Friday, September 06, 2013
The New York City primary election is Tuesday. NYC City Council Speaker Christine Quinn talks about her campaign for mayor and takes your calls. Plus: Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries discusses his position on intervention in Syria; the relationship between Iran and Syria; a check-in with coastal communities after the first post-Sandy summer season; and American Sign Language interpreter Lydia Callis discusses her work for the Mayor's office during Sandy.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
By Katie Bishop : Producer, Death, Sex & Money
"I can hear music for the first time ever, what should I listen to?" is the headline of a Reddit post that caught my attention today. A Reddit user named deafstoryteller writes, "I was born profoundly deaf and all music sounded like trash through my hearing aids. That is until a couple days ago when I put on a new pair of hearing aids for the first time in years."
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
American Sign Language could be a dying form of communication, thanks to dwindling education funding and technological alternatives. Many deaf people are adamant that sign language will always be essential, but state budget cuts are threatening to close schools that teach it. This adds to the existing debate in the deaf community, between those who communicate with sounds and high-tech cochlear implants, and those who utilize sign language.
Friday, October 08, 2010
Today, President Obama signs into law the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. For the millions of Americans who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, the new law will require all videos first broadcast on television and then distributed on the internet to come with closed captioning. The people who will make closed captioning possible are court reporters, who transcribe conversations in real time.
Friday, March 26, 2010
The New York Times reported this week that top Vatican officials, including the future Pope, did not defrock an American priest who had sexually abused as many as 200 boys at a Milwaukee school for the deaf. Arthur Budzinski is one of the deaf victims named in the abuse case and he tells us how the experience changed his life. We also hear from his daughter, Gigi, who interprets on the air.