Category Archives: Allen Salkin

Life Elsewhere Podcast Featuring Allen Salkin & Heather Greene Available Now!

“Top Notch Radio Host! I enjoyed the interview — rare that I’m asked questions which cause me to have to think so much!” Tweeted Allen Salkin after appearing on the latest edition of Life Elsewhere.

Hear Norman B’s in-depth interview with Allen Salkin, author of From Scratch: The Uncensored History of the Food NetworkAllen reveals the behind-the-scenes history and dishes the dirt on the egos and feuds of the people who made a fledgling upstart into a Cable TV empire. He tells fascinating stories about the network’s most polarizing figures, Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay, Anthony Bourdain, Robert Irvine and of course, Paula Deen. “This is a must-read book!” Says Norman B “Listen to the interview and you’ll understand why.”

Another book Norman B recommends is Whisk(e)y Distilled: A Populist Guide to the Water of Life, written by his second guest, Heather Greenea Spirits Sommelier. Heather‘s book is full of facts and details, witty observations, beautiful photographs and intriguing illustrations. She enthusiastically shares her wealth of knowledge  about a subject that’s rife with misinformation, myths and half-truths.

The program would not be complete without the latest Hit That Never Was, this week featuring a very rare Northern Soul favorite with an unusual history. Recorded in 1969, but for over three decades it lay in the archives of record producer and musician Dave Hamilton, one of the unsung heroes of the Detroit soul scene. A box of tape-reels marked simply ”The Possible Little Ann Album” were discovered by two British soul enthusiasts at Hamilton’s home in 1988. Deep Shadows was recorded by Little Ann, who sadly died in 2003, but she did get to hear her efforts get some acclaim, mostly from the British Northern Soul scene.

Next week we’ll have a live studio discussion on Florida Amendment 2Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions, an initiative that will appear on the November 4, 2014, ballot in the state of Florida. If enacted this measure would allow for the cultivation, purchase, possession and use of medical cannabis to treat certain medical conditions when recommended by a physician. If you have an opinion on either side of this Amendment 2, we would like to hear from you, send your email comments or questions to Norman B (at) Life Elsewhere (dot) co (thats C O).

Podcast

Life Elsewhere airs every Monday at 9.00am ET (1400 GMT)

WMNF 88.5fm

From Scratch, The Water Of Life & Deep Shadows

For the next edition of Life Elsewhere, Norman B invites you to indulge in three of the essential pleasures of life…food, drink and incredible music. Specifically, food as depicted by the ubiquitous Food Network, drink as in the Water Of Life or Whisk(e)y and music in the form of a rare Northern Soul track.

Allen Salkin, author of From Scratch: The Uncensored History of the Food Network, promises to reveal the behind-the-scenes history and dish the dirt on the egos and feuds of the people who made a fledgling upstart into a Cable TV empire. You’ll hear the juicy stories about the network’s most polarizing figures, Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay, Anthony Bourdain, Robert Irvine and of course, Paula Deen.

Whisk(e)y is in the midst of a huge renaissance. Ten years ago, the United States housed sixty-nine craft distillers; today, there are more than four hundred. Exports of Scotch whisky grew 12 percent just last year. Sales are skyrocketing, and specialty bars are popping up around the country, from New York City to Chicago to Houston. Whisk(e)y expert Heather Greeneauthor of Whisk(e)y Distilled: A Populist Guide to the Water of Life will explain to Norman B, (who admits to being a novice,) the mysteries of Whisk(e)y, the crucial importance of “nosing” Whisk(e)y and the spelling.

This week’s Hit That Never Was features a very rare Northern Soul favorite with an unusual history. Deep Shadows  by Little Ann is from 1969, but was never heard at the time it was recorded. For over 30 years it was stored in the archives of record producer and musician Dave Hamilton, one of the unsung heroes of the Detroit soul scene. A box of tape-reels marked simply ”The Possible Little Ann Album”,  was discovered by two British soul enthusiasts at Hamilton’s home in 1988. Little Ann sadly passed away in 2003, but she did get to hear her efforts gain some fame via the intrepid British Northern Soul scene. Set your alarm, you won’t want to miss the next Life Elsewhere, with food, gossip, Whisk(e)y and a brilliant soul gem, that almost didn’t get released.

Life Elsewhere airs every Monday at 9.00am ET (1400 GMT)

WMNF 88.5fm

Podcast

Big Kudos From Robert Newman

Robert Newman, the preeminent New York design director, sent us a fabulous endorsement of Norman B, the creator and host of Life Elsewhere. We could not resist sharing:

Robert Newman“I’ve been a fan of Norman B for over 25 years. He is a master radio host, voice talent, interviewer, media critic, and a creator of important culture and cultural events. As the host and producer of Life Elsewhere, Norman B has created one of the most intelligent, engaging, diverse, and entertaining radio programs in recent memory. It’s a pure delight from beginning to end. Norman’s ability to combine a diverse array of interviews, news, reviews, music, and much more showcases his talents as a producer and cultural mixmaster. And of course it’s his personality and voice that is the masterful centerpiece of it all, as he weaves an audio mosaic that is in turns playful, serious, engaging, colorful, authoritative, and always entertaining. Norman B reminds me of CNN news host Anderson Cooper with his ability to range through topics with a tone that conveys authority, but still keep a sense of friendly engagement. Norman B is one of the most exciting and brilliant talents and is deserving of a wide audience in any field.”

Coming up on the next edition of Life Elsewhere, don’t miss Norman B’s in-depth conversation with Allen Salkin, author of From Scratch: The Uncensored History of the Food Network. You’ll hear the juicy stories about the network’s most polarizing figures, Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay, Anthony Bourdain, Robert Irvine and of course, Paula Deen. Allen Salkin promises to reveal the behind-the-scenes history and dish the dirt on the egos and feuds of the people who made a fledgling upstart into a Cable TV empire.

Also in the program, the Hit That Never Was features a very rare Northern Soul favorite with an unusual history. Deep Shadows  by Little Ann is from 1969, but was never heard at the time it was recorded. For over 30 years it was stored in the archive of record producer and musician Dave Hamilton, one of the unsung heroes of the Detroit soul scene. The box of reels was marked simply ”The Possible Little Ann Album”,  was discovered by two British soul enthusiasts at Hamilton’s home in 1988. Little Ann sadly passed away in 2003, but she did get to hear her efforts gain some fame via the intrepid British Northern Soul scene.

Life Elsewhere airs every Monday at 9.00am ET (1400 GMT)

WMNF 88.5fm

Podcast