Listening to the Movies

Listening to the Movies

When Matthew Shifrin was growing up, his blindness meant that trying to enjoy a movie or TV show was often a confusing and frustrating experience. But then, Matthew discovered something called video description—an extra audio track where a narrator describes the action on screen. And suddenly, everything changed. This story comes from the Radiotopia podcast Blind Guy Travels. Follow the show on Twitter, Facebook, & Reddit. Subscribe to our Youtube channel here. Become a monthly contributor at If you know what this week's mystery sound is, tell us at Hiring? Sign up at and get a $75 credit to sponsor your first job post for better visibility, more applications, and quicker hiring times. Get 10% off your first month of BetterHelp at Visit for your free two-week trial. Subscribe to Blind Guy Travels wherever you get your podcasts. Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


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