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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 www.airsla.org 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 9/18/2021

ProjectTitlePodcast Description
Alt Latino MusicFall Music PreviewOur digital mail bag overflows with great new music to head into the last part of 2021. All tracks can be found in our weekly playlist on Spotify.
AppleVisHide My Email on iOSThomas Domville introduces toHide My Email. Available to iCloud+ subscribers, Hide My Email builds on the idea of Sign in With Apple...
AppleVisSetup and Use Focus Modes on iOSThomas Domville Shows how to setup and use Focus modes, essentially a supercharged upgrade of Do Not Disturb...
AppleVisVoiceOver Quick Settings on iOSThomas Domville on VoiceOver's Quick Settings feature. Activated with a 2-finger quadruple tap, it offers fast and easy...
AppleVisExploration With VoiceoverThomas Domville shows how to Explore People, Objects, Text, and Tables Within Images in More Detail With VoiceOver on iOS...
AppleVisApple's California Streaming 2021 KeynoteDave Nason, Alex Hall, Tyler Stephen, and Scott Davert get together to discuss Apple's 'California Streaming' September 14, 2021 Keynote.
The AtlanticJoe Biden's New World Order - Sep, 2021The United States has allied with Britain and Australia to form a new ant-China grouping. by Tom McTague
The Bill Simmons Podcast9/17/21Red-Hot Million-Dollar Picks, the Mannings, and Fantasy Strategies With Peter Schrager, Bryan Curtis, and Craig Horlbeck.
The Bill Simmons Podcast9/15/21RIP, Norm Macdonald. Plus, the McCourty Twins and Bill's Favorite Actor, Jon Bernthal...
The Bill Simmons Podcast9/13/21Stinky Rodgers, Week 1 Overreactions, Guess the Lines, and Parent Corner With Cousin Sal and Jimmy Kimmel...
Braille Institute PodcastsWorking with children about to lose their visionDr. Bill discusses how to work with children about to lose their vision
Brain Pickings PodcastsSep 17, 2021Ursula K. Le Guin on Anger: Continued on past its usefulness, anger feeds off itself, destroying its host in the process. By Maria Popova
Car Talk#2138: 34 Years of Listener RetaliationOur 34th Anniversary Celebration/Apology continues, with an all-listener request show. We've got the Bosnian Vowel Drop, Arup Gupta, the original...
Catster MagazineSo Much in Common - Sep/Oct, 20219 ways cats are like humans, by Debbie DeLouise
Catster MagazineWhy Do Cats...Bring You "Gifts"? - Sep/Oct, 2021Explaining some reasons fot cat "gifts", by Susan Logan-McCracken
Catster MagazineHow to Speak Scaredy-Cat - Sep, 2021Reading feline body language, by Jackie Brown
Catster MagazineThe Bomb Squad Kittens - Sep, 2021A surprise for the police, by Kellie Gormly
Daily AIRSFriday 09/17/2021Health: Medical Myths: All About Skin, Tim Newman, Medical News Today.com
Daily AIRSThursday 09/16/2021National Geographic History: Nigeria's ancient royal portraits challenged European biases toward African art. By Eric Garcia
Daily AIRSWednesday 09/15/2021Business & Finance: We need to think about less, not more, by Scott Burns, The Dallas Morning News
Daily AIRSTuesday 09/14/2021Style & Substance: Everyday Heroes-Stepping Up To The Plate, by Caroline Fanning
Daily AIRSMonday 09/13/2021Artificial Intelligence: EU & Biometric Surveillance, pt 1
FilmSpottingFilmSpotting #841Top 5 Films of 1971: JOHN SHAFT, WILLY WONKA and MAUDE. Also, Josh recommends the new THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE, featuring star Jessica Chastain.
Fresh AirJean Smart / Remembering George WeinJean Smart is nominated for two Emmys - We revisit her May 2021 interview. George Wein created the Newport Jazz Festival in 1954 and spoke with Terry in 2003
Fresh AirBattle To Keep Local Journalism AliveIn 15 years, one in four U.S. newspapers has closed. We talk with Art Cullen about the challenges as news moves to free digital platforms...
Fresh AirColson Whitehead On His Crime NovelHARLEM SHUFFLE is about a furniture store owner in Harlem whose sideline is fencing stolen goods. Whitehead has won two Pulitzer Prizes...
Fresh AirThe Weird World Of Animal CrimesScience writer Mary Roach ('Stiff', 'Gulp') explores scenarios where animals are the ones committing "crimes" - and how society deals with it.
Fresh AirBanjo Player B?la FleckPerhaps the most famous banjo player in the world, he's taken that instrument out of its folk and bluegrass traditions to play pretty much any kind of music...
FSCastSep 15 2021Betas of JAWS, ZoomText and Fusion released, home annual licenses are now available in Canada, and memory leaks on computers running Dell Waves Audio
Second VisionSecond Vision 09/13/2021An interview with Leonard Perlmutter author of "Your Conscience: The Key to Unlock Limitless Wisdom and Creativity and Solve All of Life's Challenges"
Marketplace Money9/17/21What can the Fed do about climate change? Plus: The Weekly Wrap, some background on that pesky computer chip shortage and drive-thru coffee shops.
Marketplace Money9/16/21Could the housing market be returning to normal? Rise of Portland's placeless restaurants. Lebanon's economic. Why home insurance doesn't cover floods
Marketplace Money9/15/21America's child care system is failing families. German struggle with its green ambitions. All about inflation. Shipping container consternation
Marketplace Money9/14/21Poverty dipped in 2020 as the government boosted aid. Small businesses look to up prices amid supply chain woes. A look back at the Occupy movement...
Marketplace Money9/13/21For restaurants, fall 2021 brings with it a strong sense of deja vu. GDP growth. Retail spending in China. The history behind power grid problems in Texas
The MothSep 14 2021The many mysteries of life: A tree that bears a magical harvest, a hunt for apartment justice, a journalist undercover in North Korea, and more...
Mother JonesAmmon's Army - Sep 2021He built a platform that can summon 60,000 people for uprisings on demand. Ammon Bundy's crusade to liberate the West. Part 1 of 2.
National Geographic KidsNational Geographic Kids - Sep 2021Destination Asteroid: Scientists try to land a robot on an ancient rock. Get ready to save the day - 20 ways you can be a hero right now.
NatureSep 15 2021How aquatic foods could help tackle world hunger, and how Australian wildfires spurred phytoplankton growth in the Southern Ocean.
Readers DigestFeel Good - Sep, 2021Good News - Five Reasons to Smile, by Al Donato
SmithsonianIn the Land of the Ancients - Sep 2021Archaeologist Ann Axtell Morris featured in a movie created partly on remote tribal lands she studied nearly a century ago. Part 1 of 2
Southern LivingSep, 2021Life at Southern Living-Let it Grow-Harnessing the power of farming and food. by Sid Evans; A celebration of cooks in the South
This American Life747: Suitable for ChildrenWho thought that would be good for a kid?
The Wall Street Journal09/14/2021How X-Ray Vision Works. A Noisy World. How We Published on 9/11. Todd Beamer of United 93. Why I Stopped Betting on Football.
We The PeopleMadison, Ratification, and the Federalist PapersWe dive into what happened after the Constitution was signed, when it had to be approved, and the Federalist Papers written by Hamilton, Madison, and John Jay
Womens HealthFlash Forward - Aug, 2021Despite life starting to feel normal again, you may still not be ready to break out the party hat. Now is "precisely" the right time to get your excitement groove back.

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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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!

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