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If you didn’t get a chance to listen to Wednesday’s The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, please do. This week’s guests took us around the world in 60 minutes and with them we visited Cuba, the Caribbean and the Congo.

First up was author Ruth Behar. Ruth was born in Cuba, but raised in New York by Jewish parents, her mother of European descent (Ashkenazim) and her father a Sephardi Jew with roots in Turkey. Ruth’s latest book is Traveling Heavy: A Memoir in Between Journeys, and in it she shares stories of her cultural heritage and the conflict she has suffered since being forced to leave Cuba when the Castro regime took over the island nation. But Ruth’s story could be yours and mine. Don’t we all struggle with our identity? Ruth’s descriptions of Cuba in our interview and her abject honesty about her struggle as a Cuban-American are only part of the reason I suggest you read this gripping memoir by the award-winning writer.

Next up was journalist Michael Deibert whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal among others, and who has been a commentator on international affairs for the BBC, Al Jazeera, National Public Radio. But in recent years, Michael has worked to increase and sustain dialogue on international peace-building and development issues, with a particular focus on Africa and Latin America. His new book, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Between Hope and Despair is a take-no-prisoners look at the Congo, and is a cut-above the usual fare, as is our conversation. Do listen and do read the eye-opening book. You’ll be curious to hear Michael’s take on the Bush II and Clinton Administrations. Enjoy.

Third up on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show: Every so often a writer comes along with a truly unusual voice and that fits the description of award-winning author Robert Antoni. What an interesting life Robert has led, and what a fascinating family he is a part of. Robert was raised in the Bahamas, but his grandparents were early settlers of Trinidad and Tobago, with a heck of a story to tell. Robert’s latest masterpiece As Flies to Whatless Boys is fiction based on his family history. Magical, mystical, melodic is the only way to describe this coming of age story filled with unique characters and plot twists. Don’t miss this one.

The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds airs Wednesdays at 3 pm ET but podcasts of the show are available for your listening pleasure from multiple venues. You can download the podcast FREE from iTunes @ http://bit.ly/P1K7kF, listen @ http://bit.ly/YEswYS or for your mobile connection find us at Stitcher.com.

Miami Book Fair

By the way, all three of my guests will be making appearances at the Miami Book Fair International November 17-24.  Check out the book fair’s website for date and times of appearances, and to see a list of all the authors participating in the fair and the many events that will take place. I’ll be there, so come on down to Miami and let’s meet in person!

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