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DYNAMIC WOMEN JOAN JULIET BUCK + FIONA LEWIS

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Two strong and dynamic women with great tales to tell are my guests on The Halli Casser-Jayne Hour when joining me at my table are Joan Juliet Buck the first and only American woman ever to fill the coveted position of Editor-in-Chief of Paris Vogue and whose new book is eye-opening THE PRICE OF ILLUSION. And in our second half-hour the equally dynamic former model, actress, writer, Fiona Lewis the author of a brutally, candid new memoir MISTAKES WERE MADE (some in French).

Joan Juliet Buck, the only child of larger-than-life film producer Jules Buck, was born into a world of make-believe. Her childhood was a whirlwind of famous faces: John Huston, Peter O’Toole, Lauren Bacall, Federico Fellini, Angelica Huston, and many more; ever-changing home addresses: London, Paris, Cannes, Los Angeles; and the unspoken lesson that appearances mattered more than reality. When Joan became the first and only American woman ever to fill the coveted position of Editor-in-Chief of Paris Vogue, she quickly became a force in the cult of fashion and beauty. Joan’s world was the land of illusion. But illusions cannot be sustained indefinitely, and they always come at a cost. In her new book THE PRICE OF ILLUSION Joan offers up a dazzling compulsively readable memoir spanning six decades spent in the creative heart of London, New York, Los Angeles, Milan, Paris, and more. But what is the price of illusion? Tune in to find out.

Dynamic womenModel, 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).

Hollywood, the 60s, fashion, fame, Vogue, Paris, illusion, memoir and strong and dynamic women on The Halli Casser-Jayne Hour. Be sure not to miss this one! The podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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.

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.

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.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD’S FORMER CEO GLORIA FELDT

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The future of Planned Parenthood, the future of the Women’s Movement and Women Power in the age of President Trump are some of the subjects The Halli Casser-Jayne Show takes a look at Wednesday, March 1, 3 pm Eastern when former CEO of Planned Parenthood and visionary leader for women’s equality Gloria Feldt joins Halli at her table.

Gloria Feldt’s journey from teen mom and high school dropout from rural Texas to president and CEO of the world’s largest reproductive health and advocacy organization, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, to visionary leader for women’s equality is the stuff American dreams are made of. A woman who inspires both women and men, among Feldt’s other honors, she was named by Vanity Fair one of “America’s Top 200 Women Leaders, Legends, and Trailblazers,” Glamour’s “Woman of the Year,” a She Knows Media Inspiring Woman, and a Women’s eNews 21 Leaders for the 21st century. The author of four books, including New York Times bestseller SEND YOURSELF ROSES written with Kathleen Turner, Feldt teaches “Women, Power, and Leadership” at Arizona State University.

Both a newsmaker and a commentator, Gloria Feldt has been widely quoted and published in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Politico, The Daily Beast, Forbes.com, and more. She has appeared extensively on CNN, MSNBC, the Today Show, Good Morning America and The Daily Show. She is the co-Founder of Take The Lead, a women’s leadership organization which both teaches and inspires women to move forward in their careers into leadership roles.

The future of Planned Parenthood, women’s rights, on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday March 1. The podcast will be posted at 3 pm Eastern at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

NATIONAL PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY HISTORIANS KATHRYN SMITH, MARC WORTMAN

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For nearly 17 months on the campaign trail, Trump did what no American politician had attempted in a generation, with defiant flair. Instead of painting a bright vision for a unified future, he magnified the divisions of the present, inspiring new levels of anger and fear within his country.

As we commemorate National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor we return to history and World War II with two important stories when journalist Kathryn Smith, author of THE GATEKEEPER: MISSY LEHAND, FDR AND THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE PARTNERSHIP THAT DEFINED A PRESIDENCY and historian Marc Wortman, author of 1941, FIGHTING THE SHADOW WAR join Halli on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, 3 pm ET at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

In THE GATEKEEPER, Journalist Kathryn Smith tells the story of Marguerite  Alice “Missy” LeHand the savvy personal secretary President Franklin Delano Roosevelt considered one of the most vital, and certainly one of the most loyal members of his inner circle. Missy fulfilled the crucial duties of Chief of Staff long before the position was formally created, working with FDR for more than twenty years, starting from his first failed Vice Presidential campaign in 1920, through his time as governor of New York, and for almost a decade in the White House. She was also FDR’s confidante (lover?), his support when he contracted polio, and his close friend. People in Washington, D.C., knew one indisputable truth: if you wanted to get to FDR, you had to go through Missy.

1941 Fighting the Shadow War National Pearl Harbor Remembrance DayA divided America? A country reluctant to go to war? A country turning its back on genocide? The year 2016? No, the year 1941, the focus of historian Marc Wortman’s book 1941, FIGHTING THE SHADOW WAR. Conventional wisdom dictates that the US entered World War II in retaliation for the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 8, 1941. Historian Marc Wortman sees it another way, revealing the ways in which America played an increasingly significant and clandestine role in the war in the months and years prior to officially joining the battle. Churchill, Lindbergh, the Roosevelt family, FDR advisor and emissary Harry Hopkins, journalists William Shirer and Philip Johnson, Wortman weaves the smart, suspenseful history that reads like an epic novel.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, history, politics, Pearl Harbor, isolationism, anti-Semitism, plagiarism, Republicans, Democrats…tune in to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, December 7, 3 pm ET at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

THE HIDDEN FIGURES BEHIND THE SPACE RACE

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Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner with a soundtrack by Pharell, HIDDEN FIGURES was adapted for film even before the book of the same name was finished. Wednesday, September 14, 3 p.m. ET  Margot Lee Shetterly, the author of the inspiring and a largely unknown true story of the African-American female mathematicians at NASA whose work helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space visits The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. In our second half-hour, our political roundtable, Four Broads Talking, with our smart and feisty team of pundits.

HIDDEN FIGURES is a story that combines the rich intersection of the Civil Rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality. At the core of the story are Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden the women “human computers” whose genius for numbers made space exploration and travel possible. Author Margot Lee Shetterly is the daughter of one of NASA’s first black engineers. She grew up in Hampton, Virginia, where she knew many of the women in HIDDEN FIGURES.

FOUR BROADS TALKINGWith less than two months to go until Election Day, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are duking it out and Election 2016 is unlike any presidential contest that we’ve seen before. Oh what fun our FOUR BROADS TALKING™ panel of brilliant political pundits will have when they sit down for our weekly chat on all things politics and culture in our second half hour. Look for sparks to fly with this tell it like it is panel Sheila Weller, Lisa Schiffren, Suzanna Andrews and your host, Halli Casser-Jayne.

Civil rights, NASA, mathematicians, astronauts, space, books, movie, women, Black Lives Matter, politics, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show has it all, Wednesday, September 14, 3 p.m. ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

POLITICS – GARY J. BYRNE – 4 BROADS TALKING

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The author of the most talked about book on politics of Election 2016 visits The Halli Casser-Jayne Show

It’s politics and all things Election 2016, Wednesday, June 29th when joining Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is the author of the most talked about book of the political season, CRISIS OF CHARACTER’s Gary J. Byrne. And hold onto your hats, when we unveil our new segment, FOUR BROADS TALKING with four brilliant, accomplished, dynamic, and witty panel members: Sheila Weller, Lisa DePaulo, Lisa Schiffren and that broad of all broads, our own Halli Casser-Jayne.

While serving as a member of The Uniformed Division of the Secret Service, Gary Byrne protected President Bill Clinton and the First Family in the White House and outside The Oval Office. In his controversial new book, CRISIS OF CHARACTER, A WHITE HOUSE SECRET SERVICE OFFICER DISCLOSES HIS FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE WITH HILLARY, BILL, AND HOW THEY OPERATE, Byrne portrays what he calls the personal and political dysfunction of the Clinton White House – so consumed by scandal and destroying their enemies, real and imagined – that according to Byrne, governing was an afterthought.

See what happens when you have FOUR BROADS TALKING politics, celebrity and whatever fuels their fancy when moderate liberal “gal-ographer,” the author of GIRLS LIKE US and THE NEWS SORORITY, Sheila Weller; Lisa “she calls ‘em like she sees ‘em” DePaulo, journalist and one of New York’s sharpest and most incisive long-form writers on politics, true crime, and celebrity; Republican Lisa Schiffren, the former speechwriter for Vice President Dan Quayle who crafted Quayle’s enduringly famous takedown of Murphy Brown for being a single mom and sparked meaningful debate about welfare reform sit down with our fun, frank, fearless, feisty host Halli Casser-Jayne moderating it all.

Politics, election 2016, books, author, Hillary Clinton, Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, abortion all on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, June 29, 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.

MERYL STREEP AND KICK KENNEDY WITH BIOGRAPHERS MICHAEL SCHULMAN & BARBARA LEAMING

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The greatest actress of our generation, Meryl Streep and the life of JFK’s little-known sister Kick Kennedy are the subject of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when joining Halli at her table are biographer Michael Schulman, HER AGAIN, BECOMING MERYL STREEP and Barbara Leaming, KICK KENNEDY, THE CHARMED LIFE AND TRAGIC DEATH OF THE FAVORITE KENNEDY DAUGHTER.

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Author Michael Schulman’s brand new portrait of one of the legends of our time, Meryl Streep, is the first thoroughly researched biography of the actress, with the narrative thrust of a novel. Beautifully written, Schulman peels back the curtain behind the greatest actress of her generation, granting us an intimate look into the formative years that shaped her into the icon she is today. Schulman is a contributor and arts editor at the New Yorker.

KickKennedywithbrothersYou will be riveted by the story author Barbara Leaming tells of Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy, second daughter of Joe and Rose Kennedy, the high spirited and dynamic young woman – as ambitious and eager for power as her brother, Jack who would become the 35th President of the United States. Full of determination, and with her best asset her engaging personality, Kick Kennedy’s is a story of love and war, of politics and changing expectations socially and economically, a story that ends in tragedy, as too many Kennedy stories do. Leaming is the author of three New York Times bestsellers, including her most recent book JACQUELINE BOUVIER KENNEDY ONASSIS.

Biographies, politics, film, history and the lives of two extraordinary women on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, May 11, 3 pm ET with authors Michael Schulman and Barbara Leaming. For more information, and to listen to past podcasts visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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