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The Life Elsewhere Music Of 2015

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Throughout the past year, we have endeavored to bring to you topics and guests we believe deserve your attention. Often we go off the prescribed radar to focus on areas other media outlets bypass. The need to explore the unknown has led us to also present music often sadly ignored elsewhere. 2015 has been an exceptionally bright year for singer-songwriters and enterprising producers. The array of talent is remarkable, not least of all because the so-called new media outlets have all but ignored much of what we have discovered. Here then is a retrospective look at some of our favorite music tracks, aired on Life Elsewhere in the past twelve months.

The show will include tracks from Amanda MerdzanBirkwin & ViennaBirthday Boy & allieClara La SanLucy SundayMura Masa w/Shura, Siv Jakobsen, Sorcha Richardson, Throwing Shade, Tropic Of Cancer, Twin LimbWolftyla and Zuzu.

If you appreciate the loving effort we make in putting Life Elsewhere on the air, please consider showing us some love in return by making a modest donation — however much you can afford, when it comes from the heart, it’s the kind of gesture that makes what we do worthwhile. To encourage your contribution, Norman B has put together a unique non-stop mix of new music featured on Life Elsewhere in 2015. To get your copy of the Life Elsewhere Holiday Gift Mix, click on the “Make A Donation” button below, complete the form, in return, we’ll send you a special code to unlock and download the Life Elsewhere Holiday Gift Mix. But don’t delay, the Gift Mix will only be available for a limited time. Thank you for supporting Life Elsewhere.

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Life Elsewhere airs:
Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  
Mondays 7.00pm ET at WROM Radio
Mondays 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

It’s Hugely Impossible!

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Before you tune in this evening, for the spectacle that will be the GOP debate, in of all places, Las Vegas, we invite you to revisit our post and listen to Norman B’s interview with Steve Brodner, from August of this year.

A Caricature For President.

There’s an old saying, “Be careful what you wish for.” With that venerable adage in mind, let’s reflect for a moment on the unequivocal fact that the moment Barack Obama was elected President, the loyal opposition wasted no time in feverishly going to work to denounce his every utterance, move or even the teeny tiniest bat-of-his-eye-lids. With their non-stop scramble to deride, ridicule and berate the President, they also comfortably succumbed to tolerating and enabling childish name-calling and crude, unseemly rhetoric. This uncouth behavior not only gained momentum, it became de rigueur.  So much so, that when the crown prince of bloviating, taunted the world with yet another crazy notion of running for President, the other clown car characters felt empowered to up the anti with wacko pronouncements. Unfortunately for them, The Donald continued on with his jest.  All of the wacko-doodle pronouncements from Cruz, Huckabee, Paul, Rubio, Christie, Santorum, Walker etc, paled as Mr. Trump blurted out one over-the-top looney quote after another. It has been like the class clown on the school bus deliberately and proudly letting out a fart. Everyone knows he did it, including the teachers, yet no one knows how to handle it.

While the GOP contenders flap their arms, squawk meaningless drivel, the Democrats gloat and cable news goes giddy. One talented group see the whole spectacle as a dream come true – Illustrators! Mr. Trump is the ultimate caricature, says esteemed satirical illustrator and caricaturist, Steve Brodner. To help us understand why political illustration has become so popular recently, and the fascination  with caricatures of TrumpBrodner will join the next edition of Life ElsewhereSteve has been putting pen to paper for a long time to craft memorable political caricatures, he is a master of the editorial idiom his work has appeared in most major magazines and newspapers in the United States, such as Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Esquire, Time, Playboy, Mother Jones, Harper’s, Mother Jones, The Atlantic. Make sure you do not miss Steve Brodner and his thought-provoking opinions, including why racism refashioned political illustration, during Obama’s term.

The graphics above are just a few of the images of Donald Trump we have collated from the internet. We do not own any of these images and will remove any immediately if requested.

Click here to hear Steve Brodner talk about A Caricature For President.

Steve Brodner assures us he will be tuning in for the GOP debate and paying careful attention, not only for inspiration for his next brilliant Mr. Trump caricature but also for his commentary on the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  
Mondays 7.00pm ET at WROM Radio
Mondays 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

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A Human Instinct For War is the title of Norman B’s latest contribution to Trebuchet Magazine.

A Conversation With Mr. B

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By the age of eleven, he planned to be a graphic designer or a radio announcer. Then, Elvis changed his life. Music became a passion. He was there, the night Andrew Oldham discovered the Stones. At art school, he learnt about the Blues, R & B, Soul and Reggae. A visit to New York in ’74 found him at CBGB, alongside Lenny Kaye and Patti Smith as Television performed. A chance introduction to radio resulted in a long career as an acclaimed interviewer. This is part one of his story, illustrated with music from Johnnie RayElvis PresleyThe Rolling Stones, Marvin GayeThe SkatalitesRoy & MillieAlton EllisToots & The MaytalsJohnny Clarke, Television and Killing Joke.

Life Elsewhere airs:
Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  
Mondays 7.00pm ET at WROM Radio
Mondays 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

The Experts Predict?

Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 1.49.52 PMThe beautiful poster above for World Cup Brazil 2014 is courtesy of the brilliant new soccer magazine Eight By Eight. Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Robert Priest joined the latest edition of Life Elsewhere to talk about his magazine and his passion for the beautiful game. In the interview Robert explains his approach to putting together a publication devoted to a sport that is rapidly gaining wide acceptance in the United States. He also talks about The World Cup and offers thoughtful insights about his favorite sport and finally makes his prediction for the winning team. Time restraints did not allow us to air Norman B‘s full interview with Robert Priest. The unedited version is available below.

Another ardent soccer fan is Michael Dennis of FanChants who explains what Fan Chants means. Michael talks about the history of soccer fans singing the praises of their favorite team at the top of their lungs. Go to the Life Elsewhere Podcasts to hear samples of FanChants.

Plus, our dream-team of experts on the beautiful game, Caitlin O’Connell  senior writer at World Soccer Talk and Phil Schoenlead play-by-play announcer at beIN Sports answer Norman B’s questions about World Cup Brazil 2014, including the reports of corruption, the games not to miss and are sexy players unique to soccer? Caitlin and Phil end the program by predicting who they believe will be the winning team.

Find out if you agree with the experts, listen to the Life Elsewhere Podcast

 

 

Understanding Autism

Autism

Facts about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD):

Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. People with ASDs handle information in their brain differently than other people. ASDs are “spectrum disorders.” That means ASDs affect each person in different ways, and can range from very mild to severe. People with ASDs share some similar symptoms, such as problems with social interaction. But there are differences in when the symptoms start, how severe they are, and the exact nature of the symptoms.

Types of ASDs

There are three different types of ASDs:
  • Autistic Disorder (also called “classic” autism)
    This is what most people think of when hearing the word “autism.” People with autistic disorder usually have significant language delays, social and communication challenges, and unusual behaviors and interests. Many people with autistic disorder also have intellectual disability.
  • Asperger Syndrome
    People with Asperger syndrome usually have some milder symptoms of autistic disorder. They might have social challenges and unusual behaviors and interests. However, they typically do not have problems with language or intellectual disability.
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS; also called “atypical autism”)
    People who meet some of the criteria for autistic disorder or Asperger syndrome, but not all, may be diagnosed with PDD-NOS. People with PDD-NOS usually have fewer and milder symptoms than those with autistic disorder. The symptoms might cause only social and communication challenges.
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • ASDs begin before the age of 3 and last throughout a person’s life, although symptoms may improve over time. Some children with an ASD show hints of future problems within the first few months of life. In others, symptoms might not show up until 24 months or later. Some children with an ASD seem to develop normally until around 18 to 24 months of age and then they stop gaining new skills, or they lose the skills they once had.
  • A person with an ASD might:
  • Not respond to their name by 12 months
  • Not point at objects to show interest (point at an airplane flying over) by 14 months
  • Not play “pretend” games (pretend to “feed” a doll) by 18 months
  • Avoid eye contact and want to be alone
  • Have trouble understanding other people’s feelings or talking about their own feelings
  • Have delayed speech and language skills
  • Repeat words or phrases over and over (echolalia)
  • Give unrelated answers to questions
  • Get upset by minor changes
  • Have obsessive interests
  • Flap their hands, rock their body, or spin in circles
  • Have unusual reactions to the way things sound, smell, taste, look, or feel
Facts courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

On the next edition of Life Elsewhere we’ll turn the spotlight on a
syndrome that is widely misunderstood, with Maria Mutch, author of the just-released, Know the Night, a memoir that chronicles a two-year period when her son Gabriel, who has both Autism and Downs Syndrome, unexpectedly stopped sleeping through the night. Maria Mutch will tell us how she and Gabriel entered a secret world all of their own, where they found spiritual company in the words of a polar explorer. We urge you not to miss this very special edition of Life Elsewhere.

April is Autism Awareness Month

Life Elsewhere airs 9.00am EST, Monday, March 24

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