Year 10 student Evie created her very own podcast, 'Talking in the Dark' to raise awareness about blindness, visual impairment and disability in general, in a happy and light-hearted way. Evie was born with a condition called bilateral anopthalmia, meaning her eyes didn’t develop, and as a result Evie now wears prosthetics. Through the podcast Evie aims to get rid of the stigma and stereotypes around disabilities whilst having fun conversations at the same time! During the interviews Evie will talk to people from all walks of life, including, at times, people with physical conditions like hers, getting to know all about them and the lives that they lead.

Episode 13

(AD: In the image there is a purple background with two distinct photographs on either side. The photograph on the right-hand side is of Evie who is sat behind a grey desk. Evie has shoulder length red hair and is smiling. She is wearing school uniform. The photograph on the left-hand side of the image is of Gary O’Donoghue. Gary is stood in front of the Washington Monument. Gary has short brown hair and is smiling. He is wearing a brown leather jacket over a black sweater).

Evie has aspirations of being a professional broadcaster one day and for this week’s podcast she got to interview one of the best in the business. Gary O’Donoghue is the BBC’s chief political news correspondent for North America, and also just happens to be blind.

In this absorbing conversation Evie talks with Gary about his life growing up blind and his subsequent journey into journalism. The discussion covers a wide range of topics including some of the challenges Gary has faced over the years, and the emergence of technology and how this has enhanced his professional life.

A huge thank you to the Gary O’Donoghue for taking time out of his busy schedule to meet with us!

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