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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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Financial advisers Fred Dent and Andy Anderson assess a huge decline in markets from the Coronavirus. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has tumbled more than 2,000 points this week.

Tonge Helaire and Madee Helaire, mother and sister of LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, discuss Madee’s battle with Muscular Dystrophy and how Clyde rebounded from an incident in which he killed in a man in self defense to help LSU to the national title. Investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell recaps 30 years of chasing killers from the Civil Rights Movement. Four Klansmen were convicted on the basis of reporting from Mitchell. Heralded reporter Greg Palast makes the case that elections are tampered with in the U.S.

Time Correspondent Charlotte Alter discusses the influence of Millennials in American politics led by 26 members of Congress and presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. EBR Council member Chauna Banks talks about friction on the Council and looks at the mayoral election 35 weeks away. Poet Donney Rose previews his sold out Manship Theatre performance this week.

Major General Skip Phillips and Colonel Eric Crider on the stop in Baton Rouge of the Army War College. Eugene Collins, head of the Baton Rouge NAACP, on racial strife in Zachary over alleged sexual abuse by a white teacher of a black student.

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon comments on the coming showdown over tort reform and insurance rates for women. Mark Ballard of the Advocate discusses the newspaper’s account if business dealings of Attorney General Jeff Landry.

Political Consultant Rannah Gray reports on her trip through Iowa for that state’s caucuses and her visit to Nevada for the primary there. Former State Rep. Raymond Jetson, who was a pastor for 23 years, comments on the statement from former Texas Gov. Rick Perry that President Trump has been chosen by God.

Author John Barry reflects on his research about the flu pandemic a century ago and how it compares to Coronavirus. Dietmar Rietschier, Executive Director of the Amite River Basin Commission, recalls the bombing of Dresden 75 years ago this month in the final days of WWII.

Outgoing Superintendent of Education John White looks back at his tenure. Jim discusses the 2020 election, and the change of heart regarding the President experienced by many of his former GOP rivals.

Advocate Reporter Bryn Stole comments on a story about business dealings of Attorney General Jeff Landry. Psychologist Juko Holiday recalls her appearance 20 years ago on “Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?” John Dennis talks about his electoral challenge of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

David Rubenstein on his new book “The American Story”. Quin Hillyer on the Louisiana GOP’s censure of Mitt Romney. Mark Ballard on tort reform efforts.  

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