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.

Investigative Reporter Dan Moldea, the journalist who exposed the sex scandals of Newt Gingrich, Bob Livingston and David Vitter, comments on the release of the redacted 448-page Mueller Report. Board members Greg Davis and Linda Johnson of the T.M. Landry College Preparatory School in Breaux Bridge assess the investigation into the small private school that gained national attention for sending underserved black students to elite colleges nationwide.

Stephanie Riegel of the Baton Rouge Business Report on the hiring of Scott Woodward to replace Joe Alleva as Athletic Director at LSU. Riegel and Fairleigh Jackson of Preserve Louisiana comment on the fate of the iconic Crawford House in Baton Rouge. Mark Ballard of the Advocate comments on Louisiana reaction to the release of the Mueller Report and the Advocate winning its first Pulitzer Prize.

Former Louisiana lawmaker Elbert Guillory, an Opelousas lawyer and head of Minority Outreach for the State GOP, talks about the three church fires at historically black churches in his parish of St. Landry, assesses the comeback of Tiger Woods and the prospect for re-election of Gov. John Bel Edwards and President Donald Trump. Ameen Walker of First Financial Tax and Accounting Services surveys the winners and losers at the tax deadline under the tax reform measure signed by President Trump.

Lieutenant Gov. Billy Nungesser on a huge month for tourism in Louisiana and the ninth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and BP oil spill. Chris Meyer, CEO of New Schools for Baton Rouge, assesses charter schools in Baton Rouge and the hunt for new superintendent of schools.

Democrat Eddie Ashworth and Republican Scott Wilfong exchange views of the political landscape exactly six months before the Oct. 12 primary. Music Critic John Wirt looks at Blues Fest in Baton Rouge and the French Quarter Fest in New Orleans. Author Lisa Wingate talks about her appearance at the Main Library tomorrow night and her book about a notorious scandal in wich the director of Memphis adoption agency kidnapped and sold children to wealthy families across the nation.

Former Trump Administration official George Papadopoulos on his status as the first person convicted in the Mueller probe. His book is “Deep State Target.” Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on the opening of the Legislative Session and an election six months from the October primary. Trumpeters Brian Shaw and Wayne Bergeron preview their concert with the LSU Jazz Ensemble. Legendary cartoonist Cathy Guisewite talks about her 34-year run as one of the nation’s most published cartoonists and her latest work of essays about the challenges of womanhood.

Wednesday, April 10th: Racheal Hebert, Stephanie Grace

Apr 10, 2019

Racheal Hebert, President and CEO of Sexual Trauma Awareness Response, comments on five members of the Louisiana U.S. House delegation voting against renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, which passed the House by a 263-158 margin. Congressman Cedric Richmond was the lone member of the state delegation to vote for the measure. Stephanie Grace, editorial writer of the Advocate, discusses her column about Louisiana U.S. Senator John Kennedy. Grace took the senator to task for remarks about the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Kennedy said “It must suck to be that dumb” in reference to an effort to retrieve tax returns from President Trump.

University of Louisiana System President Jim Henderson assesses funding for higher education in Louisiana as college leaders hold a rally at the State Capitol. LSU Manship School Director of the Public Policy Research Lab Michael Henderson provides information on voter opinion of the Louisiana economy and a potential gasoline tax increase. Henderson also unveils polling indicating strong support for minimum wage increases. Fairleigh Jackson of Preserve Louisiana previews an April 11 event, “How Juke Joints Shaped the Blues.”

Monday, April 8th: Tyler Kepner, Robert Travis Scott, David Dow

Apr 8, 2019

University of Houston Law Professor David Dow on his novel about the death penalty and a move from the Louisiana Legislature to abolish capital punishment in the state. Robert Travis Scott, President of the Public Affairs Research Council, comments on the opening the Louisiana Legislative Session. Tyler Kepner, Baseball writer for the New York Times, details his book about the art of pitching and the ten pitches that have dominated the history of the national pastime.

Republican Rob Maness and Democrat Dayne Sherman exchange views on state and national politics. Former Assistant Secretary of State and Assistant Defense Secretary John Kirby comments on classified communications. Su King of the Baton Rouge Concert Band on Sunday’s concert as part of the Ebb and Flow Festival. Singer Carson McHone previews her appearance at Zeeland Market.