VETERAN NEWSMAN BOB FRANKEN ON ELECTION 2016

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MSNBC commentator Bob Franken spent 20 years at CNN

MSNBC commentator Bob Franken spent 20 years at CNN

What becomes a veteran newsman?  Emmy Award-winning veteran reporter and newspaper columnist Bob Franken joins Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show for a look at his storied career and a conversation about the state of the news business, politics, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Election 2016.

Emmy® Award-winning reporter Robert E. “Bob” Franken has seen it all. In a career spanning 30 years plus, he’s been right there covering unfolding dramas, reporting on national political campaigns, international conflicts and major natural disasters. He has covered combat in both Iraq wars, the White House during the President George W. Bush administration, the impeachment proceedings of President Bill Clinton, the Supreme Court and Congress, and he forced world attention on the Guantanamo Bay prison camp with extensive on-location reporting. An MSNBC commentator, during a 20-plus-year career at CNN, Franken served as the network’s Capitol Hill correspondent and as a Supreme Court and White House reporter. He covered breaking news, including the 9/11 attacks and countless presidential and congressional campaigns. Franken was recently inducted into the Society for Professional Journalists Washington Hall of Fame.

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Franken’s most memorable story? Well, we’ll have to ask him about that. And about that piquant wit of his that shows up in his syndicated column, Franken Sense. And maybe even about his cousin, Minnesota Senator Al Franken.

The Halli Casser-Jayne Show  is akin to the great salons of times past. Pour yourself a martini, grab a spot on your favorite sofa and listen to the great artists, writers, politicians, and celebrities of our day. New podcasts are posted Wednesdays, 3 pm ET at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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What becomes a veteran newsman? A conversation with distinguished, legendary correspondent and columnist Bob Franken on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, June 15, 3 pm ET. For more about the show visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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AMBROSIA DRUMMER BURLEIGH DRUMMOND

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Progressive rock band Ambrosia with drummer Burleigh Drummond

“How Much I Feel” “Biggest Part of Me” and “You’re the Only Woman” were just a few of the hits of the five-time Grammy Award nominated progressive rock band Ambrosia. The man on the drums and founding member? He is percussionist, producer, songwriter and singer Burleigh Drummond. Ambrosia drummer Burleigh Drummond will be joining Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, June 8, 3 pm ET for an in-depth interview.

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Formed in southern California in 1970 as a quartet, along with Burleigh, the groups members included guitarist/vocalist David Pack, bassist/vocalist Joe Puerta and keyboardist Christopher North. They chose the name Ambrosia to represent a vision of their music: all shades, textures, colors and styles. Ambrosia had five Top 40 hit singles on Warner Bros. Drummond is the only Ambrosia drummer/percussionist for the band, and with good reason. There is only one Burleigh Drummond.

A self-described “Army brat,” Drummond’s parents were in the U.S. Army, with his father a full Colonel and his mother an army nurse. The family moved often and ended up being stationed in Ankara, Turkey where as a child Drummond had an experience he found transformative: he watched and listened as artisans hammered out a large copper plate, not unlike a cymbal, “spinning and hammering in sublime synchronicity.” He’s been drumming ever since.

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What becomes a musician? Life as a rock star? A man and his music when Ambrosia drummer Burleigh Drummond visits The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, June 8, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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KRIS KRISTOFFERSON SPOKESPERSON DENIES ALZHEIMER’S RUMORS

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Singer/songwriter and actor Kris Kristofferson

In the first official statement concerning the rumored memory problems of singer/songwriter, musician and actor Kris Kristofferson, longtime publicist Tamara Saviano says he is suffering from “short term memory problems due to undiagnosed and untreated Lyme Disease. He’s been getting treatment and is much, much better.” Her comments came in an explanation addressed to the host of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Halli Casser-Jayne.

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Saviano was responding to a request to clarify Kristofferson’s condition, following her written denial that the Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipient has Alzheimer’s Disease, as originally asserted by and later retracted by four-time Emmy Award winning producer Jim Brown to Halli Casser-Jayne on her show.

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The Highwaymen special produced and directed by Emmy-winner Jim Brown

In a subsequent communication with Casser-Jayne, Brown backed off his statement. “I have no direct knowledge of Kris Kristofferson’s medical condition,” he wrote to Ms. Casser-Jayne. “I was mistaken to mention that he has Alzheimer’s. I don’t know more than that he has memory problems which he has spoken about.”

Brown is the producer of ‘American Masters, The Highwaymen – Friends Till the End,’ documentary, featuring Kristofferson that recently aired on PBS stations and is now available online. Brown interviewed Kris Kristofferson and his wife Lisa for his documentary.

Rumors concerning Kris Kristofferson’s health have percolated through the music industry for years. Some have made the uneducated guess that the former boxer could be suffering from pugilistica, a neurodegenerative disease with features of dementia that can only be diagnosed after death. Kristofferson has alluded to his “memory loss.”

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In a 2011 interview with ABC’s World News Now he said: “I’m going to be right in the middle of a sentence, man – and it just goes, pew.” In another in 2013, with FOX411 he said, “I wish my memory weren’t so bad,” and he lamented, “They tell me it’s from all the football and boxing and the concussions that I got. A couple of years ago my memory just started going. But I can remember my songs so I can perform, but other than that…”

The Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Research Center at New York’s Columbia University Medical Center states that “The cognitive problems [most commonly associated with Lyme’s Disease] include problems with short-term memory, problems with verbal fluency such as in name or word retrieval, and problems with slower speed of thinking.” Patients typically report that they have “Brain Fog.” Untreated Lyme Disease can become a chronic problem leading to neurological disorders. Most cases of Lyme Disease that are caught early are curable.

According to Saviano, Kris Kristofferson, who turns 80 on June 22nd just stepped in for the recently deceased Merle Haggard with Merle’s band the Strangers and Merle’s sons. He is going on tour with Willie Nelson in June, and then doing solo dates around the US for the rest of the summer. He will travel to Norway in the fall. In addition to the Highwaymen and Sony reissues, Kris Kristofferson also has a new studio album coming out for his 80th birthday.

Journalist Halli Casser-Jayne, host of the show of the same name is not new to journalism. War correspondent, documentary producer, and radio host, Casser-Jayne worked with Door’s drummer John Densmore on his bestselling autobiography, RIDERS ON THE STORM.

The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is a premiere show on multiple podcast networks. One of the early podcasters, Casser-Jayne is considered one of the best. Frequent guest and political editor or Newsweek magazine, Matthew Cooper says: “The Halli Casser-Jayne show is pure joy — smart, interesting talk with a great host. I love being a guest. I love listening to it even more.” Veteran newsman, Roger Simon calls Halli “one of the best in the biz.”

“I am a longtime fan of Kris Kristofferson’s and I am so glad we cleared all of this up,” Casser-Jayne said. “I love Kris, I want him to play on forever, but most of all, I want him to be well.”

To listen to Halli’s conversation with Jim Brown and author of WAYLON: TALES OF MY OUTLAW DAD, Terry Jennings, oldest son of country singer Waylon Jennings visit Halli Casser-Jayne. The Halli Casser-Jayne Show posts original episodes Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m., eastern time.

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BROWN BACKS OFF KRISTOFFERSON ALZHEIMER’S STATEMENTS

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Four-time Emmy Award winning producer Jim Brown is backing off his statement that Kris Kristofferson, 79, suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease as he stated in a recent interview with podcast host Halli Casser-Jayne on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. Brown is the producer of ‘The Highwaymen – Friends till the End,” documentary, featuring Kristofferson airing on PBS stations Friday, May 27, 9 pm ET. He had recently interviewed Kristofferson and his wife Lisa for his film.

Brown’s revelation can be heard in the podcast audio interview at approximately 26 minutes in. When asked about Kristofferson’s mental agility Brown answered: “So I think he’s a happy guy, probably not happy he has Alzheimer’s, but personally his disposition seemed wonderful.”

In a subsequent communication with host Halli Casser-Jayne, Brown appears to be backing off his earlier statement. “I have no direct knowledge of Kris Kristofferson’s medical condition,” he wrote to Ms. Casser-Jayne. “I was mistaken to mention that he has Alzheimer’s. I don’t know more than that he has memory problems which he has spoken about.”

Calls to Kristofferson’s office to either affirm or deny Brown’s statement and Kristofferson’s condition have not been returned.

Rumors concerning Kris Kristofferson’s health have percolated through the music industry for years. Some have made the uneducated guess that the former boxer could be suffering from pugilistica, a neurodegenerative disease with features of dementia that can only be diagnosed after death.

Kristofferson has never issued an official statement concerning his memory loss, but in a 2011 interview with ABC’s World News Now he said: “I’m going to be right in the middle of a sentence, man – and it just goes, pew.” In another in 2013, with FOX411 he said, “I wish my memory weren’t so bad,” and he lamented, “They tell me it’s from all the football and boxing and the concussions that I got. A couple of years ago my memory just started going. But I can remember my songs so I can perform, but other than that…”

Brown also took issue with being referred to as a “longtime” friend of Kristofferson’s. “Although I have been lucky enough to work with Kris  on at least 4 projects in the past 25 years before this current film, I think it might be overstatement to say we are long time friends. We like each other, but I am not part of his inner circle. I am a total fan of his work who has also documented it and enjoyed his gracious nature in the process.”

To listen to the entire exchange and Halli’s conversation with author Terry Jennings, oldest son of country singer Waylon Jennings visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com. The Halli Casser-Jayne Show airs original episodes Wednesdays, 3 pm ET.

 

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BREAKING NEWS: KRISTOFFERSON HAS ALZHEIMER’S REVEALED ON THE HALLI CASSER-JAYNE SHOW

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Kristofferson in his heyday

In an interview with podcast host Halli Casser-Jayne, four-time Emmy Award winner, Jim Brown  revealed that his long-time friend and associate, Kris Kristofferson, 79, is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. Brown is the producer of ‘The Highwaymen – Friends till the End,” documentary, featuring Kristofferson. It will air on PBS stations Friday, May 27, 9 pm ET. Brown recently interviewed Kristofferson and his wife Lisa for his film.

Brown’s revelation can be heard in the podcast audio interview at approximately 26 minutes in. When asked about Kristofferson’s health, Brown answered “So I think he’s a happy guy, probably not happy he has Alzheimer’s, but personally his disposition seemed wonderful.”

Kristofferson today

Kristofferson today

There have been varied reports in the media concerning Kristofferson’s health. He has alluded to “memory loss” in print. But Brown’s disclosure on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is the first to name Kristofferson’s ailment. Attempts to verify Brown’s assertion with Kristofferson’s team have not been answered.

Longtime journalist Halli Casser-Jayne, host of the show of the same name is not new to journalism. War correspondent, documentary producer, and radio host, Casser-Jayne worked with Door’s drummer John Densmore on his bestselling autobiography, RIDERS ON THE STORM.

The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is a premiere show on multiple podcast networks. One of the early podcasters, Casser-Jayne is highly-regarded. Frequent guest and political editor for Newsweek magazine, Matthew Cooper says: “The Halli Casser-Jayne show is pure joy — smart, interesting talk with a great host. I love being a guest. I love listening to it even more.” Veteran newsman, Roger Simon calls Halli “one of the best in the biz.”

“I am a longtime fan of Kris Kristofferson’s, and my jaw almost dropped at Brown’s revelation. We have to find a cure for Alzheimer’s,” Casser-Jayne says. “We’re losing too many greatest minds and talent to ‘The Long Goodbye.’” It was recently revealed the Glenn Campbell is also battling the disease.

To listen to the entire exchange and Halli’s conversation with author Terry Jennings, and oldest son of country singer Waylon Jennings visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com. The Halli Casser-Jayne Show airs original episodes Wednesdays, 3 pm ET.

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COUNTRY MUSIC SUPER-GROUP THE HIGHWAYMEN

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Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, they were the Highwaymen, the first country music supergroup, the pioneering outlaws who changed country music forever. Wednesday, May 25, 3 pm ET, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show joining Halli at her table is Jim Brown, producer/director/writer and cinematographer to talk about his new documentary: American Masters — THE HIGHWAYMEN: FRIENDS TILL THE END. And Terry Jennings, the oldest son of Waylon Jennings, author of WAYLON, TALES OF MY OUTLAW DAD.

The HighwaymenJim Brown is a four-time Emmy Award-winning producer/director/writer and cinematographer who is responsible for some of the most popular and critically acclaimed musical documentary programs of the last four decades. These include 50 Years With Peter, Paul and Mary, Billy Joel: A Matter of Trust-The Bridge to Russia and American Masters – Pete Seeger: The Power of Song. THE HIGHWAYMEN: FRIENDS TILL THE END premiers nationwide Friday, May 27 at 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS as part of the 30th anniversary season of THIRTEEN’s American Masters series.

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Terry Jennings Waylon, Tales of My Outlaw DadTerry Jennings had a front-row seat to his father’s iconic music career. A complex man, Waylon’s relationship with drugs and women are the stuff of legends. But he was always the consummate musician and at his heart a family man. Terry saw it all and will offer up many surprises.

A look at the supergroup The Highwaymen with producer of THE HIGHWAYMEN: FRIENDS TILL THE END, Jim Brown and at the man who was Waylon Jennings with Terry Jennings author of WAYLON, TALES OF MY OUTLAW DAD, Wednesday, May 25, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For further information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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TAKING RISKS ON THE HALLI CASSER-JAYNE SHOW

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Stuck? Bored? Tired of always doing and saying the right thing? We’re shaking things up on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, May 18, 3 pm ET when joining Halli at her table are two women who themselves have taken some chances with their lives: Kayt Sukel author of THE ART OF RISK and Beth Thomas Cohen, author of DROP THE ACT, IT’S EXHAUSTING!

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Inspired by her own “midlife crisis” in which she realized that she, the once enthusiastic risk taker no longer was, author Kate Sukel decided to find out why. The result is her new, fascinating book THE ART OF RISK, THE NEW SCIENCE OF COURAGE, CAUTION, & CHANCE. Sukel who earned a B.S. in cognitive psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.S. in engineering psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology is also the author of THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON SEX: THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE SEARCH FOR LOVE. Her work has appeared in Atlantic Monthly, New Scientist, USA Today, and The Washington Post.

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Once the woman who prided herself on being perfect in every way, in DROP THE ACT, IT’S EXHAUSTING author, PR guru, and fashionista Beth Thomas Cohen asks women to embrace the imperfections in their lives, and to air their “improper” thoughts about all aspects of their lives. She says that by not being ashamed or apologetic about how we really feel, women will become more aware of who they are and more accepting of themselves and one another.

There is an art to risk taking and there is freedom beyond political correctness. Let’s change it up on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, May 18, 3 pm ET. For more about the show visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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MERYL STREEP AND KICK KENNEDY WITH BIOGRAPHERS MICHAEL SCHULMAN & BARBARA LEAMING

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The greatest actress of our generation, Meryl Streep and the life of JFK’s little-known sister Kick Kennedy are the subject of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when joining Halli at her table are biographer Michael Schulman, HER AGAIN, BECOMING MERYL STREEP and Barbara Leaming, KICK KENNEDY, THE CHARMED LIFE AND TRAGIC DEATH OF THE FAVORITE KENNEDY DAUGHTER.

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Author Michael Schulman’s brand new portrait of one of the legends of our time, Meryl Streep, is the first thoroughly researched biography of the actress, with the narrative thrust of a novel. Beautifully written, Schulman peels back the curtain behind the greatest actress of her generation, granting us an intimate look into the formative years that shaped her into the icon she is today. Schulman is a contributor and arts editor at the New Yorker.

KickKennedywithbrothersYou will be riveted by the story author Barbara Leaming tells of Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy, second daughter of Joe and Rose Kennedy, the high spirited and dynamic young woman – as ambitious and eager for power as her brother, Jack who would become the 35th President of the United States. Full of determination, and with her best asset her engaging personality, Kick Kennedy’s is a story of love and war, of politics and changing expectations socially and economically, a story that ends in tragedy, as too many Kennedy stories do. Leaming is the author of three New York Times bestsellers, including her most recent book JACQUELINE BOUVIER KENNEDY ONASSIS.

Biographies, politics, film, history and the lives of two extraordinary women on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, May 11, 3 pm ET with authors Michael Schulman and Barbara Leaming. For more information, and to listen to past podcasts visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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DAVID CAMERON’S EX-RIGHT HAND MAN STEVE HILTON AND TOM NICHOLS, THE FEDERALIST’S

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Trump, Cruz, Clinton, Sanders…it’s politics on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when joining Halli at her table are two outspoken voices on government the Steve Jobs of politics, the guy who remade Britain’s leading political party who now has his eyes set on America’s political system, Steve Hilton, and Tom Nichols, a senior contributor at the FEDERALIST, his latest piece “If I Lose Friends Over Trump, So Be It,”

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Out with his brand new book MORE HUMAN: DESIGNING A WORLD WHERE PEOPLE COME FIRST, Steve Hilton is one of UK’s most known political figures — probably only behind David Cameron and Boris Johnson. As Cameron’s senior adviser, he literally remade the Tory party into a modern, winning conservative party with Cameron after decades in exile. He is cofounder and CEO of Crowdpac, a Silicon Valley political tech start-up, and teaches at Stanford University.

TomNicholsTrumpvsHillaryTom Nichols is a professor at the U.S. Naval War College and at the Harvard Extension School. He has written widely, including five books, on international relations, Russian affairs, and nuclear weapons. In addition to his academic posts, he has been a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Relations, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In Washington, he served as personal staff for defense and security affairs in the United States Senate to the late Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania.

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It’s politics out-of-the-box on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, May 4, 3 pm ET with Halli’s guests Steve Hilton and Tom Nichols. For more about the show visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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JOHN FORD COLEY: “LOVE IS THE ANSWER”

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“I’d Really Like To See You Tonight,” “Nights are Forever Without You,” It’s Sad to Belong,” Love is the Answer,” were just a few of the hits of the Grammy nominated soft rock duo England Dan and John Ford Coley. Joining Halli at her table, Wednesday, April 27, 3 pm ET is singer, musician, actor, author John Ford Coley.

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Texas born and raised, at 16 his music career was well on the way. The classically trained pianist would move to guitar and with his gift for harmony sing his way with his partner and classmate, England Dan to the top of the rock and roll charts. The band would break up but not before the Grammy-nominated duo had six Top 40 singles under their belts. With double platinum and gold records behind him, John has also produced other artists, most notably Eddie Money. He added acting to his repertoire and has penned a book on his years in the music industry entitled BACKSTAGE PASS.

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Stories of Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Mickey Mantle and more, and the extraordinary career of John Ford Coley on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, April 27, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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