New documentary looks at the legacy of murdered Chilean folk singer Victor Jara

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160429_110618_radioactivityF1_337.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Friday we look at the life and legacy of Chilean  folk singer Victor Jara. Jara was a well known musician, theater director, teacher and advocate for social justice in his home country, considered by many to be the Bob Dylan of Chile. During the US-backed Chilean coup of 1973, Jara… Read more »

Local playwrights adapt novel by Ybor City-born writer Jose Yglesias

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160420_110618_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei Jose Yglesias is probably the most famous Tampa-born writer that most people have not heard of. Born into a Spanish-Cuban family of cigar workers in Ybor City,  his work often dealt with Latin Americans who are exiled from their homelands and how revolutions affected their lives.Now his 1963 Novel, A Wake… Read more »

A Surprise on the Civil Rights Trail in Birmingham

Dr. Julie Armstrong is in Birmingham, Alabama, her home town. She is blogging about following the official and unofficial Civil Rights trails through a town that starkly flaunts its contradictions. She had a wonderful surprise while following the trail yesterday, which led her farther afield, and yet right back to the beginning. Beautiful Freedom Surprise… Read more »

Loca African American multimedia artist reimagines controversial minstrel standard “Dixie”

Today on Midpoint, we talk with Sarasota-based musician John Sims, whose latest album the AfroDixie Remixes contains a reimagined versions of the American classic “I wish I was in Dixie”, a song written in the mid 1800’s by Daniel Decatur Emmett. It was once considered the anthem of the South, but is now considered offensive for its association… 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 »

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 »

Curiosity is Provoked by Artist’s Wrapped Palm Trees

Ripley’s Believe it or Not just couldn’t. News stations around the country had another #FloridaMan story.  Bloggers mentioned that it was pretty tame by Floriduh standards. Neighbors worried about his trees. Artist Piotr Janowski made headlines when he wrapped his rental house, and its adjacent palm trees, in heavy duty aluminum foil earlier this year…. Read more »

Local Help & Events for Veterans plus a little History

Wednesday is Veteran’s Day, and there are several organizations stepping forward to help those who have served in the armed forces. There is a Free Dentistry Day at the Village Plaza Dental Designs, where veterans can get fillings, extractions or a cleaning on 11/11. They are located at 4204 US Highway 98n, Lakeland, 33809.  863-859-6662…. 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 »