Two Interviews & One Song You Need To Hear!

Next on Life Elsewhere, Norman B interviews two accomplished authors and selects music you need to hear.

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, the title of Yudhijit Bhattacharjee’s latest engaging book.

Sonia Taitz’s new novel, Great With Child, is a well-crafted summer read about an aspiring lawyer, who happens to be single and pregnant, involved in a love triangle while engaged in an intriguing sub-plot. But, is Sonia Taitz cleverly presenting a shrewd observation on the hurdles of being a working mother dealing with rampant misogyny and difficult career choices?

“So much new, interesting music comes my way,” says Norman B, “And, every so often I hear something that I feel you need to hear too. F/V Hope the new album from Philadelphia-based Friendship is such an album. It’s a curio that surprises me on each play. The cut I selected, Seen But No Reply is based on a modern theme – email. Yet the arrangement, instrumentation, plaintive vocal and even the tempo suggests it’s from another era, maybe the past, or possibly an unknown future.”

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A Summer Read Or An Observation On Misogyny?

Is Sonia Taitz’s new novel, Great With Child, a well-crafted summer read about an aspiring lawyer, who happens to be single and pregnant, involved in a love triangle while engaged in an intriguing sub-plot? Or, is Sonia Taitz presenting a shrewd observation on the hurdles of being a working mother dealing with rampant misogyny and difficult career choices? In the next edition of Life Elsewhere, Sonia Taitz, Yale-educated lawyer, mother and writer talks with Norman B about her latest book, the continuing disparity for women in the workplace and who she would cast in a movie of her book.

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Where Do We Go From Here?

“May 21, is my birthday. Every year on Life Elsewhere, we create a show around it. One year a professor who specializes in ancient Roman history explained with peculiar enthusiasm, how the Romans celebrated their birthdays…the conversation quickly turned into an almost x-rated play-by-play account of ancient Roman’s predilection for excessive hedonistic pleasures. Then there was the time a renowned astrologer talked about star signs…that conversation managed to wander off into a startling prediction that a certain Mr. Trump’s signs were so well-aligned, he could be President…if he ever chose to run. Last year I talked about the music that changed my life…So, here we are again, another year has passed, yet this year is different…this birthday is a big one! I’ve debated with myself as to how I should handle this on the show…Age is just a number people say, we all get old, it’s part of life…a good friend of mine, who happens to be a few years younger than me, has acknowledged he is getting old by producing a witty cartoon series, titled Drifting Into Old Age. He is embracing the ironies of getting old..er…pointing out the inevitable, albeit with a slight nod and wink. So the debate for me has been, do I shout out from the rooftops…or do I let another year gracefully pass on by?”
Norman B, May 21, 2017

Norman’s birthday is the theme for the second half of the latest edition of Life Elsewhere. In the first part of the show, Norman asks frequent contributor, scholar & expert in Global, Urban and Social Studies, Dr. Binoy Kampmark to help us understand what in the world is going on? Almost moment by moment there is breaking news surrounding the Trump administration. What’s it all about and where do we go from here?

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Our Theme Music Was Composed By…

He is one of the few NPR stars who has left his mark without saying a word. He is the award-winning composer of some of the best-known Public Radio themes you’ve been listening to for decades, including Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, Marketplace, Science Friday, Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me! And the “Stump The Chumps” theme on Car Talk. In the closing credits to all these shows, you’ll hear, “Our theme music was composed by BJ LeidermanBut who is BJ Leiderman, how does he write theme songs, and what else has he done? We’ll ask these questions and more of the self-confessed Beatles fan and almost spot-on John Lennon imitator. Plus, Norman B will play cuts from BJ’s debut album, aptly titled, BJ, where he expertly showcases his opinions and wit, in the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

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Hilarious, Moving & Unpredictable

Eleanor Oliphant struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. This is the set-up for Gail Honeyman’s remarkable debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. Awkward, naive, and at times downright peculiar, Eleanor reminds us of those parts of ourselves that we’d rather not – but do, all too easily, recognize. Everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. “I’m raving about Eleanor Oliphant!” Says Life Elsewhere host, Norman B, adding, “It’s hilarious, moving & unpredictable” Author Gail Honeyman talks about Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine in the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

Also in the program, Go, the latest single from Hugh, the London-based band we cannot get enough of. Their debut album is due for release soon. Plus a preview of an upcoming interview with B.J. Leiderman, the man who writes theme tunes for NPR. And, we squeeze in Fireworks, a track from London-based artist Vivien Kongolo, who performs under the name Miles from Kinshasa, displaying his Congolese roots and British surroundings.

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Life Elsewhere Music airs:
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