The Secret Lives Of Young Arab Women

A young Syrian woman is brutally murdered by her brother, because she had sex outside of marriage. In Lebanon, women resolute to appear virginal have genital reconstruction surgery. A network of secret, women-only prayer groups gather to promote an Islamic revival. These are just some of the disquieting stories from a hidden world, too often… Read more »

On Age & Youth. The Conversations & The Music.

The two smiling, bespectacled and silver-haired chaps in the photo accompanying this post, was taken last year, on a mild sunny, winter’s day, in Hudson, upstate New York. The occasion was the first time Wreckless Eric and Norman B had met face to face. Fueled by many cups of espresso, their long animated conversation covered topics as diverse as the pitfalls… Read more »

Revealing Conversations

After hearing just one song, Norman B was determined to find out more about the singer-songwriter, with a distinctive Irish brogue. “This beautiful song suggests she knows all about love and broken hearts.” He reasoned, after playing Petrol Station for the umpteenth time. Understanding the trials and tribulations of being in love, is one of the… Read more »

Birthday Boys At Life Elsewhere

John Lennon famously said,  “Before Elvis there was nothing.” Lennon was correct, of course, which may have prompted David Bowie to remark, “Elvis was a major hero of mine. I was probably stupid enough to believe that having the same birthday as him actually meant something.” It is curious to remember that two of the most important and… Read more »

Happy New Year from Life Elsewhere!

2015 was a busy and eventful year at Life Elsewhere. We covered a vast array of topics and interviewed a stellar line-up of guests. To begin 2016, we present a retrospective of favorite moments from the past year. Make sure you don’t miss the eclectic selection featuring Jon Macks, Brandon Wallace, Zuzu, Steve Brodner, Robert Priest, Wreckless Eric, Chris O’Leary, Zac Bissonnette, Erin Moore, Lynsey… Read more »

Best Books from 2015 according to From a Woman’s POV

We had several authors chat with us on the show this year and Arlene has compiled a list of her favorites. They’re listed below in alphabetical order:     Cynthia Barnett, Rain: A Natural and Cultural History. Crown. Like the air we breathe and the earth we walk, rain is elemental. We accept it as… Read more »

The Life Elsewhere Music Of 2015

Throughout the past year at Life Elsewhere, we have endeavored to bring to you topics and guests we believe deserve your attention. Often we go off the prescribed radar to focus on areas other media outlets bypass. The need to explore the unknown has led us to also present music we feel deserves your attention…. Read more »

Remembering Ian “Mac” McLagan on Life Elsewhere

Ian “Mac” McLagan the famed keyboard player with the Small Faces and Faces, who also collaborated with The Rolling Stones, and led his own band from the late 1970s, died on December 3, 2014. The next edition of Life Elsewhere will be a special tribute to Ian, a crucial figure in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. Earlier last year (2014), Ian and Norman… Read more »

What Is War? Polite Behavior? Zuzu! on Life Elsewhere

“War, what is it good for?” That question came to mind as we observed Veterans Day. Then, as if on cue, a rag-tag assortment of bloviators, claiming they want to be commander in chief, lazily spewed out the usual rhetoric of a bigger, better more powerful military. “Winning! We’ll win any war through might!” is the standard… Read more »

Listeners Request’s on Life Elsewhere

When the killing of Cecil the lion made headlines, Norman B immediately contacted Gareth Patterson, the acclaimed authority on African wildlife. The resulting interview received numerous compliments, and generated a flood of requests to hear it again. Speaking from his home in South Africa, Gareth explains the truth about the luring of lions like Cecil, to be killed by trophy hunters and the… Read more »

Peter James On Serial Killers. Norman B On Exciting New Music.

International best-selling crime thriller novelist, Peter James joins the program to talk about his latest novel, You Are Dead. This is the 11th in James’ award-winning Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series, this time, with a vicious serial killer as the villain. Peter  illustrates his meticulous research strategy with fascinating anecdotes and tells true accounts of riding alongside police detectives… Read more »

Interviews With Authors

In the latest edition of Life Elsewhere, Norman B reviews some of his favorite books, authors and interviews.  1. Rebecca Scherm is the author of Unbecoming, a remarkable and moving debut novel, “It’s a thriller, a psychological study, a love story and disquietingly disturbing as it is brilliant!” says Norman B. Rebecca reads from her book and explains how her fascination with Grace Kelly molded her femme fatale, noir-like… Read more »

Next On Life Elsewhere

Next on Life Elsewhere, a special feature on one of the most influential bands to emerge from the late 70’s music scene in London. A band Nirvana and  Soundgarden, amongst many others, cite as a major inspiration for their forays into rock ‘n’ roll. Those two Seattle bands, who emerged out of the Seattle’s “Grunge” scene, were… Read more »

The Photos From Under The Stairs~Life Elsewhere

“These photos of Killing Joke have been nesting in the dark for a long time.” Writes Frank Jenkinson in the introduction to his self-published book, KILLING JOKE Picture Book 1979. Frank was living in the same ramshackle house as the band and their original management team, in the then bedraggled area of Notting Hill Gate, London. “This book of photos were taken in… Read more »

Dr. Bass Explains His Passion

“It’s just like rock ’n’ roll, it’s all about life and love!” Proclaims Dr. James Bass, explaining his passion, Choral Music. The esteemed Director of Choral Studies in the School of Music at the University of South Florida and the artistic director of the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, becomes animated, gesticulating with a conductor’s panache… Read more »

St. Pete to help organize restoration of MLK/Malcolm X monument in Cuba

The City of St. Petersburg will be part of an effort to restore a fading monument in Havana, Cuba that honors civil rights leaders Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X; Mayor Rick Kriseman recently led a city delegation to Cuba. During a press conference earlier this month, Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin said… Read more »