The Tactile Traveler

Journalist Nick Isenberg applies his skills and experience to a new show that seeks to "empower blind and low vision people to explore the world and help the sighted to see the world in a new way."

A way to reduce knee and hip replacements. The difference between traveling with a white cane and a guide dog. How to move an oxygen concentrator and “Go Go Grandparent.”

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Host Nick Isenberg talks about what to do if you’re blind and get caught in a hurricane, free medical luggage, how to make watching sports with friends more fun, and tactile art with Rishika Kartik.

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In this episode: InChroma Lenses may help 80 percent of color blind people experience colors. How Oregon's 273 State Parks are becoming blind and handicapped friendly, and cruising in a "Cruise Origin," a time shared self-driving car

In this episode: The Tactile Traveler explores George Floyd Memorial Square in Minneapolis, Minnesota; dives into Paralympic swimming with racer Becca Meyers; and visits High Country Gems and Minerals, a rock shop.

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This time on The Tactile Traveler: what to do if you’re blind and find yourself in an active shooter situation, tips on traveling through cloudbursts, and The Blind Driver’s Challenge--driving over 200 miles per hour. 

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This time on Tactile Traveler, host Nick Isenberg tells us about tear gas and contact lenses, research on an increase in Charles Bonnet Syndrome as a result of COVID19 isolation. He also guides listeners on how to tell when it looks like rain, when you can’t look.

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This time on The Tactile Traveler, hear about research to make it easier and safer for people who are blind to cross intersections. Also: how to prevent skiing eye injuries, blind skateboarding, how to go on a cruise without gaining weight, and housebreaking guide horses.

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This month on The Tactile Traveler, blind reporter Nick Isenberg explores an app for blind bus riders, guide horses, smart phone voiceover tips, and dinner in the dark.


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This month on The Tactile Traveler, hear about the newest trending fashion for medical providers: lots and lots of personal protective equipment. Get some tips on packing your suitcase, keeping track of your credit cards, and making Amtrak travel more enjoyable. Plus, take a trip to democracy!

Lucas Turner

In this episode host Nick Isenberg explains how being blind can create posture problems and takes a trip to a botanic garden. We learn where to get your first white cain and take a trip to a botanic garden, and how to get your dog to wear booties. Jason Strother shares an update on getting out of riots or demonstrations you don’t want to be in, and we find out how to keep your medicine organized both when you travel and at home.

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This month's show features traveling on Amtrak, changes in Colorado voting that helps the blind and disabled vote securely, and more.

The Tactile Traveler host NIck Isenberg explores how blind and low vision people can protect themselves from the rapidly increasing numbers of bicycles taking over big cities. Free directory assistance for those who their cell phone’s screen. A blind reporter how has figured out how to do his job which requires lots of travel. This episode also covers wide angle cameras, making face masks more comfortable, a very unusual tip for white cains, and how to fly right through Friday the 13th.

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On this program we learn how you might be able to still get a driver’s license, even if you can’t pass the driver’s license eye test. A way people who are blind in one eye can experience depth. The special problems blind kids have when blind camps are closed because of the coronavirus. How to make zippier Zoom calls. An Asian country welcoming tourists again, with an unusual welcome, and tips on making emergency white cane repairs.

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Because of the world wide reaction to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Memorial day, this entire program is guide on what to do if you are at the wrong place at the wrong time and find yourself in the middle of a demonstration or riot that you don’t want to be in. It also provides suggestions if you are in a demonstration by choice. You can find a link to the show's full transcript by clicking the headline.

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On this month's program we explore social distancing when you can't see six feet, or even at all, Philly Touch Tours, guide dog assembly lines and much, much more. You can find a link to the show's full transcript by clicking the headline.

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On today’s program we look at: an increase in Charles Bonnet Syndrome symptoms for some people who are social distancing and the way we might be able to reduce that increase, an interview with last year’s winner of the James Holman prize for blind ambition, a way to prevent hurting your back if you’re blind in one eye, a cell phone accessory that takes stress out of traveling, and tips on how to keep your guide dog and pet dogs in tip-top shape while social distancing.

Lucas Turner

On this month's program, we explore the dynamics of blind people who are being grabbed by sighted people wherever they go. We also receive a guide to 200 Braille trails and sensory gardens, meet the world’s best known blind traveler, get tips on easier ways to find luggage, play a little blind tennis, and get special tips on reducing our chances of getting the Coronavirus.

For a full transcript of for the deaf, click here. Or go to tinyurl.com/tactile5

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Episode 4 of The Tactile Traveler includes more useful advice for navigating the world as a blind or visually-impaired person with stories about the discovery of Charles Bennet syndrome, how-to guide a blind person, tips for eating at restaurants, using white-canes on cobblestone streets, and riding the California Zephyr.

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Episode 3 of The Tactile Traveler features an array of stories produced by Nick Isenberg and KDNK News Director Lucas Turner. These include information on becoming a political delegate, Jason Strother's experience of running a marathon with a guide dog, the app OverTHERE that helps blind people know what is in front of them, questions to ask a driver when getting dropped off, and Nick's trip to the ocularist for a new prosthetic eye.

This second installment of The Tactile Traveler features reporter Nick Isenberg visiting the Braille Trail on Independence Pass, plus we learn about the National Federation of the Blind Convention and a reporter from the Philippines tells us how blind people survive typhoons.

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"Nicky News" Isenberg provides a unique perspective on travel. Applying journalistic skills acquired while Nick could still see, "The Tactile Traveler" seeks to empower blind and low vision people to explore the world and help the sighted to see the world in a new way. Topics include the Second Annual Six Dot Dash, assessing avalanche damage in the White River National Park, self-driving cars for the blind, and riding the trolley through Denver.