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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:
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Fact, Fiction & Ab Fab!

Nothing had worked. Not threats or negotiations, not shutting down the betting parlors or opium dens, not house-to-house searches or throwing Chinese offenders into prison. Not even executing them. New York’s District Attorney was running out of ideas and more people were dying every day, as the weapons of choice evolved from hatchets and meat cleavers to pistols, automatic weapons, and even bombs. Welcome to New York City‘s Chinatown in 1925. In Tong Wars: The Untold Story of Vice, Money, and Murder in New York’s Chinatown, author and historian, Scott D. Seligman scrupulously documents three decades of turmoil, with characters ranging from gangsters and drug lords to reformers and do-gooders to judges, prosecutors, and cops. It’s a true story set in Prohibition-era Manhattan and at last, unravels much of the legendary mystery of Chinatown. Don’t miss Scott D. Seligman discuss his riveting new book on the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

It’s late summer, 1921: Disgraced former lightweight champion Pepper Van Dean has spent the past two years on the carnival circuit performing the dangerous “hangman’s drop” and taking on all comers in nightly challenge bouts. But when he and his cardsharp wife, Moira, are marooned in the wilds of Oregon, Pepper accepts an offer to return to the world of wrestling as a trainer for Garfield Taft, a down-and-out African American heavyweight contender in search of a comeback and a shot at the world title. Pepper and Moira soon realize that nothing is what it seems: not Taft, the upcoming match, or the training facility itself. Champion Of The World, is the masterful debut novel from author and sportswriter Chad Dundas. Hear the interview on our upcoming show.

Bob Ross, respected film and media critic returns to Life Elsewhere with his Summer Movie picks, beginning with The Infiltrator, starring the increasingly popular Bryan Cranston as a US Customs agent. Bob also offers his take on the new, all-female Ghostbusters; Woody Allen’s latest, Cafe Society; Jason Bourne; Star Trek Beyond; a Ben Hur remake, and the much-anticipated Absolutely Fabulous, the big-screen adaptation of the cult British TV series.

It’s a bumper-packed edition of Life Elsewhere. Hear it first, Sunday at 12 noon ET on WMNF on the new, spiffy, cool, app.

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Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction


Is Trumpy a bad dream? Are these bizarre primaries a fantastic illusion? After reading Chip Jacobs book Strange As It Seems, you could easily believe the hallucinatory-like run-up to the Presidential election is really a figment of Chip’s imagination and we are all living in the peculiar world he paints so vividly. In Strange As It Seems: The Impossible Life of Gordon ZahlerChip Jacobs tells the story of his uncle, a fun-loving prankster, a live wire kid with a tremendous future, who shattered his neck at fourteen in a horrifying gymnastics fall. Doctors gave Gordon a one percent shot at survival. That’s when the miracles began, paralyzed from the next down, Zahler defied the odds and became a kingpin in Hollywood, as his music and sound effects post-production house scored films for low budget sci-fi films, genre movies like Sam Fuller’s Shock CorridorPopeye and Bozo the Clown cartoons, as well as hundreds of other projects including his clever soundtrack on Ed Wood Jr’s infamous Plan 9 From Outer Space. Eventually wealthy, with a house off the Sunset Strip, a devoted blond trophy wife and raucous, star-filled parties, Gordon – 95-pound dynamo – built an existence from scratch that mere able-bodied mortals could only dream about. As a boy, Jacobs was not overly fond his uncle with a spidery physique and witchy arms. As an adult hungry to understand his family’s past, Chip Jacobs‘ trepidation gave way to awe and curiosity. In the next edition of Life Elsewhere, Norman B chats with Chip Jacobs about his remarkable story that is, Strange As It Seems.

We stay in a Tinsel Town mode with acclaimed film and media critic, Bob Ross. The frequent Life Elsewhere guest will don his Carnac hat to give his Oscar predictions. 

Find out about Chip Jacobs other books here
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The Books & The Gifts

The 3rd Annual Life Elsewhere Holiday Gift Special has just aired and legions of listeners want to know the details of the books and non-book gifts selected by our distinguished panel. 

Author, Mark Haskell Smith selected:

1.Year Of The Goose by Carly Hallman 2.Dispatches From Pluto by Richard Grant 3.The Comedians by Kliph Nesteroff 4.Blue Bottle Coffee Weekender Travel Kit

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Creative Director, Robert Newman selected:

1.Independence: 12 Interviews with Magazine Makers by Jeremy Leslie 2.HRDCVR edited by Danyel SmithElliott Wilson 3.Nextinction by Ralph Steadman (illustrations) and Ceri Levy (text) 4.Donation to Planned Parenthood  (Bonus: Subscription to Stack Magazines)

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Author Patrick O’Neil selected:

1.The Cartel by Don Winslow 2.Black Hole by Bucky Sinister 3.How to Grow Up: A Memoir by Tea Michelle 4.Donate to a worthy cause


Singer-songwriter, Zuzu selected:

1.Letters To A Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke 2.Meditations by Marcus Aurelius 3.Essentials of Swedish Grammar: A Practical Guide to the Mastery of Swedish 4. Great Bear Sleeping Bag

Caricaturist and social commentator, Steve Brodner selected:

1.It’s Even Worse Than It Looks by Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein 2.This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein3.Unreasonable Men by Michael Woolraich 4. Donate to a Good Cause or give a Magazine Subscription




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A Human Instinct For War is the title of Norman B’s latest contribution to Trebuchet Magazine.




Who Chose The Great Bear Sleeping Bag?

We called upon a distinguished panel of guests to take part in the 3rd Annual Life Elsewhere Holiday Gift Special and asked them to come up with three books and one non-book gift. The results are as diverse as they are intriguing and unpredictable. One guest selected for their non-book gift, a Great Bear Sleeping Bag. Can you guess who? Could it be frequent contributor and witty author, Mark Haskell Smith? Perhaps it was astute caricaturist and social commentator, Steve Brodner? Or maybe talented new British-American singer-songwriter Zuzu, who demonstrated in last week’s edition she has a cheeky sense of humor. Then there’s the erudite raconteur, Patrick O’Neil, a master of incorporating the unconventional into his tales. And, finally, did Robert Newman the esteemed creative director, widely recognized for his perceptive take on life, select the Great Bear Sleeping Bag? Find out in the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

Also in the program, we are very pleased to welcome back, renowned film and media critic, Bob Ross, who will give us his sensible overview of this year’s Holiday movie releases.

Life Elsewhere airs:
Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  
Mondays 7.00pm ET at WROM Radio
Mondays 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

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A Human Instinct For War is the title of Norman B’s latest contribution to Trebuchet Magazine.

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