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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.

 

MEMOIRS: FIONA LEWIS MALACHY MCCOURT

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memoirs“Memoirs are a well-known form of fiction,” or so said Irish writer Frank Harris. He was kidding, of course, right?! This week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Halli brings you two delightful guests the always charming Irish-American actor, writer, politician and the author of a hilarious, smart and sassy, insightful new memoir DEATH NEED NOT BE FATAL, Malachy McCourt. And also joining Halli at her table model, actress, writer Fiona Lewis the author of a fun, fascinating and candid new memoir MISTAKES WERE MADE (some in French).

Model, actress, writer and raconteur, Fiona Lewis has led the life of which dreams are made. Smart, savvy beautiful, her acting credits include Roman Polanski’s ‘The Vampire Killers’, Ken Russell’s ‘Lisztomania’, and Brian de Palma’s ‘The Fury’. She is the author of the novel BETWEEN MEN, her writing appearing in the New Yorker, The Observer and the Los Angeles Times. And, she may be, which she candidly admits, the only woman in America who has written for the New Yorker and posed for Playboy. One marriage didn’t work, one has, and her list of friends is a Who’s Who of international royalty. But then, just when life seemed to be singing along just famously, Fiona Lewis woke up one morning, asking herself that proverbial question songstress Peggy Lee once asked: “Is that all there is?” And then she met a French chateau, and answers to her own questions came, chronicled in her new memoir MISTAKES WERE MADE (some in French).

memoirsBefore his brother Frank wrote ANGELA’S ASHES, Malachy was the famous McCourt. Malachy was a bon vivant actor, talk show host, saloon owner —  he practically invented the singles bar; was a pioneer in talk radio, a soap opera star, a best-selling author and a gold smuggler and he was once a candidate for governor of the state of New York. Known as a professional Irishman, he was a regular on the Tonight Show. Now he is the last of  Angela’s children, the others long dead and gone. That, and given that he is Irish, make Frank’s younger brother a bit of an expert on death, death the subject of his latest book, DEATH NEED NOT BE FATAL. But not to worry, no grim reaper here, DEATH NEED NOT BE FINAL is a hilarious, eye-opening, heretical, smart and sassy look at all things death and dying as only an Irishman could write that will take you from laughter to tears, brotherhood, poverty, history, the famous — Bill Clinton, John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Merv Griffin are just a few names that crop up in this oh, so honest new memoir.

Memoirs, Hollywood, film, Angela’s Ashes, romance, wisdom, death and dying, humor, politics, living life to the fullest, we have it all on The Halli Caser-Jayne Show 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.

TAKING RISKS ON THE HALLI CASSER-JAYNE SHOW

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

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

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

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

UP NEXT: WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE

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ThenewseniorwomenBookTired of feeling invisible? Sick of getting no respect? Not willing to take it anymore? Three women of a certain age come together on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show,  Wednesday, November 11, 3 pm ET, to talk about fighting back with attitude. Joining Halli at her table are the authors of THE NEW SENIOR WOMAN: REINVENTING THE YEARS BEYOND MID-LIFE: Dr. Barbara M. Fleisher and Dr. Thelma Reese, and Cheryl Benton, aka the “head tomato,” the founder and publisher of The Three Tomatoes, a digital lifestyle magazine for “women who aren’t kids”.

Barbara Fleisher and Thelma Reese, the founders of the popular website Elderchicks.com, for women over 60 are members of the fastest growing part of the population: senior women in their retirement years also known as “Women of a Certain Age.” Wives, moms, grand moms and successful college professors, the two “old” friends came together, serving as catalysts for witty, candid, and inspirational conversation for women entering their retirement years as told in their tantalizing book THE NEW SENIOR WOMAN, REINVENTING THE YEARS BEYOND MID-LIFE, a compilation of conversations with women from 60+ to 100.

ThenewseniorwomenImageThreetomatoesAfter running her own successful ad agency on Long Island, Cheryl Benton sold her agency to one of the largest ad agencies in the world, and spent nearly 25 year in the New York City ad agency world of mad men and women. Benton, aka the “head tomato” then founded and became publisher of The Three Tomatoes.com, a digital lifestyle magazine for “women who aren’t kids”. Having lived and worked for many years in the land of size zero twenty-somethings, she was truly starting to feel like an invisible woman. She created The Three Tomatoes “just for the fun of it” as the antidote for invisibility and sent it to 60 friends. The rest, as they say, is history.

A conversation with three dynamic women of a certain age about being a certain age and loving it on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, November 11, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

REALAGE FOUNDER & NY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR DR. MICHAEL ROIZEN

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RoizenBookwithDr. OzIs age just a number? Are we all doomed to become hunched over seniors who take 3-inch steps and eat dinner at 4 p.m.? Doctors Mehmet Oz and Michael Roizen challenge this fatalistic assumption in their bestselling book YOU: STAYING YOUNG: THE OWNER’S MANUAL FOR LOOKING GOOD AND FEELING GREAT. Dr. Roizen joins Halli at her table, Wednesday, August 19, 3 pm ET to challenge the fatalistic assumption.

Michael Roizen, M.D., is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and cofounder and originator of the popular RealAge.com website. He is chief wellness officer and chair of the Wellness Institute of the Cleveland Clinic and chief medical consultant to The Dr. Oz Show.

Dispelling the myths of aging with NY Times bestselling author of YOU: STAYING YOUNG: THE OWNER’S MANUAL FOR LOOKING GOOD AND FEELING GREAT Dr. Michael  Roizen, Wednesday, August 19, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. If you’re getting older, can you get better? For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com. 

CHRIS FARRELL HOWARD J. ROSS: NEW YEAR A BETTER YOU

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NewYouBalloons2015Welcome to 2015! It’s a new year and it’s time for a new you. With that in mind, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show brings you two men with dynamic ideas to lead you to a better you. Joining Halli at her table Wednesday January 7, 3 pm ET are thought leaders Chris Farrell and Howard J. Ross.

As founder & Chief Learning Officer of Cook Ross Inc., Howard J. Ross has served for almost 30 years as an influential business consultant to hundreds of organizations worldwide, specializing in leadership, diversity, and organizational transformation. He is a recognized thought leader on exploring and addressing unconscious bias. He is the author of RE-INVENTING DIVERSITY: TRANSFORMING ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNITY TO STRENGTHEN PEOPLE, PURPOSE & PERFORMANCE. His latest book: EVERYDAY BIAS: IDENTIFYING AND NAVIGATING UNCONSCIOUS JUDGMENTS IN OUR DAILY LIVES takes a look at the reality that if we are human, we are biased, and what we can do about it.

Chris Farrell is senior economics contributor at Marketplace, American Public Media’s nationally syndicated public radio business and personal finance programs. He is also economics commentator for Minnesota Public Radio. An award-winning journalist, Chris is a contributing editor for Bloomberg Businessweek and a personal finance columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. His eye-opening, thought-provoking and surprisingly inspirational new book UNRETIREMENT, HOW BABY BOOMERS ARE CHANGING THE WAY WE THINK ABOUT WORK, COMMUNITY, AND THE GOOD LIFE takes a look at the dire warnings about an older American workforce but is a book for all ages.

A new year, two new books, new ideas, a new you with authors Chris Farrell and Howard J. Ross on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. Let’s talk Wednesday, January 7, 3 pm ET.

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