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From Scratch, The Water Of Life & Deep Shadows

For the next edition of Life Elsewhere, Norman B invites you to indulge in three of the essential pleasures of life…food, drink and incredible music. Specifically, food as depicted by the ubiquitous Food Network, drink as in the Water Of Life or Whisk(e)y and music in the form of a rare Northern Soul track.

Allen Salkin, author of From Scratch: The Uncensored History of the Food Network, promises to reveal the behind-the-scenes history and dish the dirt on the egos and feuds of the people who made a fledgling upstart into a Cable TV empire. You’ll hear the juicy stories about the network’s most polarizing figures, Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay, Anthony Bourdain, Robert Irvine and of course, Paula Deen.

Whisk(e)y is in the midst of a huge renaissance. Ten years ago, the United States housed sixty-nine craft distillers; today, there are more than four hundred. Exports of Scotch whisky grew 12 percent just last year. Sales are skyrocketing, and specialty bars are popping up around the country, from New York City to Chicago to Houston. Whisk(e)y expert Heather Greeneauthor of Whisk(e)y Distilled: A Populist Guide to the Water of Life will explain to Norman B, (who admits to being a novice,) the mysteries of Whisk(e)y, the crucial importance of “nosing” Whisk(e)y and the spelling.

This week’s Hit That Never Was features a very rare Northern Soul favorite with an unusual history. Deep Shadows  by Little Ann is from 1969, but was never heard at the time it was recorded. For over 30 years it was stored in the archives of record producer and musician Dave Hamilton, one of the unsung heroes of the Detroit soul scene. A box of tape-reels marked simply ”The Possible Little Ann Album”,  was discovered by two British soul enthusiasts at Hamilton’s home in 1988. Little Ann sadly passed away in 2003, but she did get to hear her efforts gain some fame via the intrepid British Northern Soul scene. Set your alarm, you won’t want to miss the next Life Elsewhere, with food, gossip, Whisk(e)y and a brilliant soul gem, that almost didn’t get released.

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Liza Long

When Liza Long heard about the Newtown shooting, her first thought was, “What if my son does that someday?” Liza‘s 13-year-old son lives with mental illness and she equated their struggle with many other mothers and sons, including Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old Newtown, Mass., man guilty of one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history. She posted a heart-wrenching cry for help on her blog: “I am Adam Lanza’s mother. I am Dylan Klebold’s and Eric Harris’s mother. I am James Holmes’s mother. I am Jared Loughner’s mother. I am Seung-Hui Cho’s mother. And these boys—and their mothers—need help.” Her essay was republished under the title “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother”. The post immediately went viral, receiving 1.2 million likes on Facebook, 15,000 comments, and almost 30,000 emails. Liza found herself at the center of a passionate debate about a topic that is still hard to talk about – children’s mental illness. Liza quickly discovered she was not alone, there were many parents struggling with the same constant fear and worry. With her post she became an advocate for better understanding and better resources for children who suffer from mental disorder. Liza Long joins Life Elsewhere to talk about her book, The Price of Silence: A Mom’s Perspective on Mental Illness, her excruciatingly honest portrayal of what it’s like to be the mom of a child with serious mental illness.

Jeffrey Kluger

Narcissists are everywhere. There are millions in the United States alone. They’re found in politics and popular culture, in the office, at school, in your neighborhood, even in your own home. Award-winning science journalist and senior writer at Time magazine, Jeffrey Kluger writes that the odds are good that you know a narcissist, probably a lot of then. In his new book, The Narcissist Next Door: Understanding the Monster in Your Family, in Your Office, in Your Bed— in Your WorldKluger deconstructs science and with insight and wit he unearths cutting edge research on narcissism and give s real world anecdotes to illustrate the impact narcissism has on the people who have it – and the people who don’t. Jeffrey Kluger joins Life Elsewhere to talk about his book with Norman B. Listen carefully, you’ll wonder if you fit into the criteria.

Screen Shot 2014-09-21 at 1.44.04 PMAlso, this week’s Hit That Never Was, is a curious cover version of Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” by Glass Cake. You too can have your Hit That Never Was played on Life Elsewhere. Send your selection and the reason why you believe it deserves to be the Hit That Never Was and little info about yourself to: hitthatnevrwas (at) lifeelsewhere (dot) co

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Life Changing Music

Music That Changed My LifeIn the latest edition of Life Elsewhere, Norman B looks back at the music that changed his life. He tells of buying his first album at Woolworths, not knowing anything about the music. He was captivated by the brooding Greek-god like visage on the cover. It was the Memphis FlashElvis Presley. From there Norman discovered the Blues and  Elmore James which led to the new R & B sounds coming out of the USA, including early Tamla Motown and  Marvin Gaye. It was no coincidence that fledgling London bands were also being inspired by the same music. The Rolling Stones being no exception, fronted at that time by Blues aficionado and masterful musician, Brian JonesVan Morrison with his R & B and Irish Show-band roots were all but absent when he released his landmark album, Astral Weeks, a momentous life-changing release, says Norman B. Reggae has been another important part of Mr. B’s life and he cites  Cornell Campbell and Gregory Isaacs as fine examples. The consistently adventurous music of David Bowie is included in the story as are the The Smiths, The Only Ones are acknowledged for their timeless ode to addiction and  Killing Joke with their formidable melding of rock, dub and even metal in their debut release. A.R. Kane, remain still relatively unknown but their music caused Norman B to reevaluate his thinking in some areas. Finally, Canadian musician and poet Barzin is singled out because his beguiling lyrics and enchanting arrangements signify another change in life and a new way forward.

Also in the program our regular contributor on film and media Bob Ross, pays tribute to a unique, genius performer, Robin Williams. Plus the Hit That Never Was features a high-school friend of Norman B, the legendary virtuoso guitar player and singer-songwriter, Peter Green.

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Bob Ross Remembers Robin Williams

Screen Shot 2014-08-13 at 1.15.07 PMThe tragic, untimely death of Robin Williams has left his legions of fans around the world stunned. Williams’ undeniable comedic talent was applauded by, almost everyone, including President Obama, who issued the following statement: “Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between.  But he was one of a kind.  He arrived in our lives as an alien — but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit.  He made us laugh.  He made us cry.  He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most — from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams”. In the next edition of Life Elsewhere, our regular contributor on film and media Bob Ross, will join Norman B to remember and pay tribute to a unique, genius performer.

Plus, Norman B looks back at the music that changed his life. His musical selection includes: Elvis Presley, Elmore James, Marvin GayeThe Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Cornell Campbell, Gregory Isaacs, David Bowie, The Smiths, The Only Ones, Killing Joke, A.R. Kane and Barzin.

Also, this week’s Hit That Never Was features a high school friend of Norman B, the legendary virtuoso guitar player and singer-songwriter, Peter Green.

Life Elsewhere air every Monday at 9.00am EST (1400 GMT)

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streaming: www.wmnf.org

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Wrinklies, Beauties, Sculptures & Portraits

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