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.

Actor John Schneider discusses his efforts to continue filming during the statewide lockdown, and offers coronavirus advice. Former Advocate reporter Elizabeth Crisp discusses the state of D.C. during the COVID crisis. Rabbi Barry Weinstein explains how he’s keeping his congregation together, and offers a reading.

Ag Commissioner Mike Strain discusses the impact of coronavirus on the state agricultural economy, and the possibility that the virus can spread to cats. Former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial on the virus’s impact on New Orleans.

New Orleans singer Phillip Manuel remembers the life and accomplishments of Ellis Marsalis and Bill Withers, and talks about life in New Orleans during the COVID-19 Crisis. Political consultant Mary Patricia Wray discusses the President’s and Joe Biden’s response to coronavirus.  

Financial adviser Ameen Walker explains the new SBA loan process for businesses suffering from COVID-19 closures. Former state senator Dr. Mike Robichaux on healthcare in the time of coronavirus. Dr. Chad Seals discusses his book Religion Around Bono.

Veronica Mosgrove on her cruise line trip on the boat that was patient zero for many US coronavirus transmissions. The Advocate's Mark Ballard on Ed O, COVID in NYC, and local responses. 

  Baton Rouge Bishop Michael Duca comments on the impact of coronavirus on the Catholic Diocese in the Capital region. NPR Morning Edition Host Steve Inskeep reflects on Covid-19 and discusses his book about John Fremont, the first Republican presidential nominee in 1856. The book is “Imperfect Union” which focuses on Fremont’s fame and his impact on his Republican successor Abraham Lincoln.

LA State Director for AARP Denise Bottcher on a statewide teleconference. Dr. Andrew McCall on telemedicine. Rudy Macklin on state efforts to prepare for the possibility of a hurricane in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thomas Kostigen on his new book “Hacking Planet Earth”.

Dr. Charles Page, author and surgeon from Texas, assesses the Coronavirus pandemic. Loyola University President Tania Tetlow looks at the impact of Covid-19 in New Orleans and on her campus. Former Louisiana Health Secretary Rebekah Gee stresses the importance of staying at home during this time. Jim recalls WRKF legend Bob Mooberry, who died yesterday in Las Vegas at 79.

LSU History Professor Paul Hoffman on the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic and it’s impact on LSU. OLOL infectious disease specialist Catherine O’Neal on the state’s progress with COVID-19 and how we could develop herd immunity over the next six to nine months.

LSU Mathematics Professor Jim Madden on COVID-19 grow rates. Advocate reporter Mark Ballard on the state of COVID-19 in Louisiana and it’s likely devastating impact on the state budget.