35 episodes

This is a show about audio description and accessible entertainment, a process where the visual elements of a movie, television show, video, stage production or museum tour are described for the benefit of those who are blind or have a visual impairment.
It is our mission to inform those who would benefit from audio description, what is available and how to access it through demonstrations, interviews and bringing attention to other online resources.

Picture This Brian Charlson and Carl Richardson

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

This is a show about audio description and accessible entertainment, a process where the visual elements of a movie, television show, video, stage production or museum tour are described for the benefit of those who are blind or have a visual impairment.
It is our mission to inform those who would benefit from audio description, what is available and how to access it through demonstrations, interviews and bringing attention to other online resources.

    • video
    Check-In With Brian and Carl

    Check-In With Brian and Carl

    Hello, All: Brian and Carl give a quick update on the status of what is going on with them personally and why a new episode of Picture This has not been released in a while. Not to worry, we will be back soon! So please keep us in your podcast feed.   All our best, The Picture This Team

    • 2 min
    Meet Dr. Barry Cronin, Inventor of Audio Description for Television

    Meet Dr. Barry Cronin, Inventor of Audio Description for Television

    In this episode, Brian and Carl have the pleasure of talking with Dr. Barry Cronin, the person who invented audio description for television broadcast, and the person that the recent Barry Award given by the Audio Description Project was named for.  Also you find out how the sport of bowling gave him the idea. So sit back and hear about how audio description came about in the early days. To leave feedback, suggestions, or ideas for a future podcast on Picture This, please get in touch with the Picture This team by emailing your comments to or leave a voicemail at 857-302-2817. We may use your email or voicemail in a future episode.

    • 39 min
    Museum of Fine Arts

    Museum of Fine Arts

    In this episode, Brian and Carl meet with Jessica Doonan, Manager of Accessibility for the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston, to discuss how audio description works in a museum setting. To leave feedback, suggestions, or ideas for a future podcast on Picture This, please get in touch with the Picture This team by emailing your comments to , or leave a voicemail at 857-302-2817. We may use your email or voicemail in a future episode. Show Notes: MFA Access Webpage: Contact info- Email: Contact info-phone: 617-369-3189 Next Virtual Feeling for Form Tour (Descriptive tour): Saturday, December 18th, 2021, 3-4:15 pm. To register email or call 617-369-3189 Fabric of a Nation Audio tour with Audio Description:

    • 59 min
    Use Your Imagination With Description of Children’s Videobooks

    Use Your Imagination With Description of Children’s Videobooks

    Join Brian and Carl as they delve into the world of audio description of children’s books. They speak to Richard Rieman, founder of Imagination Videobooks, a service that makes children’s books accessible to children of all backgrounds and abilities. Richard Rieman (Ree’man), “The Audiobook Wizard,” is an acclaimed authority on audio self-publishing. He has narrated and produced hundreds of Indie-published audiobooks. He is the author of the Global eBook Awards Gold Medal Winner in Writing/Publishing, “The Author’s Guide to Audiobook Creation.”Richard is a Gold Medal National Ben Franklin Independent Book Publishers Assn. (IBPA) Award Winner for Audiobook Nonfiction, an Audible Approved Audiobook Producer and a 5-time winner of the EVVY Award for audiobook narration and production. Richard created the “Imagination Videobooks” Nonprofit to make children’s illustrated books accessible to all children by creating audiobooks with audio description of the pictures for blind children, and videobooks with captions and sign language for deaf children. To leave feedback, suggestions, or ideas for a future podcast on Picture this, please get in touch with the Picture this team by emailing your comments to or leave a voicemail at 857-302-2817. We may use your email or voicemail in a future episode. Show Notes: Imagination Videobooks: The Described and Captioned Media Program:  

    • 33 min
    Brian and Carl Go To the Movies

    Brian and Carl Go To the Movies

    In this episode, Brian and Carl talk about what it is like to go to the movies. First we talk about the obligations of the movie theaters under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as it pertains to the world of audio description. After that we offer some advocacy tips on how to ensure a successful and pleasant trip to the movies. So get your favorite beverage, your favorite candy bars, and of course the buttered popcorn from your concession stand, get settled into your seat and enjoy the show! To leave feedback, suggestions, or ideas for a future podcast on Picture this, please get in touch with the Picture This team by emailing your comments to or leave a voicemail at 857-302-2817. We may use your email or voicemail in a future episode. Show Notes: Department of Justice’s Rule on Captioning and Audio Description for Movie Theaters:  . Questions and Answers about DOJ’s Rule on Captioning and Audio Description for Movie Theaters: .  

    • 41 min
    Maria Diaz of the Dicapta Foundation, Part II of II - Clearinghouse

    Maria Diaz of the Dicapta Foundation, Part II of II - Clearinghouse

    Do you get annoyed when a show that you previously watched with audio description switches platforms and then does not have audio description? On this second and final installment of our interview with Dr. Maria Diaz of the Dicapta Foundation, we talk about Dicapta’s dream project which is to create a clearinghouse and one-stop resource for audio description files to be housed so content creators can access the AD files.  Dicapta’s dream project is Access4All, a clearinghouse of accessibility assets that they initiated with funds from OSEP. They were really tired that their AD production couldn’t be available for those that rely on it to have access to video, so they decided to start building a clear, real, and strong bridge to offer AD for All while inviting the content providers to share/exchange their accessibility assets. The problem Dicapta wants to solve is illustrated in the following link: . The big news here is the clearinghouse. It gives the option to exchange accessibility assets and has the potential to increase the availability of those assets no matter where the user is watching the media. The catalog for now is made up of around 300 titles – most of them educational. Now that Maria talks about expanding this model to include entertainment and streaming services as well.  Follow this link for the general presentation of Access4All: . You can download the Access4All app on either Android or iOS devices. Once you do so you can sync the audio description with any of the titles listed below. The movie “FeelingThrough”: ; Learn to Count with Max the Glow Train: ; Ask an Astronomer How You Discover an Asteroid: ; Documentary Film Detroit ; ( Spanish) El requesón: .  To leave feedback, suggestions, or ideas for a future podcast on Picture this, please get in touch with the Picture this team by emailing your comments to or leave a voicemail at 857-302-2817. We may use your email or voicemail in a future episode.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

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14 Ratings

14 Ratings

srp417 ,

1 question and great topics.

It’s been a lot of years Carl. I upgraded from a Genie 1 to a Genie 2 with Direct TV..After the install, the new hardware doesn’t have the talking menu. How do we report this?

MKsullivan ,

Great start!

What a great start to a very interesting deep dive into audio descriptions. I think we’re going to get all the latest info on technology and I’m sure some really great recommendations on movies, tv & all types of entertainment.

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