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Who Chose A Small Herd Of Alpacas?

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Yes, it’s the Annual Life Elsewhere Holiday Gift Show! With 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. This year, we asked our guests to select two books and one non-book as gifts…just wait until you hear their choices! One guest offered the unpredictable suggestion of a “small herd of alpacas”! Can you guess who? Find out in the Annual Life Elsewhere Holiday Gift Show. Air times and the Podcast link are directly below.

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America, Nov 9. The Reactions.

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“America Nov 9” by Steve Brodner used by kind permission of the artist

A few days before the Presidential election we asked some of our favorite guests on Life Elsewhere “What would you tell the undecided voter?” The consensus of advice was, no matter what, get out and vote. The election results caught all of us off-guard. Our next show was planned as a well-deserved respite from the atypical election. Guests were booked, including Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, author of The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell and crime-fiction writer, Peter James on his latest Roy Grace novel, Love You Dead. The reality that Mr. Trump was now President-elect immediately changed everything, including the next edition of Life Elsewhere. After serious deliberation, the decision was made to get the reaction from our previous week’s guests, (if they had not already fled to Canada). Calls were made, some of our contributors were too stunned to speak, while others wanted to share their take on the election results, including Dr. Jennifer, Mercieca, professor of communications; Dr. Binoy Kampmark, senior lecturer & researcher in Global Studies; Stephen O’Connor, author; Terry Morgan, entertainment entrepreneur;  Mark Haskell Smith, author and Steve Brodner, caricaturist who could not hold back his rage and very kindly sent us the illustration above, titled “America, Nov 9”. To round out our perspective on the election result, we asked Dr. Dan Peters to help us understand how we should talk to our children. Plus, comedian, actor, raconteur and author, the irrepressible Dave Hill gives us his opinion with unbridled restraint and emotive passion. This is a show you cannot miss, all the broadcast and Podcast details are below.

PS: The edition after this will feature Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, author of The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell and crime-fiction writer, Peter James on his latest Roy Grace novel, Love You Dead.

Life Elsewhere Show #195 airs:
Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  

Mondays 5.00pm PT & Wednesdays 2.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio
Thursdays 6.00pm ET at Internet Radio Network

What Would You Tell The Undecided?

When the next edition of Life Elsewhere first airs, we will be just two days away from the Presidential election. As unlikely as it may seem, there are still people who claim to have not made up their minds when it comes to casting their vote.  At this late stage, what would you tell someone who is still undecided? To find out if there is an answer to the question, we called upon some of our favorite contributors* to Life Elsewhere. And, to get a “fair and balanced” response, we went out of the studio, into the real world and posed the question to a random selection of people. The responses, although unrehearsed and unscripted are thoughtful and surprising. Make sure you do not miss the next edition of Life Elsewhere to hear if you agree with our guests’ answers to, “What would you tell the undecided?”

*Our favorite contributors: Dr. Jennifer, Mercieca, professor of communications; Dr. Binoy Kampmark, senior lecturer & researcher in Global Studies; Terry Morgan, entertainment entrepreneur; Sean Dunne, filmmaker; Steve Brodner, caricaturist; Mark Haskell Smith, author; Nancy Kells, musician; Gillian Gaar, author; Bob Ross, film & media critic; Wreckless Eric, musician Stephen O’Connor, author.

Life Elsewhere Show #194 airs:
Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  

Mondays 5.00pm PT & Wednesdays 2.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio
Thursdays 6.00pm ET at Internet Radio Network

What Have You Learned Since 9/11?

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Fifteen years have passed since that fateful day on September 11, 2001. Has time changed how we now understand the impact of those unprecedented attacks on America? If so, what have we learned since 9/11? In the next edition of Life Elsewhere we ‘ll pose this question to a distinguished panel of guests:

Steve Brodner, political caricaturist, satirical commentator, and frequent contributor to Life Elsewhere.

Tom Hall, chairman of Tucker/Hall a national media crisis firm.

Binoy Kampmark, Senior Lecturer in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, at RMIT University, Melbourne, author of many authoritative commentaries for CounterPunch, and contributor to Life Elsewhere.

Mark Haskell-Smith, fiction and documentary author with a motion picture in the works for a 2017 release and a Life Elsewhere contributor.

Also in this edition, author Amor Towles on his enthralling new novel, A Gentleman In Moscow.

Life Elsewhere Show #186 airs:
Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  

Mondays 5.00pm PT & Wednesdays 2.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio
Thursdays 6.00pm ET at Internet Radio Network

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I Will Be With You, Whatever

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Our headline is taken from the voluminous, seven-year official investigation into how and why Britain went to war in Iraq. Britain’s investigation by the independent Iraq Inquiry was unequivocal in its findings. Britain, like the United States, used flawed intelligence to justify the invasion, that Iraq posed no immediate national security threat, that the allies acted militarily before all diplomatic options had been exhausted and that there was a lack of planning for what would happen once Mr. Hussein was removed. Referred to as the Chilcot Report after the chairman of the committee, John Chilcot, the 2.6 million words describe a prime minister who wanted stronger evidence for military action and a more solid plan for occupying Iraq and reconstituting a government there. On July 28, 2002, roughly eight months before the American-led invasion of Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain sent President George W. Bush a personal note that alarmed some of Mr. Blair’s top national security aides — and was greeted with relief in Washington. Blair wrote, “I will be with you, whatever,” in what could be described as a promise of Britain’s support if the USA went to war against Saddam Hussein. 14 years later, we know what happened and the results have haunted Iraq, the USA and Britain ever since: more than 200 British dead, including 179 soldiers, at least 4,500 American dead and more than 150,000 Iraqi dead, most of them civilians, as sectarian warfare, terrorist groups and actors like Iran have filled the vacuum left by Hussein. Within hours of the Chilcot Report’s release, Blair acknowledged the missteps and intelligence failures but defended his decision to go to war. The big question now is, could Chilcot steer the way for a United States independent Iraq Inquiry? And, what will the ramifications be for the USA and the overly shambolic lead-up to the Presidential election? To help us understand the consequences for the United States and all the players involved, frequent contributor, the scholarly, Dr. Binoy Kampmark will join the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

Life Elsewhere Show #177 airs:
Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  

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