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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.

Ways to Connect

LSU Mathematics Professor Jim Madden on COVID-19 grow rates. Advocate reporter Mark Ballard on the state of COVID-19 in Louisiana and it’s likely devastating impact on the state budget.

Rev. Chris Andrews analyzes the spiritual aspect of coronavirus.

 

Captain Bobbie Ragsdale, West Point graduate and New Orleans-area native, examines scams erupting during a pandemic.

 

Actress Jessica Jain, graduate of LSU, talks about the surreal shutdown of New York City with Broadway shuttered and businesses closed.

Jeanne Smith, underwriting director for Louisiana Public Broadcasting recaps her trip to Italy amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

 

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser discusses the challenges of tourism and the state budget with the state and nation stalled due to coronavirus.

 

Actress Lee Purcell reflects on the 90th anniversary of the birth of her mentor, legendary actor Steve McQueen.

 

Ingrid Newkirk, founder of PETA, looks at 40 years of her organization.

LSU President Tom Galligan discusses the impact of coronavirus on the state’s flagship university.

 

Blue Cross Blue Shield Louisiana Chief Health Care Economist Mike Bertaut assesses the ten-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act.

Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston-Broome comments on local efforts to fight Covid-19. Accountant Ameen Walker assesses government moves to assist businesses amid Coronavirus shutdowns. Pulitzer Prize winner Matt Richtel of the New York Times discusses his book “An Elegant Defense, The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System.”

Clark Cadzow of Highland Coffees and Jimmy Weatherford of Louie’s discuss the impact of the restaurant full service shutdown which took effect Monday night. Mark Ballard of the Advocate talks about the coronavirus impact at the Capitol and the politics of Covid-19.

Baton Rouge Airport Director of Aviation Mike Edwards and spokesman Jim Caldwell comment on air travel amid the coronavirus. Adrienne Raphael on the fascination with crossword puzzles. Sharon Cameron talks about survival among the Nazis, detailed in “The Light in Hidden Places”

General Russel Honore, who led the state's Katrina response, adresses the COVID-19 scare and the impact of the virus. Emily Nemens, former editor of the Southern Review at LSU makes her novel debut with a book about baseball. 

University of Chicago Scientist Neil Shubin assesses four billion years of evolution detailed in his book “No Assembly Required.”

Baton Rouge School Board member Tremelle  Howard and school board watcher Raymond Allman look at school closures related to the Coronavirus and the search for a new EBR superintendent of schools.

Former Major Leaguer Bill Ripken on the postponement of the MLB season and the reliance on analytical research of players.

Jim recaps a dramatic night in COVID-19 news, the President’s speech, and suspension of the NBA season. Mark Ballard on the politics of COVID-19. John Feinstein on the fan-less March Madness tourney.

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