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BARACK OBAMA – BRIAN ABRAMS – JONATHAN CHAIT

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Barack Obama

In his first major speech since leaving office, former U.S. President Barack Obama slammed ‘strongman politics’ — an obvious dig at the current President of the United States Donald Trump — and defended globalization. This week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show we are taking a look at Barack Obama, the man and his presidency when joining me at my table is the author of the hot new book OBAMA: AN ORAL HISTORY 2009-2017, Brian Abrams. And in the second half hour, I am joined by Jonathan Chait, a political columnist for New York magazine here to talk about his book AUDACITY, HOW BARACK OBAMA DEFIED HIS CRITICS AND CREATED A LEGACY THAT WILL PREVAIL. The podcast will be posted July 18, 3 pm ET at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

Obtaining unprecedented access to Obamaworld, interviewing aides and advisers in the administration and on the campaigns as well as several elected members of Congress, both Democrat and Republican, journalist Brian Abrams set out to compile an oral history of Barack Obama’s presidency. The result is his book OBAMA: AN ORAL HISTORY 2009-2017 an immersive chronology of the politics and governing behind a landmark American presidency, manna for those who revere President Obama and even those who do not, certainly an important read for all historically minded. Offering behind-the-scenes stories, this amazing compilation illuminates the inner-workings of an administration through more than one hundred exclusive interviews with senior staffers including Jon Favreau, David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett, and David Plouffe; cabinet members such as Leon Panetta, Jack Lew, and Arne Duncan; and key lawmakers: Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Joe Lieberman, Scott Brown, and Barbara Boxer, among many others.

barack obamaJonathan Chait is a political columnist for New York magazine. Previously a senior editor at the New Republic he has also written for the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic. He has been featured throughout the media, including appearances on NPR, MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, HBO, The Colbert Report, Talk of the Nation, C-Span, Hardball, and on talk radio in every major city in America. Jonathan Chait comes to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show to talk about his brand new book AUDACITY, HOW BARACK OBAMA DEFIED HIS CRITICS AND CREATED A LEGACY THAT WILL PREVAIL, in which he makes the argument that most of Obama’s achievements will not only survive a Trump administration, but also the judgment of time, which will proclaim that Obama was among the greatest and most effective presidents in American history.

Barack Obama, POTUS, Obama administration, politics, Donald Trump, authors, books, The Halli Casser-Jayne has it all for you, Wednesday, July 18 the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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.

ROBIN WILLIAMS, A LIFE – HALLI CASSER-JAYNE SHOW

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Robin Williams

Robin Williams, Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain, we’ve lost a lot of our creatives to suicide. The Halli Casser-Jayne Show focuses on the life and laughter of comedian Robin Williams when joining Halli at her table is New York Times culture reporter and author of a ROBIN, Dave Itzkoff.

If life is an improvisation, and it is, no one improvised his life, and, maybe death more creatively than the brilliant tour de force that was comedian Robin Williams. In his new devastating biography, ROBIN, New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff delivers a fever-pitched riff into the life that was Williams’. When Robin dies suddenly, a suicide, in August of 2014 at the age of sixty-three, his passing stunned millions of people in the United States and around the world. His shocking death not only raised questions about how and why it had had happened, but also prompted reassessments of his extraordinary life and career.

Robin WilliamsIlluminating both the man and the performer, Itzkoff draws on more than one hundred interviews with Robin’s family, friends, and colleagues, as well as his own encounters and interviews with Williams over the years. Williams’ friends were  a who’s who of the entertainment biz, and their names crop p throughout the book…Billy Crystal, David Letterman, Pam Dawber, Dana Carvey, Eric Idle, Jeff Bridges to name a few. David Itzkoff is the author of MAD AS HELL, COCAINE’S SON, and LADS.

Itzkoff is a culture reporter at the New York Times, where he writes regularly about film, television, theater, music, and popular culture. He previously worked at Spin, Maxim, and Details, and his work has appeared in GQ, Vanity Fair, Wired among others.

As Robin Williams life was, we’re off on a wild ride as we explore the life and untimely death of the late, great, brilliant Robin Williams with the author of ROBIN, David Itzkoff on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

BRET BAIER – RANDI ZUCKERBERG – HALLI CASSER-JAYNE SHOW

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Bret Baier

Bret Baier and Randi Zuckerberg…boy oh boy does The Halli Casser-Jayne Podcast have a show for you  at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com. Don’t miss it!

Bret Baier needs no introductions. He is the Chief Political Anchor for Fox News Channel and the Anchor and Executive Editor of Special Report with Bret Baier. He has previously served Fox News as Chief White House Correspondent, and as National Security Correspondent based at the Pentagon. He has reported from seventy-four countries, and has reported from Iraq twelve times and Afghanistan thirteen times. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers THREE DAYS IN JANUARY: DWIGHT EISENHOWER’S FINAL MISSION—a #1 Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestseller—and SPECIAL HEART: A JOURNEY OF FAITH, HOPE, COURAGE, AND LOVE. He received the National Press Foundation’s 2017 Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. His new book THREE DAYS IN MOSCOW: RONALD REAGAN AND THE FALL OF THE SOVIET EMPIRE could not be more timely as tensions between the U.S. and Russia flare up…it’s insightful to revisit the historic role Ronald Reagan contributed to his country – ending the Cold War without the firing of a single shot. The end of the Cold War is perhaps the defining historical moment of the past half century, and it must be understood if we are to make sense of America’s place in the world today. Baier convincingly argues that Reagan’s essential role in ending the Cold War is too little appreciated.

Bret BaierRandi Zuckerberg, sister of Mark Zuckerberg, is a force to be reckoned with. She is a New York Times bestselling author, the founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media and host of “Dot Complicated” on SiriusXM, inspired by her book of the same name. Randi also served as mentor on Oxygen’s show “Quit Your Day Job,” as well as executive producer of “Dot.” based on Randi’s recent children’s book, which premiered on CBC and Universal Kids Fall 2016. Randi appears regularly on NBC the TODAY show and CNBC, and has also been seen on CNN, Good Morning America, Fox Business, Bloomberg News, and ABC’s World News. She is a Tony Voter and was also a correspondent for the 2016 Tony Awards and the World Economic Forum in Davos. Randi was recently appointed as a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum and is part of the Tech Committee for the American Theatre Wing. Add wife and mom to her resume and you see why her new book PICK 3 is for you but about her, a motivational handbook – both a business how-to and self-help guide  takes on the fallacy of the “well-balanced” life, arguing that the key to success is learning to be well-lopsided. “We simply can’t do it all every day,” she contends, “and trying to do so only leaves us frustrated and feeling inadequate.” Her solution? Just PICK THREE!

Bret Baier, Randi Zuckerberg, Russia, Putin, Reagan, Trump, politics, self-help, we have it all. for you. Join Halli and her two intriguing guests on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.                

 

 

CNN’S SALLY KOHN THE OPPOSITE OF HATE

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hate

Hate has consumed America, and it’s time we took a good hard look at hate and bigotry and all its ugly incarnations. One of the leading progressive voices in America today, Sally Kohn sits down with Halli on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show to talk about her new book THE OPPOSITE OF HATE: A FIELD GUIDE TO REPAIRING OUR HUMANITY. To fight against bigotry and hatred Kohn asserts, we must first understand its roots. In her new book, she sets out to do just that.

Writer Sally Kohn is a long-time activist, a CNN political commentator and the host of the “State of Resistance” podcast. In researching her powerful book, she spoke with leading scientists and researchers and investigated the evolutionary and cultural roots of hate in its most subtle and obvious forms, from implicit bias and racism to violence and full-blown genocide.

She traveled across the country and worldwide, interviewing fascinating people who have left extraordinary lives of hate behind, including a former neo-Nazi who began to change his life when a cashier at McDonald’s, upon seeing his swastika tattoo, told him, “You’re a better person than that. I know that’s not who you are.” He’s now a Buddhist. And she spoke with a former Palestinian terrorist who, after a prison sentence and even after his daughter was killed by the Israeli military, now works with Israelis to forge understanding and peace. And with survivors of the Rwandan genocide, including an unbelievable story of a man who fell in love with and married the daughter of the man who had slaughtered his entire family. She even spoke with some of her most vicious Twitter trolls, some of whom expressed regret or opened up about their personal hardships and demonstrated their own humanity to Kohn.

hateThe stories abound and are fascinating as well as enlightening.

Hate, bigotry, can this world be saved? Author Sally Kohn talks her new book THE OPPOSITE OF HATE, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

JENNA BLUM AUTHOR THE NEW BOOK THE LOST FAMILY

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Jenna Blum

Holocaust fiction is tough to write and there are few who write it better than New York Times and International bestselling author of THOSE WHO SAVE US, Jenna Blum. Jenna Blum sits down with Halli in her first official interview to launch her new book THE LOST FAMILY, on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, the interview posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

Also the author of the well-received novel THE STORM CHASERS and the novella, THE LUCKY ONE in GRAND CENTRAL, Jenna Blum is one of Oprah’s Top 30 Women Writers. She is also the 2005 winner of the Ribalow Prize, awarded by Hadassah Magazine and adjudged by the late Elie Wiesel. Based in Boston where she has long taught fiction and master novel workshops at the famed Grub Street Writers since the school’s founding in 1997, Jenna earned her MA in Creative Writing from Boston University, where she taught creative writing and journalism and was a fiction editor for AGNI Literary Magazine. From 1993 to 1997, Jenna interviewed Holocaust Survivors for the Steven Spielberg Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, an interview done back then from which Jenna’s latest book of historical fiction, THE LOST FAMILY derives.

THE LOST FAMILY, the story of the long-term effects of the Holocaust on the family dynamic is a book in which Jenna Blum once again expertly plays with her reader’s hearts, their minds, their souls in a brilliantly-rendered tour de force of a family saga, a searing tale of love, loss and renewal in the shadow of the ghastly ghost that haunts survivors of Hitler’s Nazi, Germany.

Holocaust fiction, books, authors, Nazi, Germany, Hitler, the 60s, the 70s, the 80s, the Holocaust,  when Jenna Blum is Halli’s guest for the hour on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, the podcast at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

SCOTT PRUITT, GLOBAL WARMING, EPA with ANDREW REVKIN

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Scott Pruitt

We’re taking on Scott Pruitt, the Trump administration, the EPA, global warning, weather and climate change this week on TALKish with Halli Casser-Jayne when Andrew Revkin, the prize-winning science reporter and the author of a truly fascinating new book, WEATHER: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY FROM CLOUD ATLASES TO CLIMATE CHANGE joins me at my table at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

Andrew Revkin has spent a quarter of a century covering subjects ranging from the assault on the Amazon to the Asian tsunami, from the troubled relationship of science and politics to climate change at the North Pole. Since 1995, he has been covering the environment for the New York Times, but his first prize-winning magazine articles on the human influence on climate were published more than 20 years ago, before the creation of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Scott PruittHe has written acclaimed books on the Amazon, global warming, and the changing Arctic. His multimedia work on the Web has also been widely lauded, particularly his New York Times blog, Dot Earth. He is the first science reporter to win a John Chancellor Award for sustained excellence in journalism.

Now following his prize-winning 21-year stint at The New York Times, Revkin has taken a new position at National Geographic Society as the Strategic Adviser for Environmental and Science Journalism to help expand grants and support for journalism worldwide, focusing on our human journey on this fast-changing planet. And he is out with a new book, WEATHER: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY FROM CLOUD ATLASES TO CLIMATE CHANGE co-written with his wife Lisa Mechaley in which he presents an intriguing illustrated history of humanity’s evolving relationship with Earth’s dynamic climate system and the wondrous weather it generates.

Oh, and in his spare moments, he is a performing songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who occasionally accompanied the late Pete Seeger at regional shows and plays in a folk-blues band, Uncle Wade.

Scott Pruitt, the EPA, global warning, weather and climate change, and, of course, Halli’s commentary this week on TALKish with Halli Casser-Jayne. For more information visit  Halli Casser-Jayne dot com

VLADIMIR PUTIN & THE HOTTEST AMERICAN PRESIDENTS

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Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin, Thomas Jefferson, Barack Obama, Donald J. Trump, which is the Hottest Head of State? It’s politics unusal on TALKish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, when joining Halli at her table is the only man to wage a battle with Russian President Vladimir Putin and win, and the author of WELCOME TO PUTINGRAD, THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF THE ONLY MAN TO COLLECT MONEY FROM VLADIMIR PUTIN, Franz Sedelmeyer, and the co-author of a very funny book on American Presidents HOTTEST HEADS OF STATE, Kate Dobson.

At the age of 26, Franz Sedelmayer traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia and in a short period of time built an enormously successful police supply and training company. Who was one of young Sedelmayer’s big supporters? The young deputy mayor of St. Petersburg, a former KGB lieutenant colonel. His name? Vladimir Putin. The two young men formed a bond, and at Putin’s request Sedelmayer created and trained the KGB’s first Western-style SWAT team. Then, Sedelmayer’s Russian company was expropriated by President Boris Yeltsin and his ambitious, political, and ruthless onetime friend, Vladimir Putin. Why did Putin sell out his friend? Was Putin paid off? In fact, shortly thereafter Putin landed his first Moscow post. Not to take what happened sitting down, Franz Sedelmey went into battle to retrieve his assets and and won—but Russia refused to pay damages. Undeterred, he persevered, waging a 20-year campaign against the Kremlin and its current president, Vladimir Putin, his former friend.His unique story told in his book WELCOME TO PUTINGRAD, THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF THE ONLY MAN TO COLLECT MONEY FROM VLADIMIR PUTIN.

Vladimir PutinWith HOTTEST HEADS OF STATE VOLUME ONE: THE AMERICAN PRESIDENTS,  husband and wife team J.D. and Kate Dobson ask the tough questions that previous presidential biographers and American historians have been afraid to tackle: What are some pickup lines used by former occupants of the Oval Office? How can you style your hair like Martin Van Buren? And which president had the best beard? Smart, cheeky, and above all an entertaining journey through American political history as seen through the smoldering and beguiling eyes of our presidents. J.D.—a 2004 graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, former congressional aide, lobbyist, and crisis communications consultant—and Kate—a Brown University alumna and former Washington Post comics editor—deliver this trip through our 45 presidents in the style of a teen magazine, complete with quizzes, lists, lots of photos, and no block of text longer than a full page. If you think politics has lost its sense of humor, the Dobsons have restored it.

Vladimir Putin, politics, humor presidents of the United States, books, authors, who could ask for more. Tune into TALKish, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday at 3 pm ET at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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.

SYRIA WITH SEBASTIAN JUNGER KATE QUINN AUTHOR

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SYRIA

A look at the hell that is Syria and a look at a little known story of women spies in World War 1 are the subjects of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when joining Halli at her table are Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and bestselling author Sebastian Junger and co-producer of the National Geographic Documentary Film Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS and author Kate Quinn whose new, emotion-filled novel THE ALICE NETWORK recreates the little known story of the most successful spy network of World War 1, led by women.

In National Geographic Documentary Films’ Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS, filmmaker and best-selling author Sebastian Junger and his Emmy-winning film-making partner, Nick Quested, chronicle Syria’s descent into the unbridled chaos that allowed the rise of the Islamic State, better known as ISIS, capturing the Syrian war’s harrowing carnage, political and social consequences, and, most important, its human toll, while painting an alarming picture of the west’s role in the creation of ISIS. Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS has been released theatrically in NY and LA and is airing globally on National Geographic Channel. Sebastian Junger is the New York Times No. 1 best-selling author of “The Perfect Storm,” “Fire,” “A Death in Belmont,” “War” and “Tribe.” As an award-winning journalist, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a special correspondent at ABC News, he has covered major international news stories around the world and has received both a National Magazine Award and a Peabody Award. Junger’s debut film, “Restrepo,” was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

SYRIAHistorical fiction writer Kate Quinn hits a home-run in her new book THE ALICE NETWORK when she recreates the little known story of the most successful spy network of World War I, The Alice Network, run by a woman named Louise de Bettignies code name Alice, the Queen of Spies. Cut to Quinn’s story and 1947 in the chaotic aftermath of World War II and to American college girl Charlie St. Clair pregnant, unmarried, and in search of her missing beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war. Flashback to 1915 when young Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she’s recruited to work as a spy. Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until young Charlie barges in uttering a name Eve hasn’t heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth…no matter where it leads.

War is hell.  A look at the war in Syria and women spies of World War 1 on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show,at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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