Category Archives: Presidential Race

What Would You Tell The Undecided?

When the next edition of Life Elsewhere first airs, we will be just two days away from the Presidential election. As unlikely as it may seem, there are still people who claim to have not made up their minds when it comes to casting their vote.  At this late stage, what would you tell someone who is still undecided? To find out if there is an answer to the question, we called upon some of our favorite contributors* to Life Elsewhere. And, to get a “fair and balanced” response, we went out of the studio, into the real world and posed the question to a random selection of people. The responses, although unrehearsed and unscripted are thoughtful and surprising. Make sure you do not miss the next edition of Life Elsewhere to hear if you agree with our guests’ answers to, “What would you tell the undecided?”

*Our favorite contributors: Dr. Jennifer, Mercieca, professor of communications; Dr. Binoy Kampmark, senior lecturer & researcher in Global Studies; Terry Morgan, entertainment entrepreneur; Sean Dunne, filmmaker; Steve Brodner, caricaturist; Mark Haskell Smith, author; Nancy Kells, musician; Gillian Gaar, author; Bob Ross, film & media critic; Wreckless Eric, musician Stephen O’Connor, author.

Life Elsewhere Show #194 airs:
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Mondays 5.00pm PT & Wednesdays 2.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio
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The first Presidential debate between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump, scheduled for Monday, September 26th is being hailed as the biggest event since the invention of sliced bread. The audience could exceed 100 million people, according to experts, something never seen before in U.S. politics and will be a figure close to what the Super Bowl gets. Much of the anticipation is driven by Mr. Trump, the television personality turned Republican presidential nominee who created a ratings bonanza for cable networks during the GOP primary. We too at Life Elsewhere will be watching mostly because of our fascination with Mr. Trump. This began over a year ago when he first made his announcement to run for the GOP nomination. At the time we asked, (with tongue firmly planted in cheek) could a Caricature Run For President? Since that time the prospect of Mr. Trump even getting close to being a serious Presidential candidate has changed dramatically. So much has been written about who Mr. Trump is and his motivation for seeking the Presidency, but one recent quote on the topic really caught our attention: “This is the problem when you have a rich billionaire, a fractured media, a polarized electorate, and a weak party system – conditions are ripe for demagoguery.” These are the words of Dr. Jennifer Mercieca, an associate professor of communications at Texas A&M University and a historian of American political rhetoric. We had to know more and invited Dr. Mercieca to join us on Life Elsewhere, as we prepare for the first Presidential debate.

Plus, we invited back to the program the extraordinarily talented Dave Hill, one of “today’s” truly brilliant performers and writers. Dave is currently on a tour of Europe and we caught up with him in Bergen, Norway. Dave Hill gives his take on the ClintonTrump debate and what Europeans think of the US Presidential election and in particular, Mr. Trump? “It’s the most serious I have ever been!” Says Dave after unleashing a torrent of choice Anglo-Saxon words.

And, a Life Elsewhere exclusive, the latest release from Hugh. Make sure you do not miss one second of the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

Life Elsewhere Show #188 airs:
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Polls: The Most Inexact Of Sciences

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“Caught between a cynical Clinton machine and a shape-changing reality television show, US politics has featured its latest twist in the saga of surges and poll ratings. Now, we are being told that Donald Trump does have a chance against Hillary Clinton, spluttering ahead in some of the figures.” The words of Dr. Binoy Kampmark in a cogent piece he wrote for CounterPunch, titled Trump and the Polls of Loathing. The Melbourne-based lecturer joins the next edition of Life Elsewhere to talk about polls, what they mean and can they mislead as the race for the Whitehouse looms ahead. Binoy, a returning guest to the program, offers thoughtful analysis of the current state of American politics and the Presidential hopefuls. His subtle wit and clever diagnosis makes for informative and entertaining listening.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, at RMIT University, Melbourne

Life Elsewhere Show #172 airs:
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Someone Defaced This Lovely House In My Lovely Neighborhood

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Although we prefer to avoid political commentary at Life Elsewhere, certain events and issues can dictate where a topic or interview will go. For instance, back in October of last year, we couldn’t resist asking, (albeit with a nod and a wink), if a Caricature Could Be President. We called upon the expertese of acclaimed political caricaturist, Steve Brodner to give his opinion. We knew Steve wouldn’t fail to regale us with his sardonic wit, but behind our chuckles, there was a serious question. The specter of an inarticulate toupee-wearing vulgarian actually being nominated as a Presidential candidate was beyond daunting, it was downright scary. And now, here we are, just four months away from what will be a historical GOP convention, (for all the wrong reasons), and the short-digit bloviator is the front runner. The occupants of the house pictured above are most likely reasonable people and from the size and location of their home, they are probably successful. Yet, they must also fall into the category of “not happy with the establishment”. By showing their support for a reality TV personality they are announcing to their quiet, peaceful, well-manicured neighborhood, they want a change…at any cost!

In the next edition of Life Elsewhere instead of woefully agonizing over the ignorance on display by supporters of the orange-faced misogynistic race-baiter, we’re taking a stand by presenting a carefully curated selection of exceptional new music. Who knows what the outcome of the next Presidential election will be? Whatever the result, there most certainly will be times when an enjoyable diversion is needed. What better than a glorious selection of new music to while away the hours as the political discourse becomes completely unbearable. Make sure you don’t miss a compendium of new releases that will still retain their glossy sheen after November 8.

Life Elsewhere airs:
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Mondays 7.00pm ET at WROM Radio
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Life Elsewhere can be heard on CMG Global Media

If you miss any editions of Life Elsewhere, go here then go to the Listen On Demand panel, choose the date of a show and click play.

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