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New Discoveries!

Bob Proehl’s career history is not easy to identify because he writes with apparent expertise on relationships, comic book conventions, monsters, time travelers, and  even robots in his debut novel A Hundred Thousand Worlds. It turns out the native of Buffalo, New York, worked as a bookseller, a DJ, a record store owner, and a bartender. Occupations he clearly recalled for his witty, charming book about a mother and son as they travel from New York to Los Angeles, attending comic book conventions along the way. A Hundred Thousand Worlds. is a story about fandom and creativity, but it’s also about the complicated love between a mother and son, and how the stories we tell each other come to shape us, even as we shape them. Bob Proehl, an engaging guest, talks with Norman B about his book on the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

Discovering new music has been a passion of Norman B’s since the days of “steam-powered radio” he quips. Recently, among his new finds were Spartan Jet-Plex and Good Good Blood both on Fox Food Records, an enterprising label out of Yorkshire, UK. On further investigation, he found the label puts out hand-duplicated releases on cassettes and has a noteworthy catalog. Determined to know more, we tracked down label kingpin, the reserved, yet enthusiastic music-lover, James Smith and invited him onto the program. In a broad Yorkshire accent, James shares his story of creating a label to release music he loves, next on Life Elsewhere.

As a special preview, we are delighted to share with you two wonderful tracks from Fox Food Records:

Life Elsewhere Show #176 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

Two Excellent Books. One Cool Magazine.

Did you know there was a real James Bond who inspired Ian Fleming’s iconic character? He was a daring double agent, who would have made James Bond look timid. He was Dusko Popov, his true story is told by author Larry Loftis in his page-turner of a book, Into The Lion’s Mouth.

This December will be the 25th anniversary since the Soviet flag came down over the Kremlin, Russia and America are again heading toward a confrontation—what happened? Joining us to offer some insight will be Arkady Ostrovsky, the author of The Invention of Russia – From Gorbachev’s Freedom To Putin’s War.

A very cool magazine called Ubikwist caught Norman B’s attention because the talented British singer-songwriter Zuzu was featured on the cover. Ubikwist founder and editor, Giannie Couji explains how his magazine is a work of love and deliberately multicultural.

Life Elsewhere Show #174 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

You Must Speak To Be Heard

This may surprise you: As the US Presidential election looms ahead in November and the non-stop news coverage of every move the candidates make and the cacophony of noise that generates, there are still folks who need prompting to register to vote.

Yes, it is hard to fathom. Which is where HeadCount comes in. A non-partisan organization that uses the power of music to register voters and promote participation in democracy. HeadCount‘s vision is musicians and their fans becoming leaders in worldwide social movements. They are focused on harnessing that ability and translating it into real action. Their goal is to help shape policy and culture in America by galvanizing the music community into a politically influential force.

“Our message is not about what party you support or where you land on an issue. It’s that you must speak to be heard.” These are powerful ideas and we want to know more. In the next edition of Life Elsewhere, Norman B will ask Aaron Ghitelman of HeadCount how a non-partisan organization can use the power of music to register voters and promote participation in democracy.

The graphics above are from Norman B’s collection

Life Elsewhere Show #173 airs:
Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  

Mondays 7.00pm ET at WROM Radio
Mondays 5.00pm PT & Thursdays 7.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

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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.

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

Polls: The Most Inexact Of Sciences

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“Caught between a cynical Clinton machine and a shape-changing reality television show, US politics has featured its latest twist in the saga of surges and poll ratings. Now, we are being told that Donald Trump does have a chance against Hillary Clinton, spluttering ahead in some of the figures.” The words of Dr. Binoy Kampmark in a cogent piece he wrote for CounterPunch, titled Trump and the Polls of Loathing. The Melbourne-based lecturer joins the next edition of Life Elsewhere to talk about polls, what they mean and can they mislead as the race for the Whitehouse looms ahead. Binoy, a returning guest to the program, offers thoughtful analysis of the current state of American politics and the Presidential hopefuls. His subtle wit and clever diagnosis makes for informative and entertaining listening.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, at RMIT University, Melbourne

Life Elsewhere Show #172 airs:
Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  

Mondays 7.00pm ET at WROM Radio
Mondays 5.00pm PT & Thursdays 7.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

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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.

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

Living Out A Chapter From Modern Lovers

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“I was having morning coffee at a cute little place in Boerum Hills, Brooklyn, owned by a couple who don’t speak to each other. As I chatted away with an old friend who once played drums in a band in the late 80’s, who had a one-off hit, we petted his always slobbering dog Rugby. Suddenly, in strode my friend’s neighbor and one-time bandmate. Now in real estate, she’d dumped her quasi-goth look years ago, now opting for the Brooklyn version of business-casual. Slouching to halt, she arranged herself onto a bar stool and began grumbling about the collapse of her marriage and the awkwardness of her son…I had to shake myself…was I actually living out a chapter from Modern Lovers, the book I had been engrossed in the evening before?” This is from Norman B’s introduction to his interview with New York Times bestselling author of The Vacationers, Emma Straub. Writing with a smart economy of words, Straub manages to make her characters and locations so believable, that Norman B imagined he actually knew them after reading her latest book, Modern Lovers. It’s the story friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe. They have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. Their own offspring are a blunt reminder that they are no longer vanguards of cool. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. Hear the full interview with Emma Straub on the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

Life Elsewhere Show #172 airs:
Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  

Mondays 7.00pm ET at WROM Radio
Mondays 5.00pm PT & Thursdays 7.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

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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.

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

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