Posts Tagged ‘George Washington’


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Trump, Bibi, Gaetz, the Revolutionary War and cicadas — that’s just where we begin this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when joining Halli is her partner in politics, former White House correspondent and Newsweek and Time alum, Matthew Cooper, and New York Times bestselling author Patrick K. O’Donnell whose new book THE INDESPENSIBLES is already on bestseller lists nationwide.

Everything changes and everything remains the same, well maybe. Trump is back in the news (did he ever go away?), insisting he’ll be reinstated as President by August. It appears that the longest serving Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s 12-year run is coming to an end, but maybe not. Be careful when you count Bibi down and out. Rep. Matt Gaetz is possibly facing obstruction charges (will he ever be arrested?), Covid-19 is on the wane, jobs are coming back, and, oh, Halli has some advice on how to handle the Democrat’s Joe Manchin problem.  


In our second half-hour, Halli talks with New York Times bestselling author, Patrick K. O’Donnell about his latest highly-touted book THE INDISPENSABLES. O’Donnell brings us a vivid account of an impressive Revolutionary War unit, a Massachusetts regimen, weaving a gripping narrative that captures the extraordinary story of fighting men of whom few Americans have ever heard but who nonetheless proved themselves “indispensable” to the cause of American liberty. And for the record, the similarities to the state of our burgeoning nation then, bear uncanny similarities to where we are today.

Trump, Bibi, Gaetz, the Revolutionary War and cicadas, the January 6 Commission, anti-Semitism, Israel, Mike Flynn, infrastructure, bipartisanship, Joe Manchin, President Joe Biden…there’s a lot to get to. Tune in to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show with Matthew Cooper, the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too. Here we go!


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secret lives of american presidents

A look at the quirks of American Presidents and a conversation about the Hollywood Blacklist and the making of the iconic Western HIGH NOON are the subjects of  The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when the author of SECRET LIVES OF THE U.S. PRESIDENTS, Cormac O’Brien and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of  HIGH NOON: THE HOLLYWOOD BLACKLIST AND THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN CLASSIC Glenn Frankel join Halli at her table.

Cormac McCarthy’s book SECRET LIVES OF THE U.S. PRESIDENTS: STRANGE STORIES AND SHOCKING TRIVIA FROM INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE is a fun, informative, quirky compendium of historical trivia of our American presidents. Murder, adultery, gambling, UFOs the SECRET LIVES OF THE U.S. PRESIDENTS features outrageous and uncensored profiles of the men who have occupied the Oval Office in one of the hardest jobs in the world, our presidents at once revered and often reviled around the globe.

American Presidents and high noon and the hollywood blacklistIn his new book HIGH NOON: THE HOLLYWOOD BLACKLIST AND THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN CLASSIC Glenn Frankel explores the making of the western classic starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly, during the toxic political climate of the late 1940’s and 1950’s Hollywood Red Scare, the film written by Carl Foreman, a former Communist who intended the film to be a parable about the Hollywood blacklist. In fact, during filming, Foreman was forced to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities about his former membership in the Communist Party. Weaving together the stories of some of Hollywood’s most talented writers and producers — Carl Foreman, Stanley Kramer, Fred Zinneman and Cooper himself – HIGH NOON is at once Hollywood history, scholarly insight, and wonderfully dishy — in a word, fascinating.

Strange stories and shocking trivia from inside the White House with Cormac O’Brien and the making of the classic Western HIGH NOON in the toxic political climate of the 1950s on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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From the earliest plans of the Founding Fathers to Michelle Obama’s organic kitchen garden, the story of how the White House grounds were conceived and how they have changed from administration to administration is explored in gardener, writer, historian Marta McDowell’s fascinating new book ALL THE PRESIDENTS’ GARDENS, HOW THE WHITE HOUSE GROUNDS HAVE GROWN WITH AMERICA. Marta McDowell visits The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, August 10, 3 pm ET in our first half-hour. And in our second half-hour it’s our smart, feisty, fabulous, Four Broads Talking™ panel  with Suzanna Andrews, Lisa Schiffren, Sheila Weller and our host Halli Casser-Jayne taking their look at the state of the race of Election 2016.


The author of EMILY DICKINSON’S GARDENS and BEATRIX POTTER’S GARDENING LIFE, Marta McDowell lives, gardens, and writes in Chatham, New Jersey. She lectures on gardening topics and teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden, where she studied landscape design. She also consults for public gardens and private clients. In her new fascinating book, ALL THE PRESIDENTS’ GARDENS, McDowell reveals how the White House gardens have reflected America from the most momentous events in our nation’s history to our fleeting cultural obsessions and have influenced garden trends nationwide.


With less than three months to go until Election Day, with Donald Trump shaking up politics as usual and with Hillary Clinton quickly rising in the polls, oh what fun our Four Broads Talking panel of brilliant analysts will have when they sit down for their 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 of political pundits.

Gardens, politics, history, presidents, Election 2016, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and more on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show,

Wednesday, August 10, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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Did you miss yesterday’s The Halli Casser-Jayne Show: The REAL Greatest Generation: Washington, Jefferson, Lafayette? Then you missed something quite unusual. My guests, Nancy Hayward, Director of Educational Outreach for Mt. Vernon, Susan R. Stein, the Richard Gilder Senior Curator for Monticello and author of Lafayette: The Idealist General, Marc Leepson were informative and willing to delve into some of the unexplored aspects of character of our nation’s early leaders. I hope you’ll listen here on our pages or download the podcast from iTUNES FREE!

In the meantime, for those of you in the area here is some info you can use:

Mount Vernon Throws a Birthday Bash for George Washington!

Free Admission to Mount Vernon on February 18

George Washington’s 281stBirthday Weekend Celebration

February 16 and 17 (Sat and Sun, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

George Washington’s favorite breakfast was “hoecakes swimming in butter and honey.”  Join “General Washington” for a sample of this meal (while supplies last) from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Following the breakfast sampler, visitors can mingle with costumed characters from George Washington’s world.  This event is included in regular Estate admission: adults, $17; children ages 6-11, $8; and children under 5 are admitted free.

 George Washington’s 281st Birthday Celebration – Free Admission!

February 18 (Mon, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Celebrate the national observance of George Washington’s birthday by visiting his home and burial site FREE-of-charge on this day.  The traditional wreathlaying ceremony at Washington’s Tomb takes place at 10:00 a.m., followed by patriotic music and military performances on the Bowling Green.  “General Washington” is on the grounds to greet visitors and receive birthday wishes all day. Mount Vernon will introduce a new character program to George Washington’s birthday celebration this year.

Last Chance: View George Washington’s Acts of Congress

Rare Object on Display through February 18

 George Washington’s personal copy of the Constitution, complete with his own handwritten notes, will be on display through Monday, February 18. This rare and fascinating volume contains a draft of the Bill of Rights and other records of the First Congress on view in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center. The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association captured worldwide media attention after acquiring the book at auction earlier this year. It will be permanently housed at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, which opens in fall 2013.

Monticello: Telling the History of Slavery February 22 + 23
Meet historians and museum professionals and engage in a talk about new developments in the area.

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello @ the Atlanta History Center Feb. 1 – July 7


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Good morning, everyone!

It’s show day and my plate is full, so this morning I will be brief.  We’ve got a great show for you today, The REAL Greatest Generation: Washington, Jefferson, Lafayette.  I know you are going to adore my guests. They are smart, they are interesting and they are passionate about their subjects. With me today, Nancy Hayward from Mt. Vernon, Susan R. Stein from Monticello and Marc Leepson author of  a great book on Lafayette.

Join me and my guests at 3 pm ET. You can listen right here on this page or via BlogTalkRadio here:

Have a great day. “See you on the radio” at 3 pm ET.




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