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Merl Reagle, Rest In Peace.

Merl Reagle

Merl Reagle

Sadly, news came in just after we had just completed the latest edition of Life Elsewhere, that celebrated crossword constructor Merl Reagle had died. Resplendent with a crossword puzzle decorated tie, Merl joined our program on a couple of occasions. Merl Reagle was a quick-witted, charming, erudite man and one of our most popular guests. Always accompanied by his wonderful wife, Marie Haley, together they made impressive team, able to syndicate and make a full-time living from constructing crossword puzzles.

In 2006, he was featured in a documentary, Wordplay, that focused on the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, for which he was a judge and commentator. After the documentary came out, James L. Brooks, the main producer on The Simpsons, saw it and liked it enough to create an episode of the cartoon featuring Merl.

Merl Reagle was hospitalized, this past Thursday with acute pancreatitis. He died Saturday morning in a Tampa hospital. He was 65. It was our honor to have been able to spend time with Merl and his wife. Our sincerest condolences to Marie Haley and Merl‘s family.

Life ELsewhere Podcast With Paul Greenberg & Alan Connor Available Now

Two fascinating interviews with two authors of two very different books, The Hit That Never Was and a bonus music track

Paul GreenbergPaul Greenberg is the author of the New York Times bestseller Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food.He joins Life Elsewhere to talk about his latest book, American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood. The book explores why the United States, the country that controls more ocean than any nation on earth imports 90 percent of its seafood from abroad. Greenberg deftly explores three quintessential American seafoods: The New York oyster, the Gulf shrimp and the Alaskan sockeye salmon. We may believe that we are what we eat, but Greenberg argues that we do not eat what we truly are. We are an ocean nation, the author says, yet we eat a minimal amount of seafood in comparison to meat and poultry. Study after study has touted the benefits of a diet rich in omega-3s from fish, and we have access to a wealth of nutritious, local food options, but we opt out.

Alan Connor is a comedy writer, television presenter, quizmaster and author. He writesAlan Connor a weekly column for The Guardian on crosswords and writes for the BBC on languages and arts. Connor’s obvious passion for the ubiquitous puzzle, led him to write about its fascinating history in his new book, The Crossword Century: 100 Years of Witty Wordplay, Ingenious Puzzles, and Linguistic Mischief . He chronicles every twist and turn from the 1920′s, when crosswords were considered to be a menace to productive society, to World War II, when they were used to recruit code breakers, to their starring role in a 2008 episode of The Simpsons.  He describes the colorful characters who make up the interesting and often bizarre subculture of crossword constructors and competitive solvers. He gives us the A-list names of some of the more well-known among the puzzle solvers, may surprise you. Connor even explains how your character is revealed by the implement you use.

Also in this edition of Life Elsewhere, the Hit That Never Was, featuring Only Real with Cadillac Girl, selected by a listener named Scott. You too can get your Hit That Never Was played on Life Elsewhere by sending your suggestion to hitthatneverwas at lifeelsewhere dot co. With a critical eye on the latest developments in Israel and Gaza, Norman B decided to play an uplifting piece of music from Riff Cohen, a sing-songwriter, actress and musician who was born in Tel Aviv, to a Tunisian father and an Algerian-French mother. Riff performs in Hebrew and French and in her single A Paris, she happily touts the pleasure of her adopted home.

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American Catch & The Crosswords Century

 

Next on Life Elsewhere two authors talk about their fascinating must-read books

The U.S. has access to 94,000 miles of coastline, and nearly half the population lives less than ten miles from the sea. Yet 91 percent of the seafood Americans eat comes from abroad. In contrast, a third of all the fish and shellfish we catch are sold to foreign countries. What is keeping us from eating from our local waters?

Norman B interviews New York Times best-selling author Paul Greenberg who’s new book  American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood examines the logic-defying problem with American seafood consumption. Greenberg deftly explores three quintessential American seafoods: The New York oyster, the Gulf shrimp and the Alaskan sockeye salmon. We may believe that we are what we eat, but Greenberg argues that we do not eat what we truly are. We are an ocean nation, the author says, yet we eat a minimal amount of seafood in comparison to meat and poultry. Study after study has touted the benefits of a diet rich in omega-3s from fish, and we have access to a wealth of nutritious, local food options, but we opt out.

 

London-based author, journalist, television producer and academic Alan Connor, writes a bi-weekly column for The Guardian on crosswords. Connor’s obvious passion for the ubiquitous puzzle, led him to write about its fascinating history. He chronicles every twist and turn from the 1920’s, when crosswords were considered to be a menace to productive society, to World War II, when they were used to recruit code breakers, to their starring role in a 2008 episode of The Simpsons.  

Alan Connor joins Life Elsewhere and Norman B to talk about his new book, The Crossword Century: 100 Years of Witty Wordplay, Ingenious Puzzles, and Linguistic Mischief. You’ll hear about the colorful characters who make up the interesting and often bizarre subculture of crossword constructors and competitive solvers. The A-list names of some of the more well-known among the puzzle solvers may surprise you. Connor even explains how your character is revealed by the implement you use.

Life Elsewhere airs every Monday

9.00am ET (1400 GMT) 

WMNF 88.5fm

streaming at www.wmnf.org

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Epic show this morning!

If you weren’t able to catch the stellar show this morning. The podcast is now available under the “shows” tab. We had guests Merle Reagle, Michael Sharp, John Chew and Robert Klitzman M.D. all as living proof of the complexities of the human brain! If you missed the show, you can also feel free to check out our live Twitter feed @NormanBRadio. We had a lot of listener input today! Keep the e-mails/tweets/Facebook messages coming! We are already preparing next week’s show…..and it’s going to be WILD.