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ALT-AMERICA: THE RISE OF THE RADICAL RIGHT IN THE AGE OF TRUMP

Donald Trump’s victorious campaign for the US presidency shocked the world, the seemingly sudden national prominence of white supremacists, xenophobes, militia leaders, and mysterious “alt-right” figures mystifies many. But the American extreme right has been growing steadily in number and influence since the 1990s with the rise of patriot militias. Following 9/11, conspiracy theorists found fresh life; and in virulent reaction to the first black US president, militant racists have come out of the woodwork. Nurtured by a powerful right-wing media sector in radio, TV, and online, the far right, Tea Party movement conservatives and Republican activists found common ground. Figures such as Stephen Bannon, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Alex Jones, once rightly dismissed as cranks, now haunt the reports of mainstream journalism. Investigative reporter David Neiwert has been tracking extremists for more than two decades. In his latest book, Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of TrumpNeiwert provides a deeply researched and authoritative report on the growth of fascism and far-right terrorism, the violence of which in the last decade has surpassed anything inspired by Islamist or other ideologies in the United States. David Neiwert joins Norman B for the next edition of Life Elsewhere to talk about his years of reportage, including the most in-depth investigation of Trump’s ties to the far right.

Also in the program, new music from Copenhagen-based singer-songwriter, Ellis May. About her song, Father she says this, “Father is the most personal work I have done. It’s about loss. It’s about carrying on. It’s about acceptance, and about how accepting things will move you forward, and get you through hard times and push you onto your own path.” Listen carefully and make sure you let us know what you think. Write to normanb@lifeelsewhere.co

 

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The Science Fiction Special

Since the last Presidential election, how many times have you said, “This is all too fantastic to be true”? The most unlikely of Presidents and the perpetual bizarre circus surrounding him has perplexed even the most revered, brilliant scholars. Every day, pundits on cable TV chorus the same sentiment,“You couldn’t make this up, it’s hard to separate fantasy from reality!” Fantasy vs. reality is a mainstay of another cultural phenomenon, Science Fiction.  A series of interviews we conducted last year with top writers of the genre, prompted a return visit to examine how they view fantasy vs. reality. Christopher Mari, Jeremy K. Brown, Kameron Hurley, and Meg Elison each have a captivating perspective on our world and the blurred line between fantasy and reality.  

      

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Image: Ed Emshwiller’s cover for the June 1954 issue of Future Science Fiction, ed. Robert A. W. Lowndes from the website, https://sciencefictionruminations.com/

 

A Cavalcade Of Curiosities Eclipse An Untimely Death

“With great sadness and a broken heart I have to let know all of Adrian’s friends and acquaintances that he is dead. A bright mind and compassionate soul is gone, he was my beloved son,” Mario Lamo wrote in a post on Facebook. Beyond that brief note, only a few mentions of Lamo’s death have appeared in print, and broadcast media has made almost no mention at all. Lamo’s death should be a major news story, yet as our guest, Dr. Binoy Kampmark suggests, “The cavalcade of curiosities in Washington eclipsed Lamo’s sad end.” In the early 90’s Adrian Lamo gained notoriety for hacking companies like Yahoo! and AOL, as well as The New York Times. In 2004, after accepting a plea bargain, Lamo was sentenced for hacking the newspaper, where he had added his name to an internal list of op-ed writers and racked up $300,000 in charges using the organization’s subscription to Lexis-Nexis, a pay-per-use search tool. But, it was Lamo’s tipping the US government about the actions of Chelsea Manning that thrust his name into global-wide headlines. The scant footnote obituaries of Lamo’s passing caused us to reach out to a favorite Life Elsewhere contributor, Binoy Kampmark, to get his take on the hacker’s untimely death at age 37. Dr. Kampmark is widely known for his early association with WikiLeaks, his thought-provoking writing, and commentaries. In typical form, host Norman B maneuvers the conversation to many other topics, including, Mr. Trump, sex scandals, John Bolton and the fetishism of guns in America. This is one hour of programming you cannot afford to miss!

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The Phenomena Of Trump & The Tweets Of Mr. Hill

2017 has been an incredible year. Even without Trump, 2017 will long be remembered for more tragedy than should ever be possible in just twelve months. Natural and manmade disasters competed for headlines. But, it was Donald J. Trump who continued to dominate, no matter if it were another gun massacre, a deadly hurricane, a terrorist attack, a fatal train derailment or a raging wildfire. The phenomena of Trump remained the talking point for any and every news story. During the past year, we here at Life Elsewhere have felt almost obligated to build a show on one aspect or another of Trump’s irascible behavior. Taking an alternate view of  Trump has always been our main objective, even long before he moved into the White House, we produced a show titled, A Caricature For President. Yet, in all the shows we built around the anomaly that is Trump, there has been the nagging sense of despair. Our learned guests from authors to professors, from artists to comedians, each and every one has expressed despondency. These feelings have been aired perfectly throughout the last year,  by Life Elsewhere contributor, Dave Hill with his sardonic Tweets. So, as we come to the last show of 2017, we decided upon a cozy fireside chat with the savvy comedian, author, musician and actor. On stage, Dave Hill presents as hilarious, and deadpan, while in the confines of an intimate interview he shows a serious and deeply thoughtful side, especially when talking about Trump and his cohorts. But when Dave talks about his music, the man’s lighter side bubbles up. In the next edition of Life Elsewhere, Norman B chats with Dave Hill about the intent of his Tweets, his take on comedy now, the future and his bands, Painted Doll and Valley Lodge.

    

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Gordon Raphael: The Interview

Reminiscing about his early days in Seattle, musician, and producer, Gordon Raphael, casually mentions the velvet clothes he preferred to wear just as flannel shirts were becoming the standard uniform for any aspiring rock star from the Pacific Northwest. It’ an important detail because Gordon didn’t readily fit into an obvious category then and avoids easy labeling today. He lives in Berlin, where he says that city’s love of non-stop techno bores him and he feels out of place. Except, he adds, it’s a safe city where no one carries guns, there’s no hint of violence and he can walk his dog, dressed in a pink clown costume with a rainbow mohawk, without anyone taking notice. It’s the contradictions that make Gordon a unique figure in the world of rock ’n’ roll. His bio includes forming two original bands, Mental Mannequin and Colour Twigs, then during the Grunge Revolution, he was keyboardist for the psychedelic band Sky Cries Mary. His following band associations and recording credits is far too long to list here, but after moving to New York and setting up his own basement studio, Gordon produced The Strokes’ first album before moving to London for more collaborations and then onto his present home, Berlin. It’s a fascinating story from an engaging talent. Norman B’s interview with Gordon Raphael is next on Life Elsewhere.

Photo of Gordon Raphael by Juani Bousquet

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