Talk Louisiana

Weekdays at 9am

Talk Louisiana connects listeners with Louisiana newsmakers through live interviews and original feature reporting. Hosted by award-winning journalist and broadcast veteran, Jim Engster, Talk Louisiana brings listener insight into the conversation by phone and email. In addition to the weekday morning broadcast, hear Talk Louisiana at wrkf.org and the WRKF App.

Financial analysts Fred Dent and Andy Anderson assess the markets after an 800 point drop of the Dow Jones average on Wednesday. Veteran journalist and anchorman George Sells talks about CNN’s Chris Cuomo getting into a shouting match with men who called Cuomo “Fredo.” Megan Foster Kelly discusses her group “Mompreneurs,” combing business and family.

Sister Helen Prejean, the celebrated death penalty activist, comments on her memoir “River of Fire". Journalist Zahra Hankir discusses the preponderance of women from the Middle East reporting from hot spots in their home region.

Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome on police and crime and the appearances in Baton Rouge this week by activist Christena Cleveland. Historian Ryan Swanson the physical life of President Teddy Roosevelt.

Camille Manning Broome, CEO of the Center for Planning Excellence addresses climate change and environmental challenges the state is facing. Manning notes that land loss and climate change affect nearly every aspect of Louisiana life from public health to the economy to the housing sector. Amherst University Professor Ronald Rosbottom reveals how French youth responded to the threat of  Hitler. Rosbottom’s book is “Sudden Courage: Youth in France Confront the Germans 1940-45.”

Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana President Robert Travis Scott discusses the need for substantial revisions in Louisiana's constitution. Photographer Randy Roussel on documenting the River Parishes.

Rose Hudson, President of the Louisiana Lottery for 13 of its 28 years, assesses a record year in which the lottery returned 184 million dollars to education. Vincent Bugliosi, prosecutor of Charles Manson, in an interview five years ago recalls the horrific murder spree of the Manson family. Taking the lives of Sharon Tate and four others on this date 50 years ago. Bugliosi, the author of “Helter Skelter”  died in 2015 shortly after this interviewed aired on the 45th anniversary of the murders in Los Angeles.

State Representative Denise Marcelle comments on crime in Baton Rouge and the continuing residual effect of the Alton Sterling shooting in 2016. Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief for the Advocate, updates us on qualifying for statewide offices and legislative races. The deadline is 5 o’clock today. Former Time and Newsweek Correspondent Douglas Waller discusses his latest book, “Lincoln’s Spies, Their Secret War to Save a Nation.”

Mark Walters, Spokesman for the Second Amendment Foundation, surveys the landscape on the issue of gun regulation after mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso. Edwin Edwards biographer Leo Honeycutt reflects on the 92nd birthday of Louisiana’s only four term Governor. Writer Caroline Myss discusses the nature of God and sacred power.


Former Louisiana Congressman Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, is calling for an end to tariffs ordered by President Trump. Boustany says the tariffs are costing hundreds of millions of dollars in damages to Louisiana businesses. Investigative Reporter Nick Bryant comments on the implications of a wide-ranging scandal involving New York billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. Highlights from Congressman Garret Graves, who appeared before the Press Club of Baton Rouge Monday and defended his vote in favor of no background checks for sales of weapons at gun shows between private individuals.

Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser discusses plans for a civil rights trail and assesses the impact of mass shootings in the United States on tourism. Independence native and former LSU student Robert Crais talks about his Louisiana roots and how they contributed to him becoming one of the nation’s top crime novelists. His latest work is “A Dangerous Man,” the 18th installment of his acclaimed Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series.