Next on Life Elsewhere, a program devoted to food and drink. Of course, we’ll venture into not so predictable territory. Michelle Ephraim and Caroline Bicks are longtime friends and fans of Shakespeare. They are both professors who teach the works of the Bard. Better still, the two academics like a cocktail. While the learned ladies were imbibing a couple of drinks, inspiration struck: Shakespeare-themed cocktails! The result is Shakespeare, Not Stirred: Cocktails for Your Everyday Dramas. In equal parts, it’s a funny and educational book. If you appreciate Shakespeare and a fine cocktail, make sure you don’t miss this interview.
Continuing on with our food and drink theme, Norman B talks with J. Ryan Stradal, the author of a book that has to qualify as one of the best reads of 2015, Kitchens of the Great Midwest. “This is a remarkable book!” Says Norman B, “As I reached the last couple of pages, I couldn’t help myself, tears meandered down my cheeks. From the very first page Stradal drew me into his complicated, yet seemingly simple story. A story that revolves around a passion for food and drink.” Setting his impressive book in the Midwest, with fine dining as a central theme, is a stroke of genius. J. Ryan Stradal grew up in Hastings, Minn, a place he lovingly references in one hilarious chapter. The cover and even the book’s title could mislead a prospective reader from discovering the wonderful story Stradal weaves. To accompany the fascinating interview, we’ve added a selection of food and drink themed music, including, Patrick Wolf, Tanita Tikaram, Cibo Matto, The Kinks & Bob Marley.
A quick word about last week’s edition featuring Frank Jenkinson’s photo book on Killing Joke, we’ve received numerous enquiries on how to obtain a copy. You’ll find the direct link here.
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Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3
Mondays 7.00pm ET at WROM Radio
Mondays 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio
In the latest edition of Life Elsewhere a listener wrote in to ask us to play for the Hit That Never Was, the Marvin Gaye classic, Let’s Get It On remixed and reworked to the rhythm of Bob Marley’s equally classic, Waiting In Vain. The phone-lines, the texts and emails flooded in with rapturous applause for what has to be a unique melding of two genres of music. Can there be anything comparable? We’d like to know, send your unique Hit That Never Was suggestion to hitthatneverwas (at) lifeelsewhere (dot) co
The Marvin & Bob mash-up fitted perfectly into a bumper-packed program starting with Theresa Argie, the co-author of America’s Most Haunted: The Secrets of Famous Paranormal Places. Theresa told us about some of her favorite haunted places and Norman B recounted his experience with a ghost in Livingstone, Montana. Next we heard from Eric Kaplan, comedy writer and co-producer of The Big Bang Theory who explained to Norman B why his new book is called Does Santa Exist? This was followed by the Hit That Never Was, and a Life Elsewhere exclusive interview with Gary Wright. Best known for his 1976 hit songs Dream Weaver and Love Is Alive and for his role in helping establish the synthesizer as a leading instrument in rock and pop music.Gary has just written a book, aptly titled Dream Weaver with the subtitle, A Memoir; Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison. Finally, we turned our attention to Florida Amendment 2 with our two experts, pro-legalization advocate and attorney, Ted Corless and eco farmer and horticulturist, Robert Tornello. Both guests passionately explained why they believe voting Yes on Amendment 2 is vitally important.
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