In latest edition of Life Elsewhere we aired Part One of Norman B’s exclusive interview with Wreckless Eric, the man who penned the iconic Whole Wide World, a song that has become, as Eric says a staple of every emerging garage band’s repertoire. Eric who has a new album coming out later this year, talked with Norman B about his beginnings in the crazy world of rock’n’ roll. He tells of the first record he bought, and later innocently taking a cassette tape of his music to Stiff records. Believing his chances of becoming pop star were limited at best, he was literally stunned when an unassuming young man in a suit said he would produce Eric‘s debut record. That undistinguished man turned out to be Nick Lowe. The rise to stardom was fast and furious for Eric, and like many others, he almost lost his way. But Wreckless Eric is a survivor, he has put out an extraordinary body of work over the years, and has many a story to tell.
Also in this edition, Tonight Show veteran and seven-time Emmy nominee, Jon Macks explores the world of late night monologues and comedy, as well as the surprising wide influence these comedy shows and their hosts wield over life the United States. Jon talks engagingly to Norman B about his new book Monologue: What Makes America Laugh Before Bed.
Jonathan Gottschall was pushing forty, out of shape, and disenchanted with his job as an adjunct English professor, works up the nerve to join a Mixed Martial Arts school. This led to him thinking about, the more disturbing aspects of male behavior, in turn he tried to discover what attracts us to violence and how we keep violence in check. The result was his new book, The Professor in the Cage: Why Men Fight and Why We Like to Watch. Listen as Jonathan explains to Norman B how Romney almost won the Presidential election as he faced off as if in a fighting match with Obama.