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THE STATE OF THE DISUNION

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President Joe Biden delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night, but since this was his first address, it is not technically called a “State of the Union” speech. It is an “annual message.” Did you know that? This week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show we take a look at Biden’s not a State of the Union speech and a whole lot more when Halli and her partner in politics, former White House correspondent and Newsweek and Time alum, Matthew Cooper, slice and dice the political news of the week.

STATE OF THE DISUNION

President Joe Biden spoke to a joint session of Congress but because of the Covid-19 Pandemic, he spoke to less than 200 lawmakers and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, history made when behind the President stood Vice-President Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a first for all women, a first for women of color. How did Biden do? Halli called the president a gracious man. You’ll want to tune in to hear Matt’s impressions and a rare disagreement between Matt and Halli over Republican Senator Tim Scott’s response to President Biden’s speech. But that’s not all. Former Mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, once a beloved figure in America had his home and office searched by federal agents as part of lobbying probe, and according to sources Giuliani’s electronic devices were confiscated by authorities. We discuss Covid-19 and the stubborn who won’t get a jab, and those who are having difficulty returning to normal life. Democratic Party policy guru James Carville has a few things to say about “wokeness.” Will Dems take his advice?

Vladimir Putin, Alexei Navalny, Ukraine, Rep. Liz Cheney, Rep. Matt Gaetz, Rep. Val Demings, California Gavin Newsom…even Willie Nelson makes an appearance. 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. We’ve got a lot to get to. Here we go!

COUNTRY MUSIC SUPER-GROUP THE HIGHWAYMEN

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Country music’s first major “supergroup” was formed in 1985, comprising Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson. The Highwaymen took their name from a Jimmy Webb song (“Highwayman”), later famously covered by Glen Campbell, about a soul who went through different incarnations. For these four country greats, the Highwaymen was just another career incarnation, so to speak — one that lasted a decade and yielded a couple of albums. Jim 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. He breaks new ground with THE HIGHWAYMEN: FRIENDS TILL THE END.

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Country musicTerry Jennings had a front-row seat to his father, Waylon Jennings iconic country music career. A complex man, Waylon’s relationship with drugs and women is the stuff of legends. But through all of the ups and downs of his life, Waylon Jennings was always the consummate musician and at his heart a family man. Terry saw it all and offers up surprising insights into his father, the man and his music.

The HighwaymenA look at country music ‘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, September 7, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For further information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

KRIS KRISTOFFERSON SPOKESPERSON DENIES ALZHEIMER’S RUMORS

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Singer/songwriter and actor Kris Kristofferson


In the first official statement concerning the rumored memory problems of singer/songwriter, musician and actor Kris Kristofferson, longtime publicist Tamara Saviano says he is suffering from “short term memory problems due to undiagnosed and untreated Lyme Disease. He’s been getting treatment and is much, much better.” Her comments came in an explanation addressed to the host of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Halli Casser-Jayne.

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Saviano was responding to a request to clarify Kristofferson’s condition, following her written denial that the Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipient has Alzheimer’s Disease, as originally asserted by and later retracted by four-time Emmy Award winning producer Jim Brown to Halli Casser-Jayne on her show.

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The Highwaymen special produced and directed by Emmy-winner Jim Brown

In a subsequent communication with Casser-Jayne, Brown backed off his statement. “I have no direct knowledge of Kris Kristofferson’s medical condition,” he wrote to Ms. Casser-Jayne. “I was mistaken to mention that he has Alzheimer’s. I don’t know more than that he has memory problems which he has spoken about.”

Brown is the producer of ‘American Masters, The Highwaymen – Friends Till the End,’ documentary, featuring Kristofferson that recently aired on PBS stations and is now available online. Brown interviewed Kris Kristofferson and his wife Lisa for his documentary.

Rumors concerning Kris Kristofferson’s health have percolated through the music industry for years. Some have made the uneducated guess that the former boxer could be suffering from pugilistica, a neurodegenerative disease with features of dementia that can only be diagnosed after death. Kristofferson has alluded to his “memory loss.”

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In a 2011 interview with ABC’s World News Now he said: “I’m going to be right in the middle of a sentence, man – and it just goes, pew.” In another in 2013, with FOX411 he said, “I wish my memory weren’t so bad,” and he lamented, “They tell me it’s from all the football and boxing and the concussions that I got. A couple of years ago my memory just started going. But I can remember my songs so I can perform, but other than that…”

The Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Research Center at New York’s Columbia University Medical Center states that “The cognitive problems [most commonly associated with Lyme’s Disease] include problems with short-term memory, problems with verbal fluency such as in name or word retrieval, and problems with slower speed of thinking.” Patients typically report that they have “Brain Fog.” Untreated Lyme Disease can become a chronic problem leading to neurological disorders. Most cases of Lyme Disease that are caught early are curable.

According to Saviano, Kris Kristofferson, who turns 80 on June 22nd just stepped in for the recently deceased Merle Haggard with Merle’s band the Strangers and Merle’s sons. He is going on tour with Willie Nelson in June, and then doing solo dates around the US for the rest of the summer. He will travel to Norway in the fall. In addition to the Highwaymen and Sony reissues, Kris Kristofferson also has a new studio album coming out for his 80th birthday.

Journalist Halli Casser-Jayne, host of the show of the same name is not new to journalism. War correspondent, documentary producer, and radio host, Casser-Jayne worked with Door’s drummer John Densmore on his bestselling autobiography, RIDERS ON THE STORM.

The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is a premiere show on multiple podcast networks. One of the early podcasters, Casser-Jayne is considered one of the best. Frequent guest and political editor or Newsweek magazine, Matthew Cooper says: “The Halli Casser-Jayne show is pure joy — smart, interesting talk with a great host. I love being a guest. I love listening to it even more.” Veteran newsman, Roger Simon calls Halli “one of the best in the biz.”

“I am a longtime fan of Kris Kristofferson’s and I am so glad we cleared all of this up,” Casser-Jayne said. “I love Kris, I want him to play on forever, but most of all, I want him to be well.”

To listen to Halli’s conversation with Jim Brown and author of WAYLON: TALES OF MY OUTLAW DAD, Terry Jennings, oldest son of country singer Waylon Jennings visit Halli Casser-Jayne. The Halli Casser-Jayne Show posts original episodes Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m., eastern time.

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.

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