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Fact, Fiction & Ab Fab!

Nothing had worked. Not threats or negotiations, not shutting down the betting parlors or opium dens, not house-to-house searches or throwing Chinese offenders into prison. Not even executing them. New York’s District Attorney was running out of ideas and more people were dying every day, as the weapons of choice evolved from hatchets and meat cleavers to pistols, automatic weapons, and even bombs. Welcome to New York City‘s Chinatown in 1925. In Tong Wars: The Untold Story of Vice, Money, and Murder in New York’s Chinatown, author and historian, Scott D. Seligman scrupulously documents three decades of turmoil, with characters ranging from gangsters and drug lords to reformers and do-gooders to judges, prosecutors, and cops. It’s a true story set in Prohibition-era Manhattan and at last, unravels much of the legendary mystery of Chinatown. Don’t miss Scott D. Seligman discuss his riveting new book on the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

It’s late summer, 1921: Disgraced former lightweight champion Pepper Van Dean has spent the past two years on the carnival circuit performing the dangerous “hangman’s drop” and taking on all comers in nightly challenge bouts. But when he and his cardsharp wife, Moira, are marooned in the wilds of Oregon, Pepper accepts an offer to return to the world of wrestling as a trainer for Garfield Taft, a down-and-out African American heavyweight contender in search of a comeback and a shot at the world title. Pepper and Moira soon realize that nothing is what it seems: not Taft, the upcoming match, or the training facility itself. Champion Of The World, is the masterful debut novel from author and sportswriter Chad Dundas. Hear the interview on our upcoming show.

Bob Ross, respected film and media critic returns to Life Elsewhere with his Summer Movie picks, beginning with The Infiltrator, starring the increasingly popular Bryan Cranston as a US Customs agent. Bob also offers his take on the new, all-female Ghostbusters; Woody Allen’s latest, Cafe Society; Jason Bourne; Star Trek Beyond; a Ben Hur remake, and the much-anticipated Absolutely Fabulous, the big-screen adaptation of the cult British TV series.

It’s a bumper-packed edition of Life Elsewhere. Hear it first, Sunday at 12 noon ET on WMNF on the new, spiffy, cool, app.

Life Elsewhere Show #177 airs:
Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  

Mondays 7.00pm ET at WROM Radio
Mondays 5.00pm PT & Wednesdays 2.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

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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.

PS: You can now download the new WMNF mobile app for FREE and listen to LIfe Elsewhere as it streams live at 12 noon ET every Sunday

Music Should Be An Interpersonal Dialogue

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Sorcha Richardson, the extraordinarily talented Irish-born singer-songwriter is one of our favorite discoveries of the past year or so. So, we were especially delighted when a package arrived from Sorcha, containing a thumb-drive with a new song, beautiful limited edition artwork she has created and a hand-written, heart-felt letter. Here is an excerpt:

The music that I’ve been working on lately feels a little more personal than anything I’ve done before. I’ve been wondering what to do with it, as sending it into the blogosphere and hoping someone heard it just didn’t feel right. So, after mulling it over, I decided to do this! I wanted you to have as intimate of an experience hearing it as I had making it. “Walk Away” is the first in a collection of songs that I’ll be releasing later this summer, but I wanted the people who care about my music, and who’ve helped me out in the past to get to hear it first before it’s released. I really believe that music should be an interpersonal dialogue and not just a one-way street from creator to a listener.

Make sure you join us for the next edition of Life Elsewhere as we share with you, Walk Away, a new unreleased song from Sorcha Richardson.

Life Elsewhere Show #177 airs:
Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  

Mondays 7.00pm ET at WROM Radio
Mondays 5.00pm PT & Wednesdays 2.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

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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.

PS: You can now download the new WMNF mobile app for FREE and listen to LIfe Elsewhere as it streams live at 12 noon ET every Sunday

I Will Be With You, Whatever

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Our headline is taken from the voluminous, seven-year official investigation into how and why Britain went to war in Iraq. Britain’s investigation by the independent Iraq Inquiry was unequivocal in its findings. Britain, like the United States, used flawed intelligence to justify the invasion, that Iraq posed no immediate national security threat, that the allies acted militarily before all diplomatic options had been exhausted and that there was a lack of planning for what would happen once Mr. Hussein was removed. Referred to as the Chilcot Report after the chairman of the committee, John Chilcot, the 2.6 million words describe a prime minister who wanted stronger evidence for military action and a more solid plan for occupying Iraq and reconstituting a government there. On July 28, 2002, roughly eight months before the American-led invasion of Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain sent President George W. Bush a personal note that alarmed some of Mr. Blair’s top national security aides — and was greeted with relief in Washington. Blair wrote, “I will be with you, whatever,” in what could be described as a promise of Britain’s support if the USA went to war against Saddam Hussein. 14 years later, we know what happened and the results have haunted Iraq, the USA and Britain ever since: more than 200 British dead, including 179 soldiers, at least 4,500 American dead and more than 150,000 Iraqi dead, most of them civilians, as sectarian warfare, terrorist groups and actors like Iran have filled the vacuum left by Hussein. Within hours of the Chilcot Report’s release, Blair acknowledged the missteps and intelligence failures but defended his decision to go to war. The big question now is, could Chilcot steer the way for a United States independent Iraq Inquiry? And, what will the ramifications be for the USA and the overly shambolic lead-up to the Presidential election? To help us understand the consequences for the United States and all the players involved, frequent contributor, the scholarly, Dr. Binoy Kampmark will join the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

Life Elsewhere Show #177 airs:
Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  

Mondays 7.00pm ET at WROM Radio
Mondays 5.00pm PT & Wednesdays 2.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

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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.

PS: You can now download the new WMNF mobile app for FREE and listen to LIfe Elsewhere as it streams live at 12 noon ET every Sunday

New Discoveries!

Bob Proehl’s career history is not easy to identify because he writes with apparent expertise on relationships, comic book conventions, monsters, time travelers, and  even robots in his debut novel A Hundred Thousand Worlds. It turns out the native of Buffalo, New York, worked as a bookseller, a DJ, a record store owner, and a bartender. Occupations he clearly recalled for his witty, charming book about a mother and son as they travel from New York to Los Angeles, attending comic book conventions along the way. A Hundred Thousand Worlds. is a story about fandom and creativity, but it’s also about the complicated love between a mother and son, and how the stories we tell each other come to shape us, even as we shape them. Bob Proehl, an engaging guest, talks with Norman B about his book on the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

Discovering new music has been a passion of Norman B’s since the days of “steam-powered radio” he quips. Recently, among his new finds were Spartan Jet-Plex and Good Good Blood both on Fox Food Records, an enterprising label out of Yorkshire, UK. On further investigation, he found the label puts out hand-duplicated releases on cassettes and has a noteworthy catalog. Determined to know more, we tracked down label kingpin, the reserved, yet enthusiastic music-lover, James Smith and invited him onto the program. In a broad Yorkshire accent, James shares his story of creating a label to release music he loves, next on Life Elsewhere.

As a special preview, we are delighted to share with you two wonderful tracks from Fox Food Records:

Life Elsewhere Show #176 airs:
Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  

Mondays 7.00pm ET at WROM Radio
Mondays 5.00pm PT & Wednesdays 2.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

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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.

PS: You can now download the new WMNF mobile app for FREE and listen to LIfe Elsewhere as it streams live at 12 noon ET every Sunday

Brexit Explained

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It was just after midnight Eastern Daylight Time, Friday, June 24 when our newswire feed went completely bonkers. We flipped on MSNBC and there was either Lawrence O’Donnell or Chris Hayes squinting at their teleprompters trying to grapple with the unexpected news. Over on CNN, their new controversial hire Corey Lewandowski had been forgotten about for a moment or two and kicked to a corner as a reporter from their London bureau said, “I’m gob-smacked!” about a hundred times. While a peroxided blonde with oversized eyelashes and ever-so shiny lipgloss on Fox, managed to blame Obama, or at least we are certain she must have, ’cause on Fox, they blame him for everything. It was Brexit! Not a loony with a automatic weapon this time! It was the results of a referendum every pundit from here to Timbuktu had wagered would never happen. The people of Britain, (well 52% of the people) had voted to exit the European Union. Why this was such devastating, earth-shattering “gob-smacking” news was anybody’s guess from the reaction of all the pundits and commentators on the cable news channels. The confusion and hapless theories from talking heads were made worse with the parade of live on-the-street of interviews streaming from the UK of dour old ladies grumbling about foreigners taking over interspersed with pierced and tattooed young Londoners blinking wide-eyed into the camera, admitting they weren’t too sure what Brexit was. And social media ran amok too. You could find every type of extremist sentiment, depending on who you had friended or liked recently. By the time our business day was getting underway, we were already fielding urgent calls from all the major news organizations requesting our expert opinion on Brexit. It’s quite alright to get a call from a nervous Anderson Cooper, asking for our advice on how far to go in challenging Pam Bondi, and we really don’t mind when Rachel Maddow texts yet again to make sure she has her facts correct before airing a clever put-down of Mr. Trump. But, we have our priorities and an obligation to serve our audience, so we made an editorial decision.* We shall explain Brexit as only we can. With a quick call here and a text there, we rounded up a panel of brilliant expert, minds and favorite guests of Life Elsewhere: 

  1. Lead writer for Anglophenia, BBC America’s blog for Anglophiles is Fraser McAlpinewho spends a good deal of time arguing the finer points of Dr. WhoSherlockDownton Abbey and anything with Tom Hiddleston in it. Fraser is also the  author of Stuff Brits Like: A Guide to What’s Great About Great Britain, so he is perfectly equipped to give his three-pence worth on Brexit.
  2. Frequent contributor to Life Elsewhere, the scholarly Dr. Binoy Kampmark, Senior Lecturer in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, at RMIT University, Melbourne and author of many authoritative commentaries for CounterPunch. Currently in Europe, Binoy offers intelligent and uncomplicated insight into  a complex geopolitical issue.
  3. Eric Goulden aka Wreckless Eric has an uncanny knack of delivering his always well-considered opinions with his acerbic wit. Just back from a nation-wide tour for his latest album America, the legendary artist did not need prompting to speak his mind on BrexitEric, originally from the south coast of England, has lived in France and toured Europe many times so his insight into the pros and cons of Brexit are invaluable. Make sure you don’t miss the next edition of Life Elsewhere and Brexit Explained!

*Our editorial decision to present the definitive explanation of Brexit meant we had to bump our scheduled show with author Bob Proehl on his debut novel, A Hundred Thousand Worlds. Plus James Smith, who runs the enterprising Fox Food Records, home for brilliant new acts like Spartan Jet-Plex and Good Good Blood. The next edition of Life Elsewhere will feature Bob and James. 

Life Elsewhere Show #175 airs:
Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  

Mondays 7.00pm ET at WROM Radio
Mondays 5.00pm PT & Wednesdays 2.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

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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.

PS: You can now download the new WMNF mobile app for FREE and listen to LIfe Elsewhere as it streams live at 12 noon ET every Sunday

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