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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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Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon discusses tort reform efforts. The Advocate’s Mark Ballard talks through the end of the regular session.

Republican political consultant Scott Wilfong and Democratic political consultant Mary-Patricia Wray take the hour to debate the state of the Presidential race, allegations against Joe Biden, vote by mail, and more.

Boo Milton talks of how the Obama Foundation's MBK Alliance is assisting local communities during the pandemic.

Adam Knapp, President of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, reviews the business reaction to Phase One of the return to commerce amid Covid-19.

Mike Bertaut, health care economist for Blue Cross, looks at the impact of coronavirus on insurance, health care and national politics.

Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haas discusses America’s place in the post-COVID world. General Russel Honore gives his thoughts on the 2020 Legislative Session.

Jason DeCuir, chair of the Louisiana Economic Recovery Task Force, surveys the landscape at the start of Phase One for businesses reopening after two months under a stay at home order. Journalist Celia Farber recalls her father, radio talk legend Barry Farber, who died last week one day after his 90th birthday. Best-selling crime writer Scott Turow looks back on his career of more than three decades and talks about the book industry’s relevance during a pandemic as he discusses his latest work, "The Last Trial.”

Linda Lee, Vice President of the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center, details the process of treating patients amid a pandemic. Gene Sperling, economic adviser to President Clinton and President Obama, calls for economic dignity during hard times. Mark Ballard of The Advocate looks at friction at the Capitol on a variety of fronts as a debate on insurance reform gains momentum with legislation reaching the floors of both chambers.

Former US AG Matthew Whitaker on his experiences working in the Trump White House, and his new book. Historian Tim McGrath on his biography of President James Monroe. Washington Post Columnist David Ignatius discusses his new work of fiction about the CIA.

Maya Cummings, widow of Congressman Elijah Cummings of Baltimore, remembers her husband and his conflict with President Trump. Lucas Spielfogel, executive director of the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition, talks about his organization’s involvement in the community as The Covid-19 stay at home order is relaxed effective May 15. Writer Chester Johnson recaps a race massacre in Elaine, Arkansas a century ago with an estimated 200 African-American citizens killed.

Brad Meltzer discusses his latest book on the first assassination attempt on President Lincoln. Economist Dr. Loren Scott predicts the national economy will bounce back strong by fall. Dr. Saul Weiner talks about his journey into medicine.

Hall of Fame songwriter and singer Don McLean discusses his career and the inspiration behind “American Pie”. Mike Manning of the Baton Rouge Food Bank on the incredible increase in demand for food bank services. UL System President Jim Henderson details their plan to reduce costs for adults who got college but never finished their degree.

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