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 and the WRKF App.

Journalist and activist Maxine Crump and musician Chris Thomas King discuss the rich blues legacy in Baton Rouge. Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief for The Advocate, on LSU admissions controversies and George Soros in Louisiana. Author Sue Ingalls Finan on the literary contributions of New Orleans and Louisiana.

Chris Meyer, CEO of New Schools Baton Rouge, assesses the current state of educational opportunities in our community and around the state as well as the evolving education ecosystem. LSU President King Alexander and VP of Enrollment Jose Aviles discuss the controversary over admission standards at the Ole War Skule. Journalist Rafe Bartholomew comments on his latest work: “Basketball, A Love Story.” The book includes interviews with more than 200 of the game’s greatest players.

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Sybil Haydel Morial, widow to former New Orleans Mayor Ernest Morial, and mother to former New Orleans mayor Marc Morial disscusses her rich life, and autobiography "Witness to Change, From Jim Crow to Political Empowerment." Attorney Mike Wolf, veteran Libertarian Party activist, analyzes the fallout from the contentious confirmation provess of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. 

State Senator John Milkovich of Shreveport comments on the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, former FBI director and decorated Vietnam veteran. Milkovich has recently published “Robert Mueller, Errand Boy for the New World Order.” The lawmaker and attorney, who is a Democrat, is often at odds with positions of his political party. Also, Lamar White of the Bayou Brief on the votes by Senators Cassidy and Kennedy of Louisiana in favor of Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court. Ian Birnie of the Louisiana International Film Festival on tomorrow night’s debut of THE HATE U GIVE at Perkins Rowe Baseball writer and sabermetric pioneer Rob Neyer talks about his new book “Power Ball, Anatomy of a Modern Baseball Game.” 

Yale Law Professor Stephen L. Carter recalls his grandmother, Eunice Carter, who helped bring down Mafia kingpin Lucky Luciano. Carter was an African-American female who was part of a team of 20 lawyers, the others were white males. It was Carter who recommended prosecuting Luciano successfully on prostitution charges. Eunice Carter began her career as a professor at Southern University. LSU Manship School Professor Bob Mann comments on the tortured confirmation process which ended with a 50-48 U.S. Senate vote in favor of Brett Kavanaugh, who is the 114th member of the Supreme Court. Mann is a former aide to three Louisiana U.S. Senators and reflects on the political swing by Louisiana’s Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy, both of who were lifelong Democrats 15 years ago when Cassidy was 46 and Kennedy was 52.

Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief for The Advocate, surveys the local and national political landscape. Conservative columnist and commentator Quin Hillyer of New Orleans on the nomination to the Supreme Court of Brett Kavanaugh and the New York Times report of shaky financial dealings by the Trump family. Katherine Marsh, author of “Nowhere Boy,” on here move to Belgium for three years to excape the politicizations of American life. Chair Prescott Bailey on the LASM Gala tomorrow night.

Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Chuck Carr Brown discusses the state of the environment two years and nine months into the term of Governor John Bel Edwards. Dr. Brown says wastewater is Louisiana’s top environmental challenge. WRKF President and General Manager Paul Maassen provides an update on Public Radio in Baton Rouge as WRKF starts its Fall Member Fest. Dr. Justin Frank, clinical professor of psychiatry at the George Washington Medical Center and New York Times bestselling author, discusses his latest book: “Trump on the Couch, Inside the Mind of the President.” Dr. Frank is the author of the bestseller “Bush on the Couch.”

Welsh singer Deborah Rose. Financial analysts Brian Low and Andy Anderson exchange views on record territory for the Dow and strategy for investing. Reverend Raymond Jetson, former state lawmaker, reflects on the community reaction to the death of LSU basketball player Wayde Sims.

LSU Law Professor Paul Baier comments on the nomination and controveries of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Adam St. Pierre and Andrew Tadman of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library preview October’s 5th Annual Mini Maiker Faire scheduled for Oct. 6 at the Main Library at Goodwood. National Review Executive Editor Reihan Salam discusses his book: “Melting Pot or Civil War? A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case Against Open Borders.”