Posts Tagged ‘world war II’

THE FLYING TIGERS – SAM KLEINER – HALLI CASSER-JAYNE SHOW

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The Flying Tigers

The Flying Tigers, Claire Chennault, China, a dramatic story symbolic of a generation of heroes and heroines is the subject of an eminently readable new book by author Sam Kleiner, THE FLYING TIGERS. Kleiner is Halli’s guest on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

THE FLYING TIGERS is the unforgettable true account of the swashbuckling band of volunteer American pilots who crossed the Pacific before Pearl Harbor to risk their lives defending China in its war with Japan. It is the thrilling tale of the men and women who were secretly recruited to defend the nation’s desperate Chinese allies before Pearl Harbor and ended up on the front lines of the war against the Japanese in the Pacific

Led by legendary army pilot Claire Chennault, these men left behind an America still at peace in the summer of 1941 using false identities to travel across the Pacific to a run-down airbase in the jungles of Burma. In the wake of the disaster at Pearl Harbor this motley crew was the first group of Americans to take on the Japanese in combat, shooting down hundreds of Japanese aircraft in the skies over Burma, Thailand, and China. At a time when the Allies were being defeated across the globe, the Flying Tigers’ exploits gave hope to Americans and Chinese alike.

The Flying TigersTaking readers into the cockpits of their iconic shark-nosed P-40 planes—one of the most familiar images of World War II—as the Tigers perform nail-biting missions against the Japanese, Kleiner profiles the outsize personalities involved in the operation, including Chennault, whose aggressive tactics went against the prevailing wisdom of military strategy; Greg “Pappy” Boyington, the man who would become the nation’s most beloved pilot until he was shot down and became a POW; Emma Foster, one of the nurses in the unit who had a passionate romance with a pilot named John Petach; and Madame Chiang Kai-shek herself, who first brought Chennault to China.

Aviation history, World War II, The Flying Tigers, China, Japan, heroes, heroines, Pearl Harbor, it’s history and heroes on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

THE HIDDEN FIGURES BEHIND THE SPACE RACE

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Hidden Figures

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.

WORLD WAR II WITH MARC WORTMAN & FOUR BROADS TALKING™

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A divided America? A country reluctant to go to war? A country turning its back on genocide? The year 2016? No, the year 1941, the subject  World War II the focus of historian Marc Wortman’s new book 1941, FIGHTING THE SHADOW WAR, our guest on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, 3 pm ET, along with our favorite panel of social and political pundits, our smart, feisty, fabulous, fun, Four Broads Talking™ Lisa Schiffren, Suzanna Andrews, Sheila Weller and our host Halli Casser-Jayne.

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. In his new book 1941: FIGHTING THE SHADOW WAR, A DIVIDED AMERICA IN A WORLD AT WAR Wortman compellingly reveals 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.

FOUR BROADS TALKINGIt’s all things Donald Trump, the RNC convention, Melania Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Benghazi and Hillary Clinton in our Four Broads Talking™ segment when journalists Lisa Schiffren, Suzanna Andrews, Sheila Weller, sit down for a chat with our frank, fearless, feisty host Halli Casser-Jayne.

History, politics, Pearl Harbor, isolationism, anti-Semitism, plagiarism, Republicans, Democrats…tune in to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, July 20, 3 pm ET at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

NANCY SPIELBERG AND GLENN KURTZ: ABOVE AND BEYOND THE HOLOCAUST

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SpielbergAboveandBeyondmovieaddIt is 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet soldiers and still stories of the Holocaust remain untold. Two of those stories are brought to light thanks to the miracle of film. Joining Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, May 27, 3 pm ET are the producer and the director of the film ABOVE AND BEYOND, Nancy Spielberg and Roberta Grossman. And author Glenn Kurtz who uncovered a family treasure which shows the remarkable footage of his grandfather’s birthplace in a Polish village filmed in 1938 prior to the outbreak of World War II, the story of Glenn’s efforts to discover what happened to the people in the film as told in Glenn’s award-winning book THREE MINUTES IN POLAND.

ABOVE AND BEYOND, THE BIRTH OF THE ISRAELI AIR FORCE is produced by accomplished businesswoman, fundraiser and philanthropist, Nancy Spielberg and directed by award-winning filmmaker Roberta Grossman, who has produced more than forty hours of documentary film and television, including HAVA NAGILA and BLESSED IS THE MATCH: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF HANNAH SENESH, which was short-listed for an Academy Award. ABOVE AND BEYOND tells the moving and powerful story of a group of World War II pilots, mostly American, who risked life and limb to volunteer to fight for Israel in the 1948 War of Independence.

SpielbergBookThreeMinutesinPolandGlenn Kurtz, a graduate of the New England Conservatory-Tufts University double degree program who holds a PhD from Stanford University in German studies and comparative literature and whose writing has been published in the New York Times, Salon, Southwest Review, and elsewhere. In THREE MINUTES IN POLAND, DISCOVERING A LOST WORLD Glenn recounts his four-year journey to identify the people captured in his grandfather’s haunting images, and introduces us to seven survivors of Hitler’s scourge.

Untold stories of World War II with Nancy Spielberg, Roberta Grossman, Glenn Kurtz on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, May 27, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

HISTORY, ROMANCE,WORLD WAR II WITH AUTHORS PAM JENOFF AND JAMES MACMANUS

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WorldWarIIwarpictureWednesday, December 3, 3 pm ET, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is taking a look at World War II through the eyes of two well-known writers of historical fiction, the award-winning author Pam Jenoff and James MacManus.

WorldWarIIBookThe WinterGuestPam Jenoff has written several novels, including the Quill Award nominee, THE KOMMANDANT’S GIRL. Jenoff is a graduate of George Washington University, Cambridge and Penn Law. She served as the special assistant to the Secretary of the Army. In 1996, after moving over from the Pentagon to the State Department, she was assigned to the U.S. Consulate in Krakow, Poland where she developed an expertise in Polish-Jewish relations and the Holocaust. THE WINTER GUEST is her latest book, the story of twin sisters fighting for survival in Nazi occupied Poland and the mysterious American pilot that lands on their doorstep.

WorldWarIIBookSleepinpeacetonightLondon born James MacManus was educated at Westminster School and graduated from St. Andrews University. He has worked for the Daily Express and the Guardian first as a reporter and then as a foreign correspondent. He moved to The Times where he serves as Managing Director of the Times Literary Supplement. He is the author of several novels including BLACK VENUS and OCEAN DEVIL made into a film starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers. His latest book SLEEP IN PEACE TONIGHT takes place in 1941 London, and brings to life the tale of Harry Hopkins, the adviser to Franklin D. Roosevelt dispatched to London on the eve of the Second World War and the history-making relationship he forms with Britain’s Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

History, romance, World War II with respected authors Pam Jenoff and James MacManus on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds, Wednesday, December 3, 3 pm ET. Tune in online at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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