Deaf Comedy Jam

Monday, October 20, 2014

Working as a sign language interpreter at a huge comedy festival, Kymme Van Cleef found herself with all eyes on her and a choice to make.

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Eagle Eyes

Monday, October 20, 2014

Neuroscientist David Eagleman is building a vest to help deaf people hear, and it may be a whole new way of experiencing our world.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

How the right words can have the wrong meanings, and the best translations lead us to an understanding that's way deeper than language. 

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Deaf Brains Are Different Than Hearing Brains

Friday, September 26, 2014

In her new book, I Can Hear You Whisper, journalist Lydia Denworth writes about choosing to get a cochlear implant for her deaf son.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Christine Quinn; Rep. Hakeem Jeffries on Syria; Syria and Iran; Coast Check-in Post Summer

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.


Hearing Music for the First Time

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

"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." 

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The Takeaway

American Sign Language on the Brink of Extinction

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.

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Special Ed Schools Fear Loss of State Funding

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Eleven schools serving 1,500 blind, deaf and severely disabled children fear their students may get an inferior education under Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget.

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The Takeaway

New Communications Law Mandates Closed Captioning on Internet

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.

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The Takeaway

How Sex Abuse at a Milwaukee Deaf School Affected One Victim

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.

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