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.

State Representative Steve Carter assesses the Legislative session results and reflects on his life in politics and athletics. Conservative commentator Brent Bozell makes the case that President Trump is receiving unfair treatment from the national media.

Democratic political strategist Mary Patricia Wray and Republican Scott Wilfong exchange views on state and national politics. Dr. Hayim Herring discusses generational conflicts detailed in his book “Connecting Generations,” which focuses on bridging the divide between Boomers, Gen Xs and Millenials.

Lamar White of the Bayou Brief on the popularity of President Trump in Louisiana and the governor's election taking a new turn with Gov. John Bel Edwards signing a restrictive abortion bill. Journalist Michael Wolff on his latest expose' about the Trump Presidency. "Siege, Trump Under Fire," follows "Fire and Fury," a number one bestseller. Journalist, professor and lawyer Roger Johns comments on his Baton Rouge based novels, "Dark River Rising" and "River of Secrets."

Tom Rhoades, River Chaplain, and Geoffrey Davis, Bridge Officer on the USNS Arrowhead (out of Seattle), discuss the river conditions, and life on the river and blue water. Julia Bland with the Louisiana Children’s Museum discusses The new Louisiana Children’s Museum location opening August 31st in City Park New Orleans. Julie Berry, author of Lovely Wars, a WWI and WWII romance novel, talks about her sprawling epic.

Danielle Scott, five time Olympian from Baton Rouge, talks about her remarkable personal career and a personal tragedy that took the life of her sister. Kenny Kleinpeter of Historic Highland Cemetery comments on the long history of Baton Rouge’s oldest cemetery.

Harvard University Statistician Susan Murphy, a MacArthur fellow who graduated from LSU in 1980, discusses the role of mathematics in treating chronic diseases and her back story from Gonzales to Cambridge. Advocate Bureau Chief Mark Ballard provides his scorecard for the legislative session. Attorney Marjorie Esman, who led the Louisiana ACLU for a decade, sizes up the legal battle ahead for Louisiana's restrictive abortion law.

Lt. General Russel Honore’ surveys the Louisiana environmental condition after another legislative session in which the business lobby flexed its muscles at the Capitol. Sandy McDade, president of the Louisiana Eagle Forum for four decades, declares victory in her anti-abortion quest as Gov. John Bel Edwards signs one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the land. McDade is joined by State Senator John Milkovich, who authored the fetal heartbeat abortion ban.

Tim Temple, GOP candidate for insurance commissioner, details his reasons for challenging 13-year incumbent and fellow Republican Jim Donelon. Barrett Murphy, longtime local football coach turned trainer, tells how he was chosen national  physical fitness instructor for 2019.

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon comments on his failed bid to reduce insurance rates through legislation and the start of hurricane season. Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Brooks Claire Nader talks of going from Episcopal High grad to top New York model in four years. Retired Judge Tony Graphia discusses his move from jurist to novelist.

Chris D’Elia, dean of the LSU College of the Coast and Environment,  opines about Louisiana’s alarming rate of lost land due to coast erosion. Music critic John Wirt remembers the late, great New Orleans musician Dr. John, who died yesterday at 77. Investigative Reporter Katherine Eban reflects on the pharmaceutical industry detailed in her book “Bottle of Lies.”

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