88 episodes

Where the visuals of current events and the world around us get hashed out in description-rich conversations. J.J. Hunt is an innovative Audio Describer and a natural-born storyteller. Christine Malec is a perpetually inquisitive member of the blind and partially sighted community who’s always wondering about something. In Talk Description to Me, their discussions plunge into current events and topical issues to explore the content of important images, and help place vivid descriptions in their cultural context. Lively, hard-hitting, witty, vibrant, and fun, this is conversation with a view!

Talk Description to Me Christine Malec and JJ Hunt

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 23 Ratings

Where the visuals of current events and the world around us get hashed out in description-rich conversations. J.J. Hunt is an innovative Audio Describer and a natural-born storyteller. Christine Malec is a perpetually inquisitive member of the blind and partially sighted community who’s always wondering about something. In Talk Description to Me, their discussions plunge into current events and topical issues to explore the content of important images, and help place vivid descriptions in their cultural context. Lively, hard-hitting, witty, vibrant, and fun, this is conversation with a view!

    Episode 87 - Hunga Tonga Volcano and Tsunami

    Episode 87 - Hunga Tonga Volcano and Tsunami

    On January 15th 2022, an underwater volcano erupted in the Pacific Island nation of Tonga, sending an ash cloud 100,000 feet in the air.  The massive eruption was clearly visible from space, and sparked a tsunami that rocked Pacific coastlines from New Zealand to Japan, Peru to Canada. Today, Christine and JJ describe satellite images of the blooming ash cloud, visualizations of the eruption's shockwave, and videos of the resulting tsunami.
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    • 31 min
    Episode 86 - NASA's James Webb Space Telescope

    Episode 86 - NASA's James Webb Space Telescope

    It's been an exciting couple of weeks for space geeks like Christine. On Christmas Day, with help from the European Space Agency, NASA launched the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to Hubble. Since then, the telescope has been busy unfolding, preparing itself for a million-mile mission and a lifetime of capturing infrared images of the oldest and most distant objects in our universe.  JJ and Christine will have to wait a while before those images are available to describe, but that's ok because there's a more pressing practical question to deal with first: what the heck does an unfolding space telescope look like?!


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    • 30 min
    Episode 85 - It's Hockey Night Tonight!

    Episode 85 - It's Hockey Night Tonight!

    "Hello out there! We're on the air! It's hockey night tonight!" - Stompin' Tom Connors.

    For some, winter means bundling up, locking the door, and hiding under weighted blankets 'til Spring. For others it means lacing up skates, taping up an old stick, and heading to the nearest patch of ice for a bit of shinny! This week, in a valiant, oh-so-Canadian effort to fight off the post-holiday blahs, Christine and JJ indulge in some nostalgic, description-rich chirping about the best game we can name - the good ol' hockey game!

    To hear a live version of Stompin' Tom's Hockey Song, check out this YouTube video, packed with grainy, vintage clips of goals and dustups:  https://youtu.be/UxJvrD80nJ4

    To hear today's NHL players share their favourite hockey sounds, check out: https://youtu.be/h61mQXXk7IQ

    And for more musings on hockey, check out this blog post by Christine, originally published in 2012: https://talkdescriptiontome.blogspot.com/2022/01/christine-on-hockey-few-days-before.html
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    • 44 min
    Episode 84 - Victorian Christmas Part 2

    Episode 84 - Victorian Christmas Part 2

    Happy New Year everyone! To celebrate the season, Christine and JJ head to Toronto's Distillery District Christmas Market. Wandering the cobblestone streets of the Victorian neighbourhood, they describe the decorations and delicious treats,  share a few stories, and some good laughs, too.  All the best in 2022!
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    • 24 min
    Episode 83 - Victorian Christmas Part 1

    Episode 83 - Victorian Christmas Part 1

    Merry Christmas everyone! To celebrate the season, Christine and JJ head to Toronto's Distillery District Christmas Market. Wandering the cobblestone streets of the Victorian neighbourhood, they describe the decorations and delicious treats,  share a few stories, and some good laughs, too.  All the best to you and yours!
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    • 25 min
    Episode 82 - Quad State Tornado

    Episode 82 - Quad State Tornado

    Late in the night on December 10th and into the early morning of December 11th, a supercell thunderstorm ripped through four Mid-South American states. Multiple tornadoes within the storm devastated towns, cities, and rural areas, and took the lives of at least 90 people, with many more still missing.  This week, in an effort to provide contextual information to those profoundly affected by these events, JJ and Christine describe the visuals of tornadoes, and photos of the storm's aftermath.  Listener discretion is advised.

    This episode discusses items listed on the Facebook group  Quad State Tornadoes Found Items. For more information, please visit:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/752733605686831/


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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

goldfingas ,

👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽

Love this!!!

7-Mary-4 ,

A visual feast for everyone

JJ is a true artist when it comes to describing the visual experience. I would recommend this podcast for everyone, especially those who can see, but don’t observe their world.

Read2781 ,

Amazing

I’ve been legally blind since birth. I greatly appreciate the effort that has gone into creating these descriptions. Having descriptions of current events is a wonderful way for those with vision loss to remain connected to the world around us.

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