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This month, learn about the upcoming virtual conference and convention of the American Council of the Blind. The conference dates are July 16 - 23, 2021.

Editors’ Picks of the Most Intriguing Audiobook Releases for April/May; Reviews: Mystery & Suspense

Host Mary DeFranco takes a look back through the years and shares some of her favorite memories as Pets+Us signs off for the last time.

Feature: Behind the Mic with Nicholas Boulton; Reviews: Finish Fiction; Reviews: Classics and Drama

Recent Reminisce magazine contributions from readers highlight mothers’ new role as breadwinner, the history of Decoration as it transitioned to Memorial Day and the tradition of wearing a red poppy on that day.

Larry Skutchan has been a key contributor and driver behind many of the access technologies that are familiar names to us these days.  This includes the Studio Recorder audio editing program, the Bookport Reader, the Mantis braille display, and much more.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Larry about his life and career now that he is newly retired.

We'll learn why a goat makes a great companion for a horse, and we'll hear about pets that make friends with animals from other species. We'll also hear the latest on a chihuahua who was having a little difficulty finding his forever home.

Oral health is intricately connected to the rest of the body. Not just a conduit for food and drink - what goes on in the mouth affects the heart, joints, gastrointestinal system and  the immune system. A guide to coping with mouth symptoms such as bad breath, canker sores, oral thrush and gum disease. Also, a personal essay on living with the painful condition called Burning Mouth Syndrome.

Reviews: Fiction; Narrator Interview: Lameece Issaq

More on tech support fraud fighter Jim Brown and additional AARP articles to help you remain free from 2021’s top scams.

EOS #2121: Louie Voice Control, 05/19/21

May 17, 2021

Imagine being able to fully control popular smartphone apps and functionality with just voice commands!  That is what the Louie Voice Control system enables.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Pramit Bhargava whose own vision loss inspired the concept and led to its development.  Hear the system in action and how it can be used to perform everyday tasks.

: Feature: 5 Questions for Therese Plummer; Reviews: Young Adult Listening

AARP’s April Special Report reveals overwhelming evidence regarding the scope of an international fraud factory responsible for stealing hundreds of thousands from unwitting seniors.

Long ago, if you were not able to see well, eyeglasses were the only things available to help you, for seven centuries. Then contact lenses became possible in the 1950’s, and now eye surgery can be used for vision correction. This program will help sort out the different types of corrective eye surgery.  

The Blackwell sisters were the first (Elizabeth) and third (Emily) female doctors to practice medicine in the United States. Rejected by more than a dozen medical schools, Elizabeth was accepted at Geneva Medical College in New York state only as the result of a prank. The sisters went on to help establish the New York Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children in 1857.

Should all pets live indoors, or are there some domestic pets that are happier living outdoors? What's better for them?  What's the difference between a domestic pet and wild animal? We'll find out in this episode.

EOS #2120: APH ConnectCenter, 05/12/21

May 10, 2021

The American Printing House (APH) ConnectCenter manages resources aimed at helping people of all ages and includes VisionAware, FamilyConnect, CareerConnect, ConnectCalendar, and an Information and Referral Line.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with director Olaya Landa-Vialard and digital content specialist Kathryn Botsford about these services.

This month Will Butler, VP of Communications for Be My Eyes talks about expanding organization communications across a variety of platforms, from the recent ACB Leadership Seminar. 

Reviews: Children and Family Listening; Narrator Interview: Greta Jung; Reviews: Romance

Your retina is an extremely important part of the vision process. I’m sure you know this if you’ve had any troubles with your retina. In this program I’ll have good information about some of those troubles…retinal detachment, retinal tears and retinal holes.

We'll explore answers to questions about some of those odd quirks our pets have - like why dogs love to ride with their head out the car window, while most cats hate car rides.  And a few other mysteries.

A recent Chinese study determined that those over 60 who napped for a reasonable time performed better on certain cognitive tests than those who didn’t nap. Others say that the benefits of an afternoon nap vary based on length and purpose for napping.

Many of those who beat Covid-19 are now experiencing a range of troubling chronic symptoms - not just lung issues from the respiratory effects of the virus. Long term medical problems can affect any organ system or part of the body, from neurological to cardiovascular to gastrointestinal.

Pneuma Solutions offers a suite of accessible cloud services geared to the needs of the visually impaired.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with co-founders Mike Calvo (CEO) and Matt Campbell (CTO) about Sero as well as how Scribe for Meetings and Scribe for Education transform documents to make them accessible in a variety of formats for web events and personal use.

Catwalking, fleas and ticks, and more

Audiobooks for Kids and Teens: SYNC Announcement; Feature: Audiobooks for Kids and Teens; Reviews: Listen Alikes; Feature: IN THE STUDIO; Reviews: Children and Family Listening

In this program you will hear about Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, America’s first woman doctor. Her experience with conjunctivitis in 1849 changed her life. You will also be reminded of the very successful modern day treatment for this infection

Hobbies and creative pastimes have sustained people and helped them cope with the vagaries of the pandemic. Emotional support chickens, sunrise walks, making jelly and even decorating one’s casket are among the many ways seniors have brought comfort and joy to their lives during this stressful time.

Getting hooked on gambling, sex, shopping, video games and other behavioral vices is every bit as overwhelming and life-destroying as getting hooked on alcohol and drugs. Compulsion Without the Chemicals looks at the latest brain research, and offers ideas for how to get help with any compulsion that stopped being fun long ago.

Dean Hudson's vision began deteriorating as a child but he never let that stop him.  Developing an interest in computers as a youth, Dean went on to have a long and rewarding career in technology.  Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Dean, who is now Apple's Accessibility Evangelist, about his journey and positive outlook on life.