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.

LSU History Professor Nancy Isenberg on the Centennial celebration of women gaining the right to vote in America and continuing challenges with equality. Noelle Straub of Stateline on major issues facing State Legislatures this year, including voting access, vaping, sports betting and aid for disasters. Kathy Kliebert, Board Chair of the Bridge Center, on the opening of a 25,000 square foot facility in downton Baton Rouge later this year for those afflicted with mental illness.

Recap of impeachment trial of President Trump and new contract for Ed Orgeron. Johnny Carson attorney and biographer Henry Bushkin on the popularity and troubled life of the late night television personality who died 15 years ago. Professor James Alexander of Nicholls State University preview Sunday’s Chamber Music performance in New Roads.

Guest Host Julie Baxter-Payer sits in for Jim today and talks with Susanne Romig of ARC of Baton Rouge about their new facility, Mark Ballard of the Advocate about the odds of TORT reform, and author Eitan Hersch about Politics is for Power:  How to Move Beyond Political Hobbyism, Take Action, and Make Real Change.

Attorney Mike Wolf comments on the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump. Baseball great Denny McLain assesses the Baseball HOF voting and the Houston Astros sign stealing scandal.

Former U.S. Attorney and onetime Congressman Don Cazayoux assesses the opening of the impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate of President Trump. Developer John Miller recalls building the Country Club of Louisiana with Jack Nicklaus, the world’s greatest golfer who turns 80 years old today.

Activists Faye Williams and Darryl Glasper from different political perspective offer views of the legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and predictions on the impeachment trial of President Trump. Author Brad Schreiber comments on the contributions to music of James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Jimi Hendrix and Marvin Gaye. Schreiber’s book is “Music is Power.”

Jordan Dunlap showcases LSU’s championship trophy.

WRKF founder Eric Deweese and current station manager Paul Maassen comments on the 40th anniversary of the station. Ed Orgeron’s college coach Sam Goodwin recalls Coach O in his formative years at Northwestern State. Lecco Morris of Ragtime Poetry pays tribute to Muhammad Ali on the 78th anniversary of the birth of the Louisville Lip.

Dan Borne, the Voice of the Valley for 34 seasons, comments on LSU’s national championship football season and hosting the governor’s inaugural at the State Capitol on Monday. Mark Ballard of the Advocate discusses a big win for Governor Edwards with Clay Schexnayder of Gonzales named House Speaker. Veteran actor Michael O’Neill of Auburn joins us to comment on his latest projects.

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome assesses life in Baton Rouge amid a national championship season for LSU. Broome  talks about crime, traffic and the prospect of the Village of St. George.