Category Archives: Heather Greene

You Cannot Open A Book Without Learning Something*

The last Saturday in April is Independent Bookstore Day. In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism. They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. Take a look at the photo above, it shows just a small selection of wonderful books we have talked about at Life Elsewhere. If you overlooked any of them. we encourage you to pop into your local independent bookstore and search them out. While you are there, help us a little and mention you heard about the book on Life Elsewhere.
*Confucius wrote our headline.

We are very pleased to announce that Life Elsewhere can now be heard on Cornucopia Radio

Life Elsewhere airs:
Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  

Mondays 5.00pm PT & Wednesdays 2.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio
Thursdays 6.00pm ET at Internet Radio Network
Fridays at 9.00pm GMT on Cornucopia Radio

Life Elsewhere Music airs:
Wednesdays at 3.00pm Pacific Time on NWCZ Radio
Fridays at 10.00am Eastern Time on I R N

You can hear all the volumes over at Mixcloud

American Catch. Whisk(e)y Distilled. Cork Dork.

                          

The U.S. has access to 94,000 miles of coastline, and nearly half the population lives less than ten miles from the sea. Yet 91 percent of the seafood Americans eat comes from abroad. In contrast, a third of all the fish and shellfish we catch are sold to foreign countries. What is keeping us from eating from our local waters? Norman B interviews New York Times best-selling author Paul Greenberg who’s new book  American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood examines the logic-defying problem with American seafood consumption. Greenberg deftly explores three quintessential American seafoods: The New York oyster, the Gulf shrimp, and the Alaskan sockeye salmon. We may believe that we are what we eat, but Greenberg argues that we do not eat what we truly are. We are an ocean nation, the author says, yet we eat a minimal amount of seafood in comparison to meat and poultry. Study after study has touted the benefits of a diet rich in omega-3s from fish, and we have access to a wealth of nutritious, local food options, but we opt out.

Whisk(e)y is in the midst of a huge renaissance. Ten years ago, the United States housed sixty-nine craft distillers; today, there are more than four hundred. Exports of Scotch whisky grew 12 percent just last year. Sales are skyrocketing, and specialty bars are popping up around the country, from New York City to Chicago to Houston. Whisk(e)y expert Heather Greeneauthor of Whisk(e)y Distilled: A Populist Guide to the Water of Life will explain to Norman B, (who admits to being a novice) the mysteries of Whisk(e)y, the crucial importance of “nosing” Whisk(e)y and the spelling.

Professional journalist and amateur drinker Bianca Bosker didn’t know much about wine until she discovered an alternate universe where taste reigns supreme, a world of elite sommeliers who dedicate their lives to the pursuit of flavor. Astounded by their fervor and seemingly superhuman sensory powers, she set out to uncover what drove their obsession and whether she, too, could become a “cork dork.She visits underground tasting groups, exclusive New York City restaurants, California mass-market wine factories, and even a neuroscientist’s fMRI machine as she attempts to answer the most nagging question of all: What’s the big deal about wine? Bianca Bosker joins Norman B to talk about her new book Cork Dork – A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste.

Life Elsewhere airs:
Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  

Mondays 5.00pm PT & Wednesdays 2.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio
Thursdays 6.00pm ET at Internet Radio Network

Life Elsewhere Music airs:
Wednesdays at 3.00pm Pacific Time on NWCZ Radio
Fridays at 10.00am Eastern Time on I R N

You can hear all the volumes over at Mixcloud

Life Elsewhere Podcast Featuring Allen Salkin & Heather Greene Available Now!

“Top Notch Radio Host! I enjoyed the interview — rare that I’m asked questions which cause me to have to think so much!” Tweeted Allen Salkin after appearing on the latest edition of Life Elsewhere.

Hear Norman B’s in-depth interview with Allen Salkin, author of From Scratch: The Uncensored History of the Food NetworkAllen reveals the behind-the-scenes history and dishes the dirt on the egos and feuds of the people who made a fledgling upstart into a Cable TV empire. He tells fascinating stories about the network’s most polarizing figures, Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay, Anthony Bourdain, Robert Irvine and of course, Paula Deen. “This is a must-read book!” Says Norman B “Listen to the interview and you’ll understand why.”

Another book Norman B recommends is Whisk(e)y Distilled: A Populist Guide to the Water of Life, written by his second guest, Heather Greenea Spirits Sommelier. Heather‘s book is full of facts and details, witty observations, beautiful photographs and intriguing illustrations. She enthusiastically shares her wealth of knowledge  about a subject that’s rife with misinformation, myths and half-truths.

The program would not be complete without the latest Hit That Never Was, this week featuring a very rare Northern Soul favorite with an unusual history. Recorded in 1969, but for over three decades it lay in the archives of record producer and musician Dave Hamilton, one of the unsung heroes of the Detroit soul scene. A box of tape-reels marked simply ”The Possible Little Ann Album” were discovered by two British soul enthusiasts at Hamilton’s home in 1988. Deep Shadows was recorded by Little Ann, who sadly died in 2003, but she did get to hear her efforts get some acclaim, mostly from the British Northern Soul scene.

Next week we’ll have a live studio discussion on Florida Amendment 2Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions, an initiative that will appear on the November 4, 2014, ballot in the state of Florida. If enacted this measure would allow for the cultivation, purchase, possession and use of medical cannabis to treat certain medical conditions when recommended by a physician. If you have an opinion on either side of this Amendment 2, we would like to hear from you, send your email comments or questions to Norman B (at) Life Elsewhere (dot) co (thats C O).

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Life Elsewhere airs every Monday at 9.00am ET (1400 GMT)

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From Scratch, The Water Of Life & Deep Shadows

For the next edition of Life Elsewhere, Norman B invites you to indulge in three of the essential pleasures of life…food, drink and incredible music. Specifically, food as depicted by the ubiquitous Food Network, drink as in the Water Of Life or Whisk(e)y and music in the form of a rare Northern Soul track.

Allen Salkin, author of From Scratch: The Uncensored History of the Food Network, promises to reveal the behind-the-scenes history and dish the dirt on the egos and feuds of the people who made a fledgling upstart into a Cable TV empire. You’ll hear the juicy stories about the network’s most polarizing figures, Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay, Anthony Bourdain, Robert Irvine and of course, Paula Deen.

Whisk(e)y is in the midst of a huge renaissance. Ten years ago, the United States housed sixty-nine craft distillers; today, there are more than four hundred. Exports of Scotch whisky grew 12 percent just last year. Sales are skyrocketing, and specialty bars are popping up around the country, from New York City to Chicago to Houston. Whisk(e)y expert Heather Greeneauthor of Whisk(e)y Distilled: A Populist Guide to the Water of Life will explain to Norman B, (who admits to being a novice,) the mysteries of Whisk(e)y, the crucial importance of “nosing” Whisk(e)y and the spelling.

This week’s Hit That Never Was features a very rare Northern Soul favorite with an unusual history. Deep Shadows  by Little Ann is from 1969, but was never heard at the time it was recorded. For over 30 years it was stored in the archives of record producer and musician Dave Hamilton, one of the unsung heroes of the Detroit soul scene. A box of tape-reels marked simply ”The Possible Little Ann Album”,  was discovered by two British soul enthusiasts at Hamilton’s home in 1988. Little Ann sadly passed away in 2003, but she did get to hear her efforts gain some fame via the intrepid British Northern Soul scene. Set your alarm, you won’t want to miss the next Life Elsewhere, with food, gossip, Whisk(e)y and a brilliant soul gem, that almost didn’t get released.

Life Elsewhere airs every Monday at 9.00am ET (1400 GMT)

WMNF 88.5fm

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