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

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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.

COUNTRY MUSIC SUPER-GROUP THE HIGHWAYMEN

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Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, they were the Highwaymen, the first country music supergroup, the pioneering outlaws who changed country music forever. Wednesday, May 25, 3 pm ET, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show joining Halli at her table is Jim Brown, producer/director/writer and cinematographer to talk about his new documentary: American Masters — THE HIGHWAYMEN: FRIENDS TILL THE END. And Terry Jennings, the oldest son of Waylon Jennings, author of WAYLON, TALES OF MY OUTLAW DAD.

The HighwaymenJim Brown is a four-time Emmy Award-winning producer/director/writer and cinematographer who is responsible for some of the most popular and critically acclaimed musical documentary programs of the last four decades. These include 50 Years With Peter, Paul and Mary, Billy Joel: A Matter of Trust-The Bridge to Russia and American Masters – Pete Seeger: The Power of Song. THE HIGHWAYMEN: FRIENDS TILL THE END premiers nationwide Friday, May 27 at 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS as part of the 30th anniversary season of THIRTEEN’s American Masters series.

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Terry Jennings Waylon, Tales of My Outlaw DadTerry Jennings had a front-row seat to his father’s iconic music career. A complex man, Waylon’s relationship with drugs and women are the stuff of legends. But he was always the consummate musician and at his heart a family man. Terry saw it all and will offer up many surprises.

A look at the supergroup The Highwaymen with producer of THE HIGHWAYMEN: FRIENDS TILL THE END, Jim Brown and at the man who was Waylon Jennings with Terry Jennings author of WAYLON, TALES OF MY OUTLAW DAD, Wednesday, May 25, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For further information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

LORETTA LYNN: THE QUEEN OF COUNTRY MUSIC – THE HALLI CASSER-JAYNE SHOW – PBS/AMERICAN MASTERS

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The life of “The Queen of Country Music” Loretta Lynn is the subject of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, March 2, 3 pm ET when joining Halli at her table are the producers of a new documentary AMERICAN MASTERS – LORETTA LYNN: STILL A MOUNTAIN GIRL, Elizabeth Trojian and Elliot Halpern and Lynn’s granddaughter, Tayla Lynn. The PBS special premiers Friday, March 4 at 9 p.m. on PBS, during Women’s History Month as part of the 30th anniversary season of THIRTEEN’s American Masters series and in conjunction with the release of Lynn’s first new studio album in 10 years, FULL CIRCLE.

LORETTA LYNN GUITARjpgInducted into more music Halls of Fame than any female recording artist to date, Loretta Lynn has earned four Grammy Awards, Kennedy Center Honors and a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and sold more than 45 million records worldwide. “She’s written anti-war anthems, songs about birth control, pregnancy and divorce, all with a sincerity and honesty that transcends music genres, politics and gender,” said executive producer Elizabeth Trojian of Yap Films Inc. “You couldn’t make up a better example of the American Dream than Loretta Lynn’s astonishing rags-to-riches story. Her 48-year marriage to Doo and their rare partnership is also one of the great love stories of our times,” said executive producer Elliott Halpern of Yap Films Inc.

LORETTA LYNNS RANCHWednesday, March 2, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, the rags to riches story of one of America’s great singer-songwriters, Loretta Lynn, with granddaughter and country music performer Tayla Lynn and film producers Elizabeth Trojian and Elliot Halpern in a preview of the new PBS, American Masters documentary, LORETTA LYNN: STILL A MOUNTAIN GIRL, airing, Friday, March 4 at 9 p.m. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

FATS DOMINO & THE BIRTH OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL

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Fats Domino and The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll are the subject of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, February 24, 3 pm ET. Joining Halli at her table is the director of the new American Masters documentary of the same name airing Friday, February 26, 10 pm on your PBS stations, Joe Lauro and associate producer and longtime friend of the legendary performer, Haydee Ellis.

FatsDomino logoFats Domino was one of the most popular rockers of the 1950s and early 60s. His achievements and record sales during that time were rivaled only by Elvis Presley. With his boogie-woogie piano playing rooted in blues, rhythm & blues, and jazz, he became one of the inventors, along with Presley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard of a revolutionary genre of music, rock ‘n’ roll. With hits such as “Ain’t That a Shame,” “Blueberry Hill,” “Walking to New Orleans” and more, Fats Domino’s brand of New Orleans rhythm and blues morphed into rock and roll, appealing to black and white audiences alike.

In celebration of Fat’s Domino’s eighty-eighth birthday, and in recognition of Black History Month, a conversation with film director Joe Lauro and Fats Domino’s good friend Haydee Ellis in a preview of the new PBS, American Masters documentary, FATS DOMINO AND THE BIRTH OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Wednesday, February 24, 3 p.m. ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

 

CAROLE KING: DIRECTOR GEORGE SCOTT & PLAYWRIGHT DOUGLAS MCGRATH

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The career of singer-songwriter Carole King is unparalleled. To date, more than 400 of her compositions have been recorded by more than 1,000 artists, resulting in 100 hit singles. Now, King tells her own story in the new documentary American Masters – CAROLE KING: NATURAL WOMAN, premiering nationwide Friday, February 19 at 9 p.m. on PBS. Wednesday, February 18, 3 pm ET The Halli Casser-Jayne Show previews the film when joining Halli at her table is the director of the documentary, filmaker George Scott and Douglas McGrath who wrote the book for the award-winning BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, a contributor to George Scott’s Carole King documentary.

CaroleKingAmericanMaterslogoOriginally from Scotland, George Scott is a director of arts and music documentaries, as well as live concert films. His intimate portraits of musicians and artists have received wide acclaim and large audiences, and are renowned for getting ‘under the skin’ of their subjects. ENGLAND’S OTHER ELIZABETH, his film on Elizabeth Taylor was the highest-rated program ever in the BBC Omnibus Series 30 year history. Other portrait subjects have included Carla Bruni, the The Pep Shop Boys, as well as portraits of Barry White, Neil Sedaka and more.

CaroleKindBeauftifulMusicalcoverMost recently, Douglas McGrath directed the HBO documentary BECOMING MIKE NICHOLS. He collaborated with Woody Allen on the screenplay for BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, for which he and Mr. Allen were nominated for both an Academy Award and a BAFTA award. He was twice nominated for a Writers Guild of America award, in 1995 for BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, and in 1997 for EMMA. Some of his other directing credits include COMPANY MAN and NICHOLAS NICKLEBY. Besides writing for the New Republic, he has also written for the New Yorker, The Nation, the New York Times, and Vanity Fair. He began his career as a writer for SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. He wrote the book for the highly-acclaimed Broadway show BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL which was nominated for the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards.

A conversation with George Scott and Douglas McGrath in a preview of the new PBS, American Masters documentary CAROLE KING: NATURAL WOMAN, Wednesday, February 17, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

B.B. KING: INTERVIEW WITH PRODUCER-DIRECTOR JON BREWER

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B.B. King, born Riley B. King, was one of the most influential and celebrated blues musicians of all time. From his roots as a sharecropper’s son, working in the cotton fields of Mississippi, he rose to become a living legend — the most renowned blues singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer of the past 40 years — earning the moniker “King of the Blues.” Wednesday, February 10, 3 pm ET, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show takes a look at the life of the King of Blues with rock and roll legendary manager Jon Brewer, the award-winning producer/director of American Masters: B.B. KING: THE LIFE OF RILEY, premiering nationwide during Black History Month on Friday, February 12 at 9 p.m. on PBS. Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman narrates and appears in the film.

JONBREWERBBKINGHIMSELFDirector/Producer Jon Brewer is a well-established music & media industry veteran with a career in Music, Film and Television spanning 4 decades. He began in management with names such as David Bowie, Mick Taylor of The Rolling Stones, Alvin Lee (Ten Years After), Gene Clarke, Yes, and Gerry Rafferty before moving into publishing and the burgeoning video industry, where he was at the helm of the 3rd largest video distributor in the UK. Film Production soon followed. Ultimately he turned to making the most authentic series of music documentaries made with the full participation of the icons of Rock and Roll (The Classic Artists Series). He worked on B.B. KING: THE LIFE OF RILEY the film with King for two years. Filming was completed shortly before King passed on May 14, 2015.

jONbREWERBBKINGA conversation with Jon Brewer, music & media industry veteran and producer/director of the new American Master’s documentary, B.B. KING: THE LIFE OF RILEY Wednesday, February 10, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

FILMMAKER RIC BURNS & AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE’S ISABELLA BOYLSTON

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RickBurnsPBSCoverBalletTwo-time Peabody Award-winning, three time DuPont Award winner and seven-time Emmy winner, filmmaker Ric Burns and the youngest female principal dancer currently on The American Ballet Theatre’s roster, 28 year old Isabella Boylston join Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, July 22, 3 pm ET to talk about the 75th anniversary of The American Ballet Theatre and Burns’ new film The American Ballet Theatre: A History.

Best known for his series, New York: A Documentary Film, which premiered nationally on PBS, Ric Burns has been writing, directing and producing historical documentaries for over 20 years, since his collaboration on the celebrated PBS series The Civil War, which he produced with his brother Ken and co-wrote with Geoffrey C. Ward. Since founding Steeplechase Films in 1989, he has directed some of the most distinguished programs in the award-winning public television series, American Experience, including Coney Island, The Donner Party, The Way West, and Ansel Adam.

RickBurnsIsabellaBoylstondanceIsabella Boylston was born in Sun Valley, Idaho and started taking dance classes at the age of 3. She studied ballet at the Academy of Colorado Ballet and at Harid Conservatory. When she was 14, she won the gold medal at the Youth American Grand Prix competition. At the age of 17, she was spotted by the director of the prestigious ABT studio company and invited to come to New York City and begin a career at American Ballet Theatre. She was promoted to soloist in 2011 and principal dancer in 2014. She is the recipient of the Clive Barnes Award, the Princess Grace Award, and the Annenberg Fellowship. She has appeared as a guest star with companies around the world including the National Ballet of China.

A look at The American Ballet Theatre: A History through the lens of award-winning filmmaker Ric Burns and prima ballerina Isabella Boylston Wednesday, July 22, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show.

UP NEXT: AUTHORS STEVEN JOHNSON & BARBARA ERENREICH

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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.

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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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