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Sex & Drugs & Rock ’n’ Roll & …er…Math!


In the next bumper-packed edition of Life Elsewhere we’ll talk with Mandy Smith who recounts in explicit detail, her life as a Virgin Flight attendant. Mandy will tell us the good, the bad and the downright naughty tales of life in the air. Her book, Cabin Fever, The Sizzling Secrets of a Virgin Air Hostess, has just been released in paperback.


Dr. David Casarett‘s new book, Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana, brings a welcome objectivity to contentious topic by applying a unique mix of science, humanity, and even humor to effectively dispel common myths and misconceptions about medical marijuana. Dr. Casarett joins the program and we’ll ask the important questions, including, “How stoned is too stoned?”

Rock ’n’ Roll

The Hit That Never Was this week features an English rock band who formed inSiv Jakobsen 1963 and were professionally active between 1964 and 1967. They were a popular live attraction at the time, rivaling such groups as The Rolling Stones and The Yardbirds, although, despite releasing a clutch of singles and an album, their record sales never reflected this popularity. The band took their name from the singer, who was the eldest brother of another rock musician who later found fame with the Faces and the Stones. If you can’t name the band, make sure you don’t miss the next Life Elsewhere to find out who is this week’s Hit That Never Was. Also in music, Norman B will introduce you to a talented new singer-songwriter from Norway, Siv Jakobsen. “I’m entranced by Siv’s voice and her adroit use of silences or pauses in her work.” Says Mr. B. who will play two two cuts from her EP, “The Lingering”, a unique cover of Britney Spears’ Toxic and How We Used To Love, which is also released as a single with a beautiful video to promote it. Siv has that ethereal, haunting quality that reminds me of Life Elsewhere favorite, Barzin.” Adds Norman B.


“I believe you have Discalculia”, mathematics Professor, Jordan Ellenberg tells Norman B, who admits to having difficulty with numbers and being daunted by interviewing the author of How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking. The professor’s book, now out in paperback is all about math, but not the math we learn in school which can seem like a dull set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. Instead Jordan Ellenberg explains to us how terribly limiting this view is. “Math isn’t confined to abstract incidents that never occur in real life, but rather touches everything we do—the whole world is shot through with it, the math.” the professor says.

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Roadie + Junkie + Robber = Author

During punk rock’s heyday Patrick O’Neil worked at the legendary Mabuhay Gardens, San Francisco’s premier punk venue. He then went on to become a roadie and eventually the road manager for Dead Kennedys and Flipper, as well as the Subhumans and T.S.O.L. But that was before his life got totally out of control. O’Neil was a heroin addict for eighteen years, incarcerated for two anda half years, went to two long-term residential rehabs for a total of three years, worked as a substance abuse counselor for six years, and has been clean off drugs for the last thirteen. His memoir Gun, Needle, Spoon follows his desperately out of control life from punk rock pioneer to his slide into drug abuse and life as an armed robber, all the way through to life in recovery and what it’s like to look back on those times, knowing all the while that he is still under the threat of three strikes, a twenty-five-to-life prison sentence waiting. He has no choice but to deal with it all drug free.

Gun, Needle, Spoon has just been published and receiving rave reviews, Patrick O’Neil, currently on a nationwide tour will join us for the next edition of Life Elsewhere to talk about his new book and life on the road for a noted author.

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Dream Weaver, Haunted America, Santa’s Existence, Marvin & Marley plus Amendment 2 Redux

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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 has just written a book, aptly titled Dream Weaver with the subtitle, A Memoir; Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison, Norman B explores all of these topics and more in his exclusive interview with Gary Wright.

Halloween may just have passed but here at Life Elsewhere it’s never too late to talk about ghosts and ghouls and haunted houses. So what could be better than to learn from Theresa Argie, the co-author of America’s Most Haunted: The Secrets of Famous Paranormal Places.

Eric Kaplan tells Norman B about an encounter with a neighborhood mother who worried about reindeer-induced questions when their respective children were to go on a field trip to the zoo. This led the comedy writer and co-producer of The Big Bang Theory to tackle a tough question, Does Santa Exist? and write a book with that title.

This week’s Hit That Never Was features a  Marvin Gaye classic, Let’s Get It On remixed and reworked to the rhythm of Bob Marley’s Waiting In Vain.

Plus, Life Elsewhere presents Florida Amendment 2 Redux, with just one day to go before the midterm elections, we invited back to Life Elsewhere, pre-eminent litigation attorney and pro-legalization advocate Ted Corless to explains the legal ramifications of Amendment 2 and Eco Farmer and Expert Horticulturist, Robert Tornello to share his thoughts on the realities of growing cannabis, pesticides and the importance of safety in medicinal cannabis production.

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Accepting Cannabis?

LE 56 PROMO 1Join the next edition of Life Elsewhere for the first intelligent debate on what many perceptive observers believe will be one of the crucial wedge issues for the 2016 Presidential election. We will present both sides of a topic everyone appears to have an opinion on, yet very few truly understand the facts. With two experts from both sides of the issue, in the studio, Norman B will ask the questions that go beyond the usual rhetoric.

Do not miss Life Elsewhere airing live at 9.00am EST, Monday, February 24

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