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.

Tyler Bridges discusses David Duke’s legacy on the former Klan leaders’ 70th birthday. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser on the removal of statues.

Pastor Tony Spell of Life Tabernacle Church and his Attorney Jeff Wittenbrink discuss their conflict with the state over operating during the stay at home order.

LSU Professor of Sociology Dr. Lori Martin on the removal of confederate flags and statues. Louisiana Budget Project head Jan Moller discusses the Supreme Court’s ruling on a Louisiana abortion law.

BR Councilwoman Tara Wicker discusses her run for Mayor. Godfather of the Louisiana Libertarian Party Mike Wolf talks about the impact of third parties in presidential elections. WVLA’s Kennedi Walker on the removing of Middleton’s name from the LSU campus library.

Local activist Gary Chambers and former Metro Councilman Darrell Glasper engage in a spirited debate about a recent controversy invovling EBR School Board member Connie Bernard. 

Adam Knapp, President and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, updates listeners on how companies are adapting to the prolonged Phase Two, and a recent controversy involving the school board. LSU luminary James Wharton discusses the renaming of Middleton library and school desegregation.

Jason Berry, author of “City of a Million Dreams,” analyzes the conversation about removal of Confederate icons and segregationists from the public square.

Fairleigh Jackson, executive director of Preserve Louisiana, addresses the dilemma of preservation of monuments of controversial Americans.

Wall Street Journal Print Editor Alex Martin on the state of newspapers in 2020 and his journey from New Orleans to New York. Former LSU Law Professor Paul Baier discusses his retirement, his new book, and recent US Supreme Court decisions.

Baton Rouge Councilman Matt Watson on his run for Mayor. Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard updates us on the ongoing special session.

Rachel Maddow producer Steve Benen on his critique of Congressional Republicans. Monroe Senator Katrina Jackson on an impending US Supreme Court decision on abortion clinics and admitting privileges. Writer David Albertyn on his book Undercard.