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VictoriaBookIrinaSunday, November 16, 8 pm ET, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds explores the life of Prima Ballerina Irina Baronova. Joining Halli at her table to discuss her new book IRINA BARONOVA AND THE BALLETS RUSSES DE MONTE CARLO is Baronova’s daughter author and actress Victoria Tennant.


Irina Baronova was a Russian-born ballerina and actress who was one of the Baby Ballerinas of the Ballets Russe de Monte Carlo, discovered by George Balanchine in Paris in the 1930s. Baronova’s first principal role was Odette in Swan Lake, partnered by Anton Dolin, which she performed at just 14 years old. Born in Russia, forced to flee to Romania because of the Russian Revolution her parents took her to Paris to study ballet at the behest of her dance teacher. From there Baronova traveled the world adored by all, retiring from dance to marry Cecil Tennant, Victoria’s father.

VICTORIAMITCHUMVictoria Tennant is an Emmy nominated and Golden Globe nominated film and television actress. Best known for her role in the iconic TV mini-series The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, in which she appeared as actor Robert Mitchum’s on-screen love interest, Pamela Tudsbury, Tennant also starred with her former husband, Steve Martin in two of his films All of Me and L.A. Story.

Miss Tennant will be appearing at the Miami Book Fair International November 16-23rd in downtown Miami at Miami Dade College.

A conversation with actress and author Victoria Tennant on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds, Sunday, November 16, 8 pm ET. Tune in at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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WarFightingPTSDWednesday, November 12, 3 pm ET, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds takes a look at war through the eyes of three authors who bring unique perspectives to the discussion. Joining Halli at her table is Brian Turner author of MY LIFE AS A FOREIGN COUNTRY, Janet Burroway author of LOSING TIM, and Helen Thorpe author of SOLDIER GIRLS.

WarBookMyLifeasaForeignCountryAmerican poet, essayist, and professor, Brian Turner, won the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award for his debut collection, HERE, BULLET, the first of many awards and honors received for this collection of poems about his seven year experience as a soldier in the Iraq War. The director of the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College, his breathtaking memoir MY LIFE AS A FOREIGN COUNTRY retraces that war experience in a humane, heartbreaking and expertly crafted work of literature.

WarBookLoosingTimJanet Burroway is the author of eight novels and numerous plays, poems, and essays, including THE BUZZARDS, which went up for a Pulitzer and RAW SILK, nominated for a National Book Award. In her memoir LOSING TIME, THE LIFE AND DEATH OF AN AMERICAN CONTRACTOR IN IRAQ Burroway recounts the life and death of her elder son, US Army Captain Tim Eysselick.

WarBookSoldierGirlsHelen Thorpe’s journalism has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, New York magazine, The New Yorker, Slate, and Harper’s Bazaar. She is the author of JUST LIKE US, a winner of the Colorado Book Award. In SOLDIER GIRLS, Thorpe shares the battles of three women soldiers at home and at war — they part of the new breed of soldiers, the Soldier Girls who are now more than 15 percent of America’s armed services.

In celebration of Veteran’s Day, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show takes a look at the realities of war and the men and women who serve. Tune in live November 12, 3 pm ET online at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

All of our guests will be making appearances at The Miami Book Fair International November 16-23 in Downtown Miami at Miami Dade College.


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Politics is the subject of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, November 5, 3 pm ET when Halli welcomes to her table New York Times bestselling author and former Counsel to President Richard M. Nixon, John Dean, and author and one of the premier scholars on the United States Senate, Ross K. Baker.


John W. Dean served as White House Counsel for United States President Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal, and his Senate testimony led to Nixon’s resignation. In 2006, Dean testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee investigating George W. Bush’s NSA warrantless wiretap program. He is the New York Times bestselling author of BLIND AMBITION, BROKEN GOVERNMENT, CONSERVATIVES WITHOUT CONSCIENCE and WORSE THAN WATERGATE. In his new book THE NIXON DEFENSE, Dean breaks new ground on what President Nixon knew about the Watergate break-in that was his undoing and when he knew it.


Ross K. Baker is one of the premier scholars on the United States Senate. In his new book IS BIPARTISANSHIP DEAD? A REPORT FROM THE SENATE the Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University gives a sharp assessment of today’s legislative process, gleamed from his on-the-record interviews with a dozen Democrats and Republicans.


The past, the present, the future of politics in America with two eminent men from the world of politics: John Dean and Ross K. Baker on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds, Wednesday, November 5, 3 pm ET. Tune in online at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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WaynebookcoverandJohnWayneSunday, November 2, 8 pm ET, the life and legend that is John Wayne is the subject of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when Halli welcomes to her table acclaimed bestselling Hollywood biographer Scott Eyman. Eyman’s new book on the Hollywood icon JOHN WAYNE, THE LIFEAND LEGEND is a New York Time’s bestseller.

With his new engaging, revealing and fully rounded portrait of one of America’s most enduring and controversial film icons in JOHN WAYNE: THE LIFE AND LEGEND, Scott Eyman colorfully chronicles the life of the one of America’s most enduring and controversial film icons, drawing on unpublished materials, exhaustive research, and more that a hundred interviews with Wayne and many of his closest colleagues, friends, and family members.

Scott Eyman has written eleven books, including, with veteran actor Robert Wagner, the New York Times bestseller PIECES OF MY HEART. Among his other titles are EMPIRE OF DREAMS: THE EPIC LIFE OF CECIL B. DEMILLE, winner of the 2011 Richard Wall Memorial Book Award: LION OF HOLLYWOOD: THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF LOUIS B. MAYER; PRINT THE LEGEND: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JOHN FORD.

The life of Hollywood legend John Wayne, Sunday, November 2, 8 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, always bringing you Talk Radio for Fine Minds. Tune in live online at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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LifeLessonsBookHowwegottonwWe’re taking a look at ideas Wednesday, October 22 at 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds when Halli brings you two of the great intellects of our time. Joining Halli at her table is Steven Johnson, widely regarded as one of the world’s most perceptive and thought-provoking thinkers on new media and the evolution of information technology author of the new book and PBS TV series, HOW WE GOT TO NOW. And Barbara Erenreich, author of a provocative new memoir LIVING WITH A WILD GOD, A NONBELIEVER’S SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH ABOUT EVERYTHING

Steven Johnson is the author of the bestsellers including WHERE GOOD IDEAS COMR FROM, THE INVENTION OF AIR, THE GHOST MAP, EVERYTHING BAD IS GOOD FOR YOU, MIND WIDE OPEN. He is the founder of a variety of influential websites and writes for Time, Wired, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.


Barbara Ehrenreich is an American writer and political activist who describes herself as “a myth buster by trade”, and has been called “a veteran muckraker” by The New Yorker. She has authored 21 books, perhaps best known for her 2001 book NICKEL AND DIMED: ON (NOT) GETTING BY IN AMERICA, a memoir of Ehrenreich’s three-month experiment surviving on minimum wage. The New York Times bestselling author’s latest book is LIVING WITH A WILD GOD, A NONBELIEVER’S SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH ABOUT EVERYTHING
a brave, frank, honest, and exquisitely written memoir that is sure to rattle your world.

Steven Johnson, Barbara Erenreich two of the thought-leaders of our day Wednesday, October 22, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show bringing you Talk Radio for Fine Minds. Tune in live online at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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MemoirElizabethNunezwithherbookTwo women, two memoirs, two extraordinary lives is the subject of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds, Wednesday, October 8, 3 pm ET when Halli is joined at her table by award-winning writers Elizabeth Nunez author of NOT FOR EVERDAY USE and Joanna Rakoff author of MY SALINGER YEARS.

Elizabeth Nunez, PhD, immigrated to the US from Trinidad after completing high school. She is the award-winning author of eight novels, four of them selected as New York Times Editors choice, among her books BOUNDARIES, nominated for the 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Fiction and ANNA IN-BETWEEN awarded the PEN Oakland Award. Nunez is a Distinguished Professor at Hunter College, CUNY, where she teaches fiction writing. Her latest book, the memoir NOT FOR EVERYDAY USE is an astonishing achievement. Tracing the four days from the moment she gets the call that every immigrant fears to the burial of her mother, Nunez tells the haunting story of her lifelong struggle to cope with the consequences of the “sterner stuff” of her parents’ ambitions for their children, and her mother’s seemingly unbreakable conviction that displays of affection are not for everyday use.

Joanna Rakoff’s novel A FORTUNATE AGE won the Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction by Emerging Writers and the Elle Readers’ Prize, and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and a San Francisco Chronicle best seller. She has written for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, and other publications. Hailed by critics, Rakoff’s new memoir, MY SALINGER YEAR, is a poignant, keenly observed, and irresistibly funny coming of age story of a girl who at twenty-three, after leaving graduate school, dared to pursue her dreams of becoming a poet. A move to New York City, a job as assistant to the storied literary agent for J. D. Salinger, a love affair — well, sort of — Joanna Rakoff’s book MY SALINGER YEAR brilliantly captures literary New York in the late nineties, the pre-digital world on the cusp of vanishing.

A look at the extraordinary lives of two women, Wednesday, October 8, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds and Lovers of History. Tune in live online at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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warpoetrycartoonMarking the 100th anniversary of World War I, Wednesday, August 20, 3 pm ET The Halli Casser-Jayne Show welcomes critically acclaimed war historian William Philpott, and the world’s leading scholar of the Great War poet Siegfried Sassoon Jean Moorcroft Wilson.

William Philpott is Professor of the History of Warfare in the Department of War studies at King’s College London. He is a specialist in the history of Anglo-French relations, British Strategy, and the history of the French army. Philpott is the author of Three Armies on the Somme, The First Battle of the Twentieth Century, Blood Victory: The Battle of the Somme and The Making of the Twentieth Century, Anglo-French Relations and Strategy on the Western Front, 1914-1918, Anglo-French Defense Relations between the Wars, Palgrave Concise Atlas of the First World War, and Palgrave Advances in Modern Military History. In his latest book War of Attrition, Fighting the First World War, Philpott takes a look at the causes and effects of The First World War, bringing new revelations of the first truly modern war to light, the war that shaped the twentieth century.

Jean Moorcroft Wilson lectures in English Literature at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is married to Virginia Woolf’s nephew. In her latest book, Siegfried Sassoon, Soldier, Poet, Lover, Friend, Wilson takes an in-depth look at the man considered a key figure in the study of the poetry of the Great War. Her previous works include I Was an English Poet: Biography of Sir William Watson, Virginia Woolf, Life and London: A Biography of Place, The Selected Poems of Isaac Rosenberg.

A look at World War I through the eyes of history and the voice of a poet, Wednesday, August 20 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds and Lovers of History. Tune in live online at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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jamesbrowndanceCoinciding with the release of the new James Brown biopic, GET ON UP, Wednesday, July 30, 3 pm ET, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds celebrates the Godfather of Soul, the one and only James Brown.

Joining in the celebration is the daughter of James Brown, Deanna Brown Thomas, humanitarian, entrepreneur, radio & TV personality, actress and writer and the President of The James Brown Family Children Foundation (JBFCF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created according to the wishes of James Brown.

Aakomon “AJ” Jones is one of the most sought after choreographers in the world, working with the biggest names in music such as Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Jenner Lopez, and Mariah Carey. His choreography can best be described by the clean lines, musicality, sharpness and versatility, on view in the new James Brown biopic GET ON UP, which he also choreographed.

RJ Smith’s THE ONE is the definitive biography of James Brown, not only presenting the first complete portrait of his personal life, but also placing Brown in his proper place in the pantheon of popular culture icons. Nominated for an NAACP award and hailed by Janet Maslin of The New York Times as one of the top books of 2012.

Jason Eamons is the Director of Curatorial Affairs at EMP Museum, which was founded by Microsoft’s co-founder, Paul Allen and opened in June 2000 in a building designed by Frank Gehry. The EMP Museum explores the artists and ideas that fuel popular music and pop culture.

Conversation is an art, and Halli Casser-Jayne is the artist of conversation. Tune into The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds, Wednesday, July 30, 3 pm ET. Tune in here @ Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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crimebookwayfaringstrangerWednesday, July 16, 3 pm ET, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is pleased to welcome to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show the author named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and the rare winner of two Edgar Awards, American treasure James Lee Burke, and New York Times and international bestseller thriller writer Andrew Gross.

James Lee Burke is the author of thirty-four novel and two collections of short stories, including New York Times bestsellers Light of the World and The Tin Roof Blowdown. Three of his novels have been made into motion pictures. His latest book, Wayfaring Stranger is James Lee Burke at his best, the story of a young boy’s chance encounter with Bonnie and Clyde that would shape his family’s fate for decades to come – a sprawling thriller that crosses continents and decades of American history.

Andrew Gross is the author of the New York Times and international bestsellers No Way Back, 15 Seconds, Eyes Wide Open, and many more. He is also coauthor of five number one bestsellers with James Patterson, including Judge & Jury and Lifeguard. His latest blockbuster is Everything to Lose, the story of a determined mother who becomes entangled in a murderous conspiracy to keep a twenty-year-old secret buried. A blistering thriller, Everything to Lose is a book only the talented Andrew Gross could write.

A conversation with two of the great mystery writers of our day, the incomparable James Lee Burke and the gifted Andrew Gross on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, July 16, 3 pm ET. Tune in live online at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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It’s always a treat for us at The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when renowned Chef Norman Van Aken stops by for a visit, as he did Wednesday, on his way to an appearance on  Jimmy Kimmel LiveNorman, Andy Garcia, Jimmy Kimmel. “The Father of New World cuisine is out with a truly delicious new memoir, “No Experience Necessary, The Culinary Odyssey of Chef Norman Van Aken,” a book you’ll want to pick up. The book spans twenty-plus years of the culinary renegade and pioneering restaurateur’s career, offering a uniquely personal, highly-entertaining under-the-tablecloth view of the high stakes world of American cuisine, told with wit, insight, and great affection by a natural storyteller.

We talked about the book, of course, but also about the art of entertainment. Chef  Norman was kind enough to send over two recipes he thought you might like to use for your upcoming Super Bowl Party, and we post them below.

Chef Norman Van Aken’s Carny Corn Dogs

During the 1970s in the Midwest, carnivals and state fairs served up cotton candy, popcorn, hot dogs, ice cream, soda, and not much else. It would be several decades before they would become venues not only for entertainment and agricultural prize giving but also for the huge variety of ethnic and regional foods we enjoy and take for granted today. And after nearly being electrocuted on a Ferris wheel, it would be several decades before I started to appreciate and enjoy making my own Carny Corn Dogs.

1 quart oil, for frying

1 cup yellow cornmeal

1 cup all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon kosher salt

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

½ teaspoon black pepper

½ teaspoon ground cumin

¼ cup granulated sugar

4 teaspoons baking powder

1 egg, beaten

1 cup milk

1 cup buttermilk, or as needed to make a smooth, thick batter

6 wooden skewers

6 hot dogs, bratwurst, or Maxwell Street brand Polish sausages

Preheat the oil in a deep pot over medium heat to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl combine the cornmeal, flour, salt, cayenne, black pepper, cumin, sugar, and baking powder. Stir in the egg and both kinds of milk, and set aside.

Insert a wooden skewer into each sausage at least two-thirds of the way up. Roll each skewered sausage in the batter, being careful to avoid the skewer, until the sausage is well coated.

In the hot oil, fry 2 to 3 skewered sausages at a time for about 3 minutes, turning them several times, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

Serve with your favorite condiments. Mustard is my choice.

Makes 6 corn dogs

Chef Norman Van Aken’s Vietnamese Soft Spring Rolls

This was a recipe I began making a few years before the birth of a Mano, but I think it reached its zenith in the small kitchen on Ocean Drive, as far as my versions of it. A chef I really loved having on the team named Maria figured out how to write the word “delicious” in Japanese—with wasabi. Of course almost no one got it but when a person literate in the Japanese language did understand it we felt a kind of kinship with humanity that bordered on the cosmic.

For the marinade and dipping sauce:

2 tablespoons plum sauce

5 tablespoons hoisin

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

3 tablespoons ketchup

2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger

5 tablespoons sesame oil

3 tablespoons cilantro leaves

1 tablespoon mirin

2 cloves garlic, minced

3 tablespoons chile oil

1 tablespoon sugar

½ cup red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon cracked black pepper

In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together. Reserve.

For the noodles:

1 sleeve (2¼ ounces dry weight) uncooked somen noodles

In a large pot, cook the noodles in rapidly boiling salted water for about 30 to 45 seconds. Rinse quickly under cold running water, and drain well. Toss the noodles with enough marinade to evenly coat. Reserve the remaining marinade for dipping sauce.

For the filling:

4 (8½-inch) round rice paper wrappers

1½ cups cooked duck or chicken or pork

3 cups shiitake (or other) cooked mushroom caps, sliced

kosher salt and cracked pepper, to taste

Season the protein with the salt and pepper. Fill a wide, shallow bowl halfway up with warm water. Working one by one, dampen the wrappers in the water until they are pliant. (This usually takes 1 to 2 minutes per wrapper and should be done immediately prior to stuffing.) Remove and pat dry.

To fill each roll, place some of the marinated noodles about a third of the way down the wrapper. Fold in the bottom and each side of the wrapper burrito-style, then add some of the meat and some of the mushrooms, and continue rolling, keeping a little pressure on the bundle as you roll.

Reserve the filled spring rolls between layers of slightly moist toweling in the refrigerator until ready to serve. (Note: Spring Rolls may be made up to 4 hours before serving.) Trim off the ends (you can eat or discard them). Slice the rolls into bite-sized sections. Serve with the reserved remaining marinade in small dipping cups for each guest.

Makes 2½ cups

Recipes reprinted with permission of Norman Van Aken.


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