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24
JAN

Guide Dog Waiting Lists; Blind Ice Hockey

This week, we put guide dog waiting lists under the spotlight.

John Welsman is canine affairs lead for the charity "Guide Dogs". He joins us to discuss waiting times and the outlook for those on the list. We're also joined by BBC news reporter Sean Dilley who shares his feelings following the retirement of Sammy, his faithful guide dog of over eight years. And we speak to Isabel Holdsworth who tells us about the experience of training her own guide dog.

We also take another trip into the world of blind sport.

Nathan Tree is a keen blind ice hockey player. We report on an event he recently hosted in Oxford which gave visually impaired people the opportunity to get on the ice and try it out for themselves. We hear from some of those who gave it a go and also from Nathan about his ambitions to raise the profile of the sport.

Presenter: Peter White
Producer: Fern Lulham
Production coordinator: Liz Poole

Website image description: Peter White sits smiling in the centre of the image, wearing a dark green jumper. Above Peter's head is the BBC logo (three individual white squares house each of the three letters). Bottom centre and overlaying the image are the words "In Touch" and the Radio 4 logo (the word Radio in a bold white font, with the number 4 inside a white circle). The background is a bright mid-blue with two rectangles angled diagonally to the right. Both are behind Peter, one of a darker blue and the other is a lighter blue.
17
JAN

Audiobooks

This week sees the latest in our occasional series of discussions about audiobooks. Peter White is joined by guests Jackie Brown and Dave Williams. Jackie and Dave have much in common - both having supported other visually impaired people in the use of technology, but more importantly for this episode - both are avid readers.

Our trio take a broad approach, discussing not only storylines, but also issues such as narration and the merits (or otherwise) of audiobooks generally. Each has chosen a specific book, namely:-

The Lincoln Highway, by Amor Towles, narrated by Edoardo Ballerini, Marin Ireland and Dion Graham;

Dead Simple, by Peter James, narrated by Tim Bruce, and;

One Summer, written and narrated by Bill Bryson.

But who chose which book, why did they choose it and is their opinion shared by their fellow book lovers?

Links to audio books discussed in this episode:

The Lincoln Highway: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/The-Lincoln-Highway-Audiobook/1473593190

Dead Simple: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Dead-Simple-Audiobook/B01CT46ECC

One Summer: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/One-Summer-Audiobook/B00E992WFO

Audio credits:
The Lincoln Highway: ©2021 Amor Towles (P)2021 Penguin Audio
Dead Simple: ©2016 Peter James (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
One Summer: ©2013 Bill Bryson (P)2013 Audible Ltd

Presenter: Peter White
Producer: Fern Lulham
Production coordinator: Liz Poole

Website image description: Peter White sits smiling in the centre of the image, wearing a dark green jumper. Above Peter's head is the BBC logo (three individual white squares house each of the three letters). Bottom centre and overlaying the image are the words "In Touch" and the Radio 4 logo (the word Radio in a bold white font, with the number 4 inside a white circle). The background is a bright mid-blue with two rectangles angled diagonally to the right. Both are behind Peter, one of a darker blue and the other is a lighter blue.
10
JAN

Accessible smart meters, Blind charity news

On a recent edition of In Touch, we heard about Accessible In Home Displays, or AIHDs. These devices are essentially energy smart meters that have been adapted to provide, for example, a text to speech facility. We were told that they should be available from energy companies for blind people who requested them. However, many listeners have told us that this has not been their experience. We take a closer look.

And Olivia Curno, CEO of "The Vision Foundation" and Keith Valentine, CEO of "Fight for Sight" join us with exclusive news on plans to tackle both the prevalence and impact of sight loss.

PRODUCER: FERN LULHAM

PRESENTER: PETER WHITE

Website image description: Peter White sits smiling in the centre of the image, wearing a dark green jumper. Above Peter's head is the BBC logo (three individual white squares house each of the three letters). Bottom centre and overlaying the image are the words "In Touch" and the Radio 4 logo (the word Radio in a bold white font, with the number 4 inside a white circle). The background is a bright mid-blue with two rectangles angled diagonally to the right. Both are behind Peter, one of a darker blue and the other is a lighter blue.
03
JAN

20 Year Reunion

Over the years, In Touch has been keeping up with five visually impaired people. They all first appeared on the program as children in the 1990's, then as young adults in 2003 and now, twenty years on, we've invited them back for a reunion and to hear how their lives panned out.

Presenter: Peter White
Producer: Beth Hemmings
Idea Concept: Hetal Bapodra
Production Coordinator: Liz Poole
Website image description: Peter White sits smiling in the centre of the image, wearing a dark green jumper. Above Peter's head is the BBC logo (three individual white squares house each of the three letters). Bottom centre and overlaying the image are the words "In Touch" and the Radio 4 logo (the word Radio in a bold white font, with the number 4 inside a white circle). The background is a bright mid-blue with two rectangles angled diagonally to the right. Both are behind Peter, one of a darker blue and the other is a lighter blue.

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