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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 11/28/2020

ProjectTitlePodcast Description
Alt Latino MusicMilestones, Immigration & Justice MusicThis week we visit with NPR's Radio Ambulante, talk about immigration issues and meet a singer with a message.
The Bill Simmons Podcast11/27/20Tony Romo's post NFL career. Tom Brady's Troubles in Tampa Bay. The John Belushi doc with Jim Miller. How low fan attendance helps defense.
The Bill Simmons Podcast11/24/20Did the Lakers Scare Everyone Away? Was Detroit Drunk? Plus, More NBA Questions and NFL picks With Jackie MacMullan.
The Bill Simmons Podcast11/23/20Gordon Hayward Flees Boston; Mahomes ironclad case for MVP; Dolphins flop vs. Broncos; Joe Burrow's season-ending injury
Car Talk#2048: Black Hole of Auto MetaphysicsA listener says a non-essential repair on an old car creates a parallel universe where everything else breaks. Tune to the Sci-Fi Channel
Daily AIRSFriday 11/27/2020Health: Couch Potato Exercise, by Chris Woolstein
Daily AIRSThursday 11/26/2020Entertainment: "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom", by Odie Henderson,
Daily AIRSWednesday 11/25/2020Business & Finance: "Downsizing in retirement: You can, and it may pay off" by Scott Burns, Dallas Morning News
Daily AIRSTuesday 11/24/2020Style & Substance: Everyday Miracles-The Goose That Came Home, by Steven Lynn as told to Corey Whelan, Readers Digest
Daily AIRSMonday 11/23/2020Artificial Intelligence: Mapping Trees
Discover MagazineCoronavirus Tips - Nov 2020Safe Family Visitation. Sanitizing vs. "Deep Cleans." Face Mask Irritation and Acne Avoidance. By various authors.
EsquireBarack Obama's New Memoir - Nov 2020In A PROMISED LAND, Obama writes about race, the Republican Party, and yes, Donald Trump. By Adrienne Westenfeld.
FilmSpottingFilmSpotting #803Previous winners of the our Golden Brick Award didn't just tell compelling stories; they told stories in vivid and surprising ways...
Fresh AirCarol BurnettHer show won more than 20 Emmy Awards and is going to streaming services for the first time. David Bianculli interviewed her this year...
Fresh AirConan O'BrienHe'll be starting something new at HBO. Here's a 2019 interview by Terry Gross. Kevin Whitehead reviews a newlrecording by Sonny Rollins.
Fresh AirChef David ChangMomofuku chef and UGLY DELICIOUS host David Chang talks of fatherhood, mixing culinary traditions, and how depression led him to career risks
Fresh AirVaccine Expert On COVIDDr. Peter Hotez is helping develop a low-cost COVID vaccine. He talks about vaccine development, the anti-vax movement, and the year ahead...
Fresh AirRural American Sanitation CrisisCatherine Coleman Flowers grew up in Alabama, and spent 20 years on the problem of people living with no sanitary means of human waste disposal...
FSCastNov 25 2020Christy Householter talks of Computers for the Blind and where to get a refurbished computer. Then we visit with scripting ninja Doug Lee
Good HousekeepingTruth About Sugar Substitutes - Nov 2020Finding the right natural sugar alternative is actually more complex than you might think. By Kaitlyn Pirie.
Second VisionSecond Vision 11/22/2020An interview with Pat Alva-Kraker author of "Katherine's Quest what it is like to lead an empowered life. The healing power of new beginnings.
Marketplace Money11/27/20The pandemic caused a shift to online holiday shopping as people try to stay home and stay safe. A delivery crunch could be coming...
Marketplace Money11/26/20We talk to workers who'll be celebrating the holidays from their home offices. Plus, being a senior on fixed income during the pandemic.
Marketplace Money11/25/20Millions of Americans are about to go over a fiscal cliff. Plus, how the pandemic affected our helium supply and toy drives are navigating COVID
Marketplace Money11/24/20Bleak outlook for small business. We check restaurants preparing for lockdowns, the future of the Housing Department & dating app popularity
Marketplace Money11/23/20A look at what Janet Yellen's appointment as Treasury secretary would mean for the shaky U.S. economy. Plus hospital staffing shortages...
Monitor On Psychology Magazine11/22/2020The Habit Lab at the University of Southern California explores how we form habits and change unwanted ones. By Chris Palmer
The MothNov 24 2020Conscious uncoupling, livestock auction, new perspectives, & Darth Vader. Storytellers: Sarah Sweet Rabidoux-Kelsey, Jackie Andrews, Anthony Brinkley
NatureNov 25 2020It's been thought that stars have a fusion reaction known as the CNO cycle, but proof has been elusive. Now, it's been shown to exist
Southern LivingNov, 2020Sweet Memories of Pie-Thanksgiving dessert stands above all; Waste Nor-Left over turkey's higher calling; Information about your pets
The Wall Street Journal11/24/2020The $.99 Trick. Every Critter Gets a Handout. The Fraud of Fish Oil. Beach House on the Moon. Try Wine With More Alcohol
We The PeopleThe Constitution Drafting ProjectProgressive, Libertarian and Conservative teams draft and present their approach to ideal constitutions. Jeffrey Rosen moderates.
Womens HealthFull Speed Ahead - Nov, 2020This year's beem a doozy for your mental health, no doubt. Enter" the WH coping manual, to help you survive and thrive through emotional disasters.
Womens HealthDeepen Your Digs - Nov, 2020Remember when home was a place you missed after time away? Rekindle those "Love you, mean it" vibes. by Kiera Carter
Womens HealthTarget Practice- Sep, 2020The pandemic threw a wrench in a few sparkly 2020 plans. Get psyched to rejigger your normal with this goal-getter guide. by Kristin Canning

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.

Financial Support for AIRSLA

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To Shop through iGive: After you sign up, by simply shopping at any of the 680 brand name stores on the iGive website, a portion of each purchase will be donated to AIRSLA! You must join iGive to participate.

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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