Roman Girlhood & Azusena

In ancient Rome, elite woman were often educated, socially prominent, and even relatively independent. Yet, the social regime that ushered these same women into marriage and childbearing at an early age was remarkably restrictive. This is the paradox that is investigated in a fascinating book, Roman Girlhood & the Fashioning of Femininity by Lauren Caldwell. Associate Professor of Classical Studies at Wesleyan University. Through an examination of literary, legal, medical, and epigraphic sources, Professor Caldwell identifies the social pressures that tended to overwhelm concerns about girls’ individual health and well-being. Roman girls were often married as young as twelve, an age that seems inexplicable to our twenty-first century, western world values. Yet the Romans would be equally alarmed at our insistence on the extended period of adolescence we put so much emphasis on. This is a fascinating topic and an engaging interview you do not want to miss. Also in the next edition, a Life Elsewhere exclusive, the brilliant new single from the talented British-American singer-songwriter Azusena. To avoid confusion with another artist, she decided to change her name from Zuzu to Azusena. Her new song, Crosby is as infectious as her previous two releases, Clever Gains and You.

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Creativity Prompted By The Election Result

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Talented and enterprising singer/songwriter Nancy Kells felt compelled to contact us directly after the Presidential election results came in, “I’m very, very worried!” she said, “this feels like a bad dream. How is it possible for a misogynist-race-baiting-bullying-con-man be President of the country I love?” Nancy was expressing the outrage felt by many, especially in the creative community. But, instead of moaning and groaning, Nancy Kells believes in action. So, she enlisted the help and partnership of Fox Food Records’ James Smith and together they curated a magnificent compilation album with an amazing array of musical artists from across a wide spectrum of styles. The resulting album, Friends For Equality will feature over forty tracks with all the proceeds going to aid, Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood, and ACLU. This is not just a labor of love, it’s serious endeavor to employ creative abilities to benefit organizations Nancy James believe could be threatened by the new administration. In upcoming editions of Life Elsewhere and Life Elsewhere Music we will play selections from Friends For Equality.

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A Conversation With Barzin

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Although murmurs of Leonard Cohen’s failing health had occasionally filtered through in the last twelve months or so, his passing did catch most of us by surprise. The loss of a true artistic giant in our ever-evaporating world seemed all the more poignant as the same world shuddered mere hours before when the results of the US Presidential election were announced. Cohen and his music had touched me deeply from the moment in 1967 when I first heard Songs Of Leonard Cohen. To the time I was lucky enough to meet the man, in the early 90’s, backstage, when he performed in Seattle. As I made my way to the great man’s dressing room, an always-shy young musician I knew, stopped me to ask in a whisper, if I could take him to meet his idol, and I did. Mr. Cohen was gracious, generously friendly, and very, very funny. The young musician with his trademark ragged blond haircut barely looked up, his hunched posture didn’t hide his obviously quivering skinny frame. He mumbled thanks to the legendary performer and to me, then backed out of the room like a nervous shadow. It was just a few short months later when TV cameras from all over the world were crammed into the studio as I tried to concentrate on my drive-time radio show. The reporters asked, “What could I tell them about the chart-topping, twenty-seven-year-old musician who had blown his brains out?” I retraced these memories as I digested the news of Leonard Cohen’s death, while TV and radio seemed to play “Hallelujah” in a continuous loop. Then, I saw my other favorite Canadian singer/songwriter/poet, Barzin had made a very rare appearance on Facebook by posting a tribute to Leonard Cohen. From there, it was obvious, I wanted Barzin to share his appreciation of Cohen for you on Life Elsewhere. A recording session was arranged and in the next edition of the program, you’ll hear the talented Barzin talk about the unavoidable influence of Leonard Cohen. Our informal chat continues on with Barzin sharing a deeply moving account of his work on a soundtrack for “Viewfinder”, a feature film by British filmmaker, Jason Yeoman. The story has a surprising twist, you won’t want to miss. He also assures us that he is working on a new album, set for release in Spring of 2017. Plus, the always cool, mild-mannered Barzin offers a glimpse into the Canadian view of recent political events south of the border.
Norman B. November 23, 2016

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The Goldilocks Planet & The Trump Administration

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“For over the past 10,000 years, Earth has been the Goldilocks planet, not too hot, not too cold, as the temperature has been steady, fluctuating by only about 1°C. So, everything the human species has done has been within a very narrow, and almost perfect temperature range (Source: Richard Alley, professor of geosciences, Penn State University, PBS Interview). In other words, civilization is like a spoiled child that has been protected and shielded from the reality of a rough and tumble world.” This is from a stirring article by frequent and popular Life Elsewhere contributor, Robert Hunziker. Suggesting civilization is like a spoiled child, is hardly coincidental for Hunziker, who has little time for what he considers to be the dangerous antics of an infantile Donald Trump. “The Artic is finally in a weakened stage enough so to cause humankind’s worst nightmare. Regrettably, that nightmare is already trump-tweet-global-warmingwarming up to the destructive task at hand, and Trump is not even in the White House yet!” Says Robert. The Los Angels-based, environmental journalist’s latest commentary for Counterpunch paints a frightening scenario, “Lamentably, on Election Day, the creepy Doomsday Clock got an enormous shot in the arm and now absorbs powerful testosterones, suggesting that the big ole clarion bells on ye olde public square should be ringing as loud as possible, alerting the townspeople to an impending storm!” Hunziker shouts in his piece titled, The Arctic Warms Up For Trump. In the next edition of Life Elsewhere, Robert Hunziker  will explain why he is so fearful of Donald Trump’s view on global warming, as illustrated in his Tweet on November 8, 2012, “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

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PS: News came in as this post was being published that President-elect Trump may rethink his views on Global Warming. No details were available. 

The Dyslexic Spy & A Venomous Killer

Before Edward Snowden’s infamous data breach, the largest theft of government secrets was committed by an ingenious traitor whose intricate espionage scheme and complex system of coded messages were made even more baffling by his dyslexia. His name is Brian Regan, but he came to be known as The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell. In December of 2000, FBI Special Agent Steven Carr of the bureau’s Washington, D.C., office received a package from FBI New York: a series of coded letters from an anonymous sender to the Libyan consulate, offering to sell classified United States intelligence. The offer and the threat were all too real. A self-proclaimed CIA analyst with top secret clearance had information about U.S. reconnaissance satellites, air defense systems, weapons depots, munitions factories, and underground bunkers throughout the Middle East. Rooting out the traitor would not be easy, but certain clues suggested a government agent with a military background, a family, and a dire need for money. Leading a diligent team of investigators and code breakers, Carr spent years hunting down a dangerous spy and his cache of stolen secrets. Author, Yudhijit Bhattacharjee  joins the next edition of Life Elsewhere to reveal how the FBI unraveled Regan’s strange web of codes to build a case against a man who nearly collapsed America’s military security.

Peter James the bestselling crime fiction writer is back with Love You Dead, the latest in his excellent Roy Grace series. For this outing James’ Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is feeling the pressure from his superiors, his previous case is still giving him sleepless nights, there have been major developments with his missing wife Sandy, and an old adversary is back. But worse than all of this, he now believes a Black Widow is operating in his home city of Brighton. One with a venomous mind . . . and venomous skills. Soon Grace comes to the frightening realization that he may have underestimated just how dangerous this lady is. The always affable Peter James chats with Norman B about his new book and recalls a visit to a UK prison, where a female inmate’s callous reason for murder inspired his latest novel.

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