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The Misunderstood Poem

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood . . .”  One hundred years after its first publication in August 1915, Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken is so ubiquitous that it’s easy to forget that it is, in fact, a poem. Yet poetry it is, and Frost’s immortal lines remain unbelievably popular. And yet in spite of this devotion, almost everyone gets the poem hopelessly wrong. David Orr is the poetry columnist for the New York Times Book Review and Professor of the Practice at Cornell University, his new book,The Road Not Taken: Finding America in the Poem Everyone Loves and Almost Everyone Gets Wrong  dives directly into the controversy, illuminating the poem’s enduring greatness while revealing its mystifying contradictions. Orr presents a fresh take on what many may consider a hi-brow topic, with a healthy dose of pop culture and smart observations. David Orr explains to Norman B the poem’s enduring greatness, while revealing its mystifying contradictions.

Also in the program, Michael Sharp, aka Rex Parker, is the man behind the popular crossword puzzle blog, “Rex Parker Does the NY Times Crossword Puzzle.” gives a moving tribute to the crossword master, Merl Reagle, who sadly died suddenly, one week ago. Plus Oscar and Grammy-winning songwriter, and recovery advocate Paul Williams, and screenwriter and author Tracey Jackson enthusiastically talk about their book, Gratitude and Trust: Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life. And, to round out the show, this week’s Hit That Never Was features Department Of Eagles with No One Does It Like You from their 2008 release In Ear Park.

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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 photograph above is by Norman B, from a series shot in the autumn of 2008. To see and learn more about Norman B’s photo work, write to info@lifeelsewhere.co

What’s In It For Me

The Hit That Never Was is the popular weekly musical interlude where listeners take over and select a piece of music they think deserved to get more attention. This week, aspiring architect Delphina, wrote to us with flattering comments about Life Elsewhere and asked to hear What’s In It For Me from Bows & Arrows, the 2004 album by The Walkmen. Delphina says in her email that she saw the band live once and believes they should have been (or still could be) huge. She emphasizes “huge” by repeating the word about 20 times! We agree, and are delighted to play a big favorite at the Life Elsewhere offices. If you would like to get your Hit That Never Was on the show, this what you do, send an email with a little info about yourself and why you think your selection deserves to be heard, to: hitthatneverwas@lifeelsewhere.co

Also in the program, Robert PriestFounder and Editor of Eight By Eight the dazzlingly creative and premier magazine devoted to the beautiful game of soccer, helps us understand all about the Power, Corruption & Lies that brought FIFA and the unlikely-named Sepp Blatter into the world’s headlines this week.

Plus, former banker at J P Morgan, Michelle Miller talks about her debut novel, The Underwriting. corporate thriller that takes place at Hook, an online dating start -up, where a high-stakes deal pitches the power of Wall Street against the savvy of Silicon Valley – until a young woman’s death threatens to topple it all.

Life Elsewhere airs every Sunday at 12 noon ET on The Source WMNF HD3 and Mondays at 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

 

 

Power, Corruption & Lies

Trainspotters, detail obsessives and conspiracy theorists alike will appreciate our headline. It’s the title of New Order’s second studio album from May 1983.  We think it fitting to use a provocative title that also ties in the groundbreaking Manchester band. After all, Manchester United are certainly one the world’s most well-known soccer clubs and they also happen to be a favorite of Robert PriestFounder and Editor of Eight By Eight the dazzlingly creative and premier magazine devoted to the beautiful game. Robert joins the next edition of Life Elsewhere to help us understand all about the Power, Corruption & Liesthat brought FIFA and the unlikely-named Sepp Blatter into the world’s headlines this week.

Also in the program, former banker at J P Morgan, Michelle Millertalks about her debut novel, The Underwriting. A corporate thriller that takes place at Hook, an online dating start -up, where a high-stakes deal pitches the power of Wall Street against the savvy of Silicon Valley – until a young woman’s death threatens to topple it all.

Life Elsewhere airs every Sunday at 12 noon ET on The Source WMNF HD3 and Mondays at 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

 

 

 

Never Exaggerate The Importance of Incompetence.

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 3.26.59 PMIn the latest edition of Life Elsewhere, Dr. Binoy Kampmark joined the program to help us understand the turmoil in Iraq and what caused it. Dr. Kampmark, a learned scholar, appraises the Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq with a terse rebuke by saying, “Never exaggerate the importance of incompetence”. After summing up the past and current crisis in Iraq, Binoy Kampmark offers an opinion which can only regarded as optimistic when he says, “If the United States is prudent about this, they can actually do well as a powerbroker”. This is a fascinating interview, where you’ll hear an original take on  the history and future of Iraq.

Also in the program, Norman B asks Caitlin O’Connell  senior writer at World Soccer Talk and Robert Priest founder and editor-in-chief of the new soccer magazine Eight By Eight for their response to the question “Is sex appeal driving the appeal of soccer in the USA?” Our two soccer experts weigh wit their thoughts and give us update on the World Cup so far. Considering that Team USA were still in the running at the time of this show, it will be interesting to re-hear Caitlin and Robert’s predictions.

The influential R & B pioneer, Bobby Womack, sadly passed away two days before the broadcast, so Norman B created a special tribute which included a selection of Womack’s hits, including, It’s All Over Now, Woman’s Gotta Have It, That’s The Way I Feel About Cha, Harry Hippie, Across 110th Street and Please Forgive My Heart.

The Podcast with Dr. Binoy KampmarkCaitlin O’ConnellRobert Priest and Bobby Womack is available now for download here.

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