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DEAN KOONTZ AUTHOR – JULIAN ZELIZER CNN POLITICS

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The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast

Half of humanity is on lockdown, but you are not alone. This week, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show brings you two great interviews to help you through these trying times. Up first,we begin with politics and a conversation with CNN Political Analyst and author of FAULT LINES, Julian Zelizer. In our second half-hour, Halli speaks with one of the most revered writers of our day about his brand new book, DEVOTED, Dean Koontz. The podcast is available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too.

Julian Zelizer

Consider the erosion of trust in government and in the economy that characterized the emerging mindset of the 1970s. Consider the emerging conservative movement, a backlash against the changes of the 1960s. All this followed by the rise of the Religious Right and the New Right and Progressive social activists who opposed the rightward direction mobilized to defend and expand the legacies of the New Deal and Great Society. What do you get? The clash that continues to this day, the fault lines hat led to the earthquake called Donald Trump that has shaken, rocked and rolled American politics. All are explored in FAULT LINES: A HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES SINCE 1974 co-authored by Princeton University historian and CNN Political Analyst Julian E. Zelizer and Kevin M. Kruse a book that grew out of the hugely popular course that that the authors co-created at Princeton University. Author Zelizer joins Halli for quite a conversation.

In our second half-hour, never afraid to go where no writer has gone before, Dean Koontz launches his new book DEVOTED, another action-based, cerebral thriller that tests the imagination of his readers. In a time when truth is stranger than fiction, DEVOTED is the perfect diversion and proof that only a master storyteller can outwit truth. Koontz, praised as a “literary juggler” for his deft ability to blend other genres—horror, romance, humor, science fiction, and mystery—into his acclaimed suspense thrillers has had 14 of his novels land #1 on the New York Times bestsellers list, making Koontz one of only a dozen writers to have hit that milestone. His books are available in 38 languages and have sold more than 500 million copies to date. That’s the writer, who is the man? Let’s talk.

Politics, a pandemic, what happens to Election 2020? But we begin with CNN Political Analyst and author Julian Zelizer. And while you shelter in place, have a listen to an intimate conversation with New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz about his latest thriller, DEVOTED and oh so much more. The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast is always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, through Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and on all your favorite apps.

CAN WE VENT-I-LATOR?

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Welcome to the Halli Casser-Jayne Show with Matthew Cooper, the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and on all your favorite apps.

Can we Vent-i-late?

Can we vent-i-late? Here we go: As thousands of Americans die from the Coronavirus the pandemic that the President of the United States, Donald Trump, only recently called a “Democratic hoax,” because there are not enough ventilators to serve the needy, and our first responders, our nurses, are forced to wear garbage bags, their only line of defense against the virus, because (gasp for air) paranoid Trump is too busy accusing the media of making up the extent of the virus in order to hurt the economy, in order to keep him from being re-elected president, rather than enacting the Defense Production Act, just one action that would ramp up production of much-needed ventilators to keep patients alive, and Republicans actually suggest that our senior citizens should sacrifice their lives for the sake of the American economy (and Trump’s re-election), sigh, where is that ventilator? And we’re just beginning.

Meanwhile after much delay the Senate passed a two trillion dollar Coronavirus economic stimulus package that seemed obsolete before it was even signed, after it was announced that jobless claims soared to a record 3 million. And about that presidential election? What about it? It seemed to have fallen off America’s radar. Joe Biden where art thou, DNC?

These are truly times that try men (and women’s) souls. Halli and Matt dissect it all for you on the Halli Casser-Jayne Show with Matthew Cooper, the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too. “See” you there.

NOT THE WORST OF TIMES, NOT THE BEST OF TIMES…

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It is not the worst of times, it is not the best of times, but these are scary times and that’s where we begin this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when Halli and Halli’s partner in politics, former White House correspondent, Matthew Cooper, slice and dice all things politics, and Donald Trump, too. And in our second half-hour a conversation with philanthropis, co-founder of The Carlyle Group, and the author of THE AMERICAN STORY: CONVERSATIONS WITH MASTER HISTORIANS, David M. Rubenstein, the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and on all your favorite apps.

NOT THE WORST OF TIMES

America is under siege, the enemy a stealth virus that attacks the old and the young, the rich and the poor, a non-dicerning enemy. In our first half-hour, Matt and Halli take a look at how the administration is handling the pandemic. It’s a war being fought on two fronts: the effort to protect the health and safety of our citizens and the efforts to save the American economy. And by the way, while the nation fights for our lives and our well-being there is an election in progress. Former Vice President Joe Biden soundly defeated Senator Bernie Sanders in three primaries. What now? Does Sanders trot off gracefully into the sunset or go on fighting fin the hope of a better day?

DAVID M. RUBENSTEIN

In our second half-hour we introduce you to an interesting figure of our times. His name is David M. Rubenstein and David is the co-founder and co-executive Chairman of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s most successful investment firms. He is also the Chairman of the Boards of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Council on Foreign Relations, and an original signer of The Giving Pledge. In his spare time he is the host of The David Rubenstein Show on Bloomberg TV and PBS. His book THE AMERICAN STORY should be on everyone’s bookshelves. And while we all hunker down to defeat the Coronavirus, this is a book that we recommend you read.

The Coronavirus Pandemic, an assessment of Trump in one of America’s scariest hours, the 2020 stock market plunge, Election 2020, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and David M. Rubenstein author of THE AMERICAN STORY and we’re just beginning this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show podcast, always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and via all your favorite apps.

DONALD TRUMP’S BAD MEDICINE

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Wash your hands! The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that the Coronavirus outbreak is officially a pandemic. With no known cure, the best medicine for Americans and the world right now would be a Consoler-in-Chief. Instead who we have is the unempathetic POTUS Donald Trump, whose sad attempt to calm us all in a rare Oval Office address sent the stock market into further schisms and that’s where we begin this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when Halli and her partner in politics, former White House correspondent Matthew Cooper slice and dice all things politics, and Donald Trump, too, the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and on all your favorite apps.

DONALD TRUMP'S BAD MEDICINE

Here we are in the midst of an official poandemic and we should all feel better because Donald Trump and his New York slumlord son-in-law, Jared Kushner, are in charge. But Trump, looking nervous as hell as he delivered bupkes in real remedies and a lot of blame in his Oval Office address might have made matters worse. Who will save the day? Former Vice President and presidential hopeful, Joe Biden? Is Senator Bernie Sanders quest for the White House over? Is the stock market plunge temporary or permanent? Oh, and just in case you missed it, Hollywood’s Number One couple Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson test positive for the virus and onetime media mogul Harvey Weinstein ,got 23 years in the pokey for all his dastardledly deeds.

The Coronavirus Pandemic, the failing presidency of Donald J. Trump, the 2020 stock market plunge, Election 2020, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and we’re just beginning this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show podcast, always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and via all your favorite apps.

JOE BIDEN: A FRANK SINATRA SONG

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Joementum is real! So is the Coronavirus. Senator Elizabeth Warren is the last woman to exit the 2020 race for the presidency, leaving Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders to battle it out, and that’s where we begin this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when Halli and her partner in politics, former White House correspondent Matthew Cooper slice and dice all things politics, and Donald Trump, too, the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and on all your favorite apps.

JOE BIDEN:  A FRANK SINATRA SONG

Joe Biden’s run for the presidency is proving to be like a lyric from a Frank Sinatra song. “I’ve been up and down and over and out and I know one thing. Each time I find myself flat on my face, I pick myself up and get back in the race. That’s life!” Now, after Elizabeth Warren exits the presidential race it’s Joe vs. Bernie and we’re all in for a wild ride, but not just because of Election 2020. The Coronavirus is quickly spreading across America, and despite the ample warning it was on the way, the Trump administration appears not to be prepared for the pandemic. Trump is trying to play down the severity of the disease, even telling Americans it is OK to go to work, it’s just a flu. The nation isn’t buying it; everyone is on edge, even Chuck Schumer and Chief Justice Roberts in a battle royale over comments the Minority Leader made. And what about that parlor game if Joe Biden becomes the Democratic Party nominee for president, who will he choose as his running mate? Oh, and Halli’s favorite, Montana Governor Steve Bullock is said to be throwing his hat in the ring for the Senate seat, even though he said he wouldn’t.

Joementum and a nod to Frank Sinatra. Can Bernie Sanders manage a comeback? Goodbye Elizabeth Warren, hello Coronavirus. What is the future of Roe v Wade? And we’re just beginning this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show podcast, always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and via all your favorite apps.

‘A VERY STABLE GENIUS’ AUTHOR PHILIP RUCKER

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A VERY STABLE GENIUS AUTHOR PHILIP RUCKER

A “very stable genius” is how Donald Trump describes himself and is the title of the New York Times bestsellling book of the same name by Pulitzer Prize winners Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig. This week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show a conversation with Washington Post White House bureau chief and author Philip Rucker. And, as we do every week Halli and her partner in politics, former White House correspondent, Matthew Cooper, slice and dice all things politics, from  the South Carolina debate to the Coronavirus, and that’s just where we begin. Join us at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com or find us on all your favorite apps.

A VERY STABLE GENIUS AUTHOR PHILIP RUCKER

Philip Rucker is the White House Bureau Chief at The Washington Post, leading its coverage of President Trump and his administration. He and a team of Post reporters won the Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Award for their reporting on Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. And now, Rucker and Pulitzer Prize winner fellow Washington Post reporter, Carol Loennig, examine the evolution of Trump’s presidency and leadership style and take readers behind the scenes to reveal never-before reported details of Trump’s shocking behavior with new evidence of chaos in his administration in their New York Times best-selling book A VERY STABLE GENIUS, DONALD J. TRUMP’S TESTING OF AMERICA. What a book, what a conversation, tune in.

A conversation with Washington Post White House bureau chief and author of the New York Times bestselling book A VERY STABLE GENIUS, DONALD J. TRUMP’S TESTING OF AMERICA, Philip Rucker, and former White House correspondent Matthew Cooper bring you all the political news, the latest on the Coronavirus, the Democratic Party’s contest for their presidential nominee, Roger Stone, Biden, Sanders, Bloomberg. And that’s just where we begin this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show podcast, always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and via all your favorite apps.

TRUMP’S JAILHOUSE ROCK…

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Jailhouse Rock! Will Roger Stone ever see the inside of a jail? Are pardons and cummutations for white collar criminals the new courts? Did you watch the Nevada debates? Billionaire president wannabee Mike Bloomberg looked like he was in the pokey. It’s Trump’s Jailhouse Rock this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when Halli and her partner in politics former White House correspondent Matthew Cooper slice and dice all things politics, the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and on all your favorite apps.

TRUMP'S JAILHOUSE ROCK!

It was another rockin’ week in politics. After Attorney General Bill Barr, aka Trump’s lackey, interfered in the case of Roger Stone, all hell broke lose in the Justice Department. It didn’t stop Judge Amy Berman Jackson from sentencing Stone to 40 months in the pokey. But will Trump issue Stone two-hundred bucks and a jail-free card? He told us all this week that he, Donald John Trump, is not only the President of the United States, but the Chief Law Enforcement Officer, too. And what about the race for the Democratic Party’s Election 2020 candidate? Bernie Sanders has soared to the top and all the Democratic Party leaders who know Sanders can’t beat Trump in a match-up do is clutch their pearls, their hope in Mike Bloomberg saving the day shattered in a devastatingly bad debate performance by the billionaire. Joe Biden keeps getting better in debates. But is that enough to save his candidacy? And just as we went to recording, we learned Russia is again meddling in our election, and Trump doesn’t want inquiring minds to know.

Jailhouse Rock, Roger Stone, pardons and commutations, Attorney General Barr, Election 2020, Julian Assange and Russia, Russia, Russia, the woefully unqualified Ambassador Richard Grenell becomes the Acting Director of National Intelligence. John Bolton speaks. And we’re just beginning this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show podcast, always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and via all your favorite apps.

REVENGE OF THE TURD TRUMP

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Revenge of the Turd Trump is the headline of the week following the acquittal of Donald John Trump in last week’s impeachment hearing and that’s where we begin this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when Halli and her partner in politics former White House correspondent Matthew Cooper slice and dice all things politics, the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and on all your favorite apps.

REVENGE OF THE TURD TRUMP

Revenge of the Turd Trump is putting it mildly. Hot off his fake trial and not so “perfect” acquittal, Trump wasted no time plotting his revenge to all those he perceives as his enemies, particularly those who answered their subpoenas and testified against Trump in the impeachment hearing, decorated war hero Lt. Col. Vindman and Trump donor now the former Ambassador Gordon Sondland. And that’s just where we begin. The Democrats had their first primary and we take a look at what that means for the candidates going forward. And how about Trump’s interfering in the sentencing of his old pal Roger Stone? Did Attorney General William Barr intervene on the president’s behalf to lighten the sentence of the man who may be the person who holds the most secrets on Trump? The term “Banana Republic” has been tossed around a lot. Are we already there?

Revenge of the Turd Trump, the New Hampshire primary, is Bernie Sanders the left’s Donald Trump? Can Amy Klobuchar capitalize on her newly-found popularity? Is Joe Biden toast? Elizabeth Warren? And will Mike Bloomfield ride in on his limousine and save the Democrat’s day? Those stories and more this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show podcast, always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and via all your favorite apps.

NOT THE “PERFECT” ACQUITTAL…

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Not the “PERFECT” Acquittal, the State of the Union, the Iowa Debacle, the Coronavirus, and just when you thought there were no heroes among us along comes a few, Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Doug Jones (D-AL) to name two. This week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show a conversation with one of our favorite conservatives, Peter Wehner, an outspoken critic of Donald Trump, and a voice of great magnitude, one of the most moral men we know. And that’s just where we begin. Stay-tuned for our second half-hour and our weekly political analysis, when Halli’s partner in politics, former White House correspondent Matthew Cooper joins the conversation.

In these fractious times, The Trump Era, what does the word politics mean to you? Does it conjure an image that is nasty, brutish, and depressing? In his book THE DEATH OF POLITICS: HOW TO HEAL OUR FRACTURED REPUBLIC AFTER TRUMP, the outspoken conservative and Christian critic of the Trump presidency, New York Times contributing opinion writer and White House veteran, Peter Wehner pushes back against what people have come to think about politics, and argues that while Americans have come to loathe politics, that loathing comes with disastrous results. Ethics and morality do count, impeachment always has risks — every generation has to prove itself worthy of self-government.

Not The "Perfect"Acquittal

It has been a week in politics that will be remembered for the ages. Donald John Trump was acquitted but not exonerated in his impeachment trial, the first POTUS to have one of his own party, Senator Mitt Romney, to vote for his conviction. But before that America was offered a State of the Union that had the makings of a 1960 TV variety show, replete with staged heart-wrenching moments and a Rush Limbaugh political stunt. But it was Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi who stole the show. Did we mention the Iowa Caucuses? And that’s just where we begin.

Not the “PERFECT” Acquittal, the State of the Union, the Iowa Debacle, the Coronavirus, and a lot of ethical and moral conversation brought to us by a truly moral man, Peter Wehner this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show podcast, always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and via all your favorite apps.

IF I WERE KING TRUMP OF THE FOREST

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If I were King Trump of the Forest

“If I were King of the Forest, not queen, not duke, not prince. My regal robes of the forest, would be satin, not cotton, not chintz,” sang the cowardly lion in The Wizard of Oz. Can you imagine impeached President Donald J. Trump singing the same words? If not, do. Because that’s what disgraced attorney Alan Dershowitz and the equally disgraced cowardly, once lions of the Senate Republicans want you not only to imagine, but accept. That contrary to the Founding Father’s wishes that decried the monarchy, America is a monarchy and Trump is your king, beholden to no one, answerable to no one for his proven corruption.

If I were King Trump

This week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Halli and her partner in politics former White House Correspondent, Matthew Cooper, access the Non-Trial of the Century, and “King “Trump, our new Royal Hiney, and his cowardly subjects who oversaw the sham trial. (“If they only had a heart, a brain, the nerve”). That story and the Iowa Caucuses, the Coronavirus, Jared’s Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plan and so much more.

“If I were King of the Forest,” a look at the cowardly once lions of the Senate, the Impeachment Trial, the Iowa Caucuses, Election 2020, Adam Schiff, Senator Lamar Alexander, Bibi Netanyahu, John Bolton, we’ve a lot to get to. Here we go. Listen to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show with Matthew Cooper at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and on all your favorite apps.

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