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 and the WRKF App.

Investigative Reporter Dan Moldea assesses the embattled nomination of U.S. Supreme Court aspirant Brett Kavanaugh. Moldea says he met secretly with Kavanaugh when the then 33-year-old lawyer was top assistant to Ken Starr in the investigation into President Clinton’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky. Author Lawrence Goldstone discusses his book “Unpunished Murder, Massacre at Colfax and the Quest for Justice.” This is the account about the death of more than 100 unarmed African-Americans in Grant Parish. Author Tammy Lynn Stoner talks about her book, “Sugarland.” This is the story of a female prison cook at a penitentiary in 1923. 

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Joey Strickland comments on a new memorial for Gold Star Families. Beth Carter and Zoe Williams of LSU Student Government on an initiative to get students to vote. Former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders assesses the status of the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Vastine Stabler and Erica Fox discuss their work on LSU Theatre's "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time". 

Jim Bernhard, former president of the Shaw Group and former chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party, will discuss the political landscape in Baton Rouge and the Beltway and assess business opportunities in Louisiana in the Age of Trump. The guest is now head of Bernhard Capital with 18,000 employees.

Former LSU All American and current color analyst for Tiger football broadcasts, Doug Moreau, reflects on his career and the fast start of No. 6 ranked LSU. Public Service Commisioner Foster Campbell discusses excessive expenses at rural co-ops. Advocate Capitol Bureau Chief Mark Ballard assesses U.S. Sen. John Kennedy’s role in the confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and looks at possible stumbling blocks in the state’s push to collect taxes from the internet. Author Sarah Smarsh discusses her book, “Heartland, A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth.”

Karen Roy, Miss Wheelchair America, on her role as an national ambassador. Roy, a Baton Rouge native, was paralyzed in a shooting 31 years ago. Former East Baton Rouge Parish Prosecutor Prem Burns and Southern University Law Professor Susan Nelson discuss the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court amid allegations of sexucal misconduct 36 years ago.

Attorney Lewis Unglesby on the controversies surrounding U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Fairleigh Cook Jackson and Peggy Sweeney McDonald on the Back at Café du’ Monde show.

Matthew Rachleff discusses the Baton Rouge chapter of Aging 2.0. Sandra Spears talks about the WASP museum in texas, that highlights women piliots in WWII. Michelle LeClair recounts her story of how she escaped abusive behavior at the hands of the Church of Scientology, and found a new life with her new sexual identity. Guest host Julie Baxter Payer

Celebrated tailor Manuel Martinez details fall fashion choices and assess the sartorial styles of the rich, famous and infamous. The Baton Rouge clothier has three times won the competition at the International Congress of Tailors. Former LSU football great Tommy Casanova on the Tigers’ game Saturday at Auburn and his experiences in football, medicine and government. The College Football Hall of Famer from Crowley was a three-time All-American, an NFL standout, a successful ophthalmologist and state senator. Ginny Stibolt on climate friendly gardening. 

Mark Ballard, Capitol Bureau Chief of the Advocate, comments on the continuing friction between Attorney General Jeff Landry and Governor John Bel Edwards. Secretary of State candidate Renee Free on her quest to succeed the departed Tom Schedler with a special election in less than two months.

Fox News commentator Dr. Gina Loudon on her new boook. Rouge Symphony Orchestra Conductor Tim Muffitt on the new season. Celebrated author Brad Meltzer on his children's book about Neil Armstrong.