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  • 01:03

    IT'S MY PARTY ON THE HALLI CASSER-JAYNE SHOW

    in Entertainment

    Wednesday, January 2, 3 pm ET, right here on The BlogTalkRadio Network you’re invited to a party. That’s right, we’re having a dinner party here on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show and you’re invited along with my guests our good friend, Alex Hitz, author and TV personality and now radio personality to share in our holiday fun because Alex never-evah misses a party; Susan Fales-Hill author and a woman you are just going to adore; Adriana Trigiani, author of The Shoemaker’s Wife which debuted at #5 on the New York Times Bestseller list this year and a simply delightful woman. Also joining us because what is a party without music: jazz pianist Tony Rosales. There will be lots of fun, lots of talk, great music…it’s party-time on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds, Wednesday,  January 2, 3 pm ET. Don’t miss it.

  • 01:03

    TOP POLITICAL PUNDITS – THE HALLI CASSER-JAYNE SHOW

    in Elections

    Politics will be the focus of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Wednesday, October 31, 3 pm ET. Joining host Halli Casser-Jayne are three icons of America’s political conversation: Joan Walsh, Matthew Cooper and author William Chafe.   Joan Walsh is an MSNBC political analyst and serves as editor-at-large for Salon.com. Walsh is the author of What’s the Matter With White People? In his new book, Bill and Hillary, the Politics of the Personal, William H. Chafe gives us an uncommon look at Bill and Hillary Clinton. Matt Cooper, the veteran Washington journalist who found himself at the center of the "Plamegate" CIA leak investigation is editor of “National Journal Daily.” Cooper has held reporting and editorial positions, including White House correspondent.  All willjoin host Halli Casser-Jayne, the author of A Year in My Pajamas with President Obama.   The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Talk Radio for Fine Minds and Lovers of Politics.  

  • Klarque Garrison of "Survive 365"

    in Books

    Mr. 365, D. Klarque Garrison, host of the blog, Survive 365, and the blog talk radio show, Survive 365: The Conversation of Survive 365 discusses his book, How to Survive the Next 365 | Your Lifeline to a Better Life.

  • 00:56

    FUNNY LADIES ANNABELLE GURWITCH & LIZZ WINSTEAD

    in Entertainment

    Wednesday, April 8, 3 pm ET The Halli Casser-Jayne Show joining Halli at her table are two very funny ladies: actress, comedienne and writer Annabelle Gurwitch and comedienne and author Lizz Winstead.


    Annabelle Gurwitch is the author of YOU SAY TOMATO, I SAY SHUT UP now a play receiving its third national tour, and FIRED! which became an acclaimed documentary and Showtime comedy special. She gained a loyal comedic following during her years hosting Dinner and a Movie on TBS and has been a regular commentator on NPR and contributor to The Nation, More and Glamour among other national publications. Her acting credits include over fifty guest roles in shows including Seinfeld and Boston Legal. Recently, she starred in the world premiere of A Coney Island Christmas at The Geffen Playhouse. And then Annabelle turned 50, became a statistic, one of the many Americans who every seven and a half seconds reaches the milestone, the subject of her book I SEE YOU MADE AN EFFORT, COMPLIMENTS, INDIGNITIES, AND SURVIVAL STORIES FROM THE EDGE OF 50.


    A stand-up comedienne by trade, Lizz Winstead is one of the giants of comedy. Winstead got her start in her native Minneapolis, honing her skills in what she calls the “punk rock ghetto” of the early 1980s. She dreamed up a new satirical genre for television when she created THE DAILY SHOW back in 1996 and was co-founder of the Air America Radio network, giving Rachel Maddow her first national audience. In her book LIZZ FREE OR DIE, Winstead writes of her early years, growing up Catholic, getting pregnant the first time she had sex, her move to New York City to follow her calling in comedy, and the many challenges she faced along the way.


    For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

  • 00:57

    DR. NINA ANSARY: THE UNTOLD STORY OF WOMEN IN IRAN

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    One of the leading voices of Iranian women’s rights, Dr. Nina Ansary joins Halli at her table Wednesday, June 24, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show to talk about her new book JEWELS OF ALLAH, THE REAL STORY OF WOMEN IN IRAN, a powerful tale of women’s liberation, which illuminates the stereotypical assumptions of the women behind the veil.


    Born in Tehran, Iran, Nina Ansary left her country of birth at the onset of the 1979 Islamic Revolution and has not returned since. At the time of the revolution her father was serving as the Iranian Ambassador to the United States. Growing up in New York City, Dr. Ansary received her B.A. in Sociology from Barnard College, an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Columbia University and a PhD in History from Columbia University. After relocating to Los Angeles, she began to pursue her passion for humanitarian causes. She is an avid philanthropist, serving on the Middle East Institute Advisory Board at Columbia University, on Columbia University’s Global Leadership Council, the Board of Trustees of the IAWF (Iranian American Women’s Foundation. She is a regular contributor to The Daily Beast and The Huffington Post and her work has appeared in various publications including the New York Times. 


    Author Dr. Nina Ansary tells the untold, true story of women in Iran and introduces her latest book JEWELS OF ALLAH on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, June 24, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

  • 01:27

    LUCIE ARNAZ, MICHELE LEE, ANDY PROPST: CY COLEMAN REVUE

    in Entertainment

    He composed songs such as “Witchcraft” and “The Best Is Yet To Come” and wrote the musicals Sweet Charity, On the Twentieth Century, Barnum, City of Angels, and The Will Rogers Follies. His name: Cy Coleman, the subject of a remarkable new bio YOU FASCINATE ME SO by journalist and author Andy Propst. Propst will be joining Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, June 17, 3 pm ET, along with Michele Lee, Lucie Arnaz and Mrs. Cy Coleman for a show-stopping conversation.


    Andy Propst, the author of YOU FASCINATE ME SO, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CY COLEMAN is a journalist whose career has encompassed work with NY Shakespeare Festival founder, Joseph Papp and Tony Award-winning director George C. Wolfe, as well as five years on-air at XM Satellite Radio’s XM 28 On Broadway channel. 


    Award-winning actress and performer Lucie Arnaz is the daughter of  Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz,  Ball starred in Cy Coleman’s WILDCAT. Lucie Arnaz has acted in  television and film, including in THE JAZZ SINGER for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe. She made her mark on Broadway in beginning with the musical THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG. She headlined the first national tour of Cy Coleman’s mega-hit musical SEESAW.


    Emmy Award Nominee and a two-time Tony nominee Michele Lee starred in the original production of the Coleman/ Dorothy Fields musical SEESAW, She made her Broadway debut in HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING ande starred as  Karen Fairgate on  the nighttime soap opera KNOTT’S LANDING. 


    Michele Lee, Lucie Arnaz, Andy Propst, Shelby Coleman on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when we look at the life, times and music of composer Cy Coleman on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

  • 00:40

    NY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR NELSON DEMILLE

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    Wednesday, June 10, 3 pm ET, New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille joins Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show to talk about his latest John Corey thriller RADIANT ANGEL.


    The former U.S. Army lieutenant who served in Vietnam is the author of eighteen acclaimed novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Night Fall, PlumIsland, The Gate House, The Lion, and The Panther. His other New York Times bestsellers include The Charm School, Word of Honor, The Gold Coast, Spencerville, The Lion’s Game, Up Country, Wild Fire, and The General’s Daughter, the last of which was a major motion picture starring John Travolta. Gripping, fun, acerbic, and timely, Nelson DeMille’s stories are always deceptively astute and DeMille does it once again with, RADIANT ANGEL, in which he takes us into the heart of a new Cold War with a clock-ticking plot that has Manhattan in its crosshairs and the all-too-real threat of a newly-resurgentRussia.


    Thriller writer Nelson DeMille talks books, politics, Russia, a new cold war, men, women, sex and his just released new book RADIANT ANGEL on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, June 10, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

  • 00:57

    TV WRITER RICK ROSNER: THE MAN WITH THE WORLD’S SECOND-HIGHEST IQ

    in Entertainment

    Wednesday, March 4, 3 pm ET the man with the world’s second-highest IQ and the highest IQ in America, television writer Rick Rosner joins Halli at her table when he visits The Halli Casser-Jayne Show.


    In 2012, The Huffington Post ranked Rosner, along with brainiacs like theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov, as one of the ten smartest people on the planet. According to the Giga Society, he has an 198 IQ which makes it all the more remarkable that, after graduating high school, Rosner forged documents, fabricated records, created disguises, and lied to officials so he could to return to high school over and again. From his teens through most of his 20s, Rosner spent time in five different high schools from Hollywood to Harlem. 


    All of that education and work as a stripper, a bouncer, a roller-skating waiter and a nude model somehow prepared him for his adult career as a TV writer. Rick’s credits include shows such as Remote Control, Crank Yankers, The Man Show, The Emmy Awards, The Grammy Awards and Jimmy Kimmel Live! All in all, Rosner has contributed more than 2,500 hours of broadcast television, earning himself 7 Writer’s Guild Awards and Emmy nominations.


    TV Writer, brainiac, former stripper, nude model and more on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday March 4th 3 pm ET. For more information and to listen to the show visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

  • 01:03

    THE 87TH ACADEMY AWARDS PREVIEW SHOW

    in Entertainment

    Hooray for Hollywood and hooray for the Oscars! This year’s 87th Academy Awards is the subject of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, February 18, 3 pm ET. Joining Halli at her table are Betsy Sharkey, esteemed film-critic for The Los Angeles Times and  director, writer, producer, actor and reconteur Charles Matthau.


    Los Angeles Times film critic Betsy Sharkey is an award-winning entertainment journalist and bestselling author. She began her career as a feature writer for the Dallas Morning News and has since written for The New York Times, TV Guide and Esquire among others. She is a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.


    Director, writer, producer, actor and raconteur Charles Matthau was weaned on film. His father was actor Walter Matthau. He appeared as a child actor in such films as Charley Varrick, The Bad News Bears and House Calls before he turned to directing with The Grass Harp, from a novella by Truman Capote, and the made-for-TV movie The Marriage Fool. A graduate of the film school at the University of Southern California, Matthau also directed Doin' Time on Planet Earth, Her Minor Thing, Baby-O and Freaky Deaky starring Christian Slater.


    No one gives a party like Oscar, except The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. Join us for our Oscar celebration, February 18th 3 pm ET. The party takes place at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


     

  • 01:04

    SANDRA TSING LOH, ANNABELLE GURWITCH: A LAUGH-A-THON!

    in Entertainment

    Life begins when you learn to laugh at yourself And two women who are laughing at themselves, and will make you convulse with laughter, too, join Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, June 3, 3 pm ET: Writer, actress and radio personality Sandra Tsing Loh, and actress, comedienne, writer Annabelle Gurwitch.


    Sandra Tsing Loh is a contributing editor to The Atlantic, host of the syndicated radio show The Loh Down on Science, and has also been a regular commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition, PRI’s This American Life, and other public radio programs. She has performed two solo shows off-Broadway and she is the author of five previous books, including her 2008 memoir MOTHER ON FIRE. Her latest book is THE MADWOMAN IN THE VOLVO, MY YEAR OF RAGING HORMONES,
    truly a laugh-out-loud tale of a tumultuous journey through midlife that defines a generation.


    Annabelle Gurwitch is the author of YOU SAY TOMATO, I SAY SHUT UP now a play receiving its third national tour, and FIRED! which became an acclaimed documentary and Showtime comedy special. She gained a loyal comedic following during her years hosting Dinner and a Movie on TBS and has been a regular commentator on NPR and contributor to The Nation, More, Glamour, Marie Claire and a number of other national publications. Her acting credits include over fifty guest roles in shows including Seinfeld and Boston Legal. And then Annabelle turned 50, became a statistic, one of the many Americans who every seven and a half seconds reaches the milestone, the subject of her book I SEE YOU MADE AN EFFORT, COMPLIMENTS, INDIGNITIES, AND SURVIVAL STORIES FROM THE EDGE OF 50.


    Humor, mid-life crisis, raging hormones, women on fire… a laugh-a-thon with funny ladies Sandra Tsing Loh and Annabelle Gurwitch, Wednesday, June 3, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

  • 00:02

    BITS: LITTLE RIVER BAND'S WAYNE NELSON

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    Lead singer and bass guitar player, song writer and co-writer for the Little River Band, Wayne Nelson has been playing bass and singing lead vocals with the band for more than 30 years. Nelson reminisces with Halli when he joins her at the table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show.


    The Little River Band originally formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1975. Nelson came on board in 1979 the first American to join the band. All told, LRB has sold more than 30 million records and achieved 13 U.S. Top 40 hits, most notably Reminiscing, Lonesome Loser, Cool Change, The Night Owls and Take It Easy on Me, the latter two songs featuring lead vocals by Nelson, along with his considerable talent as a bass guitarist, his funk bass skills distinguishing him early in the band’s history. Just as compelling as the story of the band is Nelson’s personal life a story of extreme highs and tragic lows. 


    Reminiscing with Little River Band’s Wayne Nelson, Halli’s guest for the hour when he joins Halli at her table Wednesday, May 20, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.