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A fully blind journalist & cool stuff enthusiast. A sighted customer rep & casual artist/author. Together: a couple w/ a podcast about life & laughs. Come for the blindness but stay for the fun!

The Blindnamic Duo are back and ready to rock the season two premiere of the podcast!

 

After a short hiatus, Marc and Jan have returned with an action packed podisode filled with stories from their holiday season: How does a blind man participate in axe throwing? What happened during an apartment-wide power outage along with the consequences? How did The Blind Avenger's audio descriptions help the Guiding Goddess' movie going experience? (It's a story of Marc taking the lead for once!)

 

We also talk stinky onions, birthday/holiday parties and getting doped up at the hospital on this pot pourri of of a podisode. It's like a Christmas gift in mid-January!

 

Don't be a dingleberry: Make your earholes happy by subscribing for free and listening to our latest podisodes as soon as they're released. Just search for Blind Luminations wherever great podcasts are found or click here. We'll be back again next week -- we promise!

 

Follow us through social media on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/blindluminations/, twitter at https://twitter.com/blindlumination/ and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/blindluminations/. You'll be glad you did!

 

(Episode Art: An image depicts a stick figure of Jan on the left saying "Oh no! The power is out!" to the right, a stick figure of Marc wears his sunglasses and holds his white cane while replying, "Welcome to my world!" The phrase "Who's Guiding Who?" is written in big letters above the scene. The sketch was drawn by Marc Rocheleau, who is completely blind.)

The Blindnamic Duo are celebrating their 25th episode in style and it's... educational?

 

Covering how Marc got into college, he and Jan lay out how The Blind Avenger earned his degree at the school of hard knocks. Why did the former head of journalism refuse to talk with the beacon of blindness? How did the future journalist still slide into the program? What extra obstacles did he face due to his disability and why couldn't his skills speak for themselves? 

 

If you take anything away from this podisode it should probably be "don't piss Marc off!" In addition to these questions, we allude to future hurdles he didn't see coming (no pun intended,) discuss an amazing Christmas lights show in the area and Jan starts singing... again. (Oh the humanity!)

 

Anyway, don't be a dingleberry: Make your earholes happy by subscribing for free and listening to our latest podisodes as soon as they're released. Just search for Blind Luminations wherever great podcasts are found or click here. Next week we'll be back to talk about a very white cane Christmas!

 

Follow us through social media on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/blindluminations/, twitter at https://twitter.com/blindlumination/ and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/blindluminations/. You'll be glad you did!

 

(Episode art: An image depicts a stick figure of Marc loudly knocking on the door of a building. The word "school" is on the wall over it and "School Of Hard Knocks" is written in big letters above the scene. The sketch was drawn by Marc Rocheleau, who is completely blind.) 

What fun is a relationship if there isn't a little bit of stabbing once in awhile?

 

While it may sound sadistic, The Blindnamic Duo is actually covering how Jan and Marc manage the latter's diabetes. Find out how The Blind Avenger checks his blood sugar, gives himself insulin and listen to an audio demonstration of both! It's the perfect solution for those who have always wanted to hear a blind man get stabbed and bleed while being too queasy to watch!

 

Beyond this immersive experience, find out why blind diabetics have great  relationships, lots of sweets and like noise. Marc and Jan are making up for lost time so strap in and get some audio sweetener! (Did you think we were going to promote sugar here?)

 

Don't be a dingleberry: Make your earholes happy by subscribing for free and listening to our latest podisodes as soon as they're released. (Just search for Blind Luminations wherever great podcasts are found or click here. Next week we'll be celebrating our 25th episode by discussing how Marc got into college!

 

Follow us through social media on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/blindluminations/, twitter at https://twitter.com/blindlumination/ and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/blindluminations/. You'll be glad you did!

 

(Episode art: An image depicts a stick figure of Jan holding an insulin pen and smiling on the left side as she says, "Let me stab you!"  On the right side, a stick figure of Marc replies back,I already had my insulin!" The words "Bad Medicine" are written in big letters above the scene. The sketch was drawn by Marc Rocheleau, who is completely blind.)

In a podisode that pits fact against fiction, The Blindnamic Duo explores the reality of blindness when compared to its portrayal in entertainment.

 

Learning more about their unique thoughts, Marc and Jan pick each other's brains about perceptions of the blind in pop culture and beyond! What characters did The Blind Avenger find empowering and which depictions were not so great? How did the Guiding Goddess view the visually-impaired in different forms of media before and after she met Marc? What creates a fully-fleshed out character with a disability and how is Hollywood dropping the ball when it comes to representing visual-impairment? (Here's a hint: There isn't just perfect vision or nothing, folks!)

 

The two also delve into several anecdotes while tackling some classic scenes with blind characters. All of this before talk of how others take certain content, an actor's responsibility when playing disabled characters and how Marc's sighted days influence his opinions of past films.

 

It's one of Marc's favourite discussions so don't be a dingleberry: Make your earholes happy by subscribing for free and listening to this, along with all future podisodes, as soon as they're released. (Just search for Blind Luminations wherever great podcasts are found or click here.

 

Follow us through social media on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/blindluminations/, twitter at https://twitter.com/blindlumination/ and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/blindluminations/. You'll be glad you did!

 

(Episode art: An image depicts a stick figure of Jan using Marc's sunglasses and white cane  on the left side while saying, "Hey look! I'm blind!" On the right side, a stick figure of Marc replies back, "You know I can't!" The words "Blind Acting" are written in big letters above the scene. The sketch was drawn by Marc Rocheleau, who is completely blind.)

This week The Blindnamic Duo are exiting the blind shrine and taking a trip to the mouse house!

 

That's right, almost two weeks after its launch, Marc and Jan are ready to give their initial thoughts on Disney+! What accessibility issues is Marc having, how has Jan benefited from some of the accessibility features (despite being fully-sighted) and what content have they enjoyed the most?

 

Both The Blind Avenger and Guiding Goddess break down what Disney got right and what they still need to work on in this jam-packed episode. If that wasn't enough, we also welcome our first ever guest contributor Matt Dierckens. Find out what another blind user of the service thinks of their Apple TV app.

 

We cover this, shout-out our youngest fans and share someone's issue with The Blindnamic Duo parking in an accessible parking spot... despite having a permit on full display. (Gee, who's blind now?!)

 

Don't be a dingleberry: Make your earholes happy by subscribing for free and listening to our latest podisodes as soon as they're released. (Just search for Blind Luminations wherever great podcasts are found or click here. Next week we'll tackle depictions of the blind in tv & movies!

 

Follow us through social media on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/blindluminations/, twitter at https://twitter.com/blindlumination/ and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/blindluminations/. You'll be glad you did!

 

(Episode art: An image depicts a mouse-sized stick figure of Marc on the left side saying, "Jan?" On the right side, a normal-sized stick figure of Jan replies, "Marc?" The words "It's a small world after all" are written in big letters above the scene. The sketch was drawn by Marc Rocheleau, who is completely blind.)

We're boarding the polar express and getting into the holiday spirit on this week's podisode!

 

It's time for The  Blindnamic Duo to talk all about the trials and tribulations of Christmas shopping! Hear the extra steps Marc has to take when buying for his sighted wife as a blind man. On the flip side, hear how easy it can be for Jan to buy something for him without his knowledge whatsoever! While both things require craftiness, they create very different situations as well.

 

From going across the city with friends to hiding gifts in plain sight and figuring out workarounds along the way, this week's show has plenty of stories to keep you amused as visions of sugar plum fairies and jingle cats haunt your nightmares. Just think of us as the Christmas brightener-uppers!

 

Beyond this, The Blind Avenger and Guiding Goddess also talk about gifts of Christmas past, different surprises beyond the holy season and Wendy's bacon mushroom melt again! (This includes our first ever retraction... we're still open to a sponsorship though if you're listening, Wendy's.)

 

Don't be a dingleberry: Make your earholes happy  by subscribing for free and listening to our latest podisodes as soon as they're released. (Just search for Blind Luminations wherever great podcasts are found or click here. Come back next week too as we'll be covering Disney+ and our initial thoughts.

 

Follow us through social media on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/blindluminations/, twitter at https://twitter.com/blindlumination/ and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/blindluminations/. You'll be glad you did!

 

(Episode art: An image depicts a stick figure of Marc on the left side saying, "You got me a candy caneForget?" On the right side, a stick figure of Jan is holding a white cane with stripes and replies, "Yep!" The words "Christmas Surprises" are written in big letters above the scene. The sketch was drawn by Marc Rocheleau, who is completely blind.)

Where does Marc get all of his wonderful toys? Find out as The Blindnamic Duo explore the fantastical world of accessible technology!

 

From computers to phones and smart speakers to talking pen thingies, there's a lot available to help the blind with everyday tasks. Hear all about some of the things Marc uses to make his life a bit easier and what Jan thought of some of his accessible tech when she first met him. What are some of the ways the blind read money? How can they get information on food packaging and even the colour of clothes they wear? Why wouldn't Marc ride in a self-driving car? It might not be for the reason you think!

 

Although there's more accessible tech than we have time to cover in one episode, we do our best to tackle information about the computer, internet, cell phones, smart devices and beyond! All this and the celebration of a podcasting milestone. Whatever could it be? There's only one way to find out!

 

Don't be a dingleberry: Make your earholes happy  by subscribing today and downloading our latest podisodes as soon as they're released. (Oh yeah, Marc also rants about the addition of ham to Wendy's bacon mushroom  melt... not realizing it isn't even available in his own country. Who would want to miss that?!)

 

Besides our usual audio awesomeness, follow us on social media! Check us out on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/blindluminations/, twitter at https://twitter.com/blindlumination/ and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/blindluminations/. You'll be glad you did!

 

(Episode art: An image depicts a stick figure of Marc on the left side saying, "Forget Alexa, iLove you!" On the right side, a stick figure of Jan replies by saying, "Awwwwwwwwww!" The words "Marc Is A Smart Speaker" are written in big letters above the scene. The sketch was drawn by Marc Rocheleau, who is completely blind.)

Stop the presses, The Blindnamic Duo are back to break a story that will change things forever!

 

Okay so maybe there's a bit of fake news in there, but we are definitely back with some audio fun for your earholes. Join Marc and Jan as they get into the former's career as a journalist while being blind. Why did he choose this field? How has Jan helped along the way and what payment has she received? Also, what opportunities has Marc missed out on due to his disability?

 

We cover lots of ground, serious and silly, on this week's podisode. From not knowing he sat side by side with Jan for weeks in college to her (awful) sound effects for winking, this one has plenty of late breaking news! Don't be a dingleberry, subscribe, download and get ready for us to talk all about Marc's accessible technology next time too.

 

Besides our usual audio awesomeness, follow us on social media! Check us out on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/blindluminations/, twitter at https://twitter.com/blindlumination/ and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/blindluminations/. You'll be glad you did!

 

(Episode Art: An image depicts a stick figure of Jan saying, "I'm always right!" On the right side, a stick figure of Marc replies, "That's fake news!" The words "Freedom Of The Press" are written in big letters above the scene. The sketch was drawn by Marc Rocheleau, who is completely blind.)

First there were episodes and then we introduced the podisode. Now we're proud to present our very first... Janisode!

 

That's right, Lumineers! Jan is ditching the dead weight and striking out on her own. Join the Guiding Goddess as she explores The pods for applause and shares her thoughts on the podcasts she's recently listened to. While it isn't a full episode, it definitely packs a punch! (Would you expect anything less from one half of The Blindnamic Duo?)

 

From gypsy funerals to Canadian true crime, listen to this first (of many) bonus Janisodes! Stay tuned for our next podisode as well. The Blindnamic Duo will discuss what it's like for Marc to be a blind journalist soon!

 

Links To Podcasts Jan Mentioned

 

- Revisionist History podcast

- Caskets & Cocktails podcast

- Cabinet Of Curiosities podcast

- Dark Poutine podcast

- Nothing Ever Happens In Canada podcast

- Canadian True Crime podcast

 

By the way, aside from our usual audio awesomeness, you can also find us on social media! Check us out on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/blindluminations/, twitter at https://twitter.com/blindlumination/ and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/blindluminations/. You'll be glad you did!

 

(Janisode art: A thick question mark sits in the outline of a pair of headphones. Beneath this main image, the words "The Pods For Applause" are written. This drawing was done by Jeannette Rocheleau, who is completely sighted.)

On this week's podisode, The Blindnamic Duo finally crosses the line!

 

No, there's no controversy here... well aside from Marc forgetting the difference between the Amish and Mennonites. This week the blind guy and his sighted wife Jan talk all about the wonderful world of signatures and documentation when you're blind. The only lines getting crossed here are the ones Marc can't see on the page! (Get it now?!)

 

Although an episode devoted to signing papers may not sound exciting, it leaves room for lots of diversions. How is Jan sabotaging Marc's friendships by not letting him sign his name? How do blind people vote in an election? Why is it so fun to joke about Marc driving and what oath does Jan take more seriously than Ryan Reynolds in a Green Lantern film?

 

There's only one way to find out all this and more: Download and subscribe to Blind Luminations now! Don't be a dingleberry, make your earholes happy. and listen up! (You know you want to.)

 

By the way, aside from our usual audio awesomeness, you can also find us on social media! Check us out on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/blindluminations/, twitter at https://twitter.com/blindlumination/ and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/blindluminations/. You'll be glad you did!

 

(Episode Art: An image depicts a stick figure of Marc saying, "Someone wants an autograph?" On the right, a stick figure of Jan holds up a piece of paper that says Divorce at the top and replies, "yep!" The words "Always Read The Fine Print" are written in big letters above the scene. The sketch was drawn by Marc Rocheleau, who is completely blind.)

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