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.

Outgoing Superintendent of Education John White looks back at his tenure. Jim discusses the 2020 election, and the change of heart regarding the President experienced by many of his former GOP rivals.

Advocate Reporter Bryn Stole comments on a story about business dealings of Attorney General Jeff Landry. Psychologist Juko Holiday recalls her appearance 20 years ago on “Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?” John Dennis talks about his electoral challenge of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

David Rubenstein on his new book “The American Story”. Quin Hillyer on the Louisiana GOP’s censure of Mitt Romney. Mark Ballard on tort reform efforts.  

Former gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone comments on the close race he lost to Gov. John Bel Edwards, sizes up the national and state political landscape and tells his backstory as a son of North Baton Rouge. Historian Alexis Coe on her book about George Washington.

Former LSU Faculty Senate President Kevin Cope and Stephanie Riegel comment in the search for a new leader at LSU. Riegel reveals the top home sales in Baton Rouge. Dr. Neal Barnard talks about his book, “Your Body in Balance.”

Lamar White of the Bayou Brief and Elbert Guillory, State GOP minority outreach director, discuss the 2020 President Race and upcoming Democratic primary in New Hampshire. Remembering Robert Conrad. 

Dayne Sherman and Jeff Sadow discuss the state of the presidential race. John Schneider talks Kirk Douglas. Cast and producers behind Baton Rouge indie film Daisy and Smiling Jack talk about their planned South by Southwest release.

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne opines about quarrels over Louisiana estimates and the opening at LSU for the president-chancellor post vacated by King Alexander. Veteran journalist Megan Angelo discussed her debut novel “Followers.” c of The Advocate talks about impeachment nationally and the conservative wave that has overtaken the Louisiana Legislature.

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser on his trip to Canada. Mary Patricia Wray and Scott Wilfong discuss the State of the Union and more.

Professor Bob Mann of the LSU Manship School comments on the debacle for Democrats in Iowa as vote counting is delayed. Mann and his students visited the Hawkeye State. Renowned brain scientist Stanislaus Dehaune of France on his book “How We Learn.” Dehaune makes the cases that humans still outperform machines.