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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 4/10/2021

ProjectTitlePodcast Description
Alt Latino MusicMexican Jazz Drummer's Latest GigTino Contreras talks (in Spanish) about his upcoming show at the former home of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Casa Azul in Mexico City.
Alt Latino MusicOmar Sosa Goes To East AfricaFans from around the world speak of his gigs as spiritual experiences; the silence is just as important as the notes...
The AtlanticAmerica Never Wanted the Tired, Poor, Huddled Masses - Apr, 2021The U.S. is a diverse nation of immigrants-but it was not intended to be, and its historical biases continue to haunt the present. by Caitlin Dickerson
The Bill Simmons Podcast4/9/2021Bill shares his thoughts on the title-contending Phoenix Suns. Plus Stephanie McMahon on All Things WWE, including the first Wrestlemania
The Bill Simmons Podcast4/7/21Fields to the Pats? Plus Masters Bets and David Alan Grier | With Danny Kelly and Joe House.
The Bill Simmons Podcast4/5/21The Suggs Game, Bad Lakers Omens, Rookie of the Year Sadness, and Post-Vaccine Life With Ryen Russillo...
Car Talk#2115: The Floral BelvedereChris has flowers growing in his Belvedere, after birdseed got into his fresh air vent. The car is stinky, too...
Daily AIRSFriday 04/09/2021Health: How and Why Does Diet Influence Function? by Jillian Kubala, Medical News
Daily AIRSThursday 04/08/2021The Onion: A satirical slant on vaccine soreness, fast food order indecision, NASA's Suez-like moon cargo blockage, deadbeat dad calls kids
Daily AIRSWednesday 04/07/2021Business & Finance: Money now or later> by Tom Margenau, The Dallas Morning News
Daily AIRSTuesday 04/06/2021Style & Substance: Everyday Miracles-Putting A Ring Back On It, by Betty Jean Ankrom, Readers Digest
Daily AIRSMonday 04/05/2021Artificial Intelligence: Project Force, Part 1
The Davison FilesSpringfieldIs Springfield the most common name for a city in the United States?
EsquireAbuse of Force - Feb 2021A police unit in Mount Vernon, NY reigned with impunity. protecting drug dealers, planting evidence, brutalizing citizens. Then...
FilmSpottingFilmSpotting #821We review ROCKY (from 1976) and end in a split decision. Plus, raves for the nasty '45 Noir DETOUR, winner of our Madness—Best of the '80s.
Fresh AirProlific Background Singer Merry ClaytonShe did background vocals of the Rolling Stones' GIMME SHELTER but was anonymous until featured as backup singer in 20 FEET FROM STARDOM
Fresh AirChoreographer Twyla TharpTWYLA MOVES, a documentary by PBS American Masters, tells of the legendary choreographer and dancer who started out busking in the 60s...
Fresh AirCookbook Author Reem KassisShe began gathering family recipes after the birth of her first child. The recipes, "could be the story of any and every Palestinian family."
Fresh AirBlack Performance, Joy & PainHanif Abdurraqib's book, A LITTLE DEVIL IN AMERICA, traces the history of Black performance ... emphasizing the joy and excellence.
Fresh AirBrandi CarlileThe six-time Grammy winner got her start onstage as a kid, singing backup for an Elvis impersonator. Her new memoir, BROKEN HORSES...
GQ MagazineNaked Grief - Mar, 2021The last year taught Mary H.K. Choi the true nature of intimacy, by Mary H.K. Choi
GQ MagazineThe Perfect Couple - Mar, 2021Russell Wilson and Ciara realize perfection may not be possible but that will never stop them from trying. by Zach Baron
Marketplace Money4/9/21Amazon workers vote against unionization. Why more countries examine foreign acquisitions of companies, Texas plumbers are still flush...
Marketplace Money4/8/21Pros and cons of infrastructure spending. 2 in 5 Americans delayed a financial milestone due to Covid. Uber and Lyft try to get drivers back
Marketplace Money4/7/21A federal effort to vaccinate essential ag workers, Spending relief checks to pay debt, Striking a global corporate tax deal, and...
Marketplace Money4/6/21Reining in Amazon, The pandemic is making people rethink careers, Transmigrante traffic may boost Texas' economy, Toddlers feel pandemic stress
Marketplace Money4/5/21We’re not all getting out of the pandemic at the same time, and that may leave lasting damage. Patients get access to all their medical records...
The MothApr 9 2021One of the most powerful feelings in the world: shame. Our storytellers show us the only way to beat back shame is to talk about it...
The MothApr 6 2021A record-breaking adventurer on the English Channel, a seamstress advocates for her child, a young woman becomes a Secret Agent...
Mother JonesTyranny of the Minority - Apr 2021Democrats may control Washington, but the fight is far from over. By Ari Berman.
NatureApr 9 2021Coronapod: Whistle-blower Rick Bright's quest to take politics out of coronavirus surveillance...
NatureApr 6 2021In 2020, AI GPT-3 wowed the world with its ability to write fluent streams of text. However, these models are not without their issues...
Readers DigestThe Woman who fought a COUGAR - Mar, 2021Amazing courage of one tiny woman, by Mary Murray
Science SelectionsOur Strange Sun - Apr 2021 Quanta MagazineThe Sun radiates far more gamma rays than expected, raising questions about its magnetic field and the possibility of exotic physics
Science SelectionsProgramming By Voice - Mar 2021 IEEE SpectrumProgramming by Voice May Be the Next Frontier in Software Development. Your speech becomes your computer's commands.
This American Life549: Amateur HourPeople put in positions they're completely unqualified to handle, but who try to make it work anyway...
The Wall Street Journal04/06/2021Breathing New Life Into Hula Hoops. Ketchup Can't Catch Up. A Corkage Dilemma. An Exclusive Fake College. Cassettes Teach Econ 101
We The PeopleThe Gun, the Ship, and the PenThis week we dive into the fascinating history of global constitutionalism and declarations of independence.

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 hasn’t 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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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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