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Goodbye 2016!

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Before 2016 was even half-way over, the cry of “Enough! Can we please put this year behind us!” was uttered everywhere from social media to casual conversations. Right out of the gate, 2016 took no time at all to let us know, this one was gonna be a bitch! Like an unwarranted slap-in-the-face, the man who influenced all of us, the musician who mixed genres before they had a name, the fashion icon who flaunted gender-bending style…dammit, he goes and dies! David Bowie had succumbed to his almost secret battle with cancer. His demise caused gasps around the world. Then, in rapid succession, obituaries for a seemingly never-ending list of the famous and notable continued throughout the year. Meanwhile, 2016 delivered murder and mayhem, unspeakable human tragedy, horrendous natural disasters and…Donald J. Trump. At Life Elsewhere we covered the top stories with experts and cultural commentators, along with the best in arts, media, and culture. As the end of the year approached, we reviewed and listened back to all of the 2016 Life Elsewhere shows. One topic kept on showing up, all too frequently…Donald J. Trump. First, it was with satirical humor, then eventually we were asking a professor to explain demagoguery. We wanted to put together a year-end show featuring a round-up of our favorite bits from 2016. But, the more we listened, the more we realized that the name Trump was beginning to dominate. Even in conversations about new books or music, the subject of Trump managed to sneak in. An executive editorial decision was made, the year-end show would NOT mention Trump! Instead, we are repeating the show that set the mood for 2016, the upsetting death of David Bowie. You’ll hear my real-time reaction to the news of David’s death, a review of his last album, Blackstar and a sample of my conversations with him. Despite the sorrowful beginning of 2016, I was optimistic for the future. In a few days, this wretched year will come to an end, I have no choice but to wish all of us the very best for 2017.
Norman B. December 23, 2016

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Show # 201

Star Signs & Life Changing Music

“May 21 rolls around again, and another year in my journey through life has passed,” says Norman B, referring to his birthday. “Looking back over the years,” he continues, “I’m fortunate to have wonderful memories, each with their own soundtrack!” In the next edition of Life Elsewhere, Norman B recalls the music that has made an impact on his life. He’ll take us on his life-changing journey complete with his musical soundtrack including Elvis Presley, Elmore James, The Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye, Van Morrison, Cornell Campbell, Gregory Isaacs, David Bowie, The Smiths, The Only Ones, Killing Joke, A.R. Kane, Barzin and Hugh.

Plus, Norman B will ask acclaimed astrologer Joyce Levine why star signs and birthdays are inextricably connected? Joyce a top expert on the subject, knows her stuff. She has all the answers and will also explain why Pop Astrology is entertaining but not very useful. But, can Joyce read the star chart of a certain Mr. Trump, to let us know if he will be elected President? Find out in the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

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Did you miss Norman B’s poignant recollections and interviews with the sadly departed David Bowie? Perhaps you forgot to tune in to hear award-winning author, Colin Woodard talk about his timely new book, American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good. Or, were you distracted when Robert Hunziker a freelance writer and environmental journalist insisted the next Presidential election will be the most important in our lifetime? The acclaimed caricaturist, Steve Brodner has appeared on the program a number of times, we hope you didn’t miss his graphic description of Mr. TrumpDr. Rogy Masri, of Doctors Without Borders explained in gut-wrenching detail his work with vulnerable migrants and refugees in Tripoli, Lebanon. A compelling account you need to hear. Noted gay activist, Peter Tatchell made a controversial decision in a landmark case, his explaination may surprise you. Singer-songwriter, Amy Rigby, talked openly about love and relationships. These are just a few of the insightful and often moving interviews you could have accidently missed. Norman B’s engaging interviews with authors, including Nicholas PetrieGeorge Hodgman, Katherine ZoepfRebecca Scherm, Jon Macks and Lynsey Addario, to name just a few are essential listening. Then, there is the wonderful new music Norman B selects, it would be a shame if you missed any, including: PolyensoWolftyla Max JuryAnnabel JonesFleurieSorcha RichardsonZuzu and Siv Jakobsen.

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Remembering David

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Since the unexpected news of David Bowie‘s passing, requests continue to pour into Life Elsewhere to hear Norman B’s composite of  conversations with the man. Listening back again to David doing his affectionate old lady impression, his description of ways to cure a cold, his take on relaxing and his pertinent view on racism, you’ll understand why Norman regards chatting with David Bowie as a major and unforgettable highlight of his interview career.   

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Bowie Was Part Of Our Lives, Says Wreckless Eric

“The eulogies, tributes and public outpouring of grief on Facebook and Twitter and everywhere about the passing of David Bowie, is not really about him so much as about the people grieving. Because what’s happening is, he shaped our lives, whether you agree with that or not is beside the point. He reinvented pop music and style. He had such an influence on us. He was part of our lives. So when he died, part of us died too.” The contemplative words of Wreckless Eric, the man who penned one of rock and pop music’s most enduring songs, Whole Wide WorldEric joins Norman B for the next edition of Life Elsewhere to chat and play tracks from his excellent new album, cryptically titled, America.

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