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Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana

We have explored the idea of Medical Marijuana before on Life Elsewhere. We’ve talked with people suffering from crippling ailments who use cannabis to ease their pain. Medical professionals who believe there is place for medical marijuana have joined the program. Mark Haskell Smith, the author of Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers, and the Race for the Cannabis Cup gave his overview on the topic. We’ve even talked to people convinced of the evil of cannabis. And, we’ve talked to lawyers about the legal ramifications of Medical Marijuana use. Yet, after all of our exploration on the subject, we had not come across the definitive and articulate case for medical marijuana. That is, until now… Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana is the new book by Dr. David Casarett who brings a welcome objectivity to a contentious topic by applying a unique mix of science, humanity, and even humor to effectively dispel common myths and misconceptions about Medical Marijuana. Make sure you don’t miss this important interview on Medical Marijuana with Dr. David Casarett, on the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

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The Bare Facts, Again.

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Naked at Lunch: A Reluctant Nudist’s Adventures in the Clothing-Optional World, the new book from Mark Haskell Smith, the main subject of the latest edition of Life Elsewhere has resulted in a lot of visits to this site and numerous enquiries as to how to hear the interview again. Our show goes out every Sunday at 12 noon ET on The Source, WMNF HD3 and every Monday at 5.00pm PT on NWCZ Radio. But, if you happen to miss those times, you can find our three most recent shows up on Soundcloud. To hear shows from our archives, send your request to info@lifeelsewhere.co

Past shows have included a conversation with Patrick O’Neil, the ex-roadie-junkie-bank robber and author of the brilliant memoir, Gun, Needle, SpoonMargot Bennett‎, Executive Director at Women Against Gun Violence on gun culture in America. Robert Priest, founder and editor of Eight By Eight, the dazzlingly creative magazine devoted to the beautiful game – soccer on the Power, Corruption & Lies of FIFA. Former banker at J P Morgan, Michelle Miller talked about her debut novel, The UnderwritingCatherine Hyde, Regional Director of PFLAG – Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, and mother of a transgender child on the media blitz surrounding Caitlyn Jenner. Matthew Collin on his new new book, Pop Grenade: From Public Enemy to Pussy Riot – Dispatches from Musical Frontlines. Plus a lot of new music including, Lyves, Tabitha Tamara, Miso and Sorcha Richardson.

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The Clothing-Optional Interview.

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This year summer begins with the solstice on June 21 at 12:38 P.M. EDT. This year, Father’s Day is also celebrated on the 21st! What could be better than to help us dads celebrate another year and the joys of summer, than encourage communal disrobing and to frolic naked? It’s not clear if witty and talented author Mark Haskell Smith had this notion in mind when he set about researching and eventually writing, Naked at Lunch: A Reluctant Nudist’s Adventures in the Clothing-Optional World. But, what is without question, the publication date of his charmingly hilarious book coincides with the official beginning of summer and the day Hallmark mints money by anything emblazoned with “Dad” on it.

Smith author of five novels, MoistDelicious, Salty, Baked, and Raw: A Love Story,  and the non-fiction book Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers, and the Race for the Cannabis Cup, has been a frequent and welcome guest to Life Elsewhere. He returns with his latest non-fiction tome, although some of his keenly-observed observations are so riotously funny, you’d be forgiven if you thought he was conjuring up scenes from his vivid imagination. In Naked at Lunch, Mark Haskell Smith shows that being a nudist is more complicated than simply letting it all hang out. “Nonsexual social nudism,” as it’s called, rose to prominence in the late nineteenth century. Intellectuals, outcasts, and health nuts from Victorian England and colonial India to Belle Époque France and Gilded Age Manhattan disrobed and wrote manifestos about the joys of going clothing-free. From stories of ancient Greek athletes slathered in olive oil to the millions of Germans who fled the cities for a naked frolic during the Weimar Republic to American soldiers given “naturist” magazines by the Pentagon in the interest of preventing sexually transmitted diseases, Mark uncovers nudism’s amusing and provocative past. He dives into the nudist world today. He publicly disrobes for the first time in Palm Springs, observes the culture of family nudism in a clothing-free Spanish town, and travels to the largest nudist resort in the world, a hedonist’s paradise in the south of France. He reports on San Francisco’s controversial ban on public nudity, participates in a week of naked hiking in the Austrian Alps, and caps off his adventures with a week on the Big Nude Boat, a Caribbean cruise full of nudists.

Make sure you don’t miss the next edition of Life Elsewhere, as Mark Haskell Smith promises to reveal all and recount his outrageous adventures in the clothing optional world.

Life Elsewhere airs every Sunday at 12 noon ET on The Source WMNF HD3 and Mondays at 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio
The photograph above is by Norman B, from a series shot in the summer of 2009. To see and learn more about Norman B’s photo work,write to info@lifeelsewhere.co

 

Holiday Gifts!

In the latest edition of Life Elsewhere, our distinguished panel of experts offered their suggestions for our Annual Christmas Gift Special. Each guest was asked to select three books and one non-book gift. Their choices were as different as they were intriguing.

Peter James, best-selling author of the Roy Grace detective-thriller series:

       

The Burning Room – Michael Connelly

A Year In The Life Of Downton Abbey – Jessica Fellowes

Practical Homicide Investigation – Vernon J Geberth

Nespresso D290 Concept Espresso and Coffeemaker

Robert Newman, esteemed creative director and influential design consultant:

    

Separate Cinema: The First 100 Years of Black Poster Art – edited by John Duke Kirsch

Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression – Richard Havers

Second Avenue Caper: When Goodfellas, Divas, and Dealers Plotted Against the Plague – Joyce Brabner, illustrated by Mark Zingarelli

Donation to Ferguson Memorial Public Library

Mark Haskell-Smith, author of five novels and the forthcoming Naked at Lunch: A Reluctant Nudist’s Adventures in the Clothing-Optional World

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The Moor’s Account – Laila Lalami

Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them – Isaac Fitzgerald and Wendy MacNaughton

Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails, with More than 500 Recipes – David Kaplan

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David UlinLos Angeles Times book critic and author of The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time

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Citizen: An American Lyric – Claudia Rankine

Gabriel: A Poem – Edward Hirsch

Suspended Sentences: Three Novellas – Patrick Modiano

Redbreast Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

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Tribute To Ian McLagan – Listen Again

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Ian McLagan & Norman B

In the latest edition of Life Elsewhere, Norman B payed tribute to Ian McLagan. A truly lovely man who tragically died from a massive stroke last Wednesday, December 3. Just over a week prior, Norman B aired on Life Elsewhere part one of his in-depth conversations with Ian, recorded earlier this year. The chats with Mac came about because the two silver-haired, ex-art students had met up at a charity event and began reminiscing about their days growing up in the early 60’s in the same area of London and attending the same college. “Let’s get this down on tape, so people can learn about what it was like in those days.” Said Ian. The result were almost three hours of spirited conversation, with Mac talking candidly about his early life, becoming a pop-star, drugs, life on the road with The Rolling Stones, and the sad death of his wife. To date, less than one hour of Norman B’s exclusive interview with Ian McLagan has been aired. In this edition of Life Elsewhere, Norman gives a moving tribute to his old art school friend and airs previously unaired selections from his poignant conversations with Mac. The full (almost) three hours of conversations with the legendary keyboard-played will be made available through this site, please check back often for details.

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Also in this edition of Life Elsewhere, a distinguished panel of “gifting” experts offer their suggestions for our Annual Christmas Gift Special. We asked each of them to choose three books and one non-book gift, and explain their choices. You’ll hear smart, entertaining and fascinating ideas from Peter James, best-selling author of the Roy Grace detective-thriller series; Robert Newman, esteemed creative director and influential design consultant; David UlinLos Angeles Times book critic and author of The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time, and Mark Haskell-Smith, author of five novels and the forthcoming Naked at Lunch: A Reluctant Nudist’s Adventures in the Clothing-Optional World.

And now a gift for you: The one-of-a-kind Life Elsewhere Holiday Gift Mix.Screen Shot 2014-12-06 at 9.12.26 AM Our own Norman B has searched through his vast collection and created a blend of music you’re not likely to hear anywhere else. From rare Jamaican dub plates to obscure independent artists and the occasional found sound. If you revel in real eclectic mixes that’ll prompt your friends to ask, “Where on earth did you find this stuff?”, this is the one for you. To get your copy, we ask only that you make a donation of any amount to Life ElsewhereSimply click on the “Make A Donation”button to the right of this page. 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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