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Can You Stand Perfectly Still And Hold This Moment Open?

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Lights On Tampa is a program developed by the City of Tampa’s Art Programs Division, in conjunction with regional businesses, volunteers, and art supporters. An ambitious project that reaffirms Tampa’s commitment to arts and technology by presenting highly visible, innovative light installations created by juried artists. Multiple artworks are installed in and around Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, downtown Tampa. UpLit, a vintage rooftop-style installation features the phrase, “Can you stand perfectly still and hold this moment open?” by poet Silvia Curbelo. In October 2014, the public was asked to submit an original phrase to be considered by the jury. Norman B was invited to be one of the three jurors who selected the UpLit installation. Curbelo says of her UpLit work, “I had been thinking about the concept of happiness – how hard we chase it; how tirelessly we work for it; how it’s always ahead; or, something to look forward to down the road. But, that road is long. It’s hard to be content and at peace when we’re always in motion. By the time we come to understand and appreciate a place or an experience, it’s already behind us.” 

Make sure  you don’t miss the Annual Life Elsewhere Oscar Special, with actress, writer, raconteur and media aficionado, Lisa Jane Persky, and renowned film and media critic, Bob Ross. This year our show will air before a live studio audience, a few hours before the big shindig in Hollywood. Listen in to hear if you agree with Lisa Jane and Bob’s predictions, and the reactions of our live studio audience. The Annual Life Elsewhere Oscar Special airs Sunday, February 22 at 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3 and Monday, February 23 at 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

photo c/o Jason Behnken/Tampa Tribune

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.

Read And Listen

Writing in The New York Times MagazineCharles McGrath says, Nicholson Baker is one of the most beautiful, original and ingenious prose stylists to have come along in decades”. Next up on Life Elsewhere, we are very pleased to welcome best-selling author Nicholson Baker to join us for an interview about his new book “Traveling Sprinkler” music and his writing process. Colette Bancroft, Books Editor for Tampa Bay Times will also join us to discuss the Tampa Festival of Reading. Plus, you’ll hear this week’s Hit That Never Was.

Life Elsewhere airs 9.00am ET, Monday 21

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The Life Elsewhere Podcasts

Did you miss the latest edition of Life Elsewhere? We air live Mondays at 9.00am EDT (1400GDT). Not everyone can tune in at that time, which is why we made the Life Elsewhere Podcasts. Or, perhaps you did catch the show live and want to hear those memorable interviews and The Hit That Never Was again? The Life Elsewhere Podcasts, available here.

Life Elsewhere Archives & Podcasts

In recent editions of Life Elsewhere, we’ve covered: Transgender Issues; Russophobia;  Vampire Obsessions; Dracula in the Movies; Gay Hate in Russia; Misunderstood Florida; Moral Outrage; Obama’s Historic Speech; the Zimmerman Aftermath, and much more, including The Hit That Never Was. Listen via the WMNF archives or download the Podcast

Life Elsewhere airs Mondays at 9.00am EDT (1400 GDT)

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Streaming live: www.wmnf.org

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