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Dangerous Vision The Podcast

Ever wonder what it would be like to be blind in a sighted world? On Dangerous Vision, host Randy Cohen, a blind Harvard Business School professor and MABVI board of director, learns how other blind people “do blind”, navigating their way over and around obstacles with white canes, guide dogs and technology that will blow your mind.

Randy, who has Retinitis Pigmentosa, loves to learn and talk and he applies all of his professorial skills to reveal remarkable insights about what it’s like to be blind.

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Episode 11: Head of the Class

One is a professor at a large east-coast university and the other is a professor at a large west-coast university. Harvard meets the University of California Berkeley| HBS meets UC Berkeley| Randy meets Georgina.
In episode 12 of Dangerous Vision the Podcast host Randy Cohen chats up Georgina Kleege of the English Department. Their fields of study couldn’t be any different (Math vs English) yet being a part of the blindness community quickly forges a fast friendship. Georgina shares her personal rants and resentments towards Helen Keller; “‘Blind Rage: Letters to Helen Keller ‘(2006) transcends the boundaries between fiction and nonfiction to re-imagine the life and legacy of this celebrated disability icon.

One is a professor at a large east-coast university and the other is a professor at a large west-coast university. Harvard meets the University of California Berkeley| HBS meets UC Berkeley| Randy meets Georgina.
In episode 12 of Dangerous Vision the Podcast host Randy Cohen chats up Georgina Kleege of the English Department. Their fields of study couldn’t be any different (Math vs English) yet being a part of the blindness community quickly forges a fast friendship. Georgina shares her personal rants and resentments towards Helen Keller; “‘Blind Rage: Letters to Helen Keller ‘(2006) transcends the boundaries between fiction and nonfiction to re-imagine the life and legacy of this celebrated disability icon.

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Georgina Kleege UC Berkeley

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Episode 10: Podcast Palooza

There are over 700,000 podcasts to choose from on a regular basis. To many in the blindness community, Nancy and Peter Torpey are familiar as the hosts of Eyes on Success. This podcast has been regular listening since 2011. Meanwhile Jenine Stanley, the host of “AIRA-cast” is more of a newbie, but has dreamed of hosting a podcast for years. In this episode of Dangerous Vision, Randy gets valuable podcast advice. Nancy Torpey sums it up by saying “it is a whole lot of work.”

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Episode 9: NFB on the ABC’s

In part two of Randy Cohen’s conversation with Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, the focus is on education. The idea of education as the major civil rights issue for many in the blind community. The education of blind students should be a continuum of educational services. Schools should be prepared to give the same educational services for all students, sighted and blind.

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National Federation of the Blind

Episode 8   Of the Blind Not For the Blind

This week’s Dangerous Vision is part one of a two-part conversation with Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind. As President Mark leads the nation’s oldest and largest blindness consumer organization. Part watchdog and part entrepreneur, Mark shares with Randy Cohen how growing up in Milwaukee Wisconsin shaped his sense of community and social justice.

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National Federation of the Blind

 

Episode 7: High Tech High Notes

By day Bill McCann was a computer programmer and by night he was a trumpeter and composer. In this week’s Dangerous Vision Bill McCann opens up about the time of his life when he ditched the day job to focus on his passion–music. This led to the launch of Dancing Dots Braille Music Technology.

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Dancing Dots

Episode 6:  Top Dog

Thomas Panek is the CEO of Guiding Eyes for the Blind. He is not only the President, he is also a client. In this week’s Dangerous Vision Randy and Thomas talk about the special bond Thomas has with his guide dog, Gus. What did Gus do that no other guide dog has ever done? What is Thomas doing right now that is advancing medical science?

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Guiding Eyes for the Blind

 

Episode 5: “Blind Date”

In this week’s Dangerous Vision Randy Cohen pulls back the covers on widely held beliefs about dating and sexuality with Robin Mandell. Robin is the creator of Ready, Sexy, Able, an online resource tool that navigates the complicated world of relationships. There’s no such thing as normal sex, and ways of having sex that accommodate different bodies and minds aren’t lesser or adaptive. This episode is adult in nature with content that would suggest a PG 13 rating;

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Episode 4: The Silent High 5

American Idol is perhaps the biggest television show ever. While there have been hundreds to thousands of contestants there has been only one blind singer to make it into the top ten and that is Scott MacIntyre. In this episode of Dangerous Vision, Randy Cohen dives into music and dishes the dirt with Scott. Scott has something interesting to say about vision loss and is the recipient of a new kidney.

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Episode 3:  Firm Footing

In part two of Randy’s candid conversation with Randy Pierce, we take a step by step journey into blind hiking. From the Grand Canyon’s smooth trails to the twists and turns of Mount Kilimanjaro, Randy Pierce describes every adventure.

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Episode 2:  Randy Squared

Randy Cohen meets Randy Pierce. While Randy Cohen lectures at Harvard Business School Randy Pierce visits hundreds/thousands of classrooms nationwide sharing his story of perseverance. Randy is the founder and President of 2020 Vision Quest, an organization that leads and inspires students and professionals to reach their peak potential.

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Episode 1:  Madame President

Randy Cohen dives into the alphabet soup of blindness organizations with a rousing conversation with Kim Charlson. Kim has a lot on her mind as she looks back on her time as the first woman President of the American Council of the Blind. Kim candidly reflects on the consumer side of the blindness community while also sharing her hopes for what is ahead. Did we also mention Kim is the executive director of the Perkins Library?

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About Randy Cohen

Randy Cohen Sitting behind desk , woman wearing a hajib in front speaking into microphoneRandy Cohen, Dangerous Vision’s host, teaches finance and entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School and sits on the Board of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. He has retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative disease of the retina.  Not that long ago it would have been insanely difficult to teach classes, travel the world, and do all the other things he does without his eyesight.  But now a combination of cool technologies, clever tips and tricks, and simple human kindness make it all possible for Randy. But that is not enough. Randy wants to do and learn more, and maybe even things he’s never been able to do before.