AUTHORITARIANISM IN AMERICA? CASS SUNSTEIN STEVE PHILLIPS

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Authoritarianism. Can it happen here? A new American majority? Is brown the new white? These questions and more answered on TALKish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when joining Halli at her table are Harvard professor and founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy, Cass Sunstein, author of AUTHORITARIANISM IN AMERICA, CAN IT HAPPEN HERE? and national political leader, civil rights lawyer, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, and the founder of Democracy in Color, Steve Phillips, the author of BROWN IS THE NEW WHITE, HOW THE DEMOGRAPHIC REVOLUTION HAS CREATED A NEW AMERICAN MAJORITY.

A columnist for Bloomberg View, a frequent witness before Congress, and an informal adviser to many public officials in national, state, and local governments, Cass Sunstein has served as Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, as a member of the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, and as an Attorney-Adviser in the U.S. Department of Justice. His many books include the New York Times bestsellers THE WORLD ACCORDING TO STAR WARS and NUDGE.  Mr. Sunstein’s new book CAN IT HAPPEN HERE? AUTHORITARIANISM IN AMERICA is a compendium of essays by our country’s leading legal and political minds that include Samantha Power, Bruce Ackerman, Duncan J. Watts and others that explores such questions as How do democracies crumble? How does propaganda work? What is the role of our various national institutions in the modern political landscape? Under Trump is America on the brink of falling under authoritarian rule?

authoritarianismSteve Phillips was the man named one of “America’s Top 50 Influencers” by Campaigns & Elections. He is a co-founder of PowerPAC.org, a social justice organization that conducted the largest independent voter mobilization efforts backing Barack Obama, Cory Booker, and Kamala Harris. In 2014, he co-authored the first-ever audit of Democratic Party spending. He has appeared on multiple national radio and television networks and is a regular contributor to The Nation and the New York Times. In his New York Times bestseller BROWN IS THE NEW WHITE, HOW THE DEMOGRAPHIC REVOLUTION HAS CREATED A NEW AMERICAN MAJORITY, Phillips has sparked a national discussion of race and electoral politics, and the misdirected spending priorities of the Democratic Party, Phillip’s addressing the aftermath of the 2016 election, attacking the “myth of the white swing voter” head-on.

Authoritarianism, demographics, Donald Trump, electoral politics, identity politics, race, Republican, Democrat, Samantha Power, progressive, conservative, Latinos, African Americans, it’s two amazing interviews on TALKish The Halli Casser-Jayne Show the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

HUFFPOST’S EMMA GRAY’S GIRL’S GUIDE TO THE RESISTANCE

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It’s Women’s History Month and women are making history. The “Me Too” movement, the “Times Up” Movement, and in 2017 the largest protest in US history took place, the historical outcry supporting women’s rights, The Women’s March. In celebration, TALKish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show talks to the author of A GIRLS GUIDE TO JOINING THE RESISTANCE Emma Gray, HuffPost Senior Women’s Reporter and to acclaimed psychotherapist Susie Herrick, author of YOUR STORY IS YOUR POWER.

So, the presidential election of 2016 happened. You’re one of those who cried, you ranted, you marched. Your Facebook’s Number One resistor. On Twitter the opposition bots have singled you out. And now, a little more than a year after that horrible man with the orange comb-over took possession of the Oval Office, with a little help from his comrades, you are, in a word, exhausted. How do you keep fighting the good fight? How do you fight and maintain a life? How do you get involved when maybe you’re too far from the action? How do you contain your abject anger? In celebration of Women’s History Month, for her new book A GIRL’S GUIDE TO JOINING THE RESISTANCE: A FEMINIST HANDBOOK ON FIGHTING FOR GOOD, Gray interviewed some of the most prominent thought leaders and activists of our time—including Women’s March Co-Chair Carmen Perez, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Black Lives Matter Network co-creator Alicia Garza, Marlo Thomas—to find out the best ways to listen, join in, and create sustainable action, providing a comprehensive guide for women everywhere, young and old, new feminists and seasoned protesters alike.

ResistanceWhether we realize it or not, we define ourselves through stories. Understanding your own story is the key to understanding yourself, your world, and your capacity to act within that world. And in the heart of your story, you will find you—your voice, your power, and your truth. In YOUR STORY IS YOUR POWER: Free Your Feminine Voice acclaimed psychotherapist Susie Herrick shows readers how to discover their own story, use it to cultivate their own power, and move forward both as an individual and as part of a strong female community seeking positive change. In celebration of Women’s History Month, YOUR STORY IS YOUR POWER confronts the cultural narrative that a woman’s worth can be measured by her beauty and submissiveness, while also calling attention to how girls and women often feel held back by feelings of what they “should” do, be, or say. At a juncture where we need women’s voices, women’s intelligence, women’s compassion, and women’s courage to help us navigate the difficult issues that face humankind and the planet we call home, Herrick, with humor, measured outrage, proven psychology, and hope for the future, empowers women to seek out deep psychological truths in YOUR STORY IS YOUR POWER.

Women, Women’s History Month, The “Me Too” Movement, The “Time’s Up” Movement, activism, Women’s Rights, The Feminist Movement, Feminism, International Women’s Day, the Resistance, we celebrate them all on TALKish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

THE OSCARS with DIRECTOR CHARLES MATTHAU

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The Oscars! Hooray for Hollywood and hooray for the Oscars! This year’s 90th Academy Awards is the subject of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. Joining Halli at her table is director, writer, producer, actor, and raconteur, Charles Matthau.

The OscarsHe attended The Oscars when he was but a boy. Director Charles Matthau was weaned on film. His father was Academy Award-winning actor and comedian, Walter Matthau, best known for his role as Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple. Charles began acting when he was a kid; as a child he appeared in such films as Charley Varrick, The Bad News Bears and House Calls before at the ripe young age of 24, he turned to directing with The Grass Harp, from a novella by Truman Capote, and the made-for-TV movie The Marriage Fool. A graduate of the film school at the University of Southern California, Matthau also has directed Doin’ Time on Planet Earth, Her Minor Thing, Baby-O, and Freaky Deaky starring Christian Slater based on Elmore Leonard’s book, which Matthau also wrote. His latest film is The Book of Leah, starring Armand Assante currently in post production.

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Film, Academy Awards, movies, actors, directors…it’s The Oscars on TALKish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. Join Halli and director Charles Matthau for an Oscar celebration. The party takes place at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

MAX BOOT ON VIETNAM ROSEANN LAKE ON CHINA

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Vietnam War 50 years later, China,..we’re taking a trip east this week on TALKish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, when joining Halli at her table is a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and renowned military historian, Max Boot, the author of THE ROAD NOT TAKEN, and in our second half-hour, The Economist’s Cuba correspondent and the author of LEFTOVER IN CHINA, Roseann Lake. The new podcast is available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and on your favorite app.

Max Boot is a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a renowned military historian, and a regular contributor to the New York Times, Foreign Policy, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. A conservative, he is a Never Trump. The author of SAVAGE WARS OF PEACE and the New York Times bestseller INVISIBLE ARMIES, Boot’s latest work, his contribution to the 50 year debate over why the Vietnam War went so wrong is THE ROAD NOT TAKEN: EDWARD LANSDALE AND THE AMERICAN TRAGEDY IN VIETNAM, a biography of profound historical consequence, rescuing the legendary CIA operative, Lansdale, the man claimed to be the fictional model for Graham Greene’s THE QUIET AMERICAN and a co-conspirator in the Kennedy assassination (at least according to filmmaker, Oliver Stone) from historical disgrace. Might Vietnam have been different had we only listened to Edward Lansdale? After extensive research including Boot’s access to never before-seen documents, love letters, and dozens of interviews, the historian has recast this cautionary American story, tracking the daring rise and utter fall of the roguish “T.E. Lawrence of Asia” from the battle of Dien Bien Phu to the humiliating American evacuation in 1975.

VietnamWhat it is like to be a woman in today’s China? How do Chinese women’s lives compare to American womens’ lives in the Twenty-first Century? To coin a phrase, it’s complicated. In LEFTOVER IN CHINA; THE WOMEN SHAPING THE WORLD’S NEXT SUPERPOWER journalist Roseann Lake answers those questions and chronicles the lives of young Chinese women, whom she first met during her years working as a television reporter in Beijing. Women are on the move in China: highly-educated, acquiring wealth, property, and a measure of independence in record numbers. But in spite of an overwhelmingly large male population, many struggle to find suitable romantic partners. Known as “leftovers” if they fail to marry by age twenty-five, these women represent a China in which gender roles have not evolved as vigorously as society itself, and where new professional opportunities have made women less willing to compromise their careers or concede to marriage for the sake of it. The result is a mounting social quagmire: a generation of millions in limbo, torn between past and future, and whose lives at once seem straight out of a Jane Austin novel, a bevy of mothers hacking their daughters’ dating profiles to secure a quick proposal, and the Chinese version of Sex and the City.

Vietnam War 5o years later, China, Edward Lansdale, women, men, one-child policy, gender wars, Max Boot, Roseann Lake at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

VLADIMIR PUTIN & THE HOTTEST AMERICAN PRESIDENTS

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Vladimir Putin, Thomas Jefferson, Barack Obama, Donald J. Trump, which is the Hottest Head of State? It’s politics unusal on TALKish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, when joining Halli at her table is the only man to wage a battle with Russian President Vladimir Putin and win, and the author of WELCOME TO PUTINGRAD, THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF THE ONLY MAN TO COLLECT MONEY FROM VLADIMIR PUTIN, Franz Sedelmeyer, and the co-author of a very funny book on American Presidents HOTTEST HEADS OF STATE, Kate Dobson.

At 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 Sedelmey went into battle to retrieve his assets and and won—but Russia refused to pay damages. Undeterred, he persevered, waging a 20-year campaign against the Kremlin and its current president, Vladimir Putin, his former friend.His unique story told in his book WELCOME TO PUTINGRAD, THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF THE ONLY MAN TO COLLECT MONEY FROM VLADIMIR PUTIN.

Vladimir PutinWith HOTTEST HEADS OF STATE VOLUME ONE: THE AMERICAN PRESIDENTS,  husband and wife team J.D. and Kate Dobson ask the tough questions that previous presidential biographers and American historians have been afraid to tackle: What are some pickup lines used by former occupants of the Oval Office? How can you style your hair like Martin Van Buren? And which president had the best beard? Smart, cheeky, and above all an entertaining journey through American political history as seen through the smoldering and beguiling eyes of our presidents. J.D.—a 2004 graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, former congressional aide, lobbyist, and crisis communications consultant—and Kate—a Brown University alumna and former Washington Post comics editor—deliver this trip through our 45 presidents in the style of a teen magazine, complete with quizzes, lists, lots of photos, and no block of text longer than a full page. If you think politics has lost its sense of humor, the Dobsons have restored it.

Vladimir Putin, politics, humor presidents of the United States, books, authors, who could ask for more. Tune into TALKish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday at 3 pm ET at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

BIOGRAPHY JACKIE, JANET & LEE & HIT MAKERS

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A dazzling biography of three of the most glamorous women of the twentieth century Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, her mother, Janet Lee Auchincloss, and her sister, Princess Lee Radziwell and an investigation into the science of popularity are the subjects of TALKish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, when joining Halli at her table is the New York Times bestselling author of JACKIE, JANET & LEE, J. Randy Taraborrelli. And at the bottom of the hour, also joining Halli is the author of HIT MAKERS, Atlantic senior editor Derek Thompson.

It begins like this: The year is 1951, at one of their “Mother Daughter Teas,” a favorite tradition of shopping and gossip, when the mother, Janet Norton Lee Bouvier Auchincloss Morris asked her daughters, Jacqueline Lee Bouvier one day to add Kennedy and Onassis to her name and Caroline Lee Bouvier one day to add Canfield then Radziwill then Ross to her name: “Do you know what the secret to ‘Happily Ever After’ is?” Before they could answer, Janet did: “Money and Power.” The daughters learned their mother’s lesson well, their stories told in the Oh, my gosh you cannot put it down biography JACKIE, JANET & LEE by the author of nearly 20 biographies that became New York Times bestsellers, J. Randy Taraborrelli. Taking a page from their mother’s playbook and her marriage to their handsome, philandering socialite father, “BlackJack” Bouvier and the fabulously rich Standard Oil heir Hugh D. Auchincloss, Jackie would marry John F. Kennedy who would become the most powerful man in the world as U.S. President and one of the richest men in the world, Greek Shipping Magnate, Aristotle Onassis. Younger sister Lee would add Princess to her title. Beauty, style, fashion, wealth, the world was their stage. But behind every curtain there is much to be revealed. Taraborrelli does just that.

BIOGRAPHYOriginal, fascinating, and deeply entertaining, Derek Thompson’s HIT MAKERS, THE SCIENCE OF POPULARITY IN THE AGE OF DISTRACTION is a confetti of an astonishing thinker’s ideas that uncovers the hidden psychology of why we like what we like, a revelatory cornucopia of the economics of cultural markets that invisibly shape our lives. Hit-making, or why some things become popular and others do not, shatters the sentimental myths of popularity that have dominated pop culture and business in the past. Thompson shows quality is insufficient for success and slams the body culture, boldly asserting that nobody has “good taste.” Thompson believes that some of the most popular products in history were one bad break away from utter failure. And, there’s this: The consumers that matter the most aren’t the early adopters but rather their friends, followers, and imitators. Yet, although it may be a new world, there remain many enduring truths to what audiences and consumers want. We’ll ask him about that. Applying cutting edge science to stories of hits across the decades, including recent sensations, Thompson reveals how each blockbuster actually has a secret history – of power, influence, dark broadcasters, and passionate cults that turn some new products into cultural phenomena. Taking us from the dawn of impressionist art to the future of Facebook, from small Etsy designers to the origin of Star Wars, HIT MAKERS is a captivating jaunt through the last century of pop culture and the most valuable currency of the twenty-first century—people’s attention. Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic magazine.

Biography, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, New York Times bestselling author J. Randy Taraborrelli, Hit Makers, science of popularity, Derek Thompson on TALKish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

 

NEWSWEEK’S MATTHEW COOPER and THE RGB WORKOUT

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Andrew McCabe resignation. Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Trump. Will Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg resign? How does she stay so fit in her 80s? Those questions and more the subject of TALKish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when joining Halli at her table is Newsweek’s Political Editor Matthew Cooper, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s longtime friend and personal trainer, the author of THE RBG WORKOUT, Bryant Johnson.

Comey is gone. Andrew McCabe is going. Rosenstein could be next. What is President Trump up to? Will Robert Miller be allowed to finish his investigation? Newsweek magazine’s political editor, Matthew Cooper has worked for some of America’s most prestigious magazines including Time, The New Republic, National Journal, U.S. News & World Report. He wrote for Newsweek in the 1990s and rejoined the magazine in 2014. A veteran White House correspondent, he’s known for his in-depth reporting and analysis from Washington. Cooper also earned national attention during the CIA leak case where his refusal to name his sources went all the way to the Supreme Court. He has appeared on “60 Minutes,” “Meet the Press” and a host of broadcast and cable shows and is a frequent guest on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show.

Andrew McCabe resignationHere’s one for you, the perfect title for a film: The Personal Trainer and the Supreme Court Justice, sorta like The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer. Except it isn’t a film. This is  the real life story of how Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the Supreme Court’s favorite octogenarians, after a bout of colorectal cancer that left her, according to her husband, looking like an “Auschwitz survivor’ hooked up with one Bryant Johnson, today one of America’s most sought after fitness guru’s, in part thanks to his association with Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Bryant tells the story of their longtime personal and professional relationship in his book THE RBG WORKOUT, HOW SHE STAYS STRONG…AND YOU CAN TOO! Like Ginsburg, THE RGB WORKOUT is a small book, but packed with a whole lot of information. How does Ginsburg stay so active and energetic? In the book’s foreword, Ginsburg credits her verve to the twice-weekly workouts she does with personal trainer, Bryant Johnson, a man she’s called “the most important person” in her life (after her family, of course). It’s all here, including the workout from start to finish so you can exercise along with Justice Ginsburg.

Andrew McCabe resignation, Newsweek, journalist Matthew Cooper, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, The RGB Workout, Republicans, Robert Mueller all on TALKish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

 

TRUMP ONE YEAR LATER

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Trump, one year later. Oh, what a year! And they said it wouldn’t last. This week on TALKish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Allan J. Lichtman, author of THE CASE FOR IMPEACHMENT returns to the show to talk politics, Trump, Mueller, impeachment and how Trump’s presidency has effected these United States. In the second half-hour, the authors of TREATING PEOPLE WELL, former White House social secretaries Lea Berman and Jeremy Bernard. Is civility a thing of the past in the brash age of Trump?

Distinguished Professor of History at American University, Allan J. Lichtman, has correctly forecasted thirty years of presidential outcomes. And he continued his forecasting winning streak in the fall of 2016 when he predicted that Donald J. Trump would defeat the heavily favored Democrat, Hillary Clinton, to win the presidential elections. The pollsters wish they could have fared as well. Hillary acolytes wish he had broken his winning streak. Then in his bestselling book THE CASE FOR IMPEACHMENT, Professor Lichtman turned his focus to President Donald Trump and his next forecast – that it is not a question of IF President Trump will be impeached but a question of WHEN! Now on the year anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration, Lichhtman remains convinced that President Trump’s days are numbered and that an impeachment investigation will be launched. In his updated version of his national bestseller, THE CASE FOR IMPEACHMENT, Professor Lichtman lays out the factors that will lead to Trump’s removal from office and assesses how Trump’s first year in office has strengthened the case for his impeachment, and goes so far as to explain in detail exactly how he could be removed from office.

TrumpIn the age of Trump is civility dead or just temporarily out-of-fashion? Maybe it’s a lost art one day to be recovered.Two people out to make civility fashionable again are former White House social secretaries Lea Berman, who served President George Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush, and Jeremy Bernard, who served President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Together they have written TREATING PEOPLE WELL, THE EXTRAORDINARY POWER OF CIVILITY IN WORK AND IN LIFE, a guide to personal and professional empowerment through civility and social skills, a book that conveys an important fundamental message—everyone is important and everyone deserves to be treated well — not a book of old school etiquette. For lovers of White House history, this is a treasure of never-before-published anecdotes as they describe pearl-clutching moments with presidents and first ladies both a fun and informative book, and dishy too.

The White House and Trump one year later with Professor Allan Lichtman and Civility in these uncivil times on TALKish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

PROOF OF GOD

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Proof of God. The age-old question: Is There A God? Or how about: Is God a woman? For centuries, these fundamental questions have been integral to every culture and religion the world has known.  Talkish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show tackles these questions and more when joining Halli is astrophysicist Dr. Bernard Haisch, co-author of PROOF OF GOD and Isabella Price author of GODDESS POWER.

In the new book, PROOF OF GOD: THE SHOCKING TRUE ANSWER TO THE WORLD’S MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION, New York Times bestselling author Ptolemy Tompkins join forces with internationally acclaimed astrophysicist Dr. Bernard Haisch to demonstrate that not only is God real, but that it is science, itself, that proves it. “Bernie” Haisch is something of an anomaly – a respected, accomplished scientist who believes, firmly and fervently, in the existence of God. Of course, many scientists disdain faith, as there is no empirical evidence of Gd, and many Christians fear science, which they believe contradicts their beliefs. But the truth Bernie argues in this book is that you cannot understand the universe without acknowledging that the evidence of God is clear in the very make-up of our world. Science and faith, Bernie Haisch believes, are two sides of the same coin.

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What if today we learned, definitively, that God is a woman? Why do most of us conceive of God as a man, God the father, of God ruling with testosterone? Suppose, just suppose, God is a woman and all that implies: the feminine of love and healing, birth and death, renewal and evolutionary change. Would there be a complete paradigm shift? In GODDESS POWER, AWAKENING THE WISDOM OF THE DIVINE FEMININE IN YOUR LIFE, author Isabella Price takes readers on an empowering journey into the heart of the Goddess traditions and the rich history and wisdom teachings of the Divine Feminine /Goddess in her numerous manifestations. Price explores Goddess symbols, stories, and key themes, as well as offers valuable spiritual insights on the role the Goddess plays in people’s lives today.  At the root of our cultural challenges, posits Price, lies the imbalance between the “masculine” and the “feminine.” That most of our political, economic, and religious institutions have, for a very long time, been shaped by the “unhealthy masculine” or patriarchal values of conquest, domination, control, competition, authoritarian power structures, dualistic thinking or separation between “us” and “them,” “me” and “the other,” “winners” and “losers” — that these unconscious assumptions and beliefs have shaped the way we think, speak, and act.

Proof of God, religion, spirituality, women power, man power at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE

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Laughter is the best medicine. And so in the interest of my listener’s health, Talkish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show brings you a chuckle when joining me at my table at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com is the co-author of LIFE IS A JOKE, 100 LIFE LESSONS (WITH PUNCH LINES), Gordon Javna, and Jeremy Dauber, the author of JEWISH COMEDY: A SERIOUS HISTORY.

Did you hear the one about the Italian Chef? He pasta way. Bada bada bing. Did you laugh at the classic one liner? Maybe, maybe not so much. Jokes. Who writes this stuff? And what is the difference between a good joke and a great joke. According to brothers Gordon and John Javna, in their new book seriously funny book LIFE IS A JOKE, 100 LIFE LESSONS (WITH PUNCH LINES) a great joke not only will make you laugh, a great joke will make you think. Jokes, they assert, are portals of discovery—they can get a message across in a way that’s clear, humorous, and often practical. A work of wit and wisdom with 100 life lessons accompanied by 100 hilarious jokes, LIFE IS A JOKE straddles self-help and entertainment while offering a refreshing new take on a book of wisdom. Oh, and by the way, the book is hysterically funny.

Laughter is the Best MedicineIs laughter the best medicine? And another age old question: Are the Jewish people funnier than everyone else? And if they are, why? If not, are they almost as funny as everyone else? Bada bada bing. The truth be told, over the last century the Jewish people have become known for humor—and, perhaps, for a particular kind of humor — Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Joan Rivers, Groucho Marks, Woody Allen, Sarah Silverman, Larry David, Nichols and May, Jerry Seinfeld and John Stewart are just a few names we recognize. And the story of Jewish comedy is as vast and variegated as the many Jewish comics and their individual style. In his new book JEWISH COMEDY: A SERIOUS HISTORY, Jeremy Dauber, professor of Yiddish language, literature and culture at Columbia University explores, defines, and catalogs the history of Jewish humor, taking us on a smart and funny ride.

Laughter is the best medicine, Jewish comedy, life is a joke, an exploration of humor on Talkish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show.

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