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The music industry is working to help musicians and their on-the-road colleagues who face unique challenges in addressing addiction and mental-health issues.

Feature: 4 Big Winter Reads; Reviews: Sci Fi, Fantasy, Horror

Silver Threads #2008: Seniors in Rural America, 02/18/20

Feb 17, 2020

:  In the journal Generations, Kathy Greenlee and Suzanne Anarde share the challenges of rural life for older adults including health access, housing, transportation and nutrition.

Pets+Us #2008: Meowing Cat, 02/20/20

Feb 17, 2020

How to stop a cat from meowing too much, winter activities, alternative medicine for pets, and much more.

In this week's program, you will hear additional information about rare genetic retinal diseases.  The emphasis will be on retinitis pigmentosa and will explore several of its various, sight-robbing forms.

Every new release of iOS for Apple devices brings a host of new features and functionality, but trying to learn what is new can be quite daunting.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Shelly Brisbin about the updated version of her easy to follow reference book "iOS Access for All" that details what you need to know to work effectively with iOS 13 devices.

By targeting each patient’s unique tumor, precision medicine is defeating once untreatable cancers. Precision medicine is very successful with some types of cancer, however, only about one in ten patients is currently eligible for these treatments. Researchers are trying to expand the number of patients they can treat with targeted therapies. Using artificial intelligence they are hunting fort hundreds of potential genetic targets.

We'll hear about Interspecies Animal Relationships that Prove Love Is All You Need. We'll get tips on Valentines Day safety, exercise and dental care for our furry friends.

AARP’s extensive report on Medical Marijuana includes who uses it, how it may help, what science says, where AARP stands, opinions of the medical community, legal complexities and its effect on a variety of conditions.

Hannah Fairbairn’s book “When You Can’t Believe Your Eyes: Vision Loss and Personal Recovery” is based on her experience as an instructor at the Carroll Center for the Blind as well as her own personal journey with vision loss.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with her about the book and some of the guidance it offers for those new to vision loss.

There are many retinal diseases that you are probably familiar with like macular degeneration and retinal detachments. So you won’t hear a lot about those two in this program. Instead, I will bring you information about two much less common retinal diseases:  diabetic retinopathy and choroideremia.

Reviews: Fiction; Reviews: Mystery and Suspense; Reviews: Biography/Memoir

In this episode of ACB Reports host Mike Duke shares information about three important upcoming meetings of the American Council of the Blind coming up in February.  First is the meeting of the ACB Board of Directors, followed by the Affiliate's/President's meeting, and finally the Legislative Seminar.  We hear ACB Advocacy and Outreach specialist Claire Stanley talk about the potential of good outcomes from the Legislative Seminar.

In the Studio: The Audiobook Musical, Puss in Boots; Reviews: Reviews: Full Cast Audio for Kids; Reviews: Children and Family Listening

EOS #2006: Astreos Stargazing App, 02/05/20

Feb 3, 2020

Just because one has limited vision doesn’t mean that one can’t enjoy investigating the heavenly bodies in the universe around us.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with with Yuma Antoine Decaux and Jake Dean from OSeyeris about the accessible Astreos Stargazing App they are developing to open up new vistas for both amateurs and professionals.

Silver Threads #2006: Where to Live in Retirement, 02/04/20

Feb 3, 2020

Articles from 55+ magazine and Next Avenue offer many factors to consider when choosing a place to retire, pros and cons of moving away, and aging in place innovations.

A group of dedicated service members and physicians is bringing whole-person healthcare to the U.S. Military.

CBD, marijuana and your pet - is it safe? The ASPCA and American Veterinary Medical Association weigh in. We'll learn which dogs shed the least, and we'll hear  lots of interesting facts about cats, some you might not know about.

Enabled #2006: Sports Heroes, 02/03/20

Feb 3, 2020

This program will bring you profiles of sports heroes who are blind. The profiles will include a rucker, a cross fit enthusiast, an ice hockey player and a golfer. There will be a great dog story, too.

Special: Remembering Cokie Roberts; Feature: Learning by Ear; Reviews: Contemporary Culture

The SM Music Reader is a free Android app that enables the visually impaired to access music scores imported onto their devices.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Dang Hoai Phuc, executive director of the Sao Mai Center for the Blind in Vietnam, about the app and how it can be used to read and listen to complex musical scores.

Pets+Us #2005: Birds, Dogs and Cats, 01/30/20

Jan 27, 2020

A little bit of everything  - the right light for a pet bird, what to name your dog, how to get him to stop chewing your shoes, and when cats snore - it is  anything to worry about?

WXXI Ruth Phinney

An intergenerational learning collaborative between college students and elders in a senior living community is described by Nazareth professor of gerontology and St. John’s Meadows resident life director.

Sound Body #2005: Habits, 01/31/20

Jan 27, 2020

An article from the October 28, 2019 The New Yorker reviews two books about creating good habits, and changing bad habits. Science suggests ways to change habitual behaviors without relying solely on “will power".

Education tends to take on different forms for different people, and that’s what should happen. In this program you’ll hear about a teenager who can’t drive, high school students who wanted to bowl, a computer program to help college students compose music, resource libraries for all and even a scholarship deadline. 

Readings from the Winter 2019 issue of Arthritis Today magazine offers some advice about CBD for pain and inflammation; how to decide whether you need 911, an urgent care center or your own doctor; research into osteoarthritis - including recent studies about using injections to reduce pain in osteoarthritic knees, and how to rekindle your sex life.

Enabled #2004: Lions Clubs International, 01/20/20

Jan 20, 2020

Your local Lions Club – you probably know about them because they collect old eye glasses. They do so much more! You’ll hear all about the Lions Clubs International in this program. 

Listening With Artist Owen Gildersleeve; Reviews: YA Listening

The Build a Better Book project works with school and library Makerspaces to engage youth in the design and fabrication of inclusive media, including picture books, games and graphics.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Jesse Swift, a STEM teacher at Golden High School, and his students about the project and how it worked at their school.

Pets+Us #2004: Cat and Dog Facts, 01/23/20

Jan 20, 2020

Cat and Dog Facts, the History of Cat Food, and - does your Cat suffer from Separation Anxiety? Some do. Vetstreet has suggestions on how to help.