By Julian Mock
Discover MagazineUFO Sightings - Oct 2020Covid has not sparked a rise in UFO sightings, experts say. But the public is growing confused by ordinary objects in the sky.
The EconomistThe Economist - Oct 10, 2020Winners and losers: The pandemic has caused the world's economies to diverge; How Sweden hopes to prevent a second wave of Covid-19; The virus has hit President Trump
Essence Magazine10/23/2020Happy Black Women From Ages 23 to 50+ Reveal The Simple Acts That Brought Them Tremendous Joy. By Charli Penn.
FilmSpottingFilmSpotting #798Reviews of Sofia Coppola's ON THE ROCKS, BORAT. SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM, and the Sundance award-winning documentary TIME...
Fresh AirFather Of The Psychedelic MovementIn his research, Timothy Leary introduced L.S.D. and other psychedelic drugs to many. We listen back to Terry Gross' 1983 interview.
Fresh AirSCOTUS Correspondent Nina TotenbergWidely regarded as the dean of legal journalists, we talk about the Anita Hill story, her friendship with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and her early career
Fresh AirNovelist Sigrid NunezHer book, WHAT ARE YOU GOING THROUGH, is about a writer dying of cancer and the friend she asks to stay with her...
Fresh AirFree Speech In DisinformationEmily Bazelon on how lies and conspiracy theories sweeping through American media lead scholars to question our faith in free speech...
Fresh AirThe Fight To End SlaveryHistorian H.W. Brands' book, THE ZEALOT AND THE EMANCIPATOR looks at two very different 19th century leaders, John Brown and Abraham Lincoln...
Good HousekeepingPodcast Benefits - Sep 2020How listening to podcasts can benefit your brain, by Hannah Malach. The 45 best podcasts of 2020 (so far) by Lizz Schumer.
Marketplace Money10/23/20Many will have a smaller Thanksgiving turkey this year. A look at the turkey economy. Plus: why QR codes are making a comeback and where the economy stands 11 days before Election Day
Marketplace Money10/22/20What millions who're out of work are doing to the economy. Plus: savings plans, permanent work-from-home & transgenders coming out.
Marketplace Money10/21/20What happened to Quibi, the well-funded streaming service that's shutting down after six months. Plus: robots taking our jobs...
Marketplace Money10/20/20The antitrust lawsuit against Google was a long time coming, but our tech correspondent says a more robust case might have taken a little longer
Marketplace Money10/19/20Today, we'll dig into China's post-coronavirus economy. Plus: how the pandemic is changing pharmacies, the lithium rush and rising housing insecurity
Mother JonesThe Social Network Pt. 1 - Nov 2020The pandemic made traditional campaigning a thing of the past. And that may be for the best. By Pema Levy
The MothOct 23 2020This week, two stories and two choices. This episode is hosted by Aleeza Kazmi. Storytellers: Jill Chenault, Harjeet Kapoor
The MothOct 20 2020A scientist abruptly stops taking his medication and an actor lands a part in a big film. Hosted by Jay Allison and Rachel Dratch.
NatureOct 21 2020The structure of a beetle's strong exoskeleton could open up new engineering applications, and diversity and equality imbalances in academia
Readers DigestOpen Up and Say HaHa - Oct, 2020Laughter is good medicine, by Rebecca Philps
Science SelectionsRemake the Plastics - Oct 2020 Ars TechnicaIf recycling plastics makes no sense, remake the plastics. New catalytic approaches convert plastic into liquid fuels, nanotubes
Sky and TelescopeVarious articles - Oct, 2020"The Neglected Planets"-moons of the ice planets; Martian Weather Report"-storm, radiation and dust; "An Astral Epiphany"-teenager visit to Lick Observatory
Sky and TelescopeVarious articles - Oct, 2020"A Fitting Apollo Monument"; "Mapping the Milky Way"; "Seeing Stars"; "An Assortment of Asterisms"; "Who Ya Gonna Call?"
SmithsonianVoracious Insect Pt. 1 - Oct 2020A voracious, shape-shifting insect native to Asia is attacking crops. Can scientists stop the swarm? By Jeff MacGregor
This American Life720: The Moment After This MomentStories about people who are worried - or not worried enough! - about what's hurtling unstoppably towards them.
The Wall Street Journal10/20/2020Covid Strands Canada Snowbirds. Cola Fans Weep for Tab. Grasp of Civics Tightens. Someone Paid $32 Million for a Dinosaur.
We The PeopleElection 2020 in the CourtsThe Supreme Court issued two rulings on state election laws: to prevent counties from offering curbside voting in Alabama, and upholding Pennsylvania's extension of its mail-in ballot deadline

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.

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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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