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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#9: I Just Personally Need Folders

November 21st, 2018 · 80 minutes

Shortcuts, not just the Siri ones, have the potential to change the way people use iOS. I talk with a couple of shortcut-makers. The enthusiasm is infectious.

#8: Film Struck Dead

November 6th, 2018 · 58 minutes

We gather to mourn the demise of the FilmStruck streaming service, a lifeline for cord-cutting fans of classic and art film, and a way to pass film history on to new generations. We also offer you an amazing array of links.

#7: Hey Guillermo!

October 23rd, 2018 · 65 minutes

Smart speakers have very much been a part of this fall's tech product announcement season. On this episode, we kick the various speakers and virtual assistants around, and give some thought to their place in our lives.

#6: Bring on the Darkness

October 10th, 2018 · 68 minutes

"What this operating system needs is a real dark mode." Many have made that declarative statement at one time or another. But what is dark mode, or what should it be? How have the various mobile and desktop OS makers actually implemented the mainstream version – read much better version – of what users with visual disabilities have known for years…

#5: In My Heart I Want the Hot Blue

September 19th, 2018 · 81 minutes

I let the fall Apple event soak in for a couple of days before rounding up some folks to talk about it. Watches, phones, and new iOS features are all on the bill of fare. And Mikah and David share their Apple addictions.

#4: Eat Your Own Dog Food

September 4th, 2018 · 41 minutes

When you make and sell software, a lot of the challenges of running a business have to do with managing projects and people, and finding effective ways to communicate with customers and potential customers. I'm talking to two CEOs who run small tech companies, and who, for my money, excel in communicating about what they're doing in honest, transp…

#3: The One with Sal Soghoian (Bonus Show)

August 29th, 2018 · 63 minutes

The Parallel breaks format for a special episode with the man behind Mac automation at Apple, Sal Soghoian. It's one of those encore presentations, but well worth your time!

For almost 20 years, Sal made sure automation was a part of the Mac, whether it meant advocating personally with Steve Jobs, or building tools like Automator that allow use…

#2: I Mix Like a Human

August 21st, 2018 · 82 minutes

We're describing audio description with audio. How do movies or TV shows acquire audio description? Which streaming services are heroes, and which fall short? Who describes, and how does description work? And how can you find described content?

#1: I Wish All Computers Were Orange

August 7th, 2018 · 56 minutes

Personal computers have been around long enough that many of us have fond memories of a formative device, a technology, or an operating system. Some of us collect obsolete hardware; others recall the history because they were a part of making it.

#0: Introducing Parallel

August 3rd, 2018 · 6 minutes

Parallel is a tech podcast with accessibility sprinkles. It's new on Relay FM. Meet the show, meet the host, and find out what comes next.