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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 2/20/2021

ProjectTitlePodcast Description
Alt Latino MusicWarm Up Your Winter With New SongsThe digital mail bag of new music has been piling up. Hear new music from Bomba Estéreo, Magos Herrera, Diamante Eléctrico and more!
AppleVisHigh and Low Heart Rate AlertsThomas Domville will show us how to set high and low heart rate alerts in Apple watch OS.
AppleVisSpace Wave Race for iOSProve what galactic material you are made of! Listen in as Thomas Domville takes flight with the Space Wave Race for iOS
AppleVisPrescription Coupons for iOSThomas Domville walks you through GoodRx: Prescription Coupons for iOS. It's helped millions of Americans save on prescription medication!
The AtlanticA Quite Possibly Wonderful Summer - Feb, 2021Families will gather. Restaurants will reopen. People will travel. The pandemic may feel like it's behind us-even if it's not. by James Hamblin
The Bill Simmons Podcast2/19/21Damian Lillard vs. Steph Curry, NFL Draft QBs, and Flea on the Lakers With Chris Haynes and Danny Kelly.
The Bill Simmons Podcast2/16/21Charles Barkley on Ben Simmons, Zion's Flaws, the Center Revolution, Adam Silver, and the Nets versus the Lakers
The Bill Simmons Podcast2/15/21Bill Simmons is joined by Kevin O'Connor to discuss the Celtics' underwhelming 13-13 season and what Boston can do to turn it around.
Braille Institute PodcastsFeeding Your ChildDr. Bill discusses feeding your child
Car Talk#2108: Book This, RebeccaRemember Rebecca, whose anal retentive dad insisted she keep detailed records of her gas mileage in his book? Dad has his say...
Catster MagazineDoing Better for Cats - Jan/Feb, 2021How a celeb helps cats, by Rita Reimers
Daily AIRSFriday 02/19/2021Health: Natural Ways to Cleanse Your Lungs, by Jamie Eske, Medical News Today
Daily AIRSWednesday 02/17/2021Business & Finance: To claim your stimulus, look to tax form, by Michelle Singletary, Washington Post
Daily AIRSTuesday 02/16/2021Style & Substance: Fine Tune Your Metabolism, pt 1, by Courtenay Smith, Readers Digest
Daily AIRSMonday 02/15/2021Artificial Intelligence: Stories about the world of AI
Daily AIRSMonday 02/15/2021AARP: These Well-Known Love Songs Have Backstories You Won't Believe. Let's just say vampires play a role in one. by Nicholas DeRenzo
The Davison FilesDF ColdAs I grow older and older (and older) my viewpoint changes on some things.
Discover Magazine2 Brain Articles - Feb 2021How learning to drive changes your brain, by Avery Hunt. The fruit fly brain has been hacked for language processing, by Physics arXive
The EconomistThe Economist - Feb 6, 2021Global finance: The real revolution on Wall Street-High tech meets high finance; The toll on growth: The pandemic could undercut Africa's precarious progress
FilmSpottingFilmSpotting #814We dig into the technical sophistication - and the humanist touch - of Jonathan Demme's THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS...
Fresh Air"Black Radical" William Monroe TrotterKerri Greenidge tells the story of the Black newspaper editor who was a forceful crusader for civil rights in the early 20th century...
Fresh AirHow The Pandemic Hurts Working MomsClaire Cain Miller says working mothers have reduced hours or left the workforce due to the pandemic. It could have lasting effects...
Fresh AirWhat Racism Costs EveryoneHeather McGhee uses economic data to show discriminatory laws and practices targeting Blacks also negatively impact society at large
Fresh AirPolice Reform From The InsideRosa Brooks carried a badge and gun and worked for the DC police department on a voluntary basis. TANGLED UP IN BLUE isb about her experiences
Fresh AirSpike Lee & Remembering Cloris LeachmanSam Sanders talks with Spike Lee about DA 5 BLOODS, and about working with Chadwick Boseman. Also, we remember Cloris Leachman...
Second VisionSecond Vision 02/15/2021An Interview with Penelope Jean Hayes and Carole Serene Borgens authors of "Do Unto Earth: It's Not To Late"
Marketplace Money2/20/21Hazard pay for essential workers has quietly disappeared. Status of efforts to replace it. Inflation in energy, shelter and food...
Marketplace Money2/19/21The Biden administration is unveiling an immigration bill with a path to citizenship. What that could mean for the economy...
Marketplace Money2/17/21How short selling works (and what it does to the economy). Plus, more fallout from the freeze in Texas, Puerto Rico's coffee industry...
Marketplace Money2/16/21Why Texas' power grids couldn't meet demand. We look at why. Plus: Life in North Dakota's oil fields, YOUNG ROCK and "employment"
Marketplace Money2/15/21The administration plans to spend $50 million to get more people to sign up for health insurance via the Affordable Care Act...
Monitor On Psychology Magazine02/14/2021The Brain Game Center at the University of California, Riverside, designs training programs to improve vision, hearing, memory, and more.
The MothFeb 16 2021Stories of giving and receiving. A volunteer, would-be chef, firefighter, a date in need of a liver, and a scientist who needs help
Mother JonesLock Him Up? - Feb 2021Lock Him Up? Why Donald Trump could be the first president to face criminal charges. By Russ Choma.
National Geographic KidsNational Geographic Kids - Feb 2021The Secret History of Chocolate by Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh. Fit For a Queen by Allyson Shaw.
NatureFeb 19 2021What's the endgame for the COVID-19 pandemic? Is a world without SARS-CoV-2 possible, or is the virus here to stay?
NatureFeb 17 2021Researchers smashed a record by sequencing a genome over a million years old; extracting DNA from permafrost-preserved mammoth teeth
Readers DigestMinority Report - Jan/Feb, 2021How Asian Canadians are fighting a rise in pandemic racism. by Erica Ngao
SmithsonianAlphabet & Going Nuts - Feb 2021Our writing system was devised by folks who Couldn't read. The bizarre sanitarium staple that became a spreadable obsession
This American Life731: What Lies BeneathStories of people summoning up stuff that’s usually hidden down deep.
We The PeopleAfrican American Constitutional VisionariesCourageous stories and legendary lives of African American constitutional visionaries throughout history. Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman...

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 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

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.

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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