Category Archives: The Italians

Contradictions, Mistakes, The Media As News & New Music!

A bumper-variety-packed show in the next edition of Life Elsewhere. UK-based, American columnist for the Guardian newspaper, Tim Dowling joins the program to discuss his smart-witty new book, How To Be A Husband. This is not a self help book but rather, a public service with a collection of mistakes upon which a successful marriage has been built, says Tim.

This past week has seen the media making headline news, first with NBC news anchor Brian Williams exaggerating the truth, and then, faux news anchor Jon Stewart announced he will be quitting the Daily Show. To help us understand why the media has became news, we’ll talk with astute TV & Media Critic, Walt Belcher.

“How is it possible that a nation that gave us the Renaissance have also produced the Mafia?” We’ll ask that question and more of John Hooper, the critically acclaimed author of The Italians. The seasoned British correspondent has lived in Rome for a number of years, skillfully gathering a wonderful perspective to explain who are The Italians?

This week’s Hit That Never Was, by a band from New Zealand, with the unlikely name of French For Rabbits, selected by a listener who included with her email, a photo of Fred, her Labrador puppy. We would like to know what you think deserves to be the Hit That Never Was. Send your request and include a photo of your pet, if you wish, to: hitthatneverwas (at) lifeelsewhere (dot) co

To round out the program, we’re going to feature a couple of tracks from Siber Records, a label out of Raleigh, North Carolina. Siber impress us not just with the quality of their output but also the amazing variety of their releases. Siber is a label that is very hard to…er…label. And, we like that.

Make sure you don’t miss the next edition of Life Elsewhere, airing at a new time and new place: Sundays, 12 noon ET at WMNF The Source HD3. It’s easy to listen, click here in your browser. And, you can listen on your iPhone or iPad, get the new WMNF player here. Life Elsewhere can also be heard Mondays, 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio,

Contradictions & Mistakes

We could not resist putting Contradictions & Mistakes together as a headline. Of course, they really have nothing in common, except for the fact that Contradictions & Mistakes are the main subjects of two new books and the authors will be the guests on the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

The Italians are full of contradictions, according to critically acclaimed author John Hooper, in his book of the same name. And, smart-witty writer, Tim Dowling in his new book, How To Be A Husband, suggests that it’s the mistakes that often keep a marriage together. We invite everyone from husbands and husbands-to-be to Italians and lovers of Italy to listen in to the next edition of Life Elsewhere to learn all about Contradictions & Mistakes, as presented by two fascinating authors. Norman B will ask John Hooper about the conundrums he writes about so eloquently in The Italians, beginning with, “How is it possible that a nation that gave us the Renaissance have also produced the Mafia?” Then, Norman will inquire why Tim Dowlingsays he has not written a self-help book, but instead, he’s providing a public service with a collection of mistakes upon which a successful marriage has been built, in How To Be A Husband.

There is still time to get your Hit That Never Was choice in, perhaps you can think of a song that fits in with the theme of the program…Contradictions & Mistakes? Send your selection along with a little info about yourself and why we should play your Hit That Never Was to hitthatneverwas (at) life elsewhere (dot) co

Life Elsewhere airs at a new time and new place: Sundays, 12 noon ET at WMNF The Source HD3. It’s easy to listen, click here in your browser. And, you can listen on your iPhone or iPad, get the new WMNF player here. Life Elsewhere can also be heard at NWCZ Radio, every Monday at5.00pm PT

Read Norman B’s interview with Martin “Youth” Glover in Trebuchet Magazine