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Controversy #1.

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After viewing Trump Rally, the skillfully produced documentary that zooms in on the people who believe Donald J. Trump should be the next President of the United States, it would be easy to mock and deride the enthusiastic fans of the bloviating billionaire. But Sean Dunne, the talented, youthful director of Trump Rally has a different take on the folks he trained his cameras on. Sean, a keen observer, has spent the last ten years, self-financing a series of thought-provoking documentaries, Trump Rally, being his latest directorial accomplishment. Getting up close and personal with the Trump supporters, and at one moment, mere inches away from a sweating Mr. Trump, Sean offers an alternate perspective to predetermined opinions. Make sure you don’t miss the next edition of Life Elsewhere with Sean Dunne and hear all he has to say about Trump Rally.

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One Love?

Love permeates the next edition of Life Elsewhere. Since the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage, rainbows have suddenly appeared, on almost everything, everywhere. You’d be forgiven if you thought everyone was delighted that love and marriage now included gay people. Except, of course, not everyone is so  jubilant. So what happens when your family members follow a strict religious dictum that says homosexuality is an abomination? Can you discuss the notion of same sex marriage with them? What do you say when your family are outraged at your happiness for your gay friends? This is the dilemma that faced a learned professor, which resulted in her writing the following on her FaceBook page: “My heart hurts. I have tried this week to engage honestly and respectfully with my family about the SCOTUS’ decision on gay marriage. I did so because I firmly believe that we are all good people who do not want others who suffer, who, if we could step away from the rhetoric could find a way to live and let live. I found that we cannot. I should perhaps not be surprised, but I am so profoundly sad and disappointed.”  Professor Julie Langford, who wrote those powerful yet despondent words will join the program to talk about an issue that concerns more families than all the rainbow flags may suggest. Professor Langford teaches courses in the cultural, social and political history of Ancient Rome. We’ll ask her how the Romans handled same-sex love…and marriage.

Love is also the central theme of a new book, The Good Shufu: Finding Love, Self, and Home on the Far Side of the World by Tracy Slater. She tells us that shufu means “housewife” in Japanese and that was the last thing she thought she’d call herself. She was a writer and academic with a carefully constructed and fiercely independent life in Boston. But then everything in her world upended when she fell head-over-heels for a most un-likely mate: a Japanese salary-man, who barely spoke her language. “I lub you”, he told her and so began a poignant adventure and the clash of two cultures. Tracy Slater will join Norman B to recount some of those adventures and how “lub” won the day.

This week’s Hit That Never Was features a beautiful love song by Martin James Norman Riley, better known as Jimmy Riley, who was a member of the successful Jamaican harmony group, The SensationsRiley left The Sensations in 1967 and as a solo singer and writer, he worked with a host of Jamaican producers, including Bunny Lee and Lee “Scratch” Perry, before settling in with the legendary drum and bass duo, Sly & Robbie who released Love & Devotion on their Taxi imprint. Although a number one in Jamaica, the single never saw the attention it deserved in the US of A, making it deservedly, a Hit That Never Was that fits right in with our love theme edition of Life Elsewhere.

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Yes. Yes. & Yes!

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Just as we were putting together the post production to touches to the latest edition of Life Elsewhere, news came in that the Supreme Court ruled by a 5-to-4 vote that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriageInstantly, we decided we needed to hear from frequent contributors to the program and get their opinions on this landmark ruling. Sir Mix-A-Lot, the legendary rap artist, already booked to voice his opinions on the Charleston massacre, gladly gives his honest take on the Supreme Court’s edict. Mix who has a passion for fabulous cars, was taking one of his Italian roadsters for a spin, through the Cascades mountains, east of his home in Seattle, as the interview took place. It would seem the horsepower in his motor was a little too eager and quicker than our cell phone connection, but we did capture enough of Mix‘s opinions to make it worth your while to stay listening to the whole program.

We asked frequent contributors Audrey Bilger and David Warner to voice their opinions on the Supreme Court’s ruling. Audrey a professor of literature and co-author of Here Come the Brides!: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage admits to being elated. While David Warner, editor-in-chief of Creative Loafing, Tampa, tearfully says he became giddy when he heard the news.

Also in the program Stephen Witt talks about his new book, How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy. This is the enthralling story of the birth of mp3’s, streaming music, the music piracy revolution and the mysterious man who almost singlehandedly took down the music industry. Coincidently, Taylor Swift‘s complaint against Apple happened as Stephen Witt‘s book is published. 

Plus, this week’s Hit That Never Was features Ashley MacIsaac, a Canadian fiddler, singer and songwriter from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. MacIsaac caused controversy back in the early 90’s by announcing he was gay, when that was just not done by an aspiring musical act. From his 2003 self-titled album, you’ll hear Lay Me Down, a terrific qualifier for the Hit That Never Was.

This is a bumper-packed edition of Life Elsewhere and we urge you not to miss one moment. Life Elsewhere airs Sunday, June 28 at 12 noon ET on The Source WMNF HD3 and Monday, June 29 at 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

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He Couldn’t Pray The Gay Away!

“I knew I couldn’t get God to like me, the real Brandon. So, I set out on a mission to create a fake-Brandon. This fake-Brandon would be the Brandon I presented to the world. I hoped that not only could I make the world like him, I could make God like him, too. Enough so that when I died, he would let me in to Heaven for all the good things that fake-Brandon did”.

The poignant words of Brandon Wallace, raised in the delta of Arkansas, who spent his entire life trying to hide behind a mask. Growing up, he knew only two things about himself: he was called to ministry and he was attracted to the same sex. Afraid that coming out would destroy his reputation, livelihood, and ministry, he hid his sexual identity in hopes of finding love and acceptance. Straight-Face is his memoir of that long and profound journey from hiding behind a mask to living an authentic life; from running from himself to accepting his orientation and ultimately his faith.

On the next edition of Life Elsewhere, while the Supreme Court debates one of the great civil rights issues of the age, same-sex marriage”Brandon Wallace explains to Norman B how he discovered, “There is one thing ex-gay ministries don’t tell you in their brochures: it’s not possible to pray the gay away”. Make sure you do not miss the next edition of Life Elsewhere and hear Brandon Wallace speak emotively about his life and struggles.

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