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JOSEPH BOLOGNA AND RENEE TAYLOR

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Joseph Bologna, actor, writer, and director known for his role in 1982’s “My Favorite Year” and for his long collaboration on stage and screen with wife Renée Taylor, has died after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 82. This week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Podcast we visit our archives and a madcap, freewheeling, eye-opening interview with the two legends of stage and screen.

Early in their 52-year marriage, Renée Taylor and Joe Bologna had a huge fight — a fight that ultimately led to a highly autobiographical, two-person show. “I told him to get out,” Taylor recently said in an interview. “So he started packing. But then I started packing, too. He asked me why and I said, ‘If you ever leave me, I’m going with you,’” which became the title for the show.

Joseph Bologna Renee TaylorFifty-two years later Taylor and Bologna were one of the major power marriages in entertainment. Bologna starred in movies such as “My Favorite Year,” “Blame It on Rio,” “Chapter Two” and “Big Daddy,” and is probably best known for TV’s “Married With Children.” Taylor has appeared in “The Producers,” “Dr. Doolittle 2,” and “Alfie.” She is probably best known as Fran Drescher’s mother, Sylvia Fine, on “The Nanny” and had a recurring role on “How I Met Your Mother.”

They have written and directed for the theater. Their first play together, “Lovers and Other Strangers,” was a Broadway hit, and then became a film, earning them an Oscar nomination. Their relationship  always at the heart of their creativity. “People always ask us the secret to our relationship,” Taylor said. “We started thinking about it, and that led to this show.”

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A visit to the archives of The Halli Casser-Jayne Podcast with two legends of our times, Renee Taylor and the late Joseph Bologna. The podcast posted  at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

CRIME WRITERS SARA PERETSKY and JOHN HOOK

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Two crime writers join The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when New York Times bestselling author Sara Paretsky and author and Fox News anchor John Hook join Halli at her table to discuss their new books, Peretsky’s FALLOUT and Hook’s WHO KILLED BOB CRANE, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

In her first novel for William Morrow, FALLOUT, everyone’s favorite crime novelist, Sara Paretsky is back with our favorite investigator V. I. Warshawski but in a completely new kind of mystery that will take Vic out of Chicago and into Kansas, searching for answers that time and prejudice may have long erased. The beloved mystery writer is the author of 19 previous novels and is one of only four living writers to receive both the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writer’s Association. FALLOUT, just released is already on the New York Times Bestseller list.

CRIME WRITERSBob Crane, Hogan’s Heroes. Crane’s epithet might have read: Award-winning star of celebrated sitcom. But when the series ended, Crane’s career declined. The once beloved star took to the road, starring in plays nationwide. It was while he was on tour for the play Beginner’s Luck in June 1978, Crane was found bludgeoned to death in his Scottsdale apartment, a murder that today remains officially unsolved, Crane’s tawdry personal life, that of a sex addicted deviant who had learned the wonders of home video, and descended into a life of strip clubs, BDSM, and a closet homosexual exposed for his fans to see. A suspect, a trial, an acquittal, the mystery went on to spawn hundreds of articles, books, and movies over the past four decades. And there the story remained, yet another Hollywood cold case. Until, that is, John Hook a veteran news reporter and television anchor for over 30 years in Arizona, who has won more than a dozen Emmys for his reporting had his interest in the case rekindled, following an interview with Crane’s son Robert, Jr. It was that interview that sparked the idea to retest the blood evidence using modern DNA science. His journey to the heart of this mystery is chronicled in John Hook’s new book, WHO KILLED BOB CRANE, with a foreword by Robert Crane, Jr.

Crime, murder, mystery, fiction, Hogan’s Heroes with crime writers NY Times bestselling author of FALLOUT, Sara Paretsky and Fox News anchor and author of WHO KILLED BOB CRANE, John Hook all on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show at 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.

B.B. KING: INTERVIEW WITH PRODUCER-DIRECTOR JON BREWER

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B.B. King, born Riley B. King, was one of the most influential and celebrated blues musicians of all time. From his roots as a sharecropper’s son, working in the cotton fields of Mississippi, he rose to become a living legend — the most renowned blues singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer of the past 40 years — earning the moniker “King of the Blues.” Wednesday, February 10, 3 pm ET, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show takes a look at the life of the King of Blues with rock and roll legendary manager Jon Brewer, the award-winning producer/director of American Masters: B.B. KING: THE LIFE OF RILEY, premiering nationwide during Black History Month on Friday, February 12 at 9 p.m. on PBS. Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman narrates and appears in the film.

JONBREWERBBKINGHIMSELFDirector/Producer Jon Brewer is a well-established music & media industry veteran with a career in Music, Film and Television spanning 4 decades. He began in management with names such as David Bowie, Mick Taylor of The Rolling Stones, Alvin Lee (Ten Years After), Gene Clarke, Yes, and Gerry Rafferty before moving into publishing and the burgeoning video industry, where he was at the helm of the 3rd largest video distributor in the UK. Film Production soon followed. Ultimately he turned to making the most authentic series of music documentaries made with the full participation of the icons of Rock and Roll (The Classic Artists Series). He worked on B.B. KING: THE LIFE OF RILEY the film with King for two years. Filming was completed shortly before King passed on May 14, 2015.

jONbREWERBBKINGA conversation with Jon Brewer, music & media industry veteran and producer/director of the new American Master’s documentary, B.B. KING: THE LIFE OF RILEY Wednesday, February 10, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

MIKE & MOLLY’S ACTRESS SWOOSIE KURTZ

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SwoosieBookPartSawnPartGooseShe’s a multiple Tony, Emmy, Obie, and Drama Desk Award winner, a Broadway icon, a film star and plays the hysterical character Joyce Flynn on the critically acclaimed long-running sitcom Mike & Molly. And she is the author of a brave and riveting memoir PART SWAN, PART GOOSE. She is actress Swoosie Kurtz and she’ll be joining Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday May 6 at 3 pm EDT.

With a name like Swoosie she was destined to lead an interesting life. From her first appearance on The Donna Reed Show to her Tony Award-winning roles in Lanford Wilson’s Fifth of July and John Guare’s The House of Blue Leaves to her much-heralded turns on television series Sisters, Pushing Daisies and Mike & Molly, Swoosie has been embraced by critics and fans alike for her quirky, heartfelt, and always attention-getting performances.

Born to become a stellar success, Swoosie is the only child of Frank and Margo Kurtz. Her father was an Olympic diving medalist and one of the most decorated aviators in American history. Her mother, nearing 100 years old is an accomplished, opinionated, and filled-to-bursting personality.

The fascinating and accomplished Swoosie Kurtz visits The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, May 6, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com. Let’s talk.

MIKE WALLACE

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I’ve been meaning to write about this and haven’t gotten around to it; I think I’ve been in mourning for one of  the great interviewers of our time, Mike Wallace. My goodness what an interviewer. Interviewing is what I do, and therefore I understand the complexities of cajoling a guest into aggreeing to sit down and share sometimes the intimate details of their lives. Recently, a listener asked me why I do what I do. I wanted to say, I just do it and that I fell into interviewing years ago, and that may be true. But it is only a part of the story. For me, in the beginning there was Mike Wallace.

Believe me when I say, I was a young kid the first time that I saw Mike Wallace on my TV set with the tiny screen. But I remember it like it was yesterday. It was on a New York channel and it was before we had a color TV. What I recall is a stark black and white  image: Wallace on a dark set, his coal-black hair shiny, his voice deep, deliberative, delectable, daunting. He held a cigarette in his working-class root hands.  When he spoke, I remember becoming mesmerized by the grey smoke that snaked around Mr. Wallace’s handsome head. There is no mystery that I can’t tell you who it was Wallace was interviewing that night. The oddest thing about Mike Wallace was that no matter who he interviewed, and he interviewed some of the greats, Wallace somehow managed, at least in my eyes, to be as much if not more a part of the interview, as the person he interviewed.

Now some might call that ego and assume that Wallace had a need to make his presence known. Maybe so, but I also think it was part of  the Mike Wallace magic. He mesmerized, captivated and  disarmed the people whose lives he  sometimes so willingly, like a surgeon, dissected. Wallace was your friend, sometimes your enemy, but with that resonant voice of  his, he could charm the pants off  of even an andric woman like Barbra Streisand.  He was fearless, he was frank, he was feisty, and, when he wanted to be, oh so fun… as  it is to remember the late, great Mike Wallace on the Kleig-light lit set of  The Mike Wallace Show. The time, the Fifties, when life wasn’t so confusing, when voices were clear, when broadcasters such as Mike Wallace mirrored the black and white of  those simpler times.

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