TALKING ACROSS THE DIVIDE – POLITICS

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Talking Across the Divide

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Election season is upon us again, rearing its ugly head, and America is more polarized today than ever before! Whether the issue is Donald Trump, healthcare, abortion or gun control, it can be hard to voice an opinion without ruffling someone’s feathers. This week The Halli Casser-Jayne Show offers up one contentious interview highlighting the great divide and one interview with a man who through experience has learned how to talk across the great divide. Joining Halli at her table is Dr. Richard Kradin, right-wing zealot and author of OUT OF CONTROL: APOCALYPTIC PSYCHOLOGY IN THE AGE OF TRUMP and Justin Lee, author of TALKING ACROSS THE DIVIDE. The podcast is posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and on all your favorite apps, including Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and more.

Talking Across the DivideRichard Kradin, M.D. is a Harvard professor, senior physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital, a trained psychoanalyst and the author of a controversial new book OUT OF CONTROL: APOCALYPTIC PSYCHOLOGY IN THE AGE OF TRUMP, and controversial is an understatement. In OUT OF CONTROL, Dr. Kradin attempts to explains the psychological roots of political divisiveness that threatens to rend the fabric of American society. In the opening of his book Dr. Kradin states “All human behavior is ultimately driven by psychology. My goal is to explain the present conflict from a psychological perspective.” Good so far. And then Kradin goes on to say that change is occurring rapidly on the political left, asserting that there has been a progressive breakdown of traditional moral values, concurrent with the emergence of feminism, identity politics, and peer-pressure mediated via social media. These changes have increased existential societal stress producing a perfect neurotic storm on the left that aims to cleanse society of any traces of chaos, strong emotion, or natural human bias, via a strategy of “political correctness” that threatens American freedom of expression. You won’t want to miss Halli going nose to nose with Dr. Kradin, talking across the divide.

Is communication a lost art? In TALKING ACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE, HOW TO COMMUNICATE WITH PEOPLE YOU DISAGREE WITH AND MAYBE EVEN CHANGE THE WORLD, social activist Justin Lee known for building bridges between conservatives and progressives on matters of faith and public policy, centers on how you can get through to people who think differently from you, one productive conversation at a time. At the heart of the book are Lee’s tried and true strategies to help readers break down the five most common barriers (and yes, fake news is one of them) that prevent their target audience from being able to hear—let alone accept— differing opinions. In a world where people too often retreat to their self-affirming echo chambers when their beliefs are challenged, this focus on productive dialogue and mutual understanding is more important than ever. Because echo chambers don’t just nurture conformity; they can also nurture extremism.

Talking across the divide, communication, elections, Trump, Liberals vs. Conservative, social media, progressives, Republicans, Democrats, politics…The Halli Casser-Jayne Show has it all, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne and available via all your favorite apps.

CLIMATE CHANGE: A WORLD AT THE WATER’S EDGE

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Climate change, global warming, conservation, pollution are at the heart of the conversation when Halli visits with two authors who have spent years studying the subjects, Susan Hand Shatterly whose delightful new book is SEAWEED CHRONICLES, A WORLD AT THE WATER’S EDGE, and with journalist Earl Swift, whose new book is the riveting CHESAPEAKE REQUIEM, A YEAR WITH THE WATERMEN OF VANISHING TANGIER ISLAND, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

climate changeFor much of the past two years, award-winning journalist Earl Swift lived and reported on a tiny island in Virginia. The resulting book, CHESAPEAKE REQUIEM, A YEAR WITH THE WATERMAN OF VANISHING TANGIER ISLAND, is an elegiac portrait of an isolated community, a sweeping natural history of an extraordinary ecosystem, and a timely meditation on dire environmental realities that extend far beyond the shores of Tangier — which seems likely to succumb first among U.S. towns to the effects of climate change. First mapped by Jon Smith in 1608, settled during the Revolution, the tiny sliver of mud and marsh is home to 470 hardy people who live with one foot on the twenty-first century and another in times long passed. They are separated from their countrymen by twelve miles of often tempestuous water — water that for generations has made Tangier a chief source for the prized Chesapeake Bay blue crab. But the very water that has long sustained Tangier now erases it day by day. Experts believe that barring heroic intervention by the federal government, islanders will soon be forced to abandon their homes. And the question remains should the federal government save this tiny island or surrender it to the sea. After all, thousands of American communities are being swallowed up by the sea. The American government can’t save them all.

Climate changeIn SEAWEED CHRONICLES Susan Hand Shetterly pulls back the curtain on the hidden world of seaweed. Did I say seaweed? Yes that is correct. Seaweed, not a weed at all, is one sexy little algae. It is ancient and basic, a testament to the tenacious beginnings of life on earth and “Why wouldn’t seaweeds be a protean life source for the lives that have evolved since?” Shetterly asks in her new book small in size and large in lyrical prose. Shetterly explores all the wonders of the natural world anew through a richly informative and astonishingly elegant storytelling. Through her own research and through interviews, she offers a look into the extraordinary life cycle of seaweed, teaching readers about its role in local environments and its interconnected global significance. Shetterly also introduces us to the people and communities that depend on seaweed—and how they are working to protect this critical natural resource. Most importantly, Shetterly examines the big questions of conservation that have come to light. “What must remain wild for the health of the planet, and what can we responsibly take, as we face climate change and diminishing natural resources?” she asks. Note, it’s almost impossible to go through a day without encountering seaweed somewhere in your life, as you will soon discover.

Climate change, global warming, the environment, conservation, seaweed, Tangier Island the subjects of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, August 8, the podcast posted at 3 pm ET at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

DAN PFEIFFER – POD SAVE AMERICA – YES WE (STILL) CAN

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Dan Pfeiffer

When Dan Pfeiffer, Senior Advisor to President Obama (now co-host of the popular podcast Pod Save America), shut the door to the Oval Office for the last time—closing the chapter on our first African-American President, and leaving the highest office in the land to Donald J. Trump, racist and reality TV star—it was more bitter than sweet. Pfeiffer tells the story of his fascinating years serving President Barack Obama and gives his take on many subjects including how Democrats can win back the Oval Office in his smart, witty, revealing new memoir YES WE (STILL) CAN: POLITICS IN THE AGE OF OBAMA, TWITTER AND TRUMP, an irreverent, no B.S. take on the politics of our time. Pfeiffer will be joining Halli at her table, Wednesday, July 25, the podcast posted 3 pm ET at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, along with author Brian Abrams whose new book is OBAMA: AN ORAL HISTORY 2009-2017.

On November 9, 2016, Dan Pfeiffer, like many of us, woke up wondering WTF had just happened. How had Donald Trump won the White House? How had a decent and thoughtful president been succeeded by a buffoonish reality TV star, and as many of us wondered, asked himself: What do we do now? But instead of throwing away his phone and moving to another country, which he admits were his first and second thoughts, Pfeiffer decided to tell to tell his surreal story, recounting how Barack Obama navigated the insane political forces that created Trump, explaining why everyone got 2016 wrong, and offering a path for where Democrats go from here. In his new book YES WE (STILL) CAN.

Dan PfeifferObtaining unprecedented access to Obamaworld, interviewing aides and advisers in the administration and on the campaigns as well as several elected members of Congress, both Democrat and Republican, journalist Brian Abrams set out to compile an oral history of Barack Obama’s presidency. The result is his book OBAMA: AN ORAL HISTORY 2009-2017 an immersive chronology of the politics and governing behind a landmark American presidency, manna for those who revere President Obama and even those who do not, certainly an important read for all historically minded. Offering behind-the-scenes stories, this amazing compilation illuminates the inner-workings of an administration through more than one hundred exclusive interviews with senior staffers including Jon Favreau, David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett, and David Plouffe; cabinet members such as Leon Panetta, Jack Lew, and Arne Duncan; and key lawmakers: Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Joe Lieberman, Scott Brown, and Barbara Boxer, among many others.

Dan Pfeiffer, Pod Save America, Brian Abrams, President Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Democrats, Republicans, politics, history, books, authors — we have it all for you on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show the new podcast posted Wednesday, July 25, 3 pm ET at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

BARACK OBAMA – BRIAN ABRAMS – JONATHAN CHAIT

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Barack Obama

In his first major speech since leaving office, former U.S. President Barack Obama slammed ‘strongman politics’ — an obvious dig at the current President of the United States Donald Trump — and defended globalization. This week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show we are taking a look at Barack Obama, the man and his presidency when joining me at my table is the author of the hot new book OBAMA: AN ORAL HISTORY 2009-2017, Brian Abrams. And in the second half hour, I am joined by Jonathan Chait, a political columnist for New York magazine here to talk about his book AUDACITY, HOW BARACK OBAMA DEFIED HIS CRITICS AND CREATED A LEGACY THAT WILL PREVAIL. The podcast will be posted July 18, 3 pm ET at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

Obtaining unprecedented access to Obamaworld, interviewing aides and advisers in the administration and on the campaigns as well as several elected members of Congress, both Democrat and Republican, journalist Brian Abrams set out to compile an oral history of Barack Obama’s presidency. The result is his book OBAMA: AN ORAL HISTORY 2009-2017 an immersive chronology of the politics and governing behind a landmark American presidency, manna for those who revere President Obama and even those who do not, certainly an important read for all historically minded. Offering behind-the-scenes stories, this amazing compilation illuminates the inner-workings of an administration through more than one hundred exclusive interviews with senior staffers including Jon Favreau, David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett, and David Plouffe; cabinet members such as Leon Panetta, Jack Lew, and Arne Duncan; and key lawmakers: Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Joe Lieberman, Scott Brown, and Barbara Boxer, among many others.

barack obamaJonathan Chait is a political columnist for New York magazine. Previously a senior editor at the New Republic he has also written for the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic. He has been featured throughout the media, including appearances on NPR, MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, HBO, The Colbert Report, Talk of the Nation, C-Span, Hardball, and on talk radio in every major city in America. Jonathan Chait comes to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show to talk about his brand new book AUDACITY, HOW BARACK OBAMA DEFIED HIS CRITICS AND CREATED A LEGACY THAT WILL PREVAIL, in which he makes the argument that most of Obama’s achievements will not only survive a Trump administration, but also the judgment of time, which will proclaim that Obama was among the greatest and most effective presidents in American history.

Barack Obama, POTUS, Obama administration, politics, Donald Trump, authors, books, The Halli Casser-Jayne has it all for you, Wednesday, July 18 the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

TRUMP-PUTIN HELSINKI SUMMIT – PUTIN EXPERT FRANZ SEDELMAYER

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Trump-Putin Helsinki Summit

Trump-Putin Helsinki Summit. On July 16th President Donald Trump is scheduled to travel to Helsinki, Finland to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin for a summit. The meeting could not be any more controversial in light of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, which many think is the reason Donald Trump is president. And certainly fueling the fire is the Mueller probe into whether or not Trump colluded with the Russians to gain power, and then obstructed justice to hide the truth. The Halli Casser-Jayne Show welcomes Franz Sedelmayer, a former friend of the Russian President and the only individual to sue and collect money from Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Franz Sedelmayer’s unique story is told in his book WELCOME TO PUTINGRAD, THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF THE ONLY MAN TO COLLECT MONEY FROM VLADIMIR PUTIN. Sedelmeyer’s insight into Putin offers a rare glimpse into the Russian President.

Trump-Putin Helsinki SummitAt the age of 26, Franz Sedelmayer traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia and in a short period of time built an enormously successful police supply and training company. Who was one of young Sedelmayer’s big supporters? The young deputy mayor of St. Petersburg, a former KGB lieutenant colonel. His name? Vladimir Putin. The two young men formed a bond, and at Putin’s request Sedelmayer created and trained the KGB’s first Western-style SWAT team. Then Sedelmayer’s Russian company was expropriated by President Boris Yeltsin and his ambitious, political, and ruthless onetime friend, Vladimir Putin. Why did Putin sell out his friend? Was Putin paid off? In fact, shortly thereafter Putin landed his first Moscow post. Not to take what happened sitting down, Franz Sedelmayer went into battle to retrieve his assets and won—but Russia refused to pay damages. Undeterred, Sedelmayer persevered, waging a 20-year campaign against the Kremlin and its current president, Vladimir Putin, his former friend. His unique story is told in his book WELCOME TO PUTINGRAD, THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF THE ONLY MAN TO COLLECT MONEY FROM VLADIMIR PUTIN.

Trump-Putin Helsinki SummitDonald Trump, Vladimir Putin, foreign affairs, politics, Robert Mueller, Helsinki Summit and insight into the two men who will sit for a one on one meeting with author and Putin authority, Franz Sedelmayer on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

 

THE FLYING TIGERS – SAM KLEINER – HALLI CASSER-JAYNE SHOW

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The Flying Tigers

The Flying Tigers, Claire Chennault, China, a dramatic story symbolic of a generation of heroes and heroines is the subject of an eminently readable new book by author Sam Kleiner, THE FLYING TIGERS. Kleiner is Halli’s guest on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

THE FLYING TIGERS is the unforgettable true account of the swashbuckling band of volunteer American pilots who crossed the Pacific before Pearl Harbor to risk their lives defending China in its war with Japan. It is the thrilling tale of the men and women who were secretly recruited to defend the nation’s desperate Chinese allies before Pearl Harbor and ended up on the front lines of the war against the Japanese in the Pacific

Led by legendary army pilot Claire Chennault, these men left behind an America still at peace in the summer of 1941 using false identities to travel across the Pacific to a run-down airbase in the jungles of Burma. In the wake of the disaster at Pearl Harbor this motley crew was the first group of Americans to take on the Japanese in combat, shooting down hundreds of Japanese aircraft in the skies over Burma, Thailand, and China. At a time when the Allies were being defeated across the globe, the Flying Tigers’ exploits gave hope to Americans and Chinese alike.

The Flying TigersTaking readers into the cockpits of their iconic shark-nosed P-40 planes—one of the most familiar images of World War II—as the Tigers perform nail-biting missions against the Japanese, Kleiner profiles the outsize personalities involved in the operation, including Chennault, whose aggressive tactics went against the prevailing wisdom of military strategy; Greg “Pappy” Boyington, the man who would become the nation’s most beloved pilot until he was shot down and became a POW; Emma Foster, one of the nurses in the unit who had a passionate romance with a pilot named John Petach; and Madame Chiang Kai-shek herself, who first brought Chennault to China.

Aviation history, World War II, The Flying Tigers, China, Japan, heroes, heroines, Pearl Harbor, it’s history and heroes on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

ROBIN WILLIAMS, A LIFE – HALLI CASSER-JAYNE SHOW

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Robin Williams

Robin Williams, Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain, we’ve lost a lot of our creatives to suicide. The Halli Casser-Jayne Show focuses on the life and laughter of comedian Robin Williams when joining Halli at her table is New York Times culture reporter and author of a ROBIN, Dave Itzkoff.

If life is an improvisation, and it is, no one improvised his life, and, maybe death more creatively than the brilliant tour de force that was comedian Robin Williams. In his new devastating biography, ROBIN, New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff delivers a fever-pitched riff into the life that was Williams’. When Robin dies suddenly, a suicide, in August of 2014 at the age of sixty-three, his passing stunned millions of people in the United States and around the world. His shocking death not only raised questions about how and why it had had happened, but also prompted reassessments of his extraordinary life and career.

Robin WilliamsIlluminating both the man and the performer, Itzkoff draws on more than one hundred interviews with Robin’s family, friends, and colleagues, as well as his own encounters and interviews with Williams over the years. Williams’ friends were  a who’s who of the entertainment biz, and their names crop p throughout the book…Billy Crystal, David Letterman, Pam Dawber, Dana Carvey, Eric Idle, Jeff Bridges to name a few. David Itzkoff is the author of MAD AS HELL, COCAINE’S SON, and LADS.

Itzkoff is a culture reporter at the New York Times, where he writes regularly about film, television, theater, music, and popular culture. He previously worked at Spin, Maxim, and Details, and his work has appeared in GQ, Vanity Fair, Wired among others.

As Robin Williams life was, we’re off on a wild ride as we explore the life and untimely death of the late, great, brilliant Robin Williams with the author of ROBIN, David Itzkoff on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

BRET BAIER – RANDI ZUCKERBERG – HALLI CASSER-JAYNE SHOW

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Bret Baier

Bret Baier and Randi Zuckerberg…boy oh boy does The Halli Casser-Jayne Podcast have a show for you  at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com. Don’t miss it!

Bret Baier needs no introductions. He is the Chief Political Anchor for Fox News Channel and the Anchor and Executive Editor of Special Report with Bret Baier. He has previously served Fox News as Chief White House Correspondent, and as National Security Correspondent based at the Pentagon. He has reported from seventy-four countries, and has reported from Iraq twelve times and Afghanistan thirteen times. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers THREE DAYS IN JANUARY: DWIGHT EISENHOWER’S FINAL MISSION—a #1 Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestseller—and SPECIAL HEART: A JOURNEY OF FAITH, HOPE, COURAGE, AND LOVE. He received the National Press Foundation’s 2017 Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. His new book THREE DAYS IN MOSCOW: RONALD REAGAN AND THE FALL OF THE SOVIET EMPIRE could not be more timely as tensions between the U.S. and Russia flare up…it’s insightful to revisit the historic role Ronald Reagan contributed to his country – ending the Cold War without the firing of a single shot. The end of the Cold War is perhaps the defining historical moment of the past half century, and it must be understood if we are to make sense of America’s place in the world today. Baier convincingly argues that Reagan’s essential role in ending the Cold War is too little appreciated.

Bret BaierRandi Zuckerberg, sister of Mark Zuckerberg, is a force to be reckoned with. She is a New York Times bestselling author, the founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media and host of “Dot Complicated” on SiriusXM, inspired by her book of the same name. Randi also served as mentor on Oxygen’s show “Quit Your Day Job,” as well as executive producer of “Dot.” based on Randi’s recent children’s book, which premiered on CBC and Universal Kids Fall 2016. Randi appears regularly on NBC the TODAY show and CNBC, and has also been seen on CNN, Good Morning America, Fox Business, Bloomberg News, and ABC’s World News. She is a Tony Voter and was also a correspondent for the 2016 Tony Awards and the World Economic Forum in Davos. Randi was recently appointed as a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum and is part of the Tech Committee for the American Theatre Wing. Add wife and mom to her resume and you see why her new book PICK 3 is for you but about her, a motivational handbook – both a business how-to and self-help guide  takes on the fallacy of the “well-balanced” life, arguing that the key to success is learning to be well-lopsided. “We simply can’t do it all every day,” she contends, “and trying to do so only leaves us frustrated and feeling inadequate.” Her solution? Just PICK THREE!

Bret Baier, Randi Zuckerberg, Russia, Putin, Reagan, Trump, politics, self-help, we have it all. for you. Join Halli and her two intriguing guests on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.                

 

 

CNN’S SALLY KOHN THE OPPOSITE OF HATE

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hate

Hate has consumed America, and it’s time we took a good hard look at hate and bigotry and all its ugly incarnations. One of the leading progressive voices in America today, Sally Kohn sits down with Halli on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show to talk about her new book THE OPPOSITE OF HATE: A FIELD GUIDE TO REPAIRING OUR HUMANITY. To fight against bigotry and hatred Kohn asserts, we must first understand its roots. In her new book, she sets out to do just that.

Writer Sally Kohn is a long-time activist, a CNN political commentator and the host of the “State of Resistance” podcast. In researching her powerful book, she spoke with leading scientists and researchers and investigated the evolutionary and cultural roots of hate in its most subtle and obvious forms, from implicit bias and racism to violence and full-blown genocide.

She traveled across the country and worldwide, interviewing fascinating people who have left extraordinary lives of hate behind, including a former neo-Nazi who began to change his life when a cashier at McDonald’s, upon seeing his swastika tattoo, told him, “You’re a better person than that. I know that’s not who you are.” He’s now a Buddhist. And she spoke with a former Palestinian terrorist who, after a prison sentence and even after his daughter was killed by the Israeli military, now works with Israelis to forge understanding and peace. And with survivors of the Rwandan genocide, including an unbelievable story of a man who fell in love with and married the daughter of the man who had slaughtered his entire family. She even spoke with some of her most vicious Twitter trolls, some of whom expressed regret or opened up about their personal hardships and demonstrated their own humanity to Kohn.

hateThe stories abound and are fascinating as well as enlightening.

Hate, bigotry, can this world be saved? Author Sally Kohn talks her new book THE OPPOSITE OF HATE, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

JENNA BLUM AUTHOR THE NEW BOOK THE LOST FAMILY

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Jenna Blum

Holocaust fiction is tough to write and there are few who write it better than New York Times and International bestselling author of THOSE WHO SAVE US, Jenna Blum. Jenna Blum sits down with Halli in her first official interview to launch her new book THE LOST FAMILY, on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, the interview posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

Also the author of the well-received novel THE STORM CHASERS and the novella, THE LUCKY ONE in GRAND CENTRAL, Jenna Blum is one of Oprah’s Top 30 Women Writers. She is also the 2005 winner of the Ribalow Prize, awarded by Hadassah Magazine and adjudged by the late Elie Wiesel. Based in Boston where she has long taught fiction and master novel workshops at the famed Grub Street Writers since the school’s founding in 1997, Jenna earned her MA in Creative Writing from Boston University, where she taught creative writing and journalism and was a fiction editor for AGNI Literary Magazine. From 1993 to 1997, Jenna interviewed Holocaust Survivors for the Steven Spielberg Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, an interview done back then from which Jenna’s latest book of historical fiction, THE LOST FAMILY derives.

THE LOST FAMILY, the story of the long-term effects of the Holocaust on the family dynamic is a book in which Jenna Blum once again expertly plays with her reader’s hearts, their minds, their souls in a brilliantly-rendered tour de force of a family saga, a searing tale of love, loss and renewal in the shadow of the ghastly ghost that haunts survivors of Hitler’s Nazi, Germany.

Holocaust fiction, books, authors, Nazi, Germany, Hitler, the 60s, the 70s, the 80s, the Holocaust,  when Jenna Blum is Halli’s guest for the hour on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, the podcast at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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