Category Archives: Election 2016

A New Age Of Protest

The words above are from the opening lines from a piece describing the reaction to and the aftermath of the 2016 election. The writer recounts her experience in the days after on her way to a protest when a man bellows, “Guess who won?” as he grabs for her crotch. She recounts the incident to her father, who voted for Trump. “Nothing like that happening here.” Her father says, adding, “We’re all happy. You’re overreacting. We spent eight years your way, and look where it got us”. This is one of the exceptional contributions to a new and important book, Who Will Speak For America? Inspired by and drawing from the work of writers who participated in nationwide Writers Resist events in January 2017, the book provides a collection of poems, stories, essays, and cartoons that wrestle with the meaning of America and American identity. Contributions reflect on the first days after the 2016 Presidential election, but range well beyond it to integrate the past and imagine possible American futures. Co-author of Who Will Speak For America?, Philadelphia-based writer and critic, Nathaniel Popkin returns to Life Elsewhere to talk in depth about this timely publication, one that will inspire readers by emphasizing the power of patience, organizing, resilience and community.

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Friends For Equality

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“I’m very, very worried!” said talented and enterprising singer/songwriter, Nancy Kells. It was one day after the result of the Presidential election were announced. Her voice almost quavering as she added, “This feels like a bad dream. How is it possible for a misogynist-race-baiting-bullying-con-man be President of the country I love?”  Nancy was expressing the outrage felt by many, especially in the creative community. But, instead of moaning and groaning, Nancy Kells believes in action. So, she enlisted the help and partnership of Fox Food Records’ James Smith and together they curated a magnificent compilation album, coverFriends For Equality, featuring an amazing array of musical artists from across a wide spectrum of styles. With over forty previously unreleased tracks, all the proceeds will go to aid, Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood, and ACLU. This is not just a labor of love, it’s serious endeavor to employ creative abilities to benefit organizations Nancy James believe could be threatened by the new administration. In the next edition of Life Elsewhere, Nancy Kells and contributing musician Erik Schroeder talk with Norman B about their passion for music, creativity and why they felt compelled to do something with a purpose, prompted by the Election result. 

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Creativity Prompted By The Election Result

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Talented and enterprising singer/songwriter Nancy Kells felt compelled to contact us directly after the Presidential election results came in, “I’m very, very worried!” she said, “this feels like a bad dream. How is it possible for a misogynist-race-baiting-bullying-con-man be President of the country I love?” Nancy was expressing the outrage felt by many, especially in the creative community. But, instead of moaning and groaning, Nancy Kells believes in action. So, she enlisted the help and partnership of Fox Food Records’ James Smith and together they curated a magnificent compilation album with an amazing array of musical artists from across a wide spectrum of styles. The resulting album, Friends For Equality will feature over forty tracks with all the proceeds going to aid, Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood, and ACLU. This is not just a labor of love, it’s serious endeavor to employ creative abilities to benefit organizations Nancy James believe could be threatened by the new administration. In upcoming editions of Life Elsewhere and Life Elsewhere Music we will play selections from Friends For Equality.

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The Goldilocks Planet & The Trump Administration

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“For over the past 10,000 years, Earth has been the Goldilocks planet, not too hot, not too cold, as the temperature has been steady, fluctuating by only about 1°C. So, everything the human species has done has been within a very narrow, and almost perfect temperature range (Source: Richard Alley, professor of geosciences, Penn State University, PBS Interview). In other words, civilization is like a spoiled child that has been protected and shielded from the reality of a rough and tumble world.” This is from a stirring article by frequent and popular Life Elsewhere contributor, Robert Hunziker. Suggesting civilization is like a spoiled child, is hardly coincidental for Hunziker, who has little time for what he considers to be the dangerous antics of an infantile Donald Trump. “The Artic is finally in a weakened stage enough so to cause humankind’s worst nightmare. Regrettably, that nightmare is already trump-tweet-global-warmingwarming up to the destructive task at hand, and Trump is not even in the White House yet!” Says Robert. The Los Angels-based, environmental journalist’s latest commentary for Counterpunch paints a frightening scenario, “Lamentably, on Election Day, the creepy Doomsday Clock got an enormous shot in the arm and now absorbs powerful testosterones, suggesting that the big ole clarion bells on ye olde public square should be ringing as loud as possible, alerting the townspeople to an impending storm!” Hunziker shouts in his piece titled, The Arctic Warms Up For Trump. In the next edition of Life Elsewhere, Robert Hunziker  will explain why he is so fearful of Donald Trump’s view on global warming, as illustrated in his Tweet on November 8, 2012, “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

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PS: News came in as this post was being published that President-elect Trump may rethink his views on Global Warming. No details were available. 

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.

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