Talk Louisiana

Weekdays at 9am and 9pm

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 and evening rebroadcast, hear Talk Louisiana at, on the WRKF App, and on your smart speaker when you ask it to play NPR or WRKF.

Veteran actor Louis Herthum and author Matthew Randazzo V discuss the Audible exclusive audiobook release of Mr. New Orleans. Tyra Banks implores women to vote in the December 5th runoff. Service industry workers Jasman Ellis and Eva Braud on the importance of tipping.

Louisiana culinary historian George Graham discusses some bayou Thanksgiving recipes. Professor Andrew Maynard on his book on futurism “Future Rising”. Renowned actor Hank Garrett tells his life story. MIT Teaching Systems Lab Director Justin Reich explains why technology is no replacement for in-person education.

Judge Darrell White and Libertarian attorney Mike Wolf join Jim to talk about local and federal politics and the presidential election. NYT Best Selling Author Ally Condie on her new book.

Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Adam Knapp asks listeners to participate in Small Business Saturday this weekend. East Baton Rouge mayoral candidate “Coach” Steve Carter makes his case for why you should vote for him.

UL System President Jim Henderson discusses the difficulties of higher education in the COVID age. The Manship Theatre’s Melanie Couvillon and John Kaufman talk about how the entertainment industry is fighting to stay alive right now. Bill Konigsberg previews his new book about mental health “The Bridge”.

Up first, Jim talks with The Advocate columnist, Smiley Anders, to discuss his recent COVID-19 diagnosis and his many years as a voice in the Capital City. Then, State Representative Clay Shexnayder about the Tax-Free Holiday weekend on Nov. 20-21. Professor Alan Hirsch stops by to discuss the recent presidential election.  Jessica Jain from TheaterWorks Hartford closes out this show to discuss the newest production, The Who and The What. 

Up first, President and CEO of the Louisiana Restaurant Association Stan Harris talks about the current state of the hospitality industry.  Then, award-winning journalist Mark Ballard discusses the presidential election.

Up first, Morgan Lamandre, Legal Director with Star Advocates to discuss recent LSU sexual misconduct accusations, Title IX, and how rampant sexual assault is on campuses. Award winning journalist Harvey Wasserman joins Jim to talk about the Presidential election. Rounding out the show will be Lady Carlson with Together Baton Rouge who were major advocates against Amendment 5. 

First up on today's show, Glen Guilbeau discusses USA Today's article about LSU mishandling sexual misconduct allegations.  Then, State Representative Ted James talks about Congressman Richmond working for Joe Biden.  Finally,  author Stephen Maitland Lewis joins the show to discuss his new book "Duped" which comes out today.

Up first, Nathan Martin with the Stop the Steal movement, will talk with Jim about the Presidential Election and contesting the results.  Then, Lamar White Jr. with Bayou Brief discusses local politics and election results.  Finally, Bill Rau from M.S. Rau in New Orleans talks small business.