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.

Advocate Reporter Andrea Gallo reflects on her series about abuse in the LSU Greek System and former LSU Faculty Senate President Kevin Cope provides the view on fraternities from the campus. Author E.R. Ramzipoor previews her book “The Ventriloquists,” which provides new context to fake news based on what happened in Nazi Germany.

Michael Pasquier, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and History at LSU, comments on his coastal voices podcast. Former local synagogue president Victor Sachse, also a former political scientist at the University of Louisiana Lafayette, responds to President Trump saying Jews are disloyal if they vote for Democrats. Advocate Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on the passing and tribute to former Governor Kathleen Blanco, who will lie in state today at the Capitol.

Author Rannah Gray on the sordid life of Baton Rouge media star Scott Rogers, who died five years ago this month. Rogers, who was also chaplain for the Baton Rouge Sheriff’s office, was exposed as a serial pedophile before a murder-suicide in August of 2014. Former Baton Rouge Coroner Hypolite Landry remembers being one of the last physicians to examine Elvis Presley and traveling around the world in his private plane in 1969.

GOP Political Consultant Scott Wilfong and former Democratic Party Communications Director Susan Nelson exchange views on state and national politics. Investigative Reporter Nick Bryant, who placed the unredacted black book of Jeffrey Epstein, surveys the landscape following Epstein’s suicide in prison.

Former Communications Director for Gov. Kathleen Blanco Bob Mann, remembers Louisiana’s chief executive, who died Sunday at 76 after a long battle with cancer. Blanco was governor from 2004 to 2008 and is recalled for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Producer John Hardy and veteran actor David Jensen note the 30th anniversary of the premiere of “Sex lies and videotape,” which debuted in August of 1989 and won top prize at the Cannes Film Festival, spawning careers for Steven Soderbergh, Andie MacDowell and James Spader.

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.