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BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH

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BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH

Between life and death, the gray zone, we’ve all heard the stories. On The Halli Casser-Jayne Show we explore that mysterious place between life and death with two people who are experts on the subject, world renowned neuroscientist Dr. Adrian Owen the author of a riveting new book INTO THE GRAY ZONE: A NEUROSCIENTIST EXPLORES THE BORDER BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH and Dr. Eban Alexander renowned academic neurosurgeon and author of PROOF OF HEAVEN, A NEUROSURGEON’S JOURNEY INTO THE AFTERLIFE.

In one of the most profound books of the year thus far, INTO THE GRAY ZONE, Dr. Adrian Owen takes his readers on a vivid, emotional, and thought-provoking journey in which he explores the little understood boundary between life and death. No cold scientific treatise this. INTO THE GRAY ZONE is a dazzling glimpse at a new frontier in our scientific understanding of the brain and the newly-discovered zones in the twilight region between full consciousness and brain death. His true-life characters and their tales of conscious or barely-conscious lives living on the border of life and death – and the heartbroken families having to make decisions about their care is at once fascinating, titillating and provocative. When Dr. Owen pushes forward the boundaries of science, he shockingly discovers that a sizeable number of patients previously thought to be vegetative or non-responsive – often victims of traumatic brain injuries, strokes, or degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s – are actually vibrantly alive, trapped in the gray zone.

BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATHDr. Eban Alexander is a renowned academic neurosurgeon who has spent 54 years honing his scientific worldview. Having practiced fifteen years at the Brigham & Women’s and the Children’s Hospitals and Harvard Medical School in Boston, he thought he knew how the brain and mind worked. And then the doctor became the patient when Dr. Alexander’s own brain was attacked by a rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion—and in essence makes us human—shut down completely. For seven days he lay in a coma. And just as his doctors considered stopping treatment, Dr. Alexander’s eyes popped open. He had come back to life, but only after he had experienced a transcendental Near-Death Experience … an NDE. He told his story in the controversial New York Times bestseller PROOF OF HEAVEN, A NEUROSURGEON’S JOURNEY INTO THE AFTERLIFE, which remained a bestseller for over sixty seven weeks, Alexander asserting his belief that there is an afterlife, and that consciousness is independent of the brain.

Between life and death, consciousness, life after death, medicine, the brain, ethics, religion, philosophy, science — tune in to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

 

MISS NORMA’S ADVENTURE – GENIUS ACTRESS SAM COLLEY

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Who would argue that life is an adventure? You just never know what’s coming from right around the corner. The Halli Casser-Jayne Show brings you the story of a 90 year old women who embarked on an adventure a 30 year old might think twice about as told in the delightful new book DRIVING MISS NORMA. And we bring you a conversation with actress Samantha Colley who went from relative obscurity to accolades for her performance as Mileva Marić, the first wife of Albert Einstein in National Geographic Channel’s new show and first scripted series GENIUS, produced by the winning team of Brian Grazer and Ron Howard.

adventureBefore she became known as the adventurous nonagenarian road tripper and international sensation “Miss Norma” with over 500,000 devoted Facebook followers, Norma Jean Bauerschmidt lived a quiet, modest life for 90 years in rural northern Michigan, never crossing a state line let alone a zip line. But following the death of her husband of 67 years and after being diagnosed with terminal uterine cancer only two days later, Miss Norma broke with her way of life, and instead of confining herself to a hospital bed for what could be her last stay, Norma rose to her full height of five feet and told the doctor, “I’m ninety years old. I’m hitting the road.” And she did with her son and daughter-in-law Tim Bauerschmidt and Ramie Liddle, their giant poodle Ringo, their story of adventure and insight told in the new book DRIVING MISS NORMA.

adventureAlbert Einstein, the Father of Modern Physics sexy, funny, passionate, a musician and a womanizer? It turns out to be true. Einstein’s full character comes to light in the brilliant National Geographic Channel’s new first scripted series GENIUS, produced by the winning team of Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, starring Geoffrey Rush, Johnny Flynn, Emily Watson and  English actress Samantha Colley as Einstein’s first wife —and long-rumored co-author of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity—Mileva Marić. Colley is best known for her stage work at the Young Vic in London where she played Abigail Williams in The Crucible and for her work on the TV series Endeavor and the PBS period drama Victoria. She has received rave reviews for her performance.

Adventure, courage, wisdom, genius, Albert Einstein with guests actress Sam Colley and authors of DRIVING MISS NORMA, Tim Bauerschmidt and Ramie Liddle on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show.

HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY: WRITERS PAM JENOFF JESSICA SHATTUCK

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As we commemorate HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show we visit with two authors best known for their Holocaust historical fiction, New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff and New York Times Notable Author and PEN finalist Jessica Shattuck.

Holocaust Remembrance DayFor Pam Jenoff it all began with the astonishing success of her THE KOMMANDANT’S GIRL the World War II heartrending, Quill-nominated International Bestseller. Many successful books later she comes to us with her new title, THE ORPHAN’S TALE, already on the New York Times Bestseller List. THE ORPHAN’S TALE is set amid the unconventional world of a traveling circus, the novel bringing together two women—both refugees from their own pasts and each attempting to live under the radar during the Nazi incursion. Drawing on a little a little-known, real-life Nazi-run program, the Lebensborn Program, in which Jewish babies were ripped from their families and sent by train to concentration camps and the circuses of the era that sheltered Jews during the War, THE ORPHAN’S TALE exposes the light in the shadows of World War II.

Holocaust Remembrance DayAuthor Jessica Shattuck’s grandparents were Nazi’s. She admitted the truth in a recent New York Times op ed. “My grandparents were Nazis,” Shattuck wrote. “It took me until recently to be able to say — or write — this.” It was when Shattuck came upon a picture of her grandfather in his Nazi uniform that Shattuck could no longer deny the truth, even though she had had and loved her grandmother who Shattuck says did not seem temperamentally suited to hate. Understanding why and how this woman Shattuck knew and loved was swept up in a movement that became synonymous with evil led to Shattuck’s writing her gripping new novel THE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE (currently on the New York Times Bestseller List). Turbulent, disturbing, fraught, haunting, THE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE provides rarely seen insight into the lives of ordinary Germans during the Nazi era, providing a perspective rarely examined in the voluminous literature of the Second World War.

Holocaust Remembrance Day, Nazi, Germany, World War II, historical fiction, Jewish literature two interesting conversations with bestselling authors Pam Jenoff and Jessica Shattuck on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, April 19, the podcast posted 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

ANGELS WITH SOPHY BURNHAM & BELINDA WOMACK

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Zuzu Bailey in the quintessential Christmas flick It’s a Wonderful Life tells George Bailey, played by the iconic Jimmy Stewart: “Look, Daddy, teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.” Ring those bells. T’is the season of angels on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when we talk to two experts on the subject The New York Times bestselling author of A BOOK OF ANGELS, Sophy Burnham and with Belinda J. Womack, author of  LESSONS FROM THE 12 ARCHANGELS.

Sophy Burnham is an award-winning playwright, novelist, and non-fiction writer. Three of her books have appeared on The New York Times and other best seller lists. Her works have been translated into twenty-four languages. Her articles and essays have been published in Esquire, New York, The New York Times Magazine, Town & Country, Reader’s Digest and many other magazines. She has been featured on such television shows as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, Today, and Good Morning America.

archangelsBelinda J. Womack is a spiritual counselor who has been channeling Angelic wisdom to support individuals, couples, and families for 25 years. She is the creator of the 12 Archangels University, an online “change your everyday reality to Heaven on Earth” education platform. A scientist by training, she holds dual master’s degrees in microbiology and environmental science.

Angels Sing. We’re all about angels on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, December 21, 3 pm ET when we post our new podcast featuring bestselling author Sophy Burnham and Belinda J. Womack. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

UP NEXT: JODI MAGNESS, RENOWNED ARCHAEOLOGIST

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Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman hosts and executive produces a six-part global television event series, THE STORY OF GOD, premiering Sunday, April 3 at 9/8c on the National Geographic Channel. Contributing to the series is Jodi Magness, a real life Indiana Jones, renowned archaeologist and senior endowed chair in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina – the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism. Magness joins Halli at her table Wednesday, March 23, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show.

JodiMagnessMorgenFreemaninfrontofwallJodi Magness is the First Vice-President of the Archaeologist Institute of America. She has published 10 books, including THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE HOLY LAND, and dozens of articles. Specializing in the archaeology of ancient Palestine – modern Israel, Jordan, and Judea and Samaria – her research interests include Jerusalem, Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient Synagogues, Masada and more. She has participated in 20 different excavations in Israel and Greece. In 2011, she began to dig at Huqoq, an ancient Jewish village in the Galilee of Israel uncovering mosaics, including a scene of Samson carrying the gate of Gaza upon his back (Judges 16:3).

JodiMagnessNationalGeographiclogoA preview of actor Morgan Freeman’s THE STORY OF GOD premiering  April 3 at 9/8c on the National Geographic Channel with archaeologist Jodi Magness on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Wednesday, March 23, 3 pm ET. For more about the show visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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