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Power, Corruption & Lies

Trainspotters, detail obsessives and conspiracy theorists alike will appreciate our headline. It’s the title of New Order’s second studio album from May 1983.  We think it fitting to use a provocative title that also ties in the groundbreaking Manchester band. After all, Manchester United are certainly one the world’s most well-known soccer clubs and they also happen to be a favorite of Robert PriestFounder and Editor of Eight By Eight the dazzlingly creative and premier magazine devoted to the beautiful game. Robert joins the next edition of Life Elsewhere to help us understand all about the Power, Corruption & Liesthat brought FIFA and the unlikely-named Sepp Blatter into the world’s headlines this week.

Also in the program, former banker at J P Morgan, Michelle Millertalks about her debut novel, The Underwriting. A corporate thriller that takes place at Hook, an online dating start -up, where a high-stakes deal pitches the power of Wall Street against the savvy of Silicon Valley – until a young woman’s death threatens to topple it all.

Life Elsewhere airs every Sunday at 12 noon ET on The Source WMNF HD3 and Mondays at 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

 

 

 

Never Exaggerate The Importance of Incompetence.

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 3.26.59 PMIn the latest edition of Life Elsewhere, Dr. Binoy Kampmark joined the program to help us understand the turmoil in Iraq and what caused it. Dr. Kampmark, a learned scholar, appraises the Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq with a terse rebuke by saying, “Never exaggerate the importance of incompetence”. After summing up the past and current crisis in Iraq, Binoy Kampmark offers an opinion which can only regarded as optimistic when he says, “If the United States is prudent about this, they can actually do well as a powerbroker”. This is a fascinating interview, where you’ll hear an original take on  the history and future of Iraq.

Also in the program, Norman B asks Caitlin O’Connell  senior writer at World Soccer Talk and Robert Priest founder and editor-in-chief of the new soccer magazine Eight By Eight for their response to the question “Is sex appeal driving the appeal of soccer in the USA?” Our two soccer experts weigh wit their thoughts and give us update on the World Cup so far. Considering that Team USA were still in the running at the time of this show, it will be interesting to re-hear Caitlin and Robert’s predictions.

The influential R & B pioneer, Bobby Womack, sadly passed away two days before the broadcast, so Norman B created a special tribute which included a selection of Womack’s hits, including, It’s All Over Now, Woman’s Gotta Have It, That’s The Way I Feel About Cha, Harry Hippie, Across 110th Street and Please Forgive My Heart.

The Podcast with Dr. Binoy KampmarkCaitlin O’ConnellRobert Priest and Bobby Womack is available now for download here.

The Sexy Beautiful Game?

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All over the world Soccer is known as The Beautiful Game. It’s also known as Football. In the USA, the moniker Football has long been claimed by what the rest of the world see as a gladiatorial spectacle, where the players clad in armor play a distant cousin of venerable Rugby, driven by the time demands of TV commercials. The World Cup 2014 has created an excitement unparalleled previously for Soccer in North American media. The fact that team USA remain a contender doesn’t hurt either. But, is there another reason why Soccer is rapidly gaining America’s attention? Could it be the appeal some of the soccer players have? Is The Beautiful Game sexy? To help us investigate this phenomenon, we invited back to Life Elsewhere, Caitlin O’Connell  senior writer at World Soccer Talk and Robert Priest founder and editor-in-chief of the new soccer magazine Eight By Eight. We’ll also ask our two Soccer experts for their up to the minute take on World Cup action so far.

Plus, Dr. Binoy Kampmark will join Life Elsewhere to answer the question, “Who Created The Turmoil In Iraq?”. Norman B will offer a tribute to the influential R & B pioneer, Bobby Womack, who sadly passed away this weekend.

Life Elsewhere airs 9.00am ET, Monday, June 30
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The Experts Predict?

Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 1.49.52 PMThe beautiful poster above for World Cup Brazil 2014 is courtesy of the brilliant new soccer magazine Eight By Eight. Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Robert Priest joined the latest edition of Life Elsewhere to talk about his magazine and his passion for the beautiful game. In the interview Robert explains his approach to putting together a publication devoted to a sport that is rapidly gaining wide acceptance in the United States. He also talks about The World Cup and offers thoughtful insights about his favorite sport and finally makes his prediction for the winning team. Time restraints did not allow us to air Norman B‘s full interview with Robert Priest. The unedited version is available below.

Another ardent soccer fan is Michael Dennis of FanChants who explains what Fan Chants means. Michael talks about the history of soccer fans singing the praises of their favorite team at the top of their lungs. Go to the Life Elsewhere Podcasts to hear samples of FanChants.

Plus, our dream-team of experts on the beautiful game, Caitlin O’Connell  senior writer at World Soccer Talk and Phil Schoenlead play-by-play announcer at beIN Sports answer Norman B’s questions about World Cup Brazil 2014, including the reports of corruption, the games not to miss and are sexy players unique to soccer? Caitlin and Phil end the program by predicting who they believe will be the winning team.

Find out if you agree with the experts, listen to the Life Elsewhere Podcast

 

 

The Beautiful Game

Screen Shot 2014-05-27 at 11.13.48 AMThe 2014 FIFA World Cup, takes place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014. The 2014 tournament will be the most expensive FIFA World Cup in history. Forecasts on the eve of the tournament estimate the cost to the Brazilian government will be $14 billion. FIFA is expected to spend $2 billion on staging the finals,with its greatest single expense being the $567 million prize money pot. Although organizers originally estimated costs of US$1.1 billion,a reported US$3.6 billion has ultimately been spent on stadium works. The Brazilian government has pledged $900 million will be invested into security forces and that the tournament will be “one of the most protected sports events in history”.

Life Elsewhere joins in with World Cup fever by inviting onto the program Robert Priest, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Eight by Eight, a brilliant new magazine all about the beautiful game. Robert and his co-partner Grace Lee,have created a magazine that is not only beautiful to look at, its fascinating and entertaining, even to the non-soccer fan. As we talk with Robert we encourage you to join in by going to 8by8mag

FanChants is a site run by soccer fans, who say they live and breathe football. Their mission is simple, they proclaim, “We bottle the sound of the terraces and put the passion of match day in you pocket.  The best thing about football they say is the banter, the wit and the passion that you only get when crammed in next to a few thousand of your fellow die hard fans.  The game may be increasingly about the money, the business, the suits and all the flamboyant trimmings, but we all know it would die on its arse (ass) without the real fans”. Michael Dennis of FanChants joins Life Elsewhere to explain exactly what FanChants means and why the unstoppable passion for singing the praises of your favorite team at the top of your lungs.

The World Cup Edition of Life Elsewhere airs 9.00am ET, June 9

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