Category Archives: Climate Change

The New Map & White House Inc.

                                 
Daniel Yergin – The New Map: Energy, Climate, And The Clash Of Nations

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and global energy expert, Daniels Yergen offers a revelatory new account of how energy revolutions, climate battles, and geopolitics are mapping our future. The world is being shaken by the collision of energy, climate change, and the clashing power of nations in a time of global crisis. The “shale revolution” in oil and gas–made possible by fracking technology, but not without controversy–has transformed the American economy, ending the “era of shortage”, but introducing a turbulent new era. Almost overnight, the United States has become the world’s number one energy powerhouse–and, during the coronavirus crisis, brokered a tense truce between Russia and Saudi Arabia. Yet concern about energy’s role in climate change is challenging our economy and way of life, accelerating a second energy revolution in the search for a low carbon future. All of this has been made starker and urgent by the coronavirus pandemic and the economic Dark Age that it has wrought. The chessboard of world politics has been upended. A new cold war is emerging with China; and rivalries grow more dangerous with Russia, which is pivoting east toward Beijing. Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping are converging both on energy and on challenging American leadership, as China projects its power and influence in all directions. The South China Sea, claimed by China and the world’s most critical trade route, could become the arena where the United States and China collide directly. The map of the Middle East, which was laid down after World War I, is being challenged by jihadists, revolutionary Iran, ethnic and religious clashes, and restive populations. But the region has also been shocked by the two recent oil price collapses–one from the rise of shale, the other the coronavirus–and by the very question of oil’s future in the rest of this century.

Dan Alexander – White House Inc.: How Donald Trump Turned the Presidency Into A Business

Dan Alexander is a senior editor at Forbes, where he leads the magazine’s coverage of Donald Trump. His news-making exposé that details President Trump’s efforts to make money off of politics, taking us inside his exclusive clubs, luxury hotels, overseas partnerships, commercial properties, and personal mansions. Alexander tracks hundreds of millions of dollars flowing freely between big businesses and President Trump. He explains, in plain language, how Trump tried to translate power into profit, from the 2016 campaign to the ramp-up to the 2020 campaign. Alexander explains, just because you turn the presidency into a business doesn’t necessarily mean you turn it into a good business. After Trump won the White House, profits plunged at certain properties, like the Doral golf resort in Miami. But the presidency also opened up new opportunities. Trump’s commercial and residential property portfolio morphed into a one-of-a-kind marketplace, through which anyone, anywhere, could pay the president of the United States. Hundreds of customers—including foreign governments, big businesses, and individual investors—obliged. The president’s disregard for norms sparked a trickle-down ethics crisis with no precedent in modern American history. Trump-appointed an inner circle of centimillionaires and billionaires—including Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Wilbur Ross, and Carl Icahn—who came with their own conflict-ridden portfolios. Following the president’s lead, they trampled barriers meant to separate their financial holdings from their government roles. Dan Alexander has written a page-turning, hair-raising investigation into Trump and his team, who corrupted the U.S. presidency and managed to avoid accountability. Until Now.

Show #392

The Chaos & Unknowing Of Contemporary Life

Adam Nemett boldly admits to working on his debut novel, We Can Save Us All for over twelve years. The time it took to finally get his sprawling, ambitious book published is essential to why it’s such a fascinating read. Nemett graduated from Princeton University where he co-founded MIMA Music Inc, a student organization that grew into an educational 501(c)3 nonprofit that has operated in 40 countries worldwide. So, it’s hardly a coincidence that in his novel, The Egg is an off-campus geodesic dome where David Fuffman and his crew of alienated Princeton students train for what might be the end of days. America is in a perpetual state of war, climate disasters global states of emergency, and scientists believe time itself might be collapsing using a theory known as Chronostrictesis. When this takes hold on the mainstream, many Americans find themselves popping the new drug Zeronal, a pill that allegedly slows down the experience of time. Meanwhile, storms are lasting longer, and the floodwaters are rising. Adam’s ribald and multi-layered story may be the question of our time: just who is responsible for fixing all of this? Make sure you don’t miss Norman B’s conversation with Adam Nemett, we cannot promise you will hear the answers to the questions he poses in We Can Save Us All, but his enthusiasm will engage you.

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Show #299

A Bonkers Climate, Weird Politics & An Honest Memoir

“Never before in the history of the human species has climate set so many spine-chilling new records as last year, 2016.” The opening line from the latest commentary in Counterpunch by Robert Hunziker. The environmental journalist and frequent contributor to Life Elsewhere goes on to liken the Trump administration’s behavior and policies to America’s 19th century frontier mentality, which helped to shape democracy in the first place, has come back to overturn democracy and dictate climatic upheaval and destruction with its concomitant sharp turn away from democratic spirits in favor of a return to Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, circa 1881. Robert Hunziker returns to Life Elsewhere to once again to urge us to take very serious note of Record Setting Climate Going Bonkers.

From Lawmaker To Lawbreaker could be the alternate title of Trey Radel’s tell-all book, Democrazy: A True Story Of Weird Politics, Money, Madness, & Finger Food. The former Republican congressman, once a rising star of the GOP, resigned after being convicted of buying cocaine. “You may wonder how a sitting U.S. Congressman, husband, and father, ended up on the wrong side of a cocaine bust?” Radel writes. Make sure you don’t miss the next edition of Life Elsewhere to hear Trey Radel unravel his true, weird story of politics, money madness and yes, finger food.

Her advice column is read daily by millions, but Amy Dickinson truly was surprised when one of her unusually sardonic responses went viral. Amy uses the example of the much-discussed dialogue on a parent’s distress over their son’s homosexuality to explain how she wants to be herself with her column. And, being herself, is the rāzôn ˈdetre of her new book, Strangers Tend to Tell me Things: A Memoir Of Love, Loss, & Coming Home. Her writing is touching and honest and at times laugh-out-loud funny. Amy poignantly recounts serious moments: “Immediately after my mother’s death, my primary feeling was one of relief.” And, the lighter topics with equal dexterity: “Women of a certain age divide our definition of handsome men into two categories: Ed Harris or Sam Shepard.” Amy Dickinson chats with Norman B in the next edition Life Elsewhere.

STOP PRESS! As we were wrapping this edition of Life Elsewhere, we received the new single, Like I Used To. by the brilliant Oslo-based musician, Siv Jakobsen. With literally almost no time left to spare, we managed to squeeze in Siv’s emotively tender song. Make sure you do not miss Siv Jakobsen’s first release from her forthcoming album.

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Remembering Prince, An Illegal Hike & A Gothic Serial Killer

The news came in, literally moments after we had made the final edits to the latest edition of Life ElsewherePrince was dead. Immediately we searched through all of our many music-biz contacts to come up with someone qualified to pay tribute to the music legend.  As the minutes then hours passed, tributes to Prince were pouring in from every media outlet. Brian Williams was rushed onto MSNBC to wrangle a litany of talking heads who all shared their sad remembrances of the untimely death of the iconic musician. Over on CNN, Wolf Blitzer, seemingly out of his comfort zone, referred to Prince’s Purple Haze! Within hours, the color purple was everywhere and had taken over so many profile photos on FaceBook. We decided to wait to reappraise how we should mention Prince. By the next morning, two important events had happened. One, a lot of people in the music business, were keen to show their love of Prince’s music…we were inundated with Prince covers and remixes. Two, the non-stop outpouring of grief was everywhere. Comments were running rampant on Twitter and FaceBook. Social media had gone bonkers! Then, we spied this comment on Facebook: I’d like to log off of FB until the Parade of Prince misery passes by…” That comment, in turn, caused a stream of obviously offended Prince fans. We delved into the source of the comment and discovered it was from someone Norman B remembered as a fledgling punk kid, many years ago in Seattle. We were intrigued. That young punk wannabe, Daniel Karre, is now a film producer and director, we invited Daniel to the program to explain his FaceBook comment that caused so much outrage to Prince fans.

Screen Shot 2016-04-23 at 10.43.48 AMFrom the many Prince covers and remixes, we selected a unique, moving version of I Would Die 4 U by Aaron Krause and Liza Anne. Also in the program, two authors on two very different subjects. Ken Ilgunas says his new book is about coming to terms with climate change and figuring out what our role as individuals should be in confronting something so big and so out of our hands. It’s about taking a few months of your life to look at the country from a new perspective. Trespassing Across America is the title, it’s also about Ken’s journey, fleeing from cows, taking cover from gunfire, and keeping warm on a very wintry and questionably-timed hike. Author Lyndsay Faye likes Jane Eyre so much, she has written a novel, Jane Steele where she turns Jane into a serial killer. It’s the unlikely premise for a book that conjures up a world with a spiteful aunt, a predatory cousin, a grim school, a strange doctor and his man servant…and Lyndsay’s sardonic take on feminism.

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How Did Penis Size Become More Important Than Climate Change In The Presidential Race?

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Robert Hunziker is not happy. He wakes up at night in a cold sweat. Robert Hunziker is a freelance writer and environmental journalist who insists that the next Presidential election will be the most important in our lifetime. We are living dangerous times he says. The ice caps are melting. Global warming is real and anyone who denies that is a fool. Hunziker says voting for a climate change denier would be akin to signing your own death warrant. Strong and passionate words from the man whose thoughtful writing has been translated and appeared in over 50 journals, magazines, and sites worldwide. Robert joins the program again and graphically describes what climate change means and why it should be a focus of Presidential debates and not the size of a candidate’s penis.

Steve Brodner, the acclaimed caricaturist will weigh in with his take on our controversial headline. Steve is well known for his illustrations of political figures and his commentaries are equally acerbic. Make sure you don’t miss the next edition of Life Elsewhere when we ask, “How did penis size become more important than climate change in the presidential race?”  

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