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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.

The photo & audio clip above are from Trump Rally, used by kind permission of Sean Dunne and http://www.veryape.tv/
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Who Chose The Great Bear Sleeping Bag?

We called upon a distinguished panel of guests to take part in the 3rd Annual Life Elsewhere Holiday Gift Special and asked them to come up with three books and one non-book gift. The results are as diverse as they are intriguing and unpredictable. One guest selected for their non-book gift, a Great Bear Sleeping Bag. Can you guess who? Could it be frequent contributor and witty author, Mark Haskell Smith? Perhaps it was astute caricaturist and social commentator, Steve Brodner? Or maybe talented new British-American singer-songwriter Zuzu, who demonstrated in last week’s edition she has a cheeky sense of humor. Then there’s the erudite raconteur, Patrick O’Neil, a master of incorporating the unconventional into his tales. And, finally, did Robert Newman the esteemed creative director, widely recognized for his perceptive take on life, select the Great Bear Sleeping Bag? Find out in the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

Also in the program, we are very pleased to welcome back, renowned film and media critic, Bob Ross, who will give us his sensible overview of this year’s Holiday movie releases.

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A Human Instinct For War is the title of Norman B’s latest contribution to Trebuchet Magazine.

Janis & John: The Book & The Movie

John Byrne Cooke & Janis Joplin

John Byrne Cooke was in the right place at the right time. He was a member of D.A. Pennebaker’s film crew at the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967, where Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix became overnight sensations. A few months later, when Albert Grossman signed on to manage Janis and her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Grossman hired John to road manage them. Cooke became the only person who traveled with all three of Janis‘s bands, from 1967 until her untimely death in 1970. John Byrne Cooke tells the story of those tumultuous three years with an intimate, affectionate look back in, On the Road with Janis Joplin, now out in paperback. John is also a consultant and onscreen interviewee in the soon-to-be-released documentary Janis: Little Girl Blue, by director Amy Berg and Oscar winning producer Alex GibneyJohn Byrne Cooke will join Norman B for the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

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Memories Of Wes & Nicky

On August 30, 2015, Wes Craven died of brain cancer at his home in Los Angeles. He was 76 years old. Craven, a prolific film director, writer and producer was best known for his work on horror movies. His noted films include, A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise featuring the Freddy Krueger character, the Scream seriesThe Hills Have EyesLast House On The Left, Red EyeMy Soul To Take and The Serpent and the Rainbow. To help us remember the master of horror, frequent Life Elsewhere contributor, film and media critic, Bob Ross joins the program.

Nicky Hopkins, the famed keyboard player, would have turned 71 on September 6th. Sadly, he died way too young at age 50, in 1994. Hopkin’ssession work is legendary, performing with a wide variety of famous bands, including the Rolling StonesLed ZeppelinThe WhoThe Pretty ThingsThe KinksThe MoveNew Riders of the Purple SageQuicksilver Messenger Service…the list goes on and on. He was plagued by illness from an early age, and suffered from Crohn’s disease, while still in his teens. His poor health and ongoing surgery made it difficult for him to tour. This resulted in him working primarily as a studio player for most of his career. Yet his superb skill on the keyboards cast him as one of the most important session musicians in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. Julian Dawson, author of And on Piano …Nicky Hopkins: The Extraordinary Life of Rock’s Greatest Session Manwill share his recollections and stories from his definitive book on Hopkins.

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Show 133

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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