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The Misunderstood Affliction

 

Julie Rehmeyer was so sick she sometimes couldn’t turn over in bed. The top specialists in the world were powerless to help, and scientific research on her disease was at a near standstill. She was running out of money. And she was all alone, with no one to care for her. This is the beginning of her powerful and emotive memoir, Through The Shadowlands – A Science Writer’s Odyssey Into An Illness Science Doesn’t Understand. As an MIT-trained mathematician, Julie was determined to find a solution to her illness. She had exhausted all reasonable ideas, so she turned to an unreasonable one. Leaving behind everything she owned, Rehmeyer drove to the desert, testing the theory that mold in her home and belongings was making her sick. Julie Rehmeyer felt as though she were going to the desert to die. What was her affliction and why is it so misunderstood? Julie Rehmeyer talks candidly with Norman B about her inspiring memoir, next on Life Elsewhere.

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Show #224

A Summer Read Or An Observation On Misogyny?

Is Sonia Taitz’s new novel, Great With Child, a well-crafted summer read about an aspiring lawyer, who happens to be single and pregnant, involved in a love triangle while engaged in an intriguing sub-plot? Or, is Sonia Taitz presenting a shrewd observation on the hurdles of being a working mother dealing with rampant misogyny and difficult career choices? In the next edition of Life Elsewhere, Sonia Taitz, Yale-educated lawyer, mother and writer talks with Norman B about her latest book, the continuing disparity for women in the workplace and who she would cast in a movie of her book.

Life Elsewhere is available at iTunes

Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  
Mondays 5.00pm PT & Wednesdays 2.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio
Thursdays 6.00pm ET at Internet Radio Network
Fridays at 9.00pm GMT on Cornucopia Radio

Life Elsewhere Music airs:
Tuesdays at 6.00pm & Wednesdays at 3.00pm Pacific Time on NWCZ Radio
Fridays at 10.00am Eastern Time on IRN
Cornucopia Radio airs Life Elsewhere Music throughout each week

You can hear all the volumes over at Mixcloud

The Naked Author Causes Mass Downloads!

HIking rear view

Occasionally we check the stats for the most popular Life Elsewhere shows. We were delighted, if not a little amazed at the huge number of downloads for the edition we titled, The Clothing-Optional Interview. The tremendous numbers tell us that the interest in nudism must be far greater than we had imagined. Our guest was, smart, witty author, Mark Haskell Smith who talked candidly about his latest nonfiction book, Naked at Lunch: A Reluctant Nudist’s Adventures in the Clothing-Optional World. Smith is the author of five novels, Moist, Delicious, Salty, Baked, and Raw: A Love Story, and the non-fiction book Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers, and the Race for the Cannabis Cup. He regaled us with his keen observations and explained how being a nudist is more complicated than simply letting it all hang out. To research his topic, Mark uncovered nudism’s amusing and provocative past, and publicly disrobed for the first time in Palm Springs. He observed the culture of family nudism in a clothing-free Spanish town, and traveled to the largest nudist resort in the world, a hedonist’s paradise in the south of France. He reported on San Francisco’s controversial ban on public nudity, participated in a week of naked hiking in the Austrian Alps, and rounded out his adventures with a week on the Big Nude Boat, a Caribbean cruise full of nudists. 

If you missed  The Clothing-Optional Interview, here is the link. Nudist or not, we would love to hear what you think about the show, send your comments to: info (at) life elsewhere (dot) co

Life Elsewhere airs:
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The photo above is author, Mark Haskell Smithhiking in the Austrian Alps. Used by permission of Mr. Smith.

Roadie + Junkie + Robber = Author

During punk rock’s heyday Patrick O’Neil worked at the legendary Mabuhay Gardens, San Francisco’s premier punk venue. He then went on to become a roadie and eventually the road manager for Dead Kennedys and Flipper, as well as the Subhumans and T.S.O.L. But that was before his life got totally out of control. O’Neil was a heroin addict for eighteen years, incarcerated for two anda half years, went to two long-term residential rehabs for a total of three years, worked as a substance abuse counselor for six years, and has been clean off drugs for the last thirteen. His memoir Gun, Needle, Spoon follows his desperately out of control life from punk rock pioneer to his slide into drug abuse and life as an armed robber, all the way through to life in recovery and what it’s like to look back on those times, knowing all the while that he is still under the threat of three strikes, a twenty-five-to-life prison sentence waiting. He has no choice but to deal with it all drug free.

Gun, Needle, Spoon has just been published and receiving rave reviews, Patrick O’Neil, currently on a nationwide tour will join us for the next edition of Life Elsewhere to talk about his new book and life on the road for a noted author.

Life Elsewhere airs every Sunday at 12 noon ET on The Source WMNF HD3 and Mondays at 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

What’s In It For Me

The Hit That Never Was is the popular weekly musical interlude where listeners take over and select a piece of music they think deserved to get more attention. This week, aspiring architect Delphina, wrote to us with flattering comments about Life Elsewhere and asked to hear What’s In It For Me from Bows & Arrows, the 2004 album by The Walkmen. Delphina says in her email that she saw the band live once and believes they should have been (or still could be) huge. She emphasizes “huge” by repeating the word about 20 times! We agree, and are delighted to play a big favorite at the Life Elsewhere offices. If you would like to get your Hit That Never Was on the show, this what you do, send an email with a little info about yourself and why you think your selection deserves to be heard, to: hitthatneverwas@lifeelsewhere.co

Also in the program, Robert PriestFounder and Editor of Eight By Eight the dazzlingly creative and premier magazine devoted to the beautiful game of soccer, helps us understand all about the Power, Corruption & Lies that brought FIFA and the unlikely-named Sepp Blatter into the world’s headlines this week.

Plus, former banker at J P Morgan, Michelle Miller talks about her debut novel, The Underwriting. corporate thriller that takes place at Hook, an online dating start -up, where a high-stakes deal pitches the power of Wall Street against the savvy of Silicon Valley – until a young woman’s death threatens to topple it all.

Life Elsewhere airs every Sunday at 12 noon ET on The Source WMNF HD3 and Mondays at 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

 

 

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