Why don’t the worlds of mainstream tech and accessibility tech ever seem to collide? Shelly, who keeps one foot in each, wants to know. She and her guests from both worlds chew over the news and trends of the day, mixing in an accessibility perspective.

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#34: Ears for Ham

August 4th, 2020 · 68 minutes

The filmed version of "Hamilton" as presented on Disney+ has an audio description track. Some who have used it find the track lacking. Someone decided to do something about it. Find out how it happened, how it was done, and how one AD user reacted.

#33: A Visit with Apple's Accessibility Team

July 14th, 2020 · 28 minutes

What's coming for accessibility on Apple's platforms later this year? My guests are Sarah Herrlinger, Apple's Director of Global Accessibility Policy and Initiatives, and Dean Hudson, an engineer on the Apple accessibility team. We talk VoiceOver/Screen Recognition, accessibility improvements for XCode, Magnifier updates, new Braille features for …

#32: Access to the Post-Apocalypse

July 7th, 2020 · 47 minutes

There are accessible video games, but it's not a given. The long-awaited The Last of Us 2 has taken lots of knocks from reviewers, but it's probably the most accessible game ever.

#31: WWDC 2020: Going to Visit Dad at the Office

June 23rd, 2020 · 81 minutes

WWDC 2020 is like no previous iteration of Apple's annual developer event. We talk about what's new from Apple, including accessibility updates for various platforms. We also dig in on tech conferences, both virtual and real. What do we want from them and what are the barriers to making them great experiences.

#30: It's Like Playing Jazz

June 8th, 2020 · 75 minutes

Here's where you learn about developing inclusive apps – not why it's a good thing, but how developers can get started doing it. We talk about addressing a variety of disabilities, and the ways and means of user testing to achieve apps that are accessible in more than name only

#29: Under the Feet of a Drunken Giant

May 12th, 2020 · 56 minutes

Video just keeps growing as a way to tell stories about technology. Both of my guests have made video a mainstay of their creative output. I wanted these two experts to school my audio-centric self. We also talk a whole lot about accessibility advocacy through the video medium.

#28: Bring on the WWDC Riff Trax

April 28th, 2020 · 70 minutes

Here's the Parallel take on two new bits of Apple gear. What will each mean for users, and for Apple itself. We talk iPhone SE the sequel, iPad's new Magic Keyboard, how WWDC could come off this year, and what Apple stories we hoped we would be talking about in 2020 – before the pandemic.

#27: Fast Shipping. Looks Great!

April 14th, 2020 · 55 minutes

How do product reviewers work? Do the people who evaluate gadgets for your favorite sites do rigorous testing, or rely on their gut to form an opinion? And who are they writing for? We talk with two people who review tech products about what it takes to write an authoritative post that people looking to buy will actually want to read.

#26: My Aunt from the Circus

March 31st, 2020 · 52 minutes

What's it like to work at home when you usually go to an office? My guests, a Microsoft program manager and a radio reporter, will fill you in.

#25: The Multi-Face Lifestyle

January 7th, 2020 · 28 minutes

I'm BACK, with a solo episode that amounts to 'what I did on my unintended podcast vacation.' With Apple products. I finally own an Apple Watch, and the latest edition of my book about iOS accessibility is out the door.