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A Cavalcade Of Curiosities Eclipse An Untimely Death

“With great sadness and a broken heart I have to let know all of Adrian’s friends and acquaintances that he is dead. A bright mind and compassionate soul is gone, he was my beloved son,” Mario Lamo wrote in a post on Facebook. Beyond that brief note, only a few mentions of Lamo’s death have appeared in print, and broadcast media has made almost no mention at all. Lamo’s death should be a major news story, yet as our guest, Dr. Binoy Kampmark suggests, “The cavalcade of curiosities in Washington eclipsed Lamo’s sad end.” In the early 90’s Adrian Lamo gained notoriety for hacking companies like Yahoo! and AOL, as well as The New York Times. In 2004, after accepting a plea bargain, Lamo was sentenced for hacking the newspaper, where he had added his name to an internal list of op-ed writers and racked up $300,000 in charges using the organization’s subscription to Lexis-Nexis, a pay-per-use search tool. But, it was Lamo’s tipping the US government about the actions of Chelsea Manning that thrust his name into global-wide headlines. The scant footnote obituaries of Lamo’s passing caused us to reach out to a favorite Life Elsewhere contributor, Binoy Kampmark, to get his take on the hacker’s untimely death at age 37. Dr. Kampmark is widely known for his early association with WikiLeaks, his thought-provoking writing, and commentaries. In typical form, host Norman B maneuvers the conversation to many other topics, including, Mr. Trump, sex scandals, John Bolton and the fetishism of guns in America. This is one hour of programming you cannot afford to miss!

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Making Sense Of The Headlines

“The Trump administration has a madness to it. It’s not a party-based system, this is where the Republicans have a problem with Trump. It seems he is doing a cleansing of the stables of GOP influences. Trump is not an ideological man. This is deeply disconcerting to the party because they don’t have someone in the White House they can rely on. Trump has a distinctive agenda of his own. Meanwhile, the Democrats are still trying to reconcile themselves with the horror of what happened in 2016. Essentially, looking at the Democrats is like looking at post trauma patients.”  These are the thoughts of Dr. Binoy Kampmark in his latest appearance on Life Elsewhere. We regularly call upon Dr. Kampmark to help us make sense of the latest headlines. His take is most often not necessarily contrary, but usually a well-considered alternative. Dr. Binoy Kampmark, Senior Lecturer in Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University Melbourne, Australia and contributing editor for Counterpunch magazine joins us for the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

Also in the program, new music from Linzi Jai a talented artist based in Florida. Plus, a conversation with Augustus Rose, the Chicago-based author of The Ready Made Thief. This is Rose’s debut novel. It’s an improbable yet believable story. Disturbing and fascinating. To date, one of the best reads of 2017.

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Where Do We Go From Here?

“May 21, is my birthday. Every year on Life Elsewhere, we create a show around it. One year a professor who specializes in ancient Roman history explained with peculiar enthusiasm, how the Romans celebrated their birthdays…the conversation quickly turned into an almost x-rated play-by-play account of ancient Roman’s predilection for excessive hedonistic pleasures. Then there was the time a renowned astrologer talked about star signs…that conversation managed to wander off into a startling prediction that a certain Mr. Trump’s signs were so well-aligned, he could be President…if he ever chose to run. Last year I talked about the music that changed my life…So, here we are again, another year has passed, yet this year is different…this birthday is a big one! I’ve debated with myself as to how I should handle this on the show…Age is just a number people say, we all get old, it’s part of life…a good friend of mine, who happens to be a few years younger than me, has acknowledged he is getting old by producing a witty cartoon series, titled Drifting Into Old Age. He is embracing the ironies of getting old..er…pointing out the inevitable, albeit with a slight nod and wink. So the debate for me has been, do I shout out from the rooftops…or do I let another year gracefully pass on by?”
Norman B, May 21, 2017

Norman’s birthday is the theme for the second half of the latest edition of Life Elsewhere. In the first part of the show, Norman asks frequent contributor, scholar & expert in Global, Urban and Social Studies, Dr. Binoy Kampmark to help us understand what in the world is going on? Almost moment by moment there is breaking news surrounding the Trump administration. What’s it all about and where do we go from here?

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Dr. Binoy Kampmark. Zac Bissonnette. Kelela.

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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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.

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