Posts Tagged ‘politics’

A CONVERSATION WITH TAVIS SMILEY

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TavishimselfSunday, November 23, 8 pm ET, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds brings you A Conversation with Tavis Smiley, celebrated talk show host, author, philanthropist and Dancing With The Stars Contestant.

Tavis Smiley is the host of the late-night television talk show Tavis Smiley on PBS, as well as The Tavis Smiley Show from Public Radio International. He has authored or coauthored sixteen books, including WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE: MY STORY OF GROWING UP IN AMERICAN and THE RICH AND THE REST OF US: A POVERTY MANIFESTO, both of which were New York Times bestsellers.

Smiley is the founder of the nonprofit Tavis Smiley Foundation, which recently announced a #3 million, four-year campaign called “ENDING POVERTY: AMERICA’S SILENT SPACES. In 2009, Time magazine named Smiley to its list of “The World’s 100 Most Influential People.” In April 2014, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

TavisBookDeathofaKingIn his new book DEATH OF KING, THE REAL STORY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.’S FINAL YEAR, Smiley paints a powerful portrait of a leader and a visionary, casting an exceptional glimpse into King’s life, adding a new, nuanced view of Dr. King’s legacy as an American hero.

A CONVERSATION with Tavis Smiley on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Sunday, November 23, 8 pm ET. Listen online at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

THE FIGHT FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS MYRA MACPHERSON JONATHAN AIG

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PillVoteWomanVintageWednesday, November 19, 3 pm ET, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds is taking a fresh, fun, IMPROPER look at the fight for women’s rights with the award-winning author of THE SCARLET SISTERS Myra MacPherson and with journalist Jonathan Eig author of THE BIRTH OF THE PILL.

PillBookTheSarcletSistersIn this, her fifth book THE SCARLET SISTERS: SEX SUFFRAGE AND SCANDAL IN THE GILDED AGE, award-winning and bestselling author Myra MacPherson returns to the compelling issues of women’s rights addressed in her first book THE POWER LOVERS: THE EFFECT OF POLITICS ON POLITICAL FAMILIES. From history and intrigue to sex and money, MacPherson takes the reader on a jaunty, fun, informative ride through the real-life saga of the sisters Victoria Woodhull and Tennie Claflin, whose radical views threatened the white male power structure of the nineteenth century and shocked the world. A former journalist at the Washington Post, who has also written for the New York Times, numerous magazines, and websites, MacPherson lays bare the manners and mores of Victorian America, remarkably illuminating the struggle for equality that women continue to fight for today.

PillBookThe BirthofthePillJonathan Eig is a former reporter for The Wall Street Journal, Chicago magazine, The Dallas Morning News, and the New Orleans Times-Picayune. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, and The Washington Post. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, NPR, and in the Prohibition documentary made by Ken Burns for PBS. He is the bestselling author of LUCKIEST MAN, OPENING DAY, and GET CAPONE. In his latest book, THE BIRTH OF THE PILL, HOW FOUR CRUSADERS REINVENTED SEX AND LAUNCHED A REVOLUTION, he takes a, yes, sexy look at one of the most important inventions of the twentieth century and how it changed everyone’s lives forever.

Both of my guests will be joining me at The Miami Book Fair International November 16-23 at Miami Dade College in Downtown Miami.

PillVotesforWomenLabelSex, science, scandal and suffrage equal scintillating conversation on the fight for women’s rights on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, November 19, 3 pm ET. Listen online at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

UP NEXT: COMING HOME, VOICES OF WAR

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WarFightingPTSDWednesday, November 12, 3 pm ET, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds takes a look at war through the eyes of three authors who bring unique perspectives to the discussion. Joining Halli at her table is Brian Turner author of MY LIFE AS A FOREIGN COUNTRY, Janet Burroway author of LOSING TIM, and Helen Thorpe author of SOLDIER GIRLS.

WarBookMyLifeasaForeignCountryAmerican poet, essayist, and professor, Brian Turner, won the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award for his debut collection, HERE, BULLET, the first of many awards and honors received for this collection of poems about his seven year experience as a soldier in the Iraq War. The director of the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College, his breathtaking memoir MY LIFE AS A FOREIGN COUNTRY retraces that war experience in a humane, heartbreaking and expertly crafted work of literature.

WarBookLoosingTimJanet Burroway is the author of eight novels and numerous plays, poems, and essays, including THE BUZZARDS, which went up for a Pulitzer and RAW SILK, nominated for a National Book Award. In her memoir LOSING TIME, THE LIFE AND DEATH OF AN AMERICAN CONTRACTOR IN IRAQ Burroway recounts the life and death of her elder son, US Army Captain Tim Eysselick.

WarBookSoldierGirlsHelen Thorpe’s journalism has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, New York magazine, The New Yorker, Slate, and Harper’s Bazaar. She is the author of JUST LIKE US, a winner of the Colorado Book Award. In SOLDIER GIRLS, Thorpe shares the battles of three women soldiers at home and at war — they part of the new breed of soldiers, the Soldier Girls who are now more than 15 percent of America’s armed services.

In celebration of Veteran’s Day, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show takes a look at the realities of war and the men and women who serve. Tune in live November 12, 3 pm ET online at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

All of our guests will be making appearances at The Miami Book Fair International November 16-23 in Downtown Miami at Miami Dade College.

POLITICS WITH NIXON COUNSEL JOHN DEAN & PROFESSOR ROSS K. BAKER

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Politics is the subject of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, November 5, 3 pm ET when Halli welcomes to her table New York Times bestselling author and former Counsel to President Richard M. Nixon, John Dean, and author and one of the premier scholars on the United States Senate, Ross K. Baker.

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John W. Dean served as White House Counsel for United States President Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal, and his Senate testimony led to Nixon’s resignation. In 2006, Dean testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee investigating George W. Bush’s NSA warrantless wiretap program. He is the New York Times bestselling author of BLIND AMBITION, BROKEN GOVERNMENT, CONSERVATIVES WITHOUT CONSCIENCE and WORSE THAN WATERGATE. In his new book THE NIXON DEFENSE, Dean breaks new ground on what President Nixon knew about the Watergate break-in that was his undoing and when he knew it.

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Ross K. Baker is one of the premier scholars on the United States Senate. In his new book IS BIPARTISANSHIP DEAD? A REPORT FROM THE SENATE the Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University gives a sharp assessment of today’s legislative process, gleamed from his on-the-record interviews with a dozen Democrats and Republicans.

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The past, the present, the future of politics in America with two eminent men from the world of politics: John Dean and Ross K. Baker on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds, Wednesday, November 5, 3 pm ET. Tune in online at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

AFTERNOON DELIGHT…

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Hi my friends,

Oh my… another weekend is upon us. Honestly, I want to scream: SLOW DOWN! Time is just racing by. I don’t know about you, but as far as I’m concerned, there are not enough hours in the day. If I allowed myself, I’d be on that treadmill running like a hamster 24/7, but even I know sometimes it’s good to relax. So join me this weekend, even if you have to force yourself and take a little time for yourselves. Here’s some interesting reading for your pleasure.

Have a peaceful and restful weekend!

Halli

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AFTERNOON DELIGHT

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Hi my friends,

Wow, it has been some week here on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. We’re nearing the end of the month, and things always get hectic as we finalize our editorial calender for the following month. Wait until you hear some of the great shows we have lined up for you.

But sticking to this month, I ask you was that a rootin’ tootin’ show on GUNS this past Wednesday or what?  We had a fabulous line-up of guests that included our old friend author Brad Parks, author and pundit Cliff Schecter, Omar Samaha, Legislative Assistant and grassroots Coordinator with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and whose sister Reema was killed in the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, and Margie Omero, a public opinion pollster. I don’t have to tell you what a controversial subject gun legislation is. You can rest-assured that The Halli Casser-Jayne Show will always bring you the best in conversation no matter how divisive the subject. I hope you’ll take the time to listen to the entire show. You can listen on the website, but you can also download the show from the mobile site m.blogtalkradio.com, or from iTunes, where the download is free.

And now for your weekend reading pleasure here are some of the stories I’m going to be checking out myself .

Have a great one, everyone!

Halli 

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CORY BOOKER-A MOST INTERESTING POLITICIAN

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Cory Booker is the Mayor of Newark, New Jersey. Many think of Newark as a cesspool. The once gorgeous pride of New Jersey suffered in the 60s racial riots and  has never returned to its former glory. But if Newark ever had a chance to rebuild itself into a city that might make a contribution to  American society, it has a chance now under the bold and often unusual leadership of Mayor Booker. Consider the Mayor’s latest move to live a week on food stamps. Political posturing? Or is Booker a man with a heart for the people he represents. You decide. I have: Mayor Cory Booker is a most interesting politician and one with an equally interesting future.

Walsh, Cooper, Grunwald – Top Political Pundits – Guests for the Hour

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POST-ELECTION COVERAGE – Illuminating hidden truths The Halli Casser-Jayne Show explores the hot button issues of race, media influence and the ideological divide with top political pundits on Nov 7, 3 pm EST.

Top political minds will bring you post-election coverage of Election 2012 and insight into what is in store for the U.S. in the upcoming four years, Wednesday, November 7, 3 pm EST, on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds.

Joining host Halli Casser-Jayne is Joan Walsh, editor-at-large for Salon.com, the pioneering, award-winning website, and an MSNBC political analyst, author of “What’s the Matter with White People?” Walsh will shine her perspective on the browning of America and why white working class opportunities have stagnated and declined.

Ms. Casser-Jayne’s second guest is a Time Magazine senior national correspondent, Mike Grunwald, author of The New New Deal, The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era in which Grunwald seeks to enlighten America’s thinking about President Obama and his stimulus package as being the most aggressive fiscal stimulus bill in U.S. history, helping to stop an economic death spiral, easing the pain of a great recession and preventing a depression. Grunwald is recognized as one of this generation’s most original and tireless journalists with a talent for illuminating hidden truths.

National Journal editor and former White House correspondent, Matt Cooper, will also join in a political roundtable hosted by Halli Casser-Jayne, author of A Year in My Pajamas with President Obama, the Politics of Strange Bedfellows.

Don’t miss The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds Wednesday, November 7th at 3 – 4 pm ET as our guests shed light on America’s political future. The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds and Lovers of Politics is always enlightening.

The Halli Casser-Jayne Show airs Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 4 p.m. EST on BlogTalkRadio.com (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thehallicasserjayneshow). The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is one of the top shows on the BlogTalkRadio Network, the world’s largest live online talk radio network with over 50 thousand show episodes created each month that attract over 20 million listeners. Podcasts of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show are available on multiple networks including iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/halli-casser-jayne-sho…), and via apps in multiple formats. For additional details and to download previous interviews, visit www.hallicasser-jayne.com.

ABOUT THE HALLI CASSER-JAYNE SHOW

Halli began her radio career on “The Dick Summer Show” on WYNY in New York City and has also worked as a reporter and photographer; actress and documentary producer; radio personality; author, editor and publisher. Her radio show, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds, features stellar guests from the world of politics, books, art, culture, and celebrity. Recent guests have included Gloria Feldt, author-activist and former CEO of Planned Parenthood; actress Linda Evans; bestselling authors Kristin Hannah and Jackie Collins; star of  Broadway’s Jersey Boys, Russell Fischer; Representative Betty Sutton; Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset, Danny Danon, two-time Pulitzer prizewinner political cartoonist Jim Morin. The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, a production of RESSAC LLC, airs Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 4 p.m. EST on BlogTalkRadio.com. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/U4EEMd. Like the show’s page on Facebook, http://www.fb.me/hallicasserjayne, and follow Halli on Twitter, http://www.twitter.com/HalliCJ.

AT THE HEART OF JOE BIDEN

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These days, heart and politics seem to be anathema to one another. That is the American political reality. While we like to think that our elected officials seek office for the greater good and sacrifice their personal lives in order to serve, more of us know that the truth is that in these cynical times, far too many of our politicians are self-serving. Or, as I like to say, too many of them pledge their allegiance to their parties rather than to their constituents’ needs.

To a generation of Americans the naïve and sentimental Jefferson Smith, the dedicated politician so brilliantly portrayed by that regular guy actor Jimmy Stewart in the film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, might appear to be a bit of a buffoon. In today’s times, does any politician really give a hoot about anything? Is there even one honest politician out there in the sea of many deceitful ones? I suppose it would be fair to say that they each have their moments, but the moments seem few and far between. If you can’t tell, I’ve been feeling down in the dumps about our country’s politics of late and have been close to losing all hope in our tarnished system.

But just when my cynicism reached full-bore, along came a moment in political history that deserves a shout-out and restores my hope that there is still some heart left in our politicians. In the case of Vice President Joe Biden there is a heart so big the Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz would be proud. We Americans should be, too.

Vice President Biden has served his role as Vice President of the United States admirably. There are some who say that it is a vice president’s job to play the role of America’s buffoon. There’s a long history of vice presidential fall guys, with the poster child for the silliest veep, being, of course, Dan Quayle. Biden has given us some rare performances himself, and taken a few on the chin for his President, Barack Obama. As is our nation’s history, the opposition has played Biden with finesse. Any gaff, however small used to torture the president and vice president with glee.

But here’s the deal: Joe Biden ain’t like other vice presidents. Dumb like Quayle, he is not. Surreptitious like Aaron Burr, he is not. A crook like Spiro Agnew, he is not.

What Vice President Joe Biden is a mensch. For those of you who don’t understand Yiddish, a mensch is a person of integrity and honor. Biden honored us, last Friday, when addressing a group associated with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, a national nonprofit that supports friends and family of service members killed in action. Biden delivered what some might call the speech of our lifetime, an emotional retelling of his own family tragedy, the death of his wife and daughter in a car crash 40 years ago, saying the experience helped him understand why people commit suicide.

Biden described the shock and sting of the deaths in 1972, shortly after he was first elected to the Senate, as a “black hole you feel in your chest, like you’re being sucked back into it.”

“It was the first time in my career, my life, I realized someone could go out – and I probably shouldn’t say this with the press here, but – no, but it’s more important. You’re more important. For the first time in my life I understood how someone could consciously decide to commit suicide,” Biden said. “Not because they were deranged, not because they were nuts; because they’d been to the top of the mountain and they just knew in their heart they’d never get there again, that it was never going to be that way ever again. That’s how an awful lot of you feel.”

The vice president has previously spoken about his personal tragedy, although he rarely describes the emotional aftermath in such gut-wrenching detail. Biden recounted how he heard the news while in Washington.

“I was down in Washington hiring my staff, and I got a phone call saying that my family had been in an accident. And just like you guys know by the tone of a phone call – you just knew, didn’t you? You knew when they walked up the path. You knew when the call came. You knew. You just felt it in your bones something bad happened,” Biden said.

“And I knew. I don’t know how I knew. But the call said my wife was dead, my daughter was dead, and I wasn’t sure how my sons were going to make it. They were Christmas shopping, and a tractor trailer broadsided them and in one instant killed two of them and – well.”

Biden, an ardent Catholic, said he was so angry he cried out in the Capitol. “I remember being in the Rotunda, walking through to get to the plane to get home, to get to identify the – anyway. But I remember looking up and saying, ’God!’ It was if I was talking to God myself: ’You can’t be good! How can you be good?’”

Biden said he credits his return from his grief to the help of his mother, his sister and, eventually, his second wife, Jill Biden, whom he married five years later. “This woman literally saved my life,” he said.

“There will come a day, I promise you, and your parents as well, when the thought of your son or daughter or your husband or wife brings a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eye. It will happen,” he said. “My prayer for you is that day will come sooner or later. But the only thing I have more experience than you in is this: I’m telling you it will come.”

And so, out of tragedy comes something good: a vice president with heart, just when America needed a lot of heart.

 

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