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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 10/23/2021

ProjectTitlePodcast Description
AARP MagazineAARP Magazine - Oct, 2021AARP: Brooke Shields' 5 Tips for Living Your Best Live-Actress stays positive after serious leg injury from 'freak accident', as told to Natasha Stoynoff
Alt Latino MusicMusical Profiles From Mexico, Cuba and PeruThis week we share music stories from NPR News that you should know about, featuring Cimafunk, Susana Baca and 'El Charro de Mexico' Vicente Fernandez.
The AtlanticDems Stare Into the Abyss - Oct, 2021Will the president's party pass major legislation before the midterm elections? By Ronald Brownstein.
The Bill Simmons Podcast10/22/21NBA 75th anniversary Snubs, 2004 Lakers Flashbacks, Million Dollar Picks and Year of the Kebabs With J.A. Adande, Peter Schrager and David Chang...
The Bill Simmons Podcast10/20/21Lakers loss to Warriors, Astros' Game 4 win over Red Sox, Dodgers-Braves Game 3, Ben Simmons Suspension, and Surging Cowboys With Jackie MacMullan and Ben Solak.
The Bill Simmons Podcast10/18/21The Patriots' overtime loss to the Cowboys. The Packers win over the Bears, Broncos-Raiders, Dolphins-Jaguars madness in London, and more with Cousin Sal...
Brain Pickings PodcastsOct, 2021Toni Morrison on how to be your own story and reap the rewards of adulthood in a culture that fetishizes youth. By Maria Popova.
Car Talk#2146: Clink and Clunk Compendium of Car NoisesClick and Clack spend much of this week's show consulting the Ford Motor Company Official List of Car Noises whenever they're stumped. Will this help Greg?
Car Talk#2145: To Form a More Imperfect UnionNothing succeeds like secession! Or at least that's the thinking as Tom and Ray plan for Car Talk Plaza's imminent secession (from what exactly, we're not sure)
Daily AIRSFriday 10/22/2021Health: Medical Myths - All About Aging. By Tim Newman from Medical News
Daily AIRSThursday 10/21/2021National Geographic History: Did Michelangelo Fake This Iconic Ancient Statue? By Ruben Montoya.
Daily AIRSWednesday 10/20/2021Business & Finance: Prepping your finances for a natural disaster, by Liz Weston with Nerd Wallet in The Dallas Morning News
Daily AIRSTuesday 10/19/2021Style & Substance: The Food On Your Plate-I am Coconut, by Kate Lowenstein and Daniel Gritzer
Daily AIRSMonday 10/18/2021Artificial Intelligence: Facebook AR Glasses
FilmSpottingFilmSpotting #846The worst kept secret about Denis Villeneuve's DUNE is that it's only half a movie. He split Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel in two, with part one offering stunning detail...
Fresh AirLenny Kravitz On His Early YearsHe talks about growing up the son of a Jewish father and Black mother, finding his musical style, and how Lisa Bonet changed him as a songwriter. His memoir LET LOVE RULE...
Fresh AirOscar IsaacHe stars in DUNE, THE CARD COUNTER and SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE. We talk about his latest projects, grief and fatherhood, and his evangelical Christian upbringing
Fresh AirRemembering YA Author Gary PaulsenThe Newbery Award-winning author, who died Oct. 13, wrote over 200 books, many of which were tales of adventure aimed at young adults. Also, John Powers reviews Todd Haynes' documentary
Fresh AirBilly Porter On His New Memoir UNPROTECTEDHe has an Emmy for his starring role on POSE, and a Tony for his lead role in KINKY BOOTS. Fourteen years after his initial diagnosis, he announced that he's HIV-positive
Fresh AirCynthia Erivo & Colin PowellErivo was nominated for an Oscar for playing Harriet Tubman in the film HARRIET. Now she has a debut album, CH. 1 VS. 1. We remember Colin Powell, who died Oct. 18
Second VisionSecond Vision 10/21/2021An interview with Sherry Sterling Hernandez, a rags to riches story in eight areas of Life Mastery, a study of the principles of success.
Marketplace Money10/22/21"Clean slate laws" could soften the labor crisis. The weekly wrap. Holiday food prices. Why some are calling plastic the "new coal."
Marketplace Money10/21/21COVID fund distribution to tribal governments. The Federal Reserve overhauls investing rules. Why it's hard to determine what makes a high-quality carbon offset. CANDYMAN film horrors
Marketplace Money10/20/21Inflation comes to a freezer aisle near you. Career shifts in the Great Resignation, what California's drought means for the country and why Citigroup nixes work lunches
Marketplace Money10/19/21Can mediation stop evictions? A new government stockpile of medication ingredients. A Bitcoin fund debuts on the Stock Exchange. What happens when you return an online order
Marketplace Money10/18/21Zillow puts the brakes on controversial house flipping. China's economic growth weakens. Honest mental health conversation. The world?s largest offshore wind farm
The MothOct 22 2021It?s our Halloween Episode! Hosted by Dame Wilburn. Storytellers: Bruce McCulloch & Amir Baghdadchi
The MothOct 19 2021A father bonds with his son over baseball, a boy realizes his single father is not a superhero, a worker gets a knife pulled on her at a homeless shelter, and...
Martha Stewart Living Magazine10/22/2021Five articles from the June 2021 issue: A Fresh Catch. Remade in the Shade. For All Seasons. The Nuturer. Summer Savers.
National Geographic HistoryThe Tulsa Race Massacre - May/Jun 2021The massacre of May 31, 1921 is believed to be the worst racial incident in U.S. history where more than 300 people died. by Tucker Toole
NatureOct 20 2021An ancient solar storm helps pinpoint when Vikings lived in the Americas, and using magnets to deftly move non-magnetic metals...
NatureOct 18 2021Hundreds of scientists have responded to a survey asking about harassment and abuse during the pandemic. The results paint a picture which is as concerning as it is shocking...
Scouting MagazineScouting - Oct, 2021Surprising habits that are hurting your health. There are healthy habits and unhealthy habits. By Jeff Cstari.
SmithsonianSake in the USA - Oct 2021The ancient Japanese art of brewing a fragrant alcoholic drink from rice is being reinterpreted by Atsuo Sakurai in an unlikely setting.
Southern LivingOct, 2021Waterfall Country, West Virginia, by Caroline Rogers. The Grumpy Gardener - Our garden expert alleviates growing pains, by Steve Bender
Southern LivingOct, 2021Cautionary Tales, by Rick Bragg. Autumn in the Ozarks, by Katie Strasberg Rousso. The Coolest Cabins & Cottages, by Tara Massouleh McCay
This American Life750: The FerrymanStories about getting from Point A to Point B - with expert assistance.
Vision NewsBlindness Barrier Breakers 5A Zoom series to help blind people deal with technical issues. Today's Topic: All about air travel.
The Wall Street Journal10/19/2021Kitchen Appliance Delivery Delays. Can Wine Work With Salad? Come Live in Miami. Failure: Always an Option. Good Decisions.
We The PeopleBiden Supreme Court CommissionThe Commission is a bipartisan group of experts on the Court tasked with analyzing arguments, merits and legality of proposals in the debate for Supreme Court reform

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.

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