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Written by Halli Casser-Jayne on . Posted in HC-J Blog

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!


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.


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.


Written by Halli Casser-Jayne on . Posted in HC-J Blog

More than political junkies are mystified by the election of Donald Trump. Who are the people who voted for Donald Trump and why?  The Halli Casser-Jayne Show tackles that question with journalist Brian Alexander author of GLASS HOUSE and also visits with the dynamic first and only American woman ever to fill the coveted position of Editor-in-Chief of Paris Vogue, fashionista Joan Juliet Buck.

Political junkies fashionistaIn 1947, Forbes magazine declared Lancaster, Ohio the epitome of the all-American town. Today it is damaged, discouraged, and fighting for its future. In GLASS HOUSE, THE 1% ECONOMY AND THE SHATTERING OF THE ALL-AMERICAN TOWN, journalist Brian Alexander traveled back to the home of his youth, lived there, and put all that he had learned to show how seeds sown 35 years ago have sprouted to give us Trumpism, inequality, and an eroding national cohesion. Alexander takes us behind the scenes into the desperate lives of many of the town’s residents as they wrestle with heroin, politics, high-interest lenders, low wage jobs, technology, and the new demands of American life. When hope turned to desperation they turned to billionaire, Donald Trump for salvation, one of the master capitalists who were the very culprits who tore their world apart. What were they thinking? Do they already have regrets? Political junkies tune in for an eye-opening conversation.

political junkies fashionistaJoan 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.

Politics, fashion, fame, Vogue, Paris, illusion, memoir, Donald Trump, there’s something for everyone on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, March 22. The podcast will be posted at 3 pm ET at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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