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.

Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu looks back a year to his decision to remove four Confederate Era monuments from prominent places in the city. Vastine Stabler of Swine Palace Theatre previews the opening of “Airline." Sportswriter Glenn Guilbeau examines the Will Wade controversy as LSU preps for its Thursday NCAA Tournament game vs. Yale.

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser talks tourism, Confederate monuments, and Feed Your Soul. LSU Manship School professor Judith Sylvester and a few of her students discuss the campus smoking ban and the rise of the e-cig. 

Monday, March 18th: Brady Whitton, Melinda Deslatte

Mar 18, 2019

Pastor Brady Whitton of First United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge comments on recent votes by the Church against same sex marriage and gay clergy. Melinda Deslatte of the Associate Press previews this week’s annual Gridiron Show. The oldest show of its kind outside of Washington D.C. will be the showcase for laughs at the expense of many Louisiana newsmakers.

Former State Lawmakers Ben Bagert, a Republican from New Orleans, and Melissa Flournoy, a Democrat from Shreveport, square off about their views on state and national politics. Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted 59-41 against the emergency order from President Trump to build a wall at the Southern border. Louisiana’s Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy were among 41 Republicans taking the side of the President while a dozen GOP Senators voted with 47 Democrats voting against the order. Former University of Louisiana-Monroe Professor Samuel Mitcham, a historian and author of 40 books, discusses his latest work about German military leader Erwin Rommel, a complex figure from World War II. Major General Mitcham was a U.S. Army helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War.

Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard on the academic scandal at America’s top colleges, the slim prospect of Congressman Steve Scalise entering the governor’s race and the politics of the death penalty in Louisiana. Financial advisors Brian Low and Fred Dent assess market conditions in the first quarter of 2019. Is the stock market a safe haven with rising interest rates and a dramatic rise in deficit spending? Musical prodigy James Linden Hogg comments on his passion and talent on display a few weeks ago at a sold out Manship Theatre.

LSU History Professor Zevi Gutfreund on the volatile issue of immigration. Gutfreund’s book is “Speaking American” which brings debates over border security to a broader context of questions about language, citizenship and what it means to be an American. Musician Andrew Finn Magill on his performance Thursday at Highland Coffees. Magill is a fiddle player and violinist based in Asheville, North Carolina. New York Times Reporter Matt Richtel, a Pulitzer Prize winner, on his latest work which examines our immune system.

Louis Reine, President of the Louisiana AFL-CIO, surveys the legislative stomach for pay raises for teachers and boosting the minimum wage. Hannah Cox, National Manager of Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty, talks about those positioned on the right side of the political spectrum who are calling for the abolishment of capital punishment in America. Professor Laurie Helgoe, a clinical psychologist, talks about her latest work: “Fragile Bully, Understanding Our Destructive Affair with Narcissism in the Age of Trump. Mitchell S. Jackson discusses "Survival Math", his memoir detailing the systemic forces of race and class that shape the lives of African Americans. 

Former LSU Basketball Standout Collis Temple, the first African-American to play for the Tigers on the court, analyzes the fallout over the suspension of head Basketball Coach Will Wade amid revelations of an FBI wiretap of Wade. Kayla Perkins and Jessica McDaniel of the EBR Library and author Sherry Thomas of the Lady Sherlock series on this year’s One Book One Community Selection, “The Hound of the Baskervilles” by Arthur Conan Doyle.

Federal Judge Shelly Dick, Chief Judge of the Middle District of Louisiana, comments on today’s forum for “Unlocking Opportunities for Employment.” Former Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, Republican of New York, talks about being the keynoter at the Breaux Symposium at the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs. Hayworth discusses the challenges of women running, winning and serving. Glenn Guilbeau of the USA Today Network assesses the controversy swirling about LSU Basketball Coach Will Wade, who is not commenting about reports of the FBI wiretapping a conversation in which Wade allegedly talked of an offer to a player. 

Lisa Freeman, Executive Director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, reflects on her first year anniversary on road safety in Louisiana, accenting the high number of motorcycle accidents and fatalities in the state. Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief of the Advocate looks ahead to the start of the Legislative Session in one month. Will it be a yawner or will sports betting and possibly raising the age for legal smoking be contentious issues for debate by lawmakers? Singer Mary McBride previews a series of performances in the Baton Rouge area.