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Blink!

When I say BLINK! What do you think? 

Of that American POW who blinked the word “TORTURE” in Morse code live on Vietnamese television? 

Or do you think of someone with locked-in syndrome who can only communicate by blinking? 

Or do you think about the idea of a universal eye language that uses blinks?

Today on Audacious, you'll hear about all that, plus a headset that measures the blinking of long-distance drivers so they know to take a break, and what it’s like when you have a rare condition that makes it so you can’t stop blinking.

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GUESTS:

  • Blake Stilwell is a former air force combat camera operator, and currently the veteran jobs editor at Military.com
  • Jason Gui is the Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer at Vigo Technologies. His wearable headset, Vigo, tracks drowsiness by measuring eye blinks
  • Nancy Rosa is a resident of Poughquag, NY who has blepharospasm, a rare condition which causes uncontrollable eye blinking
  • Dr. Hemangi Sane led the team that developed the world’s first eye language, “Blink To Speak”. She is also the Founder & President of the Asha Ek Hope Foundation, and the Deputy Director of NeuroGen Brain & Spine Institute in Mumbai, India
  • Clodagh Dunlop is the author of A Return To Duty, about how she survived a brain stem stroke and used blinking to begin to communicate her way through locked-in syndrome

Jessica Severin de Martinez and Catie Talarski contributed to this show.