Past Featured Programs

The following programs have been featured on our main website page beginning in March 2013.  Times mentioned in the original articles may have changed.

October 2014

Join Mary Jo Gellenbeck on the fourth Tuesday every month as she explores legal issues that matter in everyday life. This original 30 minute program dives into everyday issues like Wills & Testaments, uncovering specific laws protecting your rights, and the agencies that support them. This program is rebroadcast the following Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 7:00 AM, is also available as a podcast here.

We go where you want to explore - Legal Matters.

September 2014

Join Bente Casile on the third Tuesday of each month at 2:00 PM for Education Today. Education Today looks at trends, issues, and research related to the education of Blind and Visually Impaired students. Each month a special guest will share with us their work and contributions towards the goal of total accessibility for all students. Current topics include 3D printing, traffic circles, and accessible astronomy. This program is rebroadcast the following Wednesdays at 7:00 AM, Thursdays at 6:00 AM, Fridays at 7:00 AM and is also available as a podcast here.

August 2014




Join Joe Simpson the second Tuesday each month at 2:00 PM for one of our newest program, "Triangle Yesteryear". Triangle Yesteryear is a 30 minute program that explores the Triangle's history through the writings of local authors. Triangle Yesteryear rebroadcasts on Wednesday at 7 AM, Thursday at 6 AM and Friday at 7 AM, and is also available as a podcast.

July 2014

Our featured program for July is Tech Tips! Tech Tips is a monthly, 30 minute show that will look at new devices, computer software and mobile apps designed for the blind and low vision community read by Chris Skidmore. In addition to articles covering the latest assistive technologies, Tech Tips will periodically have guest interviews with people from the assistive technology field along with product demonstrations.

Tech Tips will air on the first Tuesday of each month at 2 PM, rebroadcast on Wednesday at 7 AM, Thursday at 6 AM and Friday at 7AM.


June 2014

Did you know that you can visit some of the most exotic and remote locations on the globe and never leave home? The Armchair Traveler lets you explore the world, near and far, to learn about interesting places, people and cultures. You always have a first-class seat wherever you go, with new destinations available weekly!

Mike Edwards is your reader for the Armchair Traveler, which airs Sundays at 6:00pm and is rebroadcast Mondays at 1:30pm, and is also available as a podcast.



April 2014

Interested or curious about creating or working in your yard or garden? Out in the Garden is a program for beginners to experienced gardeners. Local gardening articles, articles from the internet, and gardening books are chosen that include information about growing common or unusual plants grown for their flowers, vegetables, or foliage, and plants that might combine some of these qualities! You’ll also hear about how to care for plants – pruning, fertilizing, controlling pests, watering and sun needs.

Out in the Garden read by Cindy Fowler, airs Wednesdays at 4:30pm and is rebroadcast Saturdays at 3:30pm and Mondays at 7:00am, and is also available as a podcast.


March 2014


The Oprah Magazine is for anyone who loves Oprah’s words of wisdom!  Various articles are read as well as descriptions of photos that appear in the magazine.  The current issue of The Oprah Magazine is read in weekly installments throughout the month, and is available as a podcast after the broadcast.

Read by volunteer Susan Dellinger, The Oprah Magazine airs Fridays at 3pm and rebroadcasts at 7pm on Saturday.


January 2014

Feel like going out to eat but can’t decide where to go?  Before heading out to the newest restaurants in the Triangle, check out Restaurant Reviews! This 30 minute program features restaurant reviews from the News & Observer’s Dining section.  Reviews include everything from Fine Dining to Cheap Eats, as well what dishes to try and what dishes to avoid!

Restaurant Reviews airs the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 4:00 PM and repeated the following Saturday at 3:00 PM.  Also available as a podcast.

Bon Appetit!!

November & December 2013

We are very excited to announce that this month’s featured program is “T3”.  As a part of our new vision, this pilot project has lead the reading service to team up with the Governor Morehead School for the blind.  “T3” stands for Teens, Tools and Talent.  The show is produced by our NC State intern Victoria Bell and is a co-hosted by the very talented Governor Morehead school students Noah Long and Cassidy Hooper.

This program is holiday themed and includes holiday music, stories, and trivia questions.  The program also includes interviews from two very special local celebrity guests. Hosts Noah and Cassidy wish to “provide entertainment and holiday cheer to their visually impaired peers and to you”.  T3 will broadcast on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day from 12 noon until 1:30pm and then again from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM and in between the holidays.  The program is also available as a podcast, found here.

Happy Holidays from T3!

October 2013

NC Symphony

North Carolina Symphony Notes

This month’s Featured Program is North Carolina Symphony Notes.  TRRS is pleased to provide this podcast, which is intended for a blind and print impaired audience and was recorded by seasoned volunteer Jack DeBruyn.  Special thanks to TRRS Board President, George Douglas, for spearheading this project and engineering the program.

The Program Notes will be made available via podcast in advance of each of the classical music series of concerts brought to us by the North Carolina Symphony during the 2013 and 2014 season.

September 2013

This month's Featured Program is "Vanity Fair."  The magazine has in-depth coverage of literature, popular culture, politics and financial matters.  Graydon Carter is the current editor, having taken over the job from Tina Brown in 1992.
The magazine began publishing in 1913 as "Dress and Vanity Fair" and ran until the Great Depression caused Conde Nast to combine it with "Vogue" in 1936. It was revived in 1983 and has been published under its current name since February of that year.

Volunteer reader Nancy Jones records two hours of the magazine each week.  Part A is broadcast on Saturday and Sunday nights at 11:00 PM.  Part B airs on Monday and Tuesday nights at 11:00 PM.  The program is available as a podcast, and it is always one of our most listened to podcasts.  Nancy has been recording this program since August 2010.

TRRS recently won an award for this program.  When the International Association of Audio Information Services (IAAIS) had its annual conference in June of 2013, "Vanity Fair" was selected as the 2012 Program of the Year in the category of "Magazines Over-half-an-hour."

August 2013

Our State Magazine Logo

Our State Magazine has been around since 1933, celebrating the beauty of the great state of North Carolina.  Its mission is "to reflect the beauty of North Carolina, to tell the stories of its amazing people and its remarkable history, and to suggest wonderful places to visit."

Originally named The State, it was started by newspaperman and broadcaster Carl Goerch.  We're not sure when we started reading it here on TRRS, but it was a long time ago!  Fred Brack has been reading it for the last eight years or so, starting out each month with his description of the photographs in the monthly photographic feature article for our sight-impaired listeners, then working his way through as much of the issue as time permits.

Each monthly issue has a series of related articles.  There is an annual lighthouse issue, and recent themes have included 10 Best Kept Secrets in NC, What Makes Us Southern, and there are always articles on hidden restaurant gems from all over.  An every issue has articles featuring places "from Murphy to Manteo."

For the last two years, Our State has featured a series of articles, one each month, on North Carolina's connection to the Civil War.  Many of the stories are tragic, but they give us a picture of life and hard times in this most difficult period of North Carolina's history.

Our State airs each Tuesday at 11:30 AM and is repeated Thursdays at 11 PM and Sundays at 5:30 PM.  The program is also available as a podcast.  (This program is generously underwritten by a grant from the  Carter Glass Insurance Agency, Kerr Drug, and WRAL.)

July 2013


Drug stores and pharmacies often feature "loss leaders," or deeply discounted merchandise, to draw customers.  The savvy shopper can save quite a bit by shopping the ads.  How about department stores?  What is the cost for a wide screen TV, a dishwasher, or a riding mower?

Many of us like to browse through the advertising flyers from the Sunday paper, just to see what's out there.  What new products are available?  What are other people buying? Are there any deals I need to know about?

Kerr DrugRichard Paschal takes you through the Drug Store & Department Store Ads each Monday morning at 11:30.  This popular program is repeated at 8:30 PM Monday, and Wednesday at 7:30 AM.  The program is also available as a podcast.  (This program is generously underwritten by a grant from Kerr Drug.) 

June 2013

NC History, part of the Independent Living program, presents articles from the Tar Heel Junior Historian magazine, which is published in the spring and fall by the NC Museum of History.  The themes of recent issues have included North Carolina A to Z, Conflict In the 1800s, Sports, and Colonial Life.  So if you want to learn about the history of the "vale of humility between two mountains of conceit”, be sure to listen in.  NC History airs on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 8:30 pm.  It is rebroadcast the following Wednesday at 1:30 pm and 11:00 pm.  This program is also available as a podcast.

May 2013

Audio Description:  Where and How?

We now have a new program entitled, Audio Description:  Where and How?  Produced by our webmaster Fred Brack (who is also the webmaster for the Audio Description Project), this podcast covers all four major opportunities for listening to audio description:  live theatre, television, movies, and videos (DVDs and Blu-ray discs).

Audio Description is the narration of the important visual parts of a performance, movie, or event.  A trained Audio Describer provides this narration via headsets or a separate sound track.  This program tells you where to find audio described events (live theatre, TV, movies, etc.) and how to access the description.  If you are blind, have a visual impairment, or know someone who is visually impaired, this program is for you!  It airs on the fifth Tuesday of any month at 8:30pm (rebroadcast at 1:30pm and 11pm) and/or the fifth Wednesday of a month at 4pm (rebroadcast on Saturday at 3pm and Sunday a 1am).  OR you can listen to it as a podcast.

April 2013

Movie Reviews and Theatre Previews

Many major motion pictures and several local theatre productions are accessible to the visually impaired.  To decide which ones to catch, tune into Movie Reviews & Theatre Previews on the second Tuesday at 8:30 pm and the fourth Wednesday at 4 pm.  Audio Description guides the visually impaired listener through the action with concise, objective commentary of scenes, costumes, and body language slipped in between dialogue.  Three Wake County Regal Movie Theaters offer motion pictures with Descriptive Video accessibility, and several Triangle theatres offer live performances with Audio Description provided by Arts Access.  Both services are available to the patron at no additional cost beyond the regular ticket price. Be sure to keep a sharp ear out for offerings from The Justice Theatre Project and Cary Players, who offer free pairs of tickets to TRRS listeners – one for the visually impaired patron and one for their driver.  This program is also available as a podcast.

March 2013

Science Fiction

Are you a fan of Science Fiction?  Several of our newest readers have banded together to produce a new show:  Science Fiction Shorts.  It airs on the first Tuesday of every month at 8:30 pm, immediately after USA Today.  It's a half-hour show, and the stories are short.  Sometimes one story will last the entire half hour.  More often, however, the show has as many as five shorter stories.  Listen in, then let us know if you like what you hear.  We might be able to offer more than one per month.  Also available as a podcast.