Posts Tagged ‘HISTORY’

BASEBALL WORLD SERIES

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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.

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OUT OF AFRICA ON THE HALLI CASSER-JAYNE HOUR

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Two stories out of Africa are the focus of The Halli Casser-Jayne Hour, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com. Up first, a visit with journalist Stephanie Hanes the author of a highly-controversial new book, WHITE MAN’S GAME: SAVING ANIMALS, REBUILDING EDEN & OTHER MYTHS OF CONSERVATION IN AFRICA, a thought-provoking exposé of the troubling realities of Western conservation efforts in Africa. And in our second half-hour a visit to Maasailand with Joni Binder, the author of MILE 46: FACE TO FACE IN MAASAILAND. You’re in for two truly fascinating conversations on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show.

Stephanie Hanes has worked across the African continent her journalism appearing in dozens of publications, including The Christian Science Monitor as well as the PBSNewHour. In her new book WHITE MAN’S GAME, Hanes presents a provocative account that profoundly challenges the way we think about philanthropy and conservation. In an eye-opening examination, Hanes addresses the problems that arise when Westerners try to “fix” complex, messy situations in the developing world, acting with best intentions yet potentially overlooking the wishes of the people who live there. Beneath the uplifting stories we tell ourselves about helping Africans often lies a dramatic misunderstanding of what the locals actually need and want. WHITE MAN’S GAME is a gripping narrative of environmentalists and insurgents, poachers and tycoons, elephants and angry spirits that profoundly challenges the way we think about philanthropy and conservation.

Joni Binder’s book MILE 46: FACE TO FACE IN MAASAILAND is a fascinating photographic and literary memoir about her time in Kenya living with the Maasai that underscores the urgent need for global community awareness and support for women who are disenfranchised by their own cultures. A wife and mother of two, Binder has served as president of the Modern Art Council at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and has become a strong advocate of arts education as a Fine Arts Committee member and Education Committee co-chair for the Diplomatic Reception Rooms of the U.S. Department of State. She is currently helping to lead an international arts-driven campaign with Futures Without Violence and The Representation Project to raise awareness about healthy masculinity and its role in eliminating domestic violence.

 

OUT OF AFRICAOut of Africa stories of wildlife, colonialism, philanthropy, environmentalism, animals, politics, violence against women, genital mutilation — a thought-provoking, empowering hour with Stephanie Hanes and Joni Binder on The Halli Casser-Jayne Hour, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

FLIGHT OF CHARLES LINDBERGH AND APOLLO 8

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The flight of Apollo 8 and Charles Lindbergh, The Spirit of St. Louis, NASA, astronauts, all critical to American aviation are the subject of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when joining Halli at her table are science editor and senior writer for Time magazine Jeffrey Kluger, author of APOLLO 8: THE THRILLING STORY OF THE FIRST MISSION TO THE MOON and flyboy and author of THE FLIGHT, CHARLES LINDBERG’S DARING AND IMMORTAL 1927 TRANSATLANTIC CROSSING, Dan Hampton.

flightThis year marks the 90th anniversary of the first solo transatlantic flight, and the first non-stop flight between North America and mainland Europe of legendary aviator Charles Lindbergh. Who better to write the story of Charles Lindbergh’s 1927 Transatlantic Crossing than acclaimed aviator and aviation historian Dan Hampton the New York Times bestselling author of VIPER PILOT, LORDS OF THE SKY, and THE HUNTER KILLERS. Dan is a graduate of the USAF Fighter Weapons School, USN Top Gun School and USAF Special Operations School. Placing himself squarely in the cockpit with Lindbergh, Hampton’s book THE FLIGHT: CHARLES LINDBERGH’S DARING AND IMMORTAL 1927 TRANSATLANTIC CROSSING offers a fly-boy’s perspective to bring alive the danger, uncertainty, and heroic accomplishment of Lindbergh’s death-defying, non-stop flight across the Atlantic in The Spirit of St. Louis – an achievement that brought the world to a halt in May 1927 and made Lucky Lindy also nicknamed ‘Slim’, the most celebrated man of his time, and the most controversial.

flightThe 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 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.

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PICTURE SHOWS : CHARLES LINDBERGH PICTURED AT LONG ISLAND NEW YORK

Flight, aviation history, Charles Lindbergh, NASA, Apollo 8, the Cold War, astronauts all on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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.

HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR MARION BLUMENTHAL LAZAN

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Holocaust 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, Wednesday, April 12, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, 3 p.m. ET.

HOLOCAUSTMarion’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.

HOLOCAUSTThe Holocaust, 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.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL’S CASEY STENGEL + DONALD TRUMP

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In celebration of spring and Major League Baseball’s opening day, it’s take me out to the ballgame time on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when joining Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is New York Yankee’s historian and former publicity director Marty Appel, author of  the new biography CASEY STENGEL, BASEBALL’S GREATEST CHARACTER. And in our second half-hour we visit with the fascinating Eden Collinsworth who takes a look at a subject on everyone’s mind today: morality. In what some people are calling The Age of IM-morality, author Eden Collinsworth has written BEHAVING BADLY: THE NEW MORALITY IN POLITICS, SEX, AND BUSINESS.

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. 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 of Major League Baseball revolutionizing the role in New York and beyond, all while winning an astounding ten pennants and seven World Series Championships – including five consecutive titles with the Yankees.

Major League Baseball Casey Stengel Donald Trump Another New York character is shaking things up in the world and we take a look at Donald Trump with author Eden Collinsworth who addresses the topic of morality in her new book BEHAVING BADLY: THE NEW MORALITY IN POLITICS, SEX, AND BUSINESS. To call these unsettling times is an understatement: our political leaders are less and less respectable; in the realm of business, cheating, lying, and stealing are hazily defined; and in daily life, rapidly changing technology offers permission to act in ways inconceivable without it. Some might say that we live in a time of a complete free-for-all. Eden Collinsworth argues that people still draw lines around what is acceptable and what is not. It’s a fascinating conversation, not all serious. Hear what the founder of Ashley Madison, a web site for married people looking to have illicit affairs has to say on the subject.

A look at two wholly American characters, Casey Stengel and Donald Trump, America’s national pastime, Donald Trump, sports, politics, the New York Yankees Wednesday, April 5, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

WAS ERNEST HEMINGWAY A SPY FOR RUSSIA?

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Trump, Russia, spies, crime, writer Ernest Hemingway? We bring them all together on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, March 29 when joining Halli at her table is Nicholas Reynolds author of the controversial new book that says Ernest Hemingway was a Russian spy, WRITER, SAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY: ERNEST HEMINGWAY’S SECRET ADVENTURES 1935-1961 and the editor of the riveting BOOK OF CRIME: MORE THAN 166 YEARS COVERING THE BEAT, Kevin Flynn.

Ernest Hemingway is surely one of our greatest American writers, whose life has been mapped to the fullest. But despite the gazillion words written about Hemingway now comes new insight into one of the most famous lives in literature. In his new book WRITER, SAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY Nicholas Reynold’s reveals a secret that  during World War II, Hemingway became a spy for Soviet intelligence and tried to spy for the U.S., too. While he was the historian at the CIA Museum, Reynolds, a longtime CIA officer, former Marine colonel, and Oxford-trained historian, began to discover tantalizing clues that suggested Hemingway’s involvement in World War II-era intelligence work was much more complex and fraught with risks than has been previously understood. He brings the secret to life for the first time, Hemingway’s recruitment by Soviet spies in the NKVD (the forerunner to the KGB) followed by relationships with the US Department of State, the Office of Naval Intelligence, and the American OSS (the precursor to the CIA) —to say nothing of his long-running conflict with the FBI.

ernest hemingway crime russia spyFor 166 years, THE NEW YORK TIMES has been a rich source of information about CRIME, its reporters racing alongside tabloids to track the shocking incidents that disrupt daily life.  Now in a fascinating compilation, edited by seasoned Times crime-beat veteran Kevin Flynn, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK OF CRIME, captures the full sweep of the newspaper’s coverage of the subject of crime from the assassinations of icons like Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, and Malcolm X to the deadly trails left behind by serial killers like the Son of Sam and Jeffrey Dahmer. Who can forget the Manson murders, bank heists by Dillinger, art heists and white-collar crimes from Ponzi to Madoff? Flynn brings us them all, including crimes of passion, heists, kidnapping, murders, the mob and more. This is a book that appeals to the voyeur in us all.

Trump, Ernest Hemingway, Russia, CIA, FBI, KGB, the New York Times, crime, murder, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show posts new podcasts Wednesdays, 3 pm ET at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY + THE ‘MONA LISA’ OF STAMPS

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A look at the history of American foreign policy and a journey inside the quest to own the most valuable stamp in the world are the subjects of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, March 15, 3 pm ET when joining Halli at her table are award-winning former New York Times foreign correspondent Stephen Kinzer author of THE TRUE FLAG and New York Times reporter James Barron author of THE ONE-CENT MAGENTA.

American Foreign PolicyIn THE TRUE FLAG: THEODORE ROOSEVELT, MARK TWAIN, AND THE BIRTH OF AMERICAN EMPIRE Stephen Kinzer turns his attention to the formative events of American imperialism. Today’s debate over intervention – in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, or the next major conflict – is only the latest episode in a debate that has divided the American soul for more than a century. According to Kinzer, every argument about whether or not the US should intervene in other countries, or allow them to shape their own futures, is a pale shadow of the first and greatest debate at the turn of the twentieth century in 1898, following its victory in the Spanish-American War.

American Foreign policy and stamp collectingIn 2014, a stamp known as “The One-Cent Magenta” was sold at Sotheby’s for nearly $9.5 million, the largest amount ever paid for a postage stamp at auction. Today, it is the most expensive object in the world by weight, but when it was first printed in 1856, the stamp cost (as its name suggests) just a penny. What is it about our compulsion to collect, the human desire to own what is most rare, that can give an item—including a tiny, beat-up postage stamp—such extraordinary value? IN THE ONE-CENT MAGENTA: INSIDE THE QUEST TO OWN THE MOST VALUABLE STAMP IN THE WORLD James Barron pulls back the curtain on the secretive and often bizarre world of high-profile stamp collecting. It’s a fascinating tale of immense wealth and obsession, told through the stories of the eccentric characters who have bought, owned, and sold the world’s most sought-after piece of philatelic history. Written with wit and irony, Barron’s signature style, ONE-CENT MAGENTA tells a surprisingly scintillating story in improbable and delicious detail.

The history of American foreign policy as told by a master storyteller Stephen Kinzer and a look inside the obsessive, secretive and often bizarre world of high-profile stamp collecting with James Barron on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, March 15. The podcast will be posted 3 pm Eastern at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

ADVENTURE TIME ON THE HALLI CASSER-JAYNE SHOW

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Join The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when we go on an adventure into the world of artist Andrew Wyeth and into the Honduran rain forest when two New York Times bestselling authors Christina Baker Kline and Douglas Preston join Halli at her table.

adventure with Douglas Preston The Lost City of the Monkey GodSince the days of conquistador Hernan Cortes, rumors have circulated about an ancient White City of immense wealth hidden in the Honduran interior. Indigenous tribes spoke of ancestors who had fled there to escape the Spanish, warning that anyone who disturbs this sacred city will fall ill and die. In THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD: A TRUE STORY Douglas Preston brings us the almost unbelievable, danger-filled narrative about the incredible discovery of the lost city and the life-threatening events that followed when Preston, along with a team of scientists ventured into the jungle on a pioneering journey filled with personal danger, venomous snakes, lethal pathogens and more. What happened to Preston on his return to civilization is even more harrowing than his trip into the rain forest. Preston is also the co-author with Lincoln Child of the famed series of novels featuring FBI agent Pendergast.

Adventure into Andrew WyethWriter Christina Baker Kline is best known for her beloved 2013 novel ORPHAN TRAIN. With more than three million copies in print, it has been published in 40 countries, appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for more than two years — five weeks at #1 new novel. Now she comes to us with the haunting, evocative novel A PIECE OF THE WORLD in which she turns her attention, as she did in ORPHAN TRAIN, to another little-known part of America’s history: the story of Christina Olson, the complex woman and real-life muse Andrew Wyeth portrayed in his 1948 masterpiece Christina’s World.

Adventure, art, books, authors, archaeology, there’s something for everyone on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, March 8. The new podcast will be posted 3 pm ET at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

AMERICAN PRESIDENTS QUIRKS + HIGH NOON THE HOLLYWOOD BLACKLIST

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A look at the quirks of American Presidents and a conversation about the Hollywood Blacklist 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 Pulitzer 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 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.

American Presidents and high noon and the hollywood blacklistIn 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.

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. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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