Politicians and journalists, now that certainly is an ‘odd couple’ considering our current situation. In this program I have discovered common ground and that is blindness.  You will hear about a blind journalist and her interview with a blind politician. You’ll also hear about a man who is the North American political correspondent for the BBC.

Samplitude is a sophisticated music production program from Magix that is now accessible using JAWS with specially developed scripts.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Steve Spammer about how he and a community of blind individuals connected with Tom Wolf from the Magix development team and worked together to make this possible.

The Washington Post looks at the role of drug companies funding medical charities for rare diseases. Following one patient with hereditary angioedema, this article suggests that it is good business for drug companies to donate to independent  charities.

Pets+Us #1833: Running Guide Dogs, 08/16/18

Aug 13, 2018
55 Plus Magazine for Rochester's active adults

We'll get an update on a woman who trains running guide dogs, learn about microchipping your pets, and get some insights into why cats do what they do.

Remembering Philip Roth: Mini Reviews List; Reviews: Fiction

Health care providers, non-profits and seniors themselves focus on ways to defend against the negative outcomes attributed to isolation and loneliness, which may be as bad a smoking or obesity.

Conversation: Levar Burton; Personal Growth; Learning by Ear

Temporary OFF-AIR announcement

Aug 6, 2018

WXXI-TV experienced a catastrophic transmitter failure, and a crew will be working to replace the equipment TUESDAY night.  The significance of this failure has impacted many of WXXI's services, and it is likely that the transmitter will be off line for most of this week.  We are working as quickly as possible to restore full service for our over-the-air television viewers and listeners in the southern tier.


For various reasons, people who are visually impaired may feel reluctant to use ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Chris Simek and Michelle Plunkett of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute about their research into ride sharing services for the visually impaired and how the experience can be improved.

How about paddling a Dragon Boat? Why not give Kabaddi a try? This program will give you an idea of how these and other sports from around the world have been specially adapted for people who are blind or visually impaired. Get ready to challenge yourself.

The University of California at Berkeley Wellness Letter has been in publication for more than 30 years. In it, researchers, doctors and wellness experts from the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley and elsewhere  report on the best studies and information available too promote optimal physical and mental well-being.

Pets+Us #1832: Guinea Pigs, 08/09/18

Aug 6, 2018

We'll learn about Guinea Pigs, how a golden lab manages disc disease with laser therapy, and what to consider when buying a horse.

From the New York times, researchers are asking if there is a limit to humans longevity.  A new study says no, but others disagree.  DNA and the genomes of supercentenarians might offer answers.

Washington Post

Sun 8/5 or 8/12 at 5:30 p.m.

Tune in as Tony Stevens invites us to board the ACB Gateway to Success, live from the 57th Annual Conference and Convention of the American Council of the Blind.  Third term President Kim Charlson welcomes all aboard.

Feature: “Listening With”: Retta; Feature: Learning By Ear; Reviews: Doing Your Business Right; Reviews: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror

In today's program, you’ll hear about The Vision and Art Project, sponsored by the American Macular Degeneration Foundation. You will hear about several of the artists, all of whom had macular degeneration and found a way so they could continue making art.

Join hosts Peter and Nancy Torpey as they explore their new home state of Colorado in celebration of their 35th anniversary.  Follow them as they prepare for their journey, walk trails along raging rivers, hike along narrow ledges hanging on steep canyon walls, and more.  You might even learn the true story of Mike the headless chicken!

A University of California at Berkeley Wellness Letter looks at 26 food and nutrition related topics from A-Z. Covered topics include “brain foods’, egg labels, exotic fruits, and food additives to meat alternatives, sweeteners, whole grains, and food safety.

Pets+Us #1831: Renting with a Pet, 08/02/18

Jul 30, 2018
Megan's Moving

Host Mary DeFranco talks about your rights and responsibilities when renting with a pet.  She'll also share tips on how to know when your dog is sick, and people foods pets should never eat.

AARP offers its take on several economical places to retire, including Canandaigua, New York.   A 55+ article describes the pros and cons of retiring in New York State.

In this segment  Geri Taylor participates in a clinical trial for an Alzheimer’s drug and finds her purpose in offering strategies, inspiration and hope to others with the disease.

Bill Gates makes a case for how gene editing could transform global development.  Two articles from the May/June 2018 Foreign Affairs magazine describe CRISPR and gene editing in layman’s terms.

We'll learn about the endearing cat breed that is nicknamed the Dogs of the Cat World, and we'll get a refresher course in common plants that are toxic to pets.

The American Foundation for the Blind just announced the launch of the Helen Keller Archive.   In honor of that, hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey reprise an interview with Helen Selsdon, the AFB archivist, about her work and about this rich source of information on the history of visual impairment, women's history, literary history, and American culture.

Explore the Helen Keller Digital Archive.

Editors’ Picks Part 2; Reviews: Contemporary Culture

This week’s program will bring you information about a rare form of eye cancer called Ocular Melanoma. I’ll have an inspirational story first and this will be followed by lots of information about this disease.  

Editors’ Picks, Part 1; The Download: Conversation with Author Janis Ian; Reviews: Spectrum: In Our Time

Have you ever seen something, and then realized it’s not actually there? You might have seen people, animals or intricate patterns. These troublesome images might be visual hallucinations possibly caused by your serious eyesight problems. This program is a personal story about visual hallucinations, also called the Charles Bonnet Syndrome.


In this segment of Fraying at the Edges, Geri Taylor ironically coaches her husband on the Alzheimer’s shuffle for his part in a play and applies for a clinical trial for an Alzheimer’s drug.

The June 2018 What Doctors Don’t Tell You magazine asks “how good is your digestion”, and offers simple do-it-yourself home tests to find out about your gut. One fun fact from the article - your large intestine will process around 50 tons of food in your lifetime.