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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 1/16/2021

ProjectTitlePodcast Description
Alt Latino MusicTiny Desk Artist Profile: Sofia ReiThe Argentine vocalist mixes tradition and various contemporary genres in her Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST performance.
AppleVisRestart Your HomePodIn this short podcast Thomas Domville will show us how to restart your HomePod when it's not responding normally.
The AtlanticHow MAGA Extremism Ends - Jan, 2021If Trump keeps losing, the risk of future violence will abate. by Juliette Kayyem
The Bill Simmons Podcast1/15/21The James Harden Trade 2.0, Tom Brady's Big Chance, and NFL divisional-round Playoff Picks With Peter Schrager.
The Bill Simmons Podcast1/12/21LeBron's MVP Run, LaMelo's Leap, Steph's F.U. Tour, and the NBA's COVID Issues With Ryen Russillo.
The Bill Simmons Podcast1/11/216 wild-card games, Browns Fever, Lamar's Revenge, the Sleeper Rams, and Round 2 Lines With Cousin Sal. They close with Parent Corner
Car Talk#2103: Acute TirophobiaPeterson is afraid to put air in his tires. Is he doomed to depending on the kindness of strangers with pumps, or can we help cure him...
Daily AIRSFriday 01/15/2021Health: Part 5 - What Are the Treatments for Obesity? by James Kingsland, Medical News
Daily AIRSWednesday 01/13/2021"The pros and cons of a biweekly payment plan" by Peter G. Miller, CTW Features
Daily AIRSTuesday 01/12/2021Patty Mattson: Department of Wit-Prowling For Dust Bunnies, by Mary Roach, Readers Digest
Daily AIRSTuesday 01/12/2021Artificial Intelligence: Buddhist Principles in AI
The Davison FilesThe Apostrophe PoliceFor reasons probably irrelevant and perhaps inexplicable, I have long been fascinated with people's misuse of the apostrophe.
Discover MagazineThree Timely Articles - Jan 2021Are Growing Pains Real? Earth Isn't the Only Planet With Water. The World's Oldest Pyramid is Often Overshadowed
EsquireTerrorism on Nashville Xmas - Dec 2020If Anthony Warner Were a Muslim Cleric, We Wouldn't See This Intricate Discussion About Who's a Terrorist. By Charles P Pierce
EsquireWhy We Take Paul McCartney For Granted - Dec 2020His 21st Century albums have stacked up to become an impressively consistent, easily overlooked body of work. By Alan Light
Essence Magazine01/13/2021Black women are affirming all that's good and great in 2021, by Kimberly Wilson. Taelor & Sydni Scott pay tribute to their dad's legacy
FilmSpottingFilmSpotting #809Reviews of a couple of late-2020 releases: the Tom Hanks western NEWS OF THE WORLD and Patty Jenkins' WONDER WOMAN 1984.
Fresh AirRemembering Michael Apted, William Link & Neil SheehanWe look back on the lives and careers of three people who have recently died. A filmmaker, a screenwriter, and a war correspondent
Fresh AirPaul Greengrass On NEWS OF THE WORLDIt's a Western set five years after the Civil War and stars Tom Hanks as a former Confederate captain who reads newspapers to folks...
Fresh Air'Black Radical' William Monroe TrotterA Black newspaper editor and civil rights crusader in the early 20th century. Reviews of PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN and PIECES OF A WOMAN
Fresh AirRacist History Of Senate FilibusterAdam Jentleson traces the history of the filibuster, which started as a tool of Southern senators upholding slavery and then later became...
Fresh AirHumorist Fran LebowitzThe Netflix docuseries PRETEND IT'S A CITY features conversations with Martin Scorsese on many topics, Manhattan in particular...
Marketplace Money1/15/21How Biden's Rescue Plan could impact economic recovery. Plus, big banks are doing well & conversation with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai
Marketplace Money1/14/21Economic recovery depends on your wage bracket. Economic significance of last week's insurrection. China one year after it's first lockdown
Marketplace Money1/13/20How people use their $600 checks. How baby bonds could close the racial wealth gap. Why Netflix plans to release a new movie every week
Marketplace Money1/12/21On today's show: the business world outlook. Plus, a look at systemic racism in farming and the pandemic's continued impact on working mothers
Marketplace Money1/11/21Corporations are starting to stand up to Trump. The economic fallout of a failed insurrection and how recovery might look...
Monitor On Psychology Magazine01/10/2021Psychologists can help their patients be mindful of problem drinking during the pandemic and establish habits that can keep them safe.
The MothJan 15 2021Stories of childhood crushes and all their fun and embarrassment. Hosted by: Chloe Salmon. Storytellers: Tim Lopez, Janine Hilling
The MothJan 12 2021A girl gets discovered at charm school. A Texas romance is thwarted by religion. A teenage hotel clerk comes of age at gunpoint.
National GeographicPolar Vortex is Coming! - Jan 2021In the stratosphere over Siberia, temperatures recently jumped nearly 100 degrees, shoving the vortex off its North Pole perch.
NatureJan 14 2021In less than a year, two RNA vaccines against COVID-19 were designed, tested and rolled out across the world. We discuss their pros and cons...
NatureJan 13 2021DNA clues point to how dire wolves went extinct, and a round-up of the main impacts of Brexit on science.
Science SelectionsEdge of a Black Hole - Jan 2021 Quanta MagazineHot spots orbit just outside the black hole at the galaxy's center. Their motions give us a close look at that violent environment.
Science SelectionsAddiction to Caffiene - Jan 2021 Pocket WorthyRegular ingestion of the drug alters your brain's chemical makeup, leading to fatigue, headaches and nausea if you try to quit.
Sky and TelescopeVarious articles - Aug, 2020The Radio Sky-Novel approaches to the longest wavelengths; Ice Volcanoes throughout the solar system; Heavenly Impressions-Star Maps; Lunar Influence
Sky and TelescopeVarious articles - Jul, 2020A Mystery in Saturn's C-Ring; Three Missions Head for Mars; Celebrating Hale-Bopp comet; An Inconvenient Theft-a Schmidt camera was stolen just before Halley's Comet return in 1986
Sky and TelescopeVarious articles - Jun, 2020China Launches to Center Stage; Astronomers are illuminating the universe's early days by studying chemical patterns; I Did Not Discover Planet 9
SmithsonianFirst In the House - Jan 2020Born a slave, South Carolina's Joseph Rainey was elected to Congress in 1870. This step in race relations didn't last long. Pt. 1
Sports Illustrated01/13/2021Ryan Garcia: Becoming Boxing's Next Star. How Will 2020 Impact Tennis in 2021? Steph Curry Scores Career-High 62 Points
Short Stories Old and NewThe Possibility of EvilMiss Strangeworth, an old woman in a small town where everyone knows everyone else, leads another, secret, life. By Shirley Jackson
This American Life729: Making the CutThere's always someone whose job it is to decide if you measure up.
We The PeopleTrump's Second ImpeachmentPrior to the vote, two experts on the Constitution and presidential power shared their thoughts on the article of impeachment...

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

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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