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.

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.

Dr. Faye Williams, Dr. Chris Warner and Mike Wolf discuss the nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court next week by President Trump with New Orleans native Amy Coney Barrett a leading contender. Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on Governor Edwards and the Legislature moving forward after a budget deal in the final hours before the fiscal cliff.

Sam Kleiner, author of "The Fighting Tigers", tells the story of American pilots who waged a secret war against Japan. John Maginnis, longtime executive with Blue Cross Blue Shield, discusses his new endeavor as a documentary filmaker. He is preparing to detail the story of a former leprosy patient at Carville, the home of the only American institution devoted to leprosy consulting, research and training. Retired state employee Leslie Tassin reflects on his recent harrowing trip to Paris. Dr. Lee Reich on "The Ever Curious Gardner, Using a Little Natural Science for a Much Better Garden."

LSU Manship School of Mass Communications Dean Martin Johnson on his new assignment and the state of journalism in America and in Louisiana. Lata Nott of the Newseum in Washington D.C. comments on attacks against the First Amendment.

East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Councilman Matt Watson on the death of his fellow councilman Buddy Amoroso Saturday in bicycling crash in St. Francisville. Law Professor and Political advisor Susan Nelson on the death of Amoroso, a former opponent, and President Trump’s nomination next week to the U.S. Supreme Court. Fairleigh Cook Jackson of Preserve Louisiana on the possibility of a significant budget cut to the Old Governor’s Mansion where her organization is based. Jim Caldwell of the Baton Rouge Airport on new options for travelers.

Veteran Political Consultant Ray Strother on the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy from the United States Supreme Court and its implications to Louisiana. Stephen Kearney of Fair Districts Louisiana on the Supreme Court decision this week on gerrymandering. Journalist Ken Auletta of the New Yorker on his latest work: “Frenemies, The Epic Disruption of the Ad Business (And Everything Else.”

Conservative columnist and commentator Quin Hillyer, a New Orleans native, on the GOP establishment rebelling against President Trump. Author Robert Fieseler on his book about the 1973 French Quarter fire that took 32 lives: “Tinderbox, the Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge and the Rise of Gay Liberation.” Professor Jack Davis, winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for History, on his book, “THE GULF, The Making of the American Sea.”

Ronnie Jones (pictured), head of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, on regulating gambling in our state.

Moses Evans, Justice of the Peace in East Baton Rouge Parish, on the three year anniversary of the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage.

Princeton Professor Lauren Wright on President Trump’s speaking style.



Former state lawmaker Elbert Guillory, head of minority outreach for the Louisiana GOP, and Rev. Reginald Pitcher (pictured), a Democratic activist,  square off on issues from Baton Rouge to the Beltway.

Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on the resolution of the budget impasse one week before the fiscal cliff.

Commissioner of Agriculture Mike Strain discusses passage of the Farm Bill and the implications of a trade war. Tyler Bridges of The Advocate updates the budget impasse at the Capitol. Ronnie Anderson, president of the Louisiana Bureau, comments on his 30th year as head of the 143,000 member group.