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Jim Engster

Host

Every weekday Jim engages listeners with compelling discussions ranging from presidential and gubernatorial campaigns to LSU football and the aftermath of disasters like Hurricane Isaac.

Jim serves as president of the Louisiana Radio Network and Tiger Rag Magazine. He's hosted the statewide offering Louisiana Live from 1998-2003 and The Jim Engster Show on the Louisiana Radio Network, previously on WRKF.

In a career spanning more than three decades, Jim has interviewed nine Louisiana governors and has reported on every gubernatorial election since 1975. He has also shared the microphone with leaders of other states including Bill Clinton of Arkansas, Jerry Brown of California and Jesse Ventura of Minnesota.

Writers Ernest Gaines, Rex Reed and Immacule’e Ilabagiza and two actresses who spent much of their youth in the Baton Rouge area---Debbie Allen and Lynn Whitfield -- are some of Jim’s favorite interviewees.

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Baton Rouge Councilman Matt Watson on his run for Mayor. Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard updates us on the ongoing special session.

Rachel Maddow producer Steve Benen on his critique of Congressional Republicans. Monroe Senator Katrina Jackson on an impending US Supreme Court decision on abortion clinics and admitting privileges. Writer David Albertyn on his book Undercard.

Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul discusses the George Floyd protests. Colin Woodard on his book Union, the Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood.

Faye Williams, President of the National Congress of Black Women, and Atlanta advertising executive Angela Dortch comment on social and political implications of unrest in American cities over police killings of unarmed black men.

Paul Arrigo, President of Visit Baton Rouge, reflects on the economic cost to the Capital City which has endured a pandemic for three months.

State GOP Head of Minority Outreach Elbert Lee Guillory and activist Pat Smith discuss the George Floyd protests. Andy Anderson and Fred Dent discuss recent market volatility.

Dolores Johnson recounts growing up as an interracial girl in the 60s, and having a cross burned in the front yard of her home in a Baton Rouge neighborhood. Mark Ballard updates listeners on the ongoing special session, and a tentative agreement to rename LSU’s Middleton Library.

Veteran jazz and blues radio host Zia Tammami recaps his 44-year career at the microphone at LSU as host of “Spontaneous Combustion.” Rep. Denise Marcelle says she is planning to enter the Nov. 3 mayor’s election in East Baton Rouge Parish. Actor Michael O’Neill relishes his role on NBC’s “Council of Dads” and offers advise to college graduates after being the commencement speaker at Auburn last year.

Famed political consultant Roger Stone joins Jim for a rare interview to discuss his early relationship with President Trump, his potentially impending incarceration, his return to Catholicism, and his long journey through GOP politics. Columnist Quin Hillyer on his dislike for Roger Stone and the state of the Alabama GOP Senate primary.

Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome talks about the Capital’s response to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the wave of protests that have enveloped the nation since. Harriet Shugarman discusses her new book How to Talk To Your Kids About Climate Change.  

Maxine Crump, CEO of Dialogue on Race Louisiana and civil rights attorney Jim Boren describe reaction to the death of George Floyd and provide thoughts about improving race relations in America and Louisiana.

Smiley Anders reflects on 41 years as an Advocate columnist.

Curator Hal Wert details an exhibit featuring campaign posters 1844-2012 showing at the Old State Capitol.

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