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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

Jim discusses Drew Brees’ recent controversial comments. Carolyn Baker details racial disparities in America through her book An Unintentional Accomplice: A Personal Perspective on White Responsibility. Mark Ballard of the Advocate on the shocking rejection of Ronnie Jones for reappointment.  

Sean Reilly, CEO of Lamar Co., talks about the impact of COVID-19 on the world’s largest billboard company.

Longtime NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu provides a look at unrest in New York City after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Writer Stephen Rebello examines the affect on American culture of the 1966 cult book and film, “Valley of the Dolls.”

Adam Knapp, President of Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce, comments on Louisiana moving to Phase Two in the comeback from COVID-19. Tim Barfield, President of CSRS, looks at infrastructure needs in Baton Rouge. Colleen Temple, University High School senior, and commentator Clay Young call for peaceful demonstrations in response to the death of African-American George Floyd after Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin drove his knee into a handcuffed Floyd for nearly nine minutes as three fellow officers watched Floyd beg for his life.

Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore and businessman Kenny Nguyen detail Viral Positivity to salute health care workers during the Coronavirus pandemic. Moore also addresses arrests of rioters in the week since the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis Policeman Derek Chauvin. Documentary filmmaker Cindy Hurst examines the tragic history of race in America.

Southern Political Science Department Chair Albert Samuels and LSU Shreveport Political Science Professor Jeff Sadow discuss the tense situation in Minneapolis following the killing of George Floyd by MPD Officer Derek Chauvin. WAFB reporter Matt Houston and WRKF Capitol Access reporter Paul Braun discuss the last days of the 2020 Regular Session.

Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell reflects on various Louisiana political luminaries and the legislator to lobbyist pipeline. Mark Ballard updates listeners on the state of various controversial bills in the 2020 regular session.

Melissa Flournoy and Darrell Glasper debate Joe Biden’s recent controversy and the state of the 2020 race. New York Times reporter Nikita Stewart on her book about Troop 6000.

President of Our Lady of the Lake Trey Dunbar and General Skip Phillips detail this year’s charity raffle to raise money for Children’s. Former Congressman and head of Pharma Billy Tauzin informs the audience about how vaccines and treatments are being developed to fight COVID-19.

Richard White, Dean of the LSU Business School, looks at his retirement on July 1 amid a pandemic and reflects on the legacies of Huey Long and Will Rogers, celebrated Americans who died 26 days apart in 1935. Long penned acclaimed biographies about Long and Rogers. Baton Rouge singer and musician Rusty Yates laments more than two months without live music. Tea Hacic, author of “Life of the Party,” reflects on a dearth of entertainment options in Los Angeles.

Bayou Brief Publisher Lamar White discusses tort reform efforts and his research into famed mob boss Carlos Marcello. Preserve Louisiana Executive Director Fairleigh Jackson on continuing efforts to save historic buildings.

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