Category Archives: Yudhijit Bhattacharjee

Two Interviews & One Song You Need To Hear!

Next on Life Elsewhere, Norman B interviews two accomplished authors and selects music you need to hear.

Before Edward Snowden’s infamous data breach, the largest theft of government secrets was committed by an ingenious traitor whose intricate espionage scheme and complex system of coded messages were made even more baffling by his dyslexia. His name is Brian Regan, but he came to be known as The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell, the title of Yudhijit Bhattacharjee’s latest engaging book.

Sonia Taitz’s new novel, Great With Child, is a well-crafted summer read about an aspiring lawyer, who happens to be single and pregnant, involved in a love triangle while engaged in an intriguing sub-plot. But, is Sonia Taitz cleverly presenting a shrewd observation on the hurdles of being a working mother dealing with rampant misogyny and difficult career choices?

“So much new, interesting music comes my way,” says Norman B, “And, every so often I hear something that I feel you need to hear too. F/V Hope the new album from Philadelphia-based Friendship is such an album. It’s a curio that surprises me on each play. The cut I selected, Seen But No Reply is based on a modern theme – email. Yet the arrangement, instrumentation, plaintive vocal and even the tempo suggests it’s from another era, maybe the past, or possibly an unknown future.”

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The Dyslexic Spy & A Venomous Killer

Before Edward Snowden’s infamous data breach, the largest theft of government secrets was committed by an ingenious traitor whose intricate espionage scheme and complex system of coded messages were made even more baffling by his dyslexia. His name is Brian Regan, but he came to be known as The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell. In December of 2000, FBI Special Agent Steven Carr of the bureau’s Washington, D.C., office received a package from FBI New York: a series of coded letters from an anonymous sender to the Libyan consulate, offering to sell classified United States intelligence. The offer and the threat were all too real. A self-proclaimed CIA analyst with top secret clearance had information about U.S. reconnaissance satellites, air defense systems, weapons depots, munitions factories, and underground bunkers throughout the Middle East. Rooting out the traitor would not be easy, but certain clues suggested a government agent with a military background, a family, and a dire need for money. Leading a diligent team of investigators and code breakers, Carr spent years hunting down a dangerous spy and his cache of stolen secrets. Author, Yudhijit Bhattacharjee  joins the next edition of Life Elsewhere to reveal how the FBI unraveled Regan’s strange web of codes to build a case against a man who nearly collapsed America’s military security.

Peter James the bestselling crime fiction writer is back with Love You Dead, the latest in his excellent Roy Grace series. For this outing James’ Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is feeling the pressure from his superiors, his previous case is still giving him sleepless nights, there have been major developments with his missing wife Sandy, and an old adversary is back. But worse than all of this, he now believes a Black Widow is operating in his home city of Brighton. One with a venomous mind . . . and venomous skills. Soon Grace comes to the frightening realization that he may have underestimated just how dangerous this lady is. The always affable Peter James chats with Norman B about his new book and recalls a visit to a UK prison, where a female inmate’s callous reason for murder inspired his latest novel.

Life Elsewhere Show #196 airs:
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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:
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Mondays 5.00pm PT & Wednesdays 2.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio
Thursdays 6.00pm ET at Internet Radio Network