The next edition of Life Elsewhere will be bumper-packed, beginning with an interview springing from Norman B’s curiosity about astrology. “I was born on the cusp, whatever that means?” He says, adding, “I’m a complete ignoramus about astrology! I thought it time to know how to answer correctly when asked, Whats your sign?” Acclaimed astrologer, Joyce Levine joins the show to help Mr. B understand if he is Gemini or Taurus. Then, author Zac Bissonnette will explain, The Great Beanie Baby Bubble: Mass Delusion and the Dark Side of Cute. After hearing Zac’s often bizarre tale, you’ll never look at those plush toys the same way again. The Hit That Never Was has been absent from Life Elsewhere for a few weeks because of the abundance of new music and interviews we have featured. With a stockpile of requests on hand, this week we hand-over The Hit That Never Was selection to Maxine, a listener who sent along with a charming chatty email, photos of Ralph, her pet rabbit. Maxine asked to hear a track from Twin Shadow from the 2010 album, Forget. A remarkable book, Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings is the focus of the last interview. This is the debut novel from accomplished writer, Stephen O’Connor, who has brilliantly crafted fact, fiction, and dream sequences into an extraordinary work. O’Connor explains how his curiosity of the taboo relationship between Thomas Jefferson, who famously said, “All men are created equal” while keeping a slave, Sally Hemings, led to writing his memorable book.
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2015 was an eventful year at Life Elsewhere. We covered a vast array of topics and interviewed a stellar line-up of guests. Beginning in January, Norman B proclaimed Unbecoming, the debut novel by Rebecca Scherm, “One of the best books this year!” Sadly, the year had only just got underway, when news arrived of the death of George Romansic, an important figure in the early Seattle music scene. Norman gave a moving tribute. Photojournalist, Lynsey Addario recounted her graphic stories from the front-line inAfghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Darfur and the Congo in her book, It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War. A fitting subtitle for an investigative book on the “plush toys”, better known as Beanie Babies could be The Dark Side of Cute, bestselling author, Zac Bissonnette gave us the details. Everything you want to know, everything you didn’t know about David Bowie’s songs, were explained by Chris O’Leary the author of Rebel Rebel. That’s Not English said Erin Moore in her book on Britishisms, Americanisms, and What Our English Says About Us. The legendary Wreckless Eric told stories about his early days at Stiff records. Comedy writer Jon Macks reflected on Monologue: What Makes America Laugh Before Bed. Growing up in the delta of Arkansas, Brandon Wallace, knew only two things about himself: he was called to ministry and he was attracted to the same sex. He talked about coming out and his book, Straight-Face The curious case of Sepp Blatter and FIFA was clarified by Eight By Eight creator Robert Priest. Talented Norwegian singer-songwriter Siv Jakobsen entertained with her music and observations. Heavy Metal guitarist, Marty Friedman talked frankly about life after Megadeth. Award-winning wildlife expert, Gareth Patterson spoke lovingly of his work with African lions and the death of Cecil. Frank Jenkinson shared memories of shooting photos of the then-fledgling and later influential British band, Killing Joke. British-American musician Zuzu caught Norman B’s attention, resulting in an engaging interview. And to round out our year at Life Elsewhere, acclaimed caricaturist Steve Brodner gave his definitive appraisals of the GOP Presidential candidates.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew home Wednesday to face a tougher, less adoring crowd than the cheering legislators in Washington. What was Bibi’s controversial speech really all about? Why did a foreign leader usurp protocol? Will ISIS cast a long shadow over the next presidential election? Can resolve be possible in the middle east? What’s happening in Russia? Does Putin actually kill off his detractors? Is everything in our world going crazy? To answer these questions and more, Dr. Binoy Kampmark, Senior Lecturer in Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University Melbourne, Australia and contributing editor for Counterpunch magazine will join the program to help us make sense of what appear to be, ever-increasing problems. Dr. Kampmark has a unique ability to explain complex global issues. His well-considered opinions make for essential listening.
The Dark Side of Cute, is a fitting subtitle for an investigative book on the “plush toys”, better known as Beanie Babies. Bestselling author, Zac Bissonnette delved into the peculiar, sad, funny and fantastic story of how a troubled and reclusive college dropout named Ty Warner turned his dream of creating the most adorable plush toys the world had ever seen into the largest personal fortune in the history of the American toy industry. Norman B will talk to Zac Bissonnette about his fascinating new book, The Great Beanie Baby Bubble.
This week’s Hit That Never Was features a reverential cover of John Lennon’s haunting, Jealous Guy. Can you guess the name of the artist? Plus, Norman B will introduce you to the music of first generation Ethiopian-American, Kelela. The Los Angeles-based singer sports magnificent dreadlocks, which she appears to chop off in the video for her new single, A Message. This powerful video is a must-see. We wonder if it was intended to be homoerotic? Go to BACK. to view the video and tell us what you think.
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In 1998, a single Beanie Baby sold for $10,000. On eBay, Beanie Babies comprised of 10% of all sales. Suburban moms stalked UPS trucks to get the latest models, a retired soap opera star lost his kid’s six figure college fund investing in them, a New Jersey father sold three million copies of a self-published price guide that predicted what each animal would be worth in ten years. And, those crazy stories go on and on. Next on Life Elsewhere we will talk with Zac Bissonnette about his new book The Great Beanie Baby Bubble: Mass Delusion and the Dark Side of Cute. This is the never-before-told story of mass hysteria and the speculators who made and lost fortunes. It’s also the story of a troubled and reclusive college dropout named Ty Warner who turned his dream into creating adorable plush toys into the largest personal fortune in the history of American toy making – without a single advertisement. Warner’s success left him more alone than ever and in trouble with the federal government. Beanie Babies became the first viral craze of the Internet era – Norman B will asks how and why, next on Life Elsewhere.
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