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AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY + THE ‘MONA LISA’ OF STAMPS

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A look at the history of American foreign policy and a journey inside the quest to own the most valuable stamp in the world are the subjects of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, March 15, 3 pm ET when joining Halli at her table are award-winning former New York Times foreign correspondent Stephen Kinzer author of THE TRUE FLAG and New York Times reporter James Barron author of THE ONE-CENT MAGENTA.

American Foreign PolicyIn THE TRUE FLAG: THEODORE ROOSEVELT, MARK TWAIN, AND THE BIRTH OF AMERICAN EMPIRE Stephen Kinzer turns his attention to the formative events of American imperialism. Today’s debate over intervention – in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, or the next major conflict – is only the latest episode in a debate that has divided the American soul for more than a century. According to Kinzer, every argument about whether or not the US should intervene in other countries, or allow them to shape their own futures, is a pale shadow of the first and greatest debate at the turn of the twentieth century in 1898, following its victory in the Spanish-American War.

American Foreign policy and stamp collectingIn 2014, a stamp known as “The One-Cent Magenta” was sold at Sotheby’s for nearly $9.5 million, the largest amount ever paid for a postage stamp at auction. Today, it is the most expensive object in the world by weight, but when it was first printed in 1856, the stamp cost (as its name suggests) just a penny. What is it about our compulsion to collect, the human desire to own what is most rare, that can give an item—including a tiny, beat-up postage stamp—such extraordinary value? IN THE ONE-CENT MAGENTA: INSIDE THE QUEST TO OWN THE MOST VALUABLE STAMP IN THE WORLD James Barron pulls back the curtain on the secretive and often bizarre world of high-profile stamp collecting. It’s a fascinating tale of immense wealth and obsession, told through the stories of the eccentric characters who have bought, owned, and sold the world’s most sought-after piece of philatelic history. Written with wit and irony, Barron’s signature style, ONE-CENT MAGENTA tells a surprisingly scintillating story in improbable and delicious detail.

The history of American foreign policy as told by a master storyteller Stephen Kinzer and a look inside the obsessive, secretive and often bizarre world of high-profile stamp collecting with James Barron on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, March 15. The podcast will be posted 3 pm Eastern at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

ADVENTURE TIME ON THE HALLI CASSER-JAYNE SHOW

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Join The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when we go on an adventure into the world of artist Andrew Wyeth and into the Honduran rain forest when two New York Times bestselling authors Christina Baker Kline and Douglas Preston join Halli at her table.

adventure with Douglas Preston The Lost City of the Monkey GodSince the days of conquistador Hernan Cortes, rumors have circulated about an ancient White City of immense wealth hidden in the Honduran interior. Indigenous tribes spoke of ancestors who had fled there to escape the Spanish, warning that anyone who disturbs this sacred city will fall ill and die. In THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD: A TRUE STORY Douglas Preston brings us the almost unbelievable, danger-filled narrative about the incredible discovery of the lost city and the life-threatening events that followed when Preston, along with a team of scientists ventured into the jungle on a pioneering journey filled with personal danger, venomous snakes, lethal pathogens and more. What happened to Preston on his return to civilization is even more harrowing than his trip into the rain forest. Preston is also the co-author with Lincoln Child of the famed series of novels featuring FBI agent Pendergast.

Adventure into Andrew WyethWriter Christina Baker Kline is best known for her beloved 2013 novel ORPHAN TRAIN. With more than three million copies in print, it has been published in 40 countries, appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for more than two years — five weeks at #1 new novel. Now she comes to us with the haunting, evocative novel A PIECE OF THE WORLD in which she turns her attention, as she did in ORPHAN TRAIN, to another little-known part of America’s history: the story of Christina Olson, the complex woman and real-life muse Andrew Wyeth portrayed in his 1948 masterpiece Christina’s World.

Adventure, art, books, authors, archaeology, there’s something for everyone on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, March 8. The new podcast will be posted 3 pm ET at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

PLAGUES AND THE MAESTRO OF MAYHEM

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PLAGUES GET WELL SOON JENNIFER WRIGHT

A tour of history’s worst plagues with author Jennifer Wright and a conversation with the bestselling maestro of mayhem, Tim Dorsey, are the topics of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show.

Get out your face masks, buy stock in hand sanitizer and batten down the hatches, germs are catching and the next plague might be right around the corner. In GET WELL SOON, HISTORY’S WORST PLAGUES AND THE HEROES WHO FOUGHT THEM author Jennifer Wright takes us on a sometimes witty and irreverent tour of history’s worst plagues. Throughout time, humans have been terrified and fascinated by the diseases history and circumstance have dropped on them. Some of the responses to those outbreaks are almost too strange to believe in hindsight. Filled with some of the most notorious villains – will history ever let us forget Typhoid Mary? –  Wright, a contributor to The New York Observer, The New York Post, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Maxim, and more does the seemingly impossible: Informs, makes you laugh and scares you to death in GET WELL SOON.

MAESTRO OF MAYHEM TIM DORSEY CLOWNFISH BLUESThe bestselling maestro of mayhem Tim Dorsey has been called many things: A nut, a nice guy, the Artist of Literary Insanity. He has written nineteen laugh-riot thrillers, novels fueled by a cast of miscreants among them COCONUT COWBOY, ORANGE CRUSH and FLORIDA ROADKILL. Now he brings to us his twentieth book, the uproarious CLOWNFISH BLUES, featuring everyone’s favorite, gloriously unrepentant Florida serial killer, Serge A. Storms! Dorsey, a former reporter and editor for the Tampa Tribune grew up in a small town about an hour north of Miami called Riviera Beach.

Plagues, murder, mayhem, history, laughs there’s something for everyone on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

A TRIP TO RUSSIA & A SAIL AROUND THE WORLD

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Lisa Dickey Bears in the Streets Russia

A trip to Russia and a sailing trip around the world are the two stories The Halli Casser-Jayne Show brings you Wednesday, February 8, 3 pm ET. Joining Halli at her table is Lisa Dickey the author of BEARS IN THE STREETS an eye-opening memoir of Dickey’s travels over twenty years through Russia and Jeremy Cage, entrepreneur, former Fortune 100 executive and President of The Cage Group, who had a dream to sail around the world and did.

In the fall of 1995, Lisa Dickey author and ghostwriter, whose talent has contributed to eight New York Times bestsellers, traveled across the whole of Russia, interviewing people from all walks of life in 11 different cities. In 2005, she made the entire trip again, interviewing all the same people to find out how their lives had changed. Ten years later, in 2015, she made the trip yet again, interviewing the same people she had met 20 years earlier, her goal to find out how life in Russia had changed in the ensuing years. Her new book BEARS IN THE STREETS: THREE JOURNEYS ACROSS A CHANGING RUSSIA, tells Lisa’s story and chronicles the changing lives of Russians in the ever-changing Russian political climate.

Jeremy Cage All Dreams on Deck RussiaEntrepreneur, former Fortune 100 executive and President of The Cage Group, Jeremy Cage had a dream to sail around the world. So, he did. With his wife and their two children the Cage family spent sixteen-months on their life-changing voyage. An expert in turning dreams into reality, since returning, Cage has become an advisor to thousands of people, showing them how to fulfill their dreams for their businesses and for themselves. Basing his advice on his years of corporate success as well as his around-the-world sailing adventure, Cage uses a boat metaphor to articulate his process in his book ALL DREAMS ON DECK, an inspiring, practical and enjoyable guide to making work and personal dreams come true.

Russia, Russian politics, Putin, sailing around the world, making dreams come true, adventure, don’t miss the next episode of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Wednesday, February 8, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

POLITICS WITH JONATHAN CHAIT STEVE HILTON

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We return to politics on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, January 25 when joining Halli at her table is journalist Jonathan Chait, author of the brand new book AUDACITY HOW BARACK OBAMA DEFIED HIS CRITICS AND CREATED A LEGACY THAT WILL PREVAIL and Steve Hilton, Prime Minister David Cameron’s former senior adviser author of MORE HUMAN: DESIGNING A WORLD WHERE PEOPLE COME FIRST.

Jonathan Chait writes about politics and more as a 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. In his new book AUDACITY, HOW BARACK OBAMA DEFIED HIS CRITICS AND CREATED A LEGACY THAT WILL PREVAIL, Chait 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.

politics steve hilton conservatismSteve Hilton has been called many things and one is the Steve Jobs of politics. The T-Shirt clad Hilton is one of UK’s most known political figures. As former Prime Minister Cameron’s senior adviser, he remade the Tory party into a modern, winning conservative party. Now Hilton has his eyes set on America’s political system. In MORE HUMAN: DESIGNING A WORLD WHERE PEOPLE COME FIRST, Hilton posits that government, business, the lives we lead, the food we eat, the way our children are brought up, the way we relate to the natural world around us – it’s all become too big and distant and industrialized — inhuman. It’s time to put people first. Hilton is also the cofounder and CEO of Crowdpac, a Silicon Valley political, non-partisan tech start-up, and teaches at Stanford University.

Politics, liberal, conservative, left, right, Barack Obama, Tories whatever your political flavor, a conversation with Jonathan Chait and Steve Hilton on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

FRANK SESNO: EMMY AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST, AUTHOR, EDUCATOR

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Emmy Award-winning Frank Sesno on CNN

In the course of his storied career, Emmy Award-winning journalist Frank Sesno has interviewed heads of state including five U.S. Presidents and many other influential figures including Presidents Bush and Clinton, Bill Gates, Benjamin Netanyahu, Condoleezza Rice, Anderson Cooper, Karl Rove, Hillary Clinton, and Colin Powell. On Wednesday, January18, 3 pm ET, CNN’s former White House Correspondent, Frank Sesno, joins Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show for a wide-ranging conversation.

Emmy Award-winning Frank Sesno's new book Ask MoreFrank Sesno has asked a lot of questions. During his 17 years at CNN, Sesno served as news anchor, analyst and reporter. For seven years he hosted the network’s flagship weekend interview program, “Late Edition with Frank Sesno.” Besides political leaders Sesno has interviewed scientists, celebrities, and best-selling authors along with leaders from a wide range of industries. In his new book ASK MORE, THE POWER OF QUESTIONS TO OPEN DOORS, UNCOVER SOLUTIONS, AND SPARK CHANGE with a foreword by Wolf Blitzer, Sesno offers a guide to unlocking the power of inquiry that’s both intriguing and instructive by asking the right questions at the right time that will lead to success.

Emmy Award-winng Frank Sesno with Hillary ClintonCurrently the Director of The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs Sesno leads nearly two dozen world-class faculty and teaches ‘The Art of the Interview’ in addition to conducting classes on journalism ethics, documentary, and sustainability reporting. He has also created PlanetForward.org, a user-driven web and television project that brings students and experts together to examine sustainable innovations that “move the planet forward.”

Emmy Award-winning Frank Sesno with Anderson CooperAsking the right questions, politics, journalism in the age of Donald Trump, the early days of CNN, a conversation with journalist, author, educator Frank Sesno on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show posted Wednesday, January 18, 3 p.m. ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

WHY WON’T DONALD TRUMP APOLOGIZE WITH HARRIET LERNER

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Harriet Lerner Why Won't You Apologize?

Why won’t Donald Trump apologize is just one of the questions  beloved and respected relationship expert Harriet Lerner, Ph.D. tackles when Harriet joins Halli at her table, Wednesday, January 11, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when she will introduce her brand new book WHY WON’T YOU APOLOGIZE? HEALING BIG BETRAYALS AND EVERYDAY HURTS. A renowned scholar on the psychology of women and family relationships, Harriet Lerner is the author of twelve books, including The New York Times mega-bestseller, THE DANCE OF ANGER, which has sold several million copies and been translated into more than 35 foreign editions.

Why Won't Donald Trump Apologize with Harriet LernerLerner’s client list includes the Smithsonian Institute, Hallmark Cards, Chase Manhattan Bank, Harvard University Medical School and MIT, to name just a few. In her new book WHY WON’T YOU APOLOGIZE? HEALING BIG BETRAYALS AND EVERYDAY HURTS Ms. Lerner once again delves into our human foibles – no one likes to apologize — offering insight, advice, and compassion as well as courage and wisdom, a sanity-saving prescription for both the offended and the offender.

Harriet Lerner Why Won't You Apologize?Donald Trump, does love mean never having to say you’re sorry? WHY WON’T YOU APOLOGIZE? HEALING BIG BETRAYALS AND EVERYDAY HURTS with author and therapist Harriet Lerner on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, January 11, 3 pm ET. For more information and to listen to the show visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

FORREST GUMP AUTHOR WINSTON GROOM – PAUL SIMON BIOGRAPHER PETER AMES CARLIN

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El Paso

“Life was like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get” is one of the most memorable lines in cultural history a play on an earlier line penned by the brilliant author Winston Groom in his iconic novel FORREST GUMP. Groom joins Halli on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Wednesday, December 14, 3 pm ET to talk about his latest work EL PASO. Also joining Halli is bestselling author, veteran rock biographer Peter Ames Carlin out with his new controversial PAUL SIMON HOMEWARD BOUND: THE LIFE OF PAUL SIMON, the first major biography of American music icon.

Forrest GumpWinston Groom is the author of twenty previous books, including CONVERSATIONS WITH THE ENEMY (Pulitzer Prize finalist), SHILOH 1862, and THE GENERALS. As embodied by Tom Hanks on-screen, Winston Groom’s FORREST GUMP is perhaps one of the most identifiable fictional characters of the last thirty years. EL PASO marks Groom’s triumphant return to form: a swirling, unstoppable saga set against the panorama of the Mexican Revolution and its march into the American Southwest, a you cannot put this one down sweeping novel. Drawing brilliantly from Groom’s award-winning nonfiction and inspired by a true story, EL PASO begins at the turn of the twentieth century with the Great War raging in Europe, the Mexican Civil War spilling over the border, and the titans of American industry—the Hearsts, Whitneys, and Morgans—holding fast to their lands in northern Mexico.

Paul SimonThe first major biography of American music icon, PAUL SIMON, has arrived! Interviewing more than 100 people from Simon’s world, veteran rock biographer Peter Ames Carlin, the bestselling author of the Bruce Springsteen biography, BRUCE, brings us the new book: HOMEWARD BOUND: THE LIFE OF PAUL SIMON. With meticulous detail, Carlin fully reveals one whose life and career, in so many ways, exemplifies the American experience from 1950 through today.

History, music, fiction, biography, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show offers up a box of chocolates for your listening pleasure when authors Winston Groom and Peter Ames Carlin sit down with Halli, Wednesday, December 14, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

NATIONAL PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY HISTORIANS KATHRYN SMITH, MARC WORTMAN

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National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

 

For nearly 17 months on the campaign trail, Trump did what no American politician had attempted in a generation, with defiant flair. Instead of painting a bright vision for a unified future, he magnified the divisions of the present, inspiring new levels of anger and fear within his country.

As we commemorate National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor we return to history and World War II with two important stories when journalist Kathryn Smith, author of THE GATEKEEPER: MISSY LEHAND, FDR AND THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE PARTNERSHIP THAT DEFINED A PRESIDENCY and historian Marc Wortman, author of 1941, FIGHTING THE SHADOW WAR join Halli on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, 3 pm ET at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

In THE GATEKEEPER, Journalist Kathryn Smith tells the story of Marguerite  Alice “Missy” LeHand the savvy personal secretary President Franklin Delano Roosevelt considered one of the most vital, and certainly one of the most loyal members of his inner circle. Missy fulfilled the crucial duties of Chief of Staff long before the position was formally created, working with FDR for more than twenty years, starting from his first failed Vice Presidential campaign in 1920, through his time as governor of New York, and for almost a decade in the White House. She was also FDR’s confidante (lover?), his support when he contracted polio, and his close friend. People in Washington, D.C., knew one indisputable truth: if you wanted to get to FDR, you had to go through Missy.

1941 Fighting the Shadow War National Pearl Harbor Remembrance DayA divided America? A country reluctant to go to war? A country turning its back on genocide? The year 2016? No, the year 1941, the focus of historian Marc Wortman’s book 1941, FIGHTING THE SHADOW WAR. 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, revealing 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.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, history, politics, Pearl Harbor, isolationism, anti-Semitism, plagiarism, Republicans, Democrats…tune in to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, December 7, 3 pm ET 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.

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