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Another Look At The Headlines

Binoy Kampmark

“The election of Donald Trump could be a good thing for America.” Said the scholarly, Binoy Kampmark in his usual, well-moderated tone. This was November 2016, just a few days after the US general election. Many a voice was being raised not only about the election result but more to the point, the presumed unlikely chance of Hilary Clinton not becoming the 45th President of the United States. Well aware that Dr. Kampmark will often give an alternate take on popular opinion, we invited him back to the show to address the extraordinary election result. It took very little time for Binoy to get to his startling pronouncement. When asked to explain, he responded as he often does, with a slight tone of surprise in his voice, as if we should be fully aware of the answer. “Well, changes are needed and who better to upset the Washington status quo than Mr. Trump.” He paused, maybe for dramatic effect, after all, he did attend Cambridge where lecturers are well-known for their theatrics. “It may be a little rough going for a while, but I expect in a few years we will be looking at a revitalized Washington.” He added, with only the tiniest hint of a verbal smile. At this halfway point in the Trump administration, we felt the time was right to invite Binoy Kampmark back to Life Elsewhere to get his well-considered, if not alternate take on not only Trump but also other recent headline news. From the time we booked Dr. Kampmark to the recording for this interview a number of major events had and were taking place, so we asked him to share his thoughts on the mass murders in the unlikely haven of New Zealand; the confusion that is Brexit; the sad wet squid of the anticipated Mueller Report and finally Binoy’s debatable commentary on Leaving Neverland, the much-discussed Michael Jackson documentary. Much of what Binoy Kampmark has to say will undoubtedly surprise you, yet we can safely say, after hearing his opinions you will also consider taking another look at the headlines.

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Show #318

Understanding The Suffrage Movement

Make no mistake, Sally Roesch Wagner is a force to be reckoned with. Her wonderfully rich voice and her crystal-clear articulation tells you she does not suffer fools gladly. You know immediately as your interview beings that Sally Roesch Wagner is not to be trifled with. Yet, even through a heartless digital connection, you cannot help but feel this scholarly voice on women’s studies does have a terrific sense of humor. So, it is with humility and pride to be able to share our conversation with the author of The Women’s Suffrage Movement. The story of women’s suffrage has been told in the same fashion for 100 years: it is familiar, repetitive, and overwhelmingly white. But never before have the most influential writings, speeches, and reportage been collected in one place, with an emphasis on the unsung heroes that shaped and established the movement.  In The Women’s Suffrage Movement, Sally Roesch Wagner has complied and edited a comprehensive and intersectional anthology. Complete with a forward by Gloria Steinem, this is an essential read as we head toward the 2020 centennial of the 19th amendment. We are truly honored to welcome esteemed scholar, Sally Roesch Wagner to Life Elsewhere.

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Show #315

American History You Should Know

The subtitle to David Treuer’s latest book, Heartbeat Of Wounded Knee, explains the American history you should know: Native America From 1890 To The Present. Sadly, as Treuer meticulously shows in over 500 pages the history of Native Americans is the history of the United States. David Treuer grew up Ojibwe on a reservation in Minnesota, he trained as an anthropologist, and researched his Native life past and present for his nonfiction and novels, he uncovered a different narrative from what he had been told. His heritage had not disappeared, despite but rather because of the intense struggles by Native peoples to preserve their language, their traditions, their families, and their very existence–the story of American Indians since the end of the nineteenth century to the present is one of unprecedented resourcefulness and reinvention. In The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, Treuer melds history with reportage and memoir. Tracing the tribes’ distinctive cultures from first contact, he explores how the depredations of each era spawned new modes of survival. The devastating seizures of land gave rise to increasingly sophisticated legal and political maneuvering that put the lie to the myth that Indians don’t know or care about property. The forced assimilation of their children at government-run boarding schools incubated a unifying Native identity. Conscription in the US military and the pull of urban life brought Indians into the mainstream and modern times, even as it steered the emerging shape of self-rule and spawned a new generation of resistance. Make sure you do not miss Norman B’s interview with David as he talks emotively about the past, the present, and the future of Native America.

Illustration: Mass grave at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, January 1893 from The Heartbeat Of Wounded Knee

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Show #308 V2

Age Is Just A Number & Arlo Parks Has Plenty To Share

“Age is just a number” is a convenient throw-away line you’ll often hear someone utter when they don’t really want to talk about getting old. How curious then, that age becomes the focus when talking about a talented person who happens to be young. Arlo Parks is eighteen and her age begins every review we have read of her debut single, Cola.  The focus turns to the unsaid perception that she writes “grown-up” or “mature” lyrics. “A teenager, still at school in London conjures up observations beyond her years”, wrote one reviewer. You may think this could be true until you hear Arlo talk about her music and herself. She speaks softly but so assuredly, you quickly forget she still has school-homework. Yet, even though Arlo chooses her words carefully, she never sounds precocious. Instead, she comes across as poised while remaining wide-eyed and ready to learn. She manages to be charming and completely unrehearsed. When you listen to Arlo Parks talk, you’ll have no doubt that she is an aspiring talent who will not be easily engulfed into the fragility of stardom. As you listen to Arlo talk with Norman B, expect to be captivated and consider this – age is just a number and Arlo Parks has plenty to share with us.

STOP PRESS! A Life Elsewhere Exclusive! Hear Arlo Parks next single, Super Sad Generation in the show!

Indulge in the superb video for Arlo by London-based director Ruby Brown then watch to the cool images with the audio off as you listen to Arlo speak on our next show.

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Show #306

The Annual Life Elsewhere Holiday Gift Show 2018

      

      

      

        

      

    

Yes, it’s that time of the year again when we reach out to a selection of guests who have made important contributions to our show and request they select three books and one non-book gift for The Annual Life Elsewhere Holiday Gift Show. This year our guests are,  Miriam Seidel’s, fantasy-fiction writer who caught our attention with her debut novel, The Speed Of Clouds, where she delved into the lives of sci-fi fans and their passion for imagined worlds. Long-time contributor to the program and noted creative director, Robert Newman returns with his gift choices. We asked psychiatrist at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Joseph H. Baskin to contribute his suggestions for holiday gifts. Best-selling author, commentator, screenwriter, cultural observer, and friend of the show, Mark Haskell Smith gives his well-considered input. A new singer-songwriter from London, Arlo Parks with the brilliant debut single, Cola, joins in and for the first time, Life Elsewhere host, Norman B shares his thoughts on gifts. Above, are all of the books selected by our smart, clever, talented guests. Can you unravel which guest selected which three books? It’s a lot harder than you may think. And, who selected for their non-book gift a potted bonsai tree? All will be revealed on our next edition, make sure you don’t miss it. All the broadcast, streaming and Podcast options are listed below. Happy Holidays!

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Show #304

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