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The Year At Life Elsewhere

2015 was an eventful year at Life Elsewhere. We covered a vast array of topics and interviewed a stellar line-up of guests. Beginning in January, Norman B proclaimed Unbecoming, the debut novel by Rebecca Scherm, “One of the best books this year!” Sadly, the year had only just got underway, when news arrived of the death of George Romansic, an important figure in the early Seattle music scene. Norman gave a moving tribute. Photojournalist, Lynsey Addario recounted her graphic stories from the front-line inAfghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Darfur and the Congo in her book, It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War. A fitting subtitle for an investigative book on the “plush toys”, better known as Beanie Babies could be The Dark Side of Cute, bestselling author, Zac Bissonnette gave us the detailsEverything you want to know, everything you didn’t know about David Bowie’s songs, were explained by Chris O’Leary the author of Rebel RebelThat’s Not English said Erin Moore in her book on Britishisms, Americanisms, and What Our English Says About Us. The legendary Wreckless Eric told stories about his early days at Stiff records. Comedy writer Jon Macks reflected on Monologue: What Makes America Laugh Before Bed. Growing up in the delta of Arkansas, Brandon Wallace, knew only two things about himself: he was called to ministry and he was attracted to the same sex. He talked about coming out and his book, Straight-Face The curious case of Sepp Blatter and FIFA was clarified by Eight By Eight creator Robert Priest. Talented Norwegian singer-songwriter Siv Jakobsen entertained with her music and observations. Heavy Metal guitarist, Marty Friedman talked frankly about life after Megadeth. Award-winning wildlife expert, Gareth Patterson spoke lovingly of his work with African lions and the death of Cecil. Frank Jenkinson shared memories of shooting photos of the then-fledgling and later influential British band, Killing Joke. British-American musician Zuzu caught Norman B’s attention, resulting in an engaging interview. And to round out our year at Life Elsewhere, acclaimed caricaturist Steve Brodner gave his definitive appraisals of the GOP Presidential candidates. 

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Listeners Request’s

When the killing of Cecil the lion made headlines, Norman B immediately contacted Gareth Patterson, the acclaimed authority on African wildlife. The resulting interview received numerous compliments, and generated a flood of requests to hear it again. Speaking from his home in South Africa, Gareth explains the truth about the luring of lions like Cecil, to be killed by trophy hunters and the fate of African wildlife. Gareth is a remarkable raconteur and his passion for the animals he knows so well makes for compelling listening. “We’re down to fifteen to twenty-thousand lions left on earth. To lose six hundred to seven hundred primarily male lions every year, purely because there are rich overseas people who want to get off on the thrill of a one-sided sport. It’s just disgusting!” Gareth says emotionally. 

Another timely interview Life Elsewhere listeners have requested to hear again is, Norman B’s conversation with preeminent caricaturist, Steve Brodner. Norman asked Steve to join the program as it became unnervingly apparent that Donald Trump was not fading from view in the GOP Presidential nomination race. For many onlookers, no matter what their political bias, the idea of Trump running for President was, if not bizarre, then kind of scary. Brodner, already well versed in caricaturing Trump, was the perfect candidate to answer the question, “Could a caricature become President?” Brodner tackles the premise astutely, as he remarks about drawing Trump, “You can easily envision the features of a rodent, rat, or some animal that spends it’s time in the dark, with huge teeth, creating damage and chaos.”

This week’s Hit That Never Was, fits right in with our Listener Request theme. We received two emails in the same week asking to hear the same song. It’s Andras Fox & Sui Zhen, from Australia with Petit Morte.

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Cecil & The Man Who Loves Lions

Gareth Patterson

We had been alerted to Gareth Patterson’s incredible, dedicated work with African wildlife, a few months ago. Finally an interview was scheduled, allowing for the time difference and Gareth‘s remote location on the edge of the Knysna forest, in South Africa. We were all set to chat with the well-known environmentalist, it was just after sunrise our time, and late afternoon in Knysna. But, the connection was not made, due to one of the frequent power outages where Patterson lives. As we were desperately trying to reach Gareth, news was coming in of the death of Cecil, a free roaming lion, lured out of the safety of the Hwange National Park. Shot by an American dentist, for a trophy on his wall. It was hard to believe, here we were, about to talk with one of the world’s leading authorities on lions, as a major news story was breaking, centered around the very animals Gareth Patterson has spent most of his life living with and caring for. Our frustration would be an understatement. After numerous emails and attempts via Skype, contact was reestablished with Gareth. Again, allowing for the time-difference, a new interview time was scheduled. Then the rains came where Life Elsewhere is produced. Norman B was trapped in his home unable to leave because he was surrounded by flooded streets. Once again, our scheduled interview with Gareth Patterson had to be cancelled. The good news is, the death of Cecil the lion, has not been forgotten, even though the GOP-Trump-Circus has dominated the headlines for days. Finally, we coordinated with Gareth Patterson for an informative chat about Cecil, African Lions, the elusive Knysna elephants and the truth about big game hunting. If you are curious to know the full story about hunting lions like Cecil and the fate of African wildlife, you won’t want to miss this exclusive interview with Gareth Patterson on the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

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