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Women In Politics

As Donald Trump loomed behind her in the 2nd Presidential debate, Hillary Clinton says her “skin crawled”. In her new book, What Happenedshe reveals her most detailed comments about what happened during one of the campaign’s more memorable moments. Clinton calls this an attempt to “pull back the curtain” on her losing bid for the presidency. “This is not okay, I thought,” Recalls Clinton in her book. “It was the second presidential debate and Donald Trump was looming behind me. Two days before, the world heard him brag about groping women. Now we were on a small stage and no matter where I walked, he followed me closely, staring at me, making faces. It was incredibly uncomfortable. He was literally breathing down my neck. My skin crawled. It was one of those moments where you wish you could hit pause and ask everyone watching, ‘Well, what would you do?’ Do you stay calm, keep smiling and carry on as if he weren’t repeatedly invading your space? Or do you turn, look him in the eye and say loudly and clearly, ‘Back up, you creep. Get away from me. I know you love to intimidate women, but you can’t intimidate me, so back up.” The peculiar and disturbing performance by Trump was ridiculed on Saturday Night Live, where the soundtrack to Jaws was used to empathize Trump’s predatory stalking of the first woman to run for the office of President in the United States. The publication of Clinton’s book drew attention again on Trump’s deplorable behavior, in turn, this led us to ask Lucia Graves back to Life Elsewhere to explore the state of Women In Politics. Lucia, an accomplished writer for The Guardian last spoke with us about her must-read article on The Most Dangerous Company Most People Have Never Heard Of.

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Show #236

Can Broadcasting Become Dangerous?

Sinclair Media Group is the owner of the largest number of TV stations in America. Most Americans don’t know it exists. Yet, Michael Copps, the George W. Bush-appointed former chairman of Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the top US broadcast regulator said, “Sinclair’s probably the most dangerous company most people have never heard of.” Sinclair’s close associations to Trump have allowed the company to skirt market regulations. Already the biggest broadcaster in the country, Sinclair is poised to make its biggest move yet. If the FCC approves Sinclair’s $3.9bn purchase of additional 42 stations, it would reach into the homes of almost three-quarters of Americans. Sinclair forces its local stations to run pro-Trump “news” segments. In April, they hired Boris Epshteyn, a former Trump campaign spokesman and member of the White House press office, as its chief political analyst. His “must-run” 10-minute political commentary segments unsurprisingly hewed closely to the Trump administration’s message. “As far as propaganda goes, this is pure, industrial-strength stuff.” Says the news and analysis website Slate, referring to Epshteyn’s contributions. Lucia Graves, a Washington-based writer for The Guardian joins the next edition of Life Elsewhere to talk about her recent revealing article on Sinclair and why it’s partisan politics and connections to the White House are raising concerns.

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Show #235

Life ELsewhere Podcast With Paul Greenberg & Alan Connor Available Now

Two fascinating interviews with two authors of two very different books, The Hit That Never Was and a bonus music track

Paul GreenbergPaul Greenberg is the author of the New York Times bestseller Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food.He joins Life Elsewhere to talk about his latest book, American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood. The book explores why the United States, the country that controls more ocean than any nation on earth imports 90 percent of its seafood from abroad. Greenberg deftly explores three quintessential American seafoods: The New York oyster, the Gulf shrimp and the Alaskan sockeye salmon. We may believe that we are what we eat, but Greenberg argues that we do not eat what we truly are. We are an ocean nation, the author says, yet we eat a minimal amount of seafood in comparison to meat and poultry. Study after study has touted the benefits of a diet rich in omega-3s from fish, and we have access to a wealth of nutritious, local food options, but we opt out.

Alan Connor is a comedy writer, television presenter, quizmaster and author. He writesAlan Connor a weekly column for The Guardian on crosswords and writes for the BBC on languages and arts. Connor’s obvious passion for the ubiquitous puzzle, led him to write about its fascinating history in his new book, The Crossword Century: 100 Years of Witty Wordplay, Ingenious Puzzles, and Linguistic Mischief . He chronicles every twist and turn from the 1920′s, when crosswords were considered to be a menace to productive society, to World War II, when they were used to recruit code breakers, to their starring role in a 2008 episode of The Simpsons.  He describes the colorful characters who make up the interesting and often bizarre subculture of crossword constructors and competitive solvers. He gives us the A-list names of some of the more well-known among the puzzle solvers, may surprise you. Connor even explains how your character is revealed by the implement you use.

Also in this edition of Life Elsewhere, the Hit That Never Was, featuring Only Real with Cadillac Girl, selected by a listener named Scott. You too can get your Hit That Never Was played on Life Elsewhere by sending your suggestion to hitthatneverwas at lifeelsewhere dot co. With a critical eye on the latest developments in Israel and Gaza, Norman B decided to play an uplifting piece of music from Riff Cohen, a sing-songwriter, actress and musician who was born in Tel Aviv, to a Tunisian father and an Algerian-French mother. Riff performs in Hebrew and French and in her single A Paris, she happily touts the pleasure of her adopted home.

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April Fool’s Day Podacst

A bumper-packed show all about April Fool’s Day. First up, actress, author and activist, Annabelle Gurwitch who insists in her new book, I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50 that clocking in at half a century is definitely an April Fool’s Joke, for any day of the year.

Los Angeles-based author Antoine Wilson‘s highly rated new book, Panorama City features a fool as the narrator. Antoine talks about his book and  recounts why he felt foolish after playing an April Fool prank on an unsuspecting convenience store clerk. Wilson‘s earlier book, The Interloper, is also highly recommended by Life Elsewhere.

Comedy writer for the likes of David Letterman and Rosie O’Donnell, Caissie St. Onge tells how she came to write for the legendary comedians and her foray into writing about a vampire with an allergy to blood in, Jane Jones: Worst. Vampire. Ever.

Alex Boese, curator of the Museum of Hoaxes offers insights into historical April Fool’s Day escapades, including the renowned BBC TV Panorama program on spaghetti harvesting in Switzerland.

Distinguished British journalist and author, Martin Wainright shares glimpses into his authoritative book, The “Guardian” Book of April Fool’s Day with charm and gifted drollness.


This week’s Hit That Never Was, Fool’s Day by Blur, selected by Mandy, who wrote to hitthatneverwas@lifeelsewhere.co

The Life Elsewhere April Fool’s Day Podcast