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In the next edition of Life Elsewhere, frequent contributor, film, and media critic, Bob Ross stops by to bring us up to date on current films he suggests are worth watching. Bob manages to give his take with a slight nod and a wink, but then, we’ll ask Bob to tackle a serious topic. We’ll discuss a movie that has been mentioned all too frequently in the news over past few days since the tragic events in Charlottesville and, the comments by Mr. Trump.  That movie is the 1915 silent epic drama, directed and co-produced by D. W. Griffith, starring Lillian Gish, The Birth Of A Nation. The screenplay was adapted from the novel and play The Clansman, both by Thomas Dixon Jr.

Music has always been an integral part of Life Elsewhere and in this edition, we introduce you to Canadian singer-songwriter, Dana Gavanski. Her new beautiful single, How Much Is Enough?, taken from her debut EP, Spring Demos, out on September 12th on Fox Food Records. We’ll also hear from Bunny a band out of Chicago. Fronted by Jessica Viscius, who manages to erotically whisper on Let Me Be Your Dog, three words, “bow wow wow”, that we promise you will never hear or say the same way again. Bunny is set to release their EP Sucker later this year. For a regular input of new music, make sure you go to Life Elsewhere Music, available right here and over at Mixcloud.

To round out the show, Norman B talks with Jarett Kobek about his new novel, The Future Won’t Be Long,. It’s a gritty, unflinching, name-dropping & juicy chronicle that focuses on ten years, from 1986 to 1996, the heady period of excessive club kid culture, set mostly in New York. Could this be a veiled autobiography? Find out, when you hear the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

Life Elsewhere is available at iTunes

Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  
Mondays 5.00pm PT & Wednesdays 2.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio
Thursdays 6.00pm ET at Internet Radio Network
Fridays at 9.00pm GMT on Cornucopia Radio

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.

Life Elsewhere Music airs:
Mondays at 6.00pm & Wednesdays at 3.00pm Pacific Time on NWCZ Radio
Fridays at 10.00am Eastern Time on IRN
Cornucopia Radio airs Life Elsewhere Music throughout each week

You can hear all the volumes over at Mixcloud

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What Would You Tell The Undecided?

When the next edition of Life Elsewhere first airs, we will be just two days away from the Presidential election. As unlikely as it may seem, there are still people who claim to have not made up their minds when it comes to casting their vote.  At this late stage, what would you tell someone who is still undecided? To find out if there is an answer to the question, we called upon some of our favorite contributors* to Life Elsewhere. And, to get a “fair and balanced” response, we went out of the studio, into the real world and posed the question to a random selection of people. The responses, although unrehearsed and unscripted are thoughtful and surprising. Make sure you do not miss the next edition of Life Elsewhere to hear if you agree with our guests’ answers to, “What would you tell the undecided?”

*Our favorite contributors: Dr. Jennifer, Mercieca, professor of communications; Dr. Binoy Kampmark, senior lecturer & researcher in Global Studies; Terry Morgan, entertainment entrepreneur; Sean Dunne, filmmaker; Steve Brodner, caricaturist; Mark Haskell Smith, author; Nancy Kells, musician; Gillian Gaar, author; Bob Ross, film & media critic; Wreckless Eric, musician Stephen O’Connor, author.

Life Elsewhere Show #194 airs:
Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  

Mondays 5.00pm PT & Wednesdays 2.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio
Thursdays 6.00pm ET at Internet Radio Network

How Did Our Experts Fare?


Yesterday, just a few hours before the big shindig in Hollywood, we asked our two experts on film to give their predictions before a live studio audience for the Annual Life Elsewhere Oscar Special. The always exuberant, actress, writer, raconteur and media aficionado, Lisa Jane Persky and erudite film and media critic Bob Ross took their task seriously. After thoughtful deliberation, and at some moments having our live audience in fits of laughter, Lisa Jane and Bob came up with a well-considered selection for their predicted Oscar winners. In the aftermath, there are some  surprises. Now we know the outcome of the ceremonies, its fun to go back and listen as Lisa Jane and Bob give their earnest predictions. 

Click here to listen to Lisa Jane Persky and Bob Ross’s Oscar predictions.

On the next edition of Life Elsewhere, we’ll talk with Lynsey Addario about her new book, It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War. She is a photojournalist whose work appears regularly in The New York Times, National Geographic and Time magazineLynsey has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Darfur and the Congo. In her new book, she graphically describes harrowing scenes, including her capture in Lebanon, being beaten and molested. In gruesome detail, Addario recounts seeing  bits of brain and skull embedded into the parcel shelf of a car, just hit by an air strike, then she writes, “I had a bad feeling that something was going to happen.” Make sure you don’t miss Norman B’s interview with an extraordinary journalist with stories from her exceptional book.

Life Elsewhere airs Sundays, at 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3 and repeated Mondays,  5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

Read Norman B’s interview with acclaimed architect Yann Weymouth at Trebuchet Magazine

Lisa Jane, Bob & Oscar

Earlier today, before a live studio audience, actress, writer, raconteur and media aficionado, Lisa Jane Persky, and renowned film and media critic, Bob Ross predicted the outcome at tonight’s Academy Awards for the Annual Life Elsewhere Oscar Special, If you happened to have missed the live broadcast when our guests,  “cheered, chatted and nitpicked”, as Lisa Jane tweeted, no worries, Life Elsewhere Oscar Special will be broadcast again, tomorrow at 5.00pm PT (8.00pm ET) at NWCZ Radio.

The Hit That Never Was for this special edition of Life Elsewhere was selected by a listener named, Nicholas, who asked to hear The Clash with their song, The Right Profile about the revered, but tragic actor Montgomery Clift, from their 1979 album, London Calling.Two books about Clift were mentioned and highly recommended by Norman B as must-reads, for anyone interested in learning about one of Hollywood’s heart-rending legends. Montgomery Clift by Patricia Bosworth, a detailed, fact-filled book, is considered the definitive work on the gifted, haunted actor. While, Montgomery Clift: Beautiful Loser by British writer, Barney Hoskins covers the same harrowing story, but also includes rare archival photographs.


Listen again to the The Life Elsewhere Oscar Special to hear if Lisa Jane Persky and Bob Ross were close in their predictions. The show airs Monday, February 23 at 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio


Can You Stand Perfectly Still And Hold This Moment Open?

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Lights On Tampa is a program developed by the City of Tampa’s Art Programs Division, in conjunction with regional businesses, volunteers, and art supporters. An ambitious project that reaffirms Tampa’s commitment to arts and technology by presenting highly visible, innovative light installations created by juried artists. Multiple artworks are installed in and around Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, downtown Tampa. UpLit, a vintage rooftop-style installation features the phrase, “Can you stand perfectly still and hold this moment open?” by poet Silvia Curbelo. In October 2014, the public was asked to submit an original phrase to be considered by the jury. Norman B was invited to be one of the three jurors who selected the UpLit installation. Curbelo says of her UpLit work, “I had been thinking about the concept of happiness – how hard we chase it; how tirelessly we work for it; how it’s always ahead; or, something to look forward to down the road. But, that road is long. It’s hard to be content and at peace when we’re always in motion. By the time we come to understand and appreciate a place or an experience, it’s already behind us.” 

Make sure  you don’t miss the Annual Life Elsewhere Oscar Special, with actress, writer, raconteur and media aficionado, Lisa Jane Persky, and renowned film and media critic, Bob Ross. This year our show will air before a live studio audience, a few hours before the big shindig in Hollywood. Listen in to hear if you agree with Lisa Jane and Bob’s predictions, and the reactions of our live studio audience. The Annual Life Elsewhere Oscar Special airs Sunday, February 22 at 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3 and Monday, February 23 at 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

photo c/o Jason Behnken/Tampa Tribune

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