Category Archives: World Cup 2014

Never Exaggerate The Importance of Incompetence.

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 3.26.59 PMIn the latest edition of Life Elsewhere, Dr. Binoy Kampmark joined the program to help us understand the turmoil in Iraq and what caused it. Dr. Kampmark, a learned scholar, appraises the Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq with a terse rebuke by saying, “Never exaggerate the importance of incompetence”. After summing up the past and current crisis in Iraq, Binoy Kampmark offers an opinion which can only regarded as optimistic when he says, “If the United States is prudent about this, they can actually do well as a powerbroker”. This is a fascinating interview, where you’ll hear an original take on  the history and future of Iraq.

Also in the program, Norman B asks Caitlin O’Connell  senior writer at World Soccer Talk and Robert Priest founder and editor-in-chief of the new soccer magazine Eight By Eight for their response to the question “Is sex appeal driving the appeal of soccer in the USA?” Our two soccer experts weigh wit their thoughts and give us update on the World Cup so far. Considering that Team USA were still in the running at the time of this show, it will be interesting to re-hear Caitlin and Robert’s predictions.

The influential R & B pioneer, Bobby Womack, sadly passed away two days before the broadcast, so Norman B created a special tribute which included a selection of Womack’s hits, including, It’s All Over Now, Woman’s Gotta Have It, That’s The Way I Feel About Cha, Harry Hippie, Across 110th Street and Please Forgive My Heart.

The Podcast with Dr. Binoy KampmarkCaitlin O’ConnellRobert Priest and Bobby Womack is available now for download here.

The Sexy Beautiful Game?

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All over the world Soccer is known as The Beautiful Game. It’s also known as Football. In the USA, the moniker Football has long been claimed by what the rest of the world see as a gladiatorial spectacle, where the players clad in armor play a distant cousin of venerable Rugby, driven by the time demands of TV commercials. The World Cup 2014 has created an excitement unparalleled previously for Soccer in North American media. The fact that team USA remain a contender doesn’t hurt either. But, is there another reason why Soccer is rapidly gaining America’s attention? Could it be the appeal some of the soccer players have? Is The Beautiful Game sexy? To help us investigate this phenomenon, we invited back to Life Elsewhere, Caitlin O’Connell  senior writer at World Soccer Talk and Robert Priest founder and editor-in-chief of the new soccer magazine Eight By Eight. We’ll also ask our two Soccer experts for their up to the minute take on World Cup action so far.

Plus, Dr. Binoy Kampmark will join Life Elsewhere to answer the question, “Who Created The Turmoil In Iraq?”. Norman B will offer a tribute to the influential R & B pioneer, Bobby Womack, who sadly passed away this weekend.

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USA v Portugal The Most-Viewed Soccer Match Ever In The US

Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 6.41.24 PMAccording to the Neilsen company, whose business is to keep tabs on these things, more than 24.7 million viewers watched USA’s thrilling draw with Portugal on ESPN and Univision. The gripping World Cup game was seen by an average of 24.7 million viewers last Sunday evening and an additional 490,000 people streamed coverage of the game on their mobile devices. “At last, this could mean that America takes football, er, soccer seriously!” Said Michael Dennis of FanChants, reporting on the World Cup, live from Brazil for Life Elsewhere. Michael shared with us the rambunctious atmosphere and told stories of celebrating with the locales until way past 6am. The co-founder of the website dedicated to exploring and recording amazing Fan Chants from around the world, shared with us these three new Fan Chants in praise of team USA.

Also on the program, a self-admitted non-soccer fan, Sebastian Anthony, talking to us from the Sussex countryside in England, explained his article titled, “Who in their right mind would buy Amazon’s Fire Phone?”Sebastian who writes for Extreme Tech describes himself as “A tall, hairy, British writer who blogs about technology, photography, travel, and whatever else catches my eye”. The one thing he didn’t mention in his witty bio, was his disinterest in soccer. Norman B inadvertently presumed Mr. Anthony had to be passionately following the sport. When asked what he thought of the World Cup matches so far, Sebastian candidly answered, “I don’t like soccer that much”. A true unrehearsed radio moment. Listen to the latest edition of Life Elsewhere in it’s entirety here.

Is the US Gripped by Civil War? The Most Surprising Infamous Trial Verdict? World Cup Surprises?

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 6.01.20 PMA lot of questions in the latest edition of Life Elsewhere. Trial consultant Richard Gabriel talks about the behind-the-scene details of trials he consulted on, including, O.J.Simpson, Phil Spector, Heidi Fleiss and Casey Anthony. Gabriel’s answer to the question, “What verdict surprised you the most?”, will surprise you. You’ll hear more intriguing exposés from Gabriel’s new book, Acquittal: An Insider Reveals the Stories and Strategies Behind Today’s Most Infamous Verdicts

Henry Porter, the London editor of Vanity Fair, has a challenging and controversial perspective on gun use in America. Norman B asked the writer who focuses on  liberty and civil rights, to explain his unsettling article titled, American Gun Use Is Out Of Control.

Finally, in this edition of Life Elsewhere, our dream-team soccer experts, Caitlin O’Connell of World Soccer Talk and Phil Schoen of beIN Sports answer questions about the World Cup in Brazil so far.

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The Experts Predict?

Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 1.49.52 PMThe beautiful poster above for World Cup Brazil 2014 is courtesy of the brilliant new soccer magazine Eight By Eight. Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Robert Priest joined the latest edition of Life Elsewhere to talk about his magazine and his passion for the beautiful game. In the interview Robert explains his approach to putting together a publication devoted to a sport that is rapidly gaining wide acceptance in the United States. He also talks about The World Cup and offers thoughtful insights about his favorite sport and finally makes his prediction for the winning team. Time restraints did not allow us to air Norman B‘s full interview with Robert Priest. The unedited version is available below.

Another ardent soccer fan is Michael Dennis of FanChants who explains what Fan Chants means. Michael talks about the history of soccer fans singing the praises of their favorite team at the top of their lungs. Go to the Life Elsewhere Podcasts to hear samples of FanChants.

Plus, our dream-team of experts on the beautiful game, Caitlin O’Connell  senior writer at World Soccer Talk and Phil Schoenlead play-by-play announcer at beIN Sports answer Norman B’s questions about World Cup Brazil 2014, including the reports of corruption, the games not to miss and are sexy players unique to soccer? Caitlin and Phil end the program by predicting who they believe will be the winning team.

Find out if you agree with the experts, listen to the Life Elsewhere Podcast

 

 

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