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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 wrkf.org and the WRKF App.

Republican Dan Claitor and Democrat Jim Nickel comment on the gubernatorial primary with Governor Edwards being forced into a runoff with challenger Eddie Rispone and Claitor’s vacated Senate now a tie between Franklin Foil and Steve Carter for second place behind Beverly Brooks Thompson. 

Public Service Commissioner and ranking Democrat Foster Campbell exchanges views with Republican activist Darrell Glasper, invited guest of the White House to tonight’s Trump rally in Lake Charles on the eve of Louisiana’s gubernatorial primary. Linda Gail Lewis, rock veteran and sister of Jerry Lee Lewis, talks about her show tonight at the Dyson House, hosted at Zeeland Street Market in Baton Rouge. 

Conservative columnist and commentator Michelle Malkin comments on immigration in the age of President Trump, who visits Lake Charles tomorrow night. EBR Clerk of Court Doug Welborn on his quest for an eighth term against a vigorous challenge from recent guest Donna Collins Lewis. Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard looks at the governor’s election two days from the Oct. 12 primary. Gov. John Bel Edwards and Republican foes Eddie Rispone and Ralph Abraham debated for a fourth and final time last night in Shreveport.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., son of the slain senator and attorney general and nephew of President John Kennedy, comments on his environmental mission. Kennedy appears in Baton Rouge Thursday as the keynote speaker for the Atchafalaya Basinkeeper. RFK Jr. is joined by Monica Fisher, the outreach coordinator for the Atchafalaya Basinkeeper. Darryl Gissel and Mark Armstrong, Chief Adminstrative and Communications Officers for Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, look at Saturday’s election to approve or stop the formation of the Village of St. George. Skidmore College Professor Robert Boyers reflects on his book “The Tyranny of Virtue.” Boyers says too many campuses are protecting students from uncomfortable ideas. 

Democrat Mary Patricia Wray and Republican Scott Wilfong square off on the governor’s election four days away from the Oct. 12 primary. Famed Sports Sociologist Harry Edwards chimes in on the wisdom of paying college athletes after the signing of bill allowing this by California Gov. Gavin Newsom. 

New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin comment on the legacy of the explosive confirmation hearing of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Melanie Couvillion, director of the Manship Theatre, on the year ahead in the arts downtown.

Former Louisiana Congressman and high ranking member in the administration of George H. W. Bush Henson Moore celebrates his 80th birthday and reflects on what he sees as changes for the worse in American politics. Former LSU quarterback Matt Flynn, who won two NCAA titles as a Tiger and a Super Bowl ring with Green Bay talks about life after football and LSU’s Heisman Trophy candidate Joe Burrow. 

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon assesses his reelection quest against the challenge of Tim Temple. Donelon has served 13 years in his current post. Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard comments on the election landscape nine days before the Oct. 12 primary. Ann Vail, Executive Director of Louisiana Clean Fuels discusses the Clean Fuels Summit. Dr. Trey Dunbar, President of Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health, talks about the new children’s hospital in Baton Rouge. 

Colonel Rob Maness, head of Gator PAC, and attorney Mike Wolf, longtime leader of the Louisiana Libertarian Party, square off on state and national politics as the governor’s election is ten days away and President Trump faces an impeachment inquiry. Chicago Chef Iliana Regan, the first author of a cookbook to be longlisted for the National Book Award since Julia Child in 1980, talks about her odyssey which includes alcohol abuse and settling into a sexuality not always cohesive with her native Indiana. Women of Wrestling star Stephy Slays notes her rise at age 22 as a standout in the leading women’s professional wrestling organization. Jamie Setze, Executive Director of the Capital Region Planning Commission, encourage citizens to watch for the upcoming travel survey in the mail.

Candidate for Insurance Commissioner Tim Temple on his challenge of fellow Republican, incumbent Jim Donelon, in the Oct. 12 primary. Loyola University President Tania Tetlow, lawyer, law professor and first woman and first layperson to hold the top position at the New Orleans campus.