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Star Signs & Life Changing Music

“May 21 rolls around again, and another year in my journey through life has passed,” says Norman B, referring to his birthday. “Looking back over the years,” he continues, “I’m fortunate to have wonderful memories, each with their own soundtrack!” In the next edition of Life Elsewhere, Norman B recalls the music that has made an impact on his life. He’ll take us on his life-changing journey complete with his musical soundtrack including Elvis Presley, Elmore James, The Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye, Van Morrison, Cornell Campbell, Gregory Isaacs, David Bowie, The Smiths, The Only Ones, Killing Joke, A.R. Kane, Barzin and Hugh.

Plus, Norman B will ask acclaimed astrologer Joyce Levine why star signs and birthdays are inextricably connected? Joyce a top expert on the subject, knows her stuff. She has all the answers and will also explain why Pop Astrology is entertaining but not very useful. But, can Joyce read the star chart of a certain Mr. Trump, to let us know if he will be elected President? Find out in the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

Life Elsewhere Show #170 airs:
Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  

Mondays 7.00pm ET at WROM Radio
Mondays 5.00pm PT & Thursdays 7.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

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Do You Speak English & Is The Pope Catholic?

Our headline is made up of two jokey rhetorical questions. The first, more commonly heard in the USA, is often used as an insult or at best as an inquiry to comprehension. The second, possibly more colloquial in the UK, where sardonically stating the obvious is a part of everyday British life and humor. Those differences in the use of language in Britain and America form the basis of a witty new book, That’s Not English: Britishisms, Americanisms, and What Our English Says About Us. Author, Erin Moore will join Norman B to talk about how two nations share a common language but often misunderstand what each other are saying. Erin and Norman will also discuss and say, naughty four-letter words. Norman B has no doubt Pope Francis is catholic, despite having used the “Is the Pope…” line almost as many times as he’s had hot dinners. But he will ask Garry Wills if the Pope is relevant. Mr Wills’s new book, The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis could be a plodding dry academic read, instead the author explains a complex subject adroitly. As a counterpoint to the lighter part of the program on Britishisms and Americanisms, Norman B’s interview with Garry Wills will take a serious but revealing tact with questions on Pope Francis’s future dictums on birth control, abortion and Islam.

Make you do not miss the next edition of Life Elsewhere, we air every Sunday, at 12 noon Eastern Standard Time at The Source on WMNF HD 3. Click on this link and then click on The Source. The show is repeated every Monday, at 5.00pm Pacific Standard Time on NWCZ Radio. The show will also be available at Soundcloud.

Check the cultural links at BACK.

The Annual Life Elsewhere Oscar Special!

OscarWill American Sniper beat Selma? Could Birdman take top honors? Is Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel too quirky for the Academy? Does Richard Linklater’s critically acclaimed Boyhood qualify to win? Is it time for Michael Keaton to claim an Oscar for Birdman? Was Julianne Moore’s performance more deserving than Rosamund Pike? Can Patricia Arquette collect an award? Has J.K. Simmons proved himself at last? These question and more will be asked and answered in the Annual Life Elsewhere Oscar Special, Sunday 22nd at 12.00 noon ET. Before a live studio audience, our very special guests, actress, writer, raconteur and media aficionado, Lisa Jane Persky, and renowned film and media critic, Bob Ross will give their expert predictions. Join us, and listen to hear if you agree with Lisa Jane and Bob’s predictions, and the reactions of our live audience.

Because you are here at Life Elsewhere, we know you are interested in Art Media & Culture, which is why we bring you BACK. It’s the page where you’ll find an amazing collection of links, curated by Norman B. Take a look, there’s videos you won’t find anywhere else, music that’s yet to be discovered by other sites, the occasional story and curios you’ll want to share. And, make sure you keep on scrolling down, there’s a lot to discover and enjoy at BACK.

The Life Elsewhere Oscar Special before a live studio audence, airs Sunday, February 22 at 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3 and repeated Monday, February 23 at 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

Welcome To Life Elsewhere 2015

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As the new year gets underway, we are planning future editions of Life Elsewhere guided by your comments and input. We’ve taken careful note of what you enjoy most about our radio show. Your big favorites are:
PROBING INTERVIEWS WITH GENRE-BENDING MUSICIANS
Norman B’s in-depth interviews with celebrated names from the world of popular music including,  Gary Wright, Barzin, Sir Mix-A-Lot, John Byrne Cooke, Glyn Johns, Martin Atkins, Michael Des Barres, Martin Youth Glover, Jeremy KolosinePatrick O’Neil and Ian McLagan. Expect more up close conversations with a wide variety of musical luminaries.
CONTROVERSIAL TOPICS OTHERS AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE
Serious and controversial topics also scored high with listeners, like our shows on Transgender IssuesAutism, Same Sex Marriage, Drugs and Racial Divide. In upcoming editions of Life Elsewhere, we’ll ask the questions about subjects other magazine programs choose to avoid.
NORMAN B’s SENSITIVE YET RELENTLESS STYLE
Our host’s ability to make guests feel comfortable and secure enough to bare their souls is peerless.  His style itself was rated by listeners as a compelling reason to listen to Life Elsewhere.  His conversational skill also gets high marks from the people he’s interviewed — Nicholson Baker, Mark Haskell-Smith, Peter James, Eric Kaplan, Masha Gessen, Allen Salkin, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, Jesse Bering, Jeffrey Kluger, Paul Greenberg, Audrey Bilger, Antoine Wilson and Shira Tarrant to name to a few.
“A MUST-HEAR RADIO SHOW”
We were deeply flattered by this comment from a regular listener.  To that listener and every one of you, we’d promise we won’t let you down.  For 2015, we’ve booked an intriguing line-up authors, experts and commentators.  With them, will have more of what you love about us — the kind of conversations that make Life Elsewhere a radio show, as another listener put it, “unlike any other”.
PS: The photo above shows Life Elsewhere host and creator, Norman B with his son James on a Brooklyn rooftop, December 28th, 2014. We chose this image because like James’ deft handling of his GoPro, we are intent on bringing you a different perspective on all the topics we air on Life Elsewhere 2015.

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Creative Direction, British Style, Surfing, Illustration, Minimal Design and A Wish List!

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Go to BACK. to discover the latest links to creative direction, British style, surfing, illustration, minimal design and what’s on Norman B’s Holiday wish list.

Next up on Life Elsewhere, best-selling author Peter James talks about his latest book Want You Dead, the tenth in the Roy Grace detective-thriller series. James is a fascinating guest who will share his opinions on the intricacies of police work and criminal minds.

Plus, a listener selects Lizzy Mercier Descloux  for the latest Hit That Never Was. And, we’ll present a surprise Holiday release from Lola DutronicThe Christmas Disco.

Life Elsewhere airs Monday at 9.00am ET 

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