112 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
    • 4.8 • 25 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 111 - Cooking

    Episode 111 - Cooking

    The visuals of food prep and cooking can be kind of a mystery, so this week Christine and JJ are donning their jaunty chef's hats and stepping into the kitchen to demystify fancy flambéing, precarious pizza tossing, and curious candy making. Bon appetite!
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    Episode 110 - Stonewall and LGBTQ Activism

    Episode 110 - Stonewall and LGBTQ Activism

    It's time for our second annual Pride episode! Last year, in episode 57, we described the visuals of Toronto's Pride Parade. This year we take a look at the historical event that led to the first political (and  celebratory!) Pride Marches in North America: the Stonewall riots.

    To hear firsthand accounts from those who were at Stonewall, and journalists who have studied the event and its aftermath, check out this New York Times video. It's not described, but the interview subjects are quite descriptive in their recollections.

    https://youtu.be/S7jnzOMxb14


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    Episode 109 - Forests and Fairs

    Episode 109 - Forests and Fairs

    Summer is upon us, so it's time to get outside and do summery things. Today, Christine and JJ take their cues from the weather, the season, and some listener requests, and put their summer hats on. First, they head to the cabin to explore the forest, the trees, and the dappled sun. Then, they journey to the fair to stroll the midway and hit some roller coasters. All through the power of description-rich conversation!
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    Episode 108 - School Shootings

    Episode 108 - School Shootings

    On this podcast, we have tasked ourselves with "Describing the visuals of the world around us."  Right now, the world around us includes mass school shootings. After consulting with Blind and Low Vision community members on various social media platforms, today we reluctantly carry on  with the promise inherent in our mandate. In this episode, Christine and JJ describe and discuss the visuals surrounding school shootings, including school security, active shooter drills, AR15 assault rifles, and media coverage of the May 24th massacre in Uvalde, Texas. While no graphic or gory images will be discussed or described,  listener discretion is still strongly advised.

    If you  are struggling to cope  with the mental or emotional effects of these events, help is available. In the US, please call the National Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990. In Canada, please call the Wellness Helpline at 1-866-585-0445 or the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868.
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    Episode 107 - Star Wars Part 2: Obi Wan Kenobi

    Episode 107 - Star Wars Part 2: Obi Wan Kenobi

    Christine and JJ  just couldn't fit all of their Star Wars talk into a single episode, so today they circle back in their X-Wing to describe ships in the Star Wars universe. Then, having started the new Obi Wan Kenobi series, Christine and JJ go deep on the visual details that inline description doesn't quite have time for: visual parallels, hidden clues, and quickie cameos. Spoiler warning! And nerd alert, too!
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    • 42 min
    Episode 106 - Virtual Reality Part 2

    Episode 106 - Virtual Reality Part 2

    A few weeks back, Christine and JJ began exploring and describing the world of virtual reality. Today, that exploration continues. First they discuss the connection between the visual and physical, then giggle about childhood dreams of a real-life holodeck. Finally, the intrepid pair takes a quick trip to the International Space Station!
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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 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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