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The Russian Asset

What apparently began as a money laundering operation evolved into something far more ambitious, ending with an either willfully ignorant or inexplicably unaware Donald Trump in the White House, a Russian asset who had become the most powerful man on earth. Using original reporting from CIA and KGB sources, as well as a vast array of documents from the FBI, Interpol, and law enforcement authorities in Italy, Turkey, Ukraine, and Russia, best-selling author, Craig Unger unravels Trump’s tangled history with Russia through 59 people with ties to both Trump and Russia, including many linked to the Mafia. Ultimately, he demonstrates that the Russian Mafia is a state actor whose ongoing criminal enterprises are tolerated so long as they serve the Russian FSB (Federal Security Service), and the Kremlin. In effect, he reports, that makes Vladimir Putin the capo di tutti capi of the Russian mob. Craig Unger talks with Norman B about his timely and riveting new book, House Of Trump, House Of Putin:  The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia.

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What Have You Learned Since 9/11?

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Fifteen years have passed since that fateful day on September 11, 2001. Has time changed how we now understand the impact of those unprecedented attacks on America? If so, what have we learned since 9/11? In the next edition of Life Elsewhere we ‘ll pose this question to a distinguished panel of guests:

Steve Brodner, political caricaturist, satirical commentator, and frequent contributor to Life Elsewhere.

Tom Hall, chairman of Tucker/Hall a national media crisis firm.

Binoy Kampmark, Senior Lecturer in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, at RMIT University, Melbourne, author of many authoritative commentaries for CounterPunch, and contributor to Life Elsewhere.

Mark Haskell-Smith, fiction and documentary author with a motion picture in the works for a 2017 release and a Life Elsewhere contributor.

Also in this edition, author Amor Towles on his enthralling new novel, A Gentleman In Moscow.

Life Elsewhere Show #186 airs:
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If you miss any editions of Life Elsewhere, go here then go to the Listen On Demand panel, choose the date of a show and click play.

Check out the Life Elsewhere Music page and download Norman B’s curated selections of new, obscure, rare, unique and extraordinary music; hits of the future; artists who deserve your attention and timeless recordings you probably missed.

“Thank You, For Reading My Book!”

“Thank you, for reading my book!” You’d think that would be an odd comment for an author to utter to a talk-show host. After all, if you are going to interview someone about a book they have taken the time to write, the least you could do is read it. The fact is, as most writers will tell you, talk-show hosts seldom read the whole book, instead, they rely on the press release stuffed inside their new tome. So, “Thank you, for reading my book!” is said in earnest and with genuine surprise every time Norman B wraps an interview. This is what sets Life Elsewhere apart from all the other interview shows where producers scan through the PR material and bios to come up with suitable questions for the host to ask guests. At Life Elsewhere, Norman actually reads the books and asks questions authors are not expecting but delighted to hear. Which is why you should make sure you don’t miss the next edition of Life Elsewhere with author Amor Towles on his enthralling new novel, A Gentleman In Moscow and hear why he says, “Thank you, for reading my book!”

Life Elsewhere Show #186 airs:
Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  

Mondays 5.00pm PT & Wednesdays 2.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio
Thursdays 6.00pm ET at Internet Radio Network

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If you miss any editions of Life Elsewhere, go here then go to the Listen On Demand panel, choose the date of a show and click play.

Check out the Life Elsewhere Music page and download Norman B’s curated selections of new, obscure, rare, unique and extraordinary music; hits of the future; artists who deserve your attention and timeless recordings you probably missed.

Did You Miss Fact Or Fiction?

Life Elsewhere airs live at 9.00am ET, every Monday. Even though many, many listeners never miss a live broadcast, for some, perhaps in a different time zone, or maybe distracted with other obligations, don’t get to hear the show as we go out live. No worries, we have Podcasts available of every show and you can listen again (and again) at your leisure. The latest edition of Life Elsewhere, titled Fact Or Fiction featured Russian blogger Sergey Armeyskov, talking to us about his fellow countrymen’s take on the downing of Malaysian Flight MH17 and the difference between the West’s view of Russian and Russia’s view of the West.

Jeremy Kolosine of 8 Bit Operators joined the show to explain how he and his friends and associates make music with re-tooled Game Boys, Ataris, Nintendo Entertainment Systems, Commodore 64 and Apple ll 8-bit computers. In the show you’ll hear examples from the exceptional tribute albums to Devo, Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode and The Beatles  Jeremy and his cohorts have produced.

Former topnotch attorney Parker Stern, still crippled by courtroom stage fright, takes on a dicey case for an elusive video game designer known to the world only by the name of “Poniard.”  In Poniard’s blockbuster online video game, Abduction!, a real-life movie mogul is charged with kidnapping and murdering a beautiful actress who disappeared in the 1980s. Predictably, the mogul–William “the Conqueror” Bishop–has responded with a libel lawsuit. Now it’s up to Parker to defend the game designer in the suit.In defending Poniard, Parker discovers that people aren’t who they claim to be and that nothing is as it seems. At one point, his client resorts to blackmail, threatening to expose a dark secret about Parker. Then, many of the potential witnesses who could have helped the case die prematurely, and the survivors are too frightened to talk. Parker begins to feel as if he’s merely a character in a video game, fighting malevolent Level Bosses who appear out of nowhere and threaten to destroy him. This is the plot of the new novel, Reckless Disregard by attorney-author Robert Rotstein, who talks with Norman B about theatrics in the courtroom and separating fact from fiction.

Also in the program, the latest Hit That Never Was, selected by listener who says her dog wags his tail when the Life Elsewhere theme comes on. Down On My Knees by Nigerian-German singer-songwriter Ayo, is her spirited suggestion. Don’t forget, you too can suggest a Hit That Never Was by sending an email to hitthatneverwas at lifeelsewhere dot co

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Fact or Fiction?

Video game developer releases online game that charges Hollywood tycoon with abducting and murdering actress, hires eccentric lawyer to defend him in libel case!

Music-nerds reinvent The Beatles, Devo, Kraftwek and Depeche Mode with re-tooled Game Boys, Ataris, Nintendo Entertainment Systems, Commodore 64 and Apple II 8-bit computers!

Malaysian Flight MH17 shot down by Ukrainians, mistaken for Vladimir Putin’s aircraft, Russian Defense Ministry has proof of Ukrainian jets in the vicinity!

Next on Life Elsewhere we separate fact from fiction with Russian blogger, Sergey Armeyskov and ask what do Russians really know about the downing of Malaysian Flight MH17. Entertainment attorney and author Robert Rotstein talks about Parker Stern and his reclusive client known to the world only as “Poniard”. Jeremy Kolosine of 8 Bit Operators explains how music is made with ancient Game Boys. Plus, the latest Hit That Never Was featuring Nigerian-German singer-songwriter Ayo

           

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