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.

Former Louisiana Democratic Executive Director Trey Ourso. Journalist Marc Ambinder reflects on a close call in 1983 as the U.S. and the Soviet Union weighed the prospect of a nuclear exchange. Ambinder’s book is “The Brink.” Advocate Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on qualifying for the Secretary of State election, controversy on the Metro Council and Gov. John Bel Edwards facing Bayou Bridge protestors.

Former Louisiana GOP Chairman Roger Villere on state and national politics with next year’s gubernatorial election slated for Oct. 12, 2019. Pepperdine University Professor Bruce Herschensohn on President Trump’s performance in the Helsinki Summit. Dr. Justin Lehmiller of the Kinsey Institute on Americans and their sex lives.

Former Cy Young and American League Most Valuable Player Denny McLain previews tonight’s MLB All-Star Game and recaps the first half of the season. LSU stars Aaron Nola and Alex Bregman are on the rosters of the National and American League teams.


State Representative Pat Smith reflects on the two-year anniversary of the murder of three Baton Rouge police officers and talks about the prospect of more anti-abortion legislation in Louisiana with the likelihood of a more conservative U.S. Supreme Court.


State Senator John Milkovich, D-Shreveport, on his bill to restrict abortion access after 15 weeks of pregnancy and what happens with the prospect of a more conservative U.S. Supreme Court.

Financial Analysts Andy Anderson and Fred Dent on the impact of the exploding debt on the stock market and the results of a trade war with China on Louisiana and national economy.

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Jul 13, 2018

People Magazine Senior Editor Alicia Dennis of New Orleans discusses her work: “Crimes of Fashion.” Jeff Dorson, executive director of the Humane Society of Louisiana, talks about lenient sentences given to those who abuse animals in the state. Gary Chambers, editor of the Rouge Collection, on the battle over the successor to the late Baton Rouge Metro Councilman Buddy Amoroso. Journalist Curt Smith reflects on presidents and baseball.

Former Health South Chief Financial Officer Aaron Beam talks about his conviction, incarceration and comeback. EBR Councilwoman Tara Wicker on the controversy surrounding the choice to succeed Councilman Buddy Amoroso who died 12 days ago in a bicycle crash.

Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Director Stephen Handwerk on next year’s Louisiana gubernatorial election just 15 months away. Political Strategist Mary Patricia Wray (pictured) of Top Drawer Strategies on Governor John Bel Edwards’ re-election bid and President Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Margalit Fox, longtime obituary writer for the New York Times, comments on her book: “Conan Doyle for the Defense:  The True Story of a Sensational British Murder and a Quest for Justice, and the World’s Most Famous Detective Writer.”

Retired WAFB anchor Donna Britt celebrates her 60th birthday with us as she recaps her 37 years as a popular anchorwoman in Baton Rouge.

Former State Senator and GOP activist Ben Bagert assess the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.



Former CNN Chief Political Analyst Bill Schneider (pictured) on the nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. President Trump makes his announcement tonight on his choice to succeed Anthony Kennedy on the high court. Mary Durusau of the Old State Capitol and Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist Walt Handelsman of The Advocate talks about a major exhibit opening this week.


LSU Law Professor Paul Baier, who has taught with former Supreme Court Justices Harry Blackman and Antonin Scalia, previews the announcement Monday of President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy. Baton Rouge businessman Kevin Lyle and his wife, Renee Chatelain, discuss Kevin’s Tony Award winning production, “Once On This Island.” Lyle took the Tony Award last month as producer of the musical while Chatelain heads the Greater Baton Rouge Arts Council.