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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 7/24/2021

ProjectTitlePodcast Description
Alt Latino MusicCuba's Rallying Cry, 'Patria Y Vida'The Cuban experience is synonymous with Cuban music. We take a look at the uprising in Cuba and the island's history with protest music.
Alt Latino MusicIndie Film And Latinx RealityWe chat with Latinx indie filmmakers to discuss the state of the industry, and why independent films are powerful for accurate representation.
AppleVisChange Screen Lock Time on iOSThomas Domville shows how to stop your iPhone from going to sleep too quickly, change Lock screen settings, turn off Auto-Lock or...
AppleVisClubhouse for Beginners on iOSClubhouse is a space for casual, drop-in audio conversations?with friends and other interesting people around the world...
The Atlantic4 Reasons I'm Wearing a Mask Again - Jul, 2021The Delta variant is spreading fast, so I'm supplementing the protection offered by my vaccine. by Katherine J. Wu
The AtlanticBiden Is Speaking to an America That Doesn't Exist - Jul, 2021Many citizens support the recent attacks on democracy, and those who don't face a system stacked agains them. by David A. Graham
The Bill Simmons Podcast7/23/21Matt Damon on Boston's athletic disappointments. Plus: Giannis Cards and COVID Confusion With Mike Gioseffi and Derek Thompson...
The Bill Simmons Podcast7/21/21An Immortal Giannis historic 50 point Game, Milwaukee Bucks? Title, and Suns and Bucks offseason moves with Ryen Russillo...
The Bill Simmons Podcast7/19/21Bucks on the Brink - their Game 5 Finals Win Over the Suns, Giannis vs. History, Finals Leaps, and NFL Bets With Joe House.
Braille Institute PodcastsChildren born with AlbinismDr. Bill discusses children born with albinism
Car Talk#2130: Til Death Do Us ParkKatherine's new job got off to a bumpy start when she rear-ended her boss' car. She's been eyeing a new car - should she wait for her performance review?
Daily AIRSFriday 07/23/2021Health: Cancer Research-What's Exciting the Experts? pt 3, by Tim Newman, Medical News
Daily AIRSWednesday 07/21/2021Business & Finance: "The Dirty Dozen" Scams 2021 style, by Virginia N. Hammerle, Legal Talk Texas, Dallas Morning News
Daily AIRSTuesday 07/20/2021Style & Substance: How To Feel Happy, Even When Your Not, by Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic/Readers Digest
Daily AIRSMonday 07/19/2021Artificial Intelligence: Google CEO comments
Daily AIRSMonday 07/19/2021AARP: The Keys to Finding Love at Any Age-Successful dating requires sensible expectations, says expert Francine Russo, by Christine Fellingham
EsquireLiberals Lose Covid Credibility - Jun 2021Their Covid credibility loss is rapid. Approved vaccines work against all known variants at this time. By Jack Holmes.
FilmSpottingFilmSpotting #834Inspired by M Night Shyamalan's OLD, we share our TOP 5 BEACH SCENES. Plus the second film in the World of Wong Kar Wai Marathon, 1990's DAYS OF BEING WILD
Fresh AirHugh Grant On THE UNDOINGHe's been nominated for an Emmy for his role in the HBO miniseries, in which he played an adulterous doctor suspected of murder...
Fresh AirGOP State Legislatures Remake U.S.Ron Brownstein says Republican state legislatures are taking a right turn, in a conscious backlash against Democratic control of Congress...
Fresh AirQuestlove On 'Summer of Soul'He's exiting the pandemic a changed man. The co-founder of the Roots and music director of The Tonight Show did something he never thought he'd do...
Fresh AirJeffrey Epstein InvestigationLong after he got a lenient sentence for sexual abuse, reporter Julie K. Brown identified 80 women who said they survived his abuse...
Fresh AirGrowing Up In A Utopian CommunityAkash Kapur hass seen the idealism of people trying to remake human society and renounce materialism. He writes of reality of utopian communities...
Second VisionSecond Vision 07/15/2021An interview with Lee Tomlinson, author of "Compassion Heals: From Self Care to Healthcare"
Marketplace Money7/23/21Correlation between business reopening and vaccination rates. Also when masks are on the back-to-school shopping list, and more...
Marketplace Money7/22/21One of the fastest-growing companies in the world revolutionizing fashion and apparel. Rental bidding wars. California's power-sharing predicament...
Marketplace Money7/21/21Shanghai's newsstands are disappearing. Why? Some say they may have outlived their use. Also environmental justice guidance from the White House...
Marketplace Money7/20/21The recent pandemic-induced recession only lasted only two months. We discuss why it feels like it's far from over for some...
Marketplace Money7/20/21The number of working teens has jumped. What do they do? Plus, the European Union's carbon tariff, the hot homebuilding market, and more...
The MothJul 20 2021Love lost, love found, unwanted spotlights and the family we choose. Storytellers: Andrew Brown, Joshua Arnold, Daisy Rosario, Gary Sizer, Antoinette Thorne
National Geographic KidsNational Geographic Kids - Jul 2021Pharaohs Rule! Meet five mighty royals from ancient Egypt.
National Geographic HistoryAgrippina, Imperial Ambitions - Apr, 2021Agrippina was of the lineage of the Roman Empire's Caesar family. She enjoyed great influence and wielded political power like a man and paid the price for it.
NatureJul 24 2021UK controlled studies of mass gatherings provide limited viral transmission data. Will research into the Olympic games provide better results?
NatureJul 21 2021Funding for gun violence research in the US returns after a 20-year federal hiatus, and the glass sponges that can manipulate ocean currents.
Readers DigestMedical Mysteries - Jul/Aug, 2021Angry Blotches-She was misdiagnosed, but did not stop asking questions, by Nicholas Hune-Brown
SmithsonianTombs of Saqqara - Jul 2021Inside the Tombs of Saqqara. Dramatic new discoveries in the ancient Egyptian burial ground. Part 2. By Jo Marchant.
Southern LivingJul, 2021The Grumpy Gardener; Ginger Wine Ninebark-Color foilage from spring to fall; Pretty as a Plum-great cooked or raw; In Full Swing-Global pandemic launches a crafting business
This American Life436: The Psychopath TestWe heard about a test that could determine if someone was a psychopath. So, naturally, our staff decided to take it.
We The PeopleShould NYT v. Sullivan Be Reconsidered?The landmark 1964 Supreme Court decision New York Times Company v. Sullivan shaped libel and defamation law and established press protections...

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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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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