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 Immaculee’ 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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LSU Scientist Gabriela Gonzales on her finding in 2015 at the LIGO Observatory that confirmed Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Stanford Psychology Professor Jennifer Eberhardt discusses her book, “Biased, Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think and Do”. 

LSU Manship School Professor Bob Mann previews his forthcoming biography of Ronald Reagan. Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie comments on the struggles of veterans who have an all-time high rate of suicides. Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief of the Advocate, on the prospect of a parish wide vote on the fate of the Village of St. George.

Tulane University Professor Richard Marksbury details negotiations with New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell on the future of four Confederate Era monuments removed last year from the landscape of the Crescent City. Attorney Mike Wolf and LSU-Shreveport Political Scientist Jeff Sadow assess the Barr Report, the Age of Trump and the Louisiana governor’s election. Baton Rouge Magnet High School teacher Kim Denson on the 20th Annual Geo Journey at the school. American Red Cross Senior Vice President Trevor Riggen on Red Cross Giving Day.

Jan Kasofsky, Executive Director of Capital Area Human Services, details the opioid epidemic in Baton Rouge. Cecile Richards, former President of Planned Parenthood, previews her book “Make Trouble, Stand Up, Speak Out and Find the Courage to Lead.” Lamar White, Publisher of Bayou Brief, comments on the candidacy for governor of Congressman Ralph Abraham and the reaction in Louisiana to the report from Attorney General William Barr related to the yet unreleased Mueller Report.

Political strategist Mary Patricia Wray and former Louisiana lawmaker Troy Hebert square off on the Mueller Report and the governor’s election six and one half months away. World renowned physician William Li comments on his latest work “Eat to Beat Disease, The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself.”

LSU basketball great Rudy Macklin on the documentary about him and LSU’s prospects in the NCAA Tournament. Singer Grant Peeples on his performance at the Dyson House. John Atkinson, CEO of the Idea Village, previews New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. GOP Political Consultant Roy Fletcher comments on the feud President Trump has with the late U.S. Senator John McCain.

State Representative and former LSU Associate Athletic Director Steve Carter comments on his latest push for a road tax and LSU opening the NCAA Basketball Tournament at Jacksonville against Yale. Advocate Bureau Chief Mark Ballard analyzes the friction between former Board of Regents Chair Richard Lipsey and LSU President King Alexander. Lipsey is calling for the firing of Alexander and LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva. Theologian Serene Jones comments on her prescription for peace in a fractured world.

Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu looks back a year to his decision to remove four Confederate Era monuments from prominent places in the city. Vastine Stabler of Swine Palace Theatre previews the opening of “Airline." Sportswriter Glenn Guilbeau examines the Will Wade controversy as LSU preps for its Thursday NCAA Tournament game vs. Yale.

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser talks tourism, Confederate monuments, and Feed Your Soul. LSU Manship School professor Judith Sylvester and a few of her students discuss the campus smoking ban and the rise of the e-cig. 

Former State Lawmakers Ben Bagert, a Republican from New Orleans, and Melissa Flournoy, a Democrat from Shreveport, square off about their views on state and national politics. Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted 59-41 against the emergency order from President Trump to build a wall at the Southern border. Louisiana’s Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy were among 41 Republicans taking the side of the President while a dozen GOP Senators voted with 47 Democrats voting against the order. Former University of Louisiana-Monroe Professor Samuel Mitcham, a historian and author of 40 books, discusses his latest work about German military leader Erwin Rommel, a complex figure from World War II. Major General Mitcham was a U.S. Army helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War.

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