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A Cavalcade Of Curiosities Eclipse An Untimely Death

“With great sadness and a broken heart I have to let know all of Adrian’s friends and acquaintances that he is dead. A bright mind and compassionate soul is gone, he was my beloved son,” Mario Lamo wrote in a post on Facebook. Beyond that brief note, only a few mentions of Lamo’s death have appeared in print, and broadcast media has made almost no mention at all. Lamo’s death should be a major news story, yet as our guest, Dr. Binoy Kampmark suggests, “The cavalcade of curiosities in Washington eclipsed Lamo’s sad end.” In the early 90’s Adrian Lamo gained notoriety for hacking companies like Yahoo! and AOL, as well as The New York Times. In 2004, after accepting a plea bargain, Lamo was sentenced for hacking the newspaper, where he had added his name to an internal list of op-ed writers and racked up $300,000 in charges using the organization’s subscription to Lexis-Nexis, a pay-per-use search tool. But, it was Lamo’s tipping the US government about the actions of Chelsea Manning that thrust his name into global-wide headlines. The scant footnote obituaries of Lamo’s passing caused us to reach out to a favorite Life Elsewhere contributor, Binoy Kampmark, to get his take on the hacker’s untimely death at age 37. Dr. Kampmark is widely known for his early association with WikiLeaks, his thought-provoking writing, and commentaries. In typical form, host Norman B maneuvers the conversation to many other topics, including, Mr. Trump, sex scandals, John Bolton and the fetishism of guns in America. This is one hour of programming you cannot afford to miss!

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Show #265

Power, Corruption & Lies!

“If men are not naturally sexual predators, why does it happen so often?” Asks author and professor of anthropology, Agustín Fuentes. An article he wrote for Psychology Today, a couple years back, is more than relevant today, what with the tawdry accusations surrounding Harvey Weinstein and Bill O’Reilly plus the unabashed sexual bragging of one Donald J. Trump. Professor Fuentes goes onto to say, “Those three individuals, Weinstein, O’Reilly and Trump, they have a lot in common, I think that is a big part of the discussion about sexual coercion. These are individuals in our society, older, white men who have particular positions in particular economic structures that enable them to commit incredible uses of power of a wide array, not just sexual…and get away with it!” Agustín Fuentes, the author of The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional, joins us for the next edition of Life Elsewhere. Also on the program, to cover current topics is a frequent contributor,  Dr. Binoy Kampmark, senior lecturer at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Never one to shy away from offering his well-considered take, Binoy weighs in on Weinstein, O’Reilly, and Trump. Plus, he may cause Hilary devotees to smart a little with a not-so-flattering view of the failed Presidential contender. We’ll also bring you a musical interlude, courtesy of Turnover, a trio from Virginia Beach. “Their new album, Good Nature is well worth your time investigating!” Says Norman B. Life Elsewhere airs at all the outlets and times listed below and the Podcast is now available at NPR One and iTunes.   

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Making Sense Of The Headlines

“The Trump administration has a madness to it. It’s not a party-based system, this is where the Republicans have a problem with Trump. It seems he is doing a cleansing of the stables of GOP influences. Trump is not an ideological man. This is deeply disconcerting to the party because they don’t have someone in the White House they can rely on. Trump has a distinctive agenda of his own. Meanwhile, the Democrats are still trying to reconcile themselves with the horror of what happened in 2016. Essentially, looking at the Democrats is like looking at post trauma patients.”  These are the thoughts of Dr. Binoy Kampmark in his latest appearance on Life Elsewhere. We regularly call upon Dr. Kampmark to help us make sense of the latest headlines. His take is most often not necessarily contrary, but usually a well-considered alternative. Dr. Binoy Kampmark, Senior Lecturer in Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University Melbourne, Australia and contributing editor for Counterpunch magazine joins us for the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

Also in the program, new music from Linzi Jai a talented artist based in Florida. Plus, a conversation with Augustus Rose, the Chicago-based author of The Ready Made Thief. This is Rose’s debut novel. It’s an improbable yet believable story. Disturbing and fascinating. To date, one of the best reads of 2017.

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Fearless!

Who would you describe as Fearless? It’s a lofty accolade, coincidently used by the two guests in the next edition of Life Elsewhere. Frequent contributor, Dr. Binoy Kampmark says, A. A. Gill was Fearless. Mr. Gill was a noted cultural critic. For many years he wrote restaurant reviews for the London Sunday Times. He also wrote TV reviews, travel essays. He wrote and appeared in documentaries and television programs. He brandished his critical prose without apology. Gill also wrote a number of well-received books, including The Golden Door. This was one of the books Dr. Kampmark selected for his list in last week’s Life Elsewhere Holiday Gift Special. Kampmark had selected The Golden Door, because of Gill’s pertinent take on America. As the show was being produced, we were unaware that news was breaking that A. A. Gill had succumbed to his struggle with cancer. Binoy promptly wrote, The passing of a sharp tongue: the glorious hatchet of AA Gill, a thoughtful appreciation of A. A. Gill. Dr. Binoy Kampmark will join us to talk about the Fearless writer.

Leslie Bennetts, longtime Vanity Fair writer and former New York Times reporter has delivered an unflinching, warts-and-all biography of Joan Rivers, who she unequivocally calls FearlessBennetts new book, Last Girl Before Freeway: The Life, Loves, Losses, and Liberation of Joan Rivers tells the story of Joan Alexandra Molinsky who by the time she died at the age of 81 in 2014, was known as the iconic legend, Joan Rivers. Her story was a roller-coaster ride of triumphant highs and devastating lows: the suicide of her husband, her feud with Johnny Carson, her estrangement from her daughter, her many plastic surgeries, her ferocious ambition and her massive insecurities.  But Rivers career was also hugely significant in American cultural history, breaking down barriers for her gender and pushing the boundaries of truth-telling for women in public life. Leslie Bennetts joins Norman B for an extended, in-depth conversation about her new book and the Fearless Joan Rivers.

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The Annual Life Elsewhere Holiday Gift Show

        

        

       

        

         

     

The Annual Life Elsewhere Holiday Gift Show features an all-star line-up of some of our favorite guests from the last 12 months with, author, Mark Haskell Smith, singer-songwriter, Nancy Kells, crime thriller writer, Peter James, social and political commentator, Dr. Binoy Kampmark, film & media critic, Bob Ross, singer-songwriter Azusena, caricaturist and social commentator, Steve Brodner, author Stephen O’Connor, and emerging musical artists, Samana. We asked our guests to select two books and one non-book gift. Their choices are wonderfully varied, decidedly creative and perfect for anyone’s gift list. Their book selections are shown above, try and see if you match the books with the guests.

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