Talk Louisiana

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Talk Louisiana connects listeners with Louisiana newsmakers through live interviews and original feature reporting. Hosted by award-winning journalist and broadcast veteran, Jim Engster, Talk Louisiana brings listener insight into the conversation by phone and email. In addition to the weekday morning broadcast, hear Talk Louisiana at and the WRKF App.

Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief of The Advocate, comments on the surprise decision from U.S. Senator John Kennedy to stay out of the 2019 governor’s race. Lamar White, Publisher of the Bayou Brief, assesses the potential field of candidates to challenge Gov. John Bel Edwards and assesses the future prospects of Senator Kennedy. Molly Buchmann, Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, previews this year’s Nutcracker presentation.

Former Congressman Henson Moore of Baton Rouge, who served as deputy chief of staff for President George H.W. Bush, reflects on the life of the 41st president as America pays tribute Bush, who died last week at 94. Funeral services are being held today at the National Cathedral for Bush. Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards comments on his former Congressional colleague. Edwards represented southwest Louisiana while Bush was a House member from Houston in the late 60s. Architect Coleman Brown surveys the merits of a half-cent sales tax for roads. The 30-year levy is on the ballot this Saturday in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and former president of the Shaw Group Jim Bernhard assesses the half-cent sales tax proposed for local transportation projects. The measure is on the ballot this Saturday in East Baton Rouge Parish. Reformed drug addicts Nicholas Bush talks about his book; “One by One, A Memoir of Love and Loss in the Shadows of Opioid America.”

Bike Baton Rouge founder Mark Martin assesses safety for cyclists in the Baton Rouge area. The topic has gained more attention since the death of EBR Councilman Buddy Amoroso earlier this year on road in West Feliciana Parish. Hospice Baton Rouge CEO Katharine Schendel and Denise Domingue, director of Camp Conquer, will talk about recent developments for the nonprofit which assists people in the last stages of life. Mary Patricia Wray of Top Drawer Strategies, and Chief Advisor to Governor Edwards' in 2015 comments on Sen. John Kennedy's decision to stay out of the governor's race. 

John Barry, author of “Rising Tide, the epic story of the 1927 flood that changed Louisiana and America, tells how he became one of the nation’s foremost authorities on influenza and recalls the night of Dec. 1, 1973 when Tulane ended LSU’s 25-year reign in one of college football’s most storied rivalries of the 20th Century. Barry was an assistant coach with the Greenies 45 years ago. EBR District Attorney Hillar Moore assesses the Dec. 8 vote on funding for a mental health center in East Baton Rouge Parish. Baton Rouge Symphony Conductor Tim Muffitt on holiday performances by his orchestra.

Mark Ballard, Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief, comments on a week in which a new battle over the state budget started. Dan Moldea, veteran investigative reporter in Washington D.C., updates what is happening with the Mueller probe of President Trump and a bipartisan call from lawmakers to take action against Saudi Arabia.

Hall of Fame Political Consultant Raymond Strother assesses the victory by Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith over Democrat Mike Espy in yesterday’s U.S. Senate election in Mississippi. KATC-Lafayette Reporter Josh Meny updates the continuing legal dispute over the Bayou Bridge pipeline.

Attorney Lewis Unglesby, an avid hunter, discusses the proliferation of gun violence in American and we update today’s U.S. Senate election in Mississippi.

LSU Economist and Director of the Public Administration Institute James A. Richardson on budget solutions for the state. Richardson has served as the State Revenue Conference economist since 1987. USA Today Network LSU writer Glenn Guilbeau and former LSU offensive stalwart Roman Starns on the Tigers 74-72 seven overtime loss at Texas A&M. LSU team chiropractor Jonathan Hymel on advances in sports medicine and treatment.

Louisiana GOP Executive Committee member Vincent Bruno and Democratic blogger, Professor Dayne Sherman of Southeastern Louisiana University, offer their views on next year’s governor’s race and the state of the Trump presidency. LSU Sport Management Professor Chad Seifried on the history of Tiger Stadium, which first opened in 1924.