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From the earliest plans of the Founding Fathers to Michelle Obama’s organic kitchen garden, the story of how the White House grounds were conceived and how they have changed from administration to administration is explored in gardener, writer, historian Marta McDowell’s fascinating new book ALL THE PRESIDENTS’ GARDENS, HOW THE WHITE HOUSE GROUNDS HAVE GROWN WITH AMERICA. Marta McDowell visits The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, August 10, 3 pm ET in our first half-hour. And in our second half-hour it’s our smart, feisty, fabulous, Four Broads Talking™ panel  with Suzanna Andrews, Lisa Schiffren, Sheila Weller and our host Halli Casser-Jayne taking their look at the state of the race of Election 2016.


The author of EMILY DICKINSON’S GARDENS and BEATRIX POTTER’S GARDENING LIFE, Marta McDowell lives, gardens, and writes in Chatham, New Jersey. She lectures on gardening topics and teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden, where she studied landscape design. She also consults for public gardens and private clients. In her new fascinating book, ALL THE PRESIDENTS’ GARDENS, McDowell reveals how the White House gardens have reflected America from the most momentous events in our nation’s history to our fleeting cultural obsessions and have influenced garden trends nationwide.


With less than three months to go until Election Day, with Donald Trump shaking up politics as usual and with Hillary Clinton quickly rising in the polls, oh what fun our Four Broads Talking panel of brilliant analysts will have when they sit down for their weekly chat on all things politics and culture in our second half hour. Look for sparks to fly with this tell it like it is panel of political pundits.

Gardens, politics, history, presidents, Election 2016, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and more on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show,

Wednesday, August 10, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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She went from star athlete to high-priced call girl. Three-time Olympian for women’s distance running, wife, mother, real estate agent, the simple life wasn’t enough for Suzy Favor Hamilton. Suzy Favor Hamilton tells her shocking and inspiring story on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, August 3, 3 pm ET. Also back our fun, fabulous, brilliant panelists in our Four Broads Talking™  segment to dice and dissect all things Election 2016 and more.


SuzyCallgirlpicturesIn her New York Times bestselling book FAST GIRL, A LIFE SPENT RUNNING FROM MADNESS, Suzy Favor Hamilton bares it all. A natural athlete driven by an insatiable need to win, she became the ultimate track-and-field sweetheart. But success masked the doubt, self-sabotage, and constant anxiety that plagued her. After living in the fast lane as a world-class athlete, Suzy felt normal life in the Midwest to be mind-numbingly dull. Married, the mother of a daughter, it was on a trip to Las Vegas that she found the rush she needed to feel alive. Re-creating herself as a glamorous escort, she recklessly crafted an exciting double life, until she was caught. Her story, in a word, is unbelievable.

Suzy herself1And in our second half-hour, our smart, feisty, fabulous, Four Broads Talking™ Suzanna Andrews, Lisa Schiffren, Sheila Weller and our host Halli Casser-Jayne are back! Hold onto your hats when we talk Melania Trump’s nude photos, explore whether Donald Trump is becoming unhinged, and take a hard look at Hillary Clinton. Is she a serial liar? Who knows what we will dice and dissect, but whatever we do, we promise, it will be fun!


Sports, memoir, mental illness, prostitution, bipolar disorder, Olympics 2016, politics, Election 2016, Islam, foreign policy, Khizr Kahn, Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton and Four Broads Talking™  all on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, August 3, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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Marianne Williamson

Spiritual teacher and author Marianne Williamson talks politics and her latest book TEARS TO TRIUMPH, and our panel of Four Broads Talking™ take a look at Election 2016 with a focus on the DNC Convention, Wednesday, July 27, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show.

marianne williamson tears to triumphAn unusually candid Marianne Williamson sits down with host Halli Casser-Jayne to talk about her newest book TEARS TO TRIUMPH, THE SPIRITUAL JOURNEY FROM SUFFERING TO ENLIGHTENMENT and the state of our nation’s politics. Williamson who has been featured on Oprah, Good Morning America, Charlie Rose and more takes on the modern epidemic of sadness and depression sweeping this country, and shows that human suffering calls for a different kind of intervention than just throwing drugs at it. Williamson who recently ran for Congress and lost has a lot to say about our political system and does!

FOUR BROADS TALKINGOur smart, feisty, fabulous, fun, Four Broads Talking™ Lisa Schiffren, Suzanna Andrews, Sheila Weller and our host Halli Casser-Jayne are back! So hold onto your hats when the DNC Convention, Donald Trump, the DNC email hacking, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and who knows what are diced and dissected.

It’s politics, spirituality, enlightenment, Election 2016, Marianne Williamson, Four Broads Talking™, fun, all on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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A divided America? A country reluctant to go to war? A country turning its back on genocide? The year 2016? No, the year 1941, the subject  World War II the focus of historian Marc Wortman’s new book 1941, FIGHTING THE SHADOW WAR, our guest on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, 3 pm ET, along with our favorite panel of social and political pundits, our smart, feisty, fabulous, fun, Four Broads Talking™ Lisa Schiffren, Suzanna Andrews, Sheila Weller and our host Halli Casser-Jayne.

Conventional wisdom dictates that the US entered World War II in retaliation for the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 8, 1941. Historian Marc Wortman sees it another way. In his new book 1941: FIGHTING THE SHADOW WAR, A DIVIDED AMERICA IN A WORLD AT WAR Wortman compellingly reveals the ways in which America played an increasingly significant and clandestine role in the war in the months and years prior to officially joining the battle. Churchill, Lindbergh, the Roosevelt family, FDR advisor and emissary Harry Hopkins, journalists William Shirer and Philip Johnson, Wortman weaves the smart, suspenseful history that reads like an epic novel.

FOUR BROADS TALKINGIt’s all things Donald Trump, the RNC convention, Melania Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Benghazi and Hillary Clinton in our Four Broads Talking™ segment when journalists Lisa Schiffren, Suzanna Andrews, Sheila Weller, sit down for a chat with our frank, fearless, feisty host Halli Casser-Jayne.

History, politics, Pearl Harbor, isolationism, anti-Semitism, plagiarism, Republicans, Democrats…tune in to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, July 20, 3 pm ET at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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A fascinating story about a fascinating woman, America’s First Supermodel Audrey Munson as told by James Bone in his book THE CURSE OF BEAUTY, and a fascinating conversation with four equally interesting women in our Four Broads Talking™ segment featuring journalists Sheila Weller, Lisa Schiffren, Thelma Adams, and host Halli Casser-Jayne are the focus of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, July 13, 3 pm ET.

james bone The Curse of Beauty

For over three-quarters of a century, key documents detailing the life of the most glorified, enigmatic, and exploited model in the history of America have been kept hidden from the public, leaving her legacy dormant – until now.

In the first-ever comprehensive investigation into the life of Audrey Munson, whose body was the pinnacle of sex appeal in the early twentieth century, acclaimed journalist James Bone dives into newly discovered details of Munson’s wild, devastating life with startling insight. He recreates Munson’s life from her birth in 1891, to her height of stardom in the glorious riot that was Greenwich Village in the Gilded Age, to her death in a mental institution in 1996.


See what happens when you have FOUR BROADS TALKING™ politics, celebrity and whatever fuels their fancy when moderate liberal “gal-ographer,” the author of GIRLS LIKE US and THE NEWS SORORITY, Sheila Weller; Republican Lisa Schiffren, the former speechwriter for Vice President Dan Quayle who crafted Quayle’s enduringly famous takedown of Murphy Brown for being a single mom and sparked meaningful debate about welfare reform;

Thelma Adams, the fun and delightful author of the Kindle bestseller THE LAST WOMAN STANDING who has interviewed Mark Ruffalo and Diane Keaton among others for the New York Observer, twice chaired the New York Film Critics Circle, sit down for a chat with our frank, fearless, feisty host Halli Casser-Jayne.

The scandalous and tragic life of America’s first supermodel Audrey Munson with the author of THE CURSE OF BEAUTY, James Bone and Four Broads Talking™, Wednesday, July 13, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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Political gridlock, polarization, the culture war are three of the ways America defines its politics today, none of them pretty. Wednesday, July 6, 3 pm ET, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show takes a look at how we got here and explores solutions to our nation’s extreme politics when joining Halli at her table is the author of an enlightening new book SACRED AMERICA, SACRED WORLD, Stephen Dinan, and our panelists, 4 BROADS TALKING, Sheila Weller, Lisa DePaulo, Lisa Schiffren, along with our host, Halli Casser-Jayne.

In SACRED AMERICA, SACRED WORLD, with a foreword by Marianne Williamson, noted social entrepreneur and visionary political strategist, CEO of the Shift Network and a member of the prestigious Transformational Leadership Council and the Evolutionary Leaders Group, Stephen Dinan analyzes America’s internal political conflicts, opting for a tranpartisan movement that will transcend our damaging polarities and will hold to a vision that honors the ideals of both the left and the right, forwarding an evolution that is both political and spiritual. A graduate of Stanford, Dinan also directed and helped to create the Esalen Institute’s Center for Theory & Research.

FOUR BROADS TALKING POLITICSSee what happens when you have FOUR BROADS TALKING politics, celebrity and whatever fuels their fancy when moderate liberal “gal-ographer,” the author of GIRLS LIKE US and THE NEWS SORORITY, Sheila Weller; Lisa “she calls ‘em like she sees ‘em” DePaulo, journalist and one of New York’s sharpest and most incisive long-form writers on politics, true crime, and celebrity; Republican Lisa Schiffren, the former speechwriter for Vice President Dan Quayle who crafted Quayle’s enduringly famous takedown of Murphy Brown for being a single mom and sparked meaningful debate about welfare reform sit down with our fun, frank, fearless, feisty host Halli Casser-Jayne moderating it all.

Can America be saved from herself? Can we move beyond our winner-take-all-politics? Can America grow up and evolve? Politics, Election 2016, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, all on The Halli Caser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, July 6, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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The author of the most talked about book on politics of Election 2016 visits The Halli Casser-Jayne Show

It’s politics and all things Election 2016, Wednesday, June 29th when joining Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is the author of the most talked about book of the political season, CRISIS OF CHARACTER’s Gary J. Byrne. And hold onto your hats, when we unveil our new segment, FOUR BROADS TALKING with four brilliant, accomplished, dynamic, and witty panel members: Sheila Weller, Lisa DePaulo, Lisa Schiffren and that broad of all broads, our own Halli Casser-Jayne.

While serving as a member of The Uniformed Division of the Secret Service, Gary Byrne protected President Bill Clinton and the First Family in the White House and outside The Oval Office. In his controversial new book, CRISIS OF CHARACTER, A WHITE HOUSE SECRET SERVICE OFFICER DISCLOSES HIS FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE WITH HILLARY, BILL, AND HOW THEY OPERATE, Byrne portrays what he calls the personal and political dysfunction of the Clinton White House – so consumed by scandal and destroying their enemies, real and imagined – that according to Byrne, governing was an afterthought.

See what happens when you have FOUR BROADS TALKING politics, celebrity and whatever fuels their fancy when moderate liberal “gal-ographer,” the author of GIRLS LIKE US and THE NEWS SORORITY, Sheila Weller; Lisa “she calls ‘em like she sees ‘em” DePaulo, journalist and one of New York’s sharpest and most incisive long-form writers on politics, true crime, and celebrity; Republican Lisa Schiffren, the former speechwriter for Vice President Dan Quayle who crafted Quayle’s enduringly famous takedown of Murphy Brown for being a single mom and sparked meaningful debate about welfare reform sit down with our fun, frank, fearless, feisty host Halli Casser-Jayne moderating it all.

Politics, election 2016, books, author, Hillary Clinton, Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, abortion all on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, June 29, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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Humane Society of America’s CEO Wayne Pacelle’s new book

All things great and small are the subject of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, June 22, 3 pm ET when joining Halli at her table is President and CEO of the nation’s largest animal protection organization, The Humane Society of America, Wayne Pacelle and field biologist Andrea Turkalo, known as “The Elephant Whisperer.”

In his new, important book THE HUMANE ECONOMY: HOW INNOVATORS AND ENLIGHTENED CONSUMERS ARE TRANSFORMING THE LIVES OF ANIMALS Pacelle offers the first full accounting of a revolution sweeping global business, and changing how we value animals in a surprising narrative of how entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 CEOs, world-class scientists, and a new class of political leaders, both inspired and pressured by conscious consumers and voters, are collectively remaking our relationship with other species and the natural world. Goodbye puppy mills and factory farms, trophy hunting safaris and circuses with wild animal acts, laboratories confining chimpanzees and cosmetic testing facilities poisoning rabbits. Hello to the burgeoning, unstoppable growth of the humane economy.

Humane SocietyField biologist Andrea Turkalo is the world’s leading expert on forest elephants, working tirelessly to map the sometimes inaudible language of elephants, in an effort to put to together the world’s first elephant dictionary. Living in Africa as an aid worker, Turkalo was drawn to the intricate lives of the rainforest elephants. There she lived and studied her beloved elephants until Civil War broke out and forced her to leave the bai. Her research is exciting, her story compelling.

Animal Rights, nature, ecology, wildlife, elephants, politics, the ivory trade, conservation, Africa, with Halli’s guests on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Wayne Pacelle and Andrea Turkalo, Wednesday, June 22, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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Halli Casser-Jayne in El Salvador

Halli Casser-Jayne in El Salvador

AXS reporter Donna Nolan-Wilson had the opportunity to hang out with our talk show host Halli Casser-Jayne on a recent sunny Sunday afternoon on the Florida coast. Here’s what she wrote.

Halli Casser-Jayne is fun, frank, fearless, feisty and at times simply outrageous and AXS got granted an interview with this bigger than life character carried in a small framed body. Picture this, two ladies sitting in white hurricane chairs wearing floral print sundresses sporting big floppy hats while sipping Mint Juleps as the seagulls sang their ocean song.

Halli Casser-Jayne has a list of accolades and accomplishments Barbara Walters would be impressed by and this interview, a long time in the planning would prove to be informative, remarkable and even a little bit scandalous. Grab yourself a beverage of your choice as you read the interaction between this AXS journalist and Ms. Halli Casser-Jayne. The waves crashing in the background was the soundtrack provided by nature as the first question was asked.

AXS: Hi Halli, we know there is an art and technique to interviewing. You are notorious for being a straight shooter and really getting to the heart of the matter. You are also known for getting people to say things they have never told anybody before. How do you do that?

Halli Casser-Jayne: Well first of all you have to separate and eliminate barriers and get all of that out of there. There has to be nothing between you and the other person that you are speaking with. If it is there, you have to erase it if you will for the moment and get into their heart and their soul and their minds. You have to let them know that they are safe with you. That’s key and when does somebody feel safe with you? When you are their friend and you’re on their team. Everybody has a different way of interviewing. I don’t go out there to destroy anybody. That’s not the point. They will destroy themselves if that’s who they are in the first place in the interview. I go out there to help them sell their wares. That’s what my role is; my job is if they have got something to sell. If I don’t like a product when it’s given to me, I don’t take it on either. If I really hate something I’ve got too much of my own integrity to sell something that I think is really bad.

AXS: That is true, if you don’t believe in their product, how are you going to help them sell it?

HCJ: Well there are a lot of people who will. I pretty much find what is good in most anything anyway. I am pitched so much every day; I can’t take on everything that is pitched to me.

AXS: So let’s go back to your high school days. You graduated High School and what happened next? Do you have some juicy college stories?

HCJ: College was interesting because I went to college in Florida. It was insanity. It was the early 1970’s and people were crazy and there were a lot of drugs and here I was this girl out of Dwight School for Girls and I remember I went to college and I can tell you what I was wearing. A yellow dress with white patent leather shoes and my hair was pulled back. It was actually a double breasted coat dress and that was in September. I came home for Thanksgiving, I got off the plane and I must have lost 30 pounds, very thin like Twiggy and my hair was down to my waist, very blonde bleached out from the sun, full makeup and landlubber jeans and yellow lacy see through shirt with no bra. I thought my father was going to go crazy. He made me put his coat on at the airport. This metamorphosis has just occurred and my father didn’t know how to handle it. For me college was different as I hadn’t been exposed to boys. It was really interesting for me and I became boy crazy. The first time I interviewed somebody, and I have never thought about this before, when I got my first job out of college I was working in the garment center in New York.

I was working for the most horrible human being on the face of the earth. It was like working for Scrooge. I was lucky to get the job as it really was one of the best companies at the time in the garment district but the long and short of it is he was a nightmare. I modeled too and sometimes they would ask me to model the swimsuits and he was just an absolute animal and I realized that the garment center was a horrible place. They were using girls and treating us like slaves and objects. I thought I am going to do a story about this so I went and I bought a tape recorder and started interviewing other women who were working as sales people and models in the showrooms on Broadway. That was the first time I thought there is something here and I can do something about this. I don’t know what I ever did with that piece but that is what I do.

AXS: You mean you were going to make a change?

HCJ: I was going to do a story on it. I don’t know what I did with it but that was the first time that I started running around finding interesting women to talk about working in the garment center and being treated like idiots.

AXS: So you quit your job?

HCJ: Yes I quit and I went to another company and thought that is not what I want to do. There was a guy on the radio in New York and it was the first FM station ever in New York and Don Imus was on it. My cousin was friends with some guys at the radio station and they invited me to come into the studio one night when he was doing a live show. I came and I was sitting there and next thing I know, I became a regular on his show. It was the Friday night crew and there were a whole bunch of guys and me and I was the sexy voice. That is how I got into radio as weird as it was.

AXS: Yeah but that is how that stuff happens.

HCJ: Well I knew that I had wanted to be an actor. That is why I went to New York. I grew up in the suburbs and I couldn’t wait to move to Manhattan and I was going to be on Broadway and do this and that and the other thing. I did a lot of that but you are right, you don’t know what is going to lead to the other. I wound up taking acting classes and all that jazz with the man that discovered Dustin Hoffman and cast him in ‘The Graduate.’ Later on one of my friends Dad’s was a very well known television director in LA and she brought him to see one of my plays. He directed ‘Kojak,” and he said come to California and I will get you a job. I said get out of here. He said no really. I was in San Pedro Beach Bums and that was how all that got started and I did a few other things like Fantasy Island.

AXS: You were on Fantasy Island?

HCJ: I was on Fantasy Island, I played a hooker.

AXS: (Laughter) We have to find the footage.

HCJ: That didn’t turn out the way I thought it was going to be and it was boring sitting around waiting to be on TV. It wasn’t for me. I had a friend who was a very well known columnist, an award winner and his paper was in LA. He and I became friendly and he asked me one day to edit this piece he just wrote. He liked the way I edited his piece and he winds up writing about me in his column and I became pretty well known around the area. He used to write about my Christian Dior pantyhose and I became this character in Tony’s column. I got to know everybody over at the paper and the next thing I knew they were putting together a bunch of people to go to El Salvador and Nicaragua to cover the crazy wars that were going on there.

I got a call and they asked me if I wanted to come down and I went. I wound up working for ABC actually. I did a piece with the San Francisco Examiner. They had brought a whole bunch of people down to do different parts of the stories. I did that and ABC picked me up and then I worked for them and then for ITN. I had a crazy thing happen because they had shut down the University because there had been a lot of killings. The crazy President down there at the time said that they would allow a concert on the closed down campus for one day. I had been doing a story about the violence and all the records were vinyl and they were all made in Central America. They weren’t going to let any press in and they were really guarding this but because of my contacts with the record industry in El Salvador they said I could come and I could bring one camera man with me.

ABC went bonkers, ITN went bonkers, so there I was. There were like 35 thousand brown skinned kids, most of them pretty radical and weren’t too crazy about Americans. Those were tough times. The CIA was taking over the country and they called me up on the stage with the big superstar and my cameraman said, “You gotta go kiddo.” I did and that wound up on ABC on Good Morning America the next day or the day after that. In those days you had to put footage on a plane to get it back to civilization. That was the beginning of me getting serious in life. It was quite a learning experience about life and if you don’t have your head on straight when you go into a circumstance like that, you come out with it very straight.

AXS: Well yes, the things that you must have seen and heard.

HCJ: Pretty amazing. I wrote about it. A novel that is floating around somewhere, it’s called “MAMBO, A Conversation with the Gods,” available at Amazon.

AXS: Yes, you probably have stories you can’t ever tell.

HCJ: There are stories I can never tell.

AXS: So let’s get back to your method of interviewing and how you get these folks to open up like they do?

HCJ: I research the hell out of these people. I like to know as much as I can about them before I go in. I know what would push their buttons and what won’t. You are creating a piece; a podcast is an art form. When I was doing the piece on The Doors which was a nightmare because this was a time when they weren’t talking to anybody, they had really withdrawn. They were fighting amongst each other, and they had formed alliances, you know two were here and one was over there.

I remember when I was finally able to get to the last person and I had spoken to some amazing people who had surrounded them besides them, when I finally got to Densmore, he really was the most reluctant of all of them to talk. He also had the biggest secret to tell at the time and he was the most honest of them all. I will never forget the day we did the interview, the first interview because we became friends, I think he felt relieved when he finally admitted that maybe they should have called the doctors in on Jim a long time before they did. How angry, angry they were because he blew their own careers. You take on many roles when you do an interview, you know that? One of them is psychologist. You can help a lot of people through a lot of sh*t if you’re there for them and care about them. I never do an interview where I am out to get anybody. I am not out to score points. I am out to reveal people for who they are; the good, the bad and the indifferent and most people I find are pretty decent.

AXS: Your listeners think of you, different people think of you in different ways. The men think of you as really sexy and intelligent and women think of you as a role model because you are so intelligent, witty and spunky. When you talk about doing research on every guest you are going to interview, do you have any other means other than the internet in which you do your research because you come up with stuff we don’t know about them.

HCJ: I was a reporter for a long time so there’s that. There is nothing you can’t find out about anybody if you look hard enough. A lot of this stuff comes to me from publicists. The press sheets I always take with a grain of salt because that is what they want you to know. There is a product usually; a book that goes with it and you pretty much take a look at that and see what that is about. I tell you something about me that is kind of weird but it’s true.

I don’t know what it is but I have a mind that remembers things like nobody’s business. It is a little scary actually so that if somebody is coming on my show, chances are I know a lot about them before they even got there because I might have been interested in them which is why I have invited them as a guest. Somewhere in my brain a little bell goes off and I remember reading this about that person 20 years ago and there it is. It is like this, I interview these folks because they have something they want to sell whether it’s a book, music or whatever. I tell them this, if you give me a sanitized version of who you are, nobody gives a hoot and that will be the end of you. So that’s your choice.

AXS: You know what; people can see through the bull, they can see through the fake.

HCJ: Nobody wants to do an interview that isn’t interesting.

AXS: Right.

HCJ: Nobody wants to hear about how wonderful somebody is all of the time. La la la la la. I think that is also key. Most of the people that I interview are there because I have screened them and it is an interview that I have consented to do because I think somebody has something important to say. I always go in liking what they do or liking their music or this, that or the other. Rarely do I interview uninteresting people. Most people live up to my expectations. Most people do but I would also say this which is, I sometimes know I disarm people because I gain their trust very quickly. If I were out to screw them they would never come back but if I am out there and I give them a safe place to say the things that they need to say, then they are going to feel safe and they are not going to say oops.

AXS: A place where they can be themselves?

HCJ: I think that is what you have to create for them. You have to give them a safe haven where they feel they can talk about what needs to be said.

AXS: Let’s talk about your books and your writing.

HCJ: It is really interesting that we use different muscles and as an artist can sometimes get you crazy. Interviewing is one muscle, photography which is a passion of mine is a different muscle, painting now, I have taken on painting, that is another muscle and writing. Writing is such a different funny little thing. If I am writing the pieces that I put up under ‘Halli’s Muse,’ or ‘Inside the Hopper,’ where I am commenting on social issues and politics, that’s a voice. I have got this novel that is sitting here, “Scout Finch’s Diary,” that’s a different voice and muscle. You know talking and writing aren’t all that different for me when I think about it. Writing is painting with words. You know what, doing an interview is painting with words, same difference.

AXS: That’s beautiful.

HCJ: And it’s true. The way that I found out that I knew what I was doing was Michael Shurtleff who I was telling you about who was my acting coach who was the great casting director who had written one of the great books about acting with is applicable by the way to writing. He wrote a book that I tell writers to read, it is called “How to Audition.” Apply it to your writing and it will serve you the same way. Michael and I moved out to California at the same time and we were on the phone one day and I told you he was a real curmudgeon. He didn’t want to talk to anybody. I can see myself standing in my kitchen walking with my phone as I am having this conversation just yakking away and it was like for hours. I don’t know what the hell we were talking about and at the end of the conversation he said to me, “Halli, I’ve got it, I get it, you need to listen to me. You need to do interviews. That’s your calling. Forget the acting, forget the writing, you could talk your way out of a paper bag and you could talk anybody into getting into the paper bag.” I didn’t do that for a long time but he was the one that told me.

AXS: He was right.

HCJ: I’ll never forget that as long as I live. Michael was not an easy man to talk too. Nobody ever wanted to talk to him, people were terrified of him. He barked, he didn’t talk, not to me though. I had a completely different relationship with that guy. Talking to me is just another form of art if you will. It’s just another form of writing, it is writing with words.

AXS: That’s wonderful. What is your favorite art form?

HCJ: I don’t know if I could answer that. I never thought of myself as an artist. I just did the things that I liked. I liked to photograph, I liked to write. I think I am just a creative person and you never know which way that creativity is going to come out on any given day. If I catch a great photograph on a weird odd foggy day over the water which you don’t see a whole lot of around here, I love that photograph until the next one. I am into painting right now.

AXS: You are so many different moving parts.

HCJ: That’s good and that’s bad. If you are moving a whole lot people don’t know what to make of you. I come from a long line of creative women and stylish women. My mother had an amazing sense of style and art. My grandmother was the same way and so many of my family members are that way. I was also schooled in the arts with the amazing education that I had. I was really exposed to the great art and the great artists and the great sports people and all of that all my life. I grew up with Mickey Mantle in my house. I saw it all from a very early age so I was very fortunate to be exposed and I think exposure molds you into being able to see that kind of thing.

AXS: Tell us about your Clinton connection. Tell us about the day you met Bill Clinton?

HCJ: My roommate from college’s father had given Bill Clinton a clerk position in his law firm in New Haven at Yale. I was invited to this dinner in Washington D.C., for this dinner for Senator Robert Byrd and I had been told that Bill Clinton was going to be there and Senator Rockefeller who was also a friend and Teddy Kennedy was going to be there as well. The family told me to tell Bill Clinton that I was their Goddaughter so who knew that I was really going to meet him. He comes into the room, it was a Sunday night, cocktails and dinner and he actually wasn’t supposed to stay and he said he would stay and he would do a rope line and talk to us.

There weren’t that many people there and I was wearing this little black dress and I’ll never forget this. I go running up and I had been in Prep School so I certainly knew how to handle myself (laughter). I scream Mr. President, Mr. President and he saw me and I said I have regards for you. He said, “Ma’am, from whom,” and I said from Ben Moss and he went bonkers. He says, “Ben Moss, Ben Moss, how do you know Ben Moss?” I told him and he said what are you doing in West Virginia and I told him I had just moved there. He stopped everybody, he stopped Rockefeller and he stopped Kennedy and he stopped them all and he told them the story of Ben Moss who was this wonderful man who had given him this job and he was just a kid with a heavy southern accent in up north.

He just couldn’t have been nicer. I was dazzled by him. I mean it was a good 7 to 10 minutes that he was talking to me about Ben with all of the people in the room. He was delicious. First of all he was so handsome it scared me. I had seen a lot of actors obviously, I had lived with a few but this man was just so handsome in those days it was stupid and he couldn’t have been more real, more honest, and nicer and it was really quite a moment. What a terrific guy, just very real, but would he have noticed me if I didn’t have on my little black dress and had my “boobies” pushed up.

AXS: Oh, we are so going to print that because that is where the outrageous Halli Casser-Jayne pops her head in.

Halli Casser-Jayne would not spill on the actors that she had lived with, all right, yes she did but we can’t tell you. We finished our Mint Juleps and hugged goodbye as the sun was setting over the glistening ocean.

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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.

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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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