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.

Loyola University Law Professor Andrea Armstrong looks at 25 deaths in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison in a five year period between 2012 and 2016.


Attorneys Mike Wolf and Bill Grimley comment on the validity of non-disclosure agreements in the White House, the removal of the security clearance for former CIA Director John Brennan and the trial of former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort.

New Orleans singer Phillip Manuel reflects on the rich musical legacy of Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul died Thursday in Detroit at age 76. 



Louisiana Education Superintendent John White on his evaluation by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the state of education in our state.

Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief for the Advocate, comments on the GOP search for a challenger to Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Dr. Karen Dantin (pictured) of Baton Rouge discusses the keys to managing stress.

African-American activists Darrell Glasper and Collis Temple discuss President Trump's statements directed at Black Americans. Glasper and Temple were college basketball stars at Southern and LSU, respectively. Glasper, a Republican, is a former baton Rouge Metro Councilman. Temple, a Democrat, is a prominent businessman and integrated the LSU basketball program in 1970.

Ron Fein, Legal Director for Free Speech for People, analyzes the prospect of impeachment proceedings against President Trump.

Musician Leesa Gentz of the Hussy Hicks on the Australian group's performance in Baton Rouge. 

Mike McClanahan, president of the Louisiana NAACP, on his call for the Baton Rouge Metro Council to include only members from inside the city limits. This was the case prior to 1983.

Crime writer Chuck Hustmyre of Baton Rouge on the latest of his seven books becoming a film, “Never Forgive.”


Journalist Becky Aikman tells the backstory of the making of the iconic film, “Thelma and Louise.” The 1991 classic is the subject of her book, “Off the Cliff.”



Danny Heitman, editorial page editor of The Advocate, on writing editorials in the Age of Trump. Also, Danny will discuss America’s favorite novels as part of an LPB forum. LPB President Beth Courtney and LPB producer Kevin Geautreaux will also talk about the discussion panel. Jason Brown of Kean Miller on the intricacies of collecting sales taxes on internet purchases and options available in Louisiana. Movie critic John Wirt on his review of Spike Lee's new film BlacKkKlansman

Pictured: Jason Brown

WVLA anchor Jeanne Burns talks about her nearly quarter century ride on the air in Baton Rouge and looks at how the city is evolving. Lamar White of the Bayou Brief opines on the possibility of Mitch Landrieu running for president and  on secret tapes revealing a schism between President Lyndon Johnson and former Louisiana U.S. Senator Russell Long. Veteran actress Nancy Litton of Baton Rouge on her current production: “Bloomsday.”

Interim Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin comments on why he had a change of heart and decided to seek the office vacated by his former boss, Tom Schedler. Journalist James Loewen discusses his latest work, “Sundown Towns, A Hidden Dimension of American Racism.” Michael Roizen, Chief Wellness Officer at the Cleveland Clinic, dispenses advise on the use of supplements.

Veteran Economist Loren Scott, former chair of the LSU Economics Department, assesses the impact of a trade war on the Louisiana economy. Columbia University Economic Historian Adam Tooze on his book, “Crashed,” detailing the tenth anniversary of the 2008 financial crisis. Alexandria media personality Tony Brown on the documentary,”Sugartown,” the story of a young black man’s suspicious death in police custody in New Iberia. Victor White III died on March 3, 2014.

Attorney Chris Whittington and Pharmacist Doug Boudreaux, owners of Hope Pharmacy, on the medicinal marijuana business in Louisiana. Former Governor Edwin Edwards celebrates his 91st birthday with our listeners. Journalist Paul Greenberg, author of “The Omega Principle,” Seafood and the Quest for a Long Life and a Healthier Planet.”

Former U.S. Congressman Bob Livingston comments on his 22-year tenure in the House, including his near miss to become speaker and controversial departure. Livingston, who is now a powerful lobbyist, has written his memoir and analyzes his ill-fated run for governor in 1987 and his associations with Governors Dave Treen and Edwin Edwards as well as Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. Adam Sharp, former top aide to U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, talks about his high ranking role at Twitter from 2010 to 2016 and his current post as president of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.