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Terrorism Then & Wealth Now

The Weathermen. The Symbionese Liberation Army. The FALN. The Black Liberation Army. The names may seem almost quaint now, when not forgotten altogether. But there was a time in America, during the 1970s, when bombings by domestic underground groups were a daily occurrence. The FBI combated these and other groups as nodes in a single revolutionary underground, dedicated to the violent overthrow of the American government. Forty years later, talk of terrorism in America conjures up a vastly different threat. The juxtaposition of terrorism then and now is why Bryan Burrough’s Days Of Rage: America’s Radical Underground, The FBI, And The Forgotten Age Of Revolutionary Violence is such a compelling and timely read. Bryan Burrough joins Life Elsewhere to remind us of a time of native-born radicals, most of them “nice middle-class kids,” smuggling bombs into skyscrapers and detonating them inside the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol, at a Boston courthouse and a Wall Street restaurant packed with lunchtime diners.

Our second interview is with Sam Wilkin, author of Wealth Secrets: How The Rich Got Rich. One surprising conclusion Wilkin arrives at is the relatively small number of people throughout history who have become staggeringly wealthy, despite superficial differences, their methods to amass their fortunes, they all have a great deal in common. To explain, Sam goes back in time and unravels the wealth secrets of Ancient Romans, where the disparity between the very rich and the very poor is startlingly like our world today. Discussing wealth or the lack of it is a sobering topic, thankfully, Sam Wilkin imparts artful humor into his writing and the interview.

Make sure you do not miss the next edition of Life Elsewhere and two timely interviews with Bryan Burrough and Sam Wilkin.

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Crisis & Fear.

Timing is everything. We had scheduled two authors with exceptional books, both relating to the Financial Crisis. Martin Wolf, CBE  widely considered to be one of the world’s most influential writers on economics and associate editor and chief economics commentator at the Financial Times has written The Shifts and the Shocks: What We’’ve Learned— and Have Still to Learn —from the Financial Crisis. Mr. Wolf’s book, full of graphs and charts, turns out to be a riveting read explaining a complex subject for the layman. His book coincides with the release of Open Secret: The Global Banking Conspiracy That Swindled Investors Out of Billions by Erin Arvedlund, a financial writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Ms. Arvedlund documents the interest rate rigging scandals that emerged out of the 2008 Financial Crisis. Both Erin Arvedlund and Martin Wolf have written books that read like fiction, but as the saying goes: Truth is stranger than fiction. We could not resist booking the two authors for the same edition of Life Elsewhere.

As we prepared our show on the Financial Crisis, we could not have predicted another Crisis would be headline news. Only this time Crisis was coupled with Fear. Ebola is dominating the news. The words Crisis and Fear are everywhere. Across the country, children are asking parents and each other, “Did you hear about the person who got it in Texas?” and, “What’s Ebola? or “Can I get it?”  To help us understand how we can manage our children’s fears (and our own), we invited back to Life ElsewhereDr. Dan Peters, licensed psychologist and author of Make Your Worrier a Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Child’s Fears.

The subject matter for this edition of Life Elsewhere may seem a little serious, but we guarantee it will be essential and informative listening. To lighten the tone a little we present our weekly Hit That Never Was, featuring, from Portland Oregon, Cohen with I Have A Dream from the splendid Owl Said EP.

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

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