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A Political Conundrum. A Controversial Book. And Cool New Music.

The biggest conundrum ever in US politics also happens to be the most controversial: The popularity of Donald J. Trump. Who are the people who turn out in unprecedented masses to attend his rallies? That was the question a young enterprising filmmaker decided would be the basis for his next documentary. The end result is Trump Rally by Brooklyn-based Sean Dunne who managed to get up close and personal with Trump supporters. His takeaway is unexpected and adds yet another layer to the conundrum of Donald Trump‘s popularity.

“I’ve never read ‘that’ word used so nonchalantly before!” Says Life Elsewhere host, Norman B, referring to the four-letter word Judith Rashleigh peppers her dialogue with. Judith is the antiheroine of Maestra, the first thriller from Lisa Hilton. The word in question is Anglo-Saxon for female genitalia and should be reclaimed by women, explains Ms. Hilton. Her unapologetic boldness has triggered controversy, with many reviewers declaring Maestra to be a more shocking and explicit than Fifty Shades of Grey. Hilton also happens to be a well-respected historian and biographer who reckons her “natural habitat is a library with a pen stuck in my hair”. So what prompted a self-described geek to delve into writing page after page of graphic sex, violence, and Anglo-Saxon words? Find out in the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

Also in the program, Norman B selects two new cool music releases and asks that you tell us what you think of them. FirsScreen Shot 2016-04-30 at 1.17.36 PMt, Blu Fiefer, who describes herself as half-Mexican and half-Lebanese with Jukebox from her forthcoming EP. Followed by, Dahlia Sleeps, from South London, fronted by Lucy Hill with Black & Blue.

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Who’s Afraid Of Homoeroticism? Scary Surgery & The Eccentric Innovator. A Genuine Goth.

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Female homoeroticism has been showing up all over the place in the media again. Could the latest trend have been initiated by the controversial 2013 movie Blue Is the Warmest Color? Are these images of woman on woman action intended to titillate or illustrate a commonplace experience? If either answer is correct, then the next question has to be, “Why are male on male images still verboten?” No matter how many States ponderously legalize same-sex marriage or news anchors and sports stars come out, the depiction of two men embracing will cause immediate gasps of surprise. Should we presume then, that heterosexual male fantasies continues to dominate and guide mass media output? Three experts will join Norman B to discuss who’s afraid of homoeroticism. Jesse Bering, associate professor and author of Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of UsRachel Hills, author of the forthcoming, “The Sex Myth” and Anise K. Strong, assistant professor of history who has published articles on Spartacus, HBO’s “Rome” and an upcoming article on the representation of rape in modern historical television dramas.

Engaging and passionate author, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz will explain her mesmerizing biography of the brilliant and eccentric medical innovator who revolutionized American surgery and founded the country’s most famous museum of medical oddities in Dr. Mutter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine. You’ll hear about an era where all operations, no matter how brutal or invasive, were performed on patients who were wide awake and screaming. Aptowicz interweaves an eye-opening portrait of nineteenth-century medicine with the riveting biography of a man once described as the “P. T. Barnum of the surgery room.”

Plus, this week’s Hit That Never Was selected by a listener who proudly announces she is a “Genuine Goth!” and goes on at length telling us about her work on top secret projects. Finally she gets to her choice for Hit That Never Was, it’s the quintessential Goth band, Bauhaus.

The image at the top of the page is from the video for Why Can’t I Be You, the debut track from Swedish duo R.A.B.B.I.I.Learn more about this and other new videos at BACK.

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#yesallwomen Explained

Audrey BilgerThe latest edition of Life Elsewhere began with a conversation about #yesallwomen and the backlash against women speaking out about the pervasiveness of violence against women. Our guests were Audrey Bilger,author, professor of literature and gender studies and Faculty Director of the Center for Writing & Public Discourse at Claremont McKenna College and Shira Tarrantauthor, professor & social critic, political scientist and associate professor of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at California State University, Long Beach.  Shira TarrantThe two professors eloquently gave their well-considered insights on the topic and provided valuable links. Audrey Bilger shared When Women Refuse a Tumblr where women share their stories of violence inflicted on them because they rejected sexual advances. Shira Tarrant shared three links to groups involving men working to prevent men’s violence, White Ribbon, Men Can Stop Rape and Voice Male Magazine. We here at Life Elsewhere encourage you to visit all these sites and mention we sent you.

This week’s Hit That Never Was featured English chanteuse, Jade Williams, aka Sunday Girl with her enchanting cover of Where is My Mind, a song from the Pixies debut album, Surfer Rosa.

In the last segment of the program, Norman B introduced Jowita Bydlowska the author of Drunk Mom: A Memoir, by saying, “This book is Harrowing! Brutally Honest and Courageous!” Ms. Bydlowska tells the painfully true story of her struggles with motherhood and alcoholism. Its a brutally frank account of how Jowita spent her time trying to figure out where she could buy her booze, trying to hide her drinking from her boyfriend, and perhaps most difficult, calculating how much she drank and how much time needed to pass before she could safely nurse her son.

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