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America, Nov 9. The Reactions.

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“America Nov 9” by Steve Brodner used by kind permission of the artist

A few days before the Presidential election we asked some of our favorite guests on Life Elsewhere “What would you tell the undecided voter?” The consensus of advice was, no matter what, get out and vote. The election results caught all of us off-guard. Our next show was planned as a well-deserved respite from the atypical election. Guests were booked, including Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, author of The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell and crime-fiction writer, Peter James on his latest Roy Grace novel, Love You Dead. The reality that Mr. Trump was now President-elect immediately changed everything, including the next edition of Life Elsewhere. After serious deliberation, the decision was made to get the reaction from our previous week’s guests, (if they had not already fled to Canada). Calls were made, some of our contributors were too stunned to speak, while others wanted to share their take on the election results, including Dr. Jennifer, Mercieca, professor of communications; Dr. Binoy Kampmark, senior lecturer & researcher in Global Studies; Stephen O’Connor, author; Terry Morgan, entertainment entrepreneur;  Mark Haskell Smith, author and Steve Brodner, caricaturist who could not hold back his rage and very kindly sent us the illustration above, titled “America, Nov 9”. To round out our perspective on the election result, we asked Dr. Dan Peters to help us understand how we should talk to our children. Plus, comedian, actor, raconteur and author, the irrepressible Dave Hill gives us his opinion with unbridled restraint and emotive passion. This is a show you cannot miss, all the broadcast and Podcast details are below.

PS: The edition after this will feature Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, author of The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell and crime-fiction writer, Peter James on his latest Roy Grace novel, Love You Dead.

Life Elsewhere Show #195 airs:
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

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:
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

What Have You Learned Since 9/11?

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Fifteen years have passed since that fateful day on September 11, 2001. Has time changed how we now understand the impact of those unprecedented attacks on America? If so, what have we learned since 9/11? In the next edition of Life Elsewhere we ‘ll pose this question to a distinguished panel of guests:

Steve Brodner, political caricaturist, satirical commentator, and frequent contributor to Life Elsewhere.

Tom Hall, chairman of Tucker/Hall a national media crisis firm.

Binoy Kampmark, Senior Lecturer in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, at RMIT University, Melbourne, author of many authoritative commentaries for CounterPunch, and contributor to Life Elsewhere.

Mark Haskell-Smith, fiction and documentary author with a motion picture in the works for a 2017 release and a Life Elsewhere contributor.

Also in this edition, author Amor Towles on his enthralling new novel, A Gentleman In Moscow.

Life Elsewhere Show #186 airs:
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

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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.

Check out the Life Elsewhere Music page and download Norman B’s curated selections of new, obscure, rare, unique and extraordinary music; hits of the future; artists who deserve your attention and timeless recordings you probably missed.

Contrasts.

Steve Brodner for The Village Voice

Steve Brodner for The Village Voice

Acclaimed caricaturist Steve Brodner was commissioned by The Village Voice to live-illustrate the antics onstage at the Republican National Convention – covering everyone from Rudy Giuliani and Antonio Sabato Jr. to Rick Perry and Donald Trump himself. Brodner, a frequent commentator on Life Elsewhere put down his sketchpad and pencils for a few moments to share some of his adroit observations. You’ll hear what Steve Brodner has to say about the GOP convention on the next edition of Life Elsewhere. Meanwhile,  here is a reminder of Steve’s critical eye and acerbic wit from a Life Elsewhere interview, one year ago, when Mr. Trump announced his intention to run for President.

Spartan Jet-Plex

Spartan Jet-Plex

“I discovered Nancy Kells by accident…hold up…make that by good fortune!” Says Norman B, “You see, Nancy is a talented and prolific singer-songwriter and if there is any justice left in the world she will soon be jettisoned into worldwide acclaim by a clever forward-thinking agent/manager/promoter.” Nancy currently goes under the moniker of Spartan Jet-PLex and it was her track Meant that caught Norman’s attention as he did his daily scouring around online releases. This, in turn, led to an interview with James Smith of Fox Food Records, the UK label Nancy is on. James raved on about Spartan Jet-Plex which in turn prompted us to find out more about the musician from Virginia who appears to spend almost her every waking hour producing constantly wonderful music. We made contact with Nancy Kells and she responded with, as she says, probably one of the longest emails you’ll ever receive. Long it was, but beautifully full with lots of pertinent information and links to her many different musical projects and musicians she admires. We didn’t need any more persuading, Nancy Kells will join us for the next edition of Life Elsewhere. Here is a sneak preview of Spartan Jet-Plex.

Life Elsewhere Show #179 airs:
Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  

Mondays 7.00pm ET at WROM Radio
Mondays 5.00pm PT & Wednesdays 2.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

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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.

PS: You can now download the new WMNF mobile app for FREE and listen to LIfe Elsewhere as it streams live at 12 noon ET every Sunday

Steve Brodner’s illustration for The Village Voice is used by kind permission of Mr. Brodner

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:
Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  

Mondays 7.00pm ET at WROM Radio
Mondays 8.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio
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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