Talk Louisiana

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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.

Ray Strother, legendary political consultant, assesses the victory for Gov. John Bel Edwards over Republican Eddie Rispone. Pulitzer Prize finalist Aaron Glantz talks about his book “Homewreckers.” Many Trump administration members are featured in this work about profiteering in the housing collapse. 

Pollster Bernie Pinsonat assesses the governor’s election in which John Bel Edwards defeated Eddie Rispone. Ashley Shelton, executive director of the Power Coalition, talks about African American turnout efforts which enabled Gov. Edwards to win by huge margins in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. 

Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell and political consultant Scott Wilfong assess the gubernatorial contest on election eve in Louisiana. Highland Coffees proprietor Clark Cadzow notes 30 years of service at the gates of LSU, an area considered a graveyard for businesses. 

Political consultant Roy Fletcher assesses the governor’s race two days out. Mark Ballard of the Advocate discusses issues that could swing the race between John Bel Edwards and Eddie Rispone. Christina Lake of Preserve Louisiana comments on an event tonight at the Old Governor’s Mansion.  Congressman Mike Johnson on the president’s rally in Bossier City.

LSU Shreveport Political Scientist Jeffrey Sadow and Political Consultant Mary Patricia Wray weigh in on the governor’s election and President Trump’s visit to Bossier City on Thursday. Writer Robert Greene reflects on his career of penning books about strategy, power and greed.

Lt. Gen. Russel Honore assesses the Louisiana gubernatorial election and its impact on the environment. Mary Durusau of the Old State Capitol discusses a new exhibit “Victory from Within: The American Prisoner of War Experience.” Author Phil Keith details the legendary life of Eugene Bullard profiled in the book “All Blood Runs Red.”  

Dr. Gene Mills, president and CEO of the Louisiana Family Forum, discusses the strength of evangelical voters as Louisiana prepares for a Saturday electoral showdown for governor. Dr.  Eric Robinson, graduate of the Manship Schoo,l on the limits of political speech. Jessica Kemp, Vice President of CPEX, on the Smart Growth Summit. 

Former Louisiana lawmaker Troy Hebert and Professor Dayne Sherman square off on the governor’s election, Senator John Kennedy and the impact of President Trump on Louisiana voters.  Singer/songwriter David St. Romain and Douglas Gay of the Baton Rouge Music Studio detail Veterans Songs of Survivors Workshops. Acclaimed writer Ruta Sepetys talks about her later work pertaining to post WWII Spain “The Fountains of Silence.” 

Famed political consultant Mark McKinnon, host of Showtime’s “The Circus,” talks about the state of American politics. Mark Ballard of the Advocate assesses the governor’s election nine days out. Jason Andreason of the Baton Rouge Gallery comments on Friday’s live art auction “Kinetics.” 

Bob Edwards, host of Morning Edition for 25 years, comments on the show’s 40th anniversary. Marcia Gaudet, friend and associate of Ernest Gaines, recalls Louisiana’s great writer who died yesterday at 86. We remember Ernest Gaines with an encore interview on his 75th birthday.