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The SixtiesIt’s The Sixties on Talkish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when joining me at my table is author Beverly Gray whose new book is SEDUCED BY MRS. ROBINSON, HOW THE GRADUATE BECAME THE TOUCHTONE OF A GENERATION and author Pat Thomas, his book DID IT: FROM YIPPIE TO YUPPIE, JERRY RUBIN, AN AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY.

Those of you of a certain age are not going to believe this: On December 22nd the film ‘The Graduate’ will celebrate it’s 50th Anniversary! Director Mike Nichol’s film was the most unexpected cinematic blockbuster of the sixties, the film contributing a wealth of iconic images to American popular culture. Mrs. Robinson, for instance played by the sultry and amused Anne Bancroft — the original “cougar,” the image of her titillation of glimpsing a hapless young man through her shapely arched leg. The young man, Benjamin Braddock,  portrayed by that mensch of a newly-discovered actor, the very young Dustin Hoffman. And the word ‘plastics” — the mere mention of “plastics”—all indelibly etched over the past half-century as part of our vernacular. And once seen, who can forget the wedding scene that punctuates the spicy 1967 Mike Nichols comedy? When ‘The Graduate’ was newly-released, it spoke to a generation of young people who questioned their place in a rapidly changing world. With that in mind author Beverly Gray puts, with gusto, ‘The Graduate’ into historical context, offering new insights and newly-revealed factoids.

The SixtiesTo those whom we call “Baby Boomers” the name Jerry Rubin is the personification of their generation. In DID IT! JERRY RUBIN: AN AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY, author Pat Thomas brings us an oral and visual history of the infamous and ubiquitous Rubin in the first ever biography of the co-founder of the Yippies, Anti-Vietnam War radical, Chicago 8 defendant, NewAge/Self Help proponent, and social-networking pioneer. Rubin, the flamboyant 1960’s radical who once preached distrust of “anyone over 30,”  carved himself a niche in the history of American radicalism with his energetic and sometimes comic gestures. In the Sixties he was a revolutionary, in the 70s he became part of the “me” decade got into self-help and health food, in the 80s he became an entrepreneur becoming part of popular culture. After being hit by a car, he died at 56 in 1994, one of the father’s of radicalism, unlike his former comrade Abbie Hoffman, branded a sell-out.

The Sixties, Jerry Rubin, ‘The Graduate,’ it’s a trip on Talkish: The Halli Casser-Jayne Show the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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Martha Raddatz movie

A Martha Raddatz movie, The National Geographic Channel and LBJ, boy does The Halli Casser-Jayne Podcast have a show for you! Joining me at my table is one of the icons of journalism Miss Martha Raddatz, here to discuss the new National Geographic Film premiering November November 7th, based on her bestselling book THE LONG ROAD HOME, as well as her amazing life. And at the bottom of the hour a conversation with the man the New York Times called “LBJ’S “Deputy President for Domestic Affairs” Joseph A Califano, Jr., author of the celebrated first hand account of the LBJ presidency THE TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY OF LYNDON JOHNSON: THE WHITE HOUSE YEARS.

A Martha Raddatz movie. Raddatz  joins me to talk about the new National Geographic scripted series based on her bestselling book and her extraordinary journalism career. Offering viewers an intimate window into the experience of war as seen through the eyes and the hearts of the soldiers who fight them and the families back home, National Geographic newest scripted series THE LONG ROAD HOME tells the story of April 4, 2004, when a small platoon of soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas was ambushed in the Baghdad suburb of Sadr City where the inexperienced young soldiers faced an unexpected and unimaginable attack — a day that would come to be known in military annals as “Black Sunday.” The National Geographic production is based on the highly-acclaimed book by ABC News chief global affairs correspondent and co-anchor of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Martha Raddatz, THE LONG ROAD HOME—A STORY OF WAR AND FAMILY that made both the New York Times and the Washington Post bestseller lists and has been described as “a masterpiece of literary non-fiction that rivals any war-related classic that has preceded it.” The eight-part series lasts the exact amount of time the soldiers were pinned down, and stars among others Michael Kelly of House of Cards, Jason Ritter, E.J. Bonilla, Kate Bosworth and Patrick Schwarzenegger.

Martha Raddatz movieJoseph A. Califano, Jr. is the man the New York Times called “LBJ’S “Deputy President for Domestic Affairs” Joseph A Califano, Jr., is the author of the celebrated first hand account of the LBJ presidency THE TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY OF LYNDON JOHNSON: THE WHITE HOUSE YEARS. Califano served in the Kennedy administration as general counsel of the army and special assistant to the secretary and deputy secretary of defense. He served as special assistant for domestic affairs to President Lyndon Johnson and secretary of health, education, and welfare in the Carter administration. He is founder and chairman of the board of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. He is the author of more than a dozen books.

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Joining the ranks of Band of Brother, is the little-known saga of The Ritchie Boys, young German Jews who fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s, came of age in America, and returned to Europe at enormous personal risk as members of the U.S. Army to play a key role in the Allied victory. It’s an extraordinary story, well-told in the book SON AND SOLDIERS, the author, NY Times bestseller Bruce Henderson, one of my guests on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Another powerful story of World War II is the subject of the show’s second half-hour when NY Times bestselling author David King talks about his new book THE TRIAL OF ADOLF HITLER: The Beer Hall Putsch and the Rise of Nazi Germany.

In 1942, the U.S. Army unleashed one of its greatest secret weapons in the battle to defeat Adolf Hitler: training nearly 2,000 German-born Jews in special interrogation techniques and making use of their mastery of the German language, history, and customs. Known as the Ritchie Boys, they were sent in small, elite teams to join every major combat unit in Europe, where they interrogated German POWs and gathered crucial intelligence that saved American lives and helped win the war. Though they knew what the Nazis would do to them if they were captured, they eagerly joined the fight to defeat Hitler. As they did, many of them did not know the fates of their own families left behind in occupied Europe. In SONS AND SOLDIERS, Bruce Henderson draws on personal interviews with many surviving veterans and extensive archival research to bring this never-before-told chapter of the Second World War to light.

RITCHIE BOYSTHE TRIAL OF ADOLF HITLER, The Beer Hall Putsch and the Rise of Nazi Germany by New York Times bestselling author and historian David King begins on February 26, 1924 when ten defendants gathered in a packed Munich courtroom to begin their trial for high treason. All ten were members or allies of the Nazi Party. Four months prior, they had attempted a coup at a rowdy meeting in a local beer hall, an event quickly dubbed “the Beer Hall Putsch” by the press. The coup failed, ending in a massacre of Nazis at the hands of the state police. The trial was widely expected to sound the death knell for the Nazi Party.Instead,Hitler and the party emerged more driven, popular, and powerful than before, launching the Nazi Party on its way to national and international importance, solidifying the power and popularity of the trial’s unlikely star defendant: the ‘everyman’ hero, Adolf Hitler.

Move over Band of Brothers when The Halli Casser-Jayne Show brings you the little known story of the Ritchie Boys and the story of Adolf Hitler’s rise. The podcast is posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.



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baseball world series

Baseball World Series history, two great authors and two great books to celebrate America’s National Pastime come together on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when joining me at my table, at bat first, Kevin Cook to talk about his new book ELECTRIC OCTOBER, SEVEN WORLD SERIES GAMES, SIX LIVES, FIVE MINUTES OF FAME THAT LASTED FOREVER and up second New York Yankee’s historian and former publicity director Marty Appel, author of the great biography CASEY STENGEL, BASEBALL’S GREATEST CHARACTER. Let’s play ball.

Kevin Cook’s new book ELECTRIC OCTOBER, SEVEN WORLD SERIES GAMES, SIX LIVES, FIVE MINUTES OF FAME THAT LASTED FOREVER takes us out to the ballgame. The year: 1947. The World Series “the most exciting ever” in the words of Joe DiMaggio, with a decade’s worth of drama packed into seven games between the mighty New York Yankees and underdog Brooklyn Dodgers. The players: Six men who found themselves plucked from obscurity to shine on the sport’s greatest stage. For some of these men, the ’47 Series was a memory to hold on to. For others, it would haunt them to the end of their days. And for us, Kevin Cook offers insights—at once heartbreaking and uplifting—into what fame and heroism truly mean. Small-town boys, most of them, each one a hometown hero, they spent a week in the national spotlight and then faded away, forgotten. Yet Cook’s deep reporting and lively narrative goes beyond baseball history to explore how an encounter with greatness can change a man’s life forever. These six lives combine to tell a great American story of fame, friendship, teamwork, memory, and life’s biggest challenge: how we deal with the cards that fate deals us. Kevin Cook is the author of the award-winning TOMMY’S HONOR (now a feature film). He is a former senior editor at Sports Illustrated who has written for The New York Times, Men’s Journal, GQ, Playboy, Smithsonian, and Details.

Baseball world Series Casey Stengel once said that “There comes a time in every man’s life, and I’ve had plenty of them,” and indeed he did. There was nobody like Casey before him, and certainly there has been no one like him since, and no one defined baseball more than he did. For more than fifty years, Casey Stengel lived baseball. First as the only person in history to play for or manage all the New York teams, including the Dodgers, Giants, Yankees, and Mets, and then as a manager, where he made his biggest mark on the game revolutionizing the role in New York and beyond, all while winning an astounding ten pennants and seven Baseball World Series Championships – including five consecutive titles with the Yankees. But who was Charles ‘Casey’ Stengel? As the historian of the NY Yankees, no one is more qualified than Marty Appel to write, CASEY STENGEL: BASEBALL’S GREATEST CHARACTER the definitive biography. Marty Appel takes us back to the old ballgamel.

Baseball World Series history, baseball books, baseball reference, Marty Appel, Electric October by Kevin Cook on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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Khardashian news

Khardashian News. Creative Artists Agency. We’re taking a trip to Hollywood on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show with a peek behind the curtain into the truth of The Khardashian Family and a look behind the scenes of the immensely powerful corporation known as Creative Artists Agency when joining me at my table is the author of THE KARDASHIANS: AN AMERICAN DRAMA New York Times bestselling biographer Jerry Oppenheimer, and the author of In POWERHOUSE, THE UNTOLD STORY OF HOLLYWOOD’S CREATIVE ARTISTS AGENCY, award-winning journalist James Andrew Miller.

Based on two years of investigative reporting and scores of candid, on-the-record interviews, ranging from childhood friends to powerful business associates who break their silence for the first time, New York Times bestselling biographer Jerry Oppenheimer’s latest book THE KARDASHIANS: AN AMERICAN DRAMA doesn’t disappoint. As Oppenheimer did in earlier books that focused on American luminaries that included the Clintons, Bernie Madoff, Martha Stewart, Anna Wintour, and the Kennedy, Hilton and Johnson & Johnson dynasties THE KARDASHIANS is at once compelling, and controversial. Secrets and scandals of the Kardashians, so closely held that not even hard core fans have heard about them, are finally exposed in Oppenheimer’s forensic dissection of the infamous reality TV clan. From the curious life of patriarch Robert Kardashian, whose family meatpacking business was tainted by scandal, to Kris Jenner’s top-secret plan for the future, THE KARDASHIANS reveals the untold, definitive story as only author, journalist, investigative reporter, documentarian and television producer Jerry Oppenheimer can.

Khardashian newsIn POWERHOUSE, THE UNTOLD STORY OF HOLLYWOOD’S CREATIVE ARTISTS AGENCY, James Andrew Miller, the co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller THOSE GUYS HAVE ALL THE FUN: INSIDE THE WORLD OF ESPN and LIVE FROM NEW YORK, who has written for The Washington Post, the New York Times, and Vanity Fair – draws on unprecedented and exclusive access to the men and women who built and battled with CAA, and tells the story of prophetic brilliance, magnificent artistry, singular genius, entrepreneurial courage and above all, daring, spinning a tale of boundless ambition, ruthless egomania, ceaseless empire building, greed, and personal betrayal, and that’s just the beginning.

A trip to Hollywood, the Khardashian News, CAA, don’t miss The Halli Casser-Jayne Show at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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Michael Korda Alone

Michael Korda ALONE: BRITAIN, CHURCHILL, AND DUNKIRK: DEFEAT INTO VICTORY is Korda’s latest in a long line of successful books. Mr. Korda is my guest on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show .

Michael Korda once said: “Some people are so famous that the legends about them and the cultural aftermath of their life altogether obscure the real human being.” I doubt he was talking about himself when he made the statement, but it is fair to make it today. Korda, is in a word, a legend in his own time. The best-selling author of a host of books that include HERO, CLOUDS OF GLORY, and the extraordinary CHARMED LIVES, Korda has witnessed many remarkable events in the 20th century, not to mention edited presidents, world figures, and newsmakers during his esteemed tenure at Simon & Schuster.

Born in London, Korda is the son of English actress Gertrude Musgrove, and the Hungarian Jewish artist and film production designer Vincent Korda. He is the nephew of film magnates Sir Alexander Korda and brother Zoltan Korda. Korda grew up in England but received part of his education in France. As a child, Korda also lived in the United States from 1941 to 1946. He was schooled at private schools in Switzerland and read History at Oxford. He served in the Royal Air Force doing intelligence work in Germany. He was awarded the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary for his participation in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.

But it is his witness to history as a young boy, as a bystander across the Channel coming of age in the heady, confusing, exciting, terrifying early days of World War II that serves as the backdrop of his latest book, ALONE: BRITAIN, CHURCHILL, AND DUNKIRK: DEFEAT INTO VICTORY that is a stunning, eye-opening, heart-warming, recounting of a world going mad and the figures and consequences of Hitler’s blitzkrieg into Belgium, France, and the Netherlands in May of 1940.

Michael Korda ALONE, his life, publishing career, the state of the book business, Hollywood and more. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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Ken Follett books

Ken Follett books…is there anything like them, or anyone quite like Ken Follett? Mr. Follett joins Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show along with the master of island style, India Hicks. The podcast  posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

One of the world’s best-loved authors, selling more than 160 million copies of his thirty books Ken Follett’s first bestseller was EYE OF THE NEEDLE, a spy story set in the Second World War. Many of his books have reached number 1 on the New York Times Best Seller list, including EDGE OF ETERNITY, FALL OF GIANTS, A DANGEROUS FORTUNE, THE KEY TO REBECCA, LIE DOWN WITH LIONS, TRIPLE, WINTER OF THE WORLD, AND WORLD WITHOUT END. Now Ken Follett is out with a gripping new story: A COLUMN OF FIRE, the third book of The Kingsbridge Series. Ripe for these times, A COLUMN OF FIRE pitches those who believe in tolerance and compromise against the tyrants who would impose their ideas on everyone else—no matter what the cost. It doesn’t disappoint, and neither does an interview with Ken Follett.

ken follett booksAs of 2011, INDIA HICKS was 678th in line for the British Throne. She is the daughter of famed interior designer David Hicks and Lady Pamela Hicks. India’s grandfather was Lord Mountbatten, the last Viceroy to India, the Uncle of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and second cousin once removed of Elizabeth II. India was was a bridesmaid at the wedding of her Godfather, Prince Charles, to Lady Diana. But in the map of India Hicks relatively young life, her birthright and her relations are a small part of her story. Ms. Hicks has has built her own brand as the founder and creative force behind the eponymous lifestyle brand India Hicks, Inc., always working to empower and enable women to become entrepreneurs and run their own successful businesses. Mother of 5 children, India has been awarded The Good Housekeeping Award by the editors of Good Housekeeping Magazine and guest editor Melinda Gates for her role in promoting female entrepreneurship. She is the author of three books: ISLAND LIFE, ISLAND BEAUTY, and, most recently, ISLAND STYLE, a New York Times Best Seller.

Ken Follett books, India Hicks Island style, a podcast, two interviews, Princess Diana’s wedding, spies, we have it all for you on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show available 24/7 at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com

Concentration Camp Bergen-Belsen Survivor Marion Lazan

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concentration camp bergen-belsen survivor

Concentration camp Bergen-Belsen survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan is testament that out of hell can be born an angel. She is living history. One of the last survivors of Hitler’s scourge her story is the subject of her unforgettable memoir FOUR PERFECT PEBBLES: A HOLOCAUST STORY. Marion Blumenthal Lazan joins Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

concentration camp bergen-belsen survivorMarion’s story begins in Germany in the early 1930s. Following Hitler’s rise to power, the Blumenthal family — father, mother, Marion, and her brother, Albert — were trapped in Nazi Germany. They managed eventually to make their way to Holland, but soon Holland was occupied by the Nazis. For the next six and a half years the Blumenthal’s were forced to live in refugee, transit, and death camps that included Westerbork in Holland and the notorious Bergen-Belsen in Germany, where Anne Frank died. From the events preceding Kristallnacht to imprisonment in concentration camps to liberation in April of 1945, to her surviving family’s ultimate relocation to the United States and her subsequent years, Marion’s story is one of horror and hardship, but it is also a story of courage, hope, the will to survive and a commitment that the world Never Forget.

concentration camp bergen-belsen survivorThe Holocaust, concentration camp Bergen-Belsen survivor, World War II, Nazi, Germany, history, concentration camps, Auschwitz — we must Never Forget. The story of Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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A rare conversation with astronaut Scott Parazynski and the story of one of NASA’s most daring missions, the Flight of Apollo 8 are the subject of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

astronautIn his compelling new memoir, THE SKY BELOW: A TRUE STORY OF SUMMITS, SPACE, AND SPEED astronaut and adventurer Scott Parazynski takes us on a rocketship paced, adrenalin-filled adventure from the dizzying heights of Mount Everest where the wind whips climbers to their death, to the solitude and expanse of outer space where he was tethered to the International Space Station by an improvised leash to make emergency repairs. While his father worked as a Boeing engineer developing the Saturn V rocket, as a young boy Parazynski traveled the earth with his parents and was educated worldwide before returning stateside to earn his medical degree before training at NASA. In THE SKY BELOW Parazynski gives readers a front row seat to his seventeen year career at NASA: his training, leading the first ever US-Russian space-walk and taking us inside the “family escort” role astronauts solemnly perform for each other when disaster strikes Columbia. The climax of his space career comes with a mission that many regard as one of the most dangerous and challenging ever performed.

astronautThe story of Apollo 8 begins in August 1968. NASA was losing the space race with Russia, with earliest estimates of going to the moon still more than two years in the future, and President Kennedy’s promise to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade was sure to be broken. The United States was deep into the Cold War and in the middle of a year of violence abroad and at home: Vietnam, the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, the Democratic convention in Chicago descending into violence. Then, in the midst of all of that turmoil NASA scrapped their meticulous mission schedules and asked astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders to orbit the moon, and they would do it in just four months despite the substantial risks, the Apollo 8 mission, equal parts fearless and reckless, ingenious and impulsive – told in APOLLO 8: THE THRILLING STORY OF THE FIRST MISSION TO THE MOON written by science editor and senior writer for Time Jeffrey Kluger, also the co-author of the bestselling book APOLLO 13, on which the beloved film is based.

Astronaut, aviation history, NASA, Apollo 8, the Cold War, The Right Stuff all on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.



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Fun Facts U.S. presidentsA look at fun facts U.S. presidents, their quirks and idiosyncrasies and a conversation about the Hollywood Blacklist (HUAC) and the making of the iconic Western HIGH NOON are the subjects of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when the author of SECRET LIVES OF THE U.S. PRESIDENTS, Cormac O’Brien and Pultizer Prize winning journalist and author of HIGH NOON: THE HOLLYWOOD BLACKLIST AND THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN CLASSIC Glenn Frankel join Halli at her table.

Cormac McCarthy’s book SECRET LIVES OF THE U.S. PRESIDENTS: STRANGE STORIES AND SHOCKING TRIVIA FROM INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE is a fun, informative, quirky compendium of fun facts U.S. presidents and historical trivia of our American presidents. Murder, adultery, gambling, UFOs the SECRET LIVES OF THE U.S. PRESIDENTS features outrageous and uncensored profiles of the men who have occupied the Oval Office in one of the hardest jobs in the world, our presidents at once revered and often reviled around the globe.

fun facts U.S. presidentsIn his new book HIGH NOON: THE HOLLYWOOD BLACKLIST AND THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN CLASSIC Glenn Frankel explores the making of the western classic starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly, during the toxic political climate of the late 1940’s and 1950’s Hollywood Red Scare, the film written by Carl Foreman, a former Communist who intended the film to be a parable about the Hollywood blacklist. In fact, during filming, Foreman was forced to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities about his former membership in the Communist Party. Weaving together the stories of some of Hollywood’s most talented writers and producers — Carl Foreman, Stanley Kramer, Fred Zinneman and Cooper himself – HIGH NOON is at once Hollywood history, scholarly insight, and wonderfully dishy — in a word, fascinating.

Fun facts U.S. Presidents quirks, strange stories and shocking trivia from inside the White House with Cormac O’Brien and the making of the classic Western HIGH NOON in the toxic political climate of the 1950s on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, August 30, the podcast posted 3 pm ET at  Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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