Why don’t the worlds of mainstream tech and accessibility tech ever seem to collide? Shelly, who keeps one foot in each, wants to know. She and her guests from both worlds chew over the news and trends of the day, mixing in an accessibility perspective. Hosted by Shelly Brisbin.

34: Ears for Ham
Aug 4 • 68 min
The filmed version of “Hamilton” as presented on Disney+ has an audio description track. Some who have used it find the track lacking. Someone decided to do something about it. Find out how it happened, how it was done, and how one AD user reacted.
33: A Visit with Apple’s Accessibility Team
Jul 13 • 28 min
What’s coming for accessibility on Apple’s platforms? I talk with Sarah Herrlinger, Apple Director of Global Accessibility Policy and Initiatives, and Dean Hudson, and engineer on the Apple accessibility team.
32: Access to the Post-Apocalypse
Jul 7 • 47 min
There are accessible video games, but it’s not a given. The long-awaited The Last of Us 2 has taken lots of knocks from reviewers, but it’s probably the most accessible game ever.
31: WWDC 2020: Going to Visit Dad at the Office
Jun 23 • 81 min
WWDC 2020 is like no previous iteration of Apple’s developer event. We talk about what’s new, including accessibility updates. We also dig in on tech conferences. What do we want from them and what are the barriers to making them great experiences.
30: It’s Like Playing Jazz
Jun 8 • 75 min
Here’s where you learn about developing inclusive apps – not why it’s a good thing, but how developers can get started doing it. We talk about addressing a variety of disabilities, and doing user testing to achieve accessibility in more than name only
29: Under the Feet of a Drunken Giant
May 12 • 56 min
Video just keeps growing as a way to tell stories about technology. Both of my guests have made video a mainstay of their creative output, so I wanted these two experts to school my audio-centric self. We also talk a lot about accessibility advocacy.
28: Bring on the WWDC Riff Trax
Apr 28 • 70 min
Here’s the Parallel take on two new bits of Apple gear. What will each mean for users, and for Apple itself? We talk iPhone SE the sequel, iPad’s new Magic Keyboard, how WWDC could come off this year, and more.
27: Fast Shipping. Looks Great!
Apr 14 • 55 min
How do product reviewers work? Do the people who evaluate gadgets for your favorite sites do rigorous testing, or rely on their gut? We talk about what it takes to write an authoritative post that people will actually want to read.
26: My Aunt from the Circus
Mar 31 • 52 min
What’s it like to work at home when you usually go to an office? My guests, a Microsoft program manager and a radio reporter, will fill you in.
25: The Multi-Face Lifestyle
Jan 7 • 28 min
I’m BACK, with a solo episode that amounts to ‘what I did on my unintended podcast vacation.’ With Apple products. I finally own an Apple Watch, and the latest edition of my book about iOS accessibility is out the door.
24: Don’t Call It Queen Cake
Sep 9, 2019 • 57 min
There’s a new operating system in town, and it’s delicious. It’s Android 10. Join us for a look at what’s new.
23: Not Forsaken
Aug 13, 2019 • 54 min
In the final episode featuring bonus content from “36 Seconds that Changed Everything: How the iPhone Learned to Talk” I chat with someone who had very good reasons for being skeptical of Apple, but who eventually embraced iOS, once it proved itself.
22: Aren’t You Blind People Marvelous?
Jul 23, 2019 • 40 min
Jonathan Mosen has many fans, and he’s a lightning rod for others in the blind community. When I interviewed him for “36 Seconds that Changed Everything: How the iPhone Learned to Talk,” I didn’t expect his journey to form such a neat arc in the story.
21: Deep Dev Dive
Jul 9, 2019 • 59 min
Research for my documentary, “36 Seconds that Changed Everything: How the iPhone Learned to Talk” included interviews with two longtime iOS developers, each of whom took an early interest in accessibility.
20: “36 Seconds That Changed Everything: How The iPhone Learned To Talk”
Jun 21, 2019 • 38 min
From the moment it was announced in 2007, anticipation for the first iPhone was off the charts. But if you had a disability, the phone was just a cold, unresponsive rectangle of plastic and glass. This is the story of how that changed in June of 2009.
19: Apple’s Full Accessibility Plate
Jun 10, 2019 • 40 min
Apple’s Director of Global Accessibility Policy and Initiatives, Sarah Herrlinger talks about new and updated accessibility features on the company’s platforms, as well as a bit of iOS access history.
18: Low Orbit Halos
May 29, 2019 • 42 min
Google I/O and Microsoft Build are done, but what did each have to say about accessibility? And which of their sponsors’ tent pole technologies are being used to power the next generation of fancy tach for people with a variety of disabilities?
17: Contrast is Good for Everybody
May 14, 2019 • 42 min
I talked with two iOS developers who have a lot in common. They’re independents who produce series of popular apps. And without really meaning to, they have each earned a reputation for thoughtful accessibility.
16: We’re Having a BBQ
Apr 16, 2019 • 73 min
Each spring, all the accessibility tech nerds go to the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference in Southern California. At the end, a bunch of us do a wrap-up podcast for Blind Bargains, which covers the show from soup to nuts, Braille to navigation.
15: The News About News +
Apr 2, 2019 • 31 min
Last Monday, Apple announced Apple News +. And I’m breaking usual format to give you a first look and demo, complete with extra accessibility sprinkles.
14: Into the Weeds
Mar 6, 2019 • 51 min
Darcy Burnard, a friend and longtime podcast collaborator, talks with me about making podcasts accessibly. Which tools work, which ones don’t, and which can be made to do our bidding?
13: That’s Why I Love Screen Curtain
Feb 19, 2019 • 73 min
Every tech-savvy person ends up helping some portion of her or his family get software installed, or spam banished. I wanted to find out how others do it, so I talked to fellow family tech supporters, who have also done this work professionally.
12: I’ll Take One of Everything
Jan 15, 2019 • 75 min
Can you turn an iPad into your primary computer, and if you do that, is it the best choice you can make, or a stunt to talk about on podcasts? I pose these blunt questions to my iPad-dominant guests. And give you a bushel of links, too.
11: Just the Accessible Tips
Jan 1, 2019 • 19 min
Enjoy a few gifts from past Parallel guests. And as it turned out, there’s great stuff for users of iOS, Android, macOS and Windows. And games!
10: I Was Ready to Flip a Table
Dec 17, 2018 • 81 min
Which is more fun; a thorough-going discussion of home automation tech, or Allison and Mikah geeking out on any subject? Fortunately, it’s not necessary that you make a choice.
9: I Just Personally Need Folders
Nov 21, 2018 • 80 min
Shortcuts, not just the Siri ones, have the potential to change the way people use iOS. I talk with a couple of shortcut-makers. The enthusiasm is infectious.
8: Film Struck Dead
Nov 6, 2018 • 58 min
We gather to mourn the demise of the FilmStruck streaming service, a lifeline for cord-cutting fans of classic and art film, and a way to pass film history on to new generations. We also offer you an amazing array of links.
7: Hey Guillermo!
Oct 23, 2018 • 65 min
Smart speakers have very much been a part of this fall’s tech product announcement season. On this episode, we kick the various speakers and virtual assistants around, and give some thought to their place in our lives.
6: Bring on the Darkness
Oct 9, 2018 • 68 min
What is dark mode, or what should it be? How have the various mobile and desktop OS makers actually implemented the mainstream dream version of what users with visual disabilities have known for years as inverted colors?
5: In My Heart I Want the Hot Blue
Sep 19, 2018 • 81 min
I let the fall Apple event soak in for a couple of days before rounding up some folks to talk about it. Watches, phones, and new iOS features are all on the bill of fare. And Mikah and David share their Apple addictions.
4: Eat Your Own Dog Food
Sep 4, 2018 • 41 min
I’m talking to two CEOs who run small tech companies, and who, for my money, excel in communicating about what they’re doing in honest, transparent ways. In other words, they don’t speak Corporate-ese when they tell you about the things they make.
3: The One with Sal Soghoian (Bonus Show)
Aug 28, 2018 • 63 min
Sal Soghoian is the man behind Apple automation. For almost 20 years, Sal made sure automation was a part of the Mac, whether advocating personally with Steve Jobs, or building tools like Automator that allow users to customize their Macs.
2: I Mix Like a Human
Aug 21, 2018 • 82 min
We’re describing audio description with audio. How do movies or TV shows acquire audio description? Which streaming services are heroes, and which fall short? Who describes, and how does description work? And how can you find described content?
1: I Wish All Computers Were Orange
Aug 7, 2018 • 56 min
Personal computers have been around long enough that many of us have fond memories of a formative device, a technology, or an operating system. Some of us collect obsolete hardware; others recall the history because they were a part of making it.
0: Introducing Parallel
Aug 3, 2018 • 6 min
Parallel is a tech podcast with accessibility sprinkles. It’s new on Relay FM. Meet the show, meet the host, and find out what comes next.