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SPICY BIDEN, VLAD PUTIN & Halli’s FRUSTRATION, OH MY!

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Spicy Biden, Vlad Putin, and Halli’s exasperation! Oh, my, do we have a show for you when joining me at my table this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is my partner in politics, former White House correspondent and Newsweek and Time alum, Matthew Cooper, and in our second half-hour my friend and Putin expert, Franz Sedelmayer, the only individual ever to collect money from Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

Maybe, or maybe not the most important thing to come of the much touted Biden and Putin summit happened in a Biden press conference following the summit, when Spicy Biden jumped down the throat of CNN White House correspondent Kaitlin Collins. The always polite and measured President gave us a rare glimpse of his Irish, deliberate? Matt and I discuss. There’s more, this was a week of revelations into how far the former guy Trump was willing to go to retain power. But also revealed, how reticent the Democratic Party for all its protestations is willing to go to finish Trump. The frustration is not just mine. Washington Post columnist Greg Sargent and legal scholar, Laurence Tribe are among the many starting to voice their frustration at the do-nothing Democrats. There’s a lot more on our weekly politics review. Tune in.

SPICY BIDEN, VLAD PUTIN & HALLI'S FRUSTRATION!

In my second half-hour, I welcome back my go-to guy on all things Vladimir Putin, Franz Sedelmeyer. Once the best of friends, Putin and then President Boris Yeltsin expropriated Sedelmayer’s Russian company at great financial cost to Sedelmayer who didn’t take what happened lightly. Despite risk to himself, he took his case to the international court and beat Putin in a 20-year campaign against the Kremlin and won, the intrepid Franz Sedelmayer the only individual ever to collect money from Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

Spicy Biden, Vlad Putin, and Halli’s exasperation! Oh, my, you’re going to want to tune into The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast with Matthew Cooper, and this week’s special guest Franz Sedelmayer, the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too. See you there!

THE TRUMP CULT & ITS BAD BOYS

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Matt Gaetz, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Tucker Carlson, oh yeah, and Donald Trump. What do they have in common? They are members of the Trump Cult and a GOP gone bad boys and that’s where we begin this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast when Halli and her partner in politics, former White House correspondent and Newsweek and Time alum, Matthew Cooper, slice and dice the political news of the week. We bring it all together in our second half-hour when Halli is joined by Dr. Steven Hassan, the author of the eye-opening book THE CULT OF TRUMP in which he expertly takes us through a fascinating, engaging exploration of the coercive control technique Donald Trump used daily as president and continues to deploy in his post presidency.

THE TRUMP CULT & ITS BAD BOYS
THE TRUMP CULT & ITS BAD BOYS

But in our first half-hour: Republican Florida Representative Matt Gaetz, a member in standing of the Trump Cult, is under investigation by the Department of Justice over an alleged sexual relationship he had with a 17-year-old girl and investigators are examining whether the congressman has violated federal sex trafficking laws. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is accused of fudging the state’s Covid-19 numbers, covering up as many as 14,000 deaths. Gaetz ran to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson to defend himself and may have implicated the firebrand anchor his naughty-boy antics, and all three are dyed-in-the-wool Trump cultists, which makes you wonder what’s the criteria for becoming a member of the Trump Cult?

THE TRUMP CULT & ITS BAD BOYS

We answer that question and take a deep-dive into the cult of Trump in our second half-hour. Calling Republican lawmakers members of a cult has been a favorite moniker of the press, but is there such a thing as a Trump Cult? Steven Hassan, PH.D., a mental health professional who has been helping people leave destructive cults since 1976, after he was deprogrammed from Sun-Myung Moon’s Unification Church, The Moonies, by his family. He has written a must-read book, THE CULT OF TRUMP, and has some shocking things to tell us when he talks with Halli.

The Cult of Trump, Matt Gaetz, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Tucker Carlson, Joe Biden, Covid-19, Infrastructure, George Floyd, Derek Chauvin Trial, migrants, Israel’s election we’ve got it all for you.  Tune in to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too.

THE ‘B’ WORDS – BIDEN, BORDER, BUSH, BIBI, BLAME…

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It’s the “B” words this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show: Biden, as in Joe, Bibi as in Bibi Netanyahu, Barbara, as in Barbara Bush, the Border, as in what a mess, blame, whose is it? And that’s just where we begin this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast when Halli and her partner in politics, former White House correspondent and Newsweek and Time alum, Matthew Cooper, slice and dice the political news of the week. And in our second half-hour a conversation about the women of the Bush dynasty with the author of a groundbreaking, sizzling new biography GRACE & STEEL, DOROTHY, BARBARA, LAURA, AND THE WOMEN OF THE BUSH DYNASTY, J. Randy Taraborrelli.

THE 'B' WORDS: BIDEN, BORDER, BUSH, BIBI, BLAME
THE ‘B’ WORDS: BIDEN, BORDER, BUSH, BIBI, BLAME

The border and migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. is once again at the forefront of the news. There’s a lot of blame to go around, but who is going to fix the uniquely American problem? Boulder, Colorado, and yet another mass shooting, pearl clutching by the Dems and their familiar cry for gun control legislation, heads in the sand by Republicans and a rallying cry for their Second Amendment rights, the Constitution be damned. In case you forgot, their was an attack by homegrown terrorists on the Capitol. Who will pay the price? Another election in Israel. Does Bibi Netanyahu survive? Tune in, there’s a lot to talk about this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show with Matthew Cooper.

J. Randy Taraborrelli Grace & Steel

And stay tuned for our second half-four. It’s a jaw-dropping conversation with the author of the new biography of the Bush women when J. Randy Taraborrelli sits down with Halli to talk about his oh, my goodness bio of the Bush women as told in his brand new book GRACE & STEEL. If you think you knew Barbara, nope. Laura Bush? A lot of surprises here, too. Did we really know George H.W. Bush? How about W? Nancy Reagan makes an appearance you won’t soon forget. And…well…here we go into uncharted territory.

It’s the “B” words this week, Biden, Bush, Bibi, the border, blame and we’re just getting started. Tune in to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too.

THE ELEGANT SPY, THE MOURNER-IN-CHIEF

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The elegant spy, the Mourner-in-Chief. That’s what we explore on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast when Halli and her partner in politics, former White House correspondent and Newsweek and Time alum, Matthew Cooper, slice and dice the political news of the week. And in our second half-hour Halli talks with international bestselling author, Larry Loftis, about his new book, a look at the true story of the life of World War II American Spy, Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones as told in his lively THE PRINCESS SPY, his new book getting rave reviews. 

THE ELEGANT SPY, THE MOURNER-IN-CHIEF

Over five hundred thousand Americans are dead from Covid-19. Hearts are broken. We grieve as a nation, led by our Mourner-in-Chief   President Joe Biden. Is Biden the Twenty-first century’s FDR? From there it’s to the Texas debacle. We have a few choice words to say about Senator Ted Cruz and what we learned from the Texas mess. Has Republican’s love of deregulation come home to roost? It surely gave Beto O’Rourke a second wind. What becomes the GOP? There’s much to explore there. Will hearings on the January 6th Insurrection go anywhere? The fate of Biden’s cabinet, Joe Manchin, Biden’s stimulus package. And oh, you don’t want to miss Halli and Matt’s predictions on whether or not ‘you know who’ will ever spend a night in the pokey.

THE ELEGANT SPY, THE MOURNER-IN-CHIEF

On the first page of this real-life espionage thriller, author Larry Loftis writes: “In most cases, a spy cannot survive without being a consummate liar.” For that reason, when a friend spoke admiringly of the works of Aline Griffith —a glamorous American who had been a spy in Spain during World War II and, decades later, wrote a series of memoirs about her exploits—Mr. Loftis decided to find out just how truthful her spy stories might be. Intrigued, Loftis went to work painstakingly seeking out the truth. What followed is an extraordinary account of the life of Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones as told in Loftis’s lively new book THE PRINCESS SPY.

President Biden, World War II, spies, espionage, romance, Covid-19, the fate of the Republican Party, Tiger Woods, Biden’s cabinet, Senator Joe Manchin the Democrat everyone loves to hate and so much more, this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast with Matthew Cooper, always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too. Let’s talk politics and prose!

FRANK FIGLIUZZI – A COUP BY ANY OTHER NAME

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Welcome to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast, it’s nice to have you here. On this week’s episode Halli visits with the FBI’s former head of counterintelligence and national security analyst for NBC News, Frank Figliuzzi the author of the brand new book THE FBI WAY. And in our second half-hour, Halli an her partner in politics, veteran White House correspondent Matthew Cooper ponder the end of Donald Trump’s reign and so much more.

 Frank Figliuzzi A Coup By Any Other Name

As the FBI’s former head of counterintelligence, Frank Figliuzzi, a national security analyst for NBC News and a popular guest on MSNBC cable shows, served as special agent with the FBI for twenty-five years, rising to become assistant director charged with leading the Bureau’s famed Counterintelligence Division. Figliuzzi held senior FBI leadership positions in major American cities, and was appointed the FBI’s chief inspector to oversee sensitive internal inquiries by then Director Mueller. Now, drawing on his distinguished career, Figliuzzi reveals how the Bureau achieves its extraordinary track record of excellence in his new book THE FBI WAY: INSIDE THE BUREAU’S CODE OF EXCELLENCE an eye-opening and sometimes brutally frank expose, Figliuzzi unafraid to identify fellow agents who erred—including James Comey and Peter Strzok, and is even more frank in his assessment of the closing days of Donald Trump’s presidency.

FRANK FIGLIUZZI A COUP BY ANY OTHER NAME

It is January 2021, it’s our first show of the new year, and it’s soon to be a new day in America. Right? In exactly 4 days, 11 hours, twenty-nine minutes and 20 seconds Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States and we will have a new Vice-President, her name, Kamala Harris.The future for America is promising, right? That question pondered and other questions answered when Halli and Matthew Cooper begin this week’s broadcast of The Halli Casser-Jayne Podcast

A look at the last days of Donald Trump’s presidency, Trump’s coup, Covid-19, Melania Trump, Trump’s second impeachment, the seditionists storming the Capitol, all on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show podcast always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too. Let’s talk politics!

KATE ANDERSEN BROWER -THE PRESIDENT’S CLUB

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The President’s Club in the age of Trump, Melania Trump, Covid-19, Black Lives Matter, Election 2020 are just some of the topics we explore this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when joining Halli at her table is NY Times bestselling author, out with a new book TEAM OF FIVE, Kate Andersen Brower and former White House correspondent, and Time and Newsweek veteran, Matthew Cooper. The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

Kate Andersen Brower

We begin with The Halli Casser-Jayne Show’s old friend, author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller, THE RESIDENCE, Kate Anderson Brower, back to talk about her new, juicy presidential tell-all, her latest book TEAM OF FIVE, THE PRESIDENT’S CLUB IN THE AGE OF TRUMP. Kate Andersen Brower has become a brand, the writer you want to read when you’re looking for the human interest side and the fun background tidbits we all love and rarely get — the in-depth personal stories of those who inhabit our political world. Kate, a CNN contributor, spent four years covering the Obama White House for Bloomberg News and is a former CBS News staffer and Fox News producer. She has written for the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Time, the Washington Post, and more. In TEAM OF FIVE she explores the  the most exclusive fraternity in the world made up of the formers, the five — Jimmy Carter, the late George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama— who most recently served as president, as well as at the man who has upended all things presidential, the current Oval Office norm-breaking occupant, Donald Trump, and a look at Melania Trump, too.

Kate Andersen Brower

In our second half-hour, Halli and her partner in politics, Matthew Cooper do as they do every week, catch you up on the latest news in politics, slicing and dicing it all, and sometimes, Donald Trump, too.

The President’s Club in the age of Trump with Kate Andersen Brower, Melania Trump, Covid-19, Black Lives Matter, Election 2020, Mike Flynn, sex, history, politics, police brutality, racism, the death of George Floyd — all this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and on whichever is your favorite app and on your Alexa device too.

FASCISM, IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE – SCOTT TUROW

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Fascism. With apologies to Upton Sinclair and his semi-satirical 1935 political novel published during the heyday of fascism in Europe, IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE…yes it can! And that’s just one of the topics we explore this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when joining Halli at her table is NY Times bestselling author and legal genius, Scott Turow, and former White House correspondent, and Time and Newsweek veteran, Matthew Cooper.

FASCISM IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE WITH SCOTT TUROW

We begin with Halli and Matt and their weekly take on all things politics. There are a lot of questions to ask. Has Donald Trump succeeded in turning the United States into a fascist state? Will the cold-blooded killers of African-American, George Floyd suffer the consequences for their actions? Has history finally caught up with Donald Trump, Trump now the wrong president for the times? Can Joe Biden continue his momentum into the fall election? Remember the Coronavirus pandemic? We do. And will General Mattis have the final word over Trump? Tune in.

FASCISM IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE WITH SCOTT TUROW

Nobody writes courtroom drama like Scott Turow. Turow is the author of eleven bestselling works of fiction, notably PRESUMED INNOCENT, and THE BURDEN OF PROOF. His books have sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into movies and television projects. He has frequently contributed essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic. And just so you know, his writing only gets better and better as he proves in his latest thriller, THE LAST TRIAL, the best courtroom drama he’s written to date. But first, Scott Turow, was and is a great lawyer. The Harvard graduate served from 1978 to 1986 as an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago, acting as lead prosecutor in several high-visibility federal trials. He has much to say about the pharmaceutical industry, key to his latest book. And he isn’t shy to talk about Donald Trump, Fascism, Attorney General William Barr, and the trial of former NSA advisor, Michael Flynn. Do not miss this interview!

Fascism. Can it happen here? NY Times bestselling author and attorney, Scott Turow. History, politics, fiction, Election2020, police brutality, racism, the death of George Floyd, all this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and on whichever is your favorite app, and on your Alexa device too.

SEX AND CORONAVIRUS IN THE CITY

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It’s sex and coronavirus in the city this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when joining Halli at her table is her partner in politics, journalist and former White House corespondent, Matthew Cooper. And in our second half-hour, when we take a much-needed breather from politics and turn to sex, Halli catches up with SEX AND THE CITY author Candace Bushnell.  

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We begin with Halli and Matt. As the amount of Americans dead from Covid-19 rises to above 85,000 and Trump’s pandemic advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci testifies before Congress that the real number of deaths are probably much higher, Trump tries to turn the conversation from the Coronavirus Pandemic. Trump’s favorite diversion? Conspiracy politics this time in the guise of Obamagate, Flynngate and Russiagate, his new Hillarygate. The stories are compounded when Trump’s personal attorney, the Attorney General of the United States,William Barr, launches a scheme to exonerate Trump’s once NSA chief, Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. What is Trump up to?  Halli has a theory. Does Matt concur? And that’s just where we begin.  

Sex in the City

In our second half-hour we turn from politics to sex. She’s back. That’s Candace Bushnell is back! BUSHNELL, the critically acclaimed, internationally bestselling author of SEX AND THE CITY, LIPSTICK JUNGLE, THE CARRIE DIARIES, and more gets real with Halli. SEX AND THE CITY, published in 1996, was the basis for the HBO hit series and two subsequent blockbuster movies, her characters the women we all wished we might be and whose lives we just might want to have. Now Bushnell, a middle-aged woman, brings us IS THERE STILL SEX IN THE CITY? in which she looks at love and life from a more seasoned view in yet another winner for the irrepressible Bushnell. By the way, a new TV series is in the works with Paramount TV with Bushnell as executive producer and writing the pilot. You go girl! Join us for some much needed fun.

Sex and coronavirus in the city, Flynngate, Obamagate, Russiagate. Remember Election2020 and Democratic hopful Joe biden? Is Trump still being audited? Trump’s tax returns saga makes it to the Supreme Court. Senator Richard Burr, now there’s a story. And Florida, Florida, Florida…tune into The Halli Casser-Jayne Show the podcast always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too.

IMPEACHMENT TRAIN ROLLS ALONG

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Impeachment train rolls along. Yep, the train is rollin’ down the impeachment tracks, the Democrats conducting an effective campaign against President Donald Trump, while Trump appears to flounder in response more than anytime in his presidency. It’s a whole new political world this week. Will Trump be tossed from office, don the orange jumpsuit, take up residency in the old pokey? Joining me at my table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is my partner in politics, former White House Correspondent Matthew Cooper for our weekly commentary on the state of American politics and in our second half-hour, how’s this: A look inside the business of punishment with the author of AMERICAN PRISON, Shane Bauer. Perhaps Donald Trump ought to tune into this show!

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Impeachment train rolls along, and a fast moving train it is. As the train winds around the track, there are many stops along the way and quite a cast of characters: Rudy Giuliani, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Attorney General Barr and the big man himself, Donald Trump, already off the rails only a couple of weeks in. My partner in politics, former White House correspondent and I slice and dice it all for you. Find your seat.

Impeachment

In our second half hour, I talk with the author of AMERICAN PRISON, A REPORTER’S UNDERCOVER JOURNEY INTO THE BUSINESS OF PUNISHMENT. In 2009, journalist Shane Bauer and two other young Americans went hiking in Iraqi Kurdistan and unknowingly crossed into Iran. They were captured, and Bauer was held for over two grueling years in Iran’s Evin prison. In 2014, Shane Bauer went undercover as an entry-level guard at a private prison in Winnfield, Louisiana. His story is simply jaw-dropping. Don’t miss this interview!

As the impeachment train rolls along, travels down the track, we are in a whole new territory. The players include President Trump, an unidentified whistle-blower, Attorney General Bill Barr, Rudy Giuliani, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Speaker Pelosi, Rep. Adam Schiff and we’re just beginning. Strap yourselves in and enjoy the ride, and our look inside America’s prison system on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show podcast with Matthew Cooper and New York Times bestselling author of one of the 10 best books of 2018, one of Barack Obama’s favorites, AMERICAN PRISON. You can listen to the podcast on all your favorite apps and always at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

BOLTON BOLTS THE DOLT OR THE DOLT BOLTS BOLTON

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John Bolton bolts the dolt or is it the Dolt Bolted Bolton? That is the operative question this week as Halli and her partner in politics veteran White Correspondent Matthew Cooper tackle the top political stories of the week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. And, we welcome the esteemed editor of the New York Times Book Review and author Pamela Paul in a conversation about one of our favorite topics: Books. The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and on all your favorite apps.

John Bolton

In the world of politics, there’s a lot to talk about this week beginning with the controversial exit of Donald Trump’s third National Security Advisor, John Bolton. Did Bolton bolt the dolt or did the dolt bolt Bolton? How long will Bolton keep quiet about what’s going on behind the scenes in the White House? Polls are pretty consistent, former Vice President Joe Biden still maintaining his lead in the race and still causing a lot of agita. Is Biden up for the job? Lingering in the background is Montana Governor Steve Bullock, a moderate with a record to sell. Impeachment? Guns? The Taliban? And we’re just beginning.

John Bolton

GAME OF THRONES author George R.R. Martin once said: “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…The man who never reads lives only one.” That is no small truth. Esteemed New York Times Book Review Editor and children’s books editor for the New York Times Maria Russo, share GRRM’s point of view and are on a mission to reach out to the young. Together they have written HOW TO RAISE A READER, a book on fostering a lifelong love of books from birth to teens. But make no mistake. This isn’t a primer only for parents. It is a celebration of the book, a reminder for us all that there is a vast world available to us all one bookstore, library, ebook away. In a world where way too much time is spent staring at a screen by teenagers and adults alike, HOW TO RAISE A READER might just be the gift book for all who would rather experience a thousand lives before they die, not just one.

Join me, Halli Casser-Jayne, Matthew Cooper, and the New York Times Book Review editor, Pamela Paul this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and available on all your favorite apps.

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