Janis. Betrayal. Superathletes.

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“Janis, of course, is one of a kind…there’s a vortex of energy churning inside her. It manifests itself in her laughter, in her sometimes rapid shifts of mood, in the way she breaks into a conversation with a rap that nails the issues and states her position in a flurry of fast sentences. Some of the time she’s like a chain reaction on the verge of going critical. She is quick, smart, and often funny…When she really gets going , she can weave her sentences into a stunning cascade of words that overwhelms anyone who disagrees with her, often winding up with a capper, a knockout blow that’s so neat it delights her as much as her listeners, and she’ll burst into a cackle of laughter at her own achievement.” from On the Road with Janis Joplin by John Byrne Cooke. In the next edition of Life Elsewhere, you’ll hear a preview of Norman B’s forthcoming in-depth interview with John Byrne Cooke, who was Joplin‘s road-manager from 1967  until her untimely death.

Clare Price is a former technology reporter, who saw the birth of the commercial Internet firsthand as a research director with a global leader in information technology consulting. With this invaluable background and insight she sets her first novel in 1994, the dawn of the Internet Age. Norman B talks with author about her fast-moving Web of Betrayal and asks, “Is there no hiding in Cyberspace?”

Brimming with cutting-edge science and gripping anecdotes, Faster, Higher, Stronger is a fascinating, exhilarating look at how far we can push the boundaries of our bodies and minds. Norman B talks with the author, Mark McClusky about How Sports Science Is Creating a New Generation of Superathletes–and What We Can Learn from Them.

The listener’s photograph accompanying this week’s Hit That Never Wascaused a few raised eyebrows at Life Elsewhere Towers. Listen carefully to hear if Norman B mentions it when he introduces Knees by The UK’s Peter & Kerry from their 2010 release, Clothes, Friends, Photos EP on Tape Club Records.

Podcasts of Life Elsewhere are available at Stitcher

Life Elsewhere airs Mondays at 9.00am ET 

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