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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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  • 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.

Chion Wolf is the host of Audacious with Chion Wolf on Connecticut Public, featuring conversations with people who have uncommon or misunderstood experiences, conditions, or professions.

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