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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 5/1/2021

ProjectTitlePodcast Description
Alt Latino MusicNew York City's InfluenceBen Lapidus, scholar and Grammy-nominated musician, explains New York's central role in Latin music in the U.S. and Latin America.
AppleVisGoTalker for Apple WatchTechluver gives us a demonstration of GoTalker to give you access to 750+ essential travel words and phrases in many languages
AppleVisMy Happy PlaceWe discuss recent Apple news and other topics of interest, including added Siri voices, app tracking, iOS adoption rate, and more...
AppleVisApple Podcasts for iOSThomas Domville discusses Apple's Podcast app for iOS, which has gained some significant changes and new features with iOS 14.5.
AppleVisUnlock iPhone While Wearing a MaskThomas Domville shows how to use an Apple Watch unlock an iPhone when you're wearing a mask.
AppleVisWhat's New in iOS 14.5Thomas Domville shows how, in iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5, Siri gains two new American English voice options. Options are now numbered...
The AtlanticNavalny Has a Lesson for the World - Apr, 2021The Russian opposition leader is showing what courage means. by Anne Applebaum
The Bill Simmons Podcast4/30/21A Wild NFL Draft, Aaron Rodgers Drama, and a Big Mac Fest With Warren Sharp, Kevin Hench, and Bill's Dad...
The Bill Simmons Podcast4/28/21NFL Draft Predictions With Peter Schrager and Police Reform 2021 With DeRay Mckesson...
The Bill Simmons Podcast4/26/21Best NBA Future Bets + a 2021 Oscars Review With Joe House and Wesley Morris...
Car Talk#2118: The Rhinestone SundanceSavannah wants to decorate her Plymouth Sundance with rhinestones because, well, they couldn't make it look worse, could they?
Daily AIRSFriday 04/30/2021Health: Medical Myths: All About Cancer, by Tim Newman, Medical News
Daily AIRSThursday 04/29/2021The Onion: Women's basketball fair share. Bald men against head drumming. Elon Musk's new transport. A cow on climate change.
Daily AIRSWednesday 04/28/2021Business & Finance: Ponzi King's death is a reminder scams live on. by Michelle Singletary, The Washington Post
Daily AIRSTuesday 04/27/2021Style & Substance: There's a Name for the Blah Your Feeling, It's called Languishing, pt 1 of 2, by Adam Grant, NY Times
Daily AIRSTuesday 04/27/2021Artificial Intelligence: How AI Manipulates Voters & Daters
FilmSpottingFilmSpotting #823Nikole Beckwith's TOGETHER TOGETHER. Orson Welles' noir THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI. The Soderberg-produced Oscars.
Fresh AirRemembering Astronaut Michael CollinsWhile Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made their historic walk on the moon, Collins orbited above in the Apollo 11 command capsule...
Fresh AirNovelist Imbolo MbueSet in a fictional African village in the 1980s, Mbue's latest novel, HOW BEAUTIFUL WE WERE, is a David and Goliath tale...
Fresh AirSusan Stamberg & Bill SiemeringNPR's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED debuted in 1971. Creator Bill Siemering and former co-host Susan Stamberg look back on the early years
Fresh AirCatching Up with Stephen ColbertHe tapes his show without a studio audience during Covid but he's not always alone. Sometimes his wife Evie is there. If she laughs...
Fresh AirProcessed Food Companies Hook Us On JunkJournalist Michael Moss says processed foods can be as addictive as cocaine, heroin and cigarettes. Ken Tucker reviews Carsie Blanton's album
FSCastApr 28 2021How GLAS Education developed an accessible astronomy curriculum, and a visit with GPS pioneer Mike May...
Marketplace Money4/30/21Jobs may take a while to recover. How New York businesses get ready to reopen. Incentivizing vaccinations. Reclaiming U.S. rare-earth mantle.
Marketplace Money4/29/21Do we even want to go back to a pre-pandemic economy? Child care industry issues, reparations for house building, variable minimum wages
Marketplace Money4/28/21How demand for a break might shape up. Voting rights legislation prompts political fundraising. What new consumer spending numbers could mean
Marketplace Money4/27/21Why a Baltimore church is pledging half a million dollars in reparations. Plus, shipping containers are increasingly getting lost at sea...
Marketplace Money4/26/21Biden's investment in education and child care. Apple's plan for a new campus in North Carolina. Why older single women are buying camper vans.
The MothApr 28 2021Stories of support coming from surprising places and moments of seemingly divine intervention. Hosted by Chloe Salmon.
National GeographicKilling Idaho's Wolves - Apr 2021Idaho bill aims to kill up to 90 percent of state's wolves, and threatens to undo wolf recovery efforts costing millions.
National Geographic KidsNational Geographic Kids - Apr 2021Wild Animal Pranksters: How 7 sneaky species play tricks to survive, by Jason Bittel. Grene Scene: How to compost, by Jill Fanslau
National Geographic HistoryNellie Bly Pioneer of Investigative Journalism - Apr, 2021The first women correspondent on the eastern front during WWI, and became the United States' first celebrity journalist. by Giorgio Pirazinni
NatureApr 30 2021For more than a century, researchers have shown how poverty and discrimination drive disease. The Covid pandemic reinforces this.
NatureApr 28 2021Fruit-fly neuron research helps reveal how energy use and information processing are linked. Implications for fMRI studies in humans?
NatureApr 26 2021Drugmakers failed to develop and stockpile drugs to fight pandemics. In the wake of SARS-CoV-2, they pledge not to do it again...
Science SelectionsVirus Affects Brain - Apr 2021 Science NewsNew clues hint at how Researchers are sifting through symptoms to figure out what the virus does to the brain, by Laura Sanders
SmithsonianAmerican Terror Part 3 - Apr 2021Remembering Tulsa 100 years ago. The murderous attack on the most prosperous black community in the nation. By Tim Madigan
This American Life736: The HerdWhat happens when your own community suddenly turns on you?
The Wall Street Journal04/27/2021The Newly Vaccinated. California's Ethnic Studies. Eliminate Bar Exam. Catching Foul Balls. Ketchup Packet Prices. Employee Talent Shows.
We The PeopleSnapchat and the Schoolhouse GateA high school student posted a snap on Snapchat and was suspended from the cheerleading team. Her First Amendment rights went to the Supreme Court

New Stuff

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.

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.

Financial Support for AIRSLA

You can support us either by donating via PayPal or by shopping through iGive

To donate through PayPal, just click on the button at the left and fill out a short form. You can use any popular credit card and PayPal will send you a receipt for tax purposes - your donation to AIRSLA is fully deductible.

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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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